Interpersonal Therapy is the examination of the dynamics of two or more individuals. It considers the dynamics of two or more systems attempting to integrate differing styles of communication, interaction, problem-solving, values, expectations, and experiences and how these styles conflict and how they complement each other.
The therapist is assisting people in identifying the patterns of thoughts and behaviours that are helpful and those that are not helpful. This is done, in part, by encouraging people to be more empathetic of the others' experiences. The couple or family is assisted in identifying and communicating how they feel in particular situations.
The goal of therapy is always change. The goal to improve the well being of the others and to feel more connected to those that matter the most.
For further information see:
- International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy: http://www.interpersonalpsychotherapy.org/
- Psych Central: http://psychcentral.com/lib/2006/about-interpersonal-therapy/