Depression Counselling in Chesterfield

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Claire Foulstone
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S43
I am a Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapist who is trained to tailor therapy to the uniqueness of your needs. I work with you in the here and now, looking at your goals so we can work together to achieve a more effective life balance. Life can become overwhelming and stress, anxiety and depression are the body and minds way of letting you know something has to change. You may be experiencing numbness or the loss of a loved one and day to day living feels challenging. Whatever your issues may be, I offer a safe space to explore free from judgement.
I am a Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapist who is trained to tailor therapy to the uniqueness of your needs. I work with you in the here and now, looking at your goals so we can work together to achieve a more effective life balance. Life can become overwhelming and stress, anxiety and depression are the body and minds way of letting you know something has to change. You may be experiencing numbness or the loss of a loved one and day to day living feels challenging. Whatever your issues may be, I offer a safe space to explore free from judgement.
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Terri Niakian
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S40
My area of therapies are relationship issues, family issues, health issues, anxiety, depression, bereavement & loss, stress, abuse, anger management, low self esteem, , confidence building and much more.
I am here to listen to you, empathise, support and not judge you, our counselling relationship will help you to clarify issue in your life and you will be enabled to reach your full potential, and clarify and discover your strengths, find your solutions and together we will find a way to right decisions .
My area of therapies are relationship issues, family issues, health issues, anxiety, depression, bereavement & loss, stress, abuse, anger management, low self esteem, , confidence building and much more.
I am here to listen to you, empathise, support and not judge you, our counselling relationship will help you to clarify issue in your life and you will be enabled to reach your full potential, and clarify and discover your strengths, find your solutions and together we will find a way to right decisions .
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Sheffield CBT & Counselling Practice
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S40
We at Sheffield CBT & Counselling Practice are committed to helping people to overcome difficult and distressing times. We provide a safe and personalised service offering solutions for people experiencing a range of difficulties from anxiety, depression, panic attacks, worrying, social phobia, low self esteem, public speaking, OCD, & PTSD. At the center of Sheffield CBT & Counselling Practice is an approach that supports clients to reach psychological and personal well-being,
We at Sheffield CBT & Counselling Practice are committed to helping people to overcome difficult and distressing times. We provide a safe and personalised service offering solutions for people experiencing a range of difficulties from anxiety, depression, panic attacks, worrying, social phobia, low self esteem, public speaking, OCD, & PTSD. At the center of Sheffield CBT & Counselling Practice is an approach that supports clients to reach psychological and personal well-being,
0114 478 2065 View 0114 478 2065
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Juliett Barrott
Counsellor, MSc, ACC-AC
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S40
My experience is of working with clients with a wide range of issues EG; depression, anxiety, anger, family and relationship issues, etc.
Hi my work with children and young people has enabled me to adopt a common sense approach. I practise Integrative Counselling, that means I use CBT, Person Centred, Pyschodynamic, etc, concepts. Which are the building blocks of thoughts and beliefs which affect how we feel. I understand the first step in seeking counselling is hard, if you have sought support, you may not know how to effect change it’s at this point we explore choices.
My experience is of working with clients with a wide range of issues EG; depression, anxiety, anger, family and relationship issues, etc.
Hi my work with children and young people has enabled me to adopt a common sense approach. I practise Integrative Counselling, that means I use CBT, Person Centred, Pyschodynamic, etc, concepts. Which are the building blocks of thoughts and beliefs which affect how we feel. I understand the first step in seeking counselling is hard, if you have sought support, you may not know how to effect change it’s at this point we explore choices.
0114 478 2540 View 0114 478 2540
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Dr Stacey Lavda
Psychologist, PsychD
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S40
, anxiety, depression) and those with more complex needs, such as trauma and dissociation.
I am a Principal Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Therapist. I have been practicing in the NHS for 14+ years, and now also offer private sessions in a warm and welcoming clinic environment. We all have times in our life when we struggle with our emotions, mental well-being and relationships, or feel we have lost touch with who we are and what is important to us. Difficult experiences, now or in the past, can leave us feeling low in mood, anxious or with fluctuating emotions. If you feel this way then I hope to be able to help you.
, anxiety, depression) and those with more complex needs, such as trauma and dissociation.
I am a Principal Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Therapist. I have been practicing in the NHS for 14+ years, and now also offer private sessions in a warm and welcoming clinic environment. We all have times in our life when we struggle with our emotions, mental well-being and relationships, or feel we have lost touch with who we are and what is important to us. Difficult experiences, now or in the past, can leave us feeling low in mood, anxious or with fluctuating emotions. If you feel this way then I hope to be able to help you.
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Therapy & Lifestyle Clinic (TLC)
Psychotherapist, MSc, COSRT General
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S40
TLC is a clinic of experienced and highly qualified professionals working towards helping you better yourself. We work with individuals, couples and groups to offer a confidential service where clients can discuss sensitive issues with no judgement. Sian’s (the founder) career has been namely in mental health and sexual health, two areas which she is hugely passionate about. At TLC we work with a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, bereavement, stress, bullying, low self-esteem, relationships and offer Autism assessments, to name a few. All our professionals are registered with COSRT, BABCP, BACP, HCPC or BPS.
TLC is a clinic of experienced and highly qualified professionals working towards helping you better yourself. We work with individuals, couples and groups to offer a confidential service where clients can discuss sensitive issues with no judgement. Sian’s (the founder) career has been namely in mental health and sexual health, two areas which she is hugely passionate about. At TLC we work with a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, bereavement, stress, bullying, low self-esteem, relationships and offer Autism assessments, to name a few. All our professionals are registered with COSRT, BABCP, BACP, HCPC or BPS.
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Rebecca Llewellyn
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S40
My main areas of specialism are; anxiety (work and life) depression and low mood, life transitions, psychosexual issues and relationships.
Hi I'm Becx, a qualified and registered psychotherapist working in Chesterfield. Making the decision to get help can be difficult so I aim to create the most safe, calm and secure environment I can to allow you to just be yourself without judgement. I am friendly, passionate and professional. I like to get to know you as a person and work with you in a respectful and empathetic manner to get to the bottom of the issues you bring.
My main areas of specialism are; anxiety (work and life) depression and low mood, life transitions, psychosexual issues and relationships.
Hi I'm Becx, a qualified and registered psychotherapist working in Chesterfield. Making the decision to get help can be difficult so I aim to create the most safe, calm and secure environment I can to allow you to just be yourself without judgement. I am friendly, passionate and professional. I like to get to know you as a person and work with you in a respectful and empathetic manner to get to the bottom of the issues you bring.
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Maggie Slater
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S42
Hello, my name is Maggie, I’m a qualified counsellor, and based in Derbyshire. I specialise in working with children and adolescents, also working with adults, experiencing concerns, such as depression, anxiety, bereavement and stress. I provide a safe and confidential place for you to discuss worries and concerns and find a way to move forward. Whilst working with children/adolescents, I like to work with family, incorporating this in the sessions, by one or both parents attending some of the counselling sessions, if this is appropriate. I believe working all together can and does improve the building of a healthy relationship.
Hello, my name is Maggie, I’m a qualified counsellor, and based in Derbyshire. I specialise in working with children and adolescents, also working with adults, experiencing concerns, such as depression, anxiety, bereavement and stress. I provide a safe and confidential place for you to discuss worries and concerns and find a way to move forward. Whilst working with children/adolescents, I like to work with family, incorporating this in the sessions, by one or both parents attending some of the counselling sessions, if this is appropriate. I believe working all together can and does improve the building of a healthy relationship.
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Samantha Adams
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S41
I'm a warm, compassionate and relatable therapist able to listen and offer different integrative perspectives. My clients value my gentle challenge & interaction. 15+ yrs experience. I work with couples, individuals, parents, young people & children. Long or short term counselling around your emotional wellbeing, resilience and relationship with your self or others. I work with a range of issues, some of which are self-esteem and confidence, anxiety, depression, identity, the impact of the past, infidelity & trust, communication, arguing, the impact of sexual abuse, shame and anger amongst many others.
I'm a warm, compassionate and relatable therapist able to listen and offer different integrative perspectives. My clients value my gentle challenge & interaction. 15+ yrs experience. I work with couples, individuals, parents, young people & children. Long or short term counselling around your emotional wellbeing, resilience and relationship with your self or others. I work with a range of issues, some of which are self-esteem and confidence, anxiety, depression, identity, the impact of the past, infidelity & trust, communication, arguing, the impact of sexual abuse, shame and anger amongst many others.
01246 959121 View 01246 959121
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Dawn White - Chesterfield Sheffield Dronfield
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S41
I understand how hard the first step can be to ask for help, sometimes you just want to be heard and listened too, you may be feeling depressed, anxious, angry, or frustrated with moving your life forward. You may be feeling confused, and unsure about where your life is heading. I can help you become stronger and find new ways of coping, whilst understanding yourself, and others around you. You are a unique person and have already begun your unique journey of recovery, I am passionate about you taking back control over your life. I aim to support you through this by tailoring my approach to you.
I understand how hard the first step can be to ask for help, sometimes you just want to be heard and listened too, you may be feeling depressed, anxious, angry, or frustrated with moving your life forward. You may be feeling confused, and unsure about where your life is heading. I can help you become stronger and find new ways of coping, whilst understanding yourself, and others around you. You are a unique person and have already begun your unique journey of recovery, I am passionate about you taking back control over your life. I aim to support you through this by tailoring my approach to you.
01709 803907 View 01709 803907
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Shirani Situnayake
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S40
I have extensive experience of working with a variety of issues, particularly those affecting women and bring a deep understanding and considerable empathy to my therapeutic work. Struggles with anger, child sexual abuse, self harm, anxiety, depression, sexual violence and domestic abuse, addictions, self esteem, cultural issues, identity issues, sexuality issues, eating issues and self confidence, PTSD and trauma.
I have extensive experience of working with a variety of issues, particularly those affecting women and bring a deep understanding and considerable empathy to my therapeutic work. Struggles with anger, child sexual abuse, self harm, anxiety, depression, sexual violence and domestic abuse, addictions, self esteem, cultural issues, identity issues, sexuality issues, eating issues and self confidence, PTSD and trauma.
01623 572202 View 01623 572202
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Joe Roe
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S40
Do you experience mental health issues? Are you struggle with negative thoughts, anxiety, stress or depression? Is your inner critic affecting your self-esteem and confidence? Do you find your work, relationships, or life in general, challenging? Are you stuck in a rut or feeling lost? Are you tired of poor sleep, running on low energy? The let's chat!.
Get back your mojo with Joe Roe (she/her) The Mental Health Coach. Shifting you from anxiety and stress to calm, confident and happiness. Using a beautiful blend of coaching & NLP, working together to move you forward to achieve your goals with your mental health wealth, goal clarity, self belief, motivation, work, relationships and life style choices, cleaning up memories and phobias. Over 20 years coaching experience and 7 years in own private practice successfully coaching people just like you to live a calm, confident and happy life, full of purpose.
Do you experience mental health issues? Are you struggle with negative thoughts, anxiety, stress or depression? Is your inner critic affecting your self-esteem and confidence? Do you find your work, relationships, or life in general, challenging? Are you stuck in a rut or feeling lost? Are you tired of poor sleep, running on low energy? The let's chat!.
Get back your mojo with Joe Roe (she/her) The Mental Health Coach. Shifting you from anxiety and stress to calm, confident and happiness. Using a beautiful blend of coaching & NLP, working together to move you forward to achieve your goals with your mental health wealth, goal clarity, self belief, motivation, work, relationships and life style choices, cleaning up memories and phobias. Over 20 years coaching experience and 7 years in own private practice successfully coaching people just like you to live a calm, confident and happy life, full of purpose.
01623 572247 View 01623 572247
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Yvonne Caroline Ainsworth
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesterfield S40  (Online Only)
When overwhelmed by life’s difficulties, struggling with loss or suffering from anxiety, stress, and depression, people often have no one to turn to. Even with friends or family who love them, they don’t feel able to talk openly, due to guilt or embarrassment, or particularly in the case of bereavement, through not wanting to burden others. Often desperate to be ‘heard’ and supported, my clients come to me for counselling and find release as I allow them to offload from a place of pain, helping them find ways to cope with life again. It’s a ‘safe place’ – they can be ‘real’ without any fear of judgement.
When overwhelmed by life’s difficulties, struggling with loss or suffering from anxiety, stress, and depression, people often have no one to turn to. Even with friends or family who love them, they don’t feel able to talk openly, due to guilt or embarrassment, or particularly in the case of bereavement, through not wanting to burden others. Often desperate to be ‘heard’ and supported, my clients come to me for counselling and find release as I allow them to offload from a place of pain, helping them find ways to cope with life again. It’s a ‘safe place’ – they can be ‘real’ without any fear of judgement.
01629 701455 View 01629 701455
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Serentia
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S41
Waitlist for new clients
If you're anxious or depressed, or feeling stressed because of particular issues in your life then its hard to choose a counsellor that might help you. I never knew whether to pick a therapist that looked as unhinged as I felt, or go for one that seemed to have life sorted! We often feel we have to pretend to seem 'normal' or put a mask on to face to world, but therapy can be the place where you can be yourself (or work out who that could be). I try to offer you space where you are safe to explore what is affecting you, and help you reach a way forward.
If you're anxious or depressed, or feeling stressed because of particular issues in your life then its hard to choose a counsellor that might help you. I never knew whether to pick a therapist that looked as unhinged as I felt, or go for one that seemed to have life sorted! We often feel we have to pretend to seem 'normal' or put a mask on to face to world, but therapy can be the place where you can be yourself (or work out who that could be). I try to offer you space where you are safe to explore what is affecting you, and help you reach a way forward.
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Derbyshire Music Therapy
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Music Therap.
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S40
I can work with mental health, trauma, anxiety and depression.
Hi, I'm Alex. I am a Pyschodynamic Music Therapist working across Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Derby. Music Therapy is a regulated psychological clinical intervention, which is delivered by masters level trained, HCPC registered Music Therapists. It can help people whose lives have been affected by illness, injury, mental health or disability through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs. It is especially appropriate for people who have difficulty articulating feelings or experiences verbally, either due to speech and language problems or simply because words are hard to find.
I can work with mental health, trauma, anxiety and depression.
Hi, I'm Alex. I am a Pyschodynamic Music Therapist working across Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Derby. Music Therapy is a regulated psychological clinical intervention, which is delivered by masters level trained, HCPC registered Music Therapists. It can help people whose lives have been affected by illness, injury, mental health or disability through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs. It is especially appropriate for people who have difficulty articulating feelings or experiences verbally, either due to speech and language problems or simply because words are hard to find.
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Danny Morley
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S41
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Attachment Theory and Person-Centred Approach. I believe in evidence-based support and working holistically to allow you to overcome any issues or concerns you may have. I believe everyone deserves a safe, non-judgemental space to process thoughts, emotions and behaviours to allow you to work towards become the best version of yourself. I have a range of experience working with many different issues, however I have worked extensively with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Attachment Theory and Person-Centred Approach. I believe in evidence-based support and working holistically to allow you to overcome any issues or concerns you may have. I believe everyone deserves a safe, non-judgemental space to process thoughts, emotions and behaviours to allow you to work towards become the best version of yourself. I have a range of experience working with many different issues, however I have worked extensively with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.
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Karuna Counselling - Phoebe Thomas
Counsellor, MSc, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S43  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Phoebe, and there are many reasons that you might want to come and have counselling sessions with me. This could be something like stress due to work or ill health, you might be experiencing relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, identity issues, racial/cultural issues, addictions, trauma due to various reasons and many more. You may feel that it's time for you to talk to someone about whatever it is, whether to vent, process it, or try to find a solution. Whatever you are struggling with and whatever you want to get out of the therapeutic relationship, I am here to help.
Hi, I'm Phoebe, and there are many reasons that you might want to come and have counselling sessions with me. This could be something like stress due to work or ill health, you might be experiencing relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, identity issues, racial/cultural issues, addictions, trauma due to various reasons and many more. You may feel that it's time for you to talk to someone about whatever it is, whether to vent, process it, or try to find a solution. Whatever you are struggling with and whatever you want to get out of the therapeutic relationship, I am here to help.
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Hope Therapy Hub
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S40
Hi, my name is Dawn. My background is as a registered mental health nurse and I have worked with children, young people, and families for over 25 years. I am also a dual-qualified psychotherapist and I work privately helping people from all age groups to overcome a wide range of mental health challenges which include: eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, trauma work including PTSD, relationship difficulties, autism, and attention deficit disorders to mention a few. I love my job and I am passionate about helping people achieve their goals and getting their lives back on track.
Hi, my name is Dawn. My background is as a registered mental health nurse and I have worked with children, young people, and families for over 25 years. I am also a dual-qualified psychotherapist and I work privately helping people from all age groups to overcome a wide range of mental health challenges which include: eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, trauma work including PTSD, relationship difficulties, autism, and attention deficit disorders to mention a few. I love my job and I am passionate about helping people achieve their goals and getting their lives back on track.
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Caro Lee
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S40
We live in a world which throws a lot at us, and expects a lot of us. And, very often, we expect a lot of ourselves too. For many of us, it can help to talk through what we’re dealing with, to help us understand what’s going on and find a way forward. Whether you’re dealing with anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, identity, loneliness, powerlessness, relationship difficulties, or simply want to talk things through, I offer a confidential, non-judgmental space to explore what you’re feeling, and how you can manage it. We’re all different and we all need to find our own way. I can help you do that.
We live in a world which throws a lot at us, and expects a lot of us. And, very often, we expect a lot of ourselves too. For many of us, it can help to talk through what we’re dealing with, to help us understand what’s going on and find a way forward. Whether you’re dealing with anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, identity, loneliness, powerlessness, relationship difficulties, or simply want to talk things through, I offer a confidential, non-judgmental space to explore what you’re feeling, and how you can manage it. We’re all different and we all need to find our own way. I can help you do that.
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Maggie Spark @ Lantern Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MA, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield S42  (Online Only)
I offer one-to-one Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for a wide range of difficulties, including depression, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety, generalised anxiety, body dysmorphia, and OCD.
My name is Maggie and I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and EMDR therapist-in-training at Lantern Psychotherapy. Lantern Psychotherapy are a small group of professional, experienced therapists providing high quality online therapy, enabling you to access your therapy at a time and place convenient to you. I have many years' experience of providing therapy in the NHS, and I currently work as Deputy Programme Director for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Sheffield alongside my private practice.
I offer one-to-one Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for a wide range of difficulties, including depression, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety, generalised anxiety, body dysmorphia, and OCD.
My name is Maggie and I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and EMDR therapist-in-training at Lantern Psychotherapy. Lantern Psychotherapy are a small group of professional, experienced therapists providing high quality online therapy, enabling you to access your therapy at a time and place convenient to you. I have many years' experience of providing therapy in the NHS, and I currently work as Deputy Programme Director for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Sheffield alongside my private practice.
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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.