Depression Therapists in York, ON

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Keritha Andrews
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
York, ON M6E  (Online Only)
I have been working in the field of psychotherapy for almost 4 years. I am passionate about providing a service that allows me to see clients cognitive, emotional and physical changes by providing a safe, non-judgmental, empowerment and encouraging space. I enjoy working with those who are experiencing severe to mild anxiety, depression, grief, relationship, family conflict, stress, self-esteem issues and etc. I appreciate working with those who feel they ready for therapy as I have observed the progress they made by simply showing up to every session with a willingness to learn and grow. I offer both long and short- term therapy.
I have been working in the field of psychotherapy for almost 4 years. I am passionate about providing a service that allows me to see clients cognitive, emotional and physical changes by providing a safe, non-judgmental, empowerment and encouraging space. I enjoy working with those who are experiencing severe to mild anxiety, depression, grief, relationship, family conflict, stress, self-esteem issues and etc. I appreciate working with those who feel they ready for therapy as I have observed the progress they made by simply showing up to every session with a willingness to learn and grow. I offer both long and short- term therapy.
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Helen Vilenski, MA, RP
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
York, ON M6B
Are you struggling with unresolved trauma, relationship issues, anger, depression, anxiety or low self-esteem? I am a creative, compassionate and skilled psychotherapist. I believe that the pains from our past shape the way we relate to the world today. Psychotherapy helps to safely explore the pain and regain personal control. Having worked 13 years at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and subsequently 9 years in private practice, I have extensive experience helping clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, grief, self-esteem and relationship issues.
Are you struggling with unresolved trauma, relationship issues, anger, depression, anxiety or low self-esteem? I am a creative, compassionate and skilled psychotherapist. I believe that the pains from our past shape the way we relate to the world today. Psychotherapy helps to safely explore the pain and regain personal control. Having worked 13 years at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and subsequently 9 years in private practice, I have extensive experience helping clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, grief, self-esteem and relationship issues.
(647) 496-8189 View (647) 496-8189
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Sandra Godoy
Registered Social Worker, MSW , RSW
Verified Verified
York, ON M9N  (Online Only)
Are you tired of feeling like you aren’t yourself? Do you feel disconnected and lost? Would you like clarity on who you are, what your goals are, and how to embark on your healing journey? I support young professionals break the cycle of disconnection, exhaustion, and loneliness while connecting to their authentic self. I specialize in supporting the BIPOC community, particularly individuals with histories of trauma, depression, and anxiety. My approach to therapy is strength-based, culturally inclusive, and trauma-focused. I believe in collaborative, transparent, anti-racist and anti-oppressive care.
Are you tired of feeling like you aren’t yourself? Do you feel disconnected and lost? Would you like clarity on who you are, what your goals are, and how to embark on your healing journey? I support young professionals break the cycle of disconnection, exhaustion, and loneliness while connecting to their authentic self. I specialize in supporting the BIPOC community, particularly individuals with histories of trauma, depression, and anxiety. My approach to therapy is strength-based, culturally inclusive, and trauma-focused. I believe in collaborative, transparent, anti-racist and anti-oppressive care.
(647) 493-2664 View (647) 493-2664
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Erin Hooks
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MEd
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
York, ON M6E  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or difficulties managing school or work related stress? My focus is on providing a caring, non-judgmental and safe space for clients to share their stories and work through their challenges. I believe that there is no “one-size-fits-all” method to supporting clients, and trust the client is the expert of their own life. I also understand the importance of developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship and strive to help my clients to recognize their existing strengths, while acknowledging their unique needs, priorities and values.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or difficulties managing school or work related stress? My focus is on providing a caring, non-judgmental and safe space for clients to share their stories and work through their challenges. I believe that there is no “one-size-fits-all” method to supporting clients, and trust the client is the expert of their own life. I also understand the importance of developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship and strive to help my clients to recognize their existing strengths, while acknowledging their unique needs, priorities and values.
(647) 361-0403 View (647) 361-0403
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Marta Leskiv
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
York, ON M5P
My specialization lies in effectively addressing addiction, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and relational issues.
Change can be scary, however, growth lies in discomfort. Leveraging a diverse set of techniques refined over years of clinical practice, I strive to uncover the underlying issues that may be influencing your overall wellbeing. Whether the problem feels small or big, old or new; I am open to bringing it into the room for closer observation and deeper discovery. Everyone has the capacity to change their lives. I recognize that we are each more than just our family, our relationships, our biology, or our circumstances, but also understand that our connection to each of these may profoundly impact our sense of wellbeing.
My specialization lies in effectively addressing addiction, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and relational issues.
Change can be scary, however, growth lies in discomfort. Leveraging a diverse set of techniques refined over years of clinical practice, I strive to uncover the underlying issues that may be influencing your overall wellbeing. Whether the problem feels small or big, old or new; I am open to bringing it into the room for closer observation and deeper discovery. Everyone has the capacity to change their lives. I recognize that we are each more than just our family, our relationships, our biology, or our circumstances, but also understand that our connection to each of these may profoundly impact our sense of wellbeing.
(437) 600-9624 View (437) 600-9624
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Yohama Gonzalez
Registered Social Worker, MA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
York, ON M6M  (Online Only)
Also EMDR is helpful to treat anxiety/ panic attacks, public speaking, depression, trauma, childbirth trauma, postpartum depression, phobias, self-esteem and performance anxiety and more.
I am a bilingual Clinical Social Worker passionate about human behaviour. The majority of my experience has been with women at risk that have been touched by trauma; i.e. refugee claimants, sexual abuse/rape, domestic violence, child abuse, and many others. I assist in your healing process, exploring the trauma creating a better "now", and planning for a successful immediate future. I really believe you have the resilience and the capacity to heal yourself, let me help you!
Also EMDR is helpful to treat anxiety/ panic attacks, public speaking, depression, trauma, childbirth trauma, postpartum depression, phobias, self-esteem and performance anxiety and more.
I am a bilingual Clinical Social Worker passionate about human behaviour. The majority of my experience has been with women at risk that have been touched by trauma; i.e. refugee claimants, sexual abuse/rape, domestic violence, child abuse, and many others. I assist in your healing process, exploring the trauma creating a better "now", and planning for a successful immediate future. I really believe you have the resilience and the capacity to heal yourself, let me help you!
(647) 556-6093 View (647) 556-6093
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Sabin Naqvi
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
York, ON M6B  (Online Only)
If you’re reading this, I believe there is a part of you that yearns for some positive change in your life. I also believe that I can help you get there; together. ​I have over 12 years of experience in community mental health through which I’ve encountered folks from all walks of life and I’m certain of one thing: we all want to feel heard and be seen. ​Our respective journeys can be full of all kinds of experiences which can often include trauma, stress, grief, anxiety, feelings of depression and cause us to question how to move forward.
If you’re reading this, I believe there is a part of you that yearns for some positive change in your life. I also believe that I can help you get there; together. ​I have over 12 years of experience in community mental health through which I’ve encountered folks from all walks of life and I’m certain of one thing: we all want to feel heard and be seen. ​Our respective journeys can be full of all kinds of experiences which can often include trauma, stress, grief, anxiety, feelings of depression and cause us to question how to move forward.
(289) 207-7894 View (289) 207-7894
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Alyssa Held
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
York, ON M6E  (Online Only)
With years of experience, I provide individual counselling to youth, young adults, and adults experiencing intrapersonal challenges such as feelings of anxiety, low mood/depression, low self-worth, difficult life transitions, grief and loss, as well as interpersonal challenges with friends, family, partners, and peers. Using a supportive, exploratory, client-centered approach I support and guide the individual in exploring and connecting to their experiences and emotions in a safe space with a focus on positive and meaningful change.
With years of experience, I provide individual counselling to youth, young adults, and adults experiencing intrapersonal challenges such as feelings of anxiety, low mood/depression, low self-worth, difficult life transitions, grief and loss, as well as interpersonal challenges with friends, family, partners, and peers. Using a supportive, exploratory, client-centered approach I support and guide the individual in exploring and connecting to their experiences and emotions in a safe space with a focus on positive and meaningful change.
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Marlee Rubel
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
York, ON M6C  (Online Only)
I am trained to address concerns including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, OCD, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, significant life changes, marital and couples counselling, substance use and addictions, grief and loss, as well as gender, sexuality, and queer issues.
I work with adults and couples to help them move towards a state of continued growth, compassion, and self-awareness in a way that is collaborative, strengths-based, and empowering. I believe in creating a client-therapist relationship that fosters authenticity, support, and space for both acceptance, and for change. This can begin in our very first session. Together, we can begin to tease apart the adaptive approaches to dealing with and moving through life you've grown accustomed to, and begin to decipher which of these patterns are serving you, and which you may be interested in moving beyond.
I am trained to address concerns including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, OCD, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, significant life changes, marital and couples counselling, substance use and addictions, grief and loss, as well as gender, sexuality, and queer issues.
I work with adults and couples to help them move towards a state of continued growth, compassion, and self-awareness in a way that is collaborative, strengths-based, and empowering. I believe in creating a client-therapist relationship that fosters authenticity, support, and space for both acceptance, and for change. This can begin in our very first session. Together, we can begin to tease apart the adaptive approaches to dealing with and moving through life you've grown accustomed to, and begin to decipher which of these patterns are serving you, and which you may be interested in moving beyond.
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Danielle Bigras
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
York, ON M6B  (Online Only)
Some of the themes I’ve worked with clients on are: anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, stress management, emotion regulation, identity issues, etc.
Sometimes life’s challenges may leave us feeling stuck and we can use a bit of support to help navigate through them. I see my work to be like a lamp post on a dark street, I help to shine some light so you can figure out where you want to go. You might be looking for help in living a more enriching emotional life, improve your relationships with self and others, and have more tools to deal with life’s difficulties and more fully enjoy each moment. My job is to provide you with a safe, compassionate space to explore and enhance your wellness. I know what it's like to sit in the client's chair, I've been there!
Some of the themes I’ve worked with clients on are: anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, stress management, emotion regulation, identity issues, etc.
Sometimes life’s challenges may leave us feeling stuck and we can use a bit of support to help navigate through them. I see my work to be like a lamp post on a dark street, I help to shine some light so you can figure out where you want to go. You might be looking for help in living a more enriching emotional life, improve your relationships with self and others, and have more tools to deal with life’s difficulties and more fully enjoy each moment. My job is to provide you with a safe, compassionate space to explore and enhance your wellness. I know what it's like to sit in the client's chair, I've been there!
(249) 202-2046 View (249) 202-2046
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Andrew McKenzie
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
York, ON M6S
Males young and old experience anxiety, depression, trauma and other mood issues, though are less likely to seek help. ADHD and LD’s disproportionately affect males, disrupting their goals and relationships. Young males must navigate contradictory messages about what it means to be a man while managing their own emotional health. These issues tend to be at their worst during transitional life stages, such as changing schools, entering the workforce, middle life, and in new relationships.
Males young and old experience anxiety, depression, trauma and other mood issues, though are less likely to seek help. ADHD and LD’s disproportionately affect males, disrupting their goals and relationships. Young males must navigate contradictory messages about what it means to be a man while managing their own emotional health. These issues tend to be at their worst during transitional life stages, such as changing schools, entering the workforce, middle life, and in new relationships.
(647) 956-5826 View (647) 956-5826
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Juliana Pulford
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
York, ON M6S
As humans we have a deep need to find connection. One of the most challenging things we can face is difficulty being seen and building relationship . Our routes to connection are forged in the relationships we first learn from, early in our lives. Finding our way through what that means for our current reality can be hard to do alone. Together we will explore what came before and what may be next, without losing sight of life now. Sometimes this means sitting in the muck with you; with the trauma, or the depression or the anxiety, and finding a way through; building new pathways of relationship and of being in the world.
As humans we have a deep need to find connection. One of the most challenging things we can face is difficulty being seen and building relationship . Our routes to connection are forged in the relationships we first learn from, early in our lives. Finding our way through what that means for our current reality can be hard to do alone. Together we will explore what came before and what may be next, without losing sight of life now. Sometimes this means sitting in the muck with you; with the trauma, or the depression or the anxiety, and finding a way through; building new pathways of relationship and of being in the world.
(647) 954-4907 View (647) 954-4907
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Lori Kufner
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
York, ON M9N  (Online Only)
Are you feeling like something isn't quite right or that you're ready for a change or maybe want an opportunity to explore what makes you, you? I work with individuals seeking support with stress, self esteem, depression, anxiety, creative blocks, relationship issues, existential angst, trauma, and more. I believe everyone has a unique magic inside and I support clients in finding, embracing and exploring it. I invite you to join me in an exploration of what it's like to be you, and simply noticing what comes up. There is no wrong way to show up - your whole self is welcome!
Are you feeling like something isn't quite right or that you're ready for a change or maybe want an opportunity to explore what makes you, you? I work with individuals seeking support with stress, self esteem, depression, anxiety, creative blocks, relationship issues, existential angst, trauma, and more. I believe everyone has a unique magic inside and I support clients in finding, embracing and exploring it. I invite you to join me in an exploration of what it's like to be you, and simply noticing what comes up. There is no wrong way to show up - your whole self is welcome!
(365) 657-5892 View (365) 657-5892
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Wayne Gray
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
York, ON M6C  (Online Only)
Wayne supports youth and adults seeking help rediscovering their self-worth, fortifying challenging relationships, removing hurdles that intensify substance dependence, or living with a mental health diagnosis. With over a decade of experience in community mental health and substance use, Wayne is able to address addiction, chronic stress, insecurity, depression and anxiety, and other mental health challenges. Couples therapy work has also been a particular passion for Wayne. He can support you in exploring and refining communication, context, compromise, and chemistry.
Wayne supports youth and adults seeking help rediscovering their self-worth, fortifying challenging relationships, removing hurdles that intensify substance dependence, or living with a mental health diagnosis. With over a decade of experience in community mental health and substance use, Wayne is able to address addiction, chronic stress, insecurity, depression and anxiety, and other mental health challenges. Couples therapy work has also been a particular passion for Wayne. He can support you in exploring and refining communication, context, compromise, and chemistry.
(437) 500-6299 View (437) 500-6299
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Shannon Deacon
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW
Verified Verified
York, ON M5P
In the fast-paced world we live in today, many of us are struggling to keep up. Feeling overwhelmed and disconnected has become an unfortunate norm. Depression, anxiety, relationship issues abound as we struggle to find a way through it all. It is vital to find the space and time to reconnect with ourselves, our families and the world around us. Therapy can help us to find our way back. My work is to help you to reconnect to yourself and those around you. I work with families, children, couples and individuals to build and repair connections.
In the fast-paced world we live in today, many of us are struggling to keep up. Feeling overwhelmed and disconnected has become an unfortunate norm. Depression, anxiety, relationship issues abound as we struggle to find a way through it all. It is vital to find the space and time to reconnect with ourselves, our families and the world around us. Therapy can help us to find our way back. My work is to help you to reconnect to yourself and those around you. I work with families, children, couples and individuals to build and repair connections.
(437) 800-2189 View (437) 800-2189
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Gillian Saunders
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CSAT(C)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
York, ON M5P  (Online Only)
I specialize in trauma, addictions; treating depression, anxiety and complex mental health.
Welcome! Like most of us, you are likely juggling work, family and other responsibilities. My goal as a therapist is not to keep you in therapy forever, but to help you overcome obstacles that are getting in the way of being the best version of you. The clients I work with live busy lives, both personally and professional and often either grappling with addiction, or are closely linked to someone that may be struggling. My hope is to assist you in discovering and naming these challenges, process and find closure around them, while working towards your transformation to be free of shame, distress and difficult memories.
I specialize in trauma, addictions; treating depression, anxiety and complex mental health.
Welcome! Like most of us, you are likely juggling work, family and other responsibilities. My goal as a therapist is not to keep you in therapy forever, but to help you overcome obstacles that are getting in the way of being the best version of you. The clients I work with live busy lives, both personally and professional and often either grappling with addiction, or are closely linked to someone that may be struggling. My hope is to assist you in discovering and naming these challenges, process and find closure around them, while working towards your transformation to be free of shame, distress and difficult memories.
(647) 560-7714 View (647) 560-7714
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Renuka Gupta Phd
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CHT, PLRT, HART
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
York, ON M6N  (Online Only)
Outside are just manifestations, all creations are within - Rens . I have done PhD in Clinical Psychology & have always been a believer of something far beyond Science i.e. Spirituality, which is why I feel deeply that, the ones who find me and eventually come to me, were destined. My work is a mix of Science as well as Psycho-spiritual Therapy. Working towards Awareness, finding Purpose, Acceptance, Observing, eventually leading to Healing, has been the path I walk on. Remember : You are not just a part of Creation,the Creator of every part is you. FREE Email Consultations, no calls, Direct Paid Therapy :-) Blessings & Healing !
Outside are just manifestations, all creations are within - Rens . I have done PhD in Clinical Psychology & have always been a believer of something far beyond Science i.e. Spirituality, which is why I feel deeply that, the ones who find me and eventually come to me, were destined. My work is a mix of Science as well as Psycho-spiritual Therapy. Working towards Awareness, finding Purpose, Acceptance, Observing, eventually leading to Healing, has been the path I walk on. Remember : You are not just a part of Creation,the Creator of every part is you. FREE Email Consultations, no calls, Direct Paid Therapy :-) Blessings & Healing !
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Jupiter Vaughan
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
York, ON M5P  (Online Only)
Sometimes life can become overwhelming. In the midst of the many challenges we face, it can be difficult to remember that it is okay to feel confused, frustrated, angry, sad, or apathetic. As a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), my approach is client-centred. I assist people with discovering and accepting all the unique aspects of themselves, encouraging self-care and to speak freely without fear of judgement. The simple act of sharing our experiences and trials in our lives in a safe, comfortable space can help to begin the healing process.
Sometimes life can become overwhelming. In the midst of the many challenges we face, it can be difficult to remember that it is okay to feel confused, frustrated, angry, sad, or apathetic. As a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), my approach is client-centred. I assist people with discovering and accepting all the unique aspects of themselves, encouraging self-care and to speak freely without fear of judgement. The simple act of sharing our experiences and trials in our lives in a safe, comfortable space can help to begin the healing process.
(647) 699-4296 View (647) 699-4296
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Dorcas Oduro - Bri Counselling
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
York, ON M6C
My specialty is helping people work through challenges in relationships and improve their mental health. As a Master’s Level Registered Social Worker (MSW) and therapist, my goal is to help you ignite hope, expand your sense of purpose, and achieve your goals. In my experience, relationships are one of the most important aspects of human existence, including the relationship that we have with ourselves, with those around us, and with the systems we navigate within. My passion is helping individuals examine, understand, and improve the relationships in their lives so that they can live happier, healthier and more meaningful lives.
My specialty is helping people work through challenges in relationships and improve their mental health. As a Master’s Level Registered Social Worker (MSW) and therapist, my goal is to help you ignite hope, expand your sense of purpose, and achieve your goals. In my experience, relationships are one of the most important aspects of human existence, including the relationship that we have with ourselves, with those around us, and with the systems we navigate within. My passion is helping individuals examine, understand, and improve the relationships in their lives so that they can live happier, healthier and more meaningful lives.
(437) 747-0967 View (437) 747-0967
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Joanne Faith Berg
Counsellor, BSc, MEd
Verified Verified
York, ON M5P  (Online Only)
I have been practicing for over 20 years. I specialize in bereavement and loss . Individuals, of all ages and backgrounds, may experience this for many an issue- loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, to loss of a cherished pet. Each persons experience of loss is unique. There is no right way or wrong way to grieve. There is no time limit. My goal is to help clients manage what they are experiencing. Most importantly, I am here to listen.
I have been practicing for over 20 years. I specialize in bereavement and loss . Individuals, of all ages and backgrounds, may experience this for many an issue- loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, to loss of a cherished pet. Each persons experience of loss is unique. There is no right way or wrong way to grieve. There is no time limit. My goal is to help clients manage what they are experiencing. Most importantly, I am here to listen.
(647) 493-2813 View (647) 493-2813

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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.