Depression Therapists in Oakville, ON

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Photo of Brian Collinson, Registered Psychotherapist in Oakville, ON
Brian Collinson
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, DAnPsy, OSRP, OAJA, IAAP
Verified
Oakville, ON L6J
Do you struggle with finding clear direction and the way forward due to major changes in your life? Do you face anxiety, depression, or difficulty accepting and valuing who you really are? The therapy I practice is focused on helping adults to gain a true sense of themselves as individuals, to value and accept themselves, and to let this deeper sense of identity be the compass that guides us through our life journey. I'm empathic, experienced and an extremely good listener. My therapy approach combines deep insight with practical approaches for living out who you really are, without apology.
Do you struggle with finding clear direction and the way forward due to major changes in your life? Do you face anxiety, depression, or difficulty accepting and valuing who you really are? The therapy I practice is focused on helping adults to gain a true sense of themselves as individuals, to value and accept themselves, and to let this deeper sense of identity be the compass that guides us through our life journey. I'm empathic, experienced and an extremely good listener. My therapy approach combines deep insight with practical approaches for living out who you really are, without apology.
(289) 512-2666 View (289) 512-2666
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Sophia Raja
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Oakville, ON L6M  (Online Only)
I offer personalized approaches to help clients overcome challenges like insomnia, chronic pain; general and social anxiety, eating disorders and/or depression.
Thank you for taking this first step in therapy and self-growth. Starting is the most difficult part.If you're ready to explore, grow, and make positive changes, I'm here to support you on this journey. Together, we can work towards a better understanding of yourself and find effective strategies for feeling, thinking, and acting in ways that reflect your true potential. I gently encourage you to reach out when you're ready to take this step. I offer a sliding scale depending on your finances.
I offer personalized approaches to help clients overcome challenges like insomnia, chronic pain; general and social anxiety, eating disorders and/or depression.
Thank you for taking this first step in therapy and self-growth. Starting is the most difficult part.If you're ready to explore, grow, and make positive changes, I'm here to support you on this journey. Together, we can work towards a better understanding of yourself and find effective strategies for feeling, thinking, and acting in ways that reflect your true potential. I gently encourage you to reach out when you're ready to take this step. I offer a sliding scale depending on your finances.
(289) 273-9968 View (289) 273-9968
Photo of Leanna Bissell: Pause Ponder Psychotherapy, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Oakville, ON
Leanna Bissell: Pause Ponder Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP, MA, BA
Verified
Oakville, ON L6L
Accepting new clients virtually or in person with offices in Burlington and Oakville. Are you concerned that you might be having issues in any of the following areas?: Addictions (alcohol, drugs, social media, sex), ADHD (poor time management, disorganized thoughts), Trauma (PTSD, C-PTSD), Anxiety (social anxiety, worry and rumination), Depression (low mood, low motivation, fatigue, poor concentration, postpartum), Acquired brain injury, Body dissatisfaction (dieting/restricting, chronic eating, emotional eating) , Borderline Personality Disorder, Impulse Control and Managing urges.
Accepting new clients virtually or in person with offices in Burlington and Oakville. Are you concerned that you might be having issues in any of the following areas?: Addictions (alcohol, drugs, social media, sex), ADHD (poor time management, disorganized thoughts), Trauma (PTSD, C-PTSD), Anxiety (social anxiety, worry and rumination), Depression (low mood, low motivation, fatigue, poor concentration, postpartum), Acquired brain injury, Body dissatisfaction (dieting/restricting, chronic eating, emotional eating) , Borderline Personality Disorder, Impulse Control and Managing urges.
(289) 271-0754 View (289) 271-0754
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Samia Malik-Noor
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, RP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6J  (Online Only)
I am a Registered Psychotherapist providing psychodynamic psychotherapy for individuals, by telephone . I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bereavement, anger, addictions and trauma. I also assist people in their understanding of how these and other such difficulties can affect their relationships with themselves (low self esteem), and with others (families, friends and colleagues) and vice versa. This understanding opens up the avenues for change that you may be looking for. I believe that we all have a natural striving for health, but often lose connection with it due to life's vicissitudes.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist providing psychodynamic psychotherapy for individuals, by telephone . I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bereavement, anger, addictions and trauma. I also assist people in their understanding of how these and other such difficulties can affect their relationships with themselves (low self esteem), and with others (families, friends and colleagues) and vice versa. This understanding opens up the avenues for change that you may be looking for. I believe that we all have a natural striving for health, but often lose connection with it due to life's vicissitudes.
(289) 275-9554 View (289) 275-9554
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Alexis Bonecchi
Registered Psychotherapist, Ba Psy, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6H
With over twenty years of experience working in the field, I know that we are all hardwired for healing and connection, even when feeling confused and overwhelmed by life challenges. My practice style is to team up with my clients to facilitate deep self-knowledge, understanding and empowerment to create change and growth in a warm and accepting environment. I have experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, regulating difficult emotions and self-esteem. I provide service to individuals (13 yrs.+), couples and families.
With over twenty years of experience working in the field, I know that we are all hardwired for healing and connection, even when feeling confused and overwhelmed by life challenges. My practice style is to team up with my clients to facilitate deep self-knowledge, understanding and empowerment to create change and growth in a warm and accepting environment. I have experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, regulating difficult emotions and self-esteem. I provide service to individuals (13 yrs.+), couples and families.
(289) 274-5688 View (289) 274-5688
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Joanne Girardin
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Oakville, ON L6K
Now Accepting New Patients - Are you hiding your pain? Feeling like you are barely holding on? Managing to function but no one else knows how you really feel inside? Do you feel overwhelmed, inadequate, exhausted and are questioning yourself - your ability to cope and juggle all of life's demands? Do you feel that you are struggling in your relationships and feeling uncertain, confused, or lonely? Are you experiencing your relationships as painful? Life happens, events occur that throw us all for a loop and can change our confidence and ability to cope and can lead to stress, anxiety, and feelings of depression.
Now Accepting New Patients - Are you hiding your pain? Feeling like you are barely holding on? Managing to function but no one else knows how you really feel inside? Do you feel overwhelmed, inadequate, exhausted and are questioning yourself - your ability to cope and juggle all of life's demands? Do you feel that you are struggling in your relationships and feeling uncertain, confused, or lonely? Are you experiencing your relationships as painful? Life happens, events occur that throw us all for a loop and can change our confidence and ability to cope and can lead to stress, anxiety, and feelings of depression.
(365) 655-0867 View (365) 655-0867
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Rashmi Kumar
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RPQ
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6H  (Online Only)
My practice as a Psychotherapist focuses on Teens and Adults who are are struggling with anxiety, excessive worry, social issues, depression, feelings of "I'm not good enough", stress, trauma, confusion about their relationships and want to improve their overall mental health. I am passionate about helping women feel empowered to understand their value and worth, which is something so many of us grow up doubting! I have an added specializations with South Asian Mental Health, Hypnotherapy, Trauma and Attachment. Know that your struggles can get better with support. Please reach out. A conversation is a great place to start!
My practice as a Psychotherapist focuses on Teens and Adults who are are struggling with anxiety, excessive worry, social issues, depression, feelings of "I'm not good enough", stress, trauma, confusion about their relationships and want to improve their overall mental health. I am passionate about helping women feel empowered to understand their value and worth, which is something so many of us grow up doubting! I have an added specializations with South Asian Mental Health, Hypnotherapy, Trauma and Attachment. Know that your struggles can get better with support. Please reach out. A conversation is a great place to start!
(437) 291-8065 View (437) 291-8065
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Sana Syed
Registered Psychotherapist, MPE, MACP, RP
Verified
7 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6H
I became a therapist because, just like you, I am human and have had my fair share of battles. It took a long time for me to get to where I am today. I recognize that in moments of hopelessness, it is hard to find determination, that depression can be scary, that anxiety can be overwhelming, and that traumatic experiences can leave one feeling emotionally exhausted and drained out. I acknowledge the stigma associated with mental health and in going to therapy. For this reason, I know how crucial it is to provide therapy that is client-centered, empathetic, and unique to each person’s needs.
I became a therapist because, just like you, I am human and have had my fair share of battles. It took a long time for me to get to where I am today. I recognize that in moments of hopelessness, it is hard to find determination, that depression can be scary, that anxiety can be overwhelming, and that traumatic experiences can leave one feeling emotionally exhausted and drained out. I acknowledge the stigma associated with mental health and in going to therapy. For this reason, I know how crucial it is to provide therapy that is client-centered, empathetic, and unique to each person’s needs.
(289) 206-8705 View (289) 206-8705
Photo of Monica Chi Eaton, Registered Social Worker in Oakville, ON
Monica Chi Eaton
Registered Social Worker, MSW, PhD, RSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6J
Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or struggling in your relationships? Do you find yourself constantly battling with anxiety and depression? You are not alone. Many of my clients come to me feeling lost and unsure of how to make positive changes in their lives. As a therapist, I am here to help guide you through these difficult times and support you in finding the strength within yourself to overcome your challenges. I can help you manage emotions, improve communication, and build stronger relationships.
Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or struggling in your relationships? Do you find yourself constantly battling with anxiety and depression? You are not alone. Many of my clients come to me feeling lost and unsure of how to make positive changes in their lives. As a therapist, I am here to help guide you through these difficult times and support you in finding the strength within yourself to overcome your challenges. I can help you manage emotions, improve communication, and build stronger relationships.
(647) 930-4499 View (647) 930-4499
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Colleen O'Grady
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
Oakville, ON L6K
Accepting New Clients! Life has a way of throwing us curveballs leaving us feeling overwhelmed and questioning our direction. I am passionate about helping adults make changes in their lives to reduce suffering and increase joy and happiness. I take a compassionate, trauma informed approach and specialize in supporting adults struggling with anxiety, depression, managing stress, emotion regulation, compassion fatigue, relationship issues, sexuality, and navigating life transitions. You can expect a kind, supportive, flexible, and non-judgmental experience. I look forward to supporting you on your journey to wellness!
Accepting New Clients! Life has a way of throwing us curveballs leaving us feeling overwhelmed and questioning our direction. I am passionate about helping adults make changes in their lives to reduce suffering and increase joy and happiness. I take a compassionate, trauma informed approach and specialize in supporting adults struggling with anxiety, depression, managing stress, emotion regulation, compassion fatigue, relationship issues, sexuality, and navigating life transitions. You can expect a kind, supportive, flexible, and non-judgmental experience. I look forward to supporting you on your journey to wellness!
(289) 273-3032 View (289) 273-3032
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Eleanor Clarke Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, CCC, RCT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6L
I am registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and with the College of Counselling Therapists of Nova Scotia and have experience counselling individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, and mood management.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** Emotional suffering affects us physically, spiritually and mentally. Finding a genuinely compassionate and skilled psychotherapist is important. My practice is a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental place to work through life challenges. My person-centred approach provides support and understanding to individuals seeking to make positive changes in their life.
I am registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and with the College of Counselling Therapists of Nova Scotia and have experience counselling individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, and mood management.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** Emotional suffering affects us physically, spiritually and mentally. Finding a genuinely compassionate and skilled psychotherapist is important. My practice is a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental place to work through life challenges. My person-centred approach provides support and understanding to individuals seeking to make positive changes in their life.
(249) 500-4920 View (249) 500-4920
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The Halton Centre for Cognitive Therapy & Stress
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified
Oakville, ON L6H
We use state-of-the-art approaches, and prevent and identify concerns so that children, teens, and adults get timely, effective help for many problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, relationship problems or behavioural problems.
We help many children, teens, adults, couples and families. It is very important that everyone feels comfortable whenever they meet with us and this is a priority for us. We also ensure we have clear goals for our work together and move as quickly as possible towards these goals. When people leave our centre, they have clear tips and tools to use to maintain the benefits they have gained. The primary treatment we provide for individuals is Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT). With couples, we use EFT. With some children we include play therapy. With all clients, we also use other styles to assist as necessary.
We use state-of-the-art approaches, and prevent and identify concerns so that children, teens, and adults get timely, effective help for many problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, relationship problems or behavioural problems.
We help many children, teens, adults, couples and families. It is very important that everyone feels comfortable whenever they meet with us and this is a priority for us. We also ensure we have clear goals for our work together and move as quickly as possible towards these goals. When people leave our centre, they have clear tips and tools to use to maintain the benefits they have gained. The primary treatment we provide for individuals is Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT). With couples, we use EFT. With some children we include play therapy. With all clients, we also use other styles to assist as necessary.
(844) 402-2302 View (844) 402-2302
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Afshin Aheadi-Amin
Registered Psychotherapist, PhD, MACP, RP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6M  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Do you feel like your mind is constantly running? Do you feel that this is impacting your mood and behaviour? If this sounds familiar and you would like some help, then you are doing the right thing reading this right now. Dealing with any of these concerns can be really tiring and seeking a therapist that is a good fit can be daunting. I help individuals understand and manage their concerns related to self-esteem, anxiety or depression. My approach to therapy is to help you with your concerns by offering a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment using evidence-based techniques.
Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Do you feel like your mind is constantly running? Do you feel that this is impacting your mood and behaviour? If this sounds familiar and you would like some help, then you are doing the right thing reading this right now. Dealing with any of these concerns can be really tiring and seeking a therapist that is a good fit can be daunting. I help individuals understand and manage their concerns related to self-esteem, anxiety or depression. My approach to therapy is to help you with your concerns by offering a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment using evidence-based techniques.
(289) 273-8815 View (289) 273-8815
Lynn O Lightfoot
Psychologist, PhD, MASc, CPsych
Verified
Oakville, ON L6J
I have been working as a Psychologist for many years. It is my goal to create a warm and helpful therapeutic relationship with my clients so that I may assist them with whatever issues they are dealing with. I am comfortable with a number of therapeutic approaches and I try to individualize the treatment plan to the unique needs and preferences of my clients. I have a collaborative approach in my work with adolescents, adults, couples and families. I have assisted clients with a broad range of problems including anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders including borderline personality and addictive behaviors
I have been working as a Psychologist for many years. It is my goal to create a warm and helpful therapeutic relationship with my clients so that I may assist them with whatever issues they are dealing with. I am comfortable with a number of therapeutic approaches and I try to individualize the treatment plan to the unique needs and preferences of my clients. I have a collaborative approach in my work with adolescents, adults, couples and families. I have assisted clients with a broad range of problems including anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders including borderline personality and addictive behaviors
(289) 272-8209 View (289) 272-8209
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Anmol Chandla
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6L
I provide in-person and virtual individual therapy for teens, young adults, and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, stressors around life transitions, and self-esteem issues. I aim to foster a warm and non-judgemental space where you feel safe to explore and connect with yourself. I am here to meet you where you are at and support you as you embark on your healing journey.
I provide in-person and virtual individual therapy for teens, young adults, and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, stressors around life transitions, and self-esteem issues. I aim to foster a warm and non-judgemental space where you feel safe to explore and connect with yourself. I am here to meet you where you are at and support you as you embark on your healing journey.
(289) 275-7881 View (289) 275-7881
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Your Lifetime Counselling
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MD, MACP, RP(q), PMP, CCRP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6H
I work with people experiencing anxiety, depression, life-transitional issues, adjustment disorders, stress, trauma, relationship conflict, parenting concerns, academic/career concerns, and difficulties in attaining work-life balance.
I wear many professional hats. I am an MD, MACP, RP(q), a Clinical Researcher, a Project Management Professional, a Professor at George Brown College, previously an instructor for 15 years at UofT and a family oriented female. I am a published author in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, International Diabetes Federation and the Journal of European Society of Cardiology. I have a number of years worth of work experience in mental health. I have taken care of clients in the in/out patient settings. I believe in providing a non-judgmental and safe space for people to share. My aim is to build stronger communities.
I work with people experiencing anxiety, depression, life-transitional issues, adjustment disorders, stress, trauma, relationship conflict, parenting concerns, academic/career concerns, and difficulties in attaining work-life balance.
I wear many professional hats. I am an MD, MACP, RP(q), a Clinical Researcher, a Project Management Professional, a Professor at George Brown College, previously an instructor for 15 years at UofT and a family oriented female. I am a published author in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, International Diabetes Federation and the Journal of European Society of Cardiology. I have a number of years worth of work experience in mental health. I have taken care of clients in the in/out patient settings. I believe in providing a non-judgmental and safe space for people to share. My aim is to build stronger communities.
(289) 677-1873 View (289) 677-1873
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Arthur Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
Oakville, ON L6J
I aim to work with you collaboratively to enable individuals to solve their social/emotional concerns. Over the years I’ve supported individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress management, coping skills, self harming behaviours, relationship issues and parent teen conflict. I understand stressors of life and how they may have an impact on individuals. Thus I seek to help individuals locate themselves in their daily situations, reflect and influence positive change.
I aim to work with you collaboratively to enable individuals to solve their social/emotional concerns. Over the years I’ve supported individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress management, coping skills, self harming behaviours, relationship issues and parent teen conflict. I understand stressors of life and how they may have an impact on individuals. Thus I seek to help individuals locate themselves in their daily situations, reflect and influence positive change.
(289) 813-7640 View (289) 813-7640
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Aleksei Panov
Registered Psychotherapist, MA Psy, RP
Verified
Oakville, ON L6M
I have a strong foundation in psychology and use various techniques to assist those struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, anger management, low self-esteem, phobias, chronic pain, and PTSD. My expertise has been honed through work with clients of diverse backgrounds and ages, and I am fluent in both English and Russian. My goal is to provide a supportive and safe environment for individuals to find the strength and resilience to grow and change.
I have a strong foundation in psychology and use various techniques to assist those struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, anger management, low self-esteem, phobias, chronic pain, and PTSD. My expertise has been honed through work with clients of diverse backgrounds and ages, and I am fluent in both English and Russian. My goal is to provide a supportive and safe environment for individuals to find the strength and resilience to grow and change.
(437) 900-9779 View (437) 900-9779
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Areeba Adnan
Psychologist, CPsych
Verified
Oakville, ON L6M
I'm an experienced clinical psychologist providing consultation and treatment to adults and seniors, with a focus on emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. I identify as Muslim and aim to provide therapy in a culturally sensitive way. I work with individuals who identify with a wide range of challenges including anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment issues, interpersonal and relational difficulties, chronic pain, and cognitive difficulties. I work primarily from a holistic, emotion focussed, embodied approach with emphasis on mindfulness, acceptance, and self-compassion.
I'm an experienced clinical psychologist providing consultation and treatment to adults and seniors, with a focus on emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. I identify as Muslim and aim to provide therapy in a culturally sensitive way. I work with individuals who identify with a wide range of challenges including anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment issues, interpersonal and relational difficulties, chronic pain, and cognitive difficulties. I work primarily from a holistic, emotion focussed, embodied approach with emphasis on mindfulness, acceptance, and self-compassion.
(289) 807-2696 View (289) 807-2696
Photo of Lola Edwards, Registered Psychotherapist in Oakville, ON
Lola Edwards
Registered Psychotherapist, CCC, MA, BSc
Verified
Oakville, ON L6M
Are you struggling to get through each day? Would you like to manage your emotions better? You don’t have to go through these struggles alone. Over the years, I have worked with parents, children and individuals, and am well-equipped to guide you through various forms of emotional distress including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma and relationship difficulties. In sessions with me, I will help you delve into the root cause(s) of what has been holding you back – unhelpful thinking patterns, negative perceptions, emotional wounds, and past hurts.
Are you struggling to get through each day? Would you like to manage your emotions better? You don’t have to go through these struggles alone. Over the years, I have worked with parents, children and individuals, and am well-equipped to guide you through various forms of emotional distress including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma and relationship difficulties. In sessions with me, I will help you delve into the root cause(s) of what has been holding you back – unhelpful thinking patterns, negative perceptions, emotional wounds, and past hurts.
(548) 489-0095 View (548) 489-0095

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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.