Depression Therapists in Montréal, QC

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Raphael.e Gagné
Registered Social Worker, RSW
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3Z
I am queer, neurodivergent and a parent. I have 13 years of clinical experience in psychiatric, addictions, relational and childhood trauma and community work. My first language is English. I work to help people integrate their thoughts, emotions, somatic experiences and stories of empowerment so they can make sense of the world during these difficult times. I have worked with issues such as Depression, Stress Management, CPTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Gender Dysphoria, Eating Disorders, Addictions, BPD and PTSD. I believe people are more than their diagnosis. Psychiatry must be deconstructed for us to find our true potential.
I am queer, neurodivergent and a parent. I have 13 years of clinical experience in psychiatric, addictions, relational and childhood trauma and community work. My first language is English. I work to help people integrate their thoughts, emotions, somatic experiences and stories of empowerment so they can make sense of the world during these difficult times. I have worked with issues such as Depression, Stress Management, CPTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Gender Dysphoria, Eating Disorders, Addictions, BPD and PTSD. I believe people are more than their diagnosis. Psychiatry must be deconstructed for us to find our true potential.
(438) 794-9457 View (438) 794-9457
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GLOW Up Psychology Inc.
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RNBN
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3B  (Online Only)
Nancy has been dedicated to personal growth for herself and others for the past 25 years. As a Psychotherapist who values excellence, expertise and exceptional service, she has developed a high level of presence and skills which guide her clients to evolve beyond limiting beliefs and dysfunctional patterns. Within Canada and the US, Nancy has a proven track record of helping child, adolescent and adult clients transform issues in relationships; anxiety; depression; addictions; gambling; OCD; eating disorders; PTSD from traumatic incidents such as accidents; war; domestic violence; sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
Nancy has been dedicated to personal growth for herself and others for the past 25 years. As a Psychotherapist who values excellence, expertise and exceptional service, she has developed a high level of presence and skills which guide her clients to evolve beyond limiting beliefs and dysfunctional patterns. Within Canada and the US, Nancy has a proven track record of helping child, adolescent and adult clients transform issues in relationships; anxiety; depression; addictions; gambling; OCD; eating disorders; PTSD from traumatic incidents such as accidents; war; domestic violence; sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
(438) 797-2369 View (438) 797-2369
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Beverly Monk
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, CFT
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2V
Working with you as an individual, I can help in the areas of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, grief, and emotional or relational challenges with important others.
I have over 25 years experience, and extensive training specializing in therapy with people whose relationships have become places of fear, insecurity, and loneliness, where bonds of emotional safety, trust and intimacy have gradually eroded. I offer a short-term, emotionally focused approach (EFT) that's scientifically proven and highly successful in creating greater closeness, a way back to the heart of your relationship. When the connection that you'd hoped to depend on forever seems lost, replaced by distance and confusion, I can help you rekindle intimacy and compassion, a secure bond you can depend on even in hard times.
Working with you as an individual, I can help in the areas of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, grief, and emotional or relational challenges with important others.
I have over 25 years experience, and extensive training specializing in therapy with people whose relationships have become places of fear, insecurity, and loneliness, where bonds of emotional safety, trust and intimacy have gradually eroded. I offer a short-term, emotionally focused approach (EFT) that's scientifically proven and highly successful in creating greater closeness, a way back to the heart of your relationship. When the connection that you'd hoped to depend on forever seems lost, replaced by distance and confusion, I can help you rekindle intimacy and compassion, a secure bond you can depend on even in hard times.
(514) 893-7437 View (514) 893-7437
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Dr. Dennis Kalogeropoulos
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3T
I am a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist practicing in the Montreal area for over thirty years. My specialty areas include treatments for anxiety, depression, interpersonal, sexual and couple difficulties and issues related to self-esteem and wellness. I employ an integrative approach to psychotherapy within the context of a supportive and caring framework which respects the uniqueness of each individual. I help clients identify key factors, both past and present, which contribute to their current difficulties. They are then guided to change their coping strategies to optimize well-being and deal more productively with life's challenges.
I am a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist practicing in the Montreal area for over thirty years. My specialty areas include treatments for anxiety, depression, interpersonal, sexual and couple difficulties and issues related to self-esteem and wellness. I employ an integrative approach to psychotherapy within the context of a supportive and caring framework which respects the uniqueness of each individual. I help clients identify key factors, both past and present, which contribute to their current difficulties. They are then guided to change their coping strategies to optimize well-being and deal more productively with life's challenges.
(514) 500-7884 x223 View (514) 500-7884 x223
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Michael David Wray
Registered Social Worker, TS, MSW
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2K  (Online Only)
Borrowing elements from narrative and solution-based approaches, my clinical expertise focusses on helping individuals overcome anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship challenges.
If you are feeling anxious, stressed out, or overwhelmed by sadness or anger, getting support often helps! Improve your relationships and reduce your suffering. I offer empathetic and supportive listening, practical techniques to help regulate your emotions, improve conflicts with the people in your life, and will accompany you in making sense of what you're going through.
Borrowing elements from narrative and solution-based approaches, my clinical expertise focusses on helping individuals overcome anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship challenges.
If you are feeling anxious, stressed out, or overwhelmed by sadness or anger, getting support often helps! Improve your relationships and reduce your suffering. I offer empathetic and supportive listening, practical techniques to help regulate your emotions, improve conflicts with the people in your life, and will accompany you in making sense of what you're going through.
(438) 834-7904 View (438) 834-7904
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Zeev Rosberger
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H4A
I have several decades of experience in assessing and treating individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues or coping with chronic diseases (e.g., cancer). My background is not only as a clinician in private practice, but as a former Chief Psychologist at a large university teaching hospital, researcher and professor. My extensive experience provides me with a wide-base of understanding of what works for whom and what does not.
I have several decades of experience in assessing and treating individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues or coping with chronic diseases (e.g., cancer). My background is not only as a clinician in private practice, but as a former Chief Psychologist at a large university teaching hospital, researcher and professor. My extensive experience provides me with a wide-base of understanding of what works for whom and what does not.
(438) 700-0375 View (438) 700-0375
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Ian Zikman Psychologist
Psychologist, MEd, MA, OPQ, Quebec, Ontario
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3G
Sometimes we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, afraid, desperate, or alone. Maybe your relationships are spiraling or you never feel good enough. Perhaps you are unfulfilled at work or procrastination is sabotaging you. Your distress from anxiety, depression, or grief may have reached a new level and you can’t cope. I’m a therapist, but I’m human too, I’ve been there. Everybody needs a helping hand sometimes. I’m ready to be that person for you! I’ll help you get back on track. With 15+ years of experience and expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I’m dedicated to helping clients lead healthier, more productive lives.
Sometimes we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, afraid, desperate, or alone. Maybe your relationships are spiraling or you never feel good enough. Perhaps you are unfulfilled at work or procrastination is sabotaging you. Your distress from anxiety, depression, or grief may have reached a new level and you can’t cope. I’m a therapist, but I’m human too, I’ve been there. Everybody needs a helping hand sometimes. I’m ready to be that person for you! I’ll help you get back on track. With 15+ years of experience and expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I’m dedicated to helping clients lead healthier, more productive lives.
(438) 700-1683 View (438) 700-1683
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Lori Vinebaum
Registered Social Worker, MSW, PSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3Z  (Online Only)
I'm a licensed psychotherapist and clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience. I provide a supportive, respectful, and non-judgmental space where you can express whatever thoughts and feelings you're experiencing. Some of the issues I can help you deal with include anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem, past trauma, and relationship difficulties. These can be related to current situations, or to past ones that continue to cause pain and get in the way of your happiness.
I'm a licensed psychotherapist and clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience. I provide a supportive, respectful, and non-judgmental space where you can express whatever thoughts and feelings you're experiencing. Some of the issues I can help you deal with include anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem, past trauma, and relationship difficulties. These can be related to current situations, or to past ones that continue to cause pain and get in the way of your happiness.
(438) 300-9516 View (438) 300-9516
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Fiona Smith
Registered Psychotherapist, MA , ATPQ, ATR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H4A  (Online Only)
Are you anxious, depressed, or struggling to really feel connected to yourself? Do your emotions feel too intense? Are old patterns or past experiences holding you back or negatively influencing how you deal with situations in the present? In therapy, you can have a space to express yourself and to gain clarity on your thoughts and emotions. Together we can explore aspects of your reality that are harder to define and that go beyond what you already know and can explain about yourself. This can lead you to that exciting place where new insights and self-awareness emerge, and change can happen in your life.
Are you anxious, depressed, or struggling to really feel connected to yourself? Do your emotions feel too intense? Are old patterns or past experiences holding you back or negatively influencing how you deal with situations in the present? In therapy, you can have a space to express yourself and to gain clarity on your thoughts and emotions. Together we can explore aspects of your reality that are harder to define and that go beyond what you already know and can explain about yourself. This can lead you to that exciting place where new insights and self-awareness emerge, and change can happen in your life.
(438) 230-0319 View (438) 230-0319
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Katrine Zogbo
Psychologist, Psy D
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H1N  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Katrine Zogbo (Psy. D) is an OPQ licensed clinical psychologist with an integrative approach to healing. She has experience working with clients from diverse sociocultural backgrounds presenting with a wide range of issues. She specializes in the treatment of relational difficulties, anxiety, depression and emotional regulation, with an expertise in challenges related to immigration and acculturation processes. She works primarily from a humanistic-existential approach, meaning she views the therapeutic relationship as a way to connect to your inner capacity to overcome life’s challenges and to attain the best version of yourself.
Katrine Zogbo (Psy. D) is an OPQ licensed clinical psychologist with an integrative approach to healing. She has experience working with clients from diverse sociocultural backgrounds presenting with a wide range of issues. She specializes in the treatment of relational difficulties, anxiety, depression and emotional regulation, with an expertise in challenges related to immigration and acculturation processes. She works primarily from a humanistic-existential approach, meaning she views the therapeutic relationship as a way to connect to your inner capacity to overcome life’s challenges and to attain the best version of yourself.
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SolPsy Center
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, CRPO, CCPA
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3S  (Online Only)
I understand that reaching out for help can feel daunting, and I commend you for considering this brave step towards healing. As a compassionate therapist specializing in anxiety, depression, and life's formidable challenges, my primary goal is to offer you a safe and nurturing space where healing begins and grows. In our sessions, we'll work together using evidence-based approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you navigate obstacles, alleviate stress, and foster personal growth.
I understand that reaching out for help can feel daunting, and I commend you for considering this brave step towards healing. As a compassionate therapist specializing in anxiety, depression, and life's formidable challenges, my primary goal is to offer you a safe and nurturing space where healing begins and grows. In our sessions, we'll work together using evidence-based approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you navigate obstacles, alleviate stress, and foster personal growth.
(438) 701-2385 View (438) 701-2385
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Maya Shalmon
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, CFT, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H4A
I work with teens and adults suffering from anxiety, depression, relationship problems, grief, and the impact of recent or childhood trauma. If you want help to address personal or relational difficulties, I provide a warm and collaborative environment in which your unique values and strengths will be honoured as we attend to the areas in which you struggle. Together, we will gain a deeper understanding of where you are at and of the factors holding you back from the changes you desire. My approach is relational and evidence-based, and will be tailored to meet your particular needs and goals.
I work with teens and adults suffering from anxiety, depression, relationship problems, grief, and the impact of recent or childhood trauma. If you want help to address personal or relational difficulties, I provide a warm and collaborative environment in which your unique values and strengths will be honoured as we attend to the areas in which you struggle. Together, we will gain a deeper understanding of where you are at and of the factors holding you back from the changes you desire. My approach is relational and evidence-based, and will be tailored to meet your particular needs and goals.
(514) 475-0602 View (514) 475-0602
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Catherine Mereb
Psychologist, MEd
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H4C
I am a psychologist, member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ) since 2005. I completed my training at McGill University and specialize in working with individuals who are experiencing personal difficulties that interfere with their lives. I help these individuals in identifying, assessing, and resolving concerns, which may be affecting their personal, professional, academic, and/or emotional growth. Among the concerns commonly presented are low self-esteem, stress, relationship or family issues, identity issues, burn-out from work, difficult life transitions, as well as over-riding feelings of anxiety and depression.
I am a psychologist, member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ) since 2005. I completed my training at McGill University and specialize in working with individuals who are experiencing personal difficulties that interfere with their lives. I help these individuals in identifying, assessing, and resolving concerns, which may be affecting their personal, professional, academic, and/or emotional growth. Among the concerns commonly presented are low self-esteem, stress, relationship or family issues, identity issues, burn-out from work, difficult life transitions, as well as over-riding feelings of anxiety and depression.
(866) 272-7342 View (866) 272-7342
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Dr. Lê-Anh Dinh-Williams
Psychologist, PhD, OPQ
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2T  (Online Only)
If you're searching for a psychologist who combines the latest in evidence-based treatments with a deeply caring and supportive approach, I'm here to help. I have worked in various community and hospital settings, specializing in the treatment of depression (including self-esteem, perfectionism), trauma, substance misuse, and emotion dysregulation (including emotional avoidance, borderline personality). I believe that one size does not fit all, which is why I integrate evidence-based treatments, such as DBT and CBT, with new research and therapeutic approaches to meet the unique goals and needs of each individual.
If you're searching for a psychologist who combines the latest in evidence-based treatments with a deeply caring and supportive approach, I'm here to help. I have worked in various community and hospital settings, specializing in the treatment of depression (including self-esteem, perfectionism), trauma, substance misuse, and emotion dysregulation (including emotional avoidance, borderline personality). I believe that one size does not fit all, which is why I integrate evidence-based treatments, such as DBT and CBT, with new research and therapeutic approaches to meet the unique goals and needs of each individual.
(438) 701-2782 View (438) 701-2782
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Zofia Czajkowska
Psychologist, PhD, OPQ
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3A
Everybody goes through a rough patch in life sometimes. I'm here to help you get through yours and grow from the experience. Whether you've been feeling stressed and overwhelmed, down, irritable or anxious, I can help you feel better and find your path to a more satisfying life. I have experience treating depression and anxiety, improving self-esteem and confidence as well as defining one's identity and purpose. Additionally, I help couples navigate life transitions (e.g., becoming parents) and relationship difficulties (e.g., frequent arguments, sexual problems or sense of hopelessness).
Everybody goes through a rough patch in life sometimes. I'm here to help you get through yours and grow from the experience. Whether you've been feeling stressed and overwhelmed, down, irritable or anxious, I can help you feel better and find your path to a more satisfying life. I have experience treating depression and anxiety, improving self-esteem and confidence as well as defining one's identity and purpose. Additionally, I help couples navigate life transitions (e.g., becoming parents) and relationship difficulties (e.g., frequent arguments, sexual problems or sense of hopelessness).
(438) 795-5769 View (438) 795-5769
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Jessy Mota
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H4A
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues or feeling lost which affects your day-to-day? When we are unsatisfied and frustrated by expectations, getting through our days can be challenging with the constant pondering of how our life could be better. I believe everyone should have a life worth living which is why I offer counselling services for clients living with anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, relationship issues, life transitions, body image and chronic dieting issues, and career and academic success. I start by understanding not only what brings you to therapy, but who you are as a person.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues or feeling lost which affects your day-to-day? When we are unsatisfied and frustrated by expectations, getting through our days can be challenging with the constant pondering of how our life could be better. I believe everyone should have a life worth living which is why I offer counselling services for clients living with anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, relationship issues, life transitions, body image and chronic dieting issues, and career and academic success. I start by understanding not only what brings you to therapy, but who you are as a person.
(438) 255-1472 View (438) 255-1472
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Zikman and Associates CBT - Psychology Clinic
Psychologist, MEd, MA, OPQ, QUEBEC, ONTARIO
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3G
SAME-WEEK Appointments available. With 15+ years of experience and expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), we're dedicated to helping clients lead healthier lives. Within a non-judgmental setting, we'll work with you to alleviate distress caused by personal, social, or workplace issues. We're skilled in treating Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Procrastination, Relationship, and Self-Esteem issues, as well as Academic and Workplace Adjustments. We're also sensitive to the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. We have carefully selected our team of therapists for their knowledge, professionalism, and relatability.
SAME-WEEK Appointments available. With 15+ years of experience and expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), we're dedicated to helping clients lead healthier lives. Within a non-judgmental setting, we'll work with you to alleviate distress caused by personal, social, or workplace issues. We're skilled in treating Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Procrastination, Relationship, and Self-Esteem issues, as well as Academic and Workplace Adjustments. We're also sensitive to the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. We have carefully selected our team of therapists for their knowledge, professionalism, and relatability.
(438) 230-1040 View (438) 230-1040
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Shahrzad Irannejad
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3W  (Online Only)
I have been affiliated with the Montreal Center for Anxiety and Depression, MCH, McGill Mental Health Services, as well as the Life Clinic 2.
I am a licensed psychologist (OPQ member). I offer screening & assessment (childhood-adulthood) for ADHD (following CADDRA guidelines), psycho-educational assessments (childhood-adulthood) for specific learning disorders, for ADHD, or to obtain a learning profile. Screenings or assessments can be tailored to your needs (e.g., to merely obtain social-emotional functioning). I also provide therapy for adults (18+) and children (7-14) dealing with mood disorders (e.g., depression), anxiety disorders, stress, burnout, relationship problems, low self-esteem, ADHD, and/or other types of LDs. I can offer online sessions if preferred.
I have been affiliated with the Montreal Center for Anxiety and Depression, MCH, McGill Mental Health Services, as well as the Life Clinic 2.
I am a licensed psychologist (OPQ member). I offer screening & assessment (childhood-adulthood) for ADHD (following CADDRA guidelines), psycho-educational assessments (childhood-adulthood) for specific learning disorders, for ADHD, or to obtain a learning profile. Screenings or assessments can be tailored to your needs (e.g., to merely obtain social-emotional functioning). I also provide therapy for adults (18+) and children (7-14) dealing with mood disorders (e.g., depression), anxiety disorders, stress, burnout, relationship problems, low self-esteem, ADHD, and/or other types of LDs. I can offer online sessions if preferred.
(855) 712-6491 View (855) 712-6491
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Laura A Schleifer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H4A
While I am well versed in treating general concerns such as depression and anxiety, my particular areas of expertise include infertility, reproduction-related mood changes (including post-partum, premenstrual and menopausal mood changes), substance abuse, eating disorders/weight loss, sex therapy (including dyspareunia, or painful intercourse), and interpersonal difficulties/self-esteem.
We, as human beings, all face difficult times during our lives. These phases can leave us feeling out of control and isolated. The simple act of choosing change in your life can help you to feel empowered and on a path to a greater sense of well-being. As an integrative therapist (using cognitive behavioral, supportive, interpersonal and existential techniques), I will first help you to define your goals and then support you as you work towards achieving them. Using those techniques that best suit your particular needs and styles, we will effectively create a New Therapy tailored specifically for you.
While I am well versed in treating general concerns such as depression and anxiety, my particular areas of expertise include infertility, reproduction-related mood changes (including post-partum, premenstrual and menopausal mood changes), substance abuse, eating disorders/weight loss, sex therapy (including dyspareunia, or painful intercourse), and interpersonal difficulties/self-esteem.
We, as human beings, all face difficult times during our lives. These phases can leave us feeling out of control and isolated. The simple act of choosing change in your life can help you to feel empowered and on a path to a greater sense of well-being. As an integrative therapist (using cognitive behavioral, supportive, interpersonal and existential techniques), I will first help you to define your goals and then support you as you work towards achieving them. Using those techniques that best suit your particular needs and styles, we will effectively create a New Therapy tailored specifically for you.
(855) 719-0099 View (855) 719-0099
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Sally A Butterworth
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3G
I work with individuals, families, couples and adolescents with problems such as depression, grieving, anxiety, stress and relationship discord.
The poem, The Imaginary Career (by Rainer Maria Rilke), illustrates exquisitely our human condition. To quote: "At first a childhood, limitless and free" only to become "Defiance- The child bent becomes the bender". To live in that ".. vast, cold empty space, alone" is a very painful place to find oneself. I am here to join with that person in the "empty space" so that they can understand themselves and heal.
I work with individuals, families, couples and adolescents with problems such as depression, grieving, anxiety, stress and relationship discord.
The poem, The Imaginary Career (by Rainer Maria Rilke), illustrates exquisitely our human condition. To quote: "At first a childhood, limitless and free" only to become "Defiance- The child bent becomes the bender". To live in that ".. vast, cold empty space, alone" is a very painful place to find oneself. I am here to join with that person in the "empty space" so that they can understand themselves and heal.
(514) 830-0312 View (514) 830-0312

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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.