Depression Therapists in Ottawa, ON

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Astrid Couples And Family Counsellor Machalitza
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1K
I feel so unloved, alone, not seen or even neglected by my partner/family. Do you say that? Or: Trust is broken, something feels off and I don't know how to fix it! Or: My child struggles and I don't know how to help! I specialize in couples and family counselling and offer immediate availability to help you to strengthen your relationship. If you're looking to rebuild your connections or navigate conflicts within your relationships with empathy, I am here to support you and your family members every step of the way. Also, if you are newly married or new parents. If you don't want to be alone on this journey, please reach out!
I feel so unloved, alone, not seen or even neglected by my partner/family. Do you say that? Or: Trust is broken, something feels off and I don't know how to fix it! Or: My child struggles and I don't know how to help! I specialize in couples and family counselling and offer immediate availability to help you to strengthen your relationship. If you're looking to rebuild your connections or navigate conflicts within your relationships with empathy, I am here to support you and your family members every step of the way. Also, if you are newly married or new parents. If you don't want to be alone on this journey, please reach out!
(226) 799-4950 View (226) 799-4950
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Sherridon Parcells
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MACP, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2H  (Online Only)
Feeling stressed, anxious or struggling with low mood and/or depression? Ready to take the initial step in feeling better? For many people at some point in their lives, they might feel that something is too challenging to manage and overcome. These situations can sometimes lead to feeling hopeless, stuck and defeated. As a registered psychotherapist, I am trained in supporting people to overcome some of life’s most challenging situations through cultivating a warm, non-judgmental, empathic and compassionate environment as well as drawing on evidence based therapeutic approaches, modalities and interventions.
Feeling stressed, anxious or struggling with low mood and/or depression? Ready to take the initial step in feeling better? For many people at some point in their lives, they might feel that something is too challenging to manage and overcome. These situations can sometimes lead to feeling hopeless, stuck and defeated. As a registered psychotherapist, I am trained in supporting people to overcome some of life’s most challenging situations through cultivating a warm, non-judgmental, empathic and compassionate environment as well as drawing on evidence based therapeutic approaches, modalities and interventions.
(343) 307-7199 View (343) 307-7199
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Guilherme Beraldo
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2H  (Online Only)
I believe people can grow and live meaningful and healthier lives. Seeing them gain insight over the course of therapy and thrive is my passion. I aim to provide a safe and nonjudgmental setting for all my clients by respecting their values and challenges as unique. Over more than eight years in the field of mental health, I have worked with and been able to assist individuals, couples and families with issues such as anxiety, depression, challenges in career, and relationship conflicts.
I believe people can grow and live meaningful and healthier lives. Seeing them gain insight over the course of therapy and thrive is my passion. I aim to provide a safe and nonjudgmental setting for all my clients by respecting their values and challenges as unique. Over more than eight years in the field of mental health, I have worked with and been able to assist individuals, couples and families with issues such as anxiety, depression, challenges in career, and relationship conflicts.
(343) 307-4445 View (343) 307-4445
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Lisa M. McRae
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K4A
Waitlist for new clients
If you're struggling in your life or in your relationship due to stressful life events or overwhelming emotions, then psychotherapy may be the key to helping you overcome these difficulties. I am a bilingual (English / français) Registered Psychotherapist with several years of clinical experience of working with youth (14-24 y.o.), adults (25 y.o. +) and couples. I offer both individual and couples counselling, with a specialization in Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Attachment disorders, Personality Disorders and Critical Self-Talk.
If you're struggling in your life or in your relationship due to stressful life events or overwhelming emotions, then psychotherapy may be the key to helping you overcome these difficulties. I am a bilingual (English / français) Registered Psychotherapist with several years of clinical experience of working with youth (14-24 y.o.), adults (25 y.o. +) and couples. I offer both individual and couples counselling, with a specialization in Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Attachment disorders, Personality Disorders and Critical Self-Talk.
(343) 307-4908 View (343) 307-4908
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Holistic Wellness Therapies
Psychologist, MA, MSW, CPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1C
We are a team of dedicated & experienced Social Workers and Psychologists. If you are feeling lost, confused, unlike yourself, or simply want to understand yourself - we've got you covered. As a parent, if you are having difficulties with understanding your Childs emotions or behaviours, our highly experienced social worker can support you on your parenting journey. Our therapists help a variety of concerns including grief, depression, anxiety, OCD, burnout, stress, life transitions, parenting, identity, spirituality and so much more. We also offer psychological assessments and psychoeducational assessments. We are here to support!
We are a team of dedicated & experienced Social Workers and Psychologists. If you are feeling lost, confused, unlike yourself, or simply want to understand yourself - we've got you covered. As a parent, if you are having difficulties with understanding your Childs emotions or behaviours, our highly experienced social worker can support you on your parenting journey. Our therapists help a variety of concerns including grief, depression, anxiety, OCD, burnout, stress, life transitions, parenting, identity, spirituality and so much more. We also offer psychological assessments and psychoeducational assessments. We are here to support!
(343) 700-4399 View (343) 700-4399
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Rasheeda Wright
Registered Psychotherapist, M Ed, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2H  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
When you are in emotional distress, an empathic, compassionate, non-judgemental presence can be invaluable in restoring your hope that life can be better. Hi, I’m Rasheeda, a passionate, trauma informed psychotherapist offering mental health support to individuals & couples. For 20+ years, I’ve helped clients navigate the sometimes murky waters of life. I specialize in working with anxiety, depression, conflict in relationships & processing trauma. My approach to therapy takes into account clients’ diverse experiences and individual identities (e.g.ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation etc.).
When you are in emotional distress, an empathic, compassionate, non-judgemental presence can be invaluable in restoring your hope that life can be better. Hi, I’m Rasheeda, a passionate, trauma informed psychotherapist offering mental health support to individuals & couples. For 20+ years, I’ve helped clients navigate the sometimes murky waters of life. I specialize in working with anxiety, depression, conflict in relationships & processing trauma. My approach to therapy takes into account clients’ diverse experiences and individual identities (e.g.ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation etc.).
(343) 307-5721 View (343) 307-5721
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Wintana Amare
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2B  (Online Only)
I believe that everyone, regardless of their life stage or circumstances, can benefit from the transformative power of counselling. My approach is rooted in the belief that counselling is not just about overcoming challenges, but also about self-discovery, personal growth, and acquiring essential life skills. Whether you're navigating anxiety, depression, grief, relationship difficulties, or simply seeking to understand yourself better, I am here to provide compassionate support. To make quality mental health care accessible to everyone, I am excited to offer reduced-rate therapy sessions for those who need it.
I believe that everyone, regardless of their life stage or circumstances, can benefit from the transformative power of counselling. My approach is rooted in the belief that counselling is not just about overcoming challenges, but also about self-discovery, personal growth, and acquiring essential life skills. Whether you're navigating anxiety, depression, grief, relationship difficulties, or simply seeking to understand yourself better, I am here to provide compassionate support. To make quality mental health care accessible to everyone, I am excited to offer reduced-rate therapy sessions for those who need it.
(343) 341-4982 View (343) 341-4982
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Paul Coldrick
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, BSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1N  (Online Only)
I’m experienced helping clients dealing with: anxiety, stress, depression, grief, anger, burnout, relationship problems, divorce, sleep / insomnia issues, among others.
We’re all prone to personal challenges, loss, relationship struggles and times when it's hard to cope. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. I use a person-centred collaborative process with my clients and tailor therapy to each individual. I believe empathy begins with understanding life from another person's perspective, and is done without any judgement whatsoever. I provide an empathetic, trusting and confidential environment and offer support, coping tools, and encouragement to open up, identify strengths, change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviours.
I’m experienced helping clients dealing with: anxiety, stress, depression, grief, anger, burnout, relationship problems, divorce, sleep / insomnia issues, among others.
We’re all prone to personal challenges, loss, relationship struggles and times when it's hard to cope. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. I use a person-centred collaborative process with my clients and tailor therapy to each individual. I believe empathy begins with understanding life from another person's perspective, and is done without any judgement whatsoever. I provide an empathetic, trusting and confidential environment and offer support, coping tools, and encouragement to open up, identify strengths, change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviours.
(613) 699-8127 View (613) 699-8127
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Chantelle McEwen
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P  (Online Only)
I provide individual therapy for adolescents and adults presenting with a wide range of challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, resiliency, emotion regulation, parenting support as well as other life transitional issues.
My practice is focused on empowering clients to make informed decisions about their own change while providing a compassionate and supportive space. As a person-centered therapist, I seek to enhance one’s quality of life and encourage clients to create their own solutions to situations as they define them; inviting new ways of thinking without imposing one’s own views and to emphasize and allow personal choice and control over one’s own problems while also exploring personal goals and values. I believe humans have the capacity to enhance self-efficacy, confidence, and one’s own belief that they can achieve their goals.
I provide individual therapy for adolescents and adults presenting with a wide range of challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, resiliency, emotion regulation, parenting support as well as other life transitional issues.
My practice is focused on empowering clients to make informed decisions about their own change while providing a compassionate and supportive space. As a person-centered therapist, I seek to enhance one’s quality of life and encourage clients to create their own solutions to situations as they define them; inviting new ways of thinking without imposing one’s own views and to emphasize and allow personal choice and control over one’s own problems while also exploring personal goals and values. I believe humans have the capacity to enhance self-efficacy, confidence, and one’s own belief that they can achieve their goals.
(343) 305-1195 View (343) 305-1195
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Rachel E Davies
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2C
Welcoming NEW clients! I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) at CMAP Health. I have professional experience working in multiple settings with therapeutic focuses including ADHD, panic attacks, various anxiety disorders and mood disorders. An interest in mine is in Social Anxiety, ADHD and depression.
Welcoming NEW clients! I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) at CMAP Health. I have professional experience working in multiple settings with therapeutic focuses including ADHD, panic attacks, various anxiety disorders and mood disorders. An interest in mine is in Social Anxiety, ADHD and depression.
(343) 307-5799 View (343) 307-5799
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Kirstine Postma
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2C
As a therapist, I look to develop a collaborative working relationship with my clients, focusing on teaching skills of living as appropriate to life circumstances and presenting difficulties. I specialise in the treatment of PTSD and its consequences, but also see many clients with depression & anxiety without a history of trauma. I provide diagnostic assessment, including comprehensive assessment of adult ADHD, and offer psychological assessment of personality and personality disorders. If done in conjunction with a specific diagnostic assessment, this may enhance understanding of the diagnoses and how those affect your life.
As a therapist, I look to develop a collaborative working relationship with my clients, focusing on teaching skills of living as appropriate to life circumstances and presenting difficulties. I specialise in the treatment of PTSD and its consequences, but also see many clients with depression & anxiety without a history of trauma. I provide diagnostic assessment, including comprehensive assessment of adult ADHD, and offer psychological assessment of personality and personality disorders. If done in conjunction with a specific diagnostic assessment, this may enhance understanding of the diagnoses and how those affect your life.
(613) 704-0260 View (613) 704-0260
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Andrea Khalid
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1Y
Are you struggling with the demands of everyday life? Many of us strive to keep up and stay on top of things, so much so that we often forget about ourselves in the process. I provide a safe, non-judgmental and empathic environment for adults experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, interpersonal conflict, chronic illness, workplace stress, caregiver stress, and issues with self-esteem. I work collaboratively with clients to help them find the most effective, long-term solutions to their challenges. My goal is to help build resiliency by exploring the challenges we are faced with - no matter what the situation may be.
Are you struggling with the demands of everyday life? Many of us strive to keep up and stay on top of things, so much so that we often forget about ourselves in the process. I provide a safe, non-judgmental and empathic environment for adults experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, interpersonal conflict, chronic illness, workplace stress, caregiver stress, and issues with self-esteem. I work collaboratively with clients to help them find the most effective, long-term solutions to their challenges. My goal is to help build resiliency by exploring the challenges we are faced with - no matter what the situation may be.
(855) 724-7967 View (855) 724-7967
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Rania Oustad- Blissful Balance Counselling
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P  (Online Only)
I specialize in anxiety disorders, depression, self-esteem, relational difficulties, couples counselling, trauma, spirituality, and general life transitions.
Currently accepting clients! Are you experiencing low mood, high stress, conflict in your relationships, and/or low self-esteem? I want to assure you that you are not alone. As a Registered Psychotherapist, my job is to help you navigate these difficult times through the use of evidence-based approaches. I believe every client has their individual set of strengths, and together we will work to highlight and incorporate them into the treatment plan.
I specialize in anxiety disorders, depression, self-esteem, relational difficulties, couples counselling, trauma, spirituality, and general life transitions.
Currently accepting clients! Are you experiencing low mood, high stress, conflict in your relationships, and/or low self-esteem? I want to assure you that you are not alone. As a Registered Psychotherapist, my job is to help you navigate these difficult times through the use of evidence-based approaches. I believe every client has their individual set of strengths, and together we will work to highlight and incorporate them into the treatment plan.
(343) 306-0467 View (343) 306-0467
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Karinna Nájera - Focus On Change
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP, CHT
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1N
I specialise in helping individuals 18 and older, dealing with anxiety disorders, stress management, work burnout, depression, post-partum depression/anxiety, phobias and fears, insomnia and cancer and chronic illness.
Hello! My name is Karinna Nájera, Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist. I have worked in the Mental Health filed since 1996 and practiced Clinical Hypnosis since 2008. Often past negative events or traumas have a deep impact in our lives. --When left unresolved, these events influence our daily lives as much as the positive events we've experienced. In Martin Seligman's words: "Curing the negatives does not produce the positives".
I specialise in helping individuals 18 and older, dealing with anxiety disorders, stress management, work burnout, depression, post-partum depression/anxiety, phobias and fears, insomnia and cancer and chronic illness.
Hello! My name is Karinna Nájera, Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist. I have worked in the Mental Health filed since 1996 and practiced Clinical Hypnosis since 2008. Often past negative events or traumas have a deep impact in our lives. --When left unresolved, these events influence our daily lives as much as the positive events we've experienced. In Martin Seligman's words: "Curing the negatives does not produce the positives".
(613) 800-8558 View (613) 800-8558
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Intersections Therapy Collective
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
We address various clinical issues such as anxiety, depression, social and behavioral challenges, offering professional support tailored to our clients' needs.
Intersections Therapy Collective (ITC) is nestled in the heart of Ottawa's Centretown, easily accessible from East, West, and South of the city. ITC has been proudly serving Ottawa and its surrounding communities since 2020. We offer free on-site parking, a unique advantage compared to other private mental health clinics. Our team is dedicated to providing evidence-based, competent, and compassionate psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. With a dedicated child & family therapist, we also focus on treating children and youth, collaborating with parents and schools.
We address various clinical issues such as anxiety, depression, social and behavioral challenges, offering professional support tailored to our clients' needs.
Intersections Therapy Collective (ITC) is nestled in the heart of Ottawa's Centretown, easily accessible from East, West, and South of the city. ITC has been proudly serving Ottawa and its surrounding communities since 2020. We offer free on-site parking, a unique advantage compared to other private mental health clinics. Our team is dedicated to providing evidence-based, competent, and compassionate psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. With a dedicated child & family therapist, we also focus on treating children and youth, collaborating with parents and schools.
(343) 342-2410 View (343) 342-2410
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StoryTime Counselling (Ariana Tamas)
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, CRPO
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1K  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
You may have difficulties with relationships and communication, or with anxiety and depression.
Would you like to shine new light on your life story in order to heal and to feel empowered? Could you use a little guidance to continue growing, maturing and thriving? At StoryTime Counselling, we work together to build on your inner resources and create the story you want to live. Untold and unheard, your story may be troubling your mind, heart and body. As you unlock past, present and future concerns, you can find your true voice, feel a sense of freedom and be the hero in your story.
You may have difficulties with relationships and communication, or with anxiety and depression.
Would you like to shine new light on your life story in order to heal and to feel empowered? Could you use a little guidance to continue growing, maturing and thriving? At StoryTime Counselling, we work together to build on your inner resources and create the story you want to live. Untold and unheard, your story may be troubling your mind, heart and body. As you unlock past, present and future concerns, you can find your true voice, feel a sense of freedom and be the hero in your story.
(343) 307-0468 View (343) 307-0468
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Gordon Burt
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1S  (Online Only)
Do you have a tendency to plan for the worst-case scenarios? Do your low moods, depression or anxiety prevent you from having quality relationships with friends, family, or your partner? If these are some of the issues you are struggling with day-to-day, I can help. I am a highly skilled and trained therapist who can help you develop the skills necessary to overcome these obstacles. You can get these emotions and stressors under control. It's time now to take care of mental wellness.
Do you have a tendency to plan for the worst-case scenarios? Do your low moods, depression or anxiety prevent you from having quality relationships with friends, family, or your partner? If these are some of the issues you are struggling with day-to-day, I can help. I am a highly skilled and trained therapist who can help you develop the skills necessary to overcome these obstacles. You can get these emotions and stressors under control. It's time now to take care of mental wellness.
(613) 834-1941 View (613) 834-1941
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Leigh Karos
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1N
I have been providing psychological assessment and therapy services since 1997. In private practice, I work with individuals (adults, adolescents, children), couples and families experiencing a wide range of concerns. Special areas of interest include depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, parenting, family conflict, separation and divorce. I also am experienced in working with individuals facing issues related to self, identity, and sexuality as well as unique challenges confronted by LGBTTIQQ2S individuals and their families.
I have been providing psychological assessment and therapy services since 1997. In private practice, I work with individuals (adults, adolescents, children), couples and families experiencing a wide range of concerns. Special areas of interest include depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, parenting, family conflict, separation and divorce. I also am experienced in working with individuals facing issues related to self, identity, and sexuality as well as unique challenges confronted by LGBTTIQQ2S individuals and their families.
(613) 402-2484 View (613) 402-2484
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Jessica Lapensée
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, CCC
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1T
Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, health or, feeling overwhelmed, I’m here to listen and guide.
Life can be really hectic and move at an alarming rate until we find ourselves asking “why does everything feel so heavy?” I value the courage it takes to reach out and take this first step for yourself. You being here, taking this initiative, is an act worth recognizing. My goal is to walk alongside you, and meet you where you are in your journey. Collaboratively, we can explore your inner experiences and challenging areas in your life contributing to your distress. I work from a place of compassion and deep empathy to create a safe non-judgemental space to help you identify your inner strengths to move you closer to your goals.
Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, health or, feeling overwhelmed, I’m here to listen and guide.
Life can be really hectic and move at an alarming rate until we find ourselves asking “why does everything feel so heavy?” I value the courage it takes to reach out and take this first step for yourself. You being here, taking this initiative, is an act worth recognizing. My goal is to walk alongside you, and meet you where you are in your journey. Collaboratively, we can explore your inner experiences and challenging areas in your life contributing to your distress. I work from a place of compassion and deep empathy to create a safe non-judgemental space to help you identify your inner strengths to move you closer to your goals.
(343) 307-6443 View (343) 307-6443
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Erin McGuinty
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1V  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with anxiety or low mood? Do you want to improve your relationships? Do you want to reconnect with your intuition and align with your inner purpose? Do you have a challenging relationship with food and body image? The world needs the best version of YOU, and I am here to help. Depending on the challenges that you would like to overcome, I will create an individualized approach to help you navigate the difficult times you are facing. I combine over 13 years of experience in mental health therapy to support my clients in overcoming depression, anxiety and disordered eating.
Do you struggle with anxiety or low mood? Do you want to improve your relationships? Do you want to reconnect with your intuition and align with your inner purpose? Do you have a challenging relationship with food and body image? The world needs the best version of YOU, and I am here to help. Depending on the challenges that you would like to overcome, I will create an individualized approach to help you navigate the difficult times you are facing. I combine over 13 years of experience in mental health therapy to support my clients in overcoming depression, anxiety and disordered eating.
(343) 308-1174 View (343) 308-1174

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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.