Depression Therapists in Puslinch, ON

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Brittany Madigan
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Puslinch, ON N0B
I am a Registered Social Worker working with youth (12+) and adults, particularly people who identify as women. I love helping people understand their emotions and deepen their connection to themselves. Whether it's working through trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, or self esteem issues, I support each client with their individual needs in mind.
I am a Registered Social Worker working with youth (12+) and adults, particularly people who identify as women. I love helping people understand their emotions and deepen their connection to themselves. Whether it's working through trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, or self esteem issues, I support each client with their individual needs in mind.
(289) 274-5163 View (289) 274-5163
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Rashida Odumoye
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, BSc
Verified Verified
Puslinch, ON N0B
My clinical experience spans working with diverse populations facing issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, self-harm, domestic violence, life transitions, and PTSD.
Central to my practice is the creation of a safe, nonjudgmental space where clients feel empowered to explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences freely. I believes in the power of collaboration and actively engage with my clients to co-create goals and strategies for positive change.
My clinical experience spans working with diverse populations facing issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, self-harm, domestic violence, life transitions, and PTSD.
Central to my practice is the creation of a safe, nonjudgmental space where clients feel empowered to explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences freely. I believes in the power of collaboration and actively engage with my clients to co-create goals and strategies for positive change.
(548) 554-5269 View (548) 554-5269
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Lisa Kellerman
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, BA
Verified Verified
Puslinch, ON N0B
I have over 20 years of experience working with children, youth & families and work with clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, suicidal ideation and self-harm, interpersonal relationship difficulties, eating disorders, addictions & mood disturbances.
I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). I hold Masters of Social Work Degree from Wilfred Laurier University, a Bachelors of Social Work degree from McMaster University, a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo as well as a diploma of Child and Youth Work from Niagara College. In addition, I have completed trainings and courses in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and is continuing education in Clinical Behavioural Sciences.
I have over 20 years of experience working with children, youth & families and work with clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, suicidal ideation and self-harm, interpersonal relationship difficulties, eating disorders, addictions & mood disturbances.
I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). I hold Masters of Social Work Degree from Wilfred Laurier University, a Bachelors of Social Work degree from McMaster University, a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo as well as a diploma of Child and Youth Work from Niagara College. In addition, I have completed trainings and courses in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and is continuing education in Clinical Behavioural Sciences.
(548) 708-5412 View (548) 708-5412
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Brianna Stewart
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
Puslinch, ON N0B
Welcome to Therapy Heals! Specializing in working with teenagers, adolescents, and adults, I am eager to support you in your wellness journey. I am well-versed in guiding individuals through a spectrum of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, interpersonal challenges, life transitions, and more. My approach is rooted in empathy, with a genuine commitment to understanding the unique needs of each client.
Welcome to Therapy Heals! Specializing in working with teenagers, adolescents, and adults, I am eager to support you in your wellness journey. I am well-versed in guiding individuals through a spectrum of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, interpersonal challenges, life transitions, and more. My approach is rooted in empathy, with a genuine commitment to understanding the unique needs of each client.
(888) 340-4325 View (888) 340-4325
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Emily J Roberts
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), DKATI, RP(Qu)
Verified Verified
Puslinch, ON N0B
I'm Emily - a cisgender, queer, neuro-diverse person with a passion for art and mental health. I support children 10+, teens, adults, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals both in-person and online using both Art Therapy and Talk Therapy techniques. No art skill or experience required! I'm here for anyone who has ever felt out of place, isolated, or misunderstood. Even if you can't quite find the words to describe what you're experiencing, I will help you find them. Together we will make a path toward healing that is unique to you and what you need.
I'm Emily - a cisgender, queer, neuro-diverse person with a passion for art and mental health. I support children 10+, teens, adults, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals both in-person and online using both Art Therapy and Talk Therapy techniques. No art skill or experience required! I'm here for anyone who has ever felt out of place, isolated, or misunderstood. Even if you can't quite find the words to describe what you're experiencing, I will help you find them. Together we will make a path toward healing that is unique to you and what you need.
(289) 277-2827 View (289) 277-2827
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Robyn Floyd
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP, MACP
Verified Verified
Puslinch, ON N0B
Welcome to Therapy Heals! My goal is to develop safety and trust in our therapeutic relationship and to help you deepen your insight and develop self-awareness. I will support you in exploring your past experiences, understanding your patterns of behaviour, and help you make meaning of your experiences.
Welcome to Therapy Heals! My goal is to develop safety and trust in our therapeutic relationship and to help you deepen your insight and develop self-awareness. I will support you in exploring your past experiences, understanding your patterns of behaviour, and help you make meaning of your experiences.
(888) 340-4325 View (888) 340-4325
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Muhammad Baig
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Puslinch, ON N0B
Life these days can be overwhelming. It's okay to ask for help. We do it all the time don't we? When moving a heavy table or starting a new project, we ask those around us to lend a hand. Life can be heavy sometimes and everyone deserves help. Whether you'd like to explore relationships, school, work, or want to process a traumatic event, I'm here to listen. If there's something you've been navigating throughout your life that you've never been able to weather, we can assemble a cradle full of tools that are individually tailored to your needs. I believe everyone has strengths, and we will pull from yours during therapy.
Life these days can be overwhelming. It's okay to ask for help. We do it all the time don't we? When moving a heavy table or starting a new project, we ask those around us to lend a hand. Life can be heavy sometimes and everyone deserves help. Whether you'd like to explore relationships, school, work, or want to process a traumatic event, I'm here to listen. If there's something you've been navigating throughout your life that you've never been able to weather, we can assemble a cradle full of tools that are individually tailored to your needs. I believe everyone has strengths, and we will pull from yours during therapy.
(226) 401-9493 View (226) 401-9493

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Soha Elsayed
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, MBA
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B  (Online Only)
Throughout my professional experience as a clinician, I have had the privilege and honor to help thousands of people like yourself with a wide range of issues like depression, anxiety, BPD, addiction, grief, parenting, chronic illness.
Being anxious, sad, overwhelmed or having no hope can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Seeking help might not be easy; and opening up and revealing yourself in therapy can be intimidating. This is why most people who suffer mentally and emotionally, do not seek help, often being forced to cope in unhealthy ways to seek temporary relief. But you are here because you are seeking help, congratulations for taking your first step towards healing!
Throughout my professional experience as a clinician, I have had the privilege and honor to help thousands of people like yourself with a wide range of issues like depression, anxiety, BPD, addiction, grief, parenting, chronic illness.
Being anxious, sad, overwhelmed or having no hope can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Seeking help might not be easy; and opening up and revealing yourself in therapy can be intimidating. This is why most people who suffer mentally and emotionally, do not seek help, often being forced to cope in unhealthy ways to seek temporary relief. But you are here because you are seeking help, congratulations for taking your first step towards healing!
(226) 781-3867 View (226) 781-3867
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Jill Ivany
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MACP, BA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N0B
I have experience treating individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, panic disorder, trauma, stress, family/relationship conflict, life transitions, grief/loss, disordered eating, obsessive compulsive disorders, perfectionism, procrastination & low self-esteem.
Are you feeling unmotivated, stuck or alone? Maybe you’re feeling anxious and irritable in relationships. Has your stressed increased since the pandemic? Together, in therapy, we will find new ways to manage and cope with your symptoms, while working to resolve them. Seeking therapy is challenging, and I commend you on taking this first step. If you have already started your healing journey, I welcome the opportunity to collaborate.
I have experience treating individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, panic disorder, trauma, stress, family/relationship conflict, life transitions, grief/loss, disordered eating, obsessive compulsive disorders, perfectionism, procrastination & low self-esteem.
Are you feeling unmotivated, stuck or alone? Maybe you’re feeling anxious and irritable in relationships. Has your stressed increased since the pandemic? Together, in therapy, we will find new ways to manage and cope with your symptoms, while working to resolve them. Seeking therapy is challenging, and I commend you on taking this first step. If you have already started your healing journey, I welcome the opportunity to collaborate.
(289) 807-0438 View (289) 807-0438
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Anne Mary Schnarr
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B
I have worked with many people who have experienced abuse, depression and grief or who are faced with the challenges of a new stage of life or health.
I am a Jungian Psychoanalyst offering Jungian Analysis to individuals who want a deeper understanding of themselves. For many reasons, these persons feel emotionally in pain, conflicted or unbalanced in their inner and/or outer life and would benefit from exploring the deep rooted causes of relationship problems and unproductive emotional patterns. The direction of therapy is to look to the past and to the unconscious determinants of behaviour but also to open to the creative and positive movements of the psyche that offer a way forward even in the face of the greatest difficulties or trauma.
I have worked with many people who have experienced abuse, depression and grief or who are faced with the challenges of a new stage of life or health.
I am a Jungian Psychoanalyst offering Jungian Analysis to individuals who want a deeper understanding of themselves. For many reasons, these persons feel emotionally in pain, conflicted or unbalanced in their inner and/or outer life and would benefit from exploring the deep rooted causes of relationship problems and unproductive emotional patterns. The direction of therapy is to look to the past and to the unconscious determinants of behaviour but also to open to the creative and positive movements of the psyche that offer a way forward even in the face of the greatest difficulties or trauma.
(519) 884-3305 View (519) 884-3305
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Octavia Marquis
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N0B
I understand first-hand how depression and anxiety can seep into every part of our life and create layers of anger, shame and guilt.
I understand that vulnerability in therapy can be new and intimidating work for some of us. I strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental and comforting environment for those from various backgrounds. My primary focus is centred on supporting young adults struggling with transitional periods, anxiety/depression and individuals who may struggle with intergenerational trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and emotional regulation.
I understand first-hand how depression and anxiety can seep into every part of our life and create layers of anger, shame and guilt.
I understand that vulnerability in therapy can be new and intimidating work for some of us. I strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental and comforting environment for those from various backgrounds. My primary focus is centred on supporting young adults struggling with transitional periods, anxiety/depression and individuals who may struggle with intergenerational trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and emotional regulation.
(437) 747-5506 View (437) 747-5506
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Natalie Carere
Registered Social Worker, MSW , RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B
I have experience working with children, youth, and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, self-regulation, and relational issues.
Now accepting new clients. My goal is to work collaboratively with clients to identify and work towards their goals. I firmly believe that I am not the expert on your life but rather an ally in your journey.
I have experience working with children, youth, and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, self-regulation, and relational issues.
Now accepting new clients. My goal is to work collaboratively with clients to identify and work towards their goals. I firmly believe that I am not the expert on your life but rather an ally in your journey.
(226) 240-3722 View (226) 240-3722
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Marigold Child and Adult Therapy
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B  (Online Only)
I support clients with anxiety, ADHD, trauma, depression, high sensitivity and life stressors.
Welcome! In therapy, my priority is to create a welcoming, accepting and safe therapeutic space. My approach is grounded in a “whole person” approach, working collaboratively to use your strengths and work towards your therapeutic goals. With this space, we can begin to work on processing thoughts, emotions and/or traumatic events. Becoming aware of our thoughts, we can guide them to be more helpful and true. Making small changes by adding in coping skills and healthy routines can lead to a domino affect to positive changes to your mood. I work with children, teens and adults.
I support clients with anxiety, ADHD, trauma, depression, high sensitivity and life stressors.
Welcome! In therapy, my priority is to create a welcoming, accepting and safe therapeutic space. My approach is grounded in a “whole person” approach, working collaboratively to use your strengths and work towards your therapeutic goals. With this space, we can begin to work on processing thoughts, emotions and/or traumatic events. Becoming aware of our thoughts, we can guide them to be more helpful and true. Making small changes by adding in coping skills and healthy routines can lead to a domino affect to positive changes to your mood. I work with children, teens and adults.
(226) 407-8160 View (226) 407-8160
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Samantha Martin
Registered Social Worker, MSW RSW, CC-PMH
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Rockwood, ON N0B
Waitlist for new clients
The fertility, pregnancy and postpartum journey can be some of the most emotionally challenging times in a person's life. It can activate past hurts and trigger feelings of anxiety or depression. It can bring a huge shift in uncertainty and sense of control. It can shake up our perspective and challenge our relationships. It can disrupt our identity and who we are as a person. But it can also be the most rewarding, fulfilling and joy inducing experience. Regardless of where you are on the rollercoaster ride of the perinatal journey, you don’t have to do it alone. If you or a partner are struggling, I am here to help.
The fertility, pregnancy and postpartum journey can be some of the most emotionally challenging times in a person's life. It can activate past hurts and trigger feelings of anxiety or depression. It can bring a huge shift in uncertainty and sense of control. It can shake up our perspective and challenge our relationships. It can disrupt our identity and who we are as a person. But it can also be the most rewarding, fulfilling and joy inducing experience. Regardless of where you are on the rollercoaster ride of the perinatal journey, you don’t have to do it alone. If you or a partner are struggling, I am here to help.
(226) 702-4670 View (226) 702-4670
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Victoria Couture
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Elora, ON N0B
I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families dealing with issues including stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life changes, transitions, family conflict, abuse, trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, and more.
I aim to create a safe and comfortable space that supports my clients growth and leads to positive change and overall wellness. My priority is to treat each person with kindness and respect and allow them the space to share openly and be their authentic selves. I am known for my warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental approach and integrative therapy style that is collaborative and person-centered. I incorporate various modalities and interventions to meet my client’s needs, including Brainspotting, Narrative, Solution-Focused, CBT, Play-Based, Mindfulness-Based, and Trauma-Focused approaches.
I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families dealing with issues including stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life changes, transitions, family conflict, abuse, trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, and more.
I aim to create a safe and comfortable space that supports my clients growth and leads to positive change and overall wellness. My priority is to treat each person with kindness and respect and allow them the space to share openly and be their authentic selves. I am known for my warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental approach and integrative therapy style that is collaborative and person-centered. I incorporate various modalities and interventions to meet my client’s needs, including Brainspotting, Narrative, Solution-Focused, CBT, Play-Based, Mindfulness-Based, and Trauma-Focused approaches.
(226) 779-2824 View (226) 779-2824
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Katie Noall-Certified Nurse Psychotherapist (Q)
Psychiatric Nurse, BScN, RN, DHMS, CPMHN, CNP(Q)
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B  (Online Only)
I work with those who experience, have experienced or have been diagnosed with: Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Stress, and PTSD.
I provide a 100% virtual practice where I take the time to listen, providing practical skills and solutions in order to assist you to navigate THROUGH your journey toward health and healing. You have the power to heal. You can become what you want to be. I'll promise to hold your hand in the journey, without judgement and with compassion. Therapy doesn't have to be scary or intimidating. You can take that first brave step. For more details about me, please visit my website at www.katienoalltherapy.com OR to schedule a FREE call with me please visit www.calendly.com/katienoall/initialphoneconsult.
I work with those who experience, have experienced or have been diagnosed with: Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Stress, and PTSD.
I provide a 100% virtual practice where I take the time to listen, providing practical skills and solutions in order to assist you to navigate THROUGH your journey toward health and healing. You have the power to heal. You can become what you want to be. I'll promise to hold your hand in the journey, without judgement and with compassion. Therapy doesn't have to be scary or intimidating. You can take that first brave step. For more details about me, please visit my website at www.katienoalltherapy.com OR to schedule a FREE call with me please visit www.calendly.com/katienoall/initialphoneconsult.
(365) 661-4608 View (365) 661-4608
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Daina Colbourne, RP
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
Rockwood, ON N0B
When experiencing life transitions such as the loss of a job, a serious illness, the loss of a beloved pet, or the death of a loved one, it can be truly difficult and can impact almost every aspect of your everyday life. If you're feeling overwhelmed or alone in this season, it's time to reach out for support. Daina supports individuals, couples, and families to navigate the complexities of anxiety, depression, grief and loss, helping clients work towards healing and resilience.
When experiencing life transitions such as the loss of a job, a serious illness, the loss of a beloved pet, or the death of a loved one, it can be truly difficult and can impact almost every aspect of your everyday life. If you're feeling overwhelmed or alone in this season, it's time to reach out for support. Daina supports individuals, couples, and families to navigate the complexities of anxiety, depression, grief and loss, helping clients work towards healing and resilience.
(226) 243-6927 View (226) 243-6927
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Dr. Ava D Agar
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B  (Online Only)
I am a psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I am accepting new therapy and assessment clients. I work with adults with a range of challenges (e.g., depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, trauma/PTSD, obsession-compulsions, and executive dysfunction) impacting their relationships, academics, work, and general life functioning. Primarily from a CBT perspective, and drawing upon other approaches (MBCT, DBT, ACT, etc.) as needed, I aim to provide you with support, help you build skills to make meaningful changes in your life, and help you build skills to maintain your wellbeing over time.
I am a psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I am accepting new therapy and assessment clients. I work with adults with a range of challenges (e.g., depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, trauma/PTSD, obsession-compulsions, and executive dysfunction) impacting their relationships, academics, work, and general life functioning. Primarily from a CBT perspective, and drawing upon other approaches (MBCT, DBT, ACT, etc.) as needed, I aim to provide you with support, help you build skills to make meaningful changes in your life, and help you build skills to maintain your wellbeing over time.
(548) 918-5274 View (548) 918-5274
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Blissful Balance Counselling
MA, RP
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B  (Online Only)
Areas of expertise include; anxiety disorders, depression, self-esteem, relational difficulties, issues, cultural/religious identity struggles, sexual/gender identity struggles, 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? We want to assure you that you are not alone. We believe every client has their individual set of strengths, and together with your therapist, you will work to highlight and incorporate them into the treatment plan. Our therapists provide a variety of treatments to individuals 10 years and older, couples and families. Book your free phone consultation now: blissfulbalancecounsellinggroup.janeapp.com
Areas of expertise include; anxiety disorders, depression, self-esteem, relational difficulties, issues, cultural/religious identity struggles, sexual/gender identity struggles, 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? We want to assure you that you are not alone. We believe every client has their individual set of strengths, and together with your therapist, you will work to highlight and incorporate them into the treatment plan. Our therapists provide a variety of treatments to individuals 10 years and older, couples and families. Book your free phone consultation now: blissfulbalancecounsellinggroup.janeapp.com
(343) 801-8109 View (343) 801-8109
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Ontario Trauma Therapy - Janeen
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N0B
When you’re feeling stressed and unhappy, life feels heavy. Issues like depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss and low self-esteem can make life difficult and you often wonder, “is this all there is?” Perhaps you’re struggling with PTSD, or you are a First Responder who has seen so much you don’t even know where to begin. You might be struggling with anger, addictions, fertility issues, perfectionism or relationship difficulties. Maybe you even find yourself wondering if it would matter if you were here at all. I am here to say, you’re in the right place, and I am going to help you.
When you’re feeling stressed and unhappy, life feels heavy. Issues like depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss and low self-esteem can make life difficult and you often wonder, “is this all there is?” Perhaps you’re struggling with PTSD, or you are a First Responder who has seen so much you don’t even know where to begin. You might be struggling with anger, addictions, fertility issues, perfectionism or relationship difficulties. Maybe you even find yourself wondering if it would matter if you were here at all. I am here to say, you’re in the right place, and I am going to help you.
(226) 407-6027 View (226) 407-6027

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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.