Q+A: What are the problem areas explored in interpersonal therapy?
Grief. Therapy may target unresolved grief from the loss of a loved one or other significant loss, such as a divorce. Goals are to facilitate the mourning process and establish healthy relationships to take the place of what was lost.
Role Disputes. These disputes occur when the child and at least one significant other (usually one or both parents) have different expectations of the relationship. Therapy focuses on helping identify the nature of the disputes and helps to modify the patterns or change personal expectations.
Role Transitions. This is when a person has trouble coping with life changes that require new roles. This is common in adolescence, especially later when a child often leaves the home environment. Therapy helps to adjust to the new role by developing new skills and new social networks.
Interpersonal Deficits. These occur in families with a history of inadequate or unsupportive personal relationships. The goal is to examine past relationships while learning ways to form new relationships.