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Interpersonal Psychotherapy

  1. Myrna M. Weissman

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0462

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Weissman, M. M. 2010. Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited, evidence-based psychotherapy, specified and described in a manual. It was initially developed for patients with major depressive disorder and later adapted for other disorders. Designed for administration by trained mental health professionals, it has been taught to mental-health workers with less professional training. The original manual detailed the empirical and theoretical basis of IPT (Klerman & Weissman, 1984) and was updated in 2000 (Weissman, Markowitz, & Klerman). The most recent manual is oriented to clinicians and contains numerous clinical examples (Weissman, Markowitz, & Klerman, 2007).


  • interpersonal psychotherapy;
  • depression;
  • evidence based therapy