“You Pulled Me out of a Dark Well”: A Case Study of a Colombian Displaced Woman Empowered Through Interpersonal Counseling (IPC)

Angela Milena Gomez Ceballos, Ana Claudia Andrade, Talia Markowitz, Helen Verdeli
  • Journal of Clinical Psychology, July 2016, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22365

Interpersonal Counseling for Colombian displaced women

What is it about?

Interpersonal Counseling (IPC), a briefer and simplified adaptation of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), was used with internally displaced women (IDWs) in Bogota, Colombia, an implementation study of a mental health care pathway funded by Grand Challenges Canada. Preliminary evidence suggests that IPC led to positive outcomes for IDWs, and may be a feasible first line treatment for displaced women with elevated symptoms of common mental disorders. The case study demonstrates the use of IPC as an intervention to treat depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress symptoms in one participant across 11 sessions, from the case formulation through the termination phase.

Why is it important?

To contribute with evidence-based interventions for mental health care of Colombian displaced people.


Mrs Angela A Gomez (Author)
Universidad de los Andes

This is a good source of information for those with little mental health background or interested in evidence-based interventions for displaced population.

The following have contributed to this page: Mrs Angela A Gomez and Ana Andrade