Depression Therapists in Erin, ON

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Samantha Martin
Registered Social Worker, MSW RSW, CC-PMH
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Erin, ON N0B
Waitlist for new clients
The fertility, pregnancy and postpartum journey can be some of the most emotionally challenging times in a person's life. It can activate past hurts and trigger feelings of anxiety or depression. It can bring a huge shift in uncertainty and sense of control. It can shake up our perspective and challenge our relationships. It can disrupt our identity and who we are as a person. But it can also be the most rewarding, fulfilling and joy inducing experience. Regardless of where you are on the rollercoaster ride of the perinatal journey, you don’t have to do it alone. If you or a partner are struggling, I am here to help.
The fertility, pregnancy and postpartum journey can be some of the most emotionally challenging times in a person's life. It can activate past hurts and trigger feelings of anxiety or depression. It can bring a huge shift in uncertainty and sense of control. It can shake up our perspective and challenge our relationships. It can disrupt our identity and who we are as a person. But it can also be the most rewarding, fulfilling and joy inducing experience. Regardless of where you are on the rollercoaster ride of the perinatal journey, you don’t have to do it alone. If you or a partner are struggling, I am here to help.
(226) 702-4670 View (226) 702-4670
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WindHorse Psychology
MA, CPsych, Assoc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Erin, ON N0B
At WindHorse Psychology, our experienced clinicians provide caring and confidential psychological assessment & treatment services for children, teens, & adults. We help with a wide range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief/loss, trauma, illness, stress, parenting, workplace injury (WSIB), and informed care for First Responders. Treatment approaches include CBT, CPT, DBT, EMDR, & other modalities. Clinicians available also include Reg. Psychotherapists, MSW, RN, & a Wellness Coach (personalised nutrition/fitness plans). Psychoeducational Assessments are currently available.
At WindHorse Psychology, our experienced clinicians provide caring and confidential psychological assessment & treatment services for children, teens, & adults. We help with a wide range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief/loss, trauma, illness, stress, parenting, workplace injury (WSIB), and informed care for First Responders. Treatment approaches include CBT, CPT, DBT, EMDR, & other modalities. Clinicians available also include Reg. Psychotherapists, MSW, RN, & a Wellness Coach (personalised nutrition/fitness plans). Psychoeducational Assessments are currently available.
(289) 274-8287 View (289) 274-8287
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Brendan Mclarty (Psychotherapy For You)
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Erin, ON N0B  (Online Only)
My name is Brendan and I am a Registered Social Worker. I hold a Masters degree is Social Work from the University of Toronto. I provide virtual counselling to individuals living in Ontario. Encountering issues, no matter the severity, is a normal and natural part of our lives. However, it is my belief that our unique life experiences require a personalized approach to help us reach our goals in the face of adversity. One size does not fit all. Sessions with me are experiential in nature, with a focus on developing present moment awareness of one’s inner and outer world. Every person possesses an expert knowledge of themselves.
My name is Brendan and I am a Registered Social Worker. I hold a Masters degree is Social Work from the University of Toronto. I provide virtual counselling to individuals living in Ontario. Encountering issues, no matter the severity, is a normal and natural part of our lives. However, it is my belief that our unique life experiences require a personalized approach to help us reach our goals in the face of adversity. One size does not fit all. Sessions with me are experiential in nature, with a focus on developing present moment awareness of one’s inner and outer world. Every person possesses an expert knowledge of themselves.
(249) 523-3183 View (249) 523-3183
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Lisa Taylor
Registered Social Worker, RSW, BSW, B Ed, OCT
Verified Verified
Erin, ON N0B
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you looking to find the balance between work, home, kids, yourself? Are you dealing with changes in your life that are causing you to be more anxious or stressed?
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you looking to find the balance between work, home, kids, yourself? Are you dealing with changes in your life that are causing you to be more anxious or stressed?
(226) 706-9932 View (226) 706-9932
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Rewriting Your Narrative
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MA, RP, DCP c
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Erin, ON N0B
Hi, how are you feeling today? You may not always get to answer that question honestly. My hope is that one day you will, as you become more in tune with your emotions and your life. I specialize in substance/alcohol addictions, borderline personality disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, and mood/anxiety imbalance. I like to focus on the impact your concerns may have on you, your environment, and your past/present family dynamics. I practice a psychodynamic and narrative approach to psychotherapy, which looks like walking alongside you, hearing your story, and exploring the best path to healing &wellness.
Hi, how are you feeling today? You may not always get to answer that question honestly. My hope is that one day you will, as you become more in tune with your emotions and your life. I specialize in substance/alcohol addictions, borderline personality disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, and mood/anxiety imbalance. I like to focus on the impact your concerns may have on you, your environment, and your past/present family dynamics. I practice a psychodynamic and narrative approach to psychotherapy, which looks like walking alongside you, hearing your story, and exploring the best path to healing &wellness.
(226) 840-0678 View (226) 840-0678
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Kate Pugh
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Erin, ON N0B
Waitlist for new clients
When we are unable to honour our true selves or make sense of our experiences this can create a high degree of distress and discomfort. This can be caused by a number of different life events such as trauma, abuse & other developmental or situational life changes. In my practice I support my clients in exploring the impact of these events & work towards creating a vision of their future; one in which they feel safe, grounded and can flourish. I have strong knowledge of attachment theory, trauma informed as well as grief and loss practice, & work from a strength based perspective in order to foster growth & resilience.
When we are unable to honour our true selves or make sense of our experiences this can create a high degree of distress and discomfort. This can be caused by a number of different life events such as trauma, abuse & other developmental or situational life changes. In my practice I support my clients in exploring the impact of these events & work towards creating a vision of their future; one in which they feel safe, grounded and can flourish. I have strong knowledge of attachment theory, trauma informed as well as grief and loss practice, & work from a strength based perspective in order to foster growth & resilience.
(855) 895-5013 View (855) 895-5013
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Shailagh (Shaiden) Keaney
Registered Social Worker, HBA, MSW, RSW, SEP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Erin, ON N0B
I’m here for the parents who aren't ready to give up hope, and for the teens and young adults who are clinging to life. Whether because of trauma, of neurodivergence (ADHD/ADD) or the need for a more gender-affirming world, life has been rocky. It’s been difficult to connect, sleep has been elusive, panic has been setting in and the future seems sort of bleak. At least that’s how it’s been, at least for right now. So you're looking for a therapist who gets it: your gender identity, your life experience and your inner knowing matter.
I’m here for the parents who aren't ready to give up hope, and for the teens and young adults who are clinging to life. Whether because of trauma, of neurodivergence (ADHD/ADD) or the need for a more gender-affirming world, life has been rocky. It’s been difficult to connect, sleep has been elusive, panic has been setting in and the future seems sort of bleak. At least that’s how it’s been, at least for right now. So you're looking for a therapist who gets it: your gender identity, your life experience and your inner knowing matter.
(289) 301-9689 View (289) 301-9689
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Kim Saliba
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Erin, ON N0B
I'm a Registered Doctoral level Clinical and School Psychologist. I provide a full range of comprehensive services for: Adults, Adolescents, Children, and Families. I provide an empathetic approach with a wide range of experience.
I'm a Registered Doctoral level Clinical and School Psychologist. I provide a full range of comprehensive services for: Adults, Adolescents, Children, and Families. I provide an empathetic approach with a wide range of experience.
(226) 840-9663 View (226) 840-9663
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Jason Lavery @ Psychotherapy For You
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Erin, ON N0B  (Online Only)
I am happy to work with an extensive range of clients and organize my practice around providing Client-Centred Therapy grounded in empirically-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Additionally, I have lived experience as a first responder and am passionate about addressing the unique challenges associated with fulfilling such roles. In my experience working with people over the last 10 years, I've found that often their challenges are best addressed first and foremost by being heard; this act of listening is a gift that unlocks the resources hidden within.
I am happy to work with an extensive range of clients and organize my practice around providing Client-Centred Therapy grounded in empirically-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Additionally, I have lived experience as a first responder and am passionate about addressing the unique challenges associated with fulfilling such roles. In my experience working with people over the last 10 years, I've found that often their challenges are best addressed first and foremost by being heard; this act of listening is a gift that unlocks the resources hidden within.
(343) 321-2522 View (343) 321-2522
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Allie Farrell
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Erin, ON N0B
Now Accepting New Clients! Are you struggling with overwhelm or anxiety? Do you have ADHD or suspect you have it? Are you grappling with managing your emotional regulation and executive functioning skills? Do you struggle with people pleasing, irritability, rejection sensitivity, impulsivity, etc.? Do you feel like you are constantly working but never accomplishing anything? Are your internal struggles affecting your relationships with family, friends or partners? Do you lack focus and motivation in school and work?
Now Accepting New Clients! Are you struggling with overwhelm or anxiety? Do you have ADHD or suspect you have it? Are you grappling with managing your emotional regulation and executive functioning skills? Do you struggle with people pleasing, irritability, rejection sensitivity, impulsivity, etc.? Do you feel like you are constantly working but never accomplishing anything? Are your internal struggles affecting your relationships with family, friends or partners? Do you lack focus and motivation in school and work?
(289) 804-8178 View (289) 804-8178
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Jasmine Chomski
MA, RP
Verified Verified
Erin, ON N0B
Not accepting new clients
It is not unusual to feel overwhelmed by life at times. Most people simply do not have the tools to handle certain situations. That is where a good therapist can make all the difference. I have a passion for helping others create the life they were meant to live. My caring and compassionate attitude and my knowledge, help to tailor treatment to your specific needs. Using a strong base of cognitive-behavioural therapy, I help people to identify the thought patterns that are standing in their way and work to create lasting change
It is not unusual to feel overwhelmed by life at times. Most people simply do not have the tools to handle certain situations. That is where a good therapist can make all the difference. I have a passion for helping others create the life they were meant to live. My caring and compassionate attitude and my knowledge, help to tailor treatment to your specific needs. Using a strong base of cognitive-behavioural therapy, I help people to identify the thought patterns that are standing in their way and work to create lasting change
(647) 952-1930 View (647) 952-1930

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Ontario Trauma Therapy - Janeen
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N0B
When you’re feeling stressed and unhappy, life feels heavy. Issues like depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss and low self-esteem can make life difficult and you often wonder, “is this all there is?” Perhaps you’re struggling with PTSD, or you are a First Responder who has seen so much you don’t even know where to begin. You might be struggling with anger, addictions, fertility issues, perfectionism or relationship difficulties. Maybe you even find yourself wondering if it would matter if you were here at all. I am here to say, you’re in the right place, and I am going to help you.
When you’re feeling stressed and unhappy, life feels heavy. Issues like depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss and low self-esteem can make life difficult and you often wonder, “is this all there is?” Perhaps you’re struggling with PTSD, or you are a First Responder who has seen so much you don’t even know where to begin. You might be struggling with anger, addictions, fertility issues, perfectionism or relationship difficulties. Maybe you even find yourself wondering if it would matter if you were here at all. I am here to say, you’re in the right place, and I am going to help you.
(226) 407-6027 View (226) 407-6027
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Katie Noall-Certified Nurse Psychotherapist (Q)
Psychiatric Nurse, BScN, RN, DHMS, CPMHN, CNP(Q)
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B  (Online Only)
I work with those who experience, have experienced or have been diagnosed with: Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Stress, and PTSD.
I provide a 100% virtual practice where I take the time to listen, providing practical skills and solutions in order to assist you to navigate THROUGH your journey toward health and healing. You have the power to heal. You can become what you want to be. I'll promise to hold your hand in the journey, without judgement and with compassion. Therapy doesn't have to be scary or intimidating. You can take that first brave step. For more details about me, please visit my website at www.katienoalltherapy.com OR to schedule a FREE call with me please visit www.calendly.com/katienoall/initialphoneconsult.
I work with those who experience, have experienced or have been diagnosed with: Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Stress, and PTSD.
I provide a 100% virtual practice where I take the time to listen, providing practical skills and solutions in order to assist you to navigate THROUGH your journey toward health and healing. You have the power to heal. You can become what you want to be. I'll promise to hold your hand in the journey, without judgement and with compassion. Therapy doesn't have to be scary or intimidating. You can take that first brave step. For more details about me, please visit my website at www.katienoalltherapy.com OR to schedule a FREE call with me please visit www.calendly.com/katienoall/initialphoneconsult.
(365) 661-4608 View (365) 661-4608
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Brittany Madigan
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Puslinch, ON N0B
I am a Registered Social Worker working with youth (12+) and adults, particularly people who identify as women. I love helping people understand their emotions and deepen their connection to themselves. Whether it's working through trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, or self esteem issues, I support each client with their individual needs in mind.
I am a Registered Social Worker working with youth (12+) and adults, particularly people who identify as women. I love helping people understand their emotions and deepen their connection to themselves. Whether it's working through trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, or self esteem issues, I support each client with their individual needs in mind.
(289) 274-5163 View (289) 274-5163
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Anne Mary Schnarr
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B
I have worked with many people who have experienced abuse, depression and grief or who are faced with the challenges of a new stage of life or health.
I am a Jungian Psychoanalyst offering Jungian Analysis to individuals who want a deeper understanding of themselves. For many reasons, these persons feel emotionally in pain, conflicted or unbalanced in their inner and/or outer life and would benefit from exploring the deep rooted causes of relationship problems and unproductive emotional patterns. The direction of therapy is to look to the past and to the unconscious determinants of behaviour but also to open to the creative and positive movements of the psyche that offer a way forward even in the face of the greatest difficulties or trauma.
I have worked with many people who have experienced abuse, depression and grief or who are faced with the challenges of a new stage of life or health.
I am a Jungian Psychoanalyst offering Jungian Analysis to individuals who want a deeper understanding of themselves. For many reasons, these persons feel emotionally in pain, conflicted or unbalanced in their inner and/or outer life and would benefit from exploring the deep rooted causes of relationship problems and unproductive emotional patterns. The direction of therapy is to look to the past and to the unconscious determinants of behaviour but also to open to the creative and positive movements of the psyche that offer a way forward even in the face of the greatest difficulties or trauma.
(519) 884-3305 View (519) 884-3305
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Marigold Child and Adult Therapy
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B  (Online Only)
I support clients with anxiety, ADHD, trauma, depression, high sensitivity and life stressors.
Welcome! In therapy, my priority is to create a welcoming, accepting and safe therapeutic space. My approach is grounded in a “whole person” approach, working collaboratively to use your strengths and work towards your therapeutic goals. With this space, we can begin to work on processing thoughts, emotions and/or traumatic events. Becoming aware of our thoughts, we can guide them to be more helpful and true. Making small changes by adding in coping skills and healthy routines can lead to a domino affect to positive changes to your mood. I work with children, teens and adults.
I support clients with anxiety, ADHD, trauma, depression, high sensitivity and life stressors.
Welcome! In therapy, my priority is to create a welcoming, accepting and safe therapeutic space. My approach is grounded in a “whole person” approach, working collaboratively to use your strengths and work towards your therapeutic goals. With this space, we can begin to work on processing thoughts, emotions and/or traumatic events. Becoming aware of our thoughts, we can guide them to be more helpful and true. Making small changes by adding in coping skills and healthy routines can lead to a domino affect to positive changes to your mood. I work with children, teens and adults.
(226) 407-8160 View (226) 407-8160
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Victoria Couture
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Elora, ON N0B
I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families dealing with issues including stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life changes, transitions, family conflict, abuse, trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, and more.
I aim to create a safe and comfortable space that supports my clients growth and leads to positive change and overall wellness. My priority is to treat each person with kindness and respect and allow them the space to share openly and be their authentic selves. I am known for my warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental approach and integrative therapy style that is collaborative and person-centered. I incorporate various modalities and interventions to meet my client’s needs, including Brainspotting, Narrative, Solution-Focused, CBT, Play-Based, Mindfulness-Based, and Trauma-Focused approaches.
I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families dealing with issues including stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life changes, transitions, family conflict, abuse, trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, and more.
I aim to create a safe and comfortable space that supports my clients growth and leads to positive change and overall wellness. My priority is to treat each person with kindness and respect and allow them the space to share openly and be their authentic selves. I am known for my warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental approach and integrative therapy style that is collaborative and person-centered. I incorporate various modalities and interventions to meet my client’s needs, including Brainspotting, Narrative, Solution-Focused, CBT, Play-Based, Mindfulness-Based, and Trauma-Focused approaches.
(226) 779-2824 View (226) 779-2824
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Dr. Ava D Agar
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B  (Online Only)
I am a psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I am accepting new therapy and assessment clients. I work with adults with a range of challenges (e.g., depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, trauma/PTSD, obsession-compulsions, and executive dysfunction) impacting their relationships, academics, work, and general life functioning. Primarily from a CBT perspective, and drawing upon other approaches (MBCT, DBT, ACT, etc.) as needed, I aim to provide you with support, help you build skills to make meaningful changes in your life, and help you build skills to maintain your wellbeing over time.
I am a psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I am accepting new therapy and assessment clients. I work with adults with a range of challenges (e.g., depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, trauma/PTSD, obsession-compulsions, and executive dysfunction) impacting their relationships, academics, work, and general life functioning. Primarily from a CBT perspective, and drawing upon other approaches (MBCT, DBT, ACT, etc.) as needed, I aim to provide you with support, help you build skills to make meaningful changes in your life, and help you build skills to maintain your wellbeing over time.
(548) 918-5274 View (548) 918-5274
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Blissful Balance Counselling
MA, RP
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B  (Online Only)
Areas of expertise include; anxiety disorders, depression, self-esteem, relational difficulties, issues, cultural/religious identity struggles, sexual/gender identity struggles, trauma, spirituality, and general life transitions.
Currently accepting clients! Are you experiencing low mood, high stress, conflict in your relationships and/or low self-esteem? We want to assure you that you are not alone. We believe every client has their individual set of strengths, and together with your therapist, you will work to highlight and incorporate them into the treatment plan. Our therapists provide a variety of treatments to individuals 10 years and older, couples and families. Book your free phone consultation now: blissfulbalancecounsellinggroup.janeapp.com
Areas of expertise include; anxiety disorders, depression, self-esteem, relational difficulties, issues, cultural/religious identity struggles, sexual/gender identity struggles, trauma, spirituality, and general life transitions.
Currently accepting clients! Are you experiencing low mood, high stress, conflict in your relationships and/or low self-esteem? We want to assure you that you are not alone. We believe every client has their individual set of strengths, and together with your therapist, you will work to highlight and incorporate them into the treatment plan. Our therapists provide a variety of treatments to individuals 10 years and older, couples and families. Book your free phone consultation now: blissfulbalancecounsellinggroup.janeapp.com
(343) 801-8109 View (343) 801-8109
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Lisa Kellerman
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, BA
Verified Verified
Puslinch, ON N0B
I have over 20 years of experience working with children, youth & families and work with clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, suicidal ideation and self-harm, interpersonal relationship difficulties, eating disorders, addictions & mood disturbances.
I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). I hold Masters of Social Work Degree from Wilfred Laurier University, a Bachelors of Social Work degree from McMaster University, a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo as well as a diploma of Child and Youth Work from Niagara College. In addition, I have completed trainings and courses in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and is continuing education in Clinical Behavioural Sciences.
I have over 20 years of experience working with children, youth & families and work with clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, suicidal ideation and self-harm, interpersonal relationship difficulties, eating disorders, addictions & mood disturbances.
I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). I hold Masters of Social Work Degree from Wilfred Laurier University, a Bachelors of Social Work degree from McMaster University, a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo as well as a diploma of Child and Youth Work from Niagara College. In addition, I have completed trainings and courses in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and is continuing education in Clinical Behavioural Sciences.
(548) 708-5412 View (548) 708-5412

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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.