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Dr. Jerman
Many providers offer psychotherapy for interpersonal problems. Dr. Mansfield, can you tell us about the forms of psychotherapy that tend to be helpful for someone with an interpersonal problem?

Dr. Mansfield
Absolutely, Dr. Jerman. Interpersonal therapy, or IPT, is a short-term focused therapy that specifically addresses the ways in which a person relates to other people. Part of IPT may include guidance regarding social and communication skills.

Cognitive behavioral therapy helps patients become more aware of inaccurate or negative thinking and how those thoughts affect emotions and behavior.

Problem-solving therapy aims to improve a person's ability to cope with stressful life experiences through the development or enhancement of problem-solving skills.

Of course, depending on the specific issue, it may be most appropriate to address interpersonal issues in therapy for family or couples.