Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is a method of treating depression. IPT is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on you and your relationships with other people. It’s based on the idea that personal relationships are at the center of psychological problems.
Depression isn’t always caused by an event or a relationship. However, depression affects relationships and can create problems with interpersonal connections. The goals of IPT are to help you communicate better with others and address problems that contribute to your depression.
Several studies found that IPT may be as effective as antidepressant medication for treating depression. Psychiatrists will sometimes use IPT together with medication.