Interpersonal Psychotherapy

What Is Interpersonal Therapy?

Human beings are social creatures, and much of a person’s well-being and sense of safety in the world can be traced to the health, or lack thereof, of their relationships. When someone does not know how to communicate with others or set healthy boundaries and enforce them, they can experience distress and even trigger mental health disorder symptoms when conflict arises. People in recovery from addiction can also benefit from learning interpersonal communication tools. Patients with mental health or substance use disorders and their loved ones often need guidance from a qualified therapist on navigating their relationships and dealings with others. Regularly attending pre-scheduled interpersonal therapy sessions can meet this crucial need in at-risk patients.

What is interpersonal psychotherapy?

Relationships and social functioning are often a source of significant stress in mental health and substance use disorder patients. Interpersonal psychotherapy, or IPT, focuses on treating a specific issue in the patient’s life related to interpersonal relationships and social functioning. A trained therapist in interpersonal techniques sets goals for their patients to resolve issues in four critical areas.

This therapy area relates to a patient’s tendency to isolate or withdraw from society or their involvement with a toxic or unfulfilling relationship.

Who can benefit from IPT?

Initially, the therapy was used to treat major depressive disorder. But it is also highly effective for other mental health conditions and drug or alcohol addiction. IPT is different from other talk therapies, such as CBT or DBT. These therapies focus on the patient’s inner thoughts and responses to stress. IPT instead focuses on how to address interpersonal conflict and communication issues that happen in relationships where mental health disorders or drug addiction are present. Studies have found that IPT is as effective as CBT or DBT. The use of IPT versus CBT or DBT is dependent on the patient’s individual needs and preferences.

If you or a loved one are struggling with drug addiction and mental health disorder symptoms, it’s never too late to seek help from an experienced team of clinicians and therapists. The doctors and counselors at California Prime Recovery are experienced with various therapy techniques that effectively alleviate the distressing symptoms of mental health disorders and substance abuse. Please contact California Prime Recovery today to explore your options for treatment.

The facilities at California Prime Recovery are staffed with trained experts to best assist patients with their mental health issues. We can deal with all cases with licensed staff, equipment, and approved techniques. Our mission is to help those who want to help themselves, and we support your decision to seek help.

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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.