Depression Therapists in Etibicoke, ON

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Phoenix Counselling Services Canada
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Etibicoke, ON M9C
I specialize in supporting adults, seniors, families, and couples living with PTSD, anxiety and depression, substance/alcohol mis-use, first episode psychosis, and in need of ongoing one-on-one counselling, caregiver support and/or group counselling.
If trauma, abuse, and mental illness have left you feeling like you’re lost in the darkness, you’re not alone. It’s perfectly natural that the difficult emotions and loneliness you feel have cast a shadow over your life. But though the darkness may feel crushing, there is hope and light. The truth is your painful past does not mean that you are stuck with an unhappy future, and though your mental health might feel like it has taken charge of your life, it does not define you. As we work together, I’ll help you discover that you are much more than your circumstances, that your life matters, and that you have a powerful purpose.
I specialize in supporting adults, seniors, families, and couples living with PTSD, anxiety and depression, substance/alcohol mis-use, first episode psychosis, and in need of ongoing one-on-one counselling, caregiver support and/or group counselling.
If trauma, abuse, and mental illness have left you feeling like you’re lost in the darkness, you’re not alone. It’s perfectly natural that the difficult emotions and loneliness you feel have cast a shadow over your life. But though the darkness may feel crushing, there is hope and light. The truth is your painful past does not mean that you are stuck with an unhappy future, and though your mental health might feel like it has taken charge of your life, it does not define you. As we work together, I’ll help you discover that you are much more than your circumstances, that your life matters, and that you have a powerful purpose.
(844) 912-2201 View (844) 912-2201
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Aimee Ziegler
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MAMH, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Etibicoke, ON M9C
My therapy style has been described as warm and playful, conversational and collaborative. If that is what you are looking for, I would love to continue to chat with you about what your concerns are and how you would like things in your life to look differently. I offer an inclusive and safe space to navigate life’s challenges and become your authentic self. I have helped others process anxiety, depression, relationship concerns. My formal training and lived experiences also enable me to help clients navigate issues like major life transitions, career exploration, academic concerns, faith/spirituality, immigration and motherhood.
My therapy style has been described as warm and playful, conversational and collaborative. If that is what you are looking for, I would love to continue to chat with you about what your concerns are and how you would like things in your life to look differently. I offer an inclusive and safe space to navigate life’s challenges and become your authentic self. I have helped others process anxiety, depression, relationship concerns. My formal training and lived experiences also enable me to help clients navigate issues like major life transitions, career exploration, academic concerns, faith/spirituality, immigration and motherhood.
(647) 277-2758 View (647) 277-2758
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Hannah Majury
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Etibicoke, ON M9C  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with self-criticism or perfectionism? Do you struggle with setting boundaries and prioritizing your own needs? Are you looking for a way to overcome your negative thoughts and improve your self-esteem? Welcome. I am here to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you can feel heard, understood, and empowered to explore your innermost thoughts and feelings and process your past. Together, we can work towards helping you embrace self-compassion, set healthy boundaries, and rediscover your worth.
Are you struggling with self-criticism or perfectionism? Do you struggle with setting boundaries and prioritizing your own needs? Are you looking for a way to overcome your negative thoughts and improve your self-esteem? Welcome. I am here to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you can feel heard, understood, and empowered to explore your innermost thoughts and feelings and process your past. Together, we can work towards helping you embrace self-compassion, set healthy boundaries, and rediscover your worth.
(647) 957-8944 View (647) 957-8944
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Jessie Bhatia
Registered Psychotherapist, MPsych, RP, EMDR
Verified Verified
Etibicoke, ON M9C
We all face challenges in life and can lose a sense of ourselves. I strive to uncover a person’s authentic self, in allowing them to understand their purpose and bring empowerment and healing. During our meetings, it is important for me to create an alliance with you from a non-judgemental space that fosters trust. I value all parts of a person that are conflicted, afraid, ashamed, and parts that appear relentless.
We all face challenges in life and can lose a sense of ourselves. I strive to uncover a person’s authentic self, in allowing them to understand their purpose and bring empowerment and healing. During our meetings, it is important for me to create an alliance with you from a non-judgemental space that fosters trust. I value all parts of a person that are conflicted, afraid, ashamed, and parts that appear relentless.
(647) 372-1682 View (647) 372-1682
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Nayab Tahir - Addiction And Cross-Cultural Specialist
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BSc, BA, MACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Etibicoke, ON M9C
You want to be seen, heard, and understood. You are looking for a therapist who not only has the expertise to help you but also the compassion and cultural sensitivity to truly connect with you. You want effective strategies and consistent support to navigate your challenges and achieve lasting change. You want to feel comfortable in your own skin, proud of your heritage, and capable of navigating cultural expectations without losing yourself. As a first-generation immigrant in Canada originally from Pakistan, I have experienced the challenges and rewards of adapting to various cultures firsthand.
You want to be seen, heard, and understood. You are looking for a therapist who not only has the expertise to help you but also the compassion and cultural sensitivity to truly connect with you. You want effective strategies and consistent support to navigate your challenges and achieve lasting change. You want to feel comfortable in your own skin, proud of your heritage, and capable of navigating cultural expectations without losing yourself. As a first-generation immigrant in Canada originally from Pakistan, I have experienced the challenges and rewards of adapting to various cultures firsthand.
(249) 559-2474 View (249) 559-2474

More Therapists Nearby

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Dr. Connie Wong
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L4W
All of us have points in our lives when we could use some extra support and guidance. I'm a registered psychologist with over 22 years of clinical experience – offering individual therapy, couples therapy, and personal coaching. I have worked in a number of settings including hospitals, community clinics, and universities. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help clients address issues such as stress, general anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem, insomnia, trauma, grief, OCD, ADHD, career exploration, and relationship difficulties.
All of us have points in our lives when we could use some extra support and guidance. I'm a registered psychologist with over 22 years of clinical experience – offering individual therapy, couples therapy, and personal coaching. I have worked in a number of settings including hospitals, community clinics, and universities. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help clients address issues such as stress, general anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem, insomnia, trauma, grief, OCD, ADHD, career exploration, and relationship difficulties.
(437) 800-0191 View (437) 800-0191
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Marci Gray -Social Worker Couples Psychotherapist
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Mississauga, ON L4W
What are you going through? Let’s work together to sort it out, make steps towards recovery, & come to resolution and healing. In a safe and non-judgemental space we focus on your challenges, symptoms and needs. Whether you are seeking individual, couple, or family therapy we can engage in the most appropriate therapeutic solutions for you. I have 20 years experience in the field and have specialized training in treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, OCD, PTSD, & trauma in addition to couples therapy. I’m trained in EMDR, CBT, DBT, EFT etc. I am also the therapist for therapists.
What are you going through? Let’s work together to sort it out, make steps towards recovery, & come to resolution and healing. In a safe and non-judgemental space we focus on your challenges, symptoms and needs. Whether you are seeking individual, couple, or family therapy we can engage in the most appropriate therapeutic solutions for you. I have 20 years experience in the field and have specialized training in treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, OCD, PTSD, & trauma in addition to couples therapy. I’m trained in EMDR, CBT, DBT, EFT etc. I am also the therapist for therapists.
(647) 360-2175 View (647) 360-2175
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Lorena Dolinar
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L4X
Lorena is a mother, children’s book Author, and a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with over 20 years of clinical experience supporting diverse youth, young adults and their families. She specializes in working with individuals who have been impacted by various complex mental health and substance use issues including trauma, addiction, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and psychosis. Emotions are a part of the human experience and we all experience pain and suffering in our lifetime. Lorena can facilitate a journey of healing, she offers an inviting, inclusive and safe space to be able to process difficult feelings and experiences.
Lorena is a mother, children’s book Author, and a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with over 20 years of clinical experience supporting diverse youth, young adults and their families. She specializes in working with individuals who have been impacted by various complex mental health and substance use issues including trauma, addiction, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and psychosis. Emotions are a part of the human experience and we all experience pain and suffering in our lifetime. Lorena can facilitate a journey of healing, she offers an inviting, inclusive and safe space to be able to process difficult feelings and experiences.
(289) 277-5124 View (289) 277-5124
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Christina Rambhajue
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M9A  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients. NO waitlist. Welcome. I am glad you're here. If you're someone who's navigating life with feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and low mood, this is the right place for you. I specialize in anxiety, depression, anger management, grief, self-esteem, stress reduction, and emotional regulation. This is a safe space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a nonjudgmental therapeutic setting, while also developing techniques to help you navigate and cope with life challenges.
Accepting new clients. NO waitlist. Welcome. I am glad you're here. If you're someone who's navigating life with feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and low mood, this is the right place for you. I specialize in anxiety, depression, anger management, grief, self-esteem, stress reduction, and emotional regulation. This is a safe space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a nonjudgmental therapeutic setting, while also developing techniques to help you navigate and cope with life challenges.
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NKS Therapy
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M9B
All of our practitioners are licensed, highly trained mental health professionals with expertise in Depression, Anxiety, Relationship/Dating Issues, Career Issues, Marriage/Divorce, Parenting Issues, Anger, Stress, Substance Abuse, and more.
Voted Top 5 in Toronto for Best Psychotherapists in 2021, NKS Therapy is a team of psychotherapists, marriage/family therapists, counsellors and life coaches in Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, and Oakville who specialize in mental health support for adults, couples, teenagers, and families. With multiple experts on the NKS Therapy team, we will help you achieve your goals through a deeper understanding of yourself, and help you make conscious choices today. We offer sessions virtually & in-person. Start living a better life today with a FREE 15-minute therapy consultation! A Happier, Healthier, Better Version of Yourself awaits.
All of our practitioners are licensed, highly trained mental health professionals with expertise in Depression, Anxiety, Relationship/Dating Issues, Career Issues, Marriage/Divorce, Parenting Issues, Anger, Stress, Substance Abuse, and more.
Voted Top 5 in Toronto for Best Psychotherapists in 2021, NKS Therapy is a team of psychotherapists, marriage/family therapists, counsellors and life coaches in Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, and Oakville who specialize in mental health support for adults, couples, teenagers, and families. With multiple experts on the NKS Therapy team, we will help you achieve your goals through a deeper understanding of yourself, and help you make conscious choices today. We offer sessions virtually & in-person. Start living a better life today with a FREE 15-minute therapy consultation! A Happier, Healthier, Better Version of Yourself awaits.
(289) 206-7074 View (289) 206-7074
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Luis Minutti
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M9A  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I will support you in exploring alternatives to work toward becoming your preferred self, improving your general well-being by setting realistic goals collaboratively, and following through step-by-step action plans. We will discuss strategies to develop psychological flexibility and effective coping such as acceptance, present-moment awareness (i.e. mindfulness), exploration of values, and committed action. I have clinical experience in English and Spanish with presenting concerns such as anxiety, depression, relationships, grief, trauma, addictive behaviors, anger, role transitions, gender identity, social skills, academic skills.
I will support you in exploring alternatives to work toward becoming your preferred self, improving your general well-being by setting realistic goals collaboratively, and following through step-by-step action plans. We will discuss strategies to develop psychological flexibility and effective coping such as acceptance, present-moment awareness (i.e. mindfulness), exploration of values, and committed action. I have clinical experience in English and Spanish with presenting concerns such as anxiety, depression, relationships, grief, trauma, addictive behaviors, anger, role transitions, gender identity, social skills, academic skills.
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Steve DeGraaf
Registered Social Worker, MEd, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M8Z  (Online Only)
Life can be tough, but I can help you resolve difficulties that you experience, such as anxiety, depression, relationship or family problems, addictions, and many others. There is no need to struggle alone...I will assist you to cope, and find solutions. I am available afternoons and early evenings Monday-Friday, and convenient appointments can be made. As a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist, my counselling services can be claimed as a medical expense tax deduction, and there's no HST. Call for yourself, or for someone you love!
Life can be tough, but I can help you resolve difficulties that you experience, such as anxiety, depression, relationship or family problems, addictions, and many others. There is no need to struggle alone...I will assist you to cope, and find solutions. I am available afternoons and early evenings Monday-Friday, and convenient appointments can be made. As a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist, my counselling services can be claimed as a medical expense tax deduction, and there's no HST. Call for yourself, or for someone you love!
(877) 959-4070 View (877) 959-4070
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Alan Choi
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M8X
I specialize in helping people with anxiety and mental health issues such as depression, bi-polar disorder and other psychiatric conditions.
NIHB funding approved. Now accepting remote and in-person clients in Toronto at Islington and Bloor! Also offering in-home sessions and canine assisted counselling. I believe in building on the strengths my clients bring to me by improving their lives and removing barriers such as anxiety, depression and emotional conflict. I have family members who have experienced Schizophrenia, Tardive Dyskinesia, Depression and Anxiety. My clients have areas to improve upon and they are seeking better connections with friends, loved ones and family. I believe in personal growth and lifelong learning. Clinical supervision available as well.
I specialize in helping people with anxiety and mental health issues such as depression, bi-polar disorder and other psychiatric conditions.
NIHB funding approved. Now accepting remote and in-person clients in Toronto at Islington and Bloor! Also offering in-home sessions and canine assisted counselling. I believe in building on the strengths my clients bring to me by improving their lives and removing barriers such as anxiety, depression and emotional conflict. I have family members who have experienced Schizophrenia, Tardive Dyskinesia, Depression and Anxiety. My clients have areas to improve upon and they are seeking better connections with friends, loved ones and family. I believe in personal growth and lifelong learning. Clinical supervision available as well.
(289) 512-5100 View (289) 512-5100
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Megan Lewis
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BAH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M9A
I enjoy working with adolescents (10+ years) and adults suffering with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
I am intentional about offering a warm and non-judgemental space for individuals to share their concerns in a safe environment. I will collaborate with you in your healing journey and tailor therapy in a way that makes sense to you. My practice includes using components from evidence-based approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), narrative therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
I enjoy working with adolescents (10+ years) and adults suffering with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
I am intentional about offering a warm and non-judgemental space for individuals to share their concerns in a safe environment. I will collaborate with you in your healing journey and tailor therapy in a way that makes sense to you. My practice includes using components from evidence-based approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), narrative therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
(647) 493-9892 View (647) 493-9892
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Anna Wolanczyk
Registered Psychotherapist, OACCPP
Verified Verified
Mississauga, ON L4Y
My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, PTSD and CPTSD, personality disorders, psychological abuse and relationship issues. During the sessions you'll find understanding, an ultimate acceptance and security to express your genuine concerns at a very deep psychological level. You will learn how to identify and use your resourcefulness to make new steps. You will learn how to manage your emotions and set and meet goals without being stressed. Therapy will allow you to free yourself from painful emotions, disturbing thoughts and destructive behaviour and enjoy your precious life.
My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, PTSD and CPTSD, personality disorders, psychological abuse and relationship issues. During the sessions you'll find understanding, an ultimate acceptance and security to express your genuine concerns at a very deep psychological level. You will learn how to identify and use your resourcefulness to make new steps. You will learn how to manage your emotions and set and meet goals without being stressed. Therapy will allow you to free yourself from painful emotions, disturbing thoughts and destructive behaviour and enjoy your precious life.
(289) 724-4317 View (289) 724-4317
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Sevgim Kiper
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mississauga, ON L4W
Whether you are struggling with trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions, and/ or shame, I am honored to be part of your journey. Regardless of the issue, I value compassion and understanding clients through their own experience, and walking alongside them through their journey while providing clarity and insight.
Whether you are struggling with trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions, and/ or shame, I am honored to be part of your journey. Regardless of the issue, I value compassion and understanding clients through their own experience, and walking alongside them through their journey while providing clarity and insight.
(289) 272-2557 View (289) 272-2557
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Balanced Mind and Wellness Inc
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M8X
Do you often find yourself living in the past, dwelling on things that have happened, or living in the future, worrying about what might happen? Having trouble dealing with or identifying depressed or anxious feelings? I can provide clarity, motivation, and help you put into words what you are experiencing. Life's issues define your world - I can bring passion and purpose back into your life, with effective solutions to specific problems. Our practice is practical and interactive. We work together as a team with you to find the best solution for you. Let us help you reach your true potential!
Do you often find yourself living in the past, dwelling on things that have happened, or living in the future, worrying about what might happen? Having trouble dealing with or identifying depressed or anxious feelings? I can provide clarity, motivation, and help you put into words what you are experiencing. Life's issues define your world - I can bring passion and purpose back into your life, with effective solutions to specific problems. Our practice is practical and interactive. We work together as a team with you to find the best solution for you. Let us help you reach your true potential!
(833) 748-9754 View (833) 748-9754
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Milton Psychotherapy Centre-Accepting New Clients
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mississauga, ON L4W
Many of our clients are wanting to develop healthy coping strategies for anxiety or depression.
Your journey in therapy will never be the same as someone else's journey. At Milton Psychotherapy Centre, we pride ourselves in providing dynamic, personalized, and creative mental health services to help our client's meet their unique goals. Whether you know exactly what you would like to work with your therapist, or if you are not quite sure what you need but you know that you want to see changes in your life - we've got you. Our team of approachable, down-to-earth, highly skilled therapists are ready to help you move in the direction of your goals.
Many of our clients are wanting to develop healthy coping strategies for anxiety or depression.
Your journey in therapy will never be the same as someone else's journey. At Milton Psychotherapy Centre, we pride ourselves in providing dynamic, personalized, and creative mental health services to help our client's meet their unique goals. Whether you know exactly what you would like to work with your therapist, or if you are not quite sure what you need but you know that you want to see changes in your life - we've got you. Our team of approachable, down-to-earth, highly skilled therapists are ready to help you move in the direction of your goals.
(905) 878-3543 View (905) 878-3543
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Monica Carroccetto
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mississauga, ON L4W  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hi! I am here to support you with challenges surrounding anxiety, depression, self-esteem, academic/workplace stress, relationship conflict, and grief. I take a deep interest in supporting young adults and adults through stressful life transitions (academic, relationships, career) and enjoy collaborating with individuals that are experiencing challenges related to perfectionism, stress management, grief, anxiety, and depression. I support individuals in gaining internal confidence and developing coping skills for daily stressors while enhancing relationships with themselves and others.
Hi! I am here to support you with challenges surrounding anxiety, depression, self-esteem, academic/workplace stress, relationship conflict, and grief. I take a deep interest in supporting young adults and adults through stressful life transitions (academic, relationships, career) and enjoy collaborating with individuals that are experiencing challenges related to perfectionism, stress management, grief, anxiety, and depression. I support individuals in gaining internal confidence and developing coping skills for daily stressors while enhancing relationships with themselves and others.
(289) 276-8238 View (289) 276-8238
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Niyati Gandhi
Psychologist, MA, CPsych
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M9C
Do you feel overwhelmed and can't see a way forward? Are you experiencing emotional pain or struggling in your relationship? In therapy, you will get support and build coping skills for managing anxiety and depression, recovering from traumatic experiences including PTSD, and healing your marriage and interpersonal relationships. Together on your therapeutic journey we will clarify your questions and concerns related to identity, meaning and purpose, sexuality, substance dependence and addiction, anger and impulse control, and overcoming abuse. Difficult experiences in your past don't have to determine your future.
Do you feel overwhelmed and can't see a way forward? Are you experiencing emotional pain or struggling in your relationship? In therapy, you will get support and build coping skills for managing anxiety and depression, recovering from traumatic experiences including PTSD, and healing your marriage and interpersonal relationships. Together on your therapeutic journey we will clarify your questions and concerns related to identity, meaning and purpose, sexuality, substance dependence and addiction, anger and impulse control, and overcoming abuse. Difficult experiences in your past don't have to determine your future.
(416) 883-3001 View (416) 883-3001
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.