Depression Counselling in Leicester

Photo of Jeanette Payne, Counsellor in Leicester, England
Jeanette Payne
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE19
I provide sensitive caring counselling specialising in relationship issues, bereavement, anxiety and depression. I offer an affordable flexible service with daytime, evening and weekend appointments available. My counselling practice is called Solace Counselling and is situated on School Lane in Narborough, LE19, close to Narborough train station, not far from Fosse Park and the motorway network and it has plenty of parking. Nestled down a quiet and charming village lane, Solace Counselling offers a peaceful, confidential sanctuary a place of safety where you can feel at ease to talk openly in a supportive, relaxed environment.
I provide sensitive caring counselling specialising in relationship issues, bereavement, anxiety and depression. I offer an affordable flexible service with daytime, evening and weekend appointments available. My counselling practice is called Solace Counselling and is situated on School Lane in Narborough, LE19, close to Narborough train station, not far from Fosse Park and the motorway network and it has plenty of parking. Nestled down a quiet and charming village lane, Solace Counselling offers a peaceful, confidential sanctuary a place of safety where you can feel at ease to talk openly in a supportive, relaxed environment.
0116 464 9813 View 0116 464 9813
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Asha Davies
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE2
I support many adults 18+ exploring a range of matters (anxiety, depression, relationship breakdown, pregnancy, pre-natal and postpartum), and empower individuals choosing to embrace identity located in race, gender, sexuality and Neurodivergent process.
How we are with ourselves matters. At the core of my counselling work is you. Does trauma, grief or anxiety steer you away from where you are or what you are striving towards? I understand sharing these experiences can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. In a confidential and calm space, I will support you through your thoughts and emotions. At your pace, we will understand and reflect on past and present experiences, inviting compassionate inner dialogue, coping strategies, and movement away from shame and criticism. I will not judge you.
I support many adults 18+ exploring a range of matters (anxiety, depression, relationship breakdown, pregnancy, pre-natal and postpartum), and empower individuals choosing to embrace identity located in race, gender, sexuality and Neurodivergent process.
How we are with ourselves matters. At the core of my counselling work is you. Does trauma, grief or anxiety steer you away from where you are or what you are striving towards? I understand sharing these experiences can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. In a confidential and calm space, I will support you through your thoughts and emotions. At your pace, we will understand and reflect on past and present experiences, inviting compassionate inner dialogue, coping strategies, and movement away from shame and criticism. I will not judge you.
0116 497 6875 View 0116 497 6875
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Knighton counselling
Counsellor, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE2
Anxiety and depression are often presented to me.
I have been in practice for 22 years and during that time helped hundreds of clients with a wide range of emotional issues. I am a compassionate and approachable person that clients trust and feel at ease with. Relationship breakdowns and difficulties can leave people feeling lost and confused counselling can help them through this process of change . Past negative experiences can have an impact on their lives in a negative way , I can help clients process past trauma so that they can live a more happy life. I am the clinical supervisor at a womens sexual abuse charity and the clinicalead of a cancer charity .
Anxiety and depression are often presented to me.
I have been in practice for 22 years and during that time helped hundreds of clients with a wide range of emotional issues. I am a compassionate and approachable person that clients trust and feel at ease with. Relationship breakdowns and difficulties can leave people feeling lost and confused counselling can help them through this process of change . Past negative experiences can have an impact on their lives in a negative way , I can help clients process past trauma so that they can live a more happy life. I am the clinical supervisor at a womens sexual abuse charity and the clinicalead of a cancer charity .
0116 478 2895 View 0116 478 2895
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Caitlyn St John
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Caitlyn. I know how overwhelming the search for a therapist can be - especially when life can already feel overwhelming. Many people turn to therapy because they are struggling with depression and anxiety, processing a loss, wanting to understand themselves better, longing to shift areas of stuckness, living with relational difficulties, or experiencing the aftermath of trauma. Therapy can be a place to engage with your story, be met in your pain, understand your patterns of relating, and feel seen.
Hi, I'm Caitlyn. I know how overwhelming the search for a therapist can be - especially when life can already feel overwhelming. Many people turn to therapy because they are struggling with depression and anxiety, processing a loss, wanting to understand themselves better, longing to shift areas of stuckness, living with relational difficulties, or experiencing the aftermath of trauma. Therapy can be a place to engage with your story, be met in your pain, understand your patterns of relating, and feel seen.
0116 502 3637 View 0116 502 3637
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Garry Rollins
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE4
I work with clients with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, emotional disregulation, child abuse issues, PTSD, and so many others.
Hello. I am a trained and qualified therapist and counsellor, working within a whole range of issues, especially focusing on clients with hard to address issues. My priority is providing a safe, professional and yet friendly service. Whatever issues you have, give me a call and we can talk and I can let you know whether I am honestly able to help.
I work with clients with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, emotional disregulation, child abuse issues, PTSD, and so many others.
Hello. I am a trained and qualified therapist and counsellor, working within a whole range of issues, especially focusing on clients with hard to address issues. My priority is providing a safe, professional and yet friendly service. Whatever issues you have, give me a call and we can talk and I can let you know whether I am honestly able to help.
0116 326 2879 View 0116 326 2879
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Celia Allan - Rothley Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE7
I have NHS experience working with a range of problems including depression, anxiety, grief/loss, personal and relationship issues, work-related stress, and emotional, financial, and sexual abuse.
Hello, I’m Celia, I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist based in Rothley, Leicestershire. People seek therapy for many different reasons: depression, anxiety, loss/grief, or facing a major life-changing event. Perhaps you are experiencing family/relationship issues or problems involving money or work difficulties. Maybe you or a relative has been diagnosed with cancer. Whatever your reason rest assured that I am here to support you along the way and to help you to get your life back on track. Sometimes help in the form of professional support can be just what is needed. My aim is for you to feel heard in a safe space.
I have NHS experience working with a range of problems including depression, anxiety, grief/loss, personal and relationship issues, work-related stress, and emotional, financial, and sexual abuse.
Hello, I’m Celia, I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist based in Rothley, Leicestershire. People seek therapy for many different reasons: depression, anxiety, loss/grief, or facing a major life-changing event. Perhaps you are experiencing family/relationship issues or problems involving money or work difficulties. Maybe you or a relative has been diagnosed with cancer. Whatever your reason rest assured that I am here to support you along the way and to help you to get your life back on track. Sometimes help in the form of professional support can be just what is needed. My aim is for you to feel heard in a safe space.
0116 497 7062 View 0116 497 7062
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Mary T Shipton
Counsellor, ACC Reg
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE19
Have you been struggling through life, feeling overwhelmed and wishing you had someone to talk to? It could just be a general sense of feeling down or more deep-rooted feelings of loneliness, anxiety, stress and depression. If this is you then talking to a trained therapist presents the opportunity for you to explore your issues. My beliefs are that it is important to recognise that no two people’s journeys are the same and because of this I utilise my skills and training to tailor counselling sessions.
Have you been struggling through life, feeling overwhelmed and wishing you had someone to talk to? It could just be a general sense of feeling down or more deep-rooted feelings of loneliness, anxiety, stress and depression. If this is you then talking to a trained therapist presents the opportunity for you to explore your issues. My beliefs are that it is important to recognise that no two people’s journeys are the same and because of this I utilise my skills and training to tailor counselling sessions.
0116 326 5674 View 0116 326 5674
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Helen Anna Gluszonek
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE5
I provide confidential, non-judgemental counselling to enable the client to deal with emotional difficulties which may be causing distress. Using empathy and congruence to help my client feel at ease, I endeavour to help them deal with any difficulties they may face. I have been providing face to face counselling for over 18 years. I have experience in working with anxiety, depression, abuse, bereavement and sexuality. I have over 15 years experience working in schools. I’ve also got 2 years experience working with students at University
I provide confidential, non-judgemental counselling to enable the client to deal with emotional difficulties which may be causing distress. Using empathy and congruence to help my client feel at ease, I endeavour to help them deal with any difficulties they may face. I have been providing face to face counselling for over 18 years. I have experience in working with anxiety, depression, abuse, bereavement and sexuality. I have over 15 years experience working in schools. I’ve also got 2 years experience working with students at University
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Imbeko Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
I am an Integrative Counsellor who qualified from the University of Leicester and is a member of the BACP. I have a friendly & trustworthy personality and has experience in working with clients with a wide range of issues, including Depression, Anxiety, Bereavement, Trauma, PTSD, Low Confidence and problems arising from childhood. By applying an integrative approach; Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Cogitative Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transitional Analysis (TA), Gestalt etc. I would feel honoured to listen empathetically to your individual concerns.
I am an Integrative Counsellor who qualified from the University of Leicester and is a member of the BACP. I have a friendly & trustworthy personality and has experience in working with clients with a wide range of issues, including Depression, Anxiety, Bereavement, Trauma, PTSD, Low Confidence and problems arising from childhood. By applying an integrative approach; Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Cogitative Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transitional Analysis (TA), Gestalt etc. I would feel honoured to listen empathetically to your individual concerns.
0116 326 1315 View 0116 326 1315
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Shanice Dasour
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE2
I specialise in working with children, young people and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, life changes, low self-esteem, anger, or are stuck in patterns of people-pleasing, avoidance, procrastination, frustration, and loss.
Welcome to The Therapy Lane, a space for you to be heard. As an integrative therapist, I aim to establish a compassionate space and be beside you while you explore, express, and process your worries. Guidance in bringing you to a new awareness and creating clear perspectives is what I aim to bring. I offer a warm and caring environment to enhance the possibility of you overcoming whatever your struggles may be. The Therapy Lane invites your voice to be heard.
I specialise in working with children, young people and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, life changes, low self-esteem, anger, or are stuck in patterns of people-pleasing, avoidance, procrastination, frustration, and loss.
Welcome to The Therapy Lane, a space for you to be heard. As an integrative therapist, I aim to establish a compassionate space and be beside you while you explore, express, and process your worries. Guidance in bringing you to a new awareness and creating clear perspectives is what I aim to bring. I offer a warm and caring environment to enhance the possibility of you overcoming whatever your struggles may be. The Therapy Lane invites your voice to be heard.
0116 497 6668 View 0116 497 6668
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Jeremy Richardson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE2
Hello I am Jeremy A counsellor/psychotherapist. Are you ready to take positive steps to improve your well-being, develop your insight, evolve a deeper understanding of yourself whilst gaining coping strategies and improving your self-esteem? Anxiety, depression, stress, relationship and family issues or knowing something just isn’t quite right are problems where I will be able to help you. Sometimes it is too difficult to talk to family and friends for many reasons. With my professional guidance restore a clearer perspective. Remember nobody deserves to suffer in silence. Start your recovery and give me a call today.
Hello I am Jeremy A counsellor/psychotherapist. Are you ready to take positive steps to improve your well-being, develop your insight, evolve a deeper understanding of yourself whilst gaining coping strategies and improving your self-esteem? Anxiety, depression, stress, relationship and family issues or knowing something just isn’t quite right are problems where I will be able to help you. Sometimes it is too difficult to talk to family and friends for many reasons. With my professional guidance restore a clearer perspective. Remember nobody deserves to suffer in silence. Start your recovery and give me a call today.
0116 326 3863 View 0116 326 3863
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Ellen Sharrocks
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
Everyone can struggle at times - with anxiety, low self-esteem, depression or just feeling low. Close relationships can go stale or get into difficulties. Bereavements can knock us sideways - sometimes 'hitting' suddenly even though it happened some years ago. Recent or past traumatic events can have a huge impact on our wellbeing. These are some of the emotional difficulties people struggle with. Close relationships have their ups and downs and emotions, even negative ones, are a normal part of our daily lives. It's when they drag us down, affect our quality of life, become overwhelming, that counselling can be a great help.
Everyone can struggle at times - with anxiety, low self-esteem, depression or just feeling low. Close relationships can go stale or get into difficulties. Bereavements can knock us sideways - sometimes 'hitting' suddenly even though it happened some years ago. Recent or past traumatic events can have a huge impact on our wellbeing. These are some of the emotional difficulties people struggle with. Close relationships have their ups and downs and emotions, even negative ones, are a normal part of our daily lives. It's when they drag us down, affect our quality of life, become overwhelming, that counselling can be a great help.
0116 478 4092 View 0116 478 4092
Photo of Shaun William Lewis Snr. Accred, Psychotherapist in Leicester, England
Shaun William Lewis Snr. Accred
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE2
Most of us experience times in our lives when we feel low, worried or anxious. This might be because of specific difficulties such as anxiety, night terrors, panic attacks or depression, it could also be a general sense of feeling down and simply not understanding why. Talking to an experienced, accredited therapist offers you the opportunity to explore what concerns you may have in a confidential, non-judgemental setting with someone who explores what life events might have contributed to these feelings. I am now offering Saturday appointments from 09:00-13:00.
Most of us experience times in our lives when we feel low, worried or anxious. This might be because of specific difficulties such as anxiety, night terrors, panic attacks or depression, it could also be a general sense of feeling down and simply not understanding why. Talking to an experienced, accredited therapist offers you the opportunity to explore what concerns you may have in a confidential, non-judgemental setting with someone who explores what life events might have contributed to these feelings. I am now offering Saturday appointments from 09:00-13:00.
0116 326 5545 View 0116 326 5545
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Halfway Tree Therapy Ltd
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
Waitlist for new clients
We are all unique and present different ranges of issues requiring highly tailored therapy. As a UKCP accredited, Clinical Integrative Psychotherapist, qualified (with Distinction), at MSc level. I work in a relational/humanistic way, offering myself, my knowledge, and life experience to an extensive range of clients, to encourage growth and healing. Commissioned to work with the Nottinghamshire Police, BAME Crown Prosecution Service, NHS, whilst supporting Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) and private patients with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma and grief, childhood trauma and relationship issues.
We are all unique and present different ranges of issues requiring highly tailored therapy. As a UKCP accredited, Clinical Integrative Psychotherapist, qualified (with Distinction), at MSc level. I work in a relational/humanistic way, offering myself, my knowledge, and life experience to an extensive range of clients, to encourage growth and healing. Commissioned to work with the Nottinghamshire Police, BAME Crown Prosecution Service, NHS, whilst supporting Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) and private patients with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma and grief, childhood trauma and relationship issues.
01332 980834 View 01332 980834
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Dr Sheena Parmar
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
Are you experiencing difficult thoughts and feelings such as anxiety, depression, anger and/or sadness? Do you perhaps find it hard to talk about what is going on for you with people around you including your loved ones? You may be noticing that the way you are coping is not helping you to feel better in the long term. I strongly believe that everyone deserves a chance to learn how to manage difficult things that are going on for them, and to move forward to a place where they can feel positive and their mind is at ease. I can work with you collaboratively, and help you to achieve your goals.
Are you experiencing difficult thoughts and feelings such as anxiety, depression, anger and/or sadness? Do you perhaps find it hard to talk about what is going on for you with people around you including your loved ones? You may be noticing that the way you are coping is not helping you to feel better in the long term. I strongly believe that everyone deserves a chance to learn how to manage difficult things that are going on for them, and to move forward to a place where they can feel positive and their mind is at ease. I can work with you collaboratively, and help you to achieve your goals.
01509 277629 View 01509 277629
Photo of Ahmed Joe Lamrani, Counsellor in Leicester, England
Ahmed Joe Lamrani
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
Are you anxious, depressed, feeling stressed or issues getting you down? Sometimes life can be overwhelming and with no one to turn to. Life experiences may bring feelings of anger, fear or pain and by talking and understanding your individual situation together we can begin to make sense of it. Counselling can help you to deal with and recognise stress, anxiety, anger and any other emotions you may be experiencing. Having a safe place where you can just be yourself, express your feelings and emotions without having to feel you are burdening your loved ones can make all the difference.
Are you anxious, depressed, feeling stressed or issues getting you down? Sometimes life can be overwhelming and with no one to turn to. Life experiences may bring feelings of anger, fear or pain and by talking and understanding your individual situation together we can begin to make sense of it. Counselling can help you to deal with and recognise stress, anxiety, anger and any other emotions you may be experiencing. Having a safe place where you can just be yourself, express your feelings and emotions without having to feel you are burdening your loved ones can make all the difference.
0116 464 9705 View 0116 464 9705
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SR Inspiration CBT Practitioner
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE3
This therapist prefers to be identified as CBT Practitioner. I aim to work emphatically and collaboratively engage the client. If you are experiencing the following : Addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety, Abuse , Bereavement, Depression, Marriage or Relationship breakdown, PTSD, Self-Esteem, Stress , and Eating disorders call this practitioner for help. Don't leave it too late. My therapeutic approach using CBT model provides a short-term, goal focused and highly structured approach to therapeutic Assessment, Stabilisation, Planning, Intervention, Resilience and Evaluation. Call now for help. Do not leave it too late.
This therapist prefers to be identified as CBT Practitioner. I aim to work emphatically and collaboratively engage the client. If you are experiencing the following : Addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety, Abuse , Bereavement, Depression, Marriage or Relationship breakdown, PTSD, Self-Esteem, Stress , and Eating disorders call this practitioner for help. Don't leave it too late. My therapeutic approach using CBT model provides a short-term, goal focused and highly structured approach to therapeutic Assessment, Stabilisation, Planning, Intervention, Resilience and Evaluation. Call now for help. Do not leave it too late.
0116 478 2890 View 0116 478 2890
Photo of Nicky Alexis Daly, Counsellor in Leicester, England
Nicky Alexis Daly
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
Are you struggling with difficult feelings such as fear, depression, anxiety, stress, grief, anger? Do you feel like you are going around in circles and can't see a light at the end of the tunnel? Taking that step to ask for help can be a frightening one, but it can also be them beginning of stepping out of that circle and finding a different perspective. My name is Nicky Daly and I work in a counselling/psychotherapy practice, just 3 minutes drive from J23 of the M1. As a practise we offer short and long term therapy for individuals, couples and children. We have over 30 years experience supporting people in distress.
Are you struggling with difficult feelings such as fear, depression, anxiety, stress, grief, anger? Do you feel like you are going around in circles and can't see a light at the end of the tunnel? Taking that step to ask for help can be a frightening one, but it can also be them beginning of stepping out of that circle and finding a different perspective. My name is Nicky Daly and I work in a counselling/psychotherapy practice, just 3 minutes drive from J23 of the M1. As a practise we offer short and long term therapy for individuals, couples and children. We have over 30 years experience supporting people in distress.
07581 747542 View 07581 747542
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Jasmine Malam
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE7
People come to counselling for many reasons, you may be experiencing trauma - past or present, anxiety, depression, miscarriage, marriage difficulties, abortion or bereavement.
Does life feel overwhelming, stressful and challenging? You may be finding yourself getting distracted worrying about your relationship, battling anxiety and depression, experiencing a bereavement , or struggling with your self-worth and confidence. You are here, taking that brave first step in looking for a counsellor, showing strength and determination to create positive change. My choice to become a counsellor came from my own personal experience of struggle. After attending therapy and working with a counsellor to understand my own experiences, I recognised the power of talk therapy in helping people heal.
People come to counselling for many reasons, you may be experiencing trauma - past or present, anxiety, depression, miscarriage, marriage difficulties, abortion or bereavement.
Does life feel overwhelming, stressful and challenging? You may be finding yourself getting distracted worrying about your relationship, battling anxiety and depression, experiencing a bereavement , or struggling with your self-worth and confidence. You are here, taking that brave first step in looking for a counsellor, showing strength and determination to create positive change. My choice to become a counsellor came from my own personal experience of struggle. After attending therapy and working with a counsellor to understand my own experiences, I recognised the power of talk therapy in helping people heal.
01924 663086 View 01924 663086
Photo of Martin James Smith, Psychotherapist in Leicester, England
Martin James Smith
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
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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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.