Depression Therapists in Burlington, ON

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NMA Therapy
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
5 Endorsed
Burlington, ON L7L
Areas of specialty: Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Low Self-Esteem, Coping Skills, Stress, Race/Identity Issues, Women's Reproductive Health i.
Hi! My name is Novlette. I understand that the decision to seek help can be a difficult one. I believe there is strength in knowing when to reach out for support. My goal is to provide a warm and gentle approach to help you feel safe and secure during the therapeutic process. I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I have over 25 years experience working with mental health, families, children, adults, crisis intervention, mediation, cultural identity, oppression. I am client centered, utilize a systemic, strength based, trauma informed & culturally sensitive approach.
Areas of specialty: Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Low Self-Esteem, Coping Skills, Stress, Race/Identity Issues, Women's Reproductive Health i.
Hi! My name is Novlette. I understand that the decision to seek help can be a difficult one. I believe there is strength in knowing when to reach out for support. My goal is to provide a warm and gentle approach to help you feel safe and secure during the therapeutic process. I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I have over 25 years experience working with mental health, families, children, adults, crisis intervention, mediation, cultural identity, oppression. I am client centered, utilize a systemic, strength based, trauma informed & culturally sensitive approach.
(289) 207-7859 View (289) 207-7859
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Dan Bloch
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MACP, MBA, BSc, OAMHP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, ON L7R
Serene Living provides therapeutic services to adults, couples and families across Mississauga, Milton, Burlington, and Oakville. Dan sees clients for a variety of reasons including divorce, relationships, grief, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, trauma/PTSD, life changes, etc.
Serene Living provides therapeutic services to adults, couples and families across Mississauga, Milton, Burlington, and Oakville. Dan sees clients for a variety of reasons including divorce, relationships, grief, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, trauma/PTSD, life changes, etc.
(289) 806-5575 View (289) 806-5575
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Dr. Anthony Hutchinson & Associates
Registered Social Worker, BSc, (Psych), BSW, MSW, PhD
Verified
Burlington, ON L7L
Confidential, Compassionate Health Care. Specialized effective assessment, diagnostics & treatment of many mental health issues: anxiety; depression; stress; trauma/PTSD; brain injury/concussion; addictions. Outstanding support for Work, Employment, School, Family & Disability Issues for Individuals, Couples & Parents struggling with Child & Teenager conflict. Nationally recognized as being certified at Ontario Court of Justice levels in medical-legal, forensic/criminal law & family law cases. Expert in Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) & WSIB claims. Extended Health Care Benefits accepted. Primary clinical scope: Psychosocial Practice.
Confidential, Compassionate Health Care. Specialized effective assessment, diagnostics & treatment of many mental health issues: anxiety; depression; stress; trauma/PTSD; brain injury/concussion; addictions. Outstanding support for Work, Employment, School, Family & Disability Issues for Individuals, Couples & Parents struggling with Child & Teenager conflict. Nationally recognized as being certified at Ontario Court of Justice levels in medical-legal, forensic/criminal law & family law cases. Expert in Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) & WSIB claims. Extended Health Care Benefits accepted. Primary clinical scope: Psychosocial Practice.
(844) 332-2500 View (844) 332-2500
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Margaret Jean Hux
Registered Psychotherapist, DipSP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, ON L7P
Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma or fears? Are you finding it difficult to cope with your day-to-day challenges; struggling with large life changes or decisions; or feeling stress related to serious medical issues or chronic pain? Do you feel that your current life difficulties are due to early life trauma? You may know that you are a Spiritual being having a human experience, but that human experience can be very difficult. I believe that we are each a whole mind, body and spirit, and that as we become consciously aware of our thoughts and feelings and their origins, these become more peaceful.
Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma or fears? Are you finding it difficult to cope with your day-to-day challenges; struggling with large life changes or decisions; or feeling stress related to serious medical issues or chronic pain? Do you feel that your current life difficulties are due to early life trauma? You may know that you are a Spiritual being having a human experience, but that human experience can be very difficult. I believe that we are each a whole mind, body and spirit, and that as we become consciously aware of our thoughts and feelings and their origins, these become more peaceful.
(289) 207-6559 View (289) 207-6559
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Dewy Counselling
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RPQ
Verified
Burlington, ON L7M
Wayne has over 20 years experience of counselling in a variety of arenas. His ability combines both life practice and learned psychological methods to help clients. His counselling is natural and easy. Most find a few sessions are enough to gain what they are needing to begin healing and find best practices. He specializes in couples/family therapy and has an appreciation and skill for individual therapy too! (anger, addiction, depression and more) www.dewycounselling.com
Wayne has over 20 years experience of counselling in a variety of arenas. His ability combines both life practice and learned psychological methods to help clients. His counselling is natural and easy. Most find a few sessions are enough to gain what they are needing to begin healing and find best practices. He specializes in couples/family therapy and has an appreciation and skill for individual therapy too! (anger, addiction, depression and more) www.dewycounselling.com
(289) 278-8862 View (289) 278-8862
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Kylee Slade
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP
Verified
Burlington, ON L7N
Welcome! I am currently accepting new clients. Working from a client-centred approach, I treat children (6+), adolescents and adults for therapy who are experiencing mental health issues, to include; anxiety disorders, low or depressed mood, chronic insomnia and childhood sleep issues. In therapy we will review evidence based ways to look at your thoughts differently to collaboratively assist you through life's difficulties. We can work together to face your fears and take action to become a happier, value-driven you.
Welcome! I am currently accepting new clients. Working from a client-centred approach, I treat children (6+), adolescents and adults for therapy who are experiencing mental health issues, to include; anxiety disorders, low or depressed mood, chronic insomnia and childhood sleep issues. In therapy we will review evidence based ways to look at your thoughts differently to collaboratively assist you through life's difficulties. We can work together to face your fears and take action to become a happier, value-driven you.
(289) 677-9023 View (289) 677-9023
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Nicole Dutchak
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, ON L7T  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
If you are experiencing concerns like anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship difficulties, you are in the right place! I also have a special interest in working with clients who are experiencing infertility, pregnancy, prenatal, postpartum or parenting concerns.
Welcome! I'm glad you're here. I provide counselling to individuals who are struggling with life's many ups and downs. I strive to provide a safe, inclusive and supportive space where we can work together to navigate the challenges you are experiencing. I use a holistic, strengths-based approach to help my clients navigate their concerns and get back to feeling more like themselves. My clients tell me they feel calmer and more capable after our sessions together. I have been told that I am approachable and explain things in ways that are easy to understand and relate to.
If you are experiencing concerns like anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship difficulties, you are in the right place! I also have a special interest in working with clients who are experiencing infertility, pregnancy, prenatal, postpartum or parenting concerns.
Welcome! I'm glad you're here. I provide counselling to individuals who are struggling with life's many ups and downs. I strive to provide a safe, inclusive and supportive space where we can work together to navigate the challenges you are experiencing. I use a holistic, strengths-based approach to help my clients navigate their concerns and get back to feeling more like themselves. My clients tell me they feel calmer and more capable after our sessions together. I have been told that I am approachable and explain things in ways that are easy to understand and relate to.
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Tammy Lawless
Registered Social Worker, HBSc, MSW, RSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Burlington, ON L7N
I continue to have passion for the work and thoroughly enjoy working with a variety of people such as adults revisiting historical trauma, those fighting addiction, families wrestling with eating disorders, and individuals living with depression, anxiety, and OCD.
As a trauma focused and trauma-trained therapist, I understand self-regulation, repair of attachment ruptures, understanding complex responses, returning to/or generating a quality of life, identifying true refuge, parts convalescence, and getting your feet back on the ground can be accomplished within the birthplace of safety, co-regulation, compassion, and actual understanding. Whether you require insight into why you may react or behave the way you do in certain situations or relationships, or wish to acquire skills, I’ll seek to create a healing relationship in which it is safe to do so.
I continue to have passion for the work and thoroughly enjoy working with a variety of people such as adults revisiting historical trauma, those fighting addiction, families wrestling with eating disorders, and individuals living with depression, anxiety, and OCD.
As a trauma focused and trauma-trained therapist, I understand self-regulation, repair of attachment ruptures, understanding complex responses, returning to/or generating a quality of life, identifying true refuge, parts convalescence, and getting your feet back on the ground can be accomplished within the birthplace of safety, co-regulation, compassion, and actual understanding. Whether you require insight into why you may react or behave the way you do in certain situations or relationships, or wish to acquire skills, I’ll seek to create a healing relationship in which it is safe to do so.
(289) 204-0471 View (289) 204-0471
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Amreen Saini
Pre-Licensed Professional, RP (Q)
Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, ON L7R
My expertise lies in developing a strong self-concept, managing relationships , overcoming stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as working through existential crises - from finding your purpose to dealing with grief to exercising your freedom.
Reduced rate, in person and virtual, accepting new clients! Living life to the fullest potential is a choice we make each day. But sometimes, this decision is difficult to honour. You may have found yourself in a tricky situation where you must adopt a new perspective. You could be facing an unprecedented circumstance that demands your growth. Or you could simply be struggling to find meaning in your day-to-day experiences. In these moments, a reminder may be all that you need.
My expertise lies in developing a strong self-concept, managing relationships , overcoming stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as working through existential crises - from finding your purpose to dealing with grief to exercising your freedom.
Reduced rate, in person and virtual, accepting new clients! Living life to the fullest potential is a choice we make each day. But sometimes, this decision is difficult to honour. You may have found yourself in a tricky situation where you must adopt a new perspective. You could be facing an unprecedented circumstance that demands your growth. Or you could simply be struggling to find meaning in your day-to-day experiences. In these moments, a reminder may be all that you need.
(365) 675-5318 View (365) 675-5318
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Nicole Presutti
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
Burlington, ON L7L  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! Facing life's challenges can be tough, but I'm here to offer professional support to guide you toward positive change. I firmly believe that your challenges don't have to hold you back; instead, they can become a catalyst for the life you aspire to live. I am dedicated to assisting my clients with stress and anxiety management, addressing concerns such as excessive worry, rumination, panic attacks, perfectionism, health anxiety, burnout and social anxiety. My practice also extends to the treatment of depression, low mood, relationship issues and self-defeating behaviours.
Accepting new clients! Facing life's challenges can be tough, but I'm here to offer professional support to guide you toward positive change. I firmly believe that your challenges don't have to hold you back; instead, they can become a catalyst for the life you aspire to live. I am dedicated to assisting my clients with stress and anxiety management, addressing concerns such as excessive worry, rumination, panic attacks, perfectionism, health anxiety, burnout and social anxiety. My practice also extends to the treatment of depression, low mood, relationship issues and self-defeating behaviours.
(289) 204-7616 View (289) 204-7616
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Lori Schledewitz
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified
4 Endorsed
Burlington, ON L7L  (Online Only)
I welcome individuals navigating grief and loss and struggling with life transitions, depression, anxiety and other challenges.
I am guided by compassion and authentic curiosity to help individuals recognize and reconnect with their inner strengths and values. I embrace a holistic view of the therapeutic journey - open to understanding the influences of the mind, body, and environment. I encourage the development of a collaborative path, co-creating an individualized plan for achieving your specific goals. I enjoy helping individuals develop skills that enhance personal awareness, foster self-compassion, and motivate growth towards a rich and meaningful life.
I welcome individuals navigating grief and loss and struggling with life transitions, depression, anxiety and other challenges.
I am guided by compassion and authentic curiosity to help individuals recognize and reconnect with their inner strengths and values. I embrace a holistic view of the therapeutic journey - open to understanding the influences of the mind, body, and environment. I encourage the development of a collaborative path, co-creating an individualized plan for achieving your specific goals. I enjoy helping individuals develop skills that enhance personal awareness, foster self-compassion, and motivate growth towards a rich and meaningful life.
(289) 856-8350 View (289) 856-8350
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Alexi Voelk
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified
Burlington, ON L7R  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I provide support to those struggling with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relational trauma and abuse, anxiety, and depression.
Welcome! I believe in providing you with a caring space, free of criticism and judgement, where we can safely explore your healing journey together. I look at myself as someone who will walk alongside you as a guide for support and will meet you where you are. Together, we will walk along old and new paths to uncover patterns and develop new understandings that bring meaning and authenticity to your life. I practice from a culturally sensitive and trauma-informed approach, using holistic and integrative techniques to create the right fit for your journey. Above everything else, I want you to feel heard and supported.
I provide support to those struggling with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relational trauma and abuse, anxiety, and depression.
Welcome! I believe in providing you with a caring space, free of criticism and judgement, where we can safely explore your healing journey together. I look at myself as someone who will walk alongside you as a guide for support and will meet you where you are. Together, we will walk along old and new paths to uncover patterns and develop new understandings that bring meaning and authenticity to your life. I practice from a culturally sensitive and trauma-informed approach, using holistic and integrative techniques to create the right fit for your journey. Above everything else, I want you to feel heard and supported.
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Dr. Christina Hyland
Registered Social Worker, PhD, RSW, MSW, BSW, BAsoc
Verified
Burlington, ON L7T  (Online Only)
My background includes: teen and adult mental health, emotional eating/eating disorders, anxiety and depression.
I am shaped by the belief in the intrinsic strength each of us as humans possess. Perhaps you are feeling exhausted by your efforts to feel better and heal from anxiety, depression, body image/food concerns or an eating struggle and seek meaningful long-lasting change. Through a gentle down-to-earth approach, I guide you through a compassionate healing process deepening your relationship with your self and to life, cultivating inner freedom.
My background includes: teen and adult mental health, emotional eating/eating disorders, anxiety and depression.
I am shaped by the belief in the intrinsic strength each of us as humans possess. Perhaps you are feeling exhausted by your efforts to feel better and heal from anxiety, depression, body image/food concerns or an eating struggle and seek meaningful long-lasting change. Through a gentle down-to-earth approach, I guide you through a compassionate healing process deepening your relationship with your self and to life, cultivating inner freedom.
(289) 799-4380 View (289) 799-4380
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Chris Martin
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, Bsc, MACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, ON L7R
Working from the backdrop of Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I have a strong background focusing on healthy relationships, including, addressing abuse, improving respect and communication and managing conflict. I am equally comfortable working individually or with couples and pride myself on my dynamic style of communication and versatility. In addition to my extensive background in relationship work, I am skilled at working with issues surrounding anger, trauma, anxiety, depression and addictions.
Working from the backdrop of Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I have a strong background focusing on healthy relationships, including, addressing abuse, improving respect and communication and managing conflict. I am equally comfortable working individually or with couples and pride myself on my dynamic style of communication and versatility. In addition to my extensive background in relationship work, I am skilled at working with issues surrounding anger, trauma, anxiety, depression and addictions.
(289) 809-7030 View (289) 809-7030
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Maryam Moazzami
Pre-Licensed Professional, Bsc
Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, ON L7M
I help many adults with depression, anxiety, stress-related concerns, and relationship difficulties.
I offer individual and couples' counselling for adults, and my services are supervised and covered by a licensed Psychologist. I am completing a Master's program in Psychology and a practicum placement at Brookside Psychologists in Burlington. My services are supervised by Dr. Lesley Miller, Psychologist and Ms. Cara Morison, Psychologist.
I help many adults with depression, anxiety, stress-related concerns, and relationship difficulties.
I offer individual and couples' counselling for adults, and my services are supervised and covered by a licensed Psychologist. I am completing a Master's program in Psychology and a practicum placement at Brookside Psychologists in Burlington. My services are supervised by Dr. Lesley Miller, Psychologist and Ms. Cara Morison, Psychologist.
(905) 335-5300 View (905) 335-5300
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Dr. Marisa Murray
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, ON L7L  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients for March 2024. I use a collaborative therapeutic approach to explore and confront your challenges and work toward equipping you with insight, skills, and tools to foster positive and lasting life changes. I am committed to working alongside you to instill hope and courage, to build on your strengths, and to ensure feelings of comfort, safety, and validation. I support individuals presenting with stress and anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, attention deficit challenges, perfectionism, emotion dysregulation, and interpersonal difficulties.
Accepting new clients for March 2024. I use a collaborative therapeutic approach to explore and confront your challenges and work toward equipping you with insight, skills, and tools to foster positive and lasting life changes. I am committed to working alongside you to instill hope and courage, to build on your strengths, and to ensure feelings of comfort, safety, and validation. I support individuals presenting with stress and anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, attention deficit challenges, perfectionism, emotion dysregulation, and interpersonal difficulties.
(289) 768-8790 View (289) 768-8790
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Nancy Bothwell Psychotherapy Services
Registered Psychotherapist, EdD, RP, RMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Burlington, ON L7L
February 2023: Unfortunately, I am fully scheduled at this time. I view the courageous people who contact me the utmost respect. My intention is to meet you where you are, considering the whole of your physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual self. Working collaboratively, we will strive to create change and promote well-being. I have connected with many people struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationship, sexuality, life transition, and spiritual/existential concerns. I enjoy working experientially in the 'here and now' of our encounter while keeping your strengths, skills, and goals in focus.
February 2023: Unfortunately, I am fully scheduled at this time. I view the courageous people who contact me the utmost respect. My intention is to meet you where you are, considering the whole of your physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual self. Working collaboratively, we will strive to create change and promote well-being. I have connected with many people struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationship, sexuality, life transition, and spiritual/existential concerns. I enjoy working experientially in the 'here and now' of our encounter while keeping your strengths, skills, and goals in focus.
(289) 276-8859 View (289) 276-8859
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Kathy Bernard
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified
Burlington, ON L7P  (Online Only)
Anxiety, depression, feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, boundaries, interpersonal relationships, past wounds, abuse, divorce, self-care, or other issues that surface, are areas that I would like to help you navigate.
Hi, I'm glad you're here. I know it's not easy reaching out, and the process to find a therapist who is right for you can feel almost overwhelming. Here is some information about me that you might find helpful - in my practice I offer client led psychotherapy, meaning, I have experience in many treatment options and will work with you to find the approach that works best to fit your goals and needs and allows you the space to feel comfortable and confident. I have more than 18 years of experiance, and provide an open, honest, safe environment to support you through the challenges you are facing.
Anxiety, depression, feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, boundaries, interpersonal relationships, past wounds, abuse, divorce, self-care, or other issues that surface, are areas that I would like to help you navigate.
Hi, I'm glad you're here. I know it's not easy reaching out, and the process to find a therapist who is right for you can feel almost overwhelming. Here is some information about me that you might find helpful - in my practice I offer client led psychotherapy, meaning, I have experience in many treatment options and will work with you to find the approach that works best to fit your goals and needs and allows you the space to feel comfortable and confident. I have more than 18 years of experiance, and provide an open, honest, safe environment to support you through the challenges you are facing.
(289) 207-5148 View (289) 207-5148
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Lindsay Thalla
Registered Psychotherapist, MMT, RP, MTA
Verified
Burlington, ON L7R
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, a recent loss, or just the general stressors of life? Is life becoming too much to handle because of past traumatic events that are affecting you today? I am a therapist with experience working with people of all ages, from children to older adults, and would love to work with you on your journey to wellness. I have experience working in both individual and group counselling settings with at-risk youth, those overcoming sexual abuse and domestic violence, brain injuries, anxiety and depression, addictions, palliative care and bereavement care.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, a recent loss, or just the general stressors of life? Is life becoming too much to handle because of past traumatic events that are affecting you today? I am a therapist with experience working with people of all ages, from children to older adults, and would love to work with you on your journey to wellness. I have experience working in both individual and group counselling settings with at-risk youth, those overcoming sexual abuse and domestic violence, brain injuries, anxiety and depression, addictions, palliative care and bereavement care.
(226) 774-1418 View (226) 774-1418
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Shaina Lehan
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), M Ed, DTATI
Verified
Burlington, ON L7L  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with clients who feel stuck, depressed, or anxious. Perhaps you sense there is more to life, but are not sure how to access your potential. It may be that you are struggling with meeting your own needs due to focusing on others. You are ready to focus on your healing. I also work with couples, drawing on the Gottman method, as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy and mindfulness strategies. I see each person individually before we set out on our couples therapy journey together. I believe in the power of therapy to return couples to a place of love, support, and joy.
I specialize in working with clients who feel stuck, depressed, or anxious. Perhaps you sense there is more to life, but are not sure how to access your potential. It may be that you are struggling with meeting your own needs due to focusing on others. You are ready to focus on your healing. I also work with couples, drawing on the Gottman method, as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy and mindfulness strategies. I see each person individually before we set out on our couples therapy journey together. I believe in the power of therapy to return couples to a place of love, support, and joy.
(437) 747-5396 View (437) 747-5396

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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.