Depression Therapists in Scarborough, ON

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Elif Otag
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1K
With extensive experience, she has been a source of support to individuals dealing with various health concerns, including stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other psychological concerns.
Elif sees clients at The Physical Care Place. She holds a master’s degree in counselling psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the CRPO. Her therapeutic approach is rooted in a trauma-informed, self-reflective and person-centered philosophy, where she prioritizes creating a safe and non-judgmental environment for her clients to collaboratively explore their mental health concerns. She is proficient in evidence-based treatment modalities such as TF-CBT, CBT, DBT, ACT, NT and mindfulness-based modalities which enhance the therapeutic process and cater to each individual’s unique needs.
With extensive experience, she has been a source of support to individuals dealing with various health concerns, including stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other psychological concerns.
Elif sees clients at The Physical Care Place. She holds a master’s degree in counselling psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the CRPO. Her therapeutic approach is rooted in a trauma-informed, self-reflective and person-centered philosophy, where she prioritizes creating a safe and non-judgmental environment for her clients to collaboratively explore their mental health concerns. She is proficient in evidence-based treatment modalities such as TF-CBT, CBT, DBT, ACT, NT and mindfulness-based modalities which enhance the therapeutic process and cater to each individual’s unique needs.
(289) 302-7191 View (289) 302-7191
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Alex Coatsworth
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Scarborough, ON M1N  (Online Only)
Do you feel stuck? Are you feeling overwhelmed or stressed? Do you feel anxious or depressed? Are you feeling lonely or isolated? You are not alone! Talk therapy can help you cope. We all have a need to share what we are going through in a place we feel safe, with someone who will respect and validate our experiences. This is where meaningful personal growth is rooted and it is the space I strive to create with you. In our work together, we can explore whatever issues are coming up for you and what might be holding you back. We can work toward helping you gain new insights and increasing your sense of satisfaction in life.
Do you feel stuck? Are you feeling overwhelmed or stressed? Do you feel anxious or depressed? Are you feeling lonely or isolated? You are not alone! Talk therapy can help you cope. We all have a need to share what we are going through in a place we feel safe, with someone who will respect and validate our experiences. This is where meaningful personal growth is rooted and it is the space I strive to create with you. In our work together, we can explore whatever issues are coming up for you and what might be holding you back. We can work toward helping you gain new insights and increasing your sense of satisfaction in life.
(437) 747-0868 View (437) 747-0868
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Jenany Jeyarajan
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1S
Have you been struggling with long standing depression? Do you feel like the depression comes in bouts? Have you been feeling anxious for as long as you can remember, especially when you were going through significant changes in your life or specifically when you are in social situations? I would love to work with you and be your support while you safely explore your thoughts, core beliefs, feelings and behaviours in a judgment-free, warm and confidential space. I will be genuinely curious when asking you questions that might help you discover your own patterns but also teach you how to respectfully challenge them.
Have you been struggling with long standing depression? Do you feel like the depression comes in bouts? Have you been feeling anxious for as long as you can remember, especially when you were going through significant changes in your life or specifically when you are in social situations? I would love to work with you and be your support while you safely explore your thoughts, core beliefs, feelings and behaviours in a judgment-free, warm and confidential space. I will be genuinely curious when asking you questions that might help you discover your own patterns but also teach you how to respectfully challenge them.
(289) 274-2407 View (289) 274-2407
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Simone Si
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1J  (Online Only)
Simone Si is a therapist with a proven track record of good service. So far, Simone has 71 5-star ratings left by clients on Lumino Health. Simone is here to help if you're feeling stressed out, unsure and stuck. Are you experiencing one or more of these issues: depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, disordered eating or trauma effects? Simone is a Registered Social Worker and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor that can support you in improving your mood, confidence, relationship to food and body and overall wellbeing. Appointments are offered by phone or video.
Simone Si is a therapist with a proven track record of good service. So far, Simone has 71 5-star ratings left by clients on Lumino Health. Simone is here to help if you're feeling stressed out, unsure and stuck. Are you experiencing one or more of these issues: depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, disordered eating or trauma effects? Simone is a Registered Social Worker and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor that can support you in improving your mood, confidence, relationship to food and body and overall wellbeing. Appointments are offered by phone or video.
(647) 699-7310 View (647) 699-7310
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Pamella Seaton-Brissett
Registered Social Worker, BSW, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1B
With over 20 years of professional counselling experience helping many individuals, couples and families, I know how hard life's challenges can be and I know that it takes courage to stand up to the problems in your life. You don't need to be alone. I will work with you on any of the following life, career and relationship issues: work-life balance, career counselling, lacks of motivation, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide tendencies, teen violence, trauma, domestic violence, women/female issues and interpersonal issues such as relationship, communication, and intimacy.
With over 20 years of professional counselling experience helping many individuals, couples and families, I know how hard life's challenges can be and I know that it takes courage to stand up to the problems in your life. You don't need to be alone. I will work with you on any of the following life, career and relationship issues: work-life balance, career counselling, lacks of motivation, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide tendencies, teen violence, trauma, domestic violence, women/female issues and interpersonal issues such as relationship, communication, and intimacy.
(855) 972-9502 View (855) 972-9502
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Evolution Therapies Counselling
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, PSTEC, CH
Verified Verified
Scarborough, ON M1M
Evolution Therapies is a Centre for anxiety, depression and stress. Valeria Smith is a Registered Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist with 11 years of experience providing treatment to youth, families and couples. Valeria will strive to offer you a safe and comfortable environment. Her goal is to support you to build an awareness of your current situation and/or challenges and what treatments may be most effective.
Evolution Therapies is a Centre for anxiety, depression and stress. Valeria Smith is a Registered Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist with 11 years of experience providing treatment to youth, families and couples. Valeria will strive to offer you a safe and comfortable environment. Her goal is to support you to build an awareness of your current situation and/or challenges and what treatments may be most effective.
(289) 275-4495 View (289) 275-4495
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Nancy Dranitsaris
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
Scarborough, ON M1E
For 20 years. Providing psychotherapy, counselling and mindfulness training to clients suffering with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or life struggles resulting from new or complex situations that experience has not prepared them for. Many seek therapy because they want their situation or behaviour to change, but are stuck in a pattern of repeating exactly those things they hope to change. My role is to help you uncover and understand your current situation and what may be keeping you in self-limiting patterns, help you learn and apply new skills, and provide tools for managing symptoms and navigating new experiences.
For 20 years. Providing psychotherapy, counselling and mindfulness training to clients suffering with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or life struggles resulting from new or complex situations that experience has not prepared them for. Many seek therapy because they want their situation or behaviour to change, but are stuck in a pattern of repeating exactly those things they hope to change. My role is to help you uncover and understand your current situation and what may be keeping you in self-limiting patterns, help you learn and apply new skills, and provide tools for managing symptoms and navigating new experiences.
(647) 699-3198 View (647) 699-3198
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Vikas Keshri
Registered Social Worker, BSc, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1H
You are confused, angry, frustrated or keep blaming yourself. Your sleep is disturbed or your brain is working non-stop. You feel exhausted and you have difficulty staying focused. You have isolated yourself, find yourself crying frequently, don't feel happy, avoid certain situations, keep getting into arguments, get angry, or end up sabotaging relationships. You are stressed from work or school. You are experiencing conflicts in your relationship. You may have suicidal thoughts. I have vast experience working and supporting people experiencing depression, anxiety, guilt, anger, low self-esteem, grief & bereavement, stress, relationship issues and mental health challenges.
You are confused, angry, frustrated or keep blaming yourself. Your sleep is disturbed or your brain is working non-stop. You feel exhausted and you have difficulty staying focused. You have isolated yourself, find yourself crying frequently, don't feel happy, avoid certain situations, keep getting into arguments, get angry, or end up sabotaging relationships. You are stressed from work or school. You are experiencing conflicts in your relationship. You may have suicidal thoughts. I have vast experience working and supporting people experiencing depression, anxiety, guilt, anger, low self-esteem, grief & bereavement, stress, relationship issues and mental health challenges.
(289) 302-8313 View (289) 302-8313
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Donna Marie Mitchell
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, BSc
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1J  (Online Only)
I work alongside individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship issues, couple, parenting, family, grief and loss, effective communication, cultural differences, anger management, Christian counselling, stress, trauma, and work issues.
My passion for Psychotherapy is deeply rooted in my upbringing. As a child, I loved helping people around me and engaging in charitable activities. Few years ago I decided that I wanted to do more, by be apart of the change in people's lives. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of seeing couples and individuals explore and discovered their best selves. I work through a client-centered approach where my clients are able to actively take the lead during each therapy session, while I act mainly as a guide or a source of support for them. Together, we are able to develop new skills and achieve their therapeutic goals.
I work alongside individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship issues, couple, parenting, family, grief and loss, effective communication, cultural differences, anger management, Christian counselling, stress, trauma, and work issues.
My passion for Psychotherapy is deeply rooted in my upbringing. As a child, I loved helping people around me and engaging in charitable activities. Few years ago I decided that I wanted to do more, by be apart of the change in people's lives. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of seeing couples and individuals explore and discovered their best selves. I work through a client-centered approach where my clients are able to actively take the lead during each therapy session, while I act mainly as a guide or a source of support for them. Together, we are able to develop new skills and achieve their therapeutic goals.
(289) 512-0110 View (289) 512-0110
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Justine Biado
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), M ACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1K
I recognize the bravery it takes to embark on a therapeutic journey and deeply respect your commitment to self-care. In my line of work, I have cultivated expertise in supporting a diverse range of individuals in different clinical contexts, addressing issues such as anxiety, trauma, depression, ADHD, relationship challenges, among many others. My professional training is complemented by a wealth of personal experiences that have shaped my empathetic approach to therapy. All in all, my goal is to empower you to make positive changes and develop the tools you need to navigate life's challenges with confidence and grace.
I recognize the bravery it takes to embark on a therapeutic journey and deeply respect your commitment to self-care. In my line of work, I have cultivated expertise in supporting a diverse range of individuals in different clinical contexts, addressing issues such as anxiety, trauma, depression, ADHD, relationship challenges, among many others. My professional training is complemented by a wealth of personal experiences that have shaped my empathetic approach to therapy. All in all, my goal is to empower you to make positive changes and develop the tools you need to navigate life's challenges with confidence and grace.
(289) 768-2629 View (289) 768-2629
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Jessica Geer
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Scarborough, ON M1P  (Online Only)
As a Registered Social Worker, I am deeply committed to supporting individuals in their journey towards healing and personal growth. My approach to therapy is rooted in empathy, collaboration, and evidence-based practices. I believe in the power of tailoring therapy to each individual’s unique needs and goals, whether they’re navigating anxiety, depression, or relationship issues. I strive to create a safe and supportive space for my clients to explore their emotions, overcome challenges, and cultivate resilience.
As a Registered Social Worker, I am deeply committed to supporting individuals in their journey towards healing and personal growth. My approach to therapy is rooted in empathy, collaboration, and evidence-based practices. I believe in the power of tailoring therapy to each individual’s unique needs and goals, whether they’re navigating anxiety, depression, or relationship issues. I strive to create a safe and supportive space for my clients to explore their emotions, overcome challenges, and cultivate resilience.
(365) 607-6281 View (365) 607-6281
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Dagny Jackman-Laos
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BAH, RMT, MA, RP-Q
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1N  (Online Only)
Do you feel stressed, confused, overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed? Are you overwhelmed with panic or intrusive thoughts? It takes courage and hope to move forward in seeking help. Therapy is a journey; I will walk beside you. Each person is unique with strengths and areas of desired improvement. Together, we create an individualized plan. Building a strong, empathetic therapeutic bond with each client is my highest priority. Be yourself; you bring the expertise on your experience and I will bring tools and techniques to share. I am especially interested in working with those with OCD and anxiety.
Do you feel stressed, confused, overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed? Are you overwhelmed with panic or intrusive thoughts? It takes courage and hope to move forward in seeking help. Therapy is a journey; I will walk beside you. Each person is unique with strengths and areas of desired improvement. Together, we create an individualized plan. Building a strong, empathetic therapeutic bond with each client is my highest priority. Be yourself; you bring the expertise on your experience and I will bring tools and techniques to share. I am especially interested in working with those with OCD and anxiety.
(647) 799-2560 View (647) 799-2560
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Cindy Elkerton
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1M  (Online Only)
Are you Anxious? Are you Depressed? Are you struggling to cope with life? Do you feel like you are not your usual Self? We can help you gain life balance and be happy again.
Are you Anxious? Are you Depressed? Are you struggling to cope with life? Do you feel like you are not your usual Self? We can help you gain life balance and be happy again.
(289) 210-7334 View (289) 210-7334
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Rama Arora-Persaud
Occupational Therapist, OT, Reg , (Ont)
Verified Verified
Scarborough, ON M1B  (Online Only)
I have supported individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, emotional dysregulation, self-harming and suicidal behaviours.
As humans it is easy to feel overwhelmed by our thoughts and emotions and manage their impact on our relationships and reaching life goals. Making sense of life and feeling more balanced is possible when working with a therapist you feel connected and comfortable with. My therapy approach is grounded in the values of acceptance, compassion, authenticity, and collaboration.
I have supported individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, emotional dysregulation, self-harming and suicidal behaviours.
As humans it is easy to feel overwhelmed by our thoughts and emotions and manage their impact on our relationships and reaching life goals. Making sense of life and feeling more balanced is possible when working with a therapist you feel connected and comfortable with. My therapy approach is grounded in the values of acceptance, compassion, authenticity, and collaboration.
(289) 216-5774 View (289) 216-5774
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Carol-Jean Paquin
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1E
Currently offering day and evening appointments for in person and virtual sessions. While initially trained in addictions counselling, I have spent years expanding my practice to include adolescents (trained at the Shonkier Clinic in Scarborough) and adults with acute mental health issues. With over 10 years of experience working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem and motivational issues. I use a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, to help my clients work through their struggles to build meaningful, happier and healthier lives.
Currently offering day and evening appointments for in person and virtual sessions. While initially trained in addictions counselling, I have spent years expanding my practice to include adolescents (trained at the Shonkier Clinic in Scarborough) and adults with acute mental health issues. With over 10 years of experience working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem and motivational issues. I use a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, to help my clients work through their struggles to build meaningful, happier and healthier lives.
(289) 236-2506 View (289) 236-2506
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Alana Hunt
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1J  (Online Only)
Sometimes you don't know what's wrong ... you just know something is wrong. Behaviours and thoughts that were helpful may have become unhelpful and harmful. Maybe you are tired of feeling unloveable, disconnected, incompetent, alone, anxious or depressed. I work with adults who want to better cope and who are ready to be heard and validated, with caring, respect and compassion.
Sometimes you don't know what's wrong ... you just know something is wrong. Behaviours and thoughts that were helpful may have become unhelpful and harmful. Maybe you are tired of feeling unloveable, disconnected, incompetent, alone, anxious or depressed. I work with adults who want to better cope and who are ready to be heard and validated, with caring, respect and compassion.
(289) 217-0603 View (289) 217-0603
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Reed Hilton-Eddy
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MEd, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1C  (Online Only)
NEW Saturday and evening openings! Email me to set up a free consult. Are you struggling with feelings of stress and worry? Are you experiencing feeling stuck, overwhelmed, fear of failure, or focused on the ‘what if’? Maybe you are transitioning from high school to post-secondary, from school to work, or to or from parental leave. Let’s work together to explore how you can live your most authentic self as you navigate life’s challenges. For most of my career, I have worked in post-secondary settings where I support clients ages 18+. I have extensive knowledge of disability-related issues as well ADHD, anxiety, and depression.
NEW Saturday and evening openings! Email me to set up a free consult. Are you struggling with feelings of stress and worry? Are you experiencing feeling stuck, overwhelmed, fear of failure, or focused on the ‘what if’? Maybe you are transitioning from high school to post-secondary, from school to work, or to or from parental leave. Let’s work together to explore how you can live your most authentic self as you navigate life’s challenges. For most of my career, I have worked in post-secondary settings where I support clients ages 18+. I have extensive knowledge of disability-related issues as well ADHD, anxiety, and depression.
(289) 273-8355 View (289) 273-8355
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Vivien Rekkas
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1C
Our lives can get painful and confusing. I specialize in helping adults and youth (16+) experiencing distress (depression, anger, trauma), complex family dynamics, and challenging life transitions, including adolescence, separation, midlife changes and grief. My style is integrative and draws across several modalities. I provide a safe space to explore your feelings and practice important adjustments that will serve you better. Together, we will take note of beliefs and behaviours that are damaging and unproductive; explore feelings that want to surface; and work on strategies for moving forward with greater joy and freedom.
Our lives can get painful and confusing. I specialize in helping adults and youth (16+) experiencing distress (depression, anger, trauma), complex family dynamics, and challenging life transitions, including adolescence, separation, midlife changes and grief. My style is integrative and draws across several modalities. I provide a safe space to explore your feelings and practice important adjustments that will serve you better. Together, we will take note of beliefs and behaviours that are damaging and unproductive; explore feelings that want to surface; and work on strategies for moving forward with greater joy and freedom.
(289) 797-3005 View (289) 797-3005
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Ari Mastro
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Scarborough, ON M1J  (Online Only)
I have experience working with teens and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, communication, trauma and loss as well as individuals working to build their lives after experiencing high-control religious environments.
Accepting new clients virtually in ON and BC - You deserve to feel heard in a safe, respectful & non-judgemental space. I believe in a compassionate, integrative, whole-person centred approach to therapy and draw upon multiple therapeutic frameworks to help you live the life you truly want.
I have experience working with teens and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, communication, trauma and loss as well as individuals working to build their lives after experiencing high-control religious environments.
Accepting new clients virtually in ON and BC - You deserve to feel heard in a safe, respectful & non-judgemental space. I believe in a compassionate, integrative, whole-person centred approach to therapy and draw upon multiple therapeutic frameworks to help you live the life you truly want.
(289) 207-3567 View (289) 207-3567
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Rameet Singh
Registered Psychotherapist, EdD, MEd
Verified Verified
Scarborough, ON M1X  (Online Only)
Rameet Mind-Soul Psychotherapy offers an approach that works with the intuitive wisdom of the many dimensions of yourself: Your Mind, Body & Spirit. I offer a holistic approach & create the space for your true-self, spirituality & personal divine-connection in session. Of particular specialization in my work with women is combining divine feminine healing & awakening. Some of the issues addressed include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, trauma, abuse, grief & loss, spiritual issues & more. All faiths, backgrounds & beliefs are honoured & understood as intricate part of our healing
Rameet Mind-Soul Psychotherapy offers an approach that works with the intuitive wisdom of the many dimensions of yourself: Your Mind, Body & Spirit. I offer a holistic approach & create the space for your true-self, spirituality & personal divine-connection in session. Of particular specialization in my work with women is combining divine feminine healing & awakening. Some of the issues addressed include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, trauma, abuse, grief & loss, spiritual issues & more. All faiths, backgrounds & beliefs are honoured & understood as intricate part of our healing
(647) 492-7336 View (647) 492-7336

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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.