Depression Therapists in Guelph, ON

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Katherine Elaine Chung
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RP (Q)
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H  (Online Only)
My areas of specialty include: anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, grief, loss and relationship issues.
Sometimes life can be overwhelming and stressful, thus making it difficult to cope. Therefore, my hope is to help you work through some of your issues (i.e., anxiety, grief, loss) that you are struggling with by providing the skills, insight, and knowledge you need to lead a life you want. I know talking to someone about painful emotions and memories can be difficult so thank you for taking the first step to seeking help.
My areas of specialty include: anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, grief, loss and relationship issues.
Sometimes life can be overwhelming and stressful, thus making it difficult to cope. Therefore, my hope is to help you work through some of your issues (i.e., anxiety, grief, loss) that you are struggling with by providing the skills, insight, and knowledge you need to lead a life you want. I know talking to someone about painful emotions and memories can be difficult so thank you for taking the first step to seeking help.
(548) 483-6305 x104 View (548) 483-6305 x104
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Naszrin Arghoshi
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
Hello, my name is Naszrin. I am a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist. I have 7 years of experience as a therapist and over 10 years of experience in the social service sector. My areas of expertise include anxiety, trauma, depression, relationships, parenting support, family dynamics and exploration of intersecting identities. I am told that I bring warmth and a sense of calm into sessions. I offer individual and family therapy; in person sessions are available in Guelph and virtually across Ontario.
Hello, my name is Naszrin. I am a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist. I have 7 years of experience as a therapist and over 10 years of experience in the social service sector. My areas of expertise include anxiety, trauma, depression, relationships, parenting support, family dynamics and exploration of intersecting identities. I am told that I bring warmth and a sense of calm into sessions. I offer individual and family therapy; in person sessions are available in Guelph and virtually across Ontario.
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Susan Hanna
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H  (Online Only)
In my private practice I offer therapy to people who need more than what they can access through short term services. I have worked in mental health and employee assistance programs (EAP), and enjoy doing longer term therapy. Primarily, I work with adults who are struggling with mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, couples with relationship concerns, and people who have life changes they are working through. In my practice, I take an anti-oppression, culturally informed stance to peoples' issues and experiences. I am committed to ongoing professional development.
In my private practice I offer therapy to people who need more than what they can access through short term services. I have worked in mental health and employee assistance programs (EAP), and enjoy doing longer term therapy. Primarily, I work with adults who are struggling with mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, couples with relationship concerns, and people who have life changes they are working through. In my practice, I take an anti-oppression, culturally informed stance to peoples' issues and experiences. I am committed to ongoing professional development.
(226) 796-5650 View (226) 796-5650
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Todd Jenkins
Registered Social Worker, MSc, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
Hi there! I am a registered social worker, having worked in clinical research in mental health and addictions for 2 decades. I started my journey in the field of Attachment, specializing in adolescent depression and the impact of early childhood on later interpersonal relationships and mental health. In the years following I worked primarily in large teaching hospitals, local mental health facilities, and community settings, engaging a broad range of partners, including persons living with serious mental illness, children and adolescents, survivors of trauma, the LGBTTQ2+ community and immigrant women, to name a few.
Hi there! I am a registered social worker, having worked in clinical research in mental health and addictions for 2 decades. I started my journey in the field of Attachment, specializing in adolescent depression and the impact of early childhood on later interpersonal relationships and mental health. In the years following I worked primarily in large teaching hospitals, local mental health facilities, and community settings, engaging a broad range of partners, including persons living with serious mental illness, children and adolescents, survivors of trauma, the LGBTTQ2+ community and immigrant women, to name a few.
(548) 483-6756 View (548) 483-6756
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Natalie Thomas
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), PhD, MACP, BA, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, grief or other losses, coping with a past that includes traumatic events or childhood experiences, and want to find ways to build your own mental and emotional resiliency, then it can be helpful to work with someone to find ways to heal, feel supported and heard. You may also be worried or anxious about the way things are in world related to post-pandemic life, climate change, conflict and economic uncertainty. Or, you may struggle to feel understood as someone who is gifted and/or highly sensitive, or may be experiencing challenges in your close relationships or with your partner.
If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, grief or other losses, coping with a past that includes traumatic events or childhood experiences, and want to find ways to build your own mental and emotional resiliency, then it can be helpful to work with someone to find ways to heal, feel supported and heard. You may also be worried or anxious about the way things are in world related to post-pandemic life, climate change, conflict and economic uncertainty. Or, you may struggle to feel understood as someone who is gifted and/or highly sensitive, or may be experiencing challenges in your close relationships or with your partner.
(226) 796-8320 View (226) 796-8320
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Leandro Bastos
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MDiv
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
I have extensive counselling experience working with a wide range of clients, supporting them in managing anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, relationship issues, anger and addiction. I also have experience supporting clients who have been victims of domestic violence or abuse. For 16 years, I have volunteered working with groups of adolescents and young adults, helping them through life stage transitions and developing healthy relationships and social skills. I have experience working with clients from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, and I feel comfortable in offering faith-based counselling when requested.
I have extensive counselling experience working with a wide range of clients, supporting them in managing anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, relationship issues, anger and addiction. I also have experience supporting clients who have been victims of domestic violence or abuse. For 16 years, I have volunteered working with groups of adolescents and young adults, helping them through life stage transitions and developing healthy relationships and social skills. I have experience working with clients from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, and I feel comfortable in offering faith-based counselling when requested.
(226) 780-6979 View (226) 780-6979
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Cindy Owen
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, RPT, MBT
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1G  (Online Only)
I want to welcome new clients. Many of us live from the neck up and are lost in thought. Our bodies carry all our mental energy and pain, and by accessing this we can see which thoughts are helping and which are hurting. There is so much wisdom in all of us that we have not been taught to access. It's time to pay attention. Heal depression, anxiety, trauma, and other debilitating emotions. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with a degree in Psychology from McMaster University. I am a certified Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Facilitator. I specialize in using mindfulness and meditation to heal with Buddhist wisdom.
I want to welcome new clients. Many of us live from the neck up and are lost in thought. Our bodies carry all our mental energy and pain, and by accessing this we can see which thoughts are helping and which are hurting. There is so much wisdom in all of us that we have not been taught to access. It's time to pay attention. Heal depression, anxiety, trauma, and other debilitating emotions. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with a degree in Psychology from McMaster University. I am a certified Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Facilitator. I specialize in using mindfulness and meditation to heal with Buddhist wisdom.
(226) 242-9645 View (226) 242-9645
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Sue Charette
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), OT Reg, (Ont)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1G
I work with young adults and adults experiencing psychological distress related to a range of situations including life transitions, overwhelming stress, relationship challenges, grief or loss, anxiety and depression.
I believe that life’s challenges can be an opportunity to discover our inherent strengths and achieve personal growth. Having said that, facing obstacles alone can be overwhelming and reaching out for help takes courage. I consistently strive to provide a therapeutic space where individuals feel safe and accepted while pursuing goals that matter to them.
I work with young adults and adults experiencing psychological distress related to a range of situations including life transitions, overwhelming stress, relationship challenges, grief or loss, anxiety and depression.
I believe that life’s challenges can be an opportunity to discover our inherent strengths and achieve personal growth. Having said that, facing obstacles alone can be overwhelming and reaching out for help takes courage. I consistently strive to provide a therapeutic space where individuals feel safe and accepted while pursuing goals that matter to them.
(226) 400-9193 View (226) 400-9193
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Amy Smith
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MA
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
Have you exhausted yourself trying to find a way out of your anxiety, depression, or eating disorder, only to find that you continue to struggle? Are you looking to make genuine and lasting change but haven't found a "how" that works for you? Getting better is not meant to be so complicated. I guide you through a healing process that does not rely on using willpower, difficult techniques or superficial quick fixes. Having gone through this process myself, I am compassionate to your struggle.
Have you exhausted yourself trying to find a way out of your anxiety, depression, or eating disorder, only to find that you continue to struggle? Are you looking to make genuine and lasting change but haven't found a "how" that works for you? Getting better is not meant to be so complicated. I guide you through a healing process that does not rely on using willpower, difficult techniques or superficial quick fixes. Having gone through this process myself, I am compassionate to your struggle.
(844) 332-2873 View (844) 332-2873
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Vanessa Green
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1G
Whether it be depression, anxiety, relationship issues, abuse, or some other concern, I can work with you in taking that first step towards a new pathway.
Are you struggling with the current pathway you are on? Do your struggles or past experiences stop you from living the life you want? Do you need help exploring new pathways, ones that can move you forward in the direction you wish to go? If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, I may be able to support you on your journey. Whether the focus is on the individual journey or with another loved one, compassion, empathy and being non-judgmental are at the forefront of my practice.
Whether it be depression, anxiety, relationship issues, abuse, or some other concern, I can work with you in taking that first step towards a new pathway.
Are you struggling with the current pathway you are on? Do your struggles or past experiences stop you from living the life you want? Do you need help exploring new pathways, ones that can move you forward in the direction you wish to go? If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, I may be able to support you on your journey. Whether the focus is on the individual journey or with another loved one, compassion, empathy and being non-judgmental are at the forefront of my practice.
(888) 254-3401 View (888) 254-3401
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Janna Pardy
Registered Psychotherapist, MC, RP, CRPO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
I have supported many clients cope more effectively with anxiety, depression, difficult emotions, addiction, trauma, loss, and relationship issues.
Accepting new clients - Are you tired of looking for a solution? Has it been hard to see meaningful change in your life? You have considered the idea of using counselling before, but life got in the way and… you didn’t? It's not just you! All the hectic demands of life makes it challenging to prioritize our wellbeing. If you have been feeling lost and stuck in the same old unhelpful patterns, then please reach out and we can work through it together. The easiest way to book an appointment is through our website (chettiarcounselling.ca) or you can email if you have any questions about the process.
I have supported many clients cope more effectively with anxiety, depression, difficult emotions, addiction, trauma, loss, and relationship issues.
Accepting new clients - Are you tired of looking for a solution? Has it been hard to see meaningful change in your life? You have considered the idea of using counselling before, but life got in the way and… you didn’t? It's not just you! All the hectic demands of life makes it challenging to prioritize our wellbeing. If you have been feeling lost and stuck in the same old unhelpful patterns, then please reach out and we can work through it together. The easiest way to book an appointment is through our website (chettiarcounselling.ca) or you can email if you have any questions about the process.
(226) 212-7226 x122 View (226) 212-7226 x122
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Aikisha Beckwith
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BSc, MA, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you or someone you love is suffering in some way. But the good news is that things will get better, and I hope to help you (or them) get to better times. I work with adults, young adults, youth, and children, and have done so for the past decade (and it’s been the best decade of my life so far). The challenges we work on include depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, coping with life changes, and many more. If you or someone you love could use a friendly ear and a helping hand, you may find the therapy modalities I am trained in helpful.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you or someone you love is suffering in some way. But the good news is that things will get better, and I hope to help you (or them) get to better times. I work with adults, young adults, youth, and children, and have done so for the past decade (and it’s been the best decade of my life so far). The challenges we work on include depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, coping with life changes, and many more. If you or someone you love could use a friendly ear and a helping hand, you may find the therapy modalities I am trained in helpful.
(548) 482-5011 View (548) 482-5011
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Kim Cooke
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MMT, MTA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1G
If you are navigating the waters of depression, grief, stress, anxiety, self-harm, or suicidal ideation, we may be a good fit.
“I can’t keep living this way, but I don’t know how to change.” Does this statement sound familiar to you? Once upon a time, I felt this way too. Therapy was my safe space to land, and now I hope to offer a safe space in return for the teens and adults I work with. Perhaps you are experiencing a particularly difficult season of change in your life, or maybe you are hoping to better understand yourself and work towards a wellness goal. Together, we can work to discover your strengths, unpack your past experiences and, as a team, make a plan for the life you hope to build.
If you are navigating the waters of depression, grief, stress, anxiety, self-harm, or suicidal ideation, we may be a good fit.
“I can’t keep living this way, but I don’t know how to change.” Does this statement sound familiar to you? Once upon a time, I felt this way too. Therapy was my safe space to land, and now I hope to offer a safe space in return for the teens and adults I work with. Perhaps you are experiencing a particularly difficult season of change in your life, or maybe you are hoping to better understand yourself and work towards a wellness goal. Together, we can work to discover your strengths, unpack your past experiences and, as a team, make a plan for the life you hope to build.
(226) 286-0346 View (226) 286-0346
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Landen Dobsi
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
I take a person-centred approach and seek to create a warm and safe environment where you can process and heal through trauma, anxiety, relationships or depression.
Life can be incredibly challenging. We often experience difficult and complex situations or truama that deeply impact our emotions, thoughts and behaviours. Going through these challenges can can leave us feeling lonely, in pain, overwhelmed, and helpless. No matter where you are in life my goal is to help you achieve your goals whether that be healing and processing, finding meaning or being the person you want to be. While working together towards your goals and providing helpful tools for the future, I offer compassionate support to make sense of and address life challenges and experiences.
I take a person-centred approach and seek to create a warm and safe environment where you can process and heal through trauma, anxiety, relationships or depression.
Life can be incredibly challenging. We often experience difficult and complex situations or truama that deeply impact our emotions, thoughts and behaviours. Going through these challenges can can leave us feeling lonely, in pain, overwhelmed, and helpless. No matter where you are in life my goal is to help you achieve your goals whether that be healing and processing, finding meaning or being the person you want to be. While working together towards your goals and providing helpful tools for the future, I offer compassionate support to make sense of and address life challenges and experiences.
(548) 708-5178 x134 View (548) 708-5178 x134
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Lisa Mary Elizabeth Detwiler
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, OT Reg, (Ont)
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
I bring my full presence, using a here and now, relational, process oriented body -focused approach, to support client challenges dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, loss, relationship difficulties, and trauma.
ACCEPTING NEW ONTARIO BASED CLIENTS: Specializing in individual and group psychotherapy using evidence- based treatment models including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy ( CPT). I am a Graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. I have also pioneered the creation of a Psychotherapy Supervision Training program for Occupational therapists in Ontario and have formal training in Supervision. The priority of my approach is to create a strong therapeutic relationship with clients, that is non-judgemental, safe, and collaborative.
I bring my full presence, using a here and now, relational, process oriented body -focused approach, to support client challenges dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, loss, relationship difficulties, and trauma.
ACCEPTING NEW ONTARIO BASED CLIENTS: Specializing in individual and group psychotherapy using evidence- based treatment models including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy ( CPT). I am a Graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. I have also pioneered the creation of a Psychotherapy Supervision Training program for Occupational therapists in Ontario and have formal training in Supervision. The priority of my approach is to create a strong therapeutic relationship with clients, that is non-judgemental, safe, and collaborative.
(226) 780-8654 View (226) 780-8654
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Samantha Martin
Registered Social Worker, MSW RSW, CC-PMH
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
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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Shevaun Voisin
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
I have helped my clients manage their anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, trauma, grief, and relationship issues.
Stuck in a negative pattern, but can’t get out of it? Counselling helps you process the underlying concerns that are keeping you stuck in this negative pattern. It will also offer strategies that you can use to manage the day-to-day stressors. If you want to work through the problems you are experiencing and want a helping hand, then reach out to me. The easiest way to book an appointment is through our website (chettiarcounselling.ca)
I have helped my clients manage their anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, trauma, grief, and relationship issues.
Stuck in a negative pattern, but can’t get out of it? Counselling helps you process the underlying concerns that are keeping you stuck in this negative pattern. It will also offer strategies that you can use to manage the day-to-day stressors. If you want to work through the problems you are experiencing and want a helping hand, then reach out to me. The easiest way to book an appointment is through our website (chettiarcounselling.ca)
(226) 400-3579 x119 View (226) 400-3579 x119
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Evan Callan
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, SEP
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
Anxiety, depression, stress, burnout, and a lack of enthusiasm are signs that you may be off your path of your fullest joy, contentment, connection and fulfillment.
You may not yet know what you are looking for. All you know is that you want something to change. Or, you know exactly what you are looking for, what specifically you want to change, and this is why you are seeking someone like me. Either place is a great place to start. My job is to support you to envision the life you long for that you are not yet living, and to support you to take the steps to create it. You can do this. Along the journey, it is helpful to have a guide and a map. This is where I come in. I can provide both.
Anxiety, depression, stress, burnout, and a lack of enthusiasm are signs that you may be off your path of your fullest joy, contentment, connection and fulfillment.
You may not yet know what you are looking for. All you know is that you want something to change. Or, you know exactly what you are looking for, what specifically you want to change, and this is why you are seeking someone like me. Either place is a great place to start. My job is to support you to envision the life you long for that you are not yet living, and to support you to take the steps to create it. You can do this. Along the journey, it is helpful to have a guide and a map. This is where I come in. I can provide both.
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Lauren McLaren
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MA
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1C
Do you ever feel isolated by a painful experience? Do you find yourself feeling stuck and are looking to make the necessary changes to move forward? Do the relationships in your life feel strained and complicated? Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, parenting stress, or marital/family conflict, I bring a wide range of expertise to our work together. My passion is helping adults and couples tap into a hope that even when life is hard, there is still good to be found and that things can get better.
Do you ever feel isolated by a painful experience? Do you find yourself feeling stuck and are looking to make the necessary changes to move forward? Do the relationships in your life feel strained and complicated? Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, parenting stress, or marital/family conflict, I bring a wide range of expertise to our work together. My passion is helping adults and couples tap into a hope that even when life is hard, there is still good to be found and that things can get better.
(226) 908-0371 View (226) 908-0371
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Angie Collie
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
I am a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers. I previously worked in a child and adolescent outpatient psychiatry program where I gained valuable experience in providing support to children, adolescents and young adults with mental health. I currently work providing counselling support to students at the local university with emotional and mental health difficulties and offer the private counselling part-time. I am passionate about helping youth, adolescents and adults cope with anxiety, depression, and other emotional struggles which often get in the way of their quality of life.
I am a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers. I previously worked in a child and adolescent outpatient psychiatry program where I gained valuable experience in providing support to children, adolescents and young adults with mental health. I currently work providing counselling support to students at the local university with emotional and mental health difficulties and offer the private counselling part-time. I am passionate about helping youth, adolescents and adults cope with anxiety, depression, and other emotional struggles which often get in the way of their quality of life.
(877) 304-6405 View (877) 304-6405

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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.