Depression Counselling in Doncaster

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Sandra Christine Hardy
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN3
Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with clients from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress management, self esteem and confidence, anger management, work related issues, and relationship and substance abuse issues to name a few.
My favourite quote is "Wherever you go there you are". As a committed Psychotherapist, I am dedicated to providing high quality, client centred cared. I am excited about the opportunity to continue supporting individuals on their journey toward healing and self discovery. My journey as a Psychotherapist began with a specialism in Drug & Alcohol misuse, working in a team of dedicated Psychotherapists within an NHS setting. I also founded and manage a charity called 'Support 4 Change' which supports those affected by another's substance use.
Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with clients from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress management, self esteem and confidence, anger management, work related issues, and relationship and substance abuse issues to name a few.
My favourite quote is "Wherever you go there you are". As a committed Psychotherapist, I am dedicated to providing high quality, client centred cared. I am excited about the opportunity to continue supporting individuals on their journey toward healing and self discovery. My journey as a Psychotherapist began with a specialism in Drug & Alcohol misuse, working in a team of dedicated Psychotherapists within an NHS setting. I also founded and manage a charity called 'Support 4 Change' which supports those affected by another's substance use.
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Sharon Andrea Shaw
Psychotherapist, MBBS, MBACP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN6
I am an expert in relational dynamics, narcissistic behaviour, sexual, emotional and mental abuse, grief, depression, addictions and infidelity.
Feeling SAD, CONFUSED and/or ANGRY? Feeling stuck/trapped? What's the point? Nothing changes? I know the fears of opening up emotionally or mentally. I also know now of how beneficial it is for YOU. To have time to understand your 'self' so that YOU can process and heal, change YOUR future. It's empowering. I have studied for 6 years, to Masters level. Committed to my own personal development. Losing nearly three stone in weight (an emotional eater). Unattached from drinking 5 times a week to now occasionally socially or sometimes I just drink water and ice! Smoking and a fitter body is next. YOU are important! Take control back!
I am an expert in relational dynamics, narcissistic behaviour, sexual, emotional and mental abuse, grief, depression, addictions and infidelity.
Feeling SAD, CONFUSED and/or ANGRY? Feeling stuck/trapped? What's the point? Nothing changes? I know the fears of opening up emotionally or mentally. I also know now of how beneficial it is for YOU. To have time to understand your 'self' so that YOU can process and heal, change YOUR future. It's empowering. I have studied for 6 years, to Masters level. Committed to my own personal development. Losing nearly three stone in weight (an emotional eater). Unattached from drinking 5 times a week to now occasionally socially or sometimes I just drink water and ice! Smoking and a fitter body is next. YOU are important! Take control back!
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Steppingstones
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Doncaster DN4
Life is not always easy or simple. Are you struggling with emotions, behaviours or decision making? Is there a life event or circumstance that is effecting you? Are you experiencing anxiety, stress depression, work related difficulties or issues within your relationship, marriage or family? Do you need help to achieve your goals?
Life is not always easy or simple. Are you struggling with emotions, behaviours or decision making? Is there a life event or circumstance that is effecting you? Are you experiencing anxiety, stress depression, work related difficulties or issues within your relationship, marriage or family? Do you need help to achieve your goals?
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Nicola Booth
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN11
I have experience of working with a range of issues including: Abuse (sexual, emotional and physical), Anger, Anxiety, Child Related Issues, Depression, Low Self Confidence and Esteem, Panic Attacks, Phobias, Relationship Issues, Self Harm, Stress, Work Related Issues.
Do you feel that something is not right in your life but don't fully understand it, and have no one to talk to about it? Are you feeling overwhelmed? I help adults make positive changes in their lives through counselling. I use a person centred and integrative approach which means that I draw on a number of different theories and practices to tailor something that best fits you. In a non-judgemental way I will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and issues eventually moving to a point where together we can identify ways to help you move forward.
I have experience of working with a range of issues including: Abuse (sexual, emotional and physical), Anger, Anxiety, Child Related Issues, Depression, Low Self Confidence and Esteem, Panic Attacks, Phobias, Relationship Issues, Self Harm, Stress, Work Related Issues.
Do you feel that something is not right in your life but don't fully understand it, and have no one to talk to about it? Are you feeling overwhelmed? I help adults make positive changes in their lives through counselling. I use a person centred and integrative approach which means that I draw on a number of different theories and practices to tailor something that best fits you. In a non-judgemental way I will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and issues eventually moving to a point where together we can identify ways to help you move forward.
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Reflections Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN4
  I have many years experience and work with children, adults, adolescents, couples, groups and families with issues which can ultimately lead to confusion, anxiety and depression, difficult moods and behaviours.
Are you looking for a counsellor who has experience and can provide a confidential space for you to discuss issues which are affecting your everyday life? Do you need to talk to someone who understands what you mean and where you are coming from? If you would like to be more confident, productive and motivated and want help to change some aspects of your life, I am here to help you. I am also a Lifecoach and Supervisor of other health professionals and I use hypnotherapy, relaxation and mindfulness in my sessions.
  I have many years experience and work with children, adults, adolescents, couples, groups and families with issues which can ultimately lead to confusion, anxiety and depression, difficult moods and behaviours.
Are you looking for a counsellor who has experience and can provide a confidential space for you to discuss issues which are affecting your everyday life? Do you need to talk to someone who understands what you mean and where you are coming from? If you would like to be more confident, productive and motivated and want help to change some aspects of your life, I am here to help you. I am also a Lifecoach and Supervisor of other health professionals and I use hypnotherapy, relaxation and mindfulness in my sessions.
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Sunita Beresford
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN4
Waitlist for new clients
Are you feeling anxious or depressed and want to make changes to help improve your mental health and reduce distressing symptoms? I provide a safe space for us to work together to help you have a greater understanding of your current difficulties and for you to learn the skills and techniques that can enable you to work towards overcoming them. Take that first step and get in touch to learn more and book a session.
Are you feeling anxious or depressed and want to make changes to help improve your mental health and reduce distressing symptoms? I provide a safe space for us to work together to help you have a greater understanding of your current difficulties and for you to learn the skills and techniques that can enable you to work towards overcoming them. Take that first step and get in touch to learn more and book a session.
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Samantha Mutch
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN4
Life changing therapy: Bupa Recognised practitioner. You may be struggling to manage; anxiety, panic or depression; or perhaps you have experienced difficulties in the past which still affect you; childhood trauma or adversity? Or you may find relationships difficult. Many people are affected by these experiences. Perhaps it's making you feel alone or different to others. That can change. Counselling and psychology can help you to understand the ways you think, feel and behave, and by understanding the root causes of your difficulties. You may be suprised how quickly you can get things off the ground.
Life changing therapy: Bupa Recognised practitioner. You may be struggling to manage; anxiety, panic or depression; or perhaps you have experienced difficulties in the past which still affect you; childhood trauma or adversity? Or you may find relationships difficult. Many people are affected by these experiences. Perhaps it's making you feel alone or different to others. That can change. Counselling and psychology can help you to understand the ways you think, feel and behave, and by understanding the root causes of your difficulties. You may be suprised how quickly you can get things off the ground.
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South Yorkshire CBT and Counselling
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN1
Suffering from dehabilitating conditions such as depression, anxiety and low self esteem can have a devastating effect on your work and personal life. We can work with you to overcome issues such as; depression, OCD, PTSD, phobias, chronic pain, domestic abuse, intrusive or inappropriate thoughts, low self esteem and relationship issues. By helping you identify unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns and make appropriate changes in these areas you can experience improvements and a greater sense of well-being in your day to day life.
Suffering from dehabilitating conditions such as depression, anxiety and low self esteem can have a devastating effect on your work and personal life. We can work with you to overcome issues such as; depression, OCD, PTSD, phobias, chronic pain, domestic abuse, intrusive or inappropriate thoughts, low self esteem and relationship issues. By helping you identify unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns and make appropriate changes in these areas you can experience improvements and a greater sense of well-being in your day to day life.
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Piotr Slaczka
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN1  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Piotr. Thank you for taking the time to visit my profile. As an integrative therapeutic counsellor and psychotherapist, I feel privileged to invite you on a journey of discovery, healing, and transformation. My goal is to help you gain clarity and overcome obstacles to achieve a balanced and fulfilling life—the life we all deserve. I work with individuals facing trauma, depression, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, and various compulsive behaviours. I provide a safe, confidential, and welcoming environment where we can explore your difficulties and work towards self-acceptance and change.
Hello, I'm Piotr. Thank you for taking the time to visit my profile. As an integrative therapeutic counsellor and psychotherapist, I feel privileged to invite you on a journey of discovery, healing, and transformation. My goal is to help you gain clarity and overcome obstacles to achieve a balanced and fulfilling life—the life we all deserve. I work with individuals facing trauma, depression, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, and various compulsive behaviours. I provide a safe, confidential, and welcoming environment where we can explore your difficulties and work towards self-acceptance and change.
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Beverly James
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Doncaster DN1
I have supported clients from a range of ages and backgrounds, working with issues including anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, anger, loneliness, relationships, domestic / sexual abuse, loss and trauma.
It can sometimes seem worrying to share your deepest, most personal thoughts and feelings. I'm here to offer a warm, welcoming and confidential therapeutic space where you will have your time to talk and where hopefully we can build a trusting therapeutic relationship, one in which you can feel comfortable to share your worries and thoughts. Every client and every therapeutic process is different and I will always value you as a unique individual, with the utmost respect for the journey you have navigated and the place you find yourself in now.
I have supported clients from a range of ages and backgrounds, working with issues including anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, anger, loneliness, relationships, domestic / sexual abuse, loss and trauma.
It can sometimes seem worrying to share your deepest, most personal thoughts and feelings. I'm here to offer a warm, welcoming and confidential therapeutic space where you will have your time to talk and where hopefully we can build a trusting therapeutic relationship, one in which you can feel comfortable to share your worries and thoughts. Every client and every therapeutic process is different and I will always value you as a unique individual, with the utmost respect for the journey you have navigated and the place you find yourself in now.
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Sheffield CBT & Counselling Practice
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN5
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,
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Monika Allen
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN1
If you want to change your situation on the outside, it’s good to start by looking at what you can change on the inside. Perhaps you have serious difficulties finding peace and joy in your life. Your sense of well-being, physically and mentally, may be reduced or destroyed. You might find yourself sliding into unhealthy or even self-destructive behaviours. Your persistent self-doubt leads to anxiety and depression, causing relationship problems and anger issues. You have a feeling that you do not quite know who you are.  Or perhaps you just know “something is not quite right in my life” but you can’t pinpoint what it is.
If you want to change your situation on the outside, it’s good to start by looking at what you can change on the inside. Perhaps you have serious difficulties finding peace and joy in your life. Your sense of well-being, physically and mentally, may be reduced or destroyed. You might find yourself sliding into unhealthy or even self-destructive behaviours. Your persistent self-doubt leads to anxiety and depression, causing relationship problems and anger issues. You have a feeling that you do not quite know who you are.  Or perhaps you just know “something is not quite right in my life” but you can’t pinpoint what it is.
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Daisy Carter
Psychotherapist, MA, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN1
I am experienced in working with people from many different walks of life. My passion is working with those who (like me) are part of the LGBTQ+ community, who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health and feel ready to make changes to improve how they are feeling. As LGBTQ+ people we can face more challenges from the world around us, which can contribute to difficulties leading to struggles with our mental health. This could be low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and other common mental health disorders.
I am experienced in working with people from many different walks of life. My passion is working with those who (like me) are part of the LGBTQ+ community, who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health and feel ready to make changes to improve how they are feeling. As LGBTQ+ people we can face more challenges from the world around us, which can contribute to difficulties leading to struggles with our mental health. This could be low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and other common mental health disorders.
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Rachel Lockwood
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Doncaster DN7  (Online Only)
I have worked with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationships, and bereavement, whatever you bring I will listen without judgement.
If you are looking for a counsellor that puts you at the centre of the work, allowing you to go at your own pace, I am here for you. Working in an integrative way, I work with people aged 12+ and focus on trying to provide a non-judgemental therapeutic relationship where I aim for us to connect in a way for you to be comfortable to be yourself and say the unspoken things. I will get alongside you to explore and notice with curiosity what you share, gently challenging at times, asking questions and highlighting where there might be repetitive behaviours and thought patterns, that may have been harmful or unproductive in the past.
I have worked with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationships, and bereavement, whatever you bring I will listen without judgement.
If you are looking for a counsellor that puts you at the centre of the work, allowing you to go at your own pace, I am here for you. Working in an integrative way, I work with people aged 12+ and focus on trying to provide a non-judgemental therapeutic relationship where I aim for us to connect in a way for you to be comfortable to be yourself and say the unspoken things. I will get alongside you to explore and notice with curiosity what you share, gently challenging at times, asking questions and highlighting where there might be repetitive behaviours and thought patterns, that may have been harmful or unproductive in the past.
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Tracy Fiddler
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN2
Thank you for viewing my profile. This may be your first step in seeking counselling and the beginning of getting you on the road to better mental health. At times, it can help to talk to someone other than family or friends. You may wish to talk about and explore what is troubling you, such as anxiety, depression, anger, gender, low self-esteem, relationships, work/school, bereavement and loss, or other things that are causing you difficulties.
Thank you for viewing my profile. This may be your first step in seeking counselling and the beginning of getting you on the road to better mental health. At times, it can help to talk to someone other than family or friends. You may wish to talk about and explore what is troubling you, such as anxiety, depression, anger, gender, low self-esteem, relationships, work/school, bereavement and loss, or other things that are causing you difficulties.
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Kerry Herd Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Doncaster DN5
I can help you explore many different life problems such as anxiety, anger issues, confidence issues, depression, fears and phobia, low mood, low self esteem, not feeling good enough, OCD, relationship problem, stress, stopping smoking, work related issues, weight issues and more.
Hello and welcome. My name is Kerry. I am a qualified integrative counsellor, hypnotherapist and Wingwave coach. I know life can feel really tough sometimes, it can feel like we are 'stuck' in life's challenges, or 'lost' or 'overwhelmed' with negative feelings and emotions. Sometimes we can feel unhappy with our life and not know where to turn. It can be 'daunting' taking the 1st step in contacting a therapist. I offer you a warm, welcoming, non judgemental space where we can explore what has brought you to therapy. I have a variety of skills and training where we can explore together and begin to make some changes.
I can help you explore many different life problems such as anxiety, anger issues, confidence issues, depression, fears and phobia, low mood, low self esteem, not feeling good enough, OCD, relationship problem, stress, stopping smoking, work related issues, weight issues and more.
Hello and welcome. My name is Kerry. I am a qualified integrative counsellor, hypnotherapist and Wingwave coach. I know life can feel really tough sometimes, it can feel like we are 'stuck' in life's challenges, or 'lost' or 'overwhelmed' with negative feelings and emotions. Sometimes we can feel unhappy with our life and not know where to turn. It can be 'daunting' taking the 1st step in contacting a therapist. I offer you a warm, welcoming, non judgemental space where we can explore what has brought you to therapy. I have a variety of skills and training where we can explore together and begin to make some changes.
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Alex Bennett
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN5
My experience includes but is not limited to working with; anxiety, depression, bullying, self-esteem, low confidence, childhood trauma, parenting issues, family and relationship problems, identity issues, divorce and breakups, abuse of all kinds, grief, loss and bereavement.
No matter who you are or where you come from I am accepting of ALL people and will listen to you in a caring and non-judgmental way. This is a place for you to feel heard, validated and understood. Whatever is troubling you, we will work through together and at a pace that suits you. I will always draw from my specialist training and experience to help you work through whatever comes up in our sessions whilst accepting you as a unique individual with your own needs. I offer sessions online and in person from my warm and private counselling space based in Cusworth, Doncaster.
My experience includes but is not limited to working with; anxiety, depression, bullying, self-esteem, low confidence, childhood trauma, parenting issues, family and relationship problems, identity issues, divorce and breakups, abuse of all kinds, grief, loss and bereavement.
No matter who you are or where you come from I am accepting of ALL people and will listen to you in a caring and non-judgmental way. This is a place for you to feel heard, validated and understood. Whatever is troubling you, we will work through together and at a pace that suits you. I will always draw from my specialist training and experience to help you work through whatever comes up in our sessions whilst accepting you as a unique individual with your own needs. I offer sessions online and in person from my warm and private counselling space based in Cusworth, Doncaster.
024 7542 4568 View 024 7542 4568
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Vass B Relationship Counselling
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN2  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with mental health issues like, depression, anxiety, stress, relationships or family issues and they are impacting your life, and you feel nothing works anymore, Reach Out! Working through your thoughts and feelings can be empowering, can help you see things in a clear way, you can find coping strategies based on your strengths, values and culture, and make them work for you.
If you are struggling with mental health issues like, depression, anxiety, stress, relationships or family issues and they are impacting your life, and you feel nothing works anymore, Reach Out! Working through your thoughts and feelings can be empowering, can help you see things in a clear way, you can find coping strategies based on your strengths, values and culture, and make them work for you.
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Kirstie Casey
Counsellor, MA, COSRT Affiliate
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN2
No problem is too big or too small - whether it's communication issues, infidelity, depression, bereavement, chronic pain or panic attacks -therapy can offer a space for healing and growth.
I’m Kirstie, an integrative therapist based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. I work with couples, families, and individuals online and face-to-face. I am passionate about nurturing relationships, believing they are crucial for our well-being and overall growth. Whether it’s the intricate dynamics between couples, within families, or the relationship we have with ourselves, these connections profoundly shape our lives.
No problem is too big or too small - whether it's communication issues, infidelity, depression, bereavement, chronic pain or panic attacks -therapy can offer a space for healing and growth.
I’m Kirstie, an integrative therapist based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. I work with couples, families, and individuals online and face-to-face. I am passionate about nurturing relationships, believing they are crucial for our well-being and overall growth. Whether it’s the intricate dynamics between couples, within families, or the relationship we have with ourselves, these connections profoundly shape our lives.
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Melisa Adams
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Doncaster DN4  (Online Only)
We are told how important exercise is for our physical well-being, your mental health is no different. Mental health and physical health are interconnected. Stress, anxiety, and depression can manifest as physical symptoms. So, maintaining good mental health can positively influence physical health. Therapy changes lives and for that reason, if you are unhappy, stressed, and not sure what to do, you need to remember that life is short, and you deserve to live the life you want. Put yourself first and do what makes you happy! I will help you become your own therapist, providing you with healthy tools and support tailored for you.
We are told how important exercise is for our physical well-being, your mental health is no different. Mental health and physical health are interconnected. Stress, anxiety, and depression can manifest as physical symptoms. So, maintaining good mental health can positively influence physical health. Therapy changes lives and for that reason, if you are unhappy, stressed, and not sure what to do, you need to remember that life is short, and you deserve to live the life you want. Put yourself first and do what makes you happy! I will help you become your own therapist, providing you with healthy tools and support tailored for you.
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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.