At Paradigm San Francisco, Teen Interpersonal Therapy is one of the therapeutic strategies used within teens’ individual and group therapy sessions. Teen Interpersonal Therapy is primarily focused on the interpersonal challenges in teens’ lives that are contributing toward teens’ current symptoms and overall stress. Teen Interpersonal Therapy is an evidence-based strategy most commonly incorporated into Depression Treatment but also used in treating Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, and more.
In Teen Interpersonal Therapy, the goals are increased and improved social support, symptom resolution, and improved social functioning. The premise is as teens’ experiences less stress in their relationships, they’ll also gain relief from their current negative symptoms. The four specific areas of relationships that Teen Interpersonal Therapy focuses on includes:
- role disputes
- role transitions
- interpersonal deficits
One of the first steps in Teen Interpersonal Therapy is for teens to identify a significant current problem in their interactions with others. Therapists will often help teens to recognize a problem that is consistent across multiple relationships, and this particular challenge will become a primary focus of treatment.
3 Stages of Teen Interpersonal Therapy
Teen Interpersonal Therapy has three stages.
Stage 1: The initial phase consists of therapists helping to educate teens on their particular mental health condition and answer any questions teens might have. During this time, therapists will also help teens to reflect upon what aspects of relationships are challenging for them.
Stage 2: The next step of Teen Interpersonal Therapy is therapists helping teens to identify connections between their relationships and their mood. For instance, teens might discover a particular type of interaction that tends to trigger their anxiety. Therapists will teach teens new strategies, to navigate these kinds of symptoms as they’re coming on, which will hopefully decrease the symptoms as well as improve teens’ interactions with others. Over time, by teens learning how to recognize those causes and deal with them proactively, they will gain significant power and confidence in their lives, as well as begin to feel better, as they can fend off the symptoms.
Stage 3: The final phase of Teen ITP is to lead teens to reflect upon their process and recognize what kinds of strategies and/or practices have been successful for them. By helping teens to intentionally acknowledge how they’ve progressed, teens will often feel confident and also motivated, to continue in the same direction.
Teen Interpersonal Therapy is incorporated into treatment at Paradigm San Francisco, in both individual and group therapy sessions, along with a number of different therapeutic approaches and strategies.