IPT (Interpersonal Therapy)

IPT is a short term therapy which usually takes place over 16 – 20 sessions.  It is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) as a therapy for depression but has also been found to be helpful for a wide range of presenting problems. It is a change oriented and supportive form of therapy which can be readily adapted to the particular needs of individual clients.

IPT draws on evidence which highlights the way in which the quality of a person’s interpersonal relationships and social support networks are closely associated with their psychological well being. For example, difficulties within or loss of a significant interpersonal relationship (or relationships) may initially contribute to the onset of emotional stress or psychological symptoms. In turn this has a negative impact on  interpersonal functioning which leads to further difficulty in getting support and help from others. The problem then worsens and the situation can become a vicious circle.

IPT focuses on the interpersonal context which is most closely associated with the onset and maintenance of problems, symptoms, stressful situations or difficult life events. It aims to help people understand the ways in which their particular difficulties are both affected by and have an impact on  their relationships with others , to improve interpersonal functioning and to maximise their capacity to get the most from their available help and support.

TLDP (Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy)

TLDP is a short term evidence-based form of psychodynamic therapy which is suitable for a wide range of common problems and presenting problems.  It can also be a helpful alternative to longer term therapy for people with more longstanding difficulties such as persistent conflict in important relationships, repeated frustrations in establishing satisfying relationships or other issues related to unresolved childhood trauma. TLDP focuses on here and now problems but also enables people to understand and change the ingrained repetitive patterns of relating to other people which may stem from the past but are causing difficulties in the present.