An overview and history of interpersonal psychotherapy
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An overview and history of interpersonal psychotherapy

Graham Sloan Nurse consultant, Psychological therapies, Strathdoon House, Ayr
Johann Hobson Counsellor in primary care, Strathdoon House, Ayr
John Leighton Primary mental health charge nurse, Three Towns Resource Centre, Saltcoats
Beryl McFarlane Primary mental health charge nurse, North Kyle and Carrick Community Mental Health Team, Ayr
Roslyn Law Assistant director of psychology and psychotherapies, Springfield Hospital, London, UK Interpersonal Psychotherapy special interest group

Interpersonal psychotherapy is regarded as an effective psychotherapy particularly in the treatment of depression and has been around for more than 20 years. However, there is a paucity of information and discussion in the nursing literature. This article provides an overview of interpersonal psychotherapy, including its origins and historical background. This is followed by a description of the model and its application in patients with major depression.

Nursing Standard. 23, 26,44-49. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.03.23.26.44.c6834

Correspondence

graham.sloan@aapct.scot.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review