Depression Counselling in Geelong, VIC

Darren Riggon
Psychotherapist, MSc, PACFA
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220
I am able to see individuals for the following issues: anxiety, depression, addictions/compulsions, stress management, workplace stress, bullying, life transitions, self confidence /esteem issues,anger management and LGBTQI + issues.
I am keen to help individuals work through their challenges,moving from living their lives as passive observers, to being active participants, in creating lives that serve their happiness. My therapeutic practice is encapsulated in the philosophy of " Your life, your way".
I am able to see individuals for the following issues: anxiety, depression, addictions/compulsions, stress management, workplace stress, bullying, life transitions, self confidence /esteem issues,anger management and LGBTQI + issues.
I am keen to help individuals work through their challenges,moving from living their lives as passive observers, to being active participants, in creating lives that serve their happiness. My therapeutic practice is encapsulated in the philosophy of " Your life, your way".
(03) 8824 9924 View (03) 8824 9924
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Luke Lawrence
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220
My goal is to provide you with a supportive, non-judgmental and welcoming space in which we can work together. I am particularly interested in working with late teens and adults, providing support for PTSD and trauma, anxiety and depression, alcohol- and other drug-related problems / addictions, relationship issues, and men’s and women's health concerns. I’m passionate about helping others explore why their emotional and psychological wellbeing is challenged in a way that is specific to their needs, and culturally appropriate.
My goal is to provide you with a supportive, non-judgmental and welcoming space in which we can work together. I am particularly interested in working with late teens and adults, providing support for PTSD and trauma, anxiety and depression, alcohol- and other drug-related problems / addictions, relationship issues, and men’s and women's health concerns. I’m passionate about helping others explore why their emotional and psychological wellbeing is challenged in a way that is specific to their needs, and culturally appropriate.
(03) 4240 5968 View (03) 4240 5968
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Eleasa Pearce - People Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220
Eleasa Pearce has extensive experience counselling clients and can help you if you’re experiencing: Anxiety Panic Attacks Phobias (Fear of specific things / situations) Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Early childhood trauma Depression Relationship issues / counselling and interpersonal issues Eco anxiety and client grief Values exploration Burnout Workplace stress and career change Communication skills Grief and loss Chronic pain Stress-related conditions Coaching Anger Management Sleep difficulties Medicare, Private Health Insurers, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover Psychologist Reports. EMDR Specialist.
Eleasa Pearce has extensive experience counselling clients and can help you if you’re experiencing: Anxiety Panic Attacks Phobias (Fear of specific things / situations) Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Early childhood trauma Depression Relationship issues / counselling and interpersonal issues Eco anxiety and client grief Values exploration Burnout Workplace stress and career change Communication skills Grief and loss Chronic pain Stress-related conditions Coaching Anger Management Sleep difficulties Medicare, Private Health Insurers, NDIS, TAC and WorkCover Psychologist Reports. EMDR Specialist.
(03) 7003 2671 View (03) 7003 2671
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Dr Joshua Comyn
Psychotherapist, PhD, ACA-L3
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Geelong, VIC 3220  (Online Only)
While, like other people, you might suffer from anxiety, depression, or trauma, how and why you suffer remains unique to you.
Something isn’t quite right. It may be that you can’t stop yourself from worrying. Or you are compulsively avoiding things (places, people, certain situations). Perhaps you find yourself flying into a sudden, uncontrollable, panic. It may be that you are feeling down: you can’t shake the sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness in your life. You may be feeling worthless and guilty too. It could be your relationships that aren’t working (partner, friends, family, boss, or colleagues). Perhaps past experiences are haunting you so that you lose your connection to the present and the people in it. Perhaps it's all of the above.
While, like other people, you might suffer from anxiety, depression, or trauma, how and why you suffer remains unique to you.
Something isn’t quite right. It may be that you can’t stop yourself from worrying. Or you are compulsively avoiding things (places, people, certain situations). Perhaps you find yourself flying into a sudden, uncontrollable, panic. It may be that you are feeling down: you can’t shake the sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness in your life. You may be feeling worthless and guilty too. It could be your relationships that aren’t working (partner, friends, family, boss, or colleagues). Perhaps past experiences are haunting you so that you lose your connection to the present and the people in it. Perhaps it's all of the above.
(03) 7003 2150 View (03) 7003 2150
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Friends for Good Counselling and Wellbeing Service
Psychologist, PsyBA - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220  (Online Only)
Our team have extensive experience helping people with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, chronic pain, low self-esteem, relationship issues, isolation and loneliness and the stress of modern life.
The Friends for Good Counselling and Wellbeing Service is a team of dedicated Psychologists and Counselors ready to help with mental health challenges via Telehealth. Our service is inclusive, flexible, affordable and person-centered. The service is run by Friends for Good, a national not-for-profit and all proceeds go towards supporting our free services helping people who experience loneliness and social isolation.
Our team have extensive experience helping people with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, chronic pain, low self-esteem, relationship issues, isolation and loneliness and the stress of modern life.
The Friends for Good Counselling and Wellbeing Service is a team of dedicated Psychologists and Counselors ready to help with mental health challenges via Telehealth. Our service is inclusive, flexible, affordable and person-centered. The service is run by Friends for Good, a national not-for-profit and all proceeds go towards supporting our free services helping people who experience loneliness and social isolation.
(03) 7003 2712 View (03) 7003 2712
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Laura Bailey Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220
As a psychologist, I bring a unique perspective to my work, grounded in personal lived experience and a genuine dedication to helping everyday individuals navigate the challenges of mental health. I am dedicated to providing support for those struggling with an eating disorder, body image concerns, adjustment issues, work-related stress, perinatal concerns, anxiety, family, trauma and relationship issues, depression and more. I understand the impact these issues can have on one's well-being.
As a psychologist, I bring a unique perspective to my work, grounded in personal lived experience and a genuine dedication to helping everyday individuals navigate the challenges of mental health. I am dedicated to providing support for those struggling with an eating disorder, body image concerns, adjustment issues, work-related stress, perinatal concerns, anxiety, family, trauma and relationship issues, depression and more. I understand the impact these issues can have on one's well-being.
(03) 4158 2680 View (03) 4158 2680
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Taylor Richards
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220  (Online Only)
Taylor offers a warm and empathetic approach to therapy and provide evidence-based assessments and interventions to clients from all walks of life. Taylor mainly works with adolescents and adults across a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, pre/post pregnancy, life transitions and adjustment difficulties, relationships and workplace issues. Taylor appreciates that her clients are experts of their own lives, so her goal is to work collaboratively with you to help refine and develop strategies to improve your life outcomes and help you to reach your goals.
Taylor offers a warm and empathetic approach to therapy and provide evidence-based assessments and interventions to clients from all walks of life. Taylor mainly works with adolescents and adults across a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, pre/post pregnancy, life transitions and adjustment difficulties, relationships and workplace issues. Taylor appreciates that her clients are experts of their own lives, so her goal is to work collaboratively with you to help refine and develop strategies to improve your life outcomes and help you to reach your goals.
1800 327 477 View 1800 327 477
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Dr Reza Nejad -Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220
I am a registered clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals with anxiety, depression and trauma. I hold a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Adelaide as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in psychology. I can assist you with a range of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, stress management, trauma, adjustment difficulties, anger management, bullying and harassment, self-esteem issues, self-development, eating disorder, OCD, worries, social anxiety and panics.
I am a registered clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals with anxiety, depression and trauma. I hold a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Adelaide as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in psychology. I can assist you with a range of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, stress management, trauma, adjustment difficulties, anger management, bullying and harassment, self-esteem issues, self-development, eating disorder, OCD, worries, social anxiety and panics.
(08) 8646 5602 View (08) 8646 5602
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Anna Maxwell
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220
These include depression, anxiety, conflict resolution, trauma, accidents, grief, loss, adjustment and workplace issues to name a few.
Anna is a registered psychologist and is passionate about helping adults and older adolescents to improve their happiness and wellbeing. Anna has experience working with parents and has facilitated early parenting and attachment-based group programs including Circle of Security and Keeping Your Child in Mind. Anna is committed to building strong, respectful, and collaborative working relationships with her clients. She believes in taking a gentle, person-centred approach so that each client feels heard and understood. Anna supports clients in developing their own insight, self-understanding, and self-compassion.
These include depression, anxiety, conflict resolution, trauma, accidents, grief, loss, adjustment and workplace issues to name a few.
Anna is a registered psychologist and is passionate about helping adults and older adolescents to improve their happiness and wellbeing. Anna has experience working with parents and has facilitated early parenting and attachment-based group programs including Circle of Security and Keeping Your Child in Mind. Anna is committed to building strong, respectful, and collaborative working relationships with her clients. She believes in taking a gentle, person-centred approach so that each client feels heard and understood. Anna supports clients in developing their own insight, self-understanding, and self-compassion.
(03) 9000 0866 View (03) 9000 0866
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Nick Cacuick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Geelong, VIC 3220  (Online Only)
Nick is an empathetic, caring and experienced psychotherapist and social worker. He supports his clients with a wide range of issues, including trauma, PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression, problem gambling, drug and alcohol addiction, ADHD and relationship concerns. After experiencing stress and anxiety first-hand, Nick has insight into how life can be affected by challenging mental health. He is passionate about helping others and about raising awareness for mental health, as well as breaking down any associated stigma.
Nick is an empathetic, caring and experienced psychotherapist and social worker. He supports his clients with a wide range of issues, including trauma, PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression, problem gambling, drug and alcohol addiction, ADHD and relationship concerns. After experiencing stress and anxiety first-hand, Nick has insight into how life can be affected by challenging mental health. He is passionate about helping others and about raising awareness for mental health, as well as breaking down any associated stigma.
(08) 9126 9307 View (08) 9126 9307
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Elizabeth Fuentes: Living Free Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Geelong, VIC 3220  (Online Only)
NOW accepting NEW clients & HAVE availability "I am passionate about helping people live more purposeful lives. I use a warm and empathic therapist style, with a practical focus on collaboratively helping my clients move towards meaningful and achievable goals" Areas I am passionate to work with: Anxiety Disorders such as Social Phobia & Panic Disorder, Depression and Low self-esteem, Trauma and PTSD, Work/Life stressors, Self- improvement, Assertiveness and effective communication skills, Adjustment issues, Grief and loss, Interpersonal and family difficulties.
NOW accepting NEW clients & HAVE availability "I am passionate about helping people live more purposeful lives. I use a warm and empathic therapist style, with a practical focus on collaboratively helping my clients move towards meaningful and achievable goals" Areas I am passionate to work with: Anxiety Disorders such as Social Phobia & Panic Disorder, Depression and Low self-esteem, Trauma and PTSD, Work/Life stressors, Self- improvement, Assertiveness and effective communication skills, Adjustment issues, Grief and loss, Interpersonal and family difficulties.
0468 887 908 View 0468 887 908
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Brooke Cefai
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220
Psychotherapy is a dynamic process that focuses on the mental, emotional, relational and spiritual health of a person and aims to help clients better understand the conscious and unconscious aspects of their life that may be causing disruption in their present experience. Brooke works with adults and adolescents across a range of mental health disorders including; anxiety, depression and bipolar, personality disorders, eating disorders, relationship issues, family issues, sexual abuse & complex trauma. Practice Locations: Torquay VIC, Sth Melbourne VIC, Online
Psychotherapy is a dynamic process that focuses on the mental, emotional, relational and spiritual health of a person and aims to help clients better understand the conscious and unconscious aspects of their life that may be causing disruption in their present experience. Brooke works with adults and adolescents across a range of mental health disorders including; anxiety, depression and bipolar, personality disorders, eating disorders, relationship issues, family issues, sexual abuse & complex trauma. Practice Locations: Torquay VIC, Sth Melbourne VIC, Online
(03) 9070 3530 View (03) 9070 3530
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McMillan Psychotherapy & Counselling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220
Appointments available now. Feeling angry, depressed, workplace issues, relationship issues, just struggling day to day? No matter what age you are, if you are struggling with something in your life, you might benefit from psychotherapeutic help. Psychotherapy can offer people space to think, to clarify their difficulties and what contributes to them, and to participate in individually tailored psychological therapies that have been shown to help, and that enrich lives. With face to face and online session available we can work together to resolve the issues you bring to therapy. Don't put off today what can't wait until tomorrow.
Appointments available now. Feeling angry, depressed, workplace issues, relationship issues, just struggling day to day? No matter what age you are, if you are struggling with something in your life, you might benefit from psychotherapeutic help. Psychotherapy can offer people space to think, to clarify their difficulties and what contributes to them, and to participate in individually tailored psychological therapies that have been shown to help, and that enrich lives. With face to face and online session available we can work together to resolve the issues you bring to therapy. Don't put off today what can't wait until tomorrow.
(03) 4231 7114 View (03) 4231 7114
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Louise Jansz - Fourfold Therapy
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220
Louise is a PACFA registered psychotherapist and holistic counsellor. Using targeted interventions, including somatic experiencing and brainspotting, I guide you through life's transitions, fostering self-discovery and growth. I support both lifelong questing and short term crisis. You may be facing uncertainty, anxiety, depression, addiction or an identity crisis. We will work on strategies to manage emotions and adapt to changing circumstances. I create a safe haven to foster self-compassion, self-understanding as you learn to self-regulate, build resilience and communicate your needs as you gain momentum back in your life.
Louise is a PACFA registered psychotherapist and holistic counsellor. Using targeted interventions, including somatic experiencing and brainspotting, I guide you through life's transitions, fostering self-discovery and growth. I support both lifelong questing and short term crisis. You may be facing uncertainty, anxiety, depression, addiction or an identity crisis. We will work on strategies to manage emotions and adapt to changing circumstances. I create a safe haven to foster self-compassion, self-understanding as you learn to self-regulate, build resilience and communicate your needs as you gain momentum back in your life.
(03) 4240 3277 View (03) 4240 3277
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Ece Busch
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220  (Online Only)
Ece is passionate about assisting adults experiencing challenges with ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression, stress, low self esteem, PTSD, c-PTSD and recovery from traumatic and challenging life experiences. Ece is a warm and patient therapist who tailors therapy to your unique needs and strengths. Ece is an accredited EMDR therapist and utilises evidence based approaches including Internal Family Systems therapy, mindfulness-based CBT, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy and art therapy. Ece works with clients on Worksafe, Pathways Vic, DVA and mental health care plans.
Ece is passionate about assisting adults experiencing challenges with ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression, stress, low self esteem, PTSD, c-PTSD and recovery from traumatic and challenging life experiences. Ece is a warm and patient therapist who tailors therapy to your unique needs and strengths. Ece is an accredited EMDR therapist and utilises evidence based approaches including Internal Family Systems therapy, mindfulness-based CBT, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy and art therapy. Ece works with clients on Worksafe, Pathways Vic, DVA and mental health care plans.
(03) 5200 9730 View (03) 5200 9730
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Tessa Andrews
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Ed. Psych.
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220
Tessa is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist with experience working with children and adolescents with a wide range of presentations, including learning difficulties, Intellectual Disability, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression and challenging behaviours.
Tessa is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist with experience working with children and adolescents with a wide range of presentations, including learning difficulties, Intellectual Disability, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression and challenging behaviours.
(03) 4238 2000 View (03) 4238 2000
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Samuel Pyers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, AASW
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220
I specialise in trauma therapy, using an integrated approach combining EMDR, parts work (IFS) and polyvagal theory to support clients to heal trauma. Through an understanding of the nervous system, mind and body we can heal a range of symptoms and move towards a more connected life. Some of these symptoms may include anxiety, stress, hyper-vigilance, panic, nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, depression, numbness, brain fog, fatigue and negative self beliefs. My work with clients focuses on finding their innate human ability to heal and grow, using this to resolve these symptoms and recover from trauma.
I specialise in trauma therapy, using an integrated approach combining EMDR, parts work (IFS) and polyvagal theory to support clients to heal trauma. Through an understanding of the nervous system, mind and body we can heal a range of symptoms and move towards a more connected life. Some of these symptoms may include anxiety, stress, hyper-vigilance, panic, nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, depression, numbness, brain fog, fatigue and negative self beliefs. My work with clients focuses on finding their innate human ability to heal and grow, using this to resolve these symptoms and recover from trauma.
(03) 4233 0216 View (03) 4233 0216
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Create Balance Psychotherapy and Counselling
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Geelong, VIC 3220
When you're struggling with anxiety, ADHD, depression, or trauma, life can feel out of control. At Create Balance Psychotherapy and Counselling, we understand how difficult life can be when you're struggling with mental health concerns. Our team of psychotherapists will assist you to feel back in control of your life. We will help you get to the root cause of your problems so that you can make lasting positive changes. What would your life feel like if you weren't always anxious, depressed or having flashbacks and nightmares? Psychotherapy is the first step to living that life. Medicare rebates are available.
When you're struggling with anxiety, ADHD, depression, or trauma, life can feel out of control. At Create Balance Psychotherapy and Counselling, we understand how difficult life can be when you're struggling with mental health concerns. Our team of psychotherapists will assist you to feel back in control of your life. We will help you get to the root cause of your problems so that you can make lasting positive changes. What would your life feel like if you weren't always anxious, depressed or having flashbacks and nightmares? Psychotherapy is the first step to living that life. Medicare rebates are available.
(03) 9068 5775 View (03) 9068 5775
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Emma Rice
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Geelong, VIC 3220  (Online Only)
She is passionate about supporting individuals and couples, of all gender expressions, experiencing depression, anxiety, high stress, life transitions and relationship difficulties.
PE Psychology is a service dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of individuals across the lifespan with a wide range of presenting issues. Emma is passionate about creating a safe, non-judgemental and empowering environment and relationship, to allow clients to explore the difficulties that are arising in their lives. She is dedicated to working with individuals to develop self-awareness and deep understanding of the complexities of their issues. She aims to promote self-acceptance and positive change by drawing on their strengths, and helping them move towards living a rich, full and meaningful life.
She is passionate about supporting individuals and couples, of all gender expressions, experiencing depression, anxiety, high stress, life transitions and relationship difficulties.
PE Psychology is a service dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of individuals across the lifespan with a wide range of presenting issues. Emma is passionate about creating a safe, non-judgemental and empowering environment and relationship, to allow clients to explore the difficulties that are arising in their lives. She is dedicated to working with individuals to develop self-awareness and deep understanding of the complexities of their issues. She aims to promote self-acceptance and positive change by drawing on their strengths, and helping them move towards living a rich, full and meaningful life.
(03) 4240 3532 View (03) 4240 3532
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Marta Arce Casas
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Geelong, VIC 3220
My ideal client is someone navigating the complex terrain of neurodiversity or mental health challenges. They may be an adolescent or adult grappling with autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, burnout, identity issues, stress management, parenting support, or life transitions. Their goal is to live more authentically, to understand and embrace their unique differences, and to advocate for themselves in a world that often demands conformity. They seek not just to cope, but to thrive, using their strengths to create a life that is fulfilling and aligned with their values.
My ideal client is someone navigating the complex terrain of neurodiversity or mental health challenges. They may be an adolescent or adult grappling with autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, burnout, identity issues, stress management, parenting support, or life transitions. Their goal is to live more authentically, to understand and embrace their unique differences, and to advocate for themselves in a world that often demands conformity. They seek not just to cope, but to thrive, using their strengths to create a life that is fulfilling and aligned with their values.
(03) 4237 7271 View (03) 4237 7271

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Depression Counsellors

What is the goal of therapy for depression?

Therapy for depression has several major goals. One is to relieve the mental pain of depression, which distorts feeling and thinking so that sufferers cannot see beyond their current state of mind or envision feeling better. Another is to give people the mental tools to recognise and correct the kinds of distorted thinking that turn a problem into a catastrophe and lead to despair. Therapy also teaches people how to process negative emotions in constructive ways, so they have more control over their own emotional reactivity. And it helps people regain the ability to see themselves positively, the motivation to do things, and the capacity for pleasure.

What happens in therapy for depression?

Perhaps most important, no matter the type of therapy, patients form an alliance with the therapist; that connection is therapeutic in itself, plus it becomes an instrument of change. Patients learn to identify and to challenge their own erroneous beliefs and thoughts that amplify the effects of negative experiences. They learn to identify situations in which they are especially vulnerable. And they learn new patterns of thinking and behaving. They may be given “homework” assignments in which they practice their developing skills. In addition, good therapists regularly monitor patients to assess whether and how much the condition is improving.

What therapy types help with depression?

Several types of short-term therapy have been found effective, each targeting one or more areas of dysfunction. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps clients challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs, learn new behavioral strategies, and curb reactivity to distressing situations. Behavioural activation (BA) is a form of therapy often used in conjunction with CBT; it focuses on engagement in rewarding activity as a pathway to changing negative feelings and disturbed mood. Another widely used approach is interpersonal therapy (IPT), which targets the social difficulties that both give rise to and get exacerbated by depression. Therapists may combine approaches as needed.

Can therapy for depression be done online?

Studies have found that online therapy can be highly effective for treating depression, although it may be more challenging to build a good therapist-patient alliance on screen than in person—at least at first. However, online therapy can offer considerable advantages. Accessibility and convenience are tops among them. Some people actually find it easier to talk about problems online than in person. While online therapy typically limits visibility of facial expression and body gestures that give important nonverbal cues to a patient’s state of mind, it can give therapists a glimpse into a patient’s world and life, providing information that can be highly useful in guiding therapy.

How effective is therapy for depression?

Many studies show that therapy is highly effective provided that patients complete the prescribed course of therapy, commonly 16 to 20 sessions. Over the long term, it is more effective than medication and the effects are more enduring. As a result, psychotherapy has the power not just to relieve current suffering but to prevent future episodes of the disorder. Therapy reverses the dysfunction in neural circuitry that disposes individuals to a negative view of themselves, the world, and their future and they acquire coping techniques, problem-solving skills, and understanding of their own vulnerabilities that are useful over the course of a lifetime.