Depression Counselling in Hope Valley

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Lara Myers
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Hope Valley S32
I work with clients who have experienced relational trauma in childhood or as adults and the difficulties that arise : PTSD, depression, low self esteem, shame, anger and problems forming safe trusting relationships. I also specialise in bereavement Issues. I use an integrative approach which means I offer a non directive, non judgemental space to : develop coping mechanisms; explore what has happened and make sense of what you are experiencing; share information to increase understanding of how/why we respond as we do ; try out new ways of being and interacting with people; understand and trust yourself and your intuition.
I work with clients who have experienced relational trauma in childhood or as adults and the difficulties that arise : PTSD, depression, low self esteem, shame, anger and problems forming safe trusting relationships. I also specialise in bereavement Issues. I use an integrative approach which means I offer a non directive, non judgemental space to : develop coping mechanisms; explore what has happened and make sense of what you are experiencing; share information to increase understanding of how/why we respond as we do ; try out new ways of being and interacting with people; understand and trust yourself and your intuition.
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Kate Dewar CBT
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hope Valley S32
I provide CBT and EMDR for clients presenting with a broad range of issues including: depression, panic, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD, pain management, low-self esteem, health anxiety, OCD, phobias (and more).
Hello. I am a qualified EMDR & BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. CBT helps us to understand the relationships between our feelings, thoughts, behaviours and environment, and the ways in which these can become problematic. With an understanding of how mental health difficulties develop and are maintained I use an evidence-based (NICE guidelines) and goal-orientated approach to help support change. The emphasis is on finding solutions that work for the individual, so that you can improve emotional health & become your own therapist by applying new skills and techniques to old patterns of thinking and behaving.
I provide CBT and EMDR for clients presenting with a broad range of issues including: depression, panic, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD, pain management, low-self esteem, health anxiety, OCD, phobias (and more).
Hello. I am a qualified EMDR & BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. CBT helps us to understand the relationships between our feelings, thoughts, behaviours and environment, and the ways in which these can become problematic. With an understanding of how mental health difficulties develop and are maintained I use an evidence-based (NICE guidelines) and goal-orientated approach to help support change. The emphasis is on finding solutions that work for the individual, so that you can improve emotional health & become your own therapist by applying new skills and techniques to old patterns of thinking and behaving.
01476 851537 View 01476 851537
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Colette Glen
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Hope Valley S32
Are your past experiences influencing your life today? Has a life changing event left you with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression or relationship problems? Have you developed unhelpful coping patterns? .
A warm welcome to you. I am a Registered (MBACP) Counsellor & Psychotherapist working in private practice with adults who seek solutions for Anxiety, Trauma, Grief & Loss, and Relationship problems... I specialise in historical Childhood & Family issues; including Childhood Trauma, complicated Grief & Loss, and unhelpful patterns of coping.....My own experience of having counselling 20 years ago, led me on a journey to become a therapist, which remains today the most rewarding and privileged work I have ever done.
Are your past experiences influencing your life today? Has a life changing event left you with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression or relationship problems? Have you developed unhelpful coping patterns? .
A warm welcome to you. I am a Registered (MBACP) Counsellor & Psychotherapist working in private practice with adults who seek solutions for Anxiety, Trauma, Grief & Loss, and Relationship problems... I specialise in historical Childhood & Family issues; including Childhood Trauma, complicated Grief & Loss, and unhelpful patterns of coping.....My own experience of having counselling 20 years ago, led me on a journey to become a therapist, which remains today the most rewarding and privileged work I have ever done.
01433 449360 View 01433 449360
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Maggie Spark @ Lantern Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MA, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Hope Valley S32  (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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Hope Therapy Hub
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Hope Valley S33
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.
01433 447544 View 01433 447544
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Francis Schoeman
Psychologist, MA, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Hope Valley S33
At Pawsitive Psychology, I don't just listen, I connect. I strongly believe the most impactful healing comes from within the therapeutic relationship.
At Pawsitive Psychology, I don't just listen, I connect. I strongly believe the most impactful healing comes from within the therapeutic relationship.
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Sara Barron
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Hope Valley S32
Waitlist for new clients
I work with families, couples and individuals of all ages. I specialise in families where a child presents with an emotional, behavioural or mental health problem. This may include anxiety and low mood, emotional disregulation and attachment issues. I work with families with grown/adult/older children, grandparents and extended family. I have 23 years experience working with children and families in the NHS with a very broad range of complex issues. I offer a holistic approach to therapy, considering lifestyle, diet, exercise, spiritual beliefs, etc.
I work with families, couples and individuals of all ages. I specialise in families where a child presents with an emotional, behavioural or mental health problem. This may include anxiety and low mood, emotional disregulation and attachment issues. I work with families with grown/adult/older children, grandparents and extended family. I have 23 years experience working with children and families in the NHS with a very broad range of complex issues. I offer a holistic approach to therapy, considering lifestyle, diet, exercise, spiritual beliefs, etc.
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Sharon Andrea Shaw
Psychotherapist, MBBS, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S1
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!
01302 496594 View 01302 496594
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Juliett Barrott
Counsellor, MSc, ACC-AC
Verified Verified
Sheffield S11
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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Heidi Francis
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bakewell DE45  (Online Only)
I am able to offer support for a wide range of issues including but not limited to : Addiction, , Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Depression and Anxiety, Low Self -Esteem, Relationship issues ,Grief and Loss, EUPD, NPD and DID.
Taking that first step to seek support from a therapist can be a daunting experience and many people can feel anxious discussing their struggles. Experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression, sadness, anger and stress or suffering from a constant low mood, can often lead to feeling bewildered and alone. So my aim is to provide a safe, warm and caring space in which together we can explore your struggles and you can gain a better understanding of yourself and your feelings, Together we can discover a way forward to a happier, calmer place, enabling you to build new beginnings.
I am able to offer support for a wide range of issues including but not limited to : Addiction, , Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Depression and Anxiety, Low Self -Esteem, Relationship issues ,Grief and Loss, EUPD, NPD and DID.
Taking that first step to seek support from a therapist can be a daunting experience and many people can feel anxious discussing their struggles. Experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression, sadness, anger and stress or suffering from a constant low mood, can often lead to feeling bewildered and alone. So my aim is to provide a safe, warm and caring space in which together we can explore your struggles and you can gain a better understanding of yourself and your feelings, Together we can discover a way forward to a happier, calmer place, enabling you to build new beginnings.
01536 609380 View 01536 609380
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Piotr Slaczka
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S10  (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.
0114 478 2063 View 0114 478 2063
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Nicola Donaldson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S6
There are so many reasons why people might seek therapy: you may feel low or depressed, anxious, or stressed, or perhaps need help in making sense of your life. Human issues and experiences can touch and affect us in unique ways: loss, grief, abuse, relationships (past or present), life changes, loneliness or trauma, and therapy can provide a space to help you explore and make sense of these issues.
There are so many reasons why people might seek therapy: you may feel low or depressed, anxious, or stressed, or perhaps need help in making sense of your life. Human issues and experiences can touch and affect us in unique ways: loss, grief, abuse, relationships (past or present), life changes, loneliness or trauma, and therapy can provide a space to help you explore and make sense of these issues.
0114 697 7070 View 0114 697 7070
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Julia Slek Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S7
Welcome! Are you looking for someone to listen and support you as you navigate through your feelings and challenges? I'm here to help. My name is Julia, and I am a qualified counsellor with a special focus on bereavement counselling. I have spent many years helping clients and their families cope with loss, palliative care, and life-limiting illness. I am also trained to work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and other challenges.
Welcome! Are you looking for someone to listen and support you as you navigate through your feelings and challenges? I'm here to help. My name is Julia, and I am a qualified counsellor with a special focus on bereavement counselling. I have spent many years helping clients and their families cope with loss, palliative care, and life-limiting illness. I am also trained to work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and other challenges.
0114 697 6660 View 0114 697 6660
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Sandra Marston
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Buxton SK17
CBT is useful for anxiety,panic & depression.
Hello I am wondering if you are finding life a bit tough right now. Maybe you are feeling anxious and worried about the future. People I work with often feel that life is getting on top of them, they are not living the life they want - they have lost confidence, sometimes feeling afraid, frustrated, lonely - experiencing a range of emotions that feel difficult to understand and work through. I can help you deal with those big and small ups and downs in life. Feelings of panic, anxiety and stress Perhaps a relationship issue is causing you some concern. Together we can find ways to help you deal with these feelings and emotions
CBT is useful for anxiety,panic & depression.
Hello I am wondering if you are finding life a bit tough right now. Maybe you are feeling anxious and worried about the future. People I work with often feel that life is getting on top of them, they are not living the life they want - they have lost confidence, sometimes feeling afraid, frustrated, lonely - experiencing a range of emotions that feel difficult to understand and work through. I can help you deal with those big and small ups and downs in life. Feelings of panic, anxiety and stress Perhaps a relationship issue is causing you some concern. Together we can find ways to help you deal with these feelings and emotions
01625 704007 View 01625 704007
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Martin James Smith
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Sheffield S1
I have been in private practice for over 20 years specialising in anxiety issues as well as helping people with depression, sleep and stress related issues. My approach is a solution focused one which looks at how to help you move on quickly and effectively. I utilise a range of techniques with the focus on looking at things that work for you and help you feel better as quickly and effectively as possible.
I have been in private practice for over 20 years specialising in anxiety issues as well as helping people with depression, sleep and stress related issues. My approach is a solution focused one which looks at how to help you move on quickly and effectively. I utilise a range of techniques with the focus on looking at things that work for you and help you feel better as quickly and effectively as possible.
0115 697 1197 View 0115 697 1197
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Philip Anthony Carr
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sheffield S8  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Philip. I work with developmental trauma and its associated symptoms, which can be wide ranging, from anxiety and depression, people pleasing and poor boundaries to poor emotional regulation and mood swings. Developmental capacities in childhood support us as adults to engage in relationships with others and to function well in the world, however if these capacities are impacted by our early relationships and environments then we may struggle to connect, maintain healthy boundaried relationships and regulate and enjoy our feeling states, we may be prone to anxiety or depression, periods of withdrawal or shutdown.
Hello, My name is Philip. I work with developmental trauma and its associated symptoms, which can be wide ranging, from anxiety and depression, people pleasing and poor boundaries to poor emotional regulation and mood swings. Developmental capacities in childhood support us as adults to engage in relationships with others and to function well in the world, however if these capacities are impacted by our early relationships and environments then we may struggle to connect, maintain healthy boundaried relationships and regulate and enjoy our feeling states, we may be prone to anxiety or depression, periods of withdrawal or shutdown.
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Dr Adam Hill
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sheffield S8  (Online Only)
Do you find that despite your very best efforts to cope with difficult thoughts and feelings such as anxiety, depression and/or anger, your difficulties are still holding you back? Do you find that your ways of coping can make things worse in the long-term? You may be finding that your relationships with others are suffering as a result, and you might be finding it difficult to talk to friends and family about your difficulties. Are you struggling to find a way to move forward? Do you feel like you’ve lost touch with what’s important to you, and lost your sense of direction in life?
Do you find that despite your very best efforts to cope with difficult thoughts and feelings such as anxiety, depression and/or anger, your difficulties are still holding you back? Do you find that your ways of coping can make things worse in the long-term? You may be finding that your relationships with others are suffering as a result, and you might be finding it difficult to talk to friends and family about your difficulties. Are you struggling to find a way to move forward? Do you feel like you’ve lost touch with what’s important to you, and lost your sense of direction in life?
0114 697 2920 View 0114 697 2920
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Dr Stacey Lavda
Psychologist, PsychD
Verified Verified
Dronfield S18
, 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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Synergy Counselling and Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S7
Waitlist for new clients
Hello! I’m Sharon. 21st-century life can be stressful and difficult, especially with current events. Talking can help to untangle and explore issues, validate your concerns, make sense of your behaviour, and heal your emotional wounds which can be life-changing and life-affirming. I help individuals develop resilience and support you to overcome challenges, thrive, and even evolve into their authentic self. Anxiety, Depression, Life-changing events like loss, unresolved emotions, relationship difficulties, and trauma are just some issues that I work with. I also specialise in Neurodiversity including ADHD, Dyslexia and ASD .
Hello! I’m Sharon. 21st-century life can be stressful and difficult, especially with current events. Talking can help to untangle and explore issues, validate your concerns, make sense of your behaviour, and heal your emotional wounds which can be life-changing and life-affirming. I help individuals develop resilience and support you to overcome challenges, thrive, and even evolve into their authentic self. Anxiety, Depression, Life-changing events like loss, unresolved emotions, relationship difficulties, and trauma are just some issues that I work with. I also specialise in Neurodiversity including ADHD, Dyslexia and ASD .
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Carmen Calvo-Rodriguez
Counsellor, MA, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Sheffield S6
People seek therapy for different reasons. You may be feeling low, depressed, anxious or stressed; or perhaps you just have the feeling that things are not quite right. It might be that the distress is such that you cannot function at all. These could be recent feelings or you may have been experiencing them for years. In any case, counselling or psychotherapy can help you make sense of things, explore different options or make changes. Some of these issues can be sorted after a few sessions; in other instances, a more long-term approach will be needed.
People seek therapy for different reasons. You may be feeling low, depressed, anxious or stressed; or perhaps you just have the feeling that things are not quite right. It might be that the distress is such that you cannot function at all. These could be recent feelings or you may have been experiencing them for years. In any case, counselling or psychotherapy can help you make sense of things, explore different options or make changes. Some of these issues can be sorted after a few sessions; in other instances, a more long-term approach will be needed.
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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.