INTERPERSONAL AND SOCIAL RHYTHM THERAPY (IP-SRT)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy, or IPT, is a form of individual talk therapy that has been studied for decades and found particularly helpful not just while the individual is distressed, but as people go on in their lives and face other difficult times. Depression rarely happens suddenly—it is often a response to grief or loss over losing a loved one or ending a relationship, disputes or conflicts with other people in your life, life changes, or being over-sensitive to what others say. With IPT, Dr. Brandon can help you investigate your distress in the framework of triggers like these, analyze the important relationships in your life, identify recurring conflicts, learn positive ways of communicating your needs to others, and recognize the power of social support for addressing distressing symptoms. Although this treatment is customized to you, a typical course of IPT is approximately 8-20 fifty-minute sessions.
Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IP-SRT) was developed by Dr. Ellen Frank at the University of Pittsburgh and adapts IPT for use with individuals who have difficulty with cycles of happiness or euphoria and depression or irritability. It is particularly helpful for those who have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, augmenting medication by targeting behaviors and biological rhythms.
For more information see these websites: http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/interpersonal-therapy-for-depression#1 and http://www.ipsrt.org
Artwork: "Feeling Blue" by Linda Carmel