Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Depression

Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Depression

Mental health issues can be crippling for many. Globally the pandemic has seen lengthy lockdowns, loss, unemployment and more. This has impacted many and further exacerbated some existing mental health conditions.


Locally in beautiful Brisbane City, we have been fortunate compared to overseas countries, nevertheless the pandemic has without a doubt affected our communities mental states considerably.

“The mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic saw calls to Beyond Blue increase by 42 per cent nationally, and 8 per cent in Queensland during 2020 compared with 2019.” 

There are many ways in which individuals with mental health conditions can reach out and get help.

One treatment option is interpersonal psychotherapy. Have you heard of this type of treatment?  Interpersonal psychotherapy or IPT is an evidenced based method of treating depression. It can be used in treating many conditions that have a negative impact on day to day life ¹such as

eating disorders

perinatal depression

drug and alcohol addiction

mood disorders

 bipolar disorder

IPT works at changing ‘relationship patterns’. What do we mean by this?  The therapy focusses on the patient’s problems that arise when interacting with others. The therapies foundation is that we can change how we feel based on our interactions or relationships. The patient is able to experience a positive outcome/feeling as interaction issues are addressed.


The therapy is generally a short term treatment plan, however as these conditions are often recurrent, a management plan may be put in place. It is also suitable for children, adolescents, and adults.

Finding the right Doctor with the appropriate training and experience is important.

Dr William Kwong at Top Health Capalaba Clinic cares for patients with mental health conditions. He is compassionate, understanding and most importantly makes patients feel at ease. He has completed additional Australian post graduate training and qualifications in focused psychological strategies in General Practice, as listed by Medicare.

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