Depression Therapists in Barrie, ON

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New Beginnings Barrie
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, MIT, BSc(H)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Are you anxious? Do you feel stuck? Perhaps you can’t find the right words for what’s going on in your marriage right now? Are you stressed or depressed about life in general? Then it may be time for you to chat with someone like me. Life is hectic every day, but when you have someone who is ready to walk the journey with you, life becomes more enjoyable. My name is Ibukun Ogunsina, and I’d love to give you my shoulders to lean on. I have walked some miles in other people’s shoes. I have also worked with diverse populations and in many settings.
Are you anxious? Do you feel stuck? Perhaps you can’t find the right words for what’s going on in your marriage right now? Are you stressed or depressed about life in general? Then it may be time for you to chat with someone like me. Life is hectic every day, but when you have someone who is ready to walk the journey with you, life becomes more enjoyable. My name is Ibukun Ogunsina, and I’d love to give you my shoulders to lean on. I have walked some miles in other people’s shoes. I have also worked with diverse populations and in many settings.
(249) 490-4528 View (249) 490-4528
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Kyle Brandon
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
Life can present challenges for all of us. Most people will experience some form of depression or anxiety at some point in their life. The support of an empathetic, non-judgmental counsellor can help us to create a plan to move forward when we feel ‘stuck’. If you are experiencing sadness, stress, or worry, I can provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for you to identify the goals that are most important to you, and support you in reaching those goals.
Life can present challenges for all of us. Most people will experience some form of depression or anxiety at some point in their life. The support of an empathetic, non-judgmental counsellor can help us to create a plan to move forward when we feel ‘stuck’. If you are experiencing sadness, stress, or worry, I can provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for you to identify the goals that are most important to you, and support you in reaching those goals.
(249) 202-2243 View (249) 202-2243
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Roca Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
DEPRESSION is debilitating.
Individual, couples & family counselling for anxiety, depression, relationships, & other issues. We help reduce symptoms, improve coping & resolve issues. RELATIONSHIPS: Sustaining long-term relationships take effort, dedication, & hard work. Whether it's life's stresses, arguing, infidelity, communication skills or other issues, it can take a toll on the most stable of relationships. Let's work through your relationship issues, get your relationship back into shape, and reconnect. You deserve to have a satisfying & fulfilling relationship.
DEPRESSION is debilitating.
Individual, couples & family counselling for anxiety, depression, relationships, & other issues. We help reduce symptoms, improve coping & resolve issues. RELATIONSHIPS: Sustaining long-term relationships take effort, dedication, & hard work. Whether it's life's stresses, arguing, infidelity, communication skills or other issues, it can take a toll on the most stable of relationships. Let's work through your relationship issues, get your relationship back into shape, and reconnect. You deserve to have a satisfying & fulfilling relationship.
(289) 210-7048 View (289) 210-7048
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Jessica Pino
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Life can be challenging, overwhelming and stressful. As your therapist, I am passionate about supporting you along the way. I know it can be hard reaching out, and I am here to meet you where you are in your journey. I understand the importance of building a therapeutic relationship and aim to create a safe, validating and non-judgmental space. I believe everyone has the potential to heal and the resiliency to bounce back from trauma. I have experience with an array of psychosocial and mental health challenges including mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, depression, life transitions, stress, trauma and addictions.
Life can be challenging, overwhelming and stressful. As your therapist, I am passionate about supporting you along the way. I know it can be hard reaching out, and I am here to meet you where you are in your journey. I understand the importance of building a therapeutic relationship and aim to create a safe, validating and non-judgmental space. I believe everyone has the potential to heal and the resiliency to bounce back from trauma. I have experience with an array of psychosocial and mental health challenges including mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, depression, life transitions, stress, trauma and addictions.
(705) 999-7638 View (705) 999-7638
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Crystal Pacheco
Registered Social Worker, HBA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Crystal is highly trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in multiple areas such as: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, OCD, and Phobias.
Crystal is a registered Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience providing individual counselling to children, youth, and adults. Crystal also provides psychotherapy to couples and enjoys working alongside with counselling families. Crystal has a Bachelor of Arts at University of Waterloo and a Master’s in Social Work from Lakehead University.
Crystal is highly trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in multiple areas such as: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, OCD, and Phobias.
Crystal is a registered Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience providing individual counselling to children, youth, and adults. Crystal also provides psychotherapy to couples and enjoys working alongside with counselling families. Crystal has a Bachelor of Arts at University of Waterloo and a Master’s in Social Work from Lakehead University.
(289) 763-9898 View (289) 763-9898
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Wayne Vassair
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
I am particularly skilled in supporting men with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, communication, grief or trauma.
Currently only offering virtual or phone sessions - I’m a Registered Social Worker with 17 years of experience. I enjoy working with clients who feel stuck in their life or even feel they are in the midst of crisis/chaos. I am well suited to clients who want to live more authentically and enjoy a genuine, open therapist. Currently completing my Masters of Social Work, I am passionate about counselling, and my aim is to be collaborative, genuine, and compassionate.
I am particularly skilled in supporting men with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, communication, grief or trauma.
Currently only offering virtual or phone sessions - I’m a Registered Social Worker with 17 years of experience. I enjoy working with clients who feel stuck in their life or even feel they are in the midst of crisis/chaos. I am well suited to clients who want to live more authentically and enjoy a genuine, open therapist. Currently completing my Masters of Social Work, I am passionate about counselling, and my aim is to be collaborative, genuine, and compassionate.
(249) 504-1212 View (249) 504-1212
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Elyse Graf
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, grief or trauma from the past? I can provide a safe and compassionate way of processing and moving forward. I have experience working with children, youth and adults.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, grief or trauma from the past? I can provide a safe and compassionate way of processing and moving forward. I have experience working with children, youth and adults.
(289) 236-0674 View (289) 236-0674
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Effie Mitskopoulos - Holistic Psychotherapy
Registered Social Worker, HBSc, MSW, RSW, CHyp, CYT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
3 Spots left at $120/session! It's time to feel and see how powerful you are. I help women overcome self-defeating and worrisome thoughts and live a calm and fulfilling life. Stress and trauma affects how you feel, think, behave, and how your body works. This can manifest as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and/or addiction. I treat you as a whole person (body, mind, and spirit), personalizing various modalities like Hypnosis, Mindfulness, CBT, DBT, and Nervous System Re-training to work for you so distress is released and healthy patterns are established. I teach you skills so that you live a happy, peaceful, and meaningful life.
3 Spots left at $120/session! It's time to feel and see how powerful you are. I help women overcome self-defeating and worrisome thoughts and live a calm and fulfilling life. Stress and trauma affects how you feel, think, behave, and how your body works. This can manifest as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and/or addiction. I treat you as a whole person (body, mind, and spirit), personalizing various modalities like Hypnosis, Mindfulness, CBT, DBT, and Nervous System Re-training to work for you so distress is released and healthy patterns are established. I teach you skills so that you live a happy, peaceful, and meaningful life.
(249) 294-1342 View (249) 294-1342
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Naomi Bennett
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
I see people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, addictions, adjustment to change in their lives, relationship or family conflict, or the residual pain left from difficult childhoods or painful life events. My way of working as a therapist is to get to know you: your hopes, your talents, your problems and your unique way of thinking and expressing yourself. We then proceed with treatment based on who you are and what you need. The aim is to allow coping with your weaknesses to help you uncover your strengths, and your way forward.
I see people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, addictions, adjustment to change in their lives, relationship or family conflict, or the residual pain left from difficult childhoods or painful life events. My way of working as a therapist is to get to know you: your hopes, your talents, your problems and your unique way of thinking and expressing yourself. We then proceed with treatment based on who you are and what you need. The aim is to allow coping with your weaknesses to help you uncover your strengths, and your way forward.
(855) 977-0103 View (855) 977-0103
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Charlotte Fergusson
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
Charlotte Fergusson MACP, R.P. has over 25 years of experience providing high quality, compassionate services. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and offers psychotherapy for a wide range of concerns, such as, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, acute trauma, grief, anger management, stress management, emotional regulation, life transitions, separation and divorce to children, teens, families and adults. Charlotte also meet the CPRO criteria for Clinical Supervision offers Clinical supervision to students and those qualifying for CPRO hours.
Charlotte Fergusson MACP, R.P. has over 25 years of experience providing high quality, compassionate services. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and offers psychotherapy for a wide range of concerns, such as, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, acute trauma, grief, anger management, stress management, emotional regulation, life transitions, separation and divorce to children, teens, families and adults. Charlotte also meet the CPRO criteria for Clinical Supervision offers Clinical supervision to students and those qualifying for CPRO hours.
(249) 202-2070 View (249) 202-2070
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Tom Jantzi
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, BA, DPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
If you're feeling stuck, like you've lost momentum because anxiety, depression or grief keeps standing in your way my goal is to work within your strengths to regain confidence and hope in life again. If you want to explore the meaning in your story and discover strategies for lasting changes that fit your lifestyle and the future you hope for than contact me today! I specialize in supporting adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression and grief and I see over and over again how many of the best tools and strategies come straight from my their own lived experiences. Unfortunately, its too easy to overlook this opportunities.
If you're feeling stuck, like you've lost momentum because anxiety, depression or grief keeps standing in your way my goal is to work within your strengths to regain confidence and hope in life again. If you want to explore the meaning in your story and discover strategies for lasting changes that fit your lifestyle and the future you hope for than contact me today! I specialize in supporting adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression and grief and I see over and over again how many of the best tools and strategies come straight from my their own lived experiences. Unfortunately, its too easy to overlook this opportunities.
(249) 490-8596 View (249) 490-8596
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Dr. Petra Gyles
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
Dr. Gyles is a Clinical & School Psychologist focusing in child & adolescent populations providing comprehensive assessments, therapy, & consultation. Dr. Gyles provides therapy for children and teens targeting depression, anxiety, academic anxiety, OCD, perfectionism, trauma, school struggles, and social issues. She uses evidence-based practices and takes a cognitive-behavioural therapy approach, with aspects of positive psychology, mindfulness, emotion focused, and narrative therapy approaches incorporated into treatment.
Dr. Gyles is a Clinical & School Psychologist focusing in child & adolescent populations providing comprehensive assessments, therapy, & consultation. Dr. Gyles provides therapy for children and teens targeting depression, anxiety, academic anxiety, OCD, perfectionism, trauma, school struggles, and social issues. She uses evidence-based practices and takes a cognitive-behavioural therapy approach, with aspects of positive psychology, mindfulness, emotion focused, and narrative therapy approaches incorporated into treatment.
(438) 300-9215 View (438) 300-9215
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Marcelina Malinski
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
I have experience supporting clients working through trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, relationship conflict, communication problems, low self-esteem, anger, and emotional dysregulation.
I offer compassionate therapy in a nurturing environment where you feel safe and supported. I am dedicated to empowering you in connecting with your authentic self - the aligned state of inner wisdom and strength. I assist Individuals desiring to heal from experiences of trauma, depression, anxiety, and anger, to embody what is meaningful and fulfilling. I will guide you in modifying unhelpful thinking patterns, promoting healthier ways of relating to your emotions, and approaching life challenges with greater ease and self-assurance. Together, we will address presenting issues at their root, to create space for lasting change.
I have experience supporting clients working through trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, relationship conflict, communication problems, low self-esteem, anger, and emotional dysregulation.
I offer compassionate therapy in a nurturing environment where you feel safe and supported. I am dedicated to empowering you in connecting with your authentic self - the aligned state of inner wisdom and strength. I assist Individuals desiring to heal from experiences of trauma, depression, anxiety, and anger, to embody what is meaningful and fulfilling. I will guide you in modifying unhelpful thinking patterns, promoting healthier ways of relating to your emotions, and approaching life challenges with greater ease and self-assurance. Together, we will address presenting issues at their root, to create space for lasting change.
(249) 201-9236 View (249) 201-9236
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Lindsay Tsang
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Un-controlled emotions can sabotage areas of our lives. Are you consistently angry? Or have anxiety and you're losing an appetite for life? Angry outburst can leave you embarrassed or potentially harm important relationships. You may feel a sense that life is out of control when you lash out, especially if it's towards people who didn't deserve it. High anxiety on the other hand can lead to insomnia, depression and the inability to cope with every day life. You may be asking, "Can I ever feel normal again?"
Un-controlled emotions can sabotage areas of our lives. Are you consistently angry? Or have anxiety and you're losing an appetite for life? Angry outburst can leave you embarrassed or potentially harm important relationships. You may feel a sense that life is out of control when you lash out, especially if it's towards people who didn't deserve it. High anxiety on the other hand can lead to insomnia, depression and the inability to cope with every day life. You may be asking, "Can I ever feel normal again?"
(249) 502-5830 View (249) 502-5830
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Tula Psychotherapy and Trauma Recovery: EMDR
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
It is also often a significant contributing factor to anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship issues, and much more.
Welcome! As a therapist, I have the privilege of accompanying clients along their uniquely personal therapy journeys. My passion lies in providing a safe and judgement-free space for traditional counselling, and trauma processing via EMDR, IFS and DBR. The origin of unprocessed trauma isn't always immediately clear, yet it changes how we view ourselves and the world around us. It can keep us in old conditioning and unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving while also limiting our ability to truly experience and embrace the present moment...where clarity, joy, and love of new experiences and relationships happen.
It is also often a significant contributing factor to anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship issues, and much more.
Welcome! As a therapist, I have the privilege of accompanying clients along their uniquely personal therapy journeys. My passion lies in providing a safe and judgement-free space for traditional counselling, and trauma processing via EMDR, IFS and DBR. The origin of unprocessed trauma isn't always immediately clear, yet it changes how we view ourselves and the world around us. It can keep us in old conditioning and unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving while also limiting our ability to truly experience and embrace the present moment...where clarity, joy, and love of new experiences and relationships happen.
(249) 503-0505 View (249) 503-0505
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Samantha Smyth
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
I am a registered clinical social worker at Smith Psychological who provides individual and family psychotherapy. I hold a Master of Social Work, specializing in individual and family therapy.I have worked in child welfare, hospitals, not-for-profit organizations and in the school board settings. I have extensive experience counselling both children and adults. I provide services through multiple modalities such as: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Focused Family Therapy and Navigating relationships, suicide prevention, anxiety & depression management, sexual violence & LGBTQ+ counselling.
I am a registered clinical social worker at Smith Psychological who provides individual and family psychotherapy. I hold a Master of Social Work, specializing in individual and family therapy.I have worked in child welfare, hospitals, not-for-profit organizations and in the school board settings. I have extensive experience counselling both children and adults. I provide services through multiple modalities such as: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Focused Family Therapy and Navigating relationships, suicide prevention, anxiety & depression management, sexual violence & LGBTQ+ counselling.
(249) 209-0262 View (249) 209-0262
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William Stanus
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
I primarily focus on working with adults (18 and over) in individual therapy. I am comfortable with a wide variety of presenting issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, relational issues, meaning, identity conflicts, and trauma. I also provide christian counselling services to those seeking to bring their faith into the counselling room.
I primarily focus on working with adults (18 and over) in individual therapy. I am comfortable with a wide variety of presenting issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, relational issues, meaning, identity conflicts, and trauma. I also provide christian counselling services to those seeking to bring their faith into the counselling room.
(249) 202-2204 View (249) 202-2204
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Gretchen Savery
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
Her work covers various areas, including Depression, Family dynamics, ADHD symptoms (in adults and children), Stress, Skills Training (like time management, organization skills, prioritizing, and social skills), Procrastination, Motivation, Behavioural issues, School difficulties, Parenting, Coping Strategies (for dealing with feelings, change, adversity).
Mastering family dynamics, igniting personal growth, and restoring communication bridges, Gretchen empowers individuals and families to navigate life's intricate challenges. Backed by a Master of Arts in Family Therapy and Systemic Intervention and a Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology, she is a trusted counsellor and member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). Family Counselling, Parent training, Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, Behavioural Strategies, Individual Counselling, Psychoeducation, untangling conflict, fostering healthy communication, and rebuilding trust within family
Her work covers various areas, including Depression, Family dynamics, ADHD symptoms (in adults and children), Stress, Skills Training (like time management, organization skills, prioritizing, and social skills), Procrastination, Motivation, Behavioural issues, School difficulties, Parenting, Coping Strategies (for dealing with feelings, change, adversity).
Mastering family dynamics, igniting personal growth, and restoring communication bridges, Gretchen empowers individuals and families to navigate life's intricate challenges. Backed by a Master of Arts in Family Therapy and Systemic Intervention and a Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology, she is a trusted counsellor and member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). Family Counselling, Parent training, Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, Behavioural Strategies, Individual Counselling, Psychoeducation, untangling conflict, fostering healthy communication, and rebuilding trust within family
(249) 444-2451 View (249) 444-2451
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Sonya Watson Adult Adhd Teens Anxiety Supervision
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CCC, MEd, BEd, BSc
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
We will work together to help you learn how to better manage your anxiety, ADHD or depression on a daily basis.
Being a child, teen, post-secondary student or adult today can be tough. Anxiety, ADHD or low mood can make you feel stuck, stressed, overwhelmed or exhausted from trying to cope every day, but there is hope! Are you tired of feeling anxious, overwhelmed or down all the time? Are you constantly worrying? Maybe your social life, grades or job are being impacted. If you struggle with anxiety, low mood, self-esteem, social anxiety, life transitions, time management, ADHD, ASD, OCD, learning disabilities, peer/relationships issues, reach out for help today.
We will work together to help you learn how to better manage your anxiety, ADHD or depression on a daily basis.
Being a child, teen, post-secondary student or adult today can be tough. Anxiety, ADHD or low mood can make you feel stuck, stressed, overwhelmed or exhausted from trying to cope every day, but there is hope! Are you tired of feeling anxious, overwhelmed or down all the time? Are you constantly worrying? Maybe your social life, grades or job are being impacted. If you struggle with anxiety, low mood, self-esteem, social anxiety, life transitions, time management, ADHD, ASD, OCD, learning disabilities, peer/relationships issues, reach out for help today.
(249) 449-9201 View (249) 449-9201
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Lindsay Van Volkenburg
Registered Social Worker, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Having been a client myself many years ago, I know what it's like to struggle with anxiety, depression and loss.
After having worked in various mental health care settings, I am excited to now focus on my passion for individual counselling. I provide evidence-based therapy to youth and adults and I have a special interest in working with those who experience anxiety, depression, grief and postpartum mood difficulties. I have specialized skills and training in cognitive-behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy. I take a hollistic approach when it comes to helping my clients make change and I believe that when client’s challenges and strengths are validated in a supportive and therapeutic space, long lasting change is possible.
Having been a client myself many years ago, I know what it's like to struggle with anxiety, depression and loss.
After having worked in various mental health care settings, I am excited to now focus on my passion for individual counselling. I provide evidence-based therapy to youth and adults and I have a special interest in working with those who experience anxiety, depression, grief and postpartum mood difficulties. I have specialized skills and training in cognitive-behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy. I take a hollistic approach when it comes to helping my clients make change and I believe that when client’s challenges and strengths are validated in a supportive and therapeutic space, long lasting change is possible.
(249) 449-3277 View (249) 449-3277

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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.