Depression Therapists in Thornhill, ON

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Shaifa Chandani
Registered Psychotherapist, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Thornhill, ON L4J  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, who want to work through family/childhood traumas or gain some more self-awareness.
We all face a variety of struggles in life, and have different ways of showing it (or not showing it). Whether you are having difficulty managing overwhelming emotions, or struggling to feel anything at all, I understand how extremely frustrating and isolating this can be. When we are not feeling our best, our relationships can be affected, past traumas can show up in the present, experiences of depression and anxiety can result in guilt or shame. I want to help. Therapy is a place where you don't have to figure it out alone. I will support you in navigating your feelings and help bring some awareness and clarity into your life.
I specialize in working with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, who want to work through family/childhood traumas or gain some more self-awareness.
We all face a variety of struggles in life, and have different ways of showing it (or not showing it). Whether you are having difficulty managing overwhelming emotions, or struggling to feel anything at all, I understand how extremely frustrating and isolating this can be. When we are not feeling our best, our relationships can be affected, past traumas can show up in the present, experiences of depression and anxiety can result in guilt or shame. I want to help. Therapy is a place where you don't have to figure it out alone. I will support you in navigating your feelings and help bring some awareness and clarity into your life.
(365) 601-6411 View (365) 601-6411
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Heebong Chang
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MDiv, MFA
Verified Verified
Thornhill, ON L3T
I am a registered psychotherapist who speaks Korean and English. I provide psychotherapy practice to individuals, families and couples therapy in both face-to-face and virtual settings. Treatment focuses include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, conflict resolution, stress-related issues, anger management, and life transition.
I am a registered psychotherapist who speaks Korean and English. I provide psychotherapy practice to individuals, families and couples therapy in both face-to-face and virtual settings. Treatment focuses include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, conflict resolution, stress-related issues, anger management, and life transition.
(647) 696-7247 View (647) 696-7247
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Shelley Millman
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, CCP, MBA, RP
Verified Verified
Thornhill, ON L4J  (Online Only)
We cannot undermine the painful reality of one’s experience of depression, anxiety, loneliness, loss, trauma, relationship strife, and other challenges, but we can address it through targeted therapy.
Welcome. Working with a therapist provides the opportunity to explore the things that truly matter to you. Through uncovering the stumbling blocks and triggers that prevent you from being the best version of yourself, we will collaborate together to create self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-acceptance - while determining new avenues to accomplish tangible goals that align with your values. Giving consideration to the 'whole' you is an integral part of the therapeutic process – including those aspects that are painful and deeply imbedded, as well as your strengths, resources and aspirations.
We cannot undermine the painful reality of one’s experience of depression, anxiety, loneliness, loss, trauma, relationship strife, and other challenges, but we can address it through targeted therapy.
Welcome. Working with a therapist provides the opportunity to explore the things that truly matter to you. Through uncovering the stumbling blocks and triggers that prevent you from being the best version of yourself, we will collaborate together to create self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-acceptance - while determining new avenues to accomplish tangible goals that align with your values. Giving consideration to the 'whole' you is an integral part of the therapeutic process – including those aspects that are painful and deeply imbedded, as well as your strengths, resources and aspirations.
(289) 207-5542 View (289) 207-5542
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Camille Hadida
Registered Psychotherapist, MA , RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Thornhill, ON L4J
I have interest in helping people with anxiety disorders (social, health and generalized anxiety disorders, specific phobias, agoraphobia and panic disorders) as well as depression, trichotillomania and body-focused repetitive behaviours. I also work with people experiencing situational anxiety in relation to specific issues, such as personal issues (poor self-esteem/self-confidence, past or current emotional or physical trauma), family/parenting issues, relationship issues, marital conflict or dissolution and school or vocational issues. I offer in-person and virtual/online sessions to make psychotherapy accessible for everyone.
I have interest in helping people with anxiety disorders (social, health and generalized anxiety disorders, specific phobias, agoraphobia and panic disorders) as well as depression, trichotillomania and body-focused repetitive behaviours. I also work with people experiencing situational anxiety in relation to specific issues, such as personal issues (poor self-esteem/self-confidence, past or current emotional or physical trauma), family/parenting issues, relationship issues, marital conflict or dissolution and school or vocational issues. I offer in-person and virtual/online sessions to make psychotherapy accessible for everyone.
(289) 807-3432 View (289) 807-3432
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Fahimeh Aghamohseni
Psychologist, MEd
Verified Verified
Thornhill, ON L4J
I am a registered psychologist licensed to practice by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I have been providing psychological counselling for 20+ years. I provide individual counselling to adults suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and panic attacks. I also provide counselling for personal growth, anger management, self-esteem,and addressing relationship issues. If you are ready to take the next step toward positive change and emotional growth, please contact me. My Services include Psychological, Psycho vocational, driving Anxiety Assessments, and treatment for Motor Vehicle Accident Clients.
I am a registered psychologist licensed to practice by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I have been providing psychological counselling for 20+ years. I provide individual counselling to adults suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and panic attacks. I also provide counselling for personal growth, anger management, self-esteem,and addressing relationship issues. If you are ready to take the next step toward positive change and emotional growth, please contact me. My Services include Psychological, Psycho vocational, driving Anxiety Assessments, and treatment for Motor Vehicle Accident Clients.
(855) 676-8841 View (855) 676-8841
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Eyal Bodenstein
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Thornhill, ON L4J
I am a registered psychologist with comprehensive experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of difficulties, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), adjustment disorder, anxiety disorders, mood disorders (e.g. depression, bipolar disorder, manic disorders), grief, interpersonal difficulties, pain and health management, anger management, longstanding personality issues, stress management, sleep issues, psychovocational counselling, and self-esteem challenges. I also provide assessment and treatment for patients who have been affected as a result of work-related accidents or motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) and who suffer from driving phobia, in conjunction with a qualified driving instructor.
I am a registered psychologist with comprehensive experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of difficulties, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), adjustment disorder, anxiety disorders, mood disorders (e.g. depression, bipolar disorder, manic disorders), grief, interpersonal difficulties, pain and health management, anger management, longstanding personality issues, stress management, sleep issues, psychovocational counselling, and self-esteem challenges. I also provide assessment and treatment for patients who have been affected as a result of work-related accidents or motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) and who suffer from driving phobia, in conjunction with a qualified driving instructor.
(844) 402-1302 View (844) 402-1302
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Stuart Goldman
Registered Social Worker, BA, MA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Thornhill, ON L4J
I have received training in CBT, DBT, Substance Use, Depression Care, Trauma, Couple and Family Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
I am a Psychotherapy provider with over 30 years of experience in both hospital and community settings with the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of issues impacting adults and youth such as: anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, psychosis, couple and family issues, interpersonal difficulties, anger management, work/school and legal issues.
I have received training in CBT, DBT, Substance Use, Depression Care, Trauma, Couple and Family Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
I am a Psychotherapy provider with over 30 years of experience in both hospital and community settings with the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of issues impacting adults and youth such as: anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, psychosis, couple and family issues, interpersonal difficulties, anger management, work/school and legal issues.
(289) 276-8318 View (289) 276-8318
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York Region Healing Arts
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, Hons, MA, RP, ECPC
Verified Verified
Thornhill, ON L3T
Are you looking to make some positive changes in your life? Are you tired of being stuck in a rut? If you are struggling with life transitions, relationship difficulties, stress, anxiety or depression we provide a warm environment to explore those struggles in order to work with you to create the life that you want to live. Stefanie is a registered psychotherapist and certified life coach and utilizes skills from both areas to work through those difficulties. We also offer flexible scheduling times such as weekdays, evenings, and weekends.
Are you looking to make some positive changes in your life? Are you tired of being stuck in a rut? If you are struggling with life transitions, relationship difficulties, stress, anxiety or depression we provide a warm environment to explore those struggles in order to work with you to create the life that you want to live. Stefanie is a registered psychotherapist and certified life coach and utilizes skills from both areas to work through those difficulties. We also offer flexible scheduling times such as weekdays, evenings, and weekends.
(289) 277-0520 View (289) 277-0520
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Amir Mirbolooki
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MAPsy, CBT
Verified Verified
Thornhill, ON L3T
You might be feeling the weight of depression, stress and burnout, yearning for a life where inspiration and productivity coexist. Your journey is about transforming challenges into opportunities, overcoming limiting beliefs, and rediscovering the joy in your everyday life. Together, we'll navigate a path to a happier, more fulfilling existence—one where you feel empowered, capable, and in control. As a CBT Clinician working in the High-Intensity, and Low-Intensity Programs in Ontario for several years, I focus on treating Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), PTSD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, and Panic.
You might be feeling the weight of depression, stress and burnout, yearning for a life where inspiration and productivity coexist. Your journey is about transforming challenges into opportunities, overcoming limiting beliefs, and rediscovering the joy in your everyday life. Together, we'll navigate a path to a happier, more fulfilling existence—one where you feel empowered, capable, and in control. As a CBT Clinician working in the High-Intensity, and Low-Intensity Programs in Ontario for several years, I focus on treating Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), PTSD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, and Panic.
(289) 769-9590 View (289) 769-9590
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Maryam Tavakoli
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Thornhill, ON L4J  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I work with individuals with various concerns. The main focus in my practice has been Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma. I also focus on family relationships and other personal relationships in addressing a client’s concerns. In my practice, I have a holistic approach to a person’s challenges and understand that one approach does not work for everyone. I am an EMDR trained clinician. I am also a Clinical Supervisor with formal training in supervision. I currently accept Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) members who require supervision. Please email me your resume.
I work with individuals with various concerns. The main focus in my practice has been Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma. I also focus on family relationships and other personal relationships in addressing a client’s concerns. In my practice, I have a holistic approach to a person’s challenges and understand that one approach does not work for everyone. I am an EMDR trained clinician. I am also a Clinical Supervisor with formal training in supervision. I currently accept Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) members who require supervision. Please email me your resume.
(289) 312-2047 View (289) 312-2047
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The Counselling Centre
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW, MEd
Verified Verified
Thornhill, ON L4J
My clinic offers therapy for issues related to mental health (anxiety, depression, anger, etc.
Making the first step and reaching out to professionals who can help may be an overwhelming experience. But if you find the right fit for you, it is well worth it and will lead to amazing results. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger issues, relationships, self-esteem, parenting, or just feel you need to explore yourself to make a change, you've come to right place. I am a therapist and counselor with an MSW from Wilfred Laurier University and M. Ed from Saint Leo University with special training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for mental health challenges at the University of Toronto (OISE).
My clinic offers therapy for issues related to mental health (anxiety, depression, anger, etc.
Making the first step and reaching out to professionals who can help may be an overwhelming experience. But if you find the right fit for you, it is well worth it and will lead to amazing results. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger issues, relationships, self-esteem, parenting, or just feel you need to explore yourself to make a change, you've come to right place. I am a therapist and counselor with an MSW from Wilfred Laurier University and M. Ed from Saint Leo University with special training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for mental health challenges at the University of Toronto (OISE).
(647) 699-3128 View (647) 699-3128
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Negar Reisi Dehkordi
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Thornhill, ON L3T
I specialize in guiding individuals through anxiety, depression, addiction and relationship challenges; I offer individual, couples and family therapy.
Discover your inner strength and resilience through therapy. Together, we can navigate life's obstacles and uncover your true potential. Let's embark on this journey towards healing and growth together."
I specialize in guiding individuals through anxiety, depression, addiction and relationship challenges; I offer individual, couples and family therapy.
Discover your inner strength and resilience through therapy. Together, we can navigate life's obstacles and uncover your true potential. Let's embark on this journey towards healing and growth together."
(647) 931-1852 View (647) 931-1852
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Nadia Yuen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Thornhill, ON L4J  (Online Only)
More specifically, I guide individuals through challenges like anxiety, relationship breakups, OCD, depression, and life transitions.
Did life just throw more than one lemon at you? Perhaps you got hit with ten, and now there are just too many to make lemonade and you’re feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, sad/lonely, and falling apart. I hear you. I see you…and I want to help. I specialize in helping people feel better by using techniques that are supported by facts and research. I help clients gain a deeper understanding of how small changes in their thinking can have a significant impact on their mood and behaviour. We'll also have an opportunity to discuss short-term and long-term goals and how we would get there together.
More specifically, I guide individuals through challenges like anxiety, relationship breakups, OCD, depression, and life transitions.
Did life just throw more than one lemon at you? Perhaps you got hit with ten, and now there are just too many to make lemonade and you’re feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, sad/lonely, and falling apart. I hear you. I see you…and I want to help. I specialize in helping people feel better by using techniques that are supported by facts and research. I help clients gain a deeper understanding of how small changes in their thinking can have a significant impact on their mood and behaviour. We'll also have an opportunity to discuss short-term and long-term goals and how we would get there together.
(289) 275-6635 View (289) 275-6635
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Toyah Israelstam
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Thornhill, ON L4J
I have dedicated my psychotherapy practice to supporting individuals in navigating challenging life circumstances. You may find yourself struggling in your life due to painful, unprocessed emotional scars or trauma lingering from your childhood or due to current relationships. Perhaps you experience feelings of unworthiness, "never good enough", chronic shame, guilt, or self-doubt. You might feel stuck or exhausted due to familiar cycles of worry, anxiety, fear or anger. I support individuals through depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and grief. I have extensive trauma experience. I also treat chronic pain/disability.
I have dedicated my psychotherapy practice to supporting individuals in navigating challenging life circumstances. You may find yourself struggling in your life due to painful, unprocessed emotional scars or trauma lingering from your childhood or due to current relationships. Perhaps you experience feelings of unworthiness, "never good enough", chronic shame, guilt, or self-doubt. You might feel stuck or exhausted due to familiar cycles of worry, anxiety, fear or anger. I support individuals through depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and grief. I have extensive trauma experience. I also treat chronic pain/disability.
(289) 807-0428 View (289) 807-0428
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Beth Bernholtz
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Thornhill, ON L4J
I am currently accepting new clients. I treat adults at least 24 years old. I don't treat couples, but I do work with individual clients experiencing relationship issues with romantic partners, parents, family and friends. I also work with people wanting more control over their emotions and who want to feel more confident when letting other people know what they need. In addition, I treat people with symptoms of depression and anxiety.
I am currently accepting new clients. I treat adults at least 24 years old. I don't treat couples, but I do work with individual clients experiencing relationship issues with romantic partners, parents, family and friends. I also work with people wanting more control over their emotions and who want to feel more confident when letting other people know what they need. In addition, I treat people with symptoms of depression and anxiety.
(647) 492-7303 View (647) 492-7303
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Idan Reshef
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Thornhill, ON L4J
Are you feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or hopeless? Does it seem like life’s problems are just too much for you to handle at this point? Many of my clients felt this way before we started working together. They were stuck in their old thinking patterns and could not see a way out.
Are you feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or hopeless? Does it seem like life’s problems are just too much for you to handle at this point? Many of my clients felt this way before we started working together. They were stuck in their old thinking patterns and could not see a way out.
(289) 813-5305 View (289) 813-5305
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Roshanak Mohammad Pour
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, Mpsy, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Thornhill, ON L3T  (Online Only)
Roshanak Mohammad Pour, M. Psy., RP received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Clinical Psychology from York University and Adler University in Toronto, Canada. She is trying to assist you in addressing life obstacles in a manner that is tailored to you, your lifestyle, and your healing aims. She is experienced in helping adults who need therapy on issues like anger management, trauma and PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression, personality disorders, stress management, pre-marriage and marriage counselling, relationship problems, and behavioural problems.
Roshanak Mohammad Pour, M. Psy., RP received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Clinical Psychology from York University and Adler University in Toronto, Canada. She is trying to assist you in addressing life obstacles in a manner that is tailored to you, your lifestyle, and your healing aims. She is experienced in helping adults who need therapy on issues like anger management, trauma and PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression, personality disorders, stress management, pre-marriage and marriage counselling, relationship problems, and behavioural problems.
(289) 273-2195 View (289) 273-2195
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Ryan A. Spodek
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CSAT
Verified Verified
Thornhill, ON L4J
I am a Clinical Social Worker, registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers, having earned my Master's degree from Yeshiva University- Wurzweiler School of Social Work. I am a professional member of International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals and am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. My clinical practice focuses on treating difficulties with anxiety and stress, mood and depression, addiction, relationships, coping with chronic or stress-related medical illness and other psychological/emotional issues, through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and traditional psychotherapy.
I am a Clinical Social Worker, registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers, having earned my Master's degree from Yeshiva University- Wurzweiler School of Social Work. I am a professional member of International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals and am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. My clinical practice focuses on treating difficulties with anxiety and stress, mood and depression, addiction, relationships, coping with chronic or stress-related medical illness and other psychological/emotional issues, through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and traditional psychotherapy.
(647) 931-3970 View (647) 931-3970
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Sarah Yosra Azzam
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP (Q), MA, BA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Thornhill, ON L4J
Maya Angelou said, “there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Are you holding on to depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and loss? Maybe you’re struggling with getting through day-to-day tasks, entering a new phase in your life, or feel like you are spending too much time thinking about the past. If you are ready to tell your story and make a change; you do not have to walk alone in your healing journey. I’m here to help you understand your story in an empathetic, non-judgemental, and safe environment. You deserve a space where you feel heard, supported, and know it is okay not to feel okay sometimes.
Maya Angelou said, “there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Are you holding on to depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and loss? Maybe you’re struggling with getting through day-to-day tasks, entering a new phase in your life, or feel like you are spending too much time thinking about the past. If you are ready to tell your story and make a change; you do not have to walk alone in your healing journey. I’m here to help you understand your story in an empathetic, non-judgemental, and safe environment. You deserve a space where you feel heard, supported, and know it is okay not to feel okay sometimes.
(437) 292-3972 View (437) 292-3972
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Anxiety Solutions
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CHT
Verified Verified
Thornhill, ON L4J
He is certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, one of the most effective therapies for anxiety, depression and trauma.
Are you currently facing any emotional difficulties? Are you searching for answers to certain life related issues? Anxiety Solutions can help! We use effective and evidence informed therapeutic approaches and we are committed to help you achieve your goals and aspirations in the most supportive, respectful and realistic way. Our work together will open doors to new possibilities and perspectives in your life. We will look for behaviours or thinking patterns that have prevented you from living the life you want. During our counselling sessions you can discover new ways to relax, regain your balance and recharge your energy resources.
He is certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, one of the most effective therapies for anxiety, depression and trauma.
Are you currently facing any emotional difficulties? Are you searching for answers to certain life related issues? Anxiety Solutions can help! We use effective and evidence informed therapeutic approaches and we are committed to help you achieve your goals and aspirations in the most supportive, respectful and realistic way. Our work together will open doors to new possibilities and perspectives in your life. We will look for behaviours or thinking patterns that have prevented you from living the life you want. During our counselling sessions you can discover new ways to relax, regain your balance and recharge your energy resources.
(289) 401-5592 View (289) 401-5592

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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.