Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT)

Who is it for?

  • PIT is designed for people who have problems with their feelings and/or relationships, often (but not necessarily) resulting from difficult experiences when they were growing up.   

How does it work?

The therapy takes the form of an in-depth conversation between the client and the therapist in which the conversation focuses on:


  • the client’s emotional life (which is what the term “psychodynamic” refers to);
  • the client’s relationships with other people (which is what the term “interpersonal” refers to); and
  • how problems with managing feelings and relationships might link with difficult experiences in the client’s past, particularly with their parents or other important people.

The goal of the conversation is for the client to get a better understanding of their emotional and relational difficulties - focusing on the “here and now” whilst exploring how the past has shaped who we are and how we relate to others. These understandings can bring about positive change and help people to manage personal problems more effectively.

How long is the therapy?

The length of PI therapy varies and a contract for a set number of sessions (up to a maximum of 12 months) is agreed at the beginning of the therapy.  The client and therapist will collaboratively agree the goals.  The progress of therapy is regularly monitored by the therapist, and discussed with the client. 

Where does it take place?

Gaskell House Psychotherapy Centre, Swinton Grove, Manchester.

Information Leaflet
​Please see below for a leaflet with additional information regarding the therapy:

PIT Patient Information Leaflet

As a patient

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