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Interpersonal Psychotherapy


Dr. Paula Ravitz


The Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) for Depression Clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital offers consultation and treatment in both individual and group formats.

IPT is a type of time-limited psychotherapeutic depression treatment which focuses on recent life stressors of losses, changes or conflicts in current relationships that underlie distress. Examples of the types of interpersonal problems for which this treatment approach can be helpful include disputes with significant others, grief and loss, and social role transitions, such as retirement or divorce.   

A course of individual or group IPT can run from 12 – 16 sessions.  Individual treatment is provided by one of a multi-disciplinary mental health team that includes clinically supervised psychiatry residents, allied mental health professionals and/or psychiatrists. Groups may run annually and are led by a co-therapy team consisting of a psychiatry resident, psychiatrist and/or allied mental health professional.  The typical group size is 8-10 participants.

A physician referral is required.  All patients must first be assessed in the General Psychiatry Assessment Clinic.  Please fax the referral form to 416-586-8654. 


Inclusion criteria:

  •  Suffering from depression or dysthymia.  Note that IPT is most helpful when the onset or worsening of symptoms occur in the context of relational stressors such as grief, role disputes, role transitions or interpersonal difficulties.
  • A full psychiatric assessment completed in the past year (if none, patients may be triaged to our general assessment clinic prior to be considered for IPT)


Exclusion criteria:

  • Acute crisis
  • Acute suicidality
  • Active Substance abuse
  • Not indicated for anxiety, psychosis or bipolar disorder


For more information about the IPT program please call 416-586-4800 ext. 6621