Depression Therapists in Bolton, ON

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Dr. Karma Guindon & Associates
Registered Social Worker, PhD, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Bolton, ON L7E
We are a team of highly skilled and experienced psychology and social work professionals providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. Our areas of expertise include assisting children, adolescents, and adults with relationships, trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, mood, abuse-related issues, school difficulties, work difficulties, parenting, substance misuse, transitions, and grief and loss.
We are a team of highly skilled and experienced psychology and social work professionals providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. Our areas of expertise include assisting children, adolescents, and adults with relationships, trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, mood, abuse-related issues, school difficulties, work difficulties, parenting, substance misuse, transitions, and grief and loss.
(289) 271-1665 View (289) 271-1665
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Dawn Patricia Wilson
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Bolton, ON L7E  (Online Only)
I have a good understanding of childhood disorders, anxiety and depression, parent child conflict, and adolescent issues.
While it is true that every life has its highs and lows, sometimes the lows are hard to manage and support may be needed to regain strength. I provide counselling for children and adults, both individually and within the context of the family. I work from a variety of theoretical perspectives including but not limited to CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Family Systems. My clients establish their own goals for therapy and I provide support in defining the objectives for meeting those goals. I believe that my clients are the experts on their own lives and I am there to facilitate the changes they desire.
I have a good understanding of childhood disorders, anxiety and depression, parent child conflict, and adolescent issues.
While it is true that every life has its highs and lows, sometimes the lows are hard to manage and support may be needed to regain strength. I provide counselling for children and adults, both individually and within the context of the family. I work from a variety of theoretical perspectives including but not limited to CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Family Systems. My clients establish their own goals for therapy and I provide support in defining the objectives for meeting those goals. I believe that my clients are the experts on their own lives and I am there to facilitate the changes they desire.
(289) 302-8157 View (289) 302-8157
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Bolton Pyschology
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E
Feeling overwhelmed or lost? Feeling burnt out and misunderstood? Is your relationship stuck in the same dance no matter what you do? We understand how intimidating & difficult it can be to find a psychologist that can truly help. At Bolton Psychology we ensure that you will experience a non judgemental, collaborative, empathetic & safe environment. We provide psychological therapy services for teens, adults, and couples (in-person and virtually). We specialize in treating depression, anxiety, burnout, trauma and abuse, anger, stress, family and relationship issues, perfectionism, postpartum support, self-esteem, and ADHD.
Feeling overwhelmed or lost? Feeling burnt out and misunderstood? Is your relationship stuck in the same dance no matter what you do? We understand how intimidating & difficult it can be to find a psychologist that can truly help. At Bolton Psychology we ensure that you will experience a non judgemental, collaborative, empathetic & safe environment. We provide psychological therapy services for teens, adults, and couples (in-person and virtually). We specialize in treating depression, anxiety, burnout, trauma and abuse, anger, stress, family and relationship issues, perfectionism, postpartum support, self-esteem, and ADHD.
(289) 206-5293 View (289) 206-5293
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Joe Gentile
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E
I have experience working with issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, relationship conflict, grief, loss, trauma, & behavioural addictions such as problem gambling, gaming and internet use.
Experiencing feelings of sadness, stress and/or anxiety? Overwhelmed by thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Looking to improve your current life situation, mood and/or relationships? Counselling can lead to increased satisfaction in life and relationships. I provide individual, couples, and family counselling to children, youth and adults seeking to enhance social, emotional and overall well-being. Adopting a client-focused, strength based approach, I support clients in building self-awareness, self-esteem, and coping skills to facilitate desired change.
I have experience working with issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, relationship conflict, grief, loss, trauma, & behavioural addictions such as problem gambling, gaming and internet use.
Experiencing feelings of sadness, stress and/or anxiety? Overwhelmed by thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Looking to improve your current life situation, mood and/or relationships? Counselling can lead to increased satisfaction in life and relationships. I provide individual, couples, and family counselling to children, youth and adults seeking to enhance social, emotional and overall well-being. Adopting a client-focused, strength based approach, I support clients in building self-awareness, self-esteem, and coping skills to facilitate desired change.
(647) 313-2706 View (647) 313-2706
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Stephanie Peluso
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E
My mental health practice offers in person and virtual counselling/psychotherapy to children, youth, and young adults/parents in Ontario, who are impacted by trauma, anxiety, depression and stressful life transitions.
Hi! I am so glad that you are here. The decision to begin therapy is often the first step towards positive change, improved relationships and feeling better. I understand that life can bring us suffering, pain, loss, and other experiences that we oftentimes struggle to manage. My goal as a therapist is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain and find hope to feel better.
My mental health practice offers in person and virtual counselling/psychotherapy to children, youth, and young adults/parents in Ontario, who are impacted by trauma, anxiety, depression and stressful life transitions.
Hi! I am so glad that you are here. The decision to begin therapy is often the first step towards positive change, improved relationships and feeling better. I understand that life can bring us suffering, pain, loss, and other experiences that we oftentimes struggle to manage. My goal as a therapist is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain and find hope to feel better.
(289) 401-5479 View (289) 401-5479
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Erika Belledent
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E
Waitlist for new clients
With over 6 years experience in providing mental health treatment, including an internship with Dig a Little Deeper and experience with the provincial group home program, I provide compassionate care for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and life transitions. We spend each and every day in our bodies and minds, and I believe in the limitless growth that accompanies deep self-reflection and exploration of who we really are. I strive towards encouraging a lifestyle that inspires compassionate self-acceptance with room for growth.
With over 6 years experience in providing mental health treatment, including an internship with Dig a Little Deeper and experience with the provincial group home program, I provide compassionate care for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and life transitions. We spend each and every day in our bodies and minds, and I believe in the limitless growth that accompanies deep self-reflection and exploration of who we really are. I strive towards encouraging a lifestyle that inspires compassionate self-acceptance with room for growth.
(289) 216-7094 View (289) 216-7094
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Marie-Maude Pelletier Sottile
Registered Psychotherapist, BAPsych, MA , MACP, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E
My clinical experience allows me to treat individuals who experience low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship struggles, emotional disturbances, stress, mood disorders, behavioural issues, ADHD, bipolar, borderline disorder, & adjusting to a life change.
Therapy is an opportunity to increase our resilience and to learn how to cope with undesirable life events. Anger, fear, sadness or guilt arise when life experiences are overlooked, neglected, and ununderstood. Anxiety & Depression is a response to the failure to care for the feelings & emotions of the self. Likewise, feelings of stress and inner discomfort need understanding to be changed. The psychotherapy techniques I use to ease client issues and discomfort include CBT, Talking Therapy, DBT skills, Client-Centred, Compassion, Emotional and Solution Focus Therapy, Psychoeducation, frameworks of attachment, and family systems.
My clinical experience allows me to treat individuals who experience low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship struggles, emotional disturbances, stress, mood disorders, behavioural issues, ADHD, bipolar, borderline disorder, & adjusting to a life change.
Therapy is an opportunity to increase our resilience and to learn how to cope with undesirable life events. Anger, fear, sadness or guilt arise when life experiences are overlooked, neglected, and ununderstood. Anxiety & Depression is a response to the failure to care for the feelings & emotions of the self. Likewise, feelings of stress and inner discomfort need understanding to be changed. The psychotherapy techniques I use to ease client issues and discomfort include CBT, Talking Therapy, DBT skills, Client-Centred, Compassion, Emotional and Solution Focus Therapy, Psychoeducation, frameworks of attachment, and family systems.
(647) 905-9212 View (647) 905-9212
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Salwa Mawji
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Bolton, ON L7E
Welcome to Therapy Heals! I have worked with individuals, children/adolescents, young adults, couples, families, and groups in a variety of capacities. My expertise is in anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, parenting challenges, self-esteem issues, stress and relationship difficulties. I am known for my compassionate, strengths-based approach and my ability to not only help my clients navigate through life stressors, but also to explore ways to live more meaningfully and purposefully.
Welcome to Therapy Heals! I have worked with individuals, children/adolescents, young adults, couples, families, and groups in a variety of capacities. My expertise is in anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, parenting challenges, self-esteem issues, stress and relationship difficulties. I am known for my compassionate, strengths-based approach and my ability to not only help my clients navigate through life stressors, but also to explore ways to live more meaningfully and purposefully.
(888) 340-4325 View (888) 340-4325
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Aneliya Saley
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, MTA, RP
Verified Verified
Bolton, ON L7E
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the Ontario College of Psychotherapists and Certified Music Therapist (MTA) with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy. I am passionate about supporting and empowering individuals on their journey to healing and well-being by focusing on the power of the music experience. I use music to facilitate healing for the mind, body and soul. Music therapy can be used with the very young, right up to the very old. It can be used to treat a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, anger issues, acting out, eating disorders, PTSD, separation or divorce.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the Ontario College of Psychotherapists and Certified Music Therapist (MTA) with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy. I am passionate about supporting and empowering individuals on their journey to healing and well-being by focusing on the power of the music experience. I use music to facilitate healing for the mind, body and soul. Music therapy can be used with the very young, right up to the very old. It can be used to treat a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, anger issues, acting out, eating disorders, PTSD, separation or divorce.
(289) 206-5311 View (289) 206-5311
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Tracey Hand-Breckenridge
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, RP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E  (Online Only)
Does it feel like there is 'something' missing in your life? Is an important relationship troubled? Has depression or anxiety become a huge weight for you? These things, PTSD/trauma due to COVID-19 or other reasons, chronic or palliative illness can all have an enormous impact on your life and those around you--and there are approaches that will help you manage. Whether your needs are emotional, psychological or social in nature, or are seeking care that is spiritually integrated or faith based, I will help you address them in the way that is best for you. Peace, purpose, wellness are found in the balance of mind, body and soul.
Does it feel like there is 'something' missing in your life? Is an important relationship troubled? Has depression or anxiety become a huge weight for you? These things, PTSD/trauma due to COVID-19 or other reasons, chronic or palliative illness can all have an enormous impact on your life and those around you--and there are approaches that will help you manage. Whether your needs are emotional, psychological or social in nature, or are seeking care that is spiritually integrated or faith based, I will help you address them in the way that is best for you. Peace, purpose, wellness are found in the balance of mind, body and soul.
(519) 940-4357 View (519) 940-4357
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Sara Nia
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RPQ
Verified Verified
Bolton, ON L7C
I am a culturally attuned Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) fluent in Farsi and English, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (candidate). I tailor my methods to meet your unique needs, including individuals facing anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, relationship issues, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), personality disorders, substance use disorders, and trauma-related disorders.
I am a culturally attuned Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) fluent in Farsi and English, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (candidate). I tailor my methods to meet your unique needs, including individuals facing anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, relationship issues, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), personality disorders, substance use disorders, and trauma-related disorders.
(888) 340-4325 View (888) 340-4325
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Carley Rawes Centre
MDiv, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E  (Online Only)
Feeling like something isn't right in your life? Are you, or is someone you love in crisis? Are you consumed by worry, overwhelmed, unable to cope, exhausted, struggling at school, work or a relationship? Depression, anxiety anger or addictions rob you of joy, make you feel numb, isolated and that life is darker and far more challenging than it should be? We help people and families just like you to find hope. Internal Family Systems, EMDR and cognitive behavioural therapy are some of our approaches. Carley was my young, talented, vibrant, beautiful cousin, and it is in her memory that this centre was founded; that's her picture.
Feeling like something isn't right in your life? Are you, or is someone you love in crisis? Are you consumed by worry, overwhelmed, unable to cope, exhausted, struggling at school, work or a relationship? Depression, anxiety anger or addictions rob you of joy, make you feel numb, isolated and that life is darker and far more challenging than it should be? We help people and families just like you to find hope. Internal Family Systems, EMDR and cognitive behavioural therapy are some of our approaches. Carley was my young, talented, vibrant, beautiful cousin, and it is in her memory that this centre was founded; that's her picture.
(226) 641-6805 View (226) 641-6805
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About: Anxiety, Depression, Stress- Sarah Pirrotta
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), CCC, MACP, BFA
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E  (Online Only)
Anxiety, depression, anger, stress, and relationship issues can be isolating and exhausting. Are you feeling stuck in repetitive cycles of anxiety, depression, anger, intrusive negative thoughts, emotional distress and dysregulation? Are you engaging in unhealthy behaviours to cope? Struggling with relationships? Is it difficult for you to love yourself, to connect with the present, to achieve your goals? Perhaps you just feel stuck overall and don’t know how to move forward from this place you find yourself in. "Stuck" can be a hard and lonely place to be - I want to help you. I believe that knowledge is power!
Anxiety, depression, anger, stress, and relationship issues can be isolating and exhausting. Are you feeling stuck in repetitive cycles of anxiety, depression, anger, intrusive negative thoughts, emotional distress and dysregulation? Are you engaging in unhealthy behaviours to cope? Struggling with relationships? Is it difficult for you to love yourself, to connect with the present, to achieve your goals? Perhaps you just feel stuck overall and don’t know how to move forward from this place you find yourself in. "Stuck" can be a hard and lonely place to be - I want to help you. I believe that knowledge is power!
(289) 723-1527 View (289) 723-1527
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Haley Doyle
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E
I am passionate about providing client-centered counselling to individuals (14 years+), couples, and the 2SLGBTQ+ community. As a therapist, building an open and trusting relationship with my clients is of utmost importance. Improving your well-being takes courage and hard work, and it is my hope that clients find therapy to be an opportunity for exploring new ways of seeing their life, and a safe space to recover, learn, and grow. My areas of focus include anxiety, depression, boundary issues, and stress management. Together we will identify tools to help you through your challenges in a way that is tailored to you.
I am passionate about providing client-centered counselling to individuals (14 years+), couples, and the 2SLGBTQ+ community. As a therapist, building an open and trusting relationship with my clients is of utmost importance. Improving your well-being takes courage and hard work, and it is my hope that clients find therapy to be an opportunity for exploring new ways of seeing their life, and a safe space to recover, learn, and grow. My areas of focus include anxiety, depression, boundary issues, and stress management. Together we will identify tools to help you through your challenges in a way that is tailored to you.
(226) 457-6775 View (226) 457-6775
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Lauren Perri
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E
My approach to therapy is rooted in empathy, authenticity, and collaboration, aiming to create a safe and supportive space where clients can explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences openly and without judgment. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief or another challenge, I am here to provide compassionate support and evidence-based interventions tailored to your unique needs and preferences. Together, we will work collaboratively to explore your strengths, identify areas for growth, and cultivate greater self-awareness and insight.
My approach to therapy is rooted in empathy, authenticity, and collaboration, aiming to create a safe and supportive space where clients can explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences openly and without judgment. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief or another challenge, I am here to provide compassionate support and evidence-based interventions tailored to your unique needs and preferences. Together, we will work collaboratively to explore your strengths, identify areas for growth, and cultivate greater self-awareness and insight.
(289) 272-5421 View (289) 272-5421
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Oluwaseun (Sean) Ajilore
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E  (Online Only)
Struggling with depression, ADHD, anxiety, grief, loss, trauma, or being on the autism spectrum can be incredibly challenging. As a trauma-informed psychotherapist and rehabilitation therapist, I understand the impact that these changes can have on individuals and families. These impacts run deep and can often affect our mind, body, and spirit including our relationships and self-esteem. I believe that every individual has the capacity to heal, grow and develop resiliency. I prioritize the strength of our therapeutic alliance and collaborate from a socially and culturally sensitive lens.
Struggling with depression, ADHD, anxiety, grief, loss, trauma, or being on the autism spectrum can be incredibly challenging. As a trauma-informed psychotherapist and rehabilitation therapist, I understand the impact that these changes can have on individuals and families. These impacts run deep and can often affect our mind, body, and spirit including our relationships and self-esteem. I believe that every individual has the capacity to heal, grow and develop resiliency. I prioritize the strength of our therapeutic alliance and collaborate from a socially and culturally sensitive lens.
(289) 277-5076 View (289) 277-5076
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Joyce Van Andel
Registered Social Worker, BA, Psyc, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Bolton, ON L7E
I treat anxiety/depression, trauma and grief, life transitions, post-partum mood disorder, divorce/separation, etc.
Taking care of our mental health is more important than ever. Therapy allows you to comfortably share the thoughts, feelings, behaviours and relationship issues that are most troubling in your life. Therapy is a collaborative process, where clients are the experts in their own lives. Together, we will develop an understanding of who you are and the core aspects of what has brought you to therapy. We then will work on building on the strengths you already have and learn further strategies to put you forward in the life you want to lead.
I treat anxiety/depression, trauma and grief, life transitions, post-partum mood disorder, divorce/separation, etc.
Taking care of our mental health is more important than ever. Therapy allows you to comfortably share the thoughts, feelings, behaviours and relationship issues that are most troubling in your life. Therapy is a collaborative process, where clients are the experts in their own lives. Together, we will develop an understanding of who you are and the core aspects of what has brought you to therapy. We then will work on building on the strengths you already have and learn further strategies to put you forward in the life you want to lead.
(289) 272-9432 View (289) 272-9432
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Erica Tari
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E
I have extensive experience working with those who seek to reduce anxiety, depression, and symptoms of OCD, and those who no longer want to use self-harm to cope.
Experiencing and facing mental health difficulties can make us feel alone and overwhelmed. That’s why I’m here to listen, to provide support, and to teach you strategies and skills towards taking control of your own mental health and well-being. Your hopes and goals will always be the central focus of our work together, and I aim to preserve an empathetic and safe space where you can feel open and free to work through difficult topics.
I have extensive experience working with those who seek to reduce anxiety, depression, and symptoms of OCD, and those who no longer want to use self-harm to cope.
Experiencing and facing mental health difficulties can make us feel alone and overwhelmed. That’s why I’m here to listen, to provide support, and to teach you strategies and skills towards taking control of your own mental health and well-being. Your hopes and goals will always be the central focus of our work together, and I aim to preserve an empathetic and safe space where you can feel open and free to work through difficult topics.
(289) 302-5842 View (289) 302-5842
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Sarah Palozzi
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, BA, BEd
Verified Verified
Bolton, ON L7E
As a therapist with professional experience in trauma, stress, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and recovery from addiction, I help clients liberate themselves from harmful behaviours and habits to get to the heart of their disconnection from the world.
Do you feel like your life is stuck on autopilot, but you can’t figure out why or what to do to change things? This often stems from a disconnection from ourselves, which, in turn, hinders our ability to connect to others and the world around us. As an adult, you may be overworking and engaging in negative self-talk, while children and teenagers may experience a more general sense of confusion, sadness, and frustration with the world. I believe we all have the answers to living our most joyous and embodied lives—we just need to create the right conditions for our truth to shine.
As a therapist with professional experience in trauma, stress, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and recovery from addiction, I help clients liberate themselves from harmful behaviours and habits to get to the heart of their disconnection from the world.
Do you feel like your life is stuck on autopilot, but you can’t figure out why or what to do to change things? This often stems from a disconnection from ourselves, which, in turn, hinders our ability to connect to others and the world around us. As an adult, you may be overworking and engaging in negative self-talk, while children and teenagers may experience a more general sense of confusion, sadness, and frustration with the world. I believe we all have the answers to living our most joyous and embodied lives—we just need to create the right conditions for our truth to shine.
(289) 273-2926 View (289) 273-2926
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Avery McDonald
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, BA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E
I'm a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) member under supervision by Denise Mariani and currently practicing at The Story Isn't Over in Bolton, ON. I work collaboratively with teenagers and adults to process emotional experiences and cope with anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, self-esteem, trauma and relational stressors. Unprocessed experiences can lead to a greater manifestation of abandonment, self-destructive behaviours and impact our well-being.
I'm a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) member under supervision by Denise Mariani and currently practicing at The Story Isn't Over in Bolton, ON. I work collaboratively with teenagers and adults to process emotional experiences and cope with anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, self-esteem, trauma and relational stressors. Unprocessed experiences can lead to a greater manifestation of abandonment, self-destructive behaviours and impact our well-being.
(289) 723-3660 View (289) 723-3660

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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.