Depression Therapists in Etobicoke, ON

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Leena Tiismann
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CCBT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M8X  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am a social worker / psychotherapist with over twenty years' experience in hospital and outpatient settings working with adults (age 18+). If you live anywhere in Ontario, I can support you in overcoming depression, anxiety, difficulties with self-esteem, trauma, sleep problems and managing chronic pain. I have guided hundreds of clients in shifting unhelpful thinking patterns and emotional / behavioural responses, managing stress and developing a more effective, self-affirming approach to everyday life. Engage your inner wisdom and strength and learn skills to promote emotional healing and in making positive change!
Welcome! I am a social worker / psychotherapist with over twenty years' experience in hospital and outpatient settings working with adults (age 18+). If you live anywhere in Ontario, I can support you in overcoming depression, anxiety, difficulties with self-esteem, trauma, sleep problems and managing chronic pain. I have guided hundreds of clients in shifting unhelpful thinking patterns and emotional / behavioural responses, managing stress and developing a more effective, self-affirming approach to everyday life. Engage your inner wisdom and strength and learn skills to promote emotional healing and in making positive change!
(647) 503-4416 View (647) 503-4416
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Toronto West Psychology
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M9B
I have been working in mental health for over 20 years, specifically in the areas of depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders. I have published research and provided workshops and lectures in these areas. Recently I wrote the book Pivot Self-Talk. Stop Asking All The Wrong Questions as well as designed the Pivot Self-Talk app. In my role as Director and Clinical Psychologist of Toronto West Psychology I provide individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults, supervision to clinicians interested in registering with the College of Psychologists, and workshops for the community.
I have been working in mental health for over 20 years, specifically in the areas of depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders. I have published research and provided workshops and lectures in these areas. Recently I wrote the book Pivot Self-Talk. Stop Asking All The Wrong Questions as well as designed the Pivot Self-Talk app. In my role as Director and Clinical Psychologist of Toronto West Psychology I provide individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults, supervision to clinicians interested in registering with the College of Psychologists, and workshops for the community.
(289) 301-8039 View (289) 301-8039
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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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Jabari Jordan
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RP (Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M8W
Jabari is a member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CPRO). He has extensive experience in working with adults presenting a variety of mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues and life transitions. Jabari’s down-to-earth and culturally competent approach is informed by his 12 years of experience teaching overseas.
Jabari is a member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CPRO). He has extensive experience in working with adults presenting a variety of mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues and life transitions. Jabari’s down-to-earth and culturally competent approach is informed by his 12 years of experience teaching overseas.
(365) 300-2361 View (365) 300-2361
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Hande Dumanogullari
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MACP, BSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M9B
Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately by your emotions and life demands? Do you sometimes feel like you have exhausted your coping resources and are stuck with where you are? Life can throw us many challenges and obstacles. Emotions, memories and thoughts - it can all be so overwhelming when we are trying to make change happen. I GET it and I'm here for you! I take a holistic approach to counselling therapy. I offer individual and couple's counselling for people struggling with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, loss of identity, grief, etc.
Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately by your emotions and life demands? Do you sometimes feel like you have exhausted your coping resources and are stuck with where you are? Life can throw us many challenges and obstacles. Emotions, memories and thoughts - it can all be so overwhelming when we are trying to make change happen. I GET it and I'm here for you! I take a holistic approach to counselling therapy. I offer individual and couple's counselling for people struggling with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, loss of identity, grief, etc.
(289) 276-7899 View (289) 276-7899
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Pouya Bakhshaei
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MD, MPsy
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M9A
Facing challenges like anxiety, depression, or life's transitions? Feeling overwhelmed, with impacts on self-esteem, relationships, or daily life? You're not alone. Seeking growth, balance, and joy, you aim for an authentic life. Despite pressures and frustrations, change is possible. I believe in a journey towards a better life. Together, we'll explore paths to healing, resilience, and fulfillment, committed to meaningful progress. Let's find hope and answers together, embracing change and rediscovering satisfaction.
Facing challenges like anxiety, depression, or life's transitions? Feeling overwhelmed, with impacts on self-esteem, relationships, or daily life? You're not alone. Seeking growth, balance, and joy, you aim for an authentic life. Despite pressures and frustrations, change is possible. I believe in a journey towards a better life. Together, we'll explore paths to healing, resilience, and fulfillment, committed to meaningful progress. Let's find hope and answers together, embracing change and rediscovering satisfaction.
(289) 271-0353 View (289) 271-0353
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Noemia Cerqueira
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M9R  (Online Only)
I have experience working with people with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and OCD and other serious mental health illnesses.
We all carry things that weigh us down. The stressors of everyday life, big or small and they impact us more than we realize. Each of us is holding onto things that we just need to talk about. It is crucial to have a space where we can do that. Somewhere where we can unpack the things that weigh us down to help us move forward, stronger and more equipped to handle whatever life throws our way. Therapy is invaluable for many. It gives us an outlet where we are understood, and heard by someone who has our back every step of the way. In me you will find a therapist who is compassionate, and empathetic to what you share with me.
I have experience working with people with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and OCD and other serious mental health illnesses.
We all carry things that weigh us down. The stressors of everyday life, big or small and they impact us more than we realize. Each of us is holding onto things that we just need to talk about. It is crucial to have a space where we can do that. Somewhere where we can unpack the things that weigh us down to help us move forward, stronger and more equipped to handle whatever life throws our way. Therapy is invaluable for many. It gives us an outlet where we are understood, and heard by someone who has our back every step of the way. In me you will find a therapist who is compassionate, and empathetic to what you share with me.
(365) 364-2724 View (365) 364-2724
Ira Gandasaputra
Registered Psychotherapist, PhD, RP, RMFT-S
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M9B
At times life can seem full of challenges and difficulties. I can help you find solutions to issues you are currently facing. Having been supporting individuals, families, couples and children for over 18 years, I specialize in depression, anxiety, grief and trauma. I am trained in a variety of evidence-based and systemic approaches, specifically Emotion-Focused Individual, Trauma, EFT for parenting and Couples Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Multisystemic Therapy (MST), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
At times life can seem full of challenges and difficulties. I can help you find solutions to issues you are currently facing. Having been supporting individuals, families, couples and children for over 18 years, I specialize in depression, anxiety, grief and trauma. I am trained in a variety of evidence-based and systemic approaches, specifically Emotion-Focused Individual, Trauma, EFT for parenting and Couples Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Multisystemic Therapy (MST), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
(289) 216-6609 View (289) 216-6609
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Sihan Wang
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M9A
Are you ready to break free from the grip of anxiety, depression, or overwhelming family dynamics? Many people seek validation, understanding, and practical strategies to navigate life's complexities with resilience and grace, yet often find it elusive. If you're prepared to prioritize your mental and emotional health, overcome challenges, and embrace a more authentic and fulfilling life, rest assured, I'm here to support you every step of the way.
Are you ready to break free from the grip of anxiety, depression, or overwhelming family dynamics? Many people seek validation, understanding, and practical strategies to navigate life's complexities with resilience and grace, yet often find it elusive. If you're prepared to prioritize your mental and emotional health, overcome challenges, and embrace a more authentic and fulfilling life, rest assured, I'm here to support you every step of the way.
(289) 512-0724 View (289) 512-0724
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Andrea Rawson/ Etobicoke/ In Person Counselling
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MDiv
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M9C
Are you feeling lonely, unfulfilled, or trapped in your roles and relationships? Are you and your partner getting stuck in the same arguments that never get resolved ending in shouting matches or painful silence? Now more than ever, the stress of work, family, and caregiving is seeping into people's lives and relationships resulting in anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. I believe you can face difficult situations and experience your emotions without getting overwhelmed. You can improve communication with your partner so you each feel heard and understood.
Are you feeling lonely, unfulfilled, or trapped in your roles and relationships? Are you and your partner getting stuck in the same arguments that never get resolved ending in shouting matches or painful silence? Now more than ever, the stress of work, family, and caregiving is seeping into people's lives and relationships resulting in anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. I believe you can face difficult situations and experience your emotions without getting overwhelmed. You can improve communication with your partner so you each feel heard and understood.
(289) 276-1204 View (289) 276-1204
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Pamela C. Smith
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RSSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M9B  (Online Only)
I believe in the healing capacity of people and my role as a psychotherapist is to provide a safe and supportive environment to help people access their own potential within. My therapeutic approach is diverse and includes transpersonal, solution-focused, client-centred, mindfulness, and narrative psychotherapies. I approach therapy and the clients I serve by connecting to the needs and unique style of each person I am supporting. I work with people navigating various difficulties including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship issues and more. I have extensive experience in grief and trauma.
I believe in the healing capacity of people and my role as a psychotherapist is to provide a safe and supportive environment to help people access their own potential within. My therapeutic approach is diverse and includes transpersonal, solution-focused, client-centred, mindfulness, and narrative psychotherapies. I approach therapy and the clients I serve by connecting to the needs and unique style of each person I am supporting. I work with people navigating various difficulties including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship issues and more. I have extensive experience in grief and trauma.
(647) 699-2427 View (647) 699-2427
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Linda Bond
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M9A  (Online Only)
We all long to be heard... to have someone witness and lovingly validate our struggles, our painful suffering and our greatest achievements. Did you know that healing happens when we feel we are in a trusting, truly compassionate therapeutic relationship? You probably give more to others than to yourself but you don't know why. You may be burned out, overwhelmed, a PTSD/sexual abuse survivor - or possibly suffering from Covid-fatigue; depressed. anxious and totally stressed out? Your inner voice won't quit and you are so hard on yourself. You are not alone. It would be an honour to help you add peace and joy into your life.
We all long to be heard... to have someone witness and lovingly validate our struggles, our painful suffering and our greatest achievements. Did you know that healing happens when we feel we are in a trusting, truly compassionate therapeutic relationship? You probably give more to others than to yourself but you don't know why. You may be burned out, overwhelmed, a PTSD/sexual abuse survivor - or possibly suffering from Covid-fatigue; depressed. anxious and totally stressed out? Your inner voice won't quit and you are so hard on yourself. You are not alone. It would be an honour to help you add peace and joy into your life.
(289) 205-2611 View (289) 205-2611
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Peace-Yvonne Solutions Corp
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M9W  (Online Only)
I am a registered Social Worker with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I hold a Master’s of Social Work Degree from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from York University. My professional experience includes working with families and individuals involved with the child welfare system, families experiencing parent teen conflicts, separation issues, depression, anger, divorce, contact issues, stress, anxiety, grief, loss, trauma, relationship challenges.
I am a registered Social Worker with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I hold a Master’s of Social Work Degree from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from York University. My professional experience includes working with families and individuals involved with the child welfare system, families experiencing parent teen conflicts, separation issues, depression, anger, divorce, contact issues, stress, anxiety, grief, loss, trauma, relationship challenges.
(289) 216-6875 View (289) 216-6875
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Darshana Patel
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M8V  (Online Only)
How would it feel if you didn't have to tolerate challenges in your mental health anymore? Would you have more capacity for yourself and your loved ones? Would you have more energy to devote to the things that bring you joy? Whether it be a life transition, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, or relationship issues, I help my clients work through their concerns by providing them with support and strategies to help them towards their goals. I use my own lived experience of being a 2nd generation Canadian and a South Asian woman, along with the breadth of experience that I have to support the work we will do together.
How would it feel if you didn't have to tolerate challenges in your mental health anymore? Would you have more capacity for yourself and your loved ones? Would you have more energy to devote to the things that bring you joy? Whether it be a life transition, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, or relationship issues, I help my clients work through their concerns by providing them with support and strategies to help them towards their goals. I use my own lived experience of being a 2nd generation Canadian and a South Asian woman, along with the breadth of experience that I have to support the work we will do together.
(365) 601-8289 View (365) 601-8289
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Leah Goldstein- UpLift Therapy for Men
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M8V  (Online Only)
I value creating a space free from judgment, where you can safely explore your experiences and develop skills for life's challenges. You may be struggling with daily life stressors and/or struggling to adapt. You may be unsure what is driving certain behaviours or familiar with feeling stuck. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply wanting a new perspective, I'm here to support you as we find clarity and movement towards change.
I value creating a space free from judgment, where you can safely explore your experiences and develop skills for life's challenges. You may be struggling with daily life stressors and/or struggling to adapt. You may be unsure what is driving certain behaviours or familiar with feeling stuck. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply wanting a new perspective, I'm here to support you as we find clarity and movement towards change.
(647) 931-8117 View (647) 931-8117
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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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Vanessa Villani
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Etobicoke, ON M9B  (Online Only)
I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University, and I am registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). I assess and provide therapy for anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, PTSD, OCD, interpersonal challenges, emotion regulation difficulties, and parenting. I care deeply about working with my clients to improve mental health and wellbeing.
I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University, and I am registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). I assess and provide therapy for anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, PTSD, OCD, interpersonal challenges, emotion regulation difficulties, and parenting. I care deeply about working with my clients to improve mental health and wellbeing.
(365) 601-1387 View (365) 601-1387
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Christina Rambhajue
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M9V  (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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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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Petra Najafee
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Etobicoke, ON M8V
Welcome. Sometimes life feels really difficult. Maybe you're coping with separation, loss of a loved one, feelings of anxiety or depression, or the day to day challenges of work, home, and school. Perhaps you're trying to change some patterns of behaviour that make you feel stuck. As a registered psychotherapist working with adults and teens, I can help.
Welcome. Sometimes life feels really difficult. Maybe you're coping with separation, loss of a loved one, feelings of anxiety or depression, or the day to day challenges of work, home, and school. Perhaps you're trying to change some patterns of behaviour that make you feel stuck. As a registered psychotherapist working with adults and teens, I can help.
(289) 301-7879 View (289) 301-7879

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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.