Depression Counselling in Cambridge

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José Rodríguez
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB24
Are you experiencing low mood, depression, anxiety? Are you feeling tired or emotional for no reason, cannot keep up with life, have panic attacks, or struggling to deal with trauma? If so, I can help you. I work with people like you. I offer in person and online sessions. I also have experience of helping people who are having family problems, relationship difficulties, adjusting to life changes, bereavement, difficulties with anger expression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) aiming to feel better and function well again.
Are you experiencing low mood, depression, anxiety? Are you feeling tired or emotional for no reason, cannot keep up with life, have panic attacks, or struggling to deal with trauma? If so, I can help you. I work with people like you. I offer in person and online sessions. I also have experience of helping people who are having family problems, relationship difficulties, adjusting to life changes, bereavement, difficulties with anger expression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) aiming to feel better and function well again.
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Eduardo Bort
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cambridge CB5
I have particular interest in working with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Anger Management.
Living with high levels of anxiety, guilt. shame, or fear for a prolonged period, can negatively affect the way we perceive ourselves and others. It can make you feel misunderstood, lonely, and disconnected from others; Whether you wish to explore the past, want to understand current issues, or feel ready to make a positive change in your life at your own pace, we can work together to achieve your goals.
I have particular interest in working with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Anger Management.
Living with high levels of anxiety, guilt. shame, or fear for a prolonged period, can negatively affect the way we perceive ourselves and others. It can make you feel misunderstood, lonely, and disconnected from others; Whether you wish to explore the past, want to understand current issues, or feel ready to make a positive change in your life at your own pace, we can work together to achieve your goals.
01223 643478 View 01223 643478
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Cambridge Counselling Service
Counsellor, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cambridge CB5
Cambridge Counselling Service is the largest private counselling service in Cambridge. Counselling is for anyone who wants to invest in getting their life on track. Typical problems that people bring to counselling include low-mood, depression, feeling stuck or trapped, anxiety, stress, feeling unhappy at work, eating issues, over-doing drink, drugs, gambling, gaming or social media, relationship issues (work or personal), identity issues, family problems, bereavement, career uncertainty, life-stage issues or personal development. We have private, comfortable and light-filled consulting rooms near Stourbridge Common, Cambridge.
Cambridge Counselling Service is the largest private counselling service in Cambridge. Counselling is for anyone who wants to invest in getting their life on track. Typical problems that people bring to counselling include low-mood, depression, feeling stuck or trapped, anxiety, stress, feeling unhappy at work, eating issues, over-doing drink, drugs, gambling, gaming or social media, relationship issues (work or personal), identity issues, family problems, bereavement, career uncertainty, life-stage issues or personal development. We have private, comfortable and light-filled consulting rooms near Stourbridge Common, Cambridge.
01223 658271 View 01223 658271
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Luke Reynolds
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1
I am a registered psychotherapist with a private practice in central Cambridge. Offering a space which is safe and non-judgemental. Where we can explore together what is happening with you and what in your life has left you feeling anxious, depressed, sad, angry, low in self-esteem, empty or distressed. Through working together we will try to understand how these feelings are manifesting in your life be it through addiction, social anxiety, or destructive relationships. And endeavour to bring you to a place where you feel comfort and understanding in and of yourself.
I am a registered psychotherapist with a private practice in central Cambridge. Offering a space which is safe and non-judgemental. Where we can explore together what is happening with you and what in your life has left you feeling anxious, depressed, sad, angry, low in self-esteem, empty or distressed. Through working together we will try to understand how these feelings are manifesting in your life be it through addiction, social anxiety, or destructive relationships. And endeavour to bring you to a place where you feel comfort and understanding in and of yourself.
020 3823 6631 View 020 3823 6631
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Guy Snape Counselling
Counsellor, MSc, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB4
Feeling down? Stressed, anxious or depressed? I can help. We all have our "stuff" - pressure of work, relationship difficulties, painful memories or trauma, feelings of worthlessness, difficulty sleeping: modern life can feel overwhelming. Just like our physical health, everyone has times when their mental wellbeing is not at its best.
Feeling down? Stressed, anxious or depressed? I can help. We all have our "stuff" - pressure of work, relationship difficulties, painful memories or trauma, feelings of worthlessness, difficulty sleeping: modern life can feel overwhelming. Just like our physical health, everyone has times when their mental wellbeing is not at its best.
01223 981326 View 01223 981326
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Lizzie Felter
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB2
Waitlist for new clients
I am an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with 10 years' experience of working with adults in NHS secondary care mental health services, as well as working privately. I am experienced in delivering psychological therapy for a wide range of difficulties including depression, generalised anxiety, health anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, and PTSD and other long term consequences of trauma. I also offer therapy to people who do not have a mental health diagnosis but who would like help to understand, cope with, and change emotional difficulties they are experiencing.
I am an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with 10 years' experience of working with adults in NHS secondary care mental health services, as well as working privately. I am experienced in delivering psychological therapy for a wide range of difficulties including depression, generalised anxiety, health anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, and PTSD and other long term consequences of trauma. I also offer therapy to people who do not have a mental health diagnosis but who would like help to understand, cope with, and change emotional difficulties they are experiencing.
01223 972859 View 01223 972859
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Dr Marzio Ascione
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB3
Whether you need treatment for anxiety, OCD, stress, depression or another psychological or neuropsychological issue, Dr Ascione will identify and discuss with you a suitable treatment plan.
Dr Marzio Ascione is a Consultant HCPC registered clinical psychologist and Associate Fellow of BPS. Dr Ascione has over 20 years’ experience in clinical neuropsychology and mental health within the NHS and private sector. He has worked as Clinical Psychologist and Researcher for Cambridge University Hospital, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, East London and City Mental Health Trust, West London Mental Health Trust, University of Milan, King’s College London. Dr Ascione sees patients at London and Cambridge clinics. Please contact our office for further information.
Whether you need treatment for anxiety, OCD, stress, depression or another psychological or neuropsychological issue, Dr Ascione will identify and discuss with you a suitable treatment plan.
Dr Marzio Ascione is a Consultant HCPC registered clinical psychologist and Associate Fellow of BPS. Dr Ascione has over 20 years’ experience in clinical neuropsychology and mental health within the NHS and private sector. He has worked as Clinical Psychologist and Researcher for Cambridge University Hospital, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, East London and City Mental Health Trust, West London Mental Health Trust, University of Milan, King’s College London. Dr Ascione sees patients at London and Cambridge clinics. Please contact our office for further information.
020 3974 2199 View 020 3974 2199
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Ruth Cloherty
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB21  (Online Only)
I work with people presenting with a variety of difficulties including stress, relationship difficulties, anger, depression, anxiety, PTSD, CPTSD & low self-esteem. All of these interfere with our ability to solve problems and express our potential. They limit our ability to enjoy our life fully. I use modalities such as Transactional Analysis & Internal Family Systems along with other effective interventions to empower you and help you heal and live your life more fully.  I work in a transparent way with you. My focus is on supporting you to achieve what you want to achieve and on creating maximum value for you going forward.
I work with people presenting with a variety of difficulties including stress, relationship difficulties, anger, depression, anxiety, PTSD, CPTSD & low self-esteem. All of these interfere with our ability to solve problems and express our potential. They limit our ability to enjoy our life fully. I use modalities such as Transactional Analysis & Internal Family Systems along with other effective interventions to empower you and help you heal and live your life more fully.  I work in a transparent way with you. My focus is on supporting you to achieve what you want to achieve and on creating maximum value for you going forward.
07951 977516 View 07951 977516
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Han Bestwick
Counsellor, MSc, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cambridge CB1  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with low self-esteem, bereavement, stress, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, depression, shame, or maybe you want to work to explore your identity further in a safe environment with a supportive counsellor, then I may be able to help.
Hello, my name is Han and I use she/they pronouns. I welcome anyone to my therapy room who wants a safe space to talk things through. I have supported people to explore their identities, navigate coming out, and to get to know who they are. I have worked with people who are already out and those who have yet to find the language to name their experience. You may be someone who already knows who you are but are experiencing some other difficulties in your life. If this is you, it can be helpful to have a therapist who already accepts your identity so that you can you can explore these other topics without having to explain it.
If you are struggling with low self-esteem, bereavement, stress, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, depression, shame, or maybe you want to work to explore your identity further in a safe environment with a supportive counsellor, then I may be able to help.
Hello, my name is Han and I use she/they pronouns. I welcome anyone to my therapy room who wants a safe space to talk things through. I have supported people to explore their identities, navigate coming out, and to get to know who they are. I have worked with people who are already out and those who have yet to find the language to name their experience. You may be someone who already knows who you are but are experiencing some other difficulties in your life. If this is you, it can be helpful to have a therapist who already accepts your identity so that you can you can explore these other topics without having to explain it.
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Ian Francis Mncs Accred
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cambridge CB4
I love working with people who are openminded and honest and looking to improve their lives and explore some of their blocks. I have a lot of experience working with depression, anxiety, abuse, addiction and low self esteem. If you aren't happy with yourself or your life, I would love to find out why and help you to explore ways of making positive changes. I have transformed my life in a positive way so I speak from experience when I say radical transformation is possible if you are open to it. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space to talk about the things that are really important to you.
I love working with people who are openminded and honest and looking to improve their lives and explore some of their blocks. I have a lot of experience working with depression, anxiety, abuse, addiction and low self esteem. If you aren't happy with yourself or your life, I would love to find out why and help you to explore ways of making positive changes. I have transformed my life in a positive way so I speak from experience when I say radical transformation is possible if you are open to it. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space to talk about the things that are really important to you.
01223 658135 View 01223 658135
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Katie Williams
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB24  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with OCD, Anxiety or Depression? Do you feel you self esteem is affected by your difficulties ? If you are feeling alone or overwhelmed by it all I’m here to help. I have over 13 years experience treating a variety of emotional and mental health difficulties. I provide a confidential and compassionate space for you to talk about your difficulties without judgement. I will help you work out your goals for therapy during an assessment of needs and together we will form a treatment plan that suits you.
Are you struggling with OCD, Anxiety or Depression? Do you feel you self esteem is affected by your difficulties ? If you are feeling alone or overwhelmed by it all I’m here to help. I have over 13 years experience treating a variety of emotional and mental health difficulties. I provide a confidential and compassionate space for you to talk about your difficulties without judgement. I will help you work out your goals for therapy during an assessment of needs and together we will form a treatment plan that suits you.
020 8138 8751 View 020 8138 8751
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Amanda Morgan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1  (Online Only)
I specialise in supporting adults (18+) to recover from anxiety disorders predominantly using CBT with ERP for OCD (e.g. panic disorder/panic attacks, agoraphobia, emetophobia and other phobias, social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, OCD, etc.), and low self-esteem and low mood/depression using recovery focused psychotherapy.
I specialise in supporting adults (18+) to recover from anxiety disorders predominantly using CBT with ERP for OCD (e.g. panic disorder/panic attacks, agoraphobia, emetophobia and other phobias, social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, OCD, etc.), and low self-esteem and low mood/depression using recovery focused psychotherapy.
01223 734681 View 01223 734681
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Nora Woofenden
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB3  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, relational issues, mood swings, life changes, and day-to-day stressors.
Therapy is an investment in your current and future wellbeing. I join my clients in identifying the source of their concerns, and developing positive change. Whether you're struggling with chronic mental health stemming from trauma, or wanting to figure out why life has felt so hard lately, I am ready to listen with care and non-judgement. I have navigated a wide variety of needs with people who've never experienced therapy before, people who've seem to have tried everything, and people somewhere in between. Wherever you are, and wherever you'd like to go, we'll find the way forward.
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, relational issues, mood swings, life changes, and day-to-day stressors.
Therapy is an investment in your current and future wellbeing. I join my clients in identifying the source of their concerns, and developing positive change. Whether you're struggling with chronic mental health stemming from trauma, or wanting to figure out why life has felt so hard lately, I am ready to listen with care and non-judgement. I have navigated a wide variety of needs with people who've never experienced therapy before, people who've seem to have tried everything, and people somewhere in between. Wherever you are, and wherever you'd like to go, we'll find the way forward.
01954 770985 View 01954 770985
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Sandra Cass-Courtney
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1
I am highly skilled in helping people with a spectrum of issues that arise in our personal lives, ranging from anxiety, OCD, depression, shame and self-esteem issues to stresses caused by separation, loss, life transitions and relationship difficulties.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and a Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC). My qualifications and experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. I regard human suffering and relational struggles as inevitable parts of all our lives. In therapy we may deal directly with life’s crisis and difficulties around transitions such as death of a loved one, divorce, illness and career crossroads. I have a wide range of NHS and private sector experience and can competently treat a wide range of psychological issues and distress for individuals and couples.
I am highly skilled in helping people with a spectrum of issues that arise in our personal lives, ranging from anxiety, OCD, depression, shame and self-esteem issues to stresses caused by separation, loss, life transitions and relationship difficulties.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and a Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC). My qualifications and experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. I regard human suffering and relational struggles as inevitable parts of all our lives. In therapy we may deal directly with life’s crisis and difficulties around transitions such as death of a loved one, divorce, illness and career crossroads. I have a wide range of NHS and private sector experience and can competently treat a wide range of psychological issues and distress for individuals and couples.
07723 448788 View 07723 448788
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Ruth Parchment
Psychotherapist, MA, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB1  (Online Only)
As a BABCP accredited CBT Therapist I have worked in various NHS and private settings: Anxiety, Depression, Panic, OCD, PTSD, Trauma, Perfectionism, Worry and Low Self Esteem are difficulties I regularly work with. Cultural sensitivity and diversity is important, including: Physical Health, LGBTQIA+, Ethnicity, Religion & other differences. I work with adults, young people and facilitate CBT groups (recently for social anxiety and also substance misuse). I'm open-minded, friendly, warm and approachable. I will help you learn useful strategies, tools and techniques; alongside providing space to process & understand yourself better
As a BABCP accredited CBT Therapist I have worked in various NHS and private settings: Anxiety, Depression, Panic, OCD, PTSD, Trauma, Perfectionism, Worry and Low Self Esteem are difficulties I regularly work with. Cultural sensitivity and diversity is important, including: Physical Health, LGBTQIA+, Ethnicity, Religion & other differences. I work with adults, young people and facilitate CBT groups (recently for social anxiety and also substance misuse). I'm open-minded, friendly, warm and approachable. I will help you learn useful strategies, tools and techniques; alongside providing space to process & understand yourself better
01223 941616 View 01223 941616
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Kathy Rose
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB4
I have a high level of experience working with issues of low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, bereavement, trauma, relationship issues and work place stress.
I am an integrative Therapist with over 24 years of experience and an MA in Psychotherapy and counselling and am an accredited member of the BACP. I am passionate about the healing power of counselling, psychotherapy and the capacity of the human psyche to heal, develop and grow. This belief, coupled with my training and experience, underpins how I work with adults one-to-one. I can help with many areas of mental health and associated physical symptoms of: anxiety disorders, depression; underlying causes of emotional pain or distress. The process of counselling or psychotherapy can be life changing and enriching.
I have a high level of experience working with issues of low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, bereavement, trauma, relationship issues and work place stress.
I am an integrative Therapist with over 24 years of experience and an MA in Psychotherapy and counselling and am an accredited member of the BACP. I am passionate about the healing power of counselling, psychotherapy and the capacity of the human psyche to heal, develop and grow. This belief, coupled with my training and experience, underpins how I work with adults one-to-one. I can help with many areas of mental health and associated physical symptoms of: anxiety disorders, depression; underlying causes of emotional pain or distress. The process of counselling or psychotherapy can be life changing and enriching.
01223 857031 View 01223 857031
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Dr Nikki Wood
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB21  (Online Only)
I work with adults using a holistic approach who are feeling stuck. Many people since COVID are struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, and burnout. Some people are turning to alcohol, drugs or other addictive behaviours to cope. Its ok to find life hard. I specialise in working with people who are worrying they aren’t managing their mental health, who may have experienced trauma, and may be self-medicating. I offer an entirely non-judgemental, confidential, compassionate and safe space to talk about some of these things and help you to identify what changes you would like to make. I also specialise in working with ADHD.
I work with adults using a holistic approach who are feeling stuck. Many people since COVID are struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, and burnout. Some people are turning to alcohol, drugs or other addictive behaviours to cope. Its ok to find life hard. I specialise in working with people who are worrying they aren’t managing their mental health, who may have experienced trauma, and may be self-medicating. I offer an entirely non-judgemental, confidential, compassionate and safe space to talk about some of these things and help you to identify what changes you would like to make. I also specialise in working with ADHD.
01799 619184 View 01799 619184
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Wayne M. Mertins-Brown
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB2
I specialise in matters of the heart relating to personal identity, difference and diversity, sexuality, phobias, bereavement, loss, mental and sexual abuse, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, issues of low self esteem, relationship issues and work-related anxiety, stress and/or depression.
Since the Coronavirus pandemic my Psychotherapy practice has moved online, in most cases. My fee for working face-to-face - in and around the Greater London area - can be discussed. I offer one-to-one, couple and relationship counselling and group therapy. I work with an integrative approach, including theoretical principles such as Relational, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Spiritual, Mindfulness, Gestalt, etc. I also incorporate Eco-Psychotherapy, as I believe we are each emotionally and spiritually impacted by the differing, ecological environments in which we live.
I specialise in matters of the heart relating to personal identity, difference and diversity, sexuality, phobias, bereavement, loss, mental and sexual abuse, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, issues of low self esteem, relationship issues and work-related anxiety, stress and/or depression.
Since the Coronavirus pandemic my Psychotherapy practice has moved online, in most cases. My fee for working face-to-face - in and around the Greater London area - can be discussed. I offer one-to-one, couple and relationship counselling and group therapy. I work with an integrative approach, including theoretical principles such as Relational, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Spiritual, Mindfulness, Gestalt, etc. I also incorporate Eco-Psychotherapy, as I believe we are each emotionally and spiritually impacted by the differing, ecological environments in which we live.
020 7046 0224 View 020 7046 0224
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Louise Lancaster
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB22
You are struggling with difficult feelings which you may or may not understand or be able to explain. You may be feeling overwhelmed or out of control or unable to function as you always have before or you believe you 'should'. You are unhappy, depressed, anxious, having family or relationship issues, suffering from low self-esteem, body image or weight issues. You are addicted, abused, coping with loss, worried about getting old, lonely......
You are struggling with difficult feelings which you may or may not understand or be able to explain. You may be feeling overwhelmed or out of control or unable to function as you always have before or you believe you 'should'. You are unhappy, depressed, anxious, having family or relationship issues, suffering from low self-esteem, body image or weight issues. You are addicted, abused, coping with loss, worried about getting old, lonely......
01799 619827 View 01799 619827
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Neill Anthony Bartlett
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Cambridge CB10
I have a great deal of experience helping people with depression, anxiety, chronic pain and complex trauma.
I have over 18 years' experience as a senior specialist psychotherapist and counsellor in the NHS. My approach to both psychological and physiological suffering is to help patients work through their often long-standing personal difficulties, whilst promoting self-acceptance and committed action. An assumption I bring to my clinical practice is that most people want to live their lives in a direction of their choosing and in a way that reflects their personal values. As a therapist, my main focus is on those things that keep us 'stuck', that make it difficult for us to feel connected to the people and things that matter to us.
I have a great deal of experience helping people with depression, anxiety, chronic pain and complex trauma.
I have over 18 years' experience as a senior specialist psychotherapist and counsellor in the NHS. My approach to both psychological and physiological suffering is to help patients work through their often long-standing personal difficulties, whilst promoting self-acceptance and committed action. An assumption I bring to my clinical practice is that most people want to live their lives in a direction of their choosing and in a way that reflects their personal values. As a therapist, my main focus is on those things that keep us 'stuck', that make it difficult for us to feel connected to the people and things that matter to us.
01799 619984 View 01799 619984

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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.