Depression Therapists in St John's, NL

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Bill Jeffery Counselling and Wellness
Counsellor, BEd, MEd, BComm, ND, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
St John's, NL A1A
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, sad, or struggling to cope with life's challenges? Feeling depressed, hopeless, like life has little meaning and you want to get back to being YOU again? Do you feel that life has taken a toll on your mental and physical health? I've been there. I get it. That's why I offer Counselling. For Men. And counselling for women who need support, trying to support the men in their lives.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, sad, or struggling to cope with life's challenges? Feeling depressed, hopeless, like life has little meaning and you want to get back to being YOU again? Do you feel that life has taken a toll on your mental and physical health? I've been there. I get it. That's why I offer Counselling. For Men. And counselling for women who need support, trying to support the men in their lives.
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Brad Yetman
Counsellor, MEd, CCC
Verified Verified
St John's, NL A1B
I have experience working alongside adults, teens, and groups, and experience supporting people who have generalized anxiety, social anxiety, depression, and dealing with life stressors. I have further experience working with substance use, harm, and the impact that it has on people’s everyday lives. Lastly, I have an extensive background in the world of sports, especially hockey, and I am passionate about working with athletes, coaches, and teams, to help maximize their preparation, performance, and mental health in sport. I can help groups learn more about mental health and/or mental skills through presentations.
I have experience working alongside adults, teens, and groups, and experience supporting people who have generalized anxiety, social anxiety, depression, and dealing with life stressors. I have further experience working with substance use, harm, and the impact that it has on people’s everyday lives. Lastly, I have an extensive background in the world of sports, especially hockey, and I am passionate about working with athletes, coaches, and teams, to help maximize their preparation, performance, and mental health in sport. I can help groups learn more about mental health and/or mental skills through presentations.
(709) 703-8506 View (709) 703-8506
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Christine Riggs
Counsellor, BA, BscOT, MACP, OT(R)NL, CCC
Verified Verified
St John's, NL A1C
I have been fortunate to work in community mental health and addictions for over 28 years. I have extensive clinical experience helping adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, trauma, childhood dysfunction, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, addiction, emotion dysregulation and family/relationship challenges.
I have been fortunate to work in community mental health and addictions for over 28 years. I have extensive clinical experience helping adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, trauma, childhood dysfunction, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, addiction, emotion dysregulation and family/relationship challenges.
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Jessica Ivany
Counsellor, BA, MA, CCC, nd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
St John's, NL A1A
Some of the subjects I enjoy working with include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, sleep, boundaries, attachment styles, relationship patterns and trauma.
I know reaching out for help can be scary, and I am here to alleviate that potential fear. As a therapist, my main priority is to provide you with a safe space that is welcoming while we work collaboratively on the issues you are experiencing. Therapy is different for each person and my therapeutic approach will provide a unique experience tailored to you and for you. In sessions we will explore your thought patterns, emotions and maladaptive behaviours and learn tools and techniques that will help you live a more meaningful, stable life.
Some of the subjects I enjoy working with include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, sleep, boundaries, attachment styles, relationship patterns and trauma.
I know reaching out for help can be scary, and I am here to alleviate that potential fear. As a therapist, my main priority is to provide you with a safe space that is welcoming while we work collaboratively on the issues you are experiencing. Therapy is different for each person and my therapeutic approach will provide a unique experience tailored to you and for you. In sessions we will explore your thought patterns, emotions and maladaptive behaviours and learn tools and techniques that will help you live a more meaningful, stable life.
(709) 907-6710 View (709) 907-6710
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Jayne Hoyles
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
St John's, NL A1E  (Online Only)
I'm Jayne Hoyles, a registered social worker (MSW, RSW), offering virtual one-on-one counseling and psychotherapy services to adults throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Over the past 5 years, I've worked closely with adults facing various challenges like depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and difficult life transitions. I believe deeply in the power of therapy and I'm here to provide personalized support, tailored to your individual needs.
I'm Jayne Hoyles, a registered social worker (MSW, RSW), offering virtual one-on-one counseling and psychotherapy services to adults throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Over the past 5 years, I've worked closely with adults facing various challenges like depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and difficult life transitions. I believe deeply in the power of therapy and I'm here to provide personalized support, tailored to your individual needs.
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Yvette Goodland
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
St John's, NL A1B  (Online Only)
Hello and thank you for considering me as your therapist. I am registered to practice in Newfoundland and Ontario. I offer online sessions only at this time. I enjoy supporting clients who are dealing with anxiety, depression, grief and trauma. Clients who are interested in gaining personal insight into their thoughts, feelings and behaviors are in a great position to learn new tools and skills that will help them in their journey to wellness. I especially enjoy working with women age 50+. It's a critical age where many women are asking themselves some very big questions. Lets explore them together.
Hello and thank you for considering me as your therapist. I am registered to practice in Newfoundland and Ontario. I offer online sessions only at this time. I enjoy supporting clients who are dealing with anxiety, depression, grief and trauma. Clients who are interested in gaining personal insight into their thoughts, feelings and behaviors are in a great position to learn new tools and skills that will help them in their journey to wellness. I especially enjoy working with women age 50+. It's a critical age where many women are asking themselves some very big questions. Lets explore them together.
(613) 408-0217 View (613) 408-0217
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Samantha Corcoran
Counsellor, MA, CCC, ND
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
St John's, NL A1A
) and I work primarily with anxiety, depression and trauma.
Reaching out to start therapy can be anxiety-provoking. It's important to me that you feel comfortable in session and we build a trusting relationship as it's the foundation of therapeutic success. My aim is to help you understand why you feel or behave in the ways that you do and find helpful coping strategies to live a more meaningful life. Therapy goals are based on your priorities and values. In sessions, we will discuss how your feelings, thoughts, trauma or current stressors are impacting your life. I incorporate mindfulness, self-compassion, somatic regulation and value-based actions to work towards your goals.
) and I work primarily with anxiety, depression and trauma.
Reaching out to start therapy can be anxiety-provoking. It's important to me that you feel comfortable in session and we build a trusting relationship as it's the foundation of therapeutic success. My aim is to help you understand why you feel or behave in the ways that you do and find helpful coping strategies to live a more meaningful life. Therapy goals are based on your priorities and values. In sessions, we will discuss how your feelings, thoughts, trauma or current stressors are impacting your life. I incorporate mindfulness, self-compassion, somatic regulation and value-based actions to work towards your goals.
(709) 501-0467 View (709) 501-0467
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Tracy Kroeker
Psychologist, MC, R Psych
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
St John's, NL A1A  (Online Only)
Life tends to be full of ups and downs, with no shortage of uncertainties and challenges. At times, we may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed, overworked, burnt out, depressed, lacking in sleep, lacking in meaning, struggling in relationships, or stuck and unsure how to proceed. We may also realize that we're repeating unhelpful cycles, behaviours, or thought patterns that we developed in response to past experiences and that it’s time to make some changes. It's during these times that we can benefit from additional support, perspective, and strategies.
Life tends to be full of ups and downs, with no shortage of uncertainties and challenges. At times, we may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed, overworked, burnt out, depressed, lacking in sleep, lacking in meaning, struggling in relationships, or stuck and unsure how to proceed. We may also realize that we're repeating unhelpful cycles, behaviours, or thought patterns that we developed in response to past experiences and that it’s time to make some changes. It's during these times that we can benefit from additional support, perspective, and strategies.
(587) 412-5186 View (587) 412-5186
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Bri Collyer
Counsellor, BSc, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
St John's, NL A1E
Hi there, my name is Bri and I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) practicing in Newfoundland. My approach to counselling is one where I believe that you are the expert on you, you know yourself and your goals better than anyone else ever could. I want to walk with you along your journey, offering you support where you need it. Maybe you struggle with loving yourself, anxiety, depression, body image, self esteem, self criticism, shame, or processing trauma. I really enjoy working with folks who want to reconnect with their authentic selves, and who want to find joy in their lives.
Hi there, my name is Bri and I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) practicing in Newfoundland. My approach to counselling is one where I believe that you are the expert on you, you know yourself and your goals better than anyone else ever could. I want to walk with you along your journey, offering you support where you need it. Maybe you struggle with loving yourself, anxiety, depression, body image, self esteem, self criticism, shame, or processing trauma. I really enjoy working with folks who want to reconnect with their authentic selves, and who want to find joy in their lives.
(709) 701-3284 View (709) 701-3284
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Reflections Counselling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
St John's, NL A1A
I work with adults and youth in the areas of addictive behaviour and substance abuse, mental health - stress/anxiety, anger management and depression.
In difficult times, we struggle to cope, and often engage in self-defeating behaviours that can further complicate our lives. I offer a service where you can feel safe to share without being judged. I have practiced counselling for over 15 years, with a 25+ year social work career history. I am a registered social worker, and obtained my Bachelor of Social Work degree from McGill University. I have also completed some MSW study at Memorial University. I have also received intensive training from psychoanalyst Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes-Reyes.
I work with adults and youth in the areas of addictive behaviour and substance abuse, mental health - stress/anxiety, anger management and depression.
In difficult times, we struggle to cope, and often engage in self-defeating behaviours that can further complicate our lives. I offer a service where you can feel safe to share without being judged. I have practiced counselling for over 15 years, with a 25+ year social work career history. I am a registered social worker, and obtained my Bachelor of Social Work degree from McGill University. I have also completed some MSW study at Memorial University. I have also received intensive training from psychoanalyst Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes-Reyes.
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Ben Blaney Counselling
Counsellor, CCC, MACP
Verified Verified
St John's, NL A1A
My specialties include anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and depression.
Anyone is welcome regarding my preference for particular clientele. I am open to any kind of mental health distress that you might be experiencing, and I will always do my best to provide the best treatment possible.
My specialties include anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and depression.
Anyone is welcome regarding my preference for particular clientele. I am open to any kind of mental health distress that you might be experiencing, and I will always do my best to provide the best treatment possible.
(709) 400-9230 View (709) 400-9230
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Oakwood Counselling - Ali Burke MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
St John's, NL A1A
Waitlist for new clients
If the effects of depression, anxiety, trauma, stress or relationship difficulties have become overwhelming, therapy can help. I am a seasoned therapist with over 14 years experience working with individuals, families and couples. My primary focus is providing you with a safe, confidential and validating space to explore and make sense of what is getting in the way of your wellness, as well as providing concrete tools and strategies that will help you to increase your resilience and move forward in the direction you choose. We will work together to determine which therapeutic interventions are the best fit for you.
If the effects of depression, anxiety, trauma, stress or relationship difficulties have become overwhelming, therapy can help. I am a seasoned therapist with over 14 years experience working with individuals, families and couples. My primary focus is providing you with a safe, confidential and validating space to explore and make sense of what is getting in the way of your wellness, as well as providing concrete tools and strategies that will help you to increase your resilience and move forward in the direction you choose. We will work together to determine which therapeutic interventions are the best fit for you.
(519) 803-6999 View (519) 803-6999
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Jennifer Marie: ADHD, Trauma (EMDR), Anxiety
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, BSD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
St John's, NL A1A
Finding peace can feel like an uphill battle in the depths of life's challenges. I'm here to offer you a compassionate hand and a listening ear on your journey. With a focus on creating a safe and nonjudgmental space, I specialize in providing support for individuals seeking relief from emotional turmoil. I believe that everyone deserves to live a fulfilling and empowered life, and I am committed to walking alongside you as you navigate the complexities of your emotions and experiences, be it anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, relational issues, fitness setbacks, people-pleasing, or managing chronic illness.
Finding peace can feel like an uphill battle in the depths of life's challenges. I'm here to offer you a compassionate hand and a listening ear on your journey. With a focus on creating a safe and nonjudgmental space, I specialize in providing support for individuals seeking relief from emotional turmoil. I believe that everyone deserves to live a fulfilling and empowered life, and I am committed to walking alongside you as you navigate the complexities of your emotions and experiences, be it anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, relational issues, fitness setbacks, people-pleasing, or managing chronic illness.
(289) 210-7202 View (289) 210-7202
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Tryphena Gabriel (Psychotherapy For You Newfounland)
Counsellor, CCPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
St John's, NL A1G  (Online Only)
My name is Tryphena Gabriel and I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor and an Educator. I have worked with children and adolescents with behaviour, emotional and intellectual difficulties in and out of the school setting for over 21 years. I have also counselled many individuals, couples, and minority and indigenous populations for many years helping them find their voice and worth while building strategies to improve and build self capacity and self love to assist clients reach their goals. I have training in many areas including; anxiety, depression, personality disorders, ADHD, ODD, Autism, trauma, relationship issues and other
My name is Tryphena Gabriel and I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor and an Educator. I have worked with children and adolescents with behaviour, emotional and intellectual difficulties in and out of the school setting for over 21 years. I have also counselled many individuals, couples, and minority and indigenous populations for many years helping them find their voice and worth while building strategies to improve and build self capacity and self love to assist clients reach their goals. I have training in many areas including; anxiety, depression, personality disorders, ADHD, ODD, Autism, trauma, relationship issues and other
(709) 701-2633 View (709) 701-2633
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Michelle Keough
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
St John's, NL A1A
With over 13 years of experience, I have a sound knowledge in the treatment of relationship and marriage issues, anxiety and depression.
Feeling disconnected from your partner has got you feeling discouraged and frustrated in your relationship. You're tired of having the same arguments continue to happen in your relationship with no understanding. Being stuck in conflict has lead to you feeling disconnected from your partner and is holding you back from creating a secure loving bond. You no longer need to feel alone in your relationship. You can ensure I will offer a safe place for you to become unstuck in these patterns and move towards feeling connected. I will work with you on devising the how to overcome these stuck patterns and create the love you want.
With over 13 years of experience, I have a sound knowledge in the treatment of relationship and marriage issues, anxiety and depression.
Feeling disconnected from your partner has got you feeling discouraged and frustrated in your relationship. You're tired of having the same arguments continue to happen in your relationship with no understanding. Being stuck in conflict has lead to you feeling disconnected from your partner and is holding you back from creating a secure loving bond. You no longer need to feel alone in your relationship. You can ensure I will offer a safe place for you to become unstuck in these patterns and move towards feeling connected. I will work with you on devising the how to overcome these stuck patterns and create the love you want.
(587) 329-9320 View (587) 329-9320
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Deidre Keating
Counsellor, MEd, CCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
St John's, NL A1E
Hi! I am a counsellor with a deep passion + appreciation of all things body. I enjoy supporting clients in developing and cultivating a more meaningful and peaceful relationship with their own body experience, whatever it may be. My areas of focus include body image, body dysmorphia, body trust, body liberation, body acceptance, body neutrality, eating disorders/disordered eating, shame, sexuality, depression, anxiety, and anything else that the body experiences and holds. My work is rooted in self-compassion; that is the foundation upon which all good and sustainable things are built.
Hi! I am a counsellor with a deep passion + appreciation of all things body. I enjoy supporting clients in developing and cultivating a more meaningful and peaceful relationship with their own body experience, whatever it may be. My areas of focus include body image, body dysmorphia, body trust, body liberation, body acceptance, body neutrality, eating disorders/disordered eating, shame, sexuality, depression, anxiety, and anything else that the body experiences and holds. My work is rooted in self-compassion; that is the foundation upon which all good and sustainable things are built.
(709) 910-8669 View (709) 910-8669
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Sherri Northcott
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
St John's, NL A1B
Are you struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Substance Misuse, Trauma, including PTSD and C-PTSD, or issues related to Gender and Sexuality? Are you feeling overwhelmed and not knowing how to deal with your present situation? No one goes through life without having to overcome challenges. Whatever concern brings you to therapy, together, in an emotionally safe and non-judgmental space, we can explore the barriers that stand in the way of you feeling content and whole, and learn skills to cope and deal with concerns in your life. Approved provider for ADT/License Reinstatement for Motor Vehicle Registration - NL.
Are you struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Substance Misuse, Trauma, including PTSD and C-PTSD, or issues related to Gender and Sexuality? Are you feeling overwhelmed and not knowing how to deal with your present situation? No one goes through life without having to overcome challenges. Whatever concern brings you to therapy, together, in an emotionally safe and non-judgmental space, we can explore the barriers that stand in the way of you feeling content and whole, and learn skills to cope and deal with concerns in your life. Approved provider for ADT/License Reinstatement for Motor Vehicle Registration - NL.
(709) 700-3188 View (709) 700-3188
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Curtis Pittman - Queer-Affirmative Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, CCC, ND
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
St John's, NL A1A
Life can present many struggles that lead us to feel overwhelmed. A warm and supportive safe space provides the foundation for self-exploration and building new skill sets that help us through these moments. Whether your concerns are related to anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, and/or grief, I aim to provide compassionate care that validates your experience and supports your goals. - - - Now offering private team-based Adult ADHD Assessments with a Registered Psychologist in Newfoundland and Labrador. - - -
Life can present many struggles that lead us to feel overwhelmed. A warm and supportive safe space provides the foundation for self-exploration and building new skill sets that help us through these moments. Whether your concerns are related to anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, and/or grief, I aim to provide compassionate care that validates your experience and supports your goals. - - - Now offering private team-based Adult ADHD Assessments with a Registered Psychologist in Newfoundland and Labrador. - - -
(709) 501-5794 View (709) 501-5794
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Emily Cardwell
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RPQ
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
St John's, NL A1E  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed? Perhaps you’re seeking balance in your relationships or struggling with boundaries? Starting the journey of self-improvement and healing takes great courage. I am dedicated to helping you find your path to healing and fulfilment. Together, we will develop a personalized strategy that fosters your personal growth and well-being. We will process your experiences, pinpoint your aspirations, and create actionable steps to help you achieve your goals.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed? Perhaps you’re seeking balance in your relationships or struggling with boundaries? Starting the journey of self-improvement and healing takes great courage. I am dedicated to helping you find your path to healing and fulfilment. Together, we will develop a personalized strategy that fosters your personal growth and well-being. We will process your experiences, pinpoint your aspirations, and create actionable steps to help you achieve your goals.
(709) 797-3044 View (709) 797-3044
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Becky Fleming
Counsellor, MEd, CCC, ND
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
St John's, NL A1A
Finding a trusted person to support you in therapy can be a big step- and an overwhelming one! I'm so glad you're curious about how counselling can help. My diverse training and experience makes me a great fit in supporting people across the lifespan in areas such as relationships (intimate, familial, friendships, and even dome), neurodivergence, burnout/compassion fatigue, substance use/other dependencies, and mental health concerns like anxiety and depression. These concerns are a little snapshot of my specialties, but I'm comfortable and ready to talk you through anything you're going through- together, we can find solutions.
Finding a trusted person to support you in therapy can be a big step- and an overwhelming one! I'm so glad you're curious about how counselling can help. My diverse training and experience makes me a great fit in supporting people across the lifespan in areas such as relationships (intimate, familial, friendships, and even dome), neurodivergence, burnout/compassion fatigue, substance use/other dependencies, and mental health concerns like anxiety and depression. These concerns are a little snapshot of my specialties, but I'm comfortable and ready to talk you through anything you're going through- together, we can find solutions.
(709) 309-0072 View (709) 309-0072

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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.