Depression Therapists in Calgary, AB

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Andrew Luceno
Psychologist, BA, BEd, MSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2N  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy is collaborative and holistic, and is intended to help you build a better, healthier relationship with yourself and others. We’ll work together to discover ways to heal from mental illness and cope with life’s challenges. I have years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults (including couples) as an educator and therapist. I help people deal with a variety of challenges (e.g., anxiety, OCD, depression); I am trained in individual trauma therapy, and I work with individuals to find meaning in life and live theirs to its fullest despite the adversity they may have experienced.
My approach to therapy is collaborative and holistic, and is intended to help you build a better, healthier relationship with yourself and others. We’ll work together to discover ways to heal from mental illness and cope with life’s challenges. I have years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults (including couples) as an educator and therapist. I help people deal with a variety of challenges (e.g., anxiety, OCD, depression); I am trained in individual trauma therapy, and I work with individuals to find meaning in life and live theirs to its fullest despite the adversity they may have experienced.
(587) 412-5090 View (587) 412-5090
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Danielle Haldemann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3C
I am a Registered Social Worker with a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary. I am dedicated to helping people live a life that is meaningful and memorable. I have a passion for working with adults to address trauma, burnout, chronic stress, depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, grief and loss, emotional regulation, mental health management, and life transitions. My approach is grounded in a collaborative and trauma-informed lens. I believe each person I work with is their own expert of their life.
I am a Registered Social Worker with a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary. I am dedicated to helping people live a life that is meaningful and memorable. I have a passion for working with adults to address trauma, burnout, chronic stress, depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, grief and loss, emotional regulation, mental health management, and life transitions. My approach is grounded in a collaborative and trauma-informed lens. I believe each person I work with is their own expert of their life.
(587) 327-2649 View (587) 327-2649
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Dr. Joanne Vallely
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2L
I am a PhD trained clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, youth, and young adults struggling with mental health difficulties and/or challenges associated with health conditions. For the last 12 years, I have worked in several Canadian pediatric hospitals supporting children, youth and families impacted by acute, chronic and life-threatening or limiting illnesses (e.g., cancer, diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain, neuromuscular disorders) and associated mental health concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment to living with illness impact).
I am a PhD trained clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, youth, and young adults struggling with mental health difficulties and/or challenges associated with health conditions. For the last 12 years, I have worked in several Canadian pediatric hospitals supporting children, youth and families impacted by acute, chronic and life-threatening or limiting illnesses (e.g., cancer, diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain, neuromuscular disorders) and associated mental health concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment to living with illness impact).
(825) 254-7705 View (825) 254-7705
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Avery Morris
Psychologist, MC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2N
My areas of focus including managing anxiety and depression, navigating life transitions, values and identity development and supporting self-esteem.
In my work I strive to collaborate with clients to explore themes of connection, choice, responsibility and personal growth, and how in doing so, a person can build a meaningful life. I work alongside clients to strengthen their capacities, amplify their voice, and enact change. Drawing from a variety of counselling modalities allows me to meet the individual needs of each client. I incorporate elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused techniques into my practice.
My areas of focus including managing anxiety and depression, navigating life transitions, values and identity development and supporting self-esteem.
In my work I strive to collaborate with clients to explore themes of connection, choice, responsibility and personal growth, and how in doing so, a person can build a meaningful life. I work alongside clients to strengthen their capacities, amplify their voice, and enact change. Drawing from a variety of counselling modalities allows me to meet the individual needs of each client. I incorporate elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused techniques into my practice.
(587) 209-8344 View (587) 209-8344
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Nick Bohn
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2Z
With specialization in supporting adults and adolescents struggling with low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression, as well as couples stuck in problem dynamics my practice is geared toward providing a safe, compassionate atmosphere in which you'll feel empowered to explore and get to the core of the patterns holding you back.
Would you like to feel motivated by life? Cultivate genuine, loving relationships? Feel comfortable in your skin, regardless of what life throws your way? Well you’re certainly not alone! Connection, self-esteem, and self-actualization have all been identified as human needs—essential to our mental health and well-being. Unfortunately, certain emotional, behavioural, or relational patterns can act as barriers to these needs, quelling our personal growth, and leaving us confined to oppressive cycles of anxiety and distress. Relate to any or all of the above? I think we all can—and perhaps I can help.
With specialization in supporting adults and adolescents struggling with low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression, as well as couples stuck in problem dynamics my practice is geared toward providing a safe, compassionate atmosphere in which you'll feel empowered to explore and get to the core of the patterns holding you back.
Would you like to feel motivated by life? Cultivate genuine, loving relationships? Feel comfortable in your skin, regardless of what life throws your way? Well you’re certainly not alone! Connection, self-esteem, and self-actualization have all been identified as human needs—essential to our mental health and well-being. Unfortunately, certain emotional, behavioural, or relational patterns can act as barriers to these needs, quelling our personal growth, and leaving us confined to oppressive cycles of anxiety and distress. Relate to any or all of the above? I think we all can—and perhaps I can help.
(587) 316-9108 View (587) 316-9108
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Dineke Tolkamp
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2P  (Online Only)
Hi! I am presently accepting new clients for online therapy. I have worked with predominantly with teens and adults with a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, anger, stress, substance use, emotion regulation, communication, life transitions, and relationship struggles. I have worked many different kinds of people around the world and in Canada and this has shown me the importance of considering every part of an individual's identity in therapy.
Hi! I am presently accepting new clients for online therapy. I have worked with predominantly with teens and adults with a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, anger, stress, substance use, emotion regulation, communication, life transitions, and relationship struggles. I have worked many different kinds of people around the world and in Canada and this has shown me the importance of considering every part of an individual's identity in therapy.
(587) 907-5012 View (587) 907-5012
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Elizabeth Brunner
Registered Provisional Psychologist, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2N
Waitlist for new clients
I provide therapy for a range of concerns, although my areas of focus are working with anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, and trauma.
I provide client-centered and trauma-informed therapy. My aim is to create a safe and accepting space, facilitating discussion and processing of concerns that brought you in. I offer culturally sensitive therapy and respect your personal values and worldview. Creating an environment where you feel comfortable, heard, and understood during our sessions is my focus. Our work will be based on your needs and preferences. I strive to help you discover your inherent strengths and build resiliency. I enjoy working with individual adults, couples, families, and adolescents (16+).
I provide therapy for a range of concerns, although my areas of focus are working with anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, and trauma.
I provide client-centered and trauma-informed therapy. My aim is to create a safe and accepting space, facilitating discussion and processing of concerns that brought you in. I offer culturally sensitive therapy and respect your personal values and worldview. Creating an environment where you feel comfortable, heard, and understood during our sessions is my focus. Our work will be based on your needs and preferences. I strive to help you discover your inherent strengths and build resiliency. I enjoy working with individual adults, couples, families, and adolescents (16+).
(587) 742-0067 View (587) 742-0067
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Arian Guedes
Psychologist, MACP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2H
If you feel like you no longer take pleasure in usual activities, your interpersonal relationships are suffering, you find your mood sad, angry and you experience sleep disturbances...you are not alone! Mental health is a continuum and everyone at times feels overwhelmed, out of balance and confused by life’s curve-balls. As a Registered Psychologist, I've successfully worked with clients with various issues such as relationship concerns-couples/marital issues, trauma, PTSD, OCD, grief/loss, self-esteem, co-dependency, depression, anxiety, phobia, and occupational stress.
If you feel like you no longer take pleasure in usual activities, your interpersonal relationships are suffering, you find your mood sad, angry and you experience sleep disturbances...you are not alone! Mental health is a continuum and everyone at times feels overwhelmed, out of balance and confused by life’s curve-balls. As a Registered Psychologist, I've successfully worked with clients with various issues such as relationship concerns-couples/marital issues, trauma, PTSD, OCD, grief/loss, self-esteem, co-dependency, depression, anxiety, phobia, and occupational stress.
(587) 327-1512 View (587) 327-1512
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Erin Summers
Registered Provisional Psychologist, MC
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2E
I provide individual counselling in various different areas including but not limited to; depression, anxiety, guilt/shame, self-worth, self-esteem, stress, grief, body-image, eating disorders, and trauma.
I see strength as an innate characteristic in all people. I also understand that it can be difficult to see that strength within ourselves in times of hardship and pain. It can be incredibly challenging to explore the most vulnerable parts of our being; our innermost thoughts and feelings. I believe that this work can begin in a non-judgemental, safe and supportive environment that empowers individuals to make the positive changes needed to live happy and fulfilled lives. I believe the key to successful therapy is developing strong therapeutic relationships with my clients rooted in empathy, trust, mutual respect, and understanding.
I provide individual counselling in various different areas including but not limited to; depression, anxiety, guilt/shame, self-worth, self-esteem, stress, grief, body-image, eating disorders, and trauma.
I see strength as an innate characteristic in all people. I also understand that it can be difficult to see that strength within ourselves in times of hardship and pain. It can be incredibly challenging to explore the most vulnerable parts of our being; our innermost thoughts and feelings. I believe that this work can begin in a non-judgemental, safe and supportive environment that empowers individuals to make the positive changes needed to live happy and fulfilled lives. I believe the key to successful therapy is developing strong therapeutic relationships with my clients rooted in empathy, trust, mutual respect, and understanding.
(587) 802-4113 View (587) 802-4113
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Richard M Alarie
Psychologist, MA, RPsych
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2M
Life can feel overwhelming at times and it's important to realize you are not alone. I am a registered psychologist who provides assessment and treatment services to adults and seniors with mild to severe mental health issues—specifically, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, self-esteem, life transition, addiction issues, bipolar and psychotic disorders, as well as posttraumatic stress among MVA survivors. My work conducting psychological assessments offers another angle in promoting self-exploration and identifying opportunities for growth. I also provide vocational counselling in the context of life and career transitions.
Life can feel overwhelming at times and it's important to realize you are not alone. I am a registered psychologist who provides assessment and treatment services to adults and seniors with mild to severe mental health issues—specifically, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, self-esteem, life transition, addiction issues, bipolar and psychotic disorders, as well as posttraumatic stress among MVA survivors. My work conducting psychological assessments offers another angle in promoting self-exploration and identifying opportunities for growth. I also provide vocational counselling in the context of life and career transitions.
(825) 254-9151 View (825) 254-9151
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Kevin Ufoegbune
Registered Social Worker, PhD(c)
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T3A  (Online Only)
I work with clients who have anxiety and depression.
It's not easy navigating through life - as your guide, I am here to support you. I promote mental health and wellness through therapy sessions. I have an interest and expertise in counseling vulnerable populations. I am proud to guide and support clients of all backgrounds. You will be motivated and supported in using your voice and overcoming the adversities and trauma you are facing. You can ask me about my pro bono rate.
I work with clients who have anxiety and depression.
It's not easy navigating through life - as your guide, I am here to support you. I promote mental health and wellness through therapy sessions. I have an interest and expertise in counseling vulnerable populations. I am proud to guide and support clients of all backgrounds. You will be motivated and supported in using your voice and overcoming the adversities and trauma you are facing. You can ask me about my pro bono rate.
(825) 254-5827 View (825) 254-5827
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Cinder Smith (Inglis)
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2H
The areas I am trained and interested in include addictions/substance abuse, self esteem, workplace issues, depression, anxiety, parenting, anger, and stress management.
Feeling overwhelmed, stuck, hopeless, or fearful? Do you need some new skills or tools to help you navigate through some of these challenges? I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists providing assessments, consultations, and counselling to adults, adolescents, and seniors for the past 14+ years.
The areas I am trained and interested in include addictions/substance abuse, self esteem, workplace issues, depression, anxiety, parenting, anger, and stress management.
Feeling overwhelmed, stuck, hopeless, or fearful? Do you need some new skills or tools to help you navigate through some of these challenges? I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists providing assessments, consultations, and counselling to adults, adolescents, and seniors for the past 14+ years.
(587) 507-8785 View (587) 507-8785
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Dr. Christi Alloway
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T3H
People seek help from therapy on the basis of a healthy longing to find relief from their emotional suffering. Are you struggling with painful symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger/resentment, guilt or grief? Do you find yourself repeating self-defeating behaviours, like over-eating, over-spending or over-drinking? Are you stuck in familiar but dissatisfying relationship patterns with your partner, friends, parents, kids or coworkers? Maybe you are lonely but have trouble trusting others. Perhaps you wish you could express your feelings or thoughts, but are held back by a fear of judgement or rejection.
People seek help from therapy on the basis of a healthy longing to find relief from their emotional suffering. Are you struggling with painful symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger/resentment, guilt or grief? Do you find yourself repeating self-defeating behaviours, like over-eating, over-spending or over-drinking? Are you stuck in familiar but dissatisfying relationship patterns with your partner, friends, parents, kids or coworkers? Maybe you are lonely but have trouble trusting others. Perhaps you wish you could express your feelings or thoughts, but are held back by a fear of judgement or rejection.
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Jessica Dawson
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T3E
Thinking about making a change? The first step can feel like a lot. I am so happy to see you here! I help children, teens, and adults facing a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, OCD, self-esteem issues, emotional regulation challenges, ADHD, autism. I also support interpersonal issues including couples counselling, parenting support, peer challenges, and social skills development. I like working as a team and actively seek and incorporate client feedback as an integral part of sessions. I aim to provide a warm and safe space for clients.
Thinking about making a change? The first step can feel like a lot. I am so happy to see you here! I help children, teens, and adults facing a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, OCD, self-esteem issues, emotional regulation challenges, ADHD, autism. I also support interpersonal issues including couples counselling, parenting support, peer challenges, and social skills development. I like working as a team and actively seek and incorporate client feedback as an integral part of sessions. I aim to provide a warm and safe space for clients.
(825) 250-3436 View (825) 250-3436
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Ben Bamijoko - Bri Counselling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MEd, MCA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3M
My professional speciality includes supporting people struggling with addictions, abuse, anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, trauma, grief and loss, relationship concerns, behavioral problems, and parenting issues.
I am a culturally affirming Master's level social worker who is passionate about working with diverse populations and creating a non-judgmental space where each client feels heard, respected, and understood. I provide counselling to youth, adults, individuals, couples, and families and I have over 14 years of experience as a clinician on the frontline and in leadership teams. I understand that at times, life’s impacts bring stress, worry, frustration, and anxiety. I work to provide clients with the right support, help, and guidance so that they can cope with challenges and re-discover their path to a more fulfilling life.
My professional speciality includes supporting people struggling with addictions, abuse, anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, trauma, grief and loss, relationship concerns, behavioral problems, and parenting issues.
I am a culturally affirming Master's level social worker who is passionate about working with diverse populations and creating a non-judgmental space where each client feels heard, respected, and understood. I provide counselling to youth, adults, individuals, couples, and families and I have over 14 years of experience as a clinician on the frontline and in leadership teams. I understand that at times, life’s impacts bring stress, worry, frustration, and anxiety. I work to provide clients with the right support, help, and guidance so that they can cope with challenges and re-discover their path to a more fulfilling life.
(587) 849-0921 View (587) 849-0921
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Lisa Jacobson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2N
What areas of your life would you like to see improvements? What healing would you benefit from? Together we can set goals towards such themes as feeling more compassionate and at peace with yourself, establishing better connection and communication in your relationships, developing tools to feel resilient to manage anxiety or depression, finding a deeper passion in your current career path or finding a new one, feeling more confident in parenting, improving your body image and relief from eating disorders and working towards healing from past traumas.
What areas of your life would you like to see improvements? What healing would you benefit from? Together we can set goals towards such themes as feeling more compassionate and at peace with yourself, establishing better connection and communication in your relationships, developing tools to feel resilient to manage anxiety or depression, finding a deeper passion in your current career path or finding a new one, feeling more confident in parenting, improving your body image and relief from eating disorders and working towards healing from past traumas.
(587) 570-5541 View (587) 570-5541
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Angeline Murwisi
Counsellor, MSW, BA, RSW
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2M
I have experience working with individual teenagers, adults, and couples around the area of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, couples counselling, parenting, separation and divorce.
Life is a gift and it's beautiful but sometimes it brings us challenges, that maybe difficult to navigate and resolve. Every life challenge has its underlying root causes. Whether they are past or present experiences. I firmly believe that nothing just happens. However, for every life challenge there is HOPE. Hope sustains us.
I have experience working with individual teenagers, adults, and couples around the area of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, couples counselling, parenting, separation and divorce.
Life is a gift and it's beautiful but sometimes it brings us challenges, that maybe difficult to navigate and resolve. Every life challenge has its underlying root causes. Whether they are past or present experiences. I firmly believe that nothing just happens. However, for every life challenge there is HOPE. Hope sustains us.
(587) 412-5162 View (587) 412-5162
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Lauraine F. Laudel
Psychologist, BEd, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3E
I work with individuals of any age in the areas of stress management, depression, anxiety, relationships, grief, ADHD, trauma, divorce or life transitions, to name a few.
Sometimes, challenges in life seem bigger than we can manage. You aren't alone! Whether you feeling overwhelmed, confused, stressed, sad or unclear about where to go or what to do next, there is hope. It is my goal and honour to work collaboratively with you, to co-create the changes you are seeking as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Change IS possible. The life you are wanting awaits you!
I work with individuals of any age in the areas of stress management, depression, anxiety, relationships, grief, ADHD, trauma, divorce or life transitions, to name a few.
Sometimes, challenges in life seem bigger than we can manage. You aren't alone! Whether you feeling overwhelmed, confused, stressed, sad or unclear about where to go or what to do next, there is hope. It is my goal and honour to work collaboratively with you, to co-create the changes you are seeking as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Change IS possible. The life you are wanting awaits you!
(587) 741-9016 View (587) 741-9016
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Vivian Boyechko
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2N
With more than 20 years of experience, I specialize in PTSD, Depression and Anxiety, including with RCMP and Canadian Armed Forces. My goal is to alleviate your emotional distress and increase your positive life experiences. My professional style involves treatment within a warm, caring, respectful, straightforward relationship. I am open-minded, non-judgmental, experienced and highly competent. My extensive experience enables me to quickly and accurately assess your area of need. I will teach you effective symptom management strategies, problem-solving techniques and positive changes. My goal for you is a better quality of life.
With more than 20 years of experience, I specialize in PTSD, Depression and Anxiety, including with RCMP and Canadian Armed Forces. My goal is to alleviate your emotional distress and increase your positive life experiences. My professional style involves treatment within a warm, caring, respectful, straightforward relationship. I am open-minded, non-judgmental, experienced and highly competent. My extensive experience enables me to quickly and accurately assess your area of need. I will teach you effective symptom management strategies, problem-solving techniques and positive changes. My goal for you is a better quality of life.
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Brenda Duncan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2M
I see individuals and couples facing crisis; stuck in negative patterns; with issues in relationships; affected by depression and anxiety; in work/life imbalance; in life transitions.
Separating, or thinking about it? If you're in a relationship that's not working, I can help. You are facing one of the most common challenges - to stay, to go, work it through with your partner, or let go? I'll work with you to sort through and find solutions that work for you.
I see individuals and couples facing crisis; stuck in negative patterns; with issues in relationships; affected by depression and anxiety; in work/life imbalance; in life transitions.
Separating, or thinking about it? If you're in a relationship that's not working, I can help. You are facing one of the most common challenges - to stay, to go, work it through with your partner, or let go? I'll work with you to sort through and find solutions that work for you.
(403) 874-7690 View (403) 874-7690

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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.