Depression Therapists in Saskatoon, SK

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Photo of Jaclyn Fidler Counselling, Registered Social Worker in Saskatoon, SK
Jaclyn Fidler Counselling
Registered Social Worker, RSW, BSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7H
Are you feeling withdrawn lately? Are life's stressors becoming too much and beginning to weigh you down? The daily grind doesn't always have to feel this way. So let's talk about it! My name is Jaclyn Fidler, and together we can work toward building a mental health tool-kit that you will be able to use with confidence. I have experience working with children, youth, and adults living with anxiety, depression, and school or peer related pressures.
Are you feeling withdrawn lately? Are life's stressors becoming too much and beginning to weigh you down? The daily grind doesn't always have to feel this way. So let's talk about it! My name is Jaclyn Fidler, and together we can work toward building a mental health tool-kit that you will be able to use with confidence. I have experience working with children, youth, and adults living with anxiety, depression, and school or peer related pressures.
(306) 900-9924 View (306) 900-9924
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Hannah Povey
Counsellor, She/Her, BA, MC, CCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7N
I have a Masters Degree in Counselling. I work with Youth, Young Adults, and Adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, life transitions, personal growth, and healthy relationships. I am passionate about helping people author their life story with meaning and purpose despite challenging life circumstances. My goal is to be a fellow traveller empowering others as they navigate their way through life; helping clients define problems, identifying strengths and potential steps in their own wellness. I provide a non-judgmental setting open to all.
I have a Masters Degree in Counselling. I work with Youth, Young Adults, and Adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, life transitions, personal growth, and healthy relationships. I am passionate about helping people author their life story with meaning and purpose despite challenging life circumstances. My goal is to be a fellow traveller empowering others as they navigate their way through life; helping clients define problems, identifying strengths and potential steps in their own wellness. I provide a non-judgmental setting open to all.
(306) 801-7657 View (306) 801-7657
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Lana McAleer
Registered Provisional Psychologist, M Ed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7K
Are you finding yourself overwhelmed by the stress of life? Feeling anxious or on edge? Experiencing low mood, lack of motivation, difficulty focusing, or overwhelmed by your emotions? Then you’ve come to the right place. As a psychologist, I strive to create an inclusive, judgement free zone, where we will work together to help you through your healing and self-improvement journey. I have experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger management, low self-esteem, relationship issues, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and more.
Are you finding yourself overwhelmed by the stress of life? Feeling anxious or on edge? Experiencing low mood, lack of motivation, difficulty focusing, or overwhelmed by your emotions? Then you’ve come to the right place. As a psychologist, I strive to create an inclusive, judgement free zone, where we will work together to help you through your healing and self-improvement journey. I have experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger management, low self-esteem, relationship issues, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and more.
(306) 994-8326 View (306) 994-8326
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Healing Waters Counselling Studio
Counsellor, CSAC, BSW, MSc, CBT
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7K
I offer counselling in all areas and specialize in Addictions, Depression/Anxiety/Stress, Sports Psychology, Relationships, Children/Adolescents, PTSD & Sexual Assault.
Feel like you are living your life on auto-pilot? Tired of juggling life's problems and feeling stressed? Self-doubt holding you hostage? I will work with you to help gain control over your life and empower your self-confidence to create a life worth living to its fullest. As a result of working with me, clients have gained clarity, improved relationships, became sober, increased communication and created a life they were meant to have. They became HAPPY! I work with clients in ways that build on their strengths and potentials and I challenge them to take their life to the next level.
I offer counselling in all areas and specialize in Addictions, Depression/Anxiety/Stress, Sports Psychology, Relationships, Children/Adolescents, PTSD & Sexual Assault.
Feel like you are living your life on auto-pilot? Tired of juggling life's problems and feeling stressed? Self-doubt holding you hostage? I will work with you to help gain control over your life and empower your self-confidence to create a life worth living to its fullest. As a result of working with me, clients have gained clarity, improved relationships, became sober, increased communication and created a life they were meant to have. They became HAPPY! I work with clients in ways that build on their strengths and potentials and I challenge them to take their life to the next level.
(306) 802-4514 View (306) 802-4514
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Andrea Scerbe
Registered Provisional Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7K
I am ardent about work with individuals who are dealing with anxiety and depression.
Therapy is a reparative process toward personal growth and enhanced self-knowledge. A client who is willing to take the first steps toward self-knowledge and growth, has decided to take their mental well-being into their own hands. My role is to act as a guide and an ally in reaching a better state of mental well-being.
I am ardent about work with individuals who are dealing with anxiety and depression.
Therapy is a reparative process toward personal growth and enhanced self-knowledge. A client who is willing to take the first steps toward self-knowledge and growth, has decided to take their mental well-being into their own hands. My role is to act as a guide and an ally in reaching a better state of mental well-being.
(306) 900-0977 View (306) 900-0977
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Luke Froese
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7K
I have over 17 years of experience in the human services field. I offer counselling services to people who deal with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Some of my other specialties include divorce/separation, recent life changes, and stress management. It is rewarding for me to watch my clients achieve success with their professional life and grow in their personal lives. Due to the fact that I am a Registered Social Worker, the majority of insurers will reimburse you for my services. I also provide counselling through the NIHB program for Indigenous clients.
I have over 17 years of experience in the human services field. I offer counselling services to people who deal with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Some of my other specialties include divorce/separation, recent life changes, and stress management. It is rewarding for me to watch my clients achieve success with their professional life and grow in their personal lives. Due to the fact that I am a Registered Social Worker, the majority of insurers will reimburse you for my services. I also provide counselling through the NIHB program for Indigenous clients.
(306) 992-2728 View (306) 992-2728
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Cindie Neudorf
Counsellor, BA, MACP, CCC-S
Verified
3 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7N
Waitlist for new clients
I have a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology with a wealth of experience in counselling as well as violence and abuse prevention programming. I am a Certified Canadian Counsellor and supervisor. I work with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, intimate partner violence, relationship issues, parenting issues, or life transitions. I am welcoming to all faith backgrounds and gender identities, and believe in creating a culturally safe space for clients. I work from a trauma informed perspective as you process your experience. I am passionate about empowering individuals to find strength and hope in their lives.
I have a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology with a wealth of experience in counselling as well as violence and abuse prevention programming. I am a Certified Canadian Counsellor and supervisor. I work with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, intimate partner violence, relationship issues, parenting issues, or life transitions. I am welcoming to all faith backgrounds and gender identities, and believe in creating a culturally safe space for clients. I work from a trauma informed perspective as you process your experience. I am passionate about empowering individuals to find strength and hope in their lives.
(306) 988-6697 View (306) 988-6697
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Cara Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7H
I focus on individual counselling with adults and have specialized training in providing support for trauma/PTSD, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, and addiction.
One of my favourite phrases is “come as you are.” You are welcomed and allowed to bring whatever pain, feelings, or struggles you’re currently experiencing to our sessions. I think a non-judgmental presence and feeling safe is essential for our time to be meaningful and impactful. In our work together we can explore how you make sense of the world and your experiences, how to cope with difficult feelings, and how to move towards wellness (as defined by you).
I focus on individual counselling with adults and have specialized training in providing support for trauma/PTSD, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, and addiction.
One of my favourite phrases is “come as you are.” You are welcomed and allowed to bring whatever pain, feelings, or struggles you’re currently experiencing to our sessions. I think a non-judgmental presence and feeling safe is essential for our time to be meaningful and impactful. In our work together we can explore how you make sense of the world and your experiences, how to cope with difficult feelings, and how to move towards wellness (as defined by you).
(306) 900-9551 View (306) 900-9551
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Luciene Poole
BEd, PGD
Saskatoon, SK S7N
If you are experiencing anxiety, trauma, depression, or grief, I can help you .
I believe in building a positive relationship with my clients.I have been a counsellor for over 25 years. I have worked with all ages, ethnic and economic backgrounds. My clients talk of being overwhelmed in their lives; not being able to think, function, or sleep. Not being able to enjoy life! Using clients' strengths and my expertise, I help them to heal. I look at all aspects of a person's life - lifestyle, work, home, etc. to help people make changes to help themselves.
If you are experiencing anxiety, trauma, depression, or grief, I can help you .
I believe in building a positive relationship with my clients.I have been a counsellor for over 25 years. I have worked with all ages, ethnic and economic backgrounds. My clients talk of being overwhelmed in their lives; not being able to think, function, or sleep. Not being able to enjoy life! Using clients' strengths and my expertise, I help them to heal. I look at all aspects of a person's life - lifestyle, work, home, etc. to help people make changes to help themselves.
(306) 802-3386 View (306) 802-3386
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Lyndsay Knorr
Psychologist, MEd
Verified
5 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7L
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, nervous system regulation, relationship issues, eating disorders, psychedelic assisted therapy and psychedelic integration.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or like you are ready to make a change but you don’t know where to start…I want you to know that there is hope. I am here to hold space for you to encourage deep healing and growth. I know that vibrant health is possible when we provide ourselves a solid foundation, and I am here to help you start this process today. My approach to therapy is holistic in nature. I understand that in order to truly heal and thrive we must take care of not only our mental/emotional health, but our physical, and spiritual health as well. Everything is connected!
I specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, nervous system regulation, relationship issues, eating disorders, psychedelic assisted therapy and psychedelic integration.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or like you are ready to make a change but you don’t know where to start…I want you to know that there is hope. I am here to hold space for you to encourage deep healing and growth. I know that vibrant health is possible when we provide ourselves a solid foundation, and I am here to help you start this process today. My approach to therapy is holistic in nature. I understand that in order to truly heal and thrive we must take care of not only our mental/emotional health, but our physical, and spiritual health as well. Everything is connected!
(306) 514-8238 View (306) 514-8238
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Sarah Binsfeld
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd
Verified
4 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7L
I specialize in depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma and stress.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed out or dysregulated, and looking to make some changes but don't know where or how to start, you're in the right place. I want you to know that feeling this way does not have to control your life - that a life filled with more joy and purpose is achievable with the right support and foundational work. With a holistic approach to therapy, I understand the importance of all aspects of self working together to create genuine healing and joy - our mental/emotional, spiritual, physical all need to be considered.
I specialize in depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma and stress.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed out or dysregulated, and looking to make some changes but don't know where or how to start, you're in the right place. I want you to know that feeling this way does not have to control your life - that a life filled with more joy and purpose is achievable with the right support and foundational work. With a holistic approach to therapy, I understand the importance of all aspects of self working together to create genuine healing and joy - our mental/emotional, spiritual, physical all need to be considered.
(306) 801-4407 View (306) 801-4407
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Shayna Das Counselling
Counsellor, Shayna, Eileen, Coralee, Raelee, Tom
Verified
2 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7T
Shayna, Eileen, Coralee, Raelee, and Tom have several years of experience supporting clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and more. Mental survival tactics can drain years from our lives, leaving us struggling just to get by, while the pleasures and joys of life seem just beyond our grasp. When people experience severe life stressors or trauma, it often feels like their life is beginning to unravel.
Shayna, Eileen, Coralee, Raelee, and Tom have several years of experience supporting clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and more. Mental survival tactics can drain years from our lives, leaving us struggling just to get by, while the pleasures and joys of life seem just beyond our grasp. When people experience severe life stressors or trauma, it often feels like their life is beginning to unravel.
(306) 900-4813 View (306) 900-4813
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Brenda Braaten Modern Counselling and Coaching
Counsellor, RTC, B Ed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7V
I am a counsellor for women! I counsel with a feminine lens and support women experiencing the multitude of issues that face women today. I will help you with your anxiety, depression, trauma, perfectionism, parenting, and relationships. If you are bogged down and feeling like your joy is being stolen by endless to-do lists, a partner who doesn't understand, parenting exhaustion and frustration, or career stress... I will guide you and support you in reclaiming your essence and living joyfully and mindfully. Women have far too much to manage these days and it is time for change.
I am a counsellor for women! I counsel with a feminine lens and support women experiencing the multitude of issues that face women today. I will help you with your anxiety, depression, trauma, perfectionism, parenting, and relationships. If you are bogged down and feeling like your joy is being stolen by endless to-do lists, a partner who doesn't understand, parenting exhaustion and frustration, or career stress... I will guide you and support you in reclaiming your essence and living joyfully and mindfully. Women have far too much to manage these days and it is time for change.
(306) 900-6968 View (306) 900-6968
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ME First Wellness Professional Counselling
Counsellor, BA, MA, BEd, RPC
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7L
I help people who are looking for support with: Relationship issues, Couples Counselling, Life Transition, Stress Management, Depression, Anxiety, Career Dissatisfaction, Life Stress, Relationship Issues, Parent/Child Issues, Self-Esteem Issues, Adolescent Change, Grief and Loss, and Life Coaching.
I have been in the education and social wellness field for almost 20 years, specializing in counselling individuals, couples, and families to live purposeful, joy filled lives by focusing on Mental and Emotional work first. As Alfred Adler suggested, “first we think, then we feel, and then we act”. I help individuals navigate through issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. I have a special interest in working with couples and relationship issues. My approach relies on extensive experience in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, TEAM-CBT, and MI. As well, I am now offering EFT Tapping sessions.
I help people who are looking for support with: Relationship issues, Couples Counselling, Life Transition, Stress Management, Depression, Anxiety, Career Dissatisfaction, Life Stress, Relationship Issues, Parent/Child Issues, Self-Esteem Issues, Adolescent Change, Grief and Loss, and Life Coaching.
I have been in the education and social wellness field for almost 20 years, specializing in counselling individuals, couples, and families to live purposeful, joy filled lives by focusing on Mental and Emotional work first. As Alfred Adler suggested, “first we think, then we feel, and then we act”. I help individuals navigate through issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. I have a special interest in working with couples and relationship issues. My approach relies on extensive experience in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, TEAM-CBT, and MI. As well, I am now offering EFT Tapping sessions.
(306) 700-3661 View (306) 700-3661
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Vanessa Driedger
Psychologist, MC, RPsych
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7K
I am a Registered Psychologist who provides counselling and assessment services to adolescents and adults who have experienced anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, stress, and interpersonal difficulties.
As a counselor, I strive to listen closely and compassionately. My focus is on helping youth and adults untangle life’s complexities within a safe therapeutic environment. I support clients in discovering and exploring new ways to approach life’s storms using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I also tailor treatment plans to the individual, with the use of cognitive-behavioural interventions, person-centred approaches, and mindfulness-based skills.
I am a Registered Psychologist who provides counselling and assessment services to adolescents and adults who have experienced anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, stress, and interpersonal difficulties.
As a counselor, I strive to listen closely and compassionately. My focus is on helping youth and adults untangle life’s complexities within a safe therapeutic environment. I support clients in discovering and exploring new ways to approach life’s storms using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I also tailor treatment plans to the individual, with the use of cognitive-behavioural interventions, person-centred approaches, and mindfulness-based skills.
(306) 988-7483 View (306) 988-7483
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Murray Heintz
Psychologist, MC
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7K
I work with Adults & Couples with Anger Management, Anxiety, Burnout, Depression, Grief & Loss, Guilt/Shame, PTSD, Self-Care, Self Confidence/Self Esteem, Stress, Suicide Ideation, Trauma, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Men’s Issues, ADHD, Emotional Disturbance, Impulse Control, Transitions, OCD, Personality Disorders, Psychosis, Thinking Disorders.
Feeling alone, overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or that life is unbalanced is more common than you might think. The good news is that you don't have to struggle with any of these feelings. I can help. I'm a Registered Psychologist with thirty years of experience in mental health. I use a variety of counselling approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Strengths Based Therapy as well as the Gottman Approach. I work with Adults and Couples.
I work with Adults & Couples with Anger Management, Anxiety, Burnout, Depression, Grief & Loss, Guilt/Shame, PTSD, Self-Care, Self Confidence/Self Esteem, Stress, Suicide Ideation, Trauma, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Men’s Issues, ADHD, Emotional Disturbance, Impulse Control, Transitions, OCD, Personality Disorders, Psychosis, Thinking Disorders.
Feeling alone, overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or that life is unbalanced is more common than you might think. The good news is that you don't have to struggle with any of these feelings. I can help. I'm a Registered Psychologist with thirty years of experience in mental health. I use a variety of counselling approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Strengths Based Therapy as well as the Gottman Approach. I work with Adults and Couples.
(306) 403-5643 View (306) 403-5643
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Marla-Rae McMillan
Psychiatric Nurse, RPN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7N
I have experience working with the following: Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, OCD, ADD/ADHD, suicidal ideation, self-harm, addiction, trauma/PTSD, loss/grief/bereavement. I support my client's while they process out their trauma and help them to learn coping for their mental health struggles. I use a holistic approach and incorporate the four quadrants of health: Mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Being mindful of each client's individual and unique needs. I am approved as a mental health counsellor for both NIHB as well as Victim's Services.
I have experience working with the following: Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, OCD, ADD/ADHD, suicidal ideation, self-harm, addiction, trauma/PTSD, loss/grief/bereavement. I support my client's while they process out their trauma and help them to learn coping for their mental health struggles. I use a holistic approach and incorporate the four quadrants of health: Mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Being mindful of each client's individual and unique needs. I am approved as a mental health counsellor for both NIHB as well as Victim's Services.
(306) 802-4593 View (306) 802-4593
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Susan Healey Counselling and Hypnotherapy
Counsellor, MACP, CCC, Hypno, BA, C(Educ)
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7K
And with the breath of life comes the journey. A path sometimes dotted with pain and struggle. Do you want to emerge from a life of shame, loss, pain, rejection, and fear? Whether you are facing relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, stress, grief, trauma, or other life challenges, there is always hope and healing. Wherever you land in your transformation, I will help you in a non-judging, compassionate, empathic, client-centered space that offers hope in the midst of your darkness. I welcome you to a safe space that cultivates healing and wholeness.
And with the breath of life comes the journey. A path sometimes dotted with pain and struggle. Do you want to emerge from a life of shame, loss, pain, rejection, and fear? Whether you are facing relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, stress, grief, trauma, or other life challenges, there is always hope and healing. Wherever you land in your transformation, I will help you in a non-judging, compassionate, empathic, client-centered space that offers hope in the midst of your darkness. I welcome you to a safe space that cultivates healing and wholeness.
(306) 801-4373 View (306) 801-4373
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Chassidy Puchala Registered Doctoral Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7N
Waitlist for new clients
Life can be hard. It’s even harder trying to make sense of it on your own. I can help you find a way to move forward. I see adults and couples across the life span to address a wide range of issues, including: depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, relationship problems, physical and emotional abuse, problems within the workplace, grief and loss, and difficulties with life transitions. I warmly welcome clients from all walks of life.
Life can be hard. It’s even harder trying to make sense of it on your own. I can help you find a way to move forward. I see adults and couples across the life span to address a wide range of issues, including: depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, relationship problems, physical and emotional abuse, problems within the workplace, grief and loss, and difficulties with life transitions. I warmly welcome clients from all walks of life.
(306) 400-5137 View (306) 400-5137
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Christine Krowchenko Counselling & Hypnotherapy
Counsellor, MACP, CCC, BEdAD, BSc, CHyp
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7W
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. " - Lao Tzu - If you are experiencing life stressors, pain from past-trauma, relationship difficulties, grief, mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression and just need a safe space to process emotions, I am here for you. Together we will navigate the path to health and healing. Regardless of where you are or where you've been, evidence-based practices and a personalized treatment plan will get you where you want to go. Together we will build hope and calm in an uncertain world.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. " - Lao Tzu - If you are experiencing life stressors, pain from past-trauma, relationship difficulties, grief, mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression and just need a safe space to process emotions, I am here for you. Together we will navigate the path to health and healing. Regardless of where you are or where you've been, evidence-based practices and a personalized treatment plan will get you where you want to go. Together we will build hope and calm in an uncertain world.
(855) 641-1581 View (855) 641-1581

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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.