Use of Affect
As in any form of psychotherapy, recognition of the patient’s affective state is crucial in IPT. The more affectively engaged the patient is in therapy, the more likely it is that change will occur.
In IPT, there are several goals regarding affect:
1 To assist the patient to recognize his or her immediate affect. 2 To assist the patient to communicate his or her affect more effectively to others. 3 To facilitate the patient’s recognition of affect that may have been suppressed, or
that the patient may find painful to acknowledge.