Depression Therapists in North York, ON

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Katie Sussman
MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
North York, ON M3B  (Online Only)
Working in various hospital and mental health settings, I have extensive experience working with individuals. Valuing emotional safety, compassion, and empathy, I work collaboratively with clients to achieve their goals. Recognizing the importance of the therapeutic relationship, I work alongside clients to identify, understand and work through personal challenges. This includes anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, Trauma, postpartum/perinatal mental health, emotional eating, relationship challenges, and life transitions. Believing evidence informs practice, I understand that it is the individual who is the expert of their experience.
Working in various hospital and mental health settings, I have extensive experience working with individuals. Valuing emotional safety, compassion, and empathy, I work collaboratively with clients to achieve their goals. Recognizing the importance of the therapeutic relationship, I work alongside clients to identify, understand and work through personal challenges. This includes anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, Trauma, postpartum/perinatal mental health, emotional eating, relationship challenges, and life transitions. Believing evidence informs practice, I understand that it is the individual who is the expert of their experience.
(365) 645-5173 View (365) 645-5173
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Jessica Kadashev
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MPsy, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
North York, ON M6A  (Online Only)
As a dedicated psychotherapist, I specialize in supporting both adults and adolescents (ages 12-18) facing various mental health challenges. My mission is to provide a safe and empathetic space for individuals navigating issues such as depression, anxiety, panic disorders, stress management, social anxiety, anger management, and helping individuals process and overcome traumatic experiences.
As a dedicated psychotherapist, I specialize in supporting both adults and adolescents (ages 12-18) facing various mental health challenges. My mission is to provide a safe and empathetic space for individuals navigating issues such as depression, anxiety, panic disorders, stress management, social anxiety, anger management, and helping individuals process and overcome traumatic experiences.
(647) 952-5891 View (647) 952-5891
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Sahar Mozafari
Registered Psychotherapist, HBsc, MA, RP
Verified Verified
North York, ON M3B
My areas of expertise are working with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, Obsessive-compulsive spectrum, phobia, and trauma-related disorders.
As a psychotherapist, I provide comprehensive interventions rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I specialize in helping individuals transform negative thought patterns, develop practical coping strategies, and make positive behavioral changes. By incorporating elements of DBT, which emphasizes emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness, as well as MBCT, which promotes mindfulness and self-compassion, I offer a holistic approach to addressing various mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, and eating disorder
My areas of expertise are working with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, Obsessive-compulsive spectrum, phobia, and trauma-related disorders.
As a psychotherapist, I provide comprehensive interventions rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I specialize in helping individuals transform negative thought patterns, develop practical coping strategies, and make positive behavioral changes. By incorporating elements of DBT, which emphasizes emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness, as well as MBCT, which promotes mindfulness and self-compassion, I offer a holistic approach to addressing various mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, and eating disorder
(289) 807-4839 View (289) 807-4839
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Breakthrough Therapy
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
North York, ON M2H
At Breakthrough Therapy, we know the impact a lifetime of depression or anxiety can have.
We are a boutique practice consisting of a group of highly trained and accomplished healthcare professionals, dedicated to helping you make a shift towards healing using emerging and disruptive mental health care practices. Our specialty, Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy, places us at the intersection of medicine and psychology, a rapidly expanding field at a global level in which much has been achieved and much remains a deeply consequential work-in-progress.
At Breakthrough Therapy, we know the impact a lifetime of depression or anxiety can have.
We are a boutique practice consisting of a group of highly trained and accomplished healthcare professionals, dedicated to helping you make a shift towards healing using emerging and disruptive mental health care practices. Our specialty, Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy, places us at the intersection of medicine and psychology, a rapidly expanding field at a global level in which much has been achieved and much remains a deeply consequential work-in-progress.
(289) 301-8425 View (289) 301-8425
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Anna Shin
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, RMFT, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North York, ON M2K  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, low self-esteem, anger, or feeling overwhelmed with life's challenges? I provide a non-judgemental, supportive environment where clients can feel safe exploring their most difficult issues and gain some clarity on directions for change. I have successfully helped numerous clients enhance self-awareness, discover their inherent strengths, and boost resilience to meet the complex demands of modern-day life.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, low self-esteem, anger, or feeling overwhelmed with life's challenges? I provide a non-judgemental, supportive environment where clients can feel safe exploring their most difficult issues and gain some clarity on directions for change. I have successfully helped numerous clients enhance self-awareness, discover their inherent strengths, and boost resilience to meet the complex demands of modern-day life.
(844) 402-2686 View (844) 402-2686
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Kadeem Daley
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North York, ON M3B
For more than 10 years I have been supporting individuals who struggle with Mental Health in the GTA's top Hospitals. I am a Registered Social Worker who continues to work in the Children and Adolescent Outpatient Mental Health Program at North York General Hospital. I work with Children, Teens, & Adults who struggle with Anxiety, Depression, OCD, and behavioural issues. I have over a decade of experience working with children, adults and families with mental health in the Emergency Departments of North York General Hospital, Sunny Brook Hospital, & Scarborough Grace Hospital.
For more than 10 years I have been supporting individuals who struggle with Mental Health in the GTA's top Hospitals. I am a Registered Social Worker who continues to work in the Children and Adolescent Outpatient Mental Health Program at North York General Hospital. I work with Children, Teens, & Adults who struggle with Anxiety, Depression, OCD, and behavioural issues. I have over a decade of experience working with children, adults and families with mental health in the Emergency Departments of North York General Hospital, Sunny Brook Hospital, & Scarborough Grace Hospital.
(437) 747-6193 View (437) 747-6193
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Mohamed Islam
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North York, ON M2N
My areas of specialization include individuals struggling with life transitions, perfectionism, procrastination, trauma, anxiety, and depression.
As a psychotherapist, my goal is to work with you on developing a more satisfying and fulfilling life. If you are feeling stuck, your anger keeps getting the better of you, you don’t seem to be able to communicate your thoughts and feel misunderstood, or you have been feeling that life has not been as enjoyable as it once was, then therapy can be a very helpful for you. In therapy, we can work together on gaining a better understanding of ourselves and what makes us act and react in the ways we do, how to change that cycle, how to communicate our needs and boundaries to our loved ones, and how to resolve distressing situations.
My areas of specialization include individuals struggling with life transitions, perfectionism, procrastination, trauma, anxiety, and depression.
As a psychotherapist, my goal is to work with you on developing a more satisfying and fulfilling life. If you are feeling stuck, your anger keeps getting the better of you, you don’t seem to be able to communicate your thoughts and feel misunderstood, or you have been feeling that life has not been as enjoyable as it once was, then therapy can be a very helpful for you. In therapy, we can work together on gaining a better understanding of ourselves and what makes us act and react in the ways we do, how to change that cycle, how to communicate our needs and boundaries to our loved ones, and how to resolve distressing situations.
(437) 291-8260 View (437) 291-8260
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Janice D’Souza
Registered Social Worker, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North York, ON M2K  (Online Only)
With a Masters in Social Work, and over 7 years of direct clinical experience, I am an individual therapist, completing consultations, comprehensive assessments and therapy with children, teens and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, academic performance/attendance, anger, interpersonal trauma, grief, addiction, relationship issues and parental separation/divorce.
With a Masters in Social Work, and over 7 years of direct clinical experience, I am an individual therapist, completing consultations, comprehensive assessments and therapy with children, teens and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, academic performance/attendance, anger, interpersonal trauma, grief, addiction, relationship issues and parental separation/divorce.
(289) 778-4768 View (289) 778-4768
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Amelia Yuxin Deng
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MEd
Verified Verified
North York, ON M2N
Waitlist for new clients
Therapy might be a new experience for you and I understand starting it may feel daunting. I’m honored that I can be here for you during this journey. My name is Amelia, and I am the founder of this Psychotherapy Clinic. I have over 6 years of experience working with adults presenting a variety of mental health difficulties due to anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship challenges, trauma, low self-esteem, and life transition issues. I believe in collaborative goal settings, honoring your voice, and supporting your goals for therapy. I strive to create a safe and caring therapeutic environment for everyone I work with.
Therapy might be a new experience for you and I understand starting it may feel daunting. I’m honored that I can be here for you during this journey. My name is Amelia, and I am the founder of this Psychotherapy Clinic. I have over 6 years of experience working with adults presenting a variety of mental health difficulties due to anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship challenges, trauma, low self-esteem, and life transition issues. I believe in collaborative goal settings, honoring your voice, and supporting your goals for therapy. I strive to create a safe and caring therapeutic environment for everyone I work with.
(289) 312-1415 View (289) 312-1415
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Alex Belakovsky
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
North York, ON M3J
I can help you with Anxiety, Depression, Critical and Terminal Illness, Grief, Relationship difficulties and Infidelity, Healthy Self-image, Workplace burnout,Trauma Care, BPD.
If there is a magic word for change, it is resilience. Resilience is the capacity to grow despite misfortune, gaining strength from challenges rather than surrendering to them. It really is a vital life-skill and the best news is that resilience can be learned! That's a bonus, given that we cannot have complete control of our lives. Observing the positive effects of such resilience, I became more interested in helping others gain this capacity. There really is nobody quite like you and my task is to work with your individuality. This is why I focus on building your future strength. https://www.centrepsychotherapy.ca/
I can help you with Anxiety, Depression, Critical and Terminal Illness, Grief, Relationship difficulties and Infidelity, Healthy Self-image, Workplace burnout,Trauma Care, BPD.
If there is a magic word for change, it is resilience. Resilience is the capacity to grow despite misfortune, gaining strength from challenges rather than surrendering to them. It really is a vital life-skill and the best news is that resilience can be learned! That's a bonus, given that we cannot have complete control of our lives. Observing the positive effects of such resilience, I became more interested in helping others gain this capacity. There really is nobody quite like you and my task is to work with your individuality. This is why I focus on building your future strength. https://www.centrepsychotherapy.ca/
(844) 937-1852 View (844) 937-1852
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Robin Silverman
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
North York, ON M4A  (Online Only)
As a therapist I can help you to identify the source of stress or problems, strengthen coping skills and find effective solutions. For over 20 years I have been helping people from many walks of life. Issues such as depression, trauma, relationships, addiction, and work related stress are just some of the areas I can help you with. You set the goals and I will assist you without judgement. Counselling is a safe space that is confidential.
As a therapist I can help you to identify the source of stress or problems, strengthen coping skills and find effective solutions. For over 20 years I have been helping people from many walks of life. Issues such as depression, trauma, relationships, addiction, and work related stress are just some of the areas I can help you with. You set the goals and I will assist you without judgement. Counselling is a safe space that is confidential.
(647) 955-1970 View (647) 955-1970
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Shaahin (Ghaffar) Malek Khosravi
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), PhD, RP(Q), OAMHP
Verified Verified
North York, ON M3B
Sometimes we are mentally injured by events or accidents in our lives; they can cause shallow or deep wounds and trauma to our emotions. In some cases, we scratch our wounds unconsciously and worsen them instead of accepting and healing them compassionately. Uncompassionate focus on our injuries or pain can negatively impact our quality of life. They may bring stress, anxiety, depression, and other uncomfortable feelings. Counselling can soothe wounds and ease pain. I try to help you heal those wounds and improve your health. I will be there with you throughout this journey by listening to you and gaining insight together.
Sometimes we are mentally injured by events or accidents in our lives; they can cause shallow or deep wounds and trauma to our emotions. In some cases, we scratch our wounds unconsciously and worsen them instead of accepting and healing them compassionately. Uncompassionate focus on our injuries or pain can negatively impact our quality of life. They may bring stress, anxiety, depression, and other uncomfortable feelings. Counselling can soothe wounds and ease pain. I try to help you heal those wounds and improve your health. I will be there with you throughout this journey by listening to you and gaining insight together.
(647) 726-2999 View (647) 726-2999
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Darnette Hanlan-Anderson
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, RP
Verified Verified
North York, ON M2J  (Online Only)
Depression, anxiety? Coping with life at times can be heartbreaking for yourself or the ones that you love. Having someone to mentally walk with you through those times is a way to reconnect and return to that good place in life. The heartbreaks could be divorce, depression, grief, anxiety, separation from family. Over the course of our lives, we all experience emotional wounds, which hinders us from personal growth. Having a safe place to talk and express your emotions is what I provide. Here you gain self-understanding and self-awareness and be empowered to make changes to grow towards your desired outcome of your authentic self.
Depression, anxiety? Coping with life at times can be heartbreaking for yourself or the ones that you love. Having someone to mentally walk with you through those times is a way to reconnect and return to that good place in life. The heartbreaks could be divorce, depression, grief, anxiety, separation from family. Over the course of our lives, we all experience emotional wounds, which hinders us from personal growth. Having a safe place to talk and express your emotions is what I provide. Here you gain self-understanding and self-awareness and be empowered to make changes to grow towards your desired outcome of your authentic self.
(289) 807-4284 View (289) 807-4284
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ReNu Counselling & Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North York, ON M5M
Our clinic addresses issues including (but not limited to): anxiety, depression & mood disorders, stress (work, school, life), interpersonal relationships (family and friends), racial identity & cultural experiences, athletic performance & high-performance sport, self-esteem, trauma, couple and romantic relationships, family, immigrant & refugees, Indigenous.
ReNu Counselling & Psychotherapy offers counselling and psychotherapy services for a diverse range of issues. We offer culturally-informed care to people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds. Our therapists strive to create a welcoming environment that helps clients lead more fulfilling lives. We provide a range of services to meet different income-levels, therapeutic needs, and approach preferences.
Our clinic addresses issues including (but not limited to): anxiety, depression & mood disorders, stress (work, school, life), interpersonal relationships (family and friends), racial identity & cultural experiences, athletic performance & high-performance sport, self-esteem, trauma, couple and romantic relationships, family, immigrant & refugees, Indigenous.
ReNu Counselling & Psychotherapy offers counselling and psychotherapy services for a diverse range of issues. We offer culturally-informed care to people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds. Our therapists strive to create a welcoming environment that helps clients lead more fulfilling lives. We provide a range of services to meet different income-levels, therapeutic needs, and approach preferences.
(647) 699-1323 View (647) 699-1323
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Loredana Moraru
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CBT, SFBT, ABA, IBI
Verified Verified
North York, ON M3B
Anger, anxiety, depression, divorce, domestic violence, conflict, school bullying, peer pressure, addiction, eating disorders and trauma, comprise some of the challenges children, adolescents and their families experience every day. As an outgoing Registered Psychotherapist (RP), Loredana’s great passion for Psychotherapy is bringing healing to people who have been through unhealthy, toxic, traumatic lives, experiences and relationships. With patience, compassion, and commitment, Loredana helps them find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships to know themselves as peaceful and complete.
Anger, anxiety, depression, divorce, domestic violence, conflict, school bullying, peer pressure, addiction, eating disorders and trauma, comprise some of the challenges children, adolescents and their families experience every day. As an outgoing Registered Psychotherapist (RP), Loredana’s great passion for Psychotherapy is bringing healing to people who have been through unhealthy, toxic, traumatic lives, experiences and relationships. With patience, compassion, and commitment, Loredana helps them find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships to know themselves as peaceful and complete.
(365) 544-5504 View (365) 544-5504
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Renee Raymond
Registered Psychotherapist, MS, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North York, ON M5M  (Online Only)
My services address challenges such as anxiety, depression and mood disorders, couple and family issues, high-performance sport, student issues, career planning, self-esteem, issues related to racialization and discrimination, stress, trauma, codependency, insomnia and sleep challenges, immigrant, refugee, and Indigenous mental health.
For the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of helping individuals improve their mental health through goal-focused collaboration. You may be going through a time in your life right now which is leaving you feeling unhappy, or stuck in a cycle you don't know how to break. As a Psychotherapist, I endeavor to use my skills, and the knowledge I continue to acquire to help people lead more satisfying lives. I use a client-centered and judgment-free approach and work with you to develop new skills to meet your therapeutic goals.
My services address challenges such as anxiety, depression and mood disorders, couple and family issues, high-performance sport, student issues, career planning, self-esteem, issues related to racialization and discrimination, stress, trauma, codependency, insomnia and sleep challenges, immigrant, refugee, and Indigenous mental health.
For the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of helping individuals improve their mental health through goal-focused collaboration. You may be going through a time in your life right now which is leaving you feeling unhappy, or stuck in a cycle you don't know how to break. As a Psychotherapist, I endeavor to use my skills, and the knowledge I continue to acquire to help people lead more satisfying lives. I use a client-centered and judgment-free approach and work with you to develop new skills to meet your therapeutic goals.
(289) 768-2461 View (289) 768-2461
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Robin Shereck
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
North York, ON M3B  (Online Only)
Do you feel stuck in a cycle of unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviours? I believe we don’t have to let our anxiety, depression, and traumas define and control who we are. My approach aims to help you develop new narratives, coping skills, and ways of thinking as I believe we all have the power to make meaningful change.
Do you feel stuck in a cycle of unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviours? I believe we don’t have to let our anxiety, depression, and traumas define and control who we are. My approach aims to help you develop new narratives, coping skills, and ways of thinking as I believe we all have the power to make meaningful change.
(289) 272-7604 View (289) 272-7604
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Eunice (Eunhee) Park
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
North York, ON M2M  (Online Only)
Are you suffering from any emotional, physical or mental health challenges in your life such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life or cultural transition, marital conflict or trauma? No matter how big or small they are, it is never too late for you to receive support and care. My priority is to create a warm, supportive and non-judgmental space so that you will be able to explore, recognize and deal with the underlying issues in your life. I am determined to help you move forward in your healing journey by acknowledging your needs, increasing self-acceptance, enhancing holistic self-care, and developing your true potential.
Are you suffering from any emotional, physical or mental health challenges in your life such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life or cultural transition, marital conflict or trauma? No matter how big or small they are, it is never too late for you to receive support and care. My priority is to create a warm, supportive and non-judgmental space so that you will be able to explore, recognize and deal with the underlying issues in your life. I am determined to help you move forward in your healing journey by acknowledging your needs, increasing self-acceptance, enhancing holistic self-care, and developing your true potential.
(647) 492-7813 x2278 View (647) 492-7813 x2278
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Naomi Levine
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
North York, ON M3J
My goal is to help you bring curiosity and compassion to your experiences, including struggles with anxiety, depression, negative thinking patterns, dysfunctional behaviours, and relationship challenges. Using a trauma-informed approach, we will work together to better understand how your struggles stem from the past, while making room for new coping strategies. Trauma leads us to feeling on edge, panicky, numb, self-critical, and defensive in relationships. I am here to help you break free of these cycles and develop new ways of relating to yourself and others, as well as build capacities for inner strength and resilience.
My goal is to help you bring curiosity and compassion to your experiences, including struggles with anxiety, depression, negative thinking patterns, dysfunctional behaviours, and relationship challenges. Using a trauma-informed approach, we will work together to better understand how your struggles stem from the past, while making room for new coping strategies. Trauma leads us to feeling on edge, panicky, numb, self-critical, and defensive in relationships. I am here to help you break free of these cycles and develop new ways of relating to yourself and others, as well as build capacities for inner strength and resilience.
(647) 250-0183 View (647) 250-0183
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Better Life Counselling Center
Registered Social Worker, MA, RP, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
North York, ON M3B
Shahrzad Hazrati Registered psychotherapist and Registered Social worker (MA, MSW, RSW, RP). Shahrzad is member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CACBT) with years of experience of providing counselling to individuals, couples and families deal with problems such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, parental issues.
Shahrzad Hazrati Registered psychotherapist and Registered Social worker (MA, MSW, RSW, RP). Shahrzad is member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CACBT) with years of experience of providing counselling to individuals, couples and families deal with problems such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, parental issues.
(365) 654-2831 View (365) 654-2831

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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.