Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is an evidence-based approach that is used to help clients improve the quality of their relationships and social interactions. IPT is used to treat various mood disorders and can be extremely helpful in reducing stress and managing mental health symptoms.

What to expect.

Treatment for IPT commonly consists of individual therapy sessions with a trained therapist for about 12-16 weeks. Treatment is structured and often contains homework assignments, frequent assessments by the therapist, and an honest commitment to therapy by the client receiving treatment. Like other forms of therapy, the first few sessions of IPT include assessments of symptoms and gathering information about the client’s social history. Then, the therapist will work to identify negative patterns and behaviors. The client and therapist will collaborate on selecting treatment strategies and goals specific to issues that are identified. IPT works to address social issues that you might experience like social isolation or unhealthy or unfulfilling relationships.

Additionally, IPT can help you manage other difficulties that your relationships may cause, including grief or loss of a loved one, or any other conflicts that arise among family members, partners, friends, or coworkers. IPT can also help you with difficult life transitions, such as divorce.

What are the benefits of IPT? 

IPT was initially used for those dealing with depression. Since its development, IPT has been shown to also be effective for individuals with symptoms of anxiety and disordered eating, as well as other mental health diagnosis’ such as, Bipolar disorder, Substance Use Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety, and PTSD. Studies have shown that those who have participated in IPT have an increased ability to form meaningful relationships, communicate effectively, and live happier lives.

This service is available in the following locations:


  • Augusta
  • via telehealth statewide

For more information or to enroll in services our Open Access team at (207) 626-3414.

We are required to bill for our services. MaineCare and private insurance will pay for many of our services. Low or no-cost treatment may be available to qualified individuals.

Not sure which treatment is right for you?
Call our Open Access team at (207) 626-3414.

They will answer your questions, provide information, and help you make an appointment for an initial assessment, where we can learn more about you and your specific needs.