Interpersonal Psychotherapy for PTSD

  • Alexandra Klein Rafaeli
  • John C. Markowitz


Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited, evidence-based treatment that focuses on patients’ social and interpersonal functioning, affect, and current life events. IPT helps patients to explore affective experiences through the lens of the social and the interpersonal, and offers techniques to help the patient translate feelings into interpersonal interventions that ameliorate functioning in those domains. IPT has been supported by numerous clinical trials over the last 40 years, and it continues to be applied and adapted across cultures, pathologies, and modalities. Among the many contemporary adaptations, is the use of IPT for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In this chapter, we will trace the theories that influenced the design, research, and practice of IPT as we describe in more detail the approach and its recent application to PTSD.


Posttraumatic stress disorder Interpersonal therapy Exposure Interpersonal problems Psychotherapy Social support Emotion Affect 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandra Klein Rafaeli
    • 1
    • 2
  • John C. Markowitz
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.The Ruth and Allen Ziegler Student Services DivisionTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.The New School of PsychotherapyTel AvivIsrael
  3. 3.New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Columbia University College of Physicians & SurgeonsNew YorkUSA

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