Group interpersonal psychotherapy for mild depression

Emerging evidence – there isn’t much evidence on this treatment option yet, but the research that has been carried out suggests that it could be helpful.

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a talking therapy which looks at the relationships in your life, particularly your relationships with family and friends. You and your professional will think about the things that have happened in these relationships and how they might affect your mood, as well as how relationships with family and friends can help you.  

During Group IPT one or two therapists will meet with a group of children or young people with similar problems, usually for about 6-8 weeks. During the sessions you’ll be encouraged to talk about your relationships, ways of dealing with any problems and sometimes the group will practice how you might talk to people about things that are bothering you.  

Group IPT is not often available in England. 

Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.

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