Depression Therapists in Victoria, BC

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Second Story Counselling
Counsellor, MC, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T
I work with younger and mid-life adults and couples, many of whom are experiencing difficulty with relationships, identity, anxiety, and depression. Other areas of concern might be spirituality or sexual orientation, or life direction. Quite often, people I meet with are employed in creative fields: art, music, film, tech, or jobs in social justice work. To get a sense of who I am, how I practice, and to access my contact info--check out my website or Instagram "byshariallen".
I work with younger and mid-life adults and couples, many of whom are experiencing difficulty with relationships, identity, anxiety, and depression. Other areas of concern might be spirituality or sexual orientation, or life direction. Quite often, people I meet with are employed in creative fields: art, music, film, tech, or jobs in social justice work. To get a sense of who I am, how I practice, and to access my contact info--check out my website or Instagram "byshariallen".
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Scott Kouri
Counsellor, PhD, RCC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8W
Counselling provides practical solutions for stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and addictions.
Working with me is a process of honestly confronting our internal world in a non-judgemental way. Together we can work towards authenticity and a genuine relationship with ourselves and others. Counselling entails finding ways to manage our experiences while changing the underlying issues that perpetuate them. Sometimes, growth means overcoming obstacles through practical work, and sometimes it making sense of our challenges within the broader unfolding of our lives. For affordable counselling options, I supervise Master-level counselling interns through yourpathcounselling.ca
Counselling provides practical solutions for stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and addictions.
Working with me is a process of honestly confronting our internal world in a non-judgemental way. Together we can work towards authenticity and a genuine relationship with ourselves and others. Counselling entails finding ways to manage our experiences while changing the underlying issues that perpetuate them. Sometimes, growth means overcoming obstacles through practical work, and sometimes it making sense of our challenges within the broader unfolding of our lives. For affordable counselling options, I supervise Master-level counselling interns through yourpathcounselling.ca
(778) 654-6145 View (778) 654-6145
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Stephanie Marchal
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8W
I also work with parent-infant dyads, in case of postpartum depression, to prevent long-term relational complications.
I work with adults, couples, adolescents and children to help them find relief from inner pain and distress in their life. I encourage awareness, foster acceptance, and help create optimal growth. I value clients' finding their own voice and path while doing it in the context of their important relationships, as relationships can be deeply supportive and positively transforming.
I also work with parent-infant dyads, in case of postpartum depression, to prevent long-term relational complications.
I work with adults, couples, adolescents and children to help them find relief from inner pain and distress in their life. I encourage awareness, foster acceptance, and help create optimal growth. I value clients' finding their own voice and path while doing it in the context of their important relationships, as relationships can be deeply supportive and positively transforming.
(778) 678-4181 View (778) 678-4181
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Kyla Bodenham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V9B
I have substantial experience working in partnership with clients who have experienced many issues including trauma, anxiety and depression.
I am a mental health counsellor in Colwood. I have a Masters in clinical social work from the University of Calgary and I am a registered social worker with the BC College of Social Workers. I have over ten years experience working with children, youth and families through various community agencies and have now created my own practice, Breakwater Counselling Services. I work with a trauma informed lens and continuously strive to create a safe and non-judgemental collaborative environment.
I have substantial experience working in partnership with clients who have experienced many issues including trauma, anxiety and depression.
I am a mental health counsellor in Colwood. I have a Masters in clinical social work from the University of Calgary and I am a registered social worker with the BC College of Social Workers. I have over ten years experience working with children, youth and families through various community agencies and have now created my own practice, Breakwater Counselling Services. I work with a trauma informed lens and continuously strive to create a safe and non-judgemental collaborative environment.
(873) 363-0185 View (873) 363-0185
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Stacey Campbell
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8V
I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, and Spiritual Growth and Development from a mindful and transpersonal perspective.
I invite you to book your free 20 minute consultation now if you're yearning to heal from painful emotions that have caused deep suffering in your life. My mission is to help you discover joy in living. I do this by helping you recognize and overcome what's standing in the way of living the life you deserve. I am dedicated to helping my clients deal with their difficult experiences and struggles in life. I compassionately support and guide my clients to discover their untapped strengths and resources so they can attain their greatest potential and find deeper meaning in life.
I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, and Spiritual Growth and Development from a mindful and transpersonal perspective.
I invite you to book your free 20 minute consultation now if you're yearning to heal from painful emotions that have caused deep suffering in your life. My mission is to help you discover joy in living. I do this by helping you recognize and overcome what's standing in the way of living the life you deserve. I am dedicated to helping my clients deal with their difficult experiences and struggles in life. I compassionately support and guide my clients to discover their untapped strengths and resources so they can attain their greatest potential and find deeper meaning in life.
(855) 511-8333 View (855) 511-8333
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Jennifer Brum Counselling
Counsellor, BSc, MTC, RTC, RCS, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V9B
Waitlist for new clients
I offer a wide variety of tools and techniques for symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and relationship issues.
Negative thoughts reel through your head throughout the day and have you tossing and turning at night. You get through your day as if everything is ok, but it isn’t… it’s exhausting! Life’s challenges leave you feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. Your relationships are suffering and you find yourself wanting to avoid the people and places you used to enjoy. No one seems to understand what you’re going through which leaves you feeling misunderstood, invalidated, and unsupported. You want to feel “normal” again. You just want your life back. You’ve had enough, and it’s time to make some serious changes. This is where I can help.
I offer a wide variety of tools and techniques for symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and relationship issues.
Negative thoughts reel through your head throughout the day and have you tossing and turning at night. You get through your day as if everything is ok, but it isn’t… it’s exhausting! Life’s challenges leave you feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. Your relationships are suffering and you find yourself wanting to avoid the people and places you used to enjoy. No one seems to understand what you’re going through which leaves you feeling misunderstood, invalidated, and unsupported. You want to feel “normal” again. You just want your life back. You’ve had enough, and it’s time to make some serious changes. This is where I can help.
(778) 400-1591 View (778) 400-1591
Catherine Zieniewicz
Counsellor, MSc
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8Y  (Online Only)
Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, grief/loss, relationship challenges or the past history of abuse, I can support and guide you in your healing and growth.
For nearly a decade I have been providing counselling services to individuals and groups in private, not-for-profit, and clinical settings in Alberta and British Columbia. I am located in the Greater Victoria area, and enjoy providing a wide range of mental wellness support for those experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, pain, chronic illness, grief, and more. I focus on client’s positive qualities and their strengths to assist them in generating effective solutions for issues they may be facing, facilitating positive growth through a relationship-driven integrative approach.
Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, grief/loss, relationship challenges or the past history of abuse, I can support and guide you in your healing and growth.
For nearly a decade I have been providing counselling services to individuals and groups in private, not-for-profit, and clinical settings in Alberta and British Columbia. I am located in the Greater Victoria area, and enjoy providing a wide range of mental wellness support for those experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, pain, chronic illness, grief, and more. I focus on client’s positive qualities and their strengths to assist them in generating effective solutions for issues they may be facing, facilitating positive growth through a relationship-driven integrative approach.
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Craig McGuigan
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8V
We all know that we are conditioned by experiences, burdened by too much programming and sometimes, a bit lost or out of rapport with our very selves. As a result, we can feel stuck, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed or just numb. I am a Registered Clinic Counselor with over 25 years in the counselling field. In my work, I see myself as a respectful collaborator in your search to make sense of what is happening, or in making new sense of what has happened. Though somewhat eclectic in my approach, I rely heavily on Narrative Therapy. As such, I tend to be curious, ask questions and take notes.
We all know that we are conditioned by experiences, burdened by too much programming and sometimes, a bit lost or out of rapport with our very selves. As a result, we can feel stuck, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed or just numb. I am a Registered Clinic Counselor with over 25 years in the counselling field. In my work, I see myself as a respectful collaborator in your search to make sense of what is happening, or in making new sense of what has happened. Though somewhat eclectic in my approach, I rely heavily on Narrative Therapy. As such, I tend to be curious, ask questions and take notes.
(778) 860-4581 View (778) 860-4581
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NeurAlive Counselling & Neurofeedback
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8T
We help people meet their mental health & wellness goals by offering an array of counselling & neurofeedback services from our beautiful office spaces in Fernwood & Langford, as well as online. With several decades of combined experience, our growing team of Reg. Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists & Interns specialize in supporting children, youth, adults & couples through trauma, grief/loss, major life transitions, relational challenges, anxiety, depression, & addictions. They are adaptive with their approaches & utilize modalities including EMDR, CBT, Mindfulness/Somatic therapies, IFS, Art/Play/Nature-based therapies, & more.
We help people meet their mental health & wellness goals by offering an array of counselling & neurofeedback services from our beautiful office spaces in Fernwood & Langford, as well as online. With several decades of combined experience, our growing team of Reg. Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists & Interns specialize in supporting children, youth, adults & couples through trauma, grief/loss, major life transitions, relational challenges, anxiety, depression, & addictions. They are adaptive with their approaches & utilize modalities including EMDR, CBT, Mindfulness/Somatic therapies, IFS, Art/Play/Nature-based therapies, & more.
(250) 389-2819 View (250) 389-2819
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Manuela Bizzotto
Counsellor, RCC, EMDR
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8R
Are you feeling stuck? Anxious, stressed or depressed? Perhaps you're struggling with trauma related to past experiences that affects your ability to enjoy life in the present. Or maybe you just want to feel better about yourself and find more meaning and purpose in your life. Counselling and EMDR therapy are proven ways to help you understand yourself better and make the changes you need to live well.
Are you feeling stuck? Anxious, stressed or depressed? Perhaps you're struggling with trauma related to past experiences that affects your ability to enjoy life in the present. Or maybe you just want to feel better about yourself and find more meaning and purpose in your life. Counselling and EMDR therapy are proven ways to help you understand yourself better and make the changes you need to live well.
(778) 762-3963 View (778) 762-3963
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Zarine Vogel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, RSW
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V9C
I specialize in stress related concerns and depression/anxiety.
How well do we know ourselves and our ability to cope with life's challenges? This is a question I have assisted many people answer. My focus is to help people see their intrinsic strengths and deal with challenges in an empowered way. Having worked in the counseling field for over 30 years, has allowed me to gain a unique perspective on human resiliency. I work with individuals and couples in areas such as stress related issues, depression/anxiety, grief/loss, post-traumatic stress, career direction and cross cultural counseling.
I specialize in stress related concerns and depression/anxiety.
How well do we know ourselves and our ability to cope with life's challenges? This is a question I have assisted many people answer. My focus is to help people see their intrinsic strengths and deal with challenges in an empowered way. Having worked in the counseling field for over 30 years, has allowed me to gain a unique perspective on human resiliency. I work with individuals and couples in areas such as stress related issues, depression/anxiety, grief/loss, post-traumatic stress, career direction and cross cultural counseling.
(647) 492-5403 View (647) 492-5403
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Your Path Counselling
Counsellor, PhD, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8W
We provide counselling for anxiety, depression, self-esteem, communication, relationship issues, childhood traumas, recovery from abuse and more.
Are you looking for high-quality, professional and accessible counselling? Our team of registered counsellors are ready to serve you. With us, you will find a personalized approach and a safe space to explore your experience without judgment. We provide various options and specialties; our Affordable Intern Clinic sessions cost $75. Visit our website today, yourpathcounselling.com. to learn more about our counsellors and their specializations. If you want help picking the right counsellor, we can match you.
We provide counselling for anxiety, depression, self-esteem, communication, relationship issues, childhood traumas, recovery from abuse and more.
Are you looking for high-quality, professional and accessible counselling? Our team of registered counsellors are ready to serve you. With us, you will find a personalized approach and a safe space to explore your experience without judgment. We provide various options and specialties; our Affordable Intern Clinic sessions cost $75. Visit our website today, yourpathcounselling.com. to learn more about our counsellors and their specializations. If you want help picking the right counsellor, we can match you.
(873) 501-1146 View (873) 501-1146
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Kelly Nakatsuka
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V9A
We all deserve peace, to feel connection with others, and to feel a sense of trust in ourselves and the world. Stress, anxiety, relationship struggles, depression, trauma, major life changes and family issues are among the challenges that can get in the way of us experiencing life the way we would like to. And we all have ways of coping with those stresses. But what happens when those strategies don’t seem to be working anymore? I bring a compassionate and patient approach to our work together. My approach is rooted in my sincere belief, in our ability to heal. No matter the struggle, there is always hope.
We all deserve peace, to feel connection with others, and to feel a sense of trust in ourselves and the world. Stress, anxiety, relationship struggles, depression, trauma, major life changes and family issues are among the challenges that can get in the way of us experiencing life the way we would like to. And we all have ways of coping with those stresses. But what happens when those strategies don’t seem to be working anymore? I bring a compassionate and patient approach to our work together. My approach is rooted in my sincere belief, in our ability to heal. No matter the struggle, there is always hope.
(587) 315-3043 View (587) 315-3043
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Ryan Lieser
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8R
I specialize in treating anxiety and depression in adults and children.
You've already taken your first step, looking for help! Nice work. I work with clients of all ages. I enjoy, hiking, snorkeling, studying local wildlife, and being on the water in my spare time. I also have lived in experience in agriculture and have a realistic understanding of the stressors related to the field. Together, we'll explore tangible ways to start gaining momentum. There are likely already some things you've been doing that work well for you.
I specialize in treating anxiety and depression in adults and children.
You've already taken your first step, looking for help! Nice work. I work with clients of all ages. I enjoy, hiking, snorkeling, studying local wildlife, and being on the water in my spare time. I also have lived in experience in agriculture and have a realistic understanding of the stressors related to the field. Together, we'll explore tangible ways to start gaining momentum. There are likely already some things you've been doing that work well for you.
(807) 907-0272 View (807) 907-0272
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Mental Blocks EMDR Therapy in French & English
Counsellor, EMDR, Cert, RCC, MA
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8R
What if a few sessions could make the difference? You might have tried therapy before but it focused on coping versus getting to the root of your issues. You can't seem to shake the lingering feeling that, no matter what, you're just not good enough. We’re ready to go deep with you and help you put your anxiety, depression, trauma and triggers to rest for good. Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy offers highly effective, gentle relief fast, without the need for you to talk about your problems in detail. It’s time to move past the triggers and patterns that have been holding you back for far too long.
What if a few sessions could make the difference? You might have tried therapy before but it focused on coping versus getting to the root of your issues. You can't seem to shake the lingering feeling that, no matter what, you're just not good enough. We’re ready to go deep with you and help you put your anxiety, depression, trauma and triggers to rest for good. Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy offers highly effective, gentle relief fast, without the need for you to talk about your problems in detail. It’s time to move past the triggers and patterns that have been holding you back for far too long.
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Dr. Helen Macaulay
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8V
I am a Psychologist, registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. I strive to provide a supportive and productive atmosphere in which clients can achieve meaningful growth and change. I believe that it is important to work together in creating a therapeutic relationship that is built on mutual respect, cooperation, and shared goals. Common treatment issues include depression, anxiety, stress, and interpersonal difficulties. My therapeutic approach is tailored to each individual's needs and includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as well as mindfulness and emotion-focused interventions.
I am a Psychologist, registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. I strive to provide a supportive and productive atmosphere in which clients can achieve meaningful growth and change. I believe that it is important to work together in creating a therapeutic relationship that is built on mutual respect, cooperation, and shared goals. Common treatment issues include depression, anxiety, stress, and interpersonal difficulties. My therapeutic approach is tailored to each individual's needs and includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as well as mindfulness and emotion-focused interventions.
(672) 761-0128 View (672) 761-0128
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Andrea Bennington
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V9C  (Online Only)
She has worked with a diverse group of individuals with varying challenges including anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns while they overcome barriers, build autonomy and improve their quality of life on their own terms.
Andrea has been a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors since February 2022. She received her Master of Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University in Fredricton, New Brunswick in August 2021. Her extensive experience working with individuals struggling with persistent mental health challenges in a peer support framework, sparked her desire to become a clinical counsellor. She supports solution-focused, client-centred, and recovery-oriented philosophies rooted in strength, growth, and resiliency.
She has worked with a diverse group of individuals with varying challenges including anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns while they overcome barriers, build autonomy and improve their quality of life on their own terms.
Andrea has been a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors since February 2022. She received her Master of Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University in Fredricton, New Brunswick in August 2021. Her extensive experience working with individuals struggling with persistent mental health challenges in a peer support framework, sparked her desire to become a clinical counsellor. She supports solution-focused, client-centred, and recovery-oriented philosophies rooted in strength, growth, and resiliency.
(236) 326-9470 View (236) 326-9470
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Fairfield Psychology and Oak Bay Psychology
Psychologist, MC, RPsych
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8S
We believe there is power in working collaboratively to address issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, grief, ADHD, and transitions (eg, post-secondary, career, parenting, family, relationships, burnout, compassion fatigue, caregiving, COVID, etc).
We provide community-based psychology and counselling sessions in the Greater Victoria area. Have you been looking to get started with counselling? We offer individual sessions for adults and teens ages 12+ with Registered Psychologists (RPsych) and Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC). We are also offering reduced rate $20 sessions with our Master's level practicum students. In person and online sessions available. Weekday, weekend, and evening appointments are available. NEW: Now with two locations at Fairfield Psychology and Oak Bay Psychology.
We believe there is power in working collaboratively to address issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, grief, ADHD, and transitions (eg, post-secondary, career, parenting, family, relationships, burnout, compassion fatigue, caregiving, COVID, etc).
We provide community-based psychology and counselling sessions in the Greater Victoria area. Have you been looking to get started with counselling? We offer individual sessions for adults and teens ages 12+ with Registered Psychologists (RPsych) and Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC). We are also offering reduced rate $20 sessions with our Master's level practicum students. In person and online sessions available. Weekday, weekend, and evening appointments are available. NEW: Now with two locations at Fairfield Psychology and Oak Bay Psychology.
(778) 949-6065 View (778) 949-6065
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Josh Slatkoff
Psychologist, RPsych, (BC)
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8W
I am a Registered Psychologist (CPBC #1774) who sees adult clients in Victoria, BC. I work with clients to develop coping skills to face challenges and accept limitations. I believe that clients benefit most from therapy when it matches their unique needs for emotional and personal growth. I use several research-supported approaches (e.g., Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to address: depression, social anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessions and compulsions (OCD), adjustment to chronic pain, trauma, anger management, stress management, life transitions, parenting, and family relationships.
I am a Registered Psychologist (CPBC #1774) who sees adult clients in Victoria, BC. I work with clients to develop coping skills to face challenges and accept limitations. I believe that clients benefit most from therapy when it matches their unique needs for emotional and personal growth. I use several research-supported approaches (e.g., Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to address: depression, social anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessions and compulsions (OCD), adjustment to chronic pain, trauma, anger management, stress management, life transitions, parenting, and family relationships.
(855) 515-2981 View (855) 515-2981
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South Island Counselling
Counsellor, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8P
South Island Counselling is a team of Registered Clinical Counsellors and Canadian Certified Counsellors, who offer counselling services to individuals, couples and families in the Greater Victoria area. We can offer a unique experience to our clients as we have 10 clinical counsellors who can be matched to your specific needs. Our approaches can help with anxiety, depression, stress, addictions, trauma, family conflict, low self-esteem, marital conflict, sexual, emotional or physical abuse, grief and loss, relationship issues, life transitions, mood changes, gender identity, spiritual concerns and so much more.
South Island Counselling is a team of Registered Clinical Counsellors and Canadian Certified Counsellors, who offer counselling services to individuals, couples and families in the Greater Victoria area. We can offer a unique experience to our clients as we have 10 clinical counsellors who can be matched to your specific needs. Our approaches can help with anxiety, depression, stress, addictions, trauma, family conflict, low self-esteem, marital conflict, sexual, emotional or physical abuse, grief and loss, relationship issues, life transitions, mood changes, gender identity, spiritual concerns and so much more.
(672) 202-1356 x101 View (672) 202-1356 x101

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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.