Depression Counselling in South London, London

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Leigh Newton
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
South London, London SE19
As a professionally trained psychodynamic psychotherapist with extensive experience, I can assist with various presenting problems, including work or study issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, obsessive behaviours, sexuality issues, relationships, and the loss of meaning or purpose in life.
Psychotherapy is a specialist talking treatment with the aim to help people to explore their lives in order to understand and work through emotional and psychological problems. I aim to provide a form of psychotherapy which focuses on the difficulties, imbalances, stresses or questions an individual might be struggling with within their outer and/or inner life
As a professionally trained psychodynamic psychotherapist with extensive experience, I can assist with various presenting problems, including work or study issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, obsessive behaviours, sexuality issues, relationships, and the loss of meaning or purpose in life.
Psychotherapy is a specialist talking treatment with the aim to help people to explore their lives in order to understand and work through emotional and psychological problems. I aim to provide a form of psychotherapy which focuses on the difficulties, imbalances, stresses or questions an individual might be struggling with within their outer and/or inner life
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Vanessa Aggrey
Counsellor
Verified Verified
South London, London SE4
I have an extensive amount of experience in helping people who have experienced difficulties with: Anxiety, Depression, Addictive behaviours, Anger, PTSD, Abuse, Eating disorders, Suicidal thoughts, Self harm, Low Self esteem, Bullying, feelings of loneliness, Stress, Relationship issues, Sexuality, Panic Attacks Loss and Bereavement.
Fully qualified, BACP-registered counsellor and psychotherapist with over 18 years experience of working with individuals, couples and groups. Some people simply feel there is "something wrong" and want a space to explore their thoughts and feelings. I offer a non-judgemental, supportive and confidential space that will allow you to explore and gain an understanding of the feelings or situation that is causing you unhappiness.
I have an extensive amount of experience in helping people who have experienced difficulties with: Anxiety, Depression, Addictive behaviours, Anger, PTSD, Abuse, Eating disorders, Suicidal thoughts, Self harm, Low Self esteem, Bullying, feelings of loneliness, Stress, Relationship issues, Sexuality, Panic Attacks Loss and Bereavement.
Fully qualified, BACP-registered counsellor and psychotherapist with over 18 years experience of working with individuals, couples and groups. Some people simply feel there is "something wrong" and want a space to explore their thoughts and feelings. I offer a non-judgemental, supportive and confidential space that will allow you to explore and gain an understanding of the feelings or situation that is causing you unhappiness.
07481 346101 View 07481 346101
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Malik Rezzi
Psychotherapist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
South London, London SE1
I also have experience dealing with depression and anxiety.
I was born and raised in multicultural societies all my life. Living in several different countries on 3 different continents (United Arab Emirates, Canada, Pakistan, Wales and England) has given me unique knowledge about culturally adapting therapy. It has also taught me to understand and work with many different kinds of people. I believe in building a strong therapeutic relationship with the client to create a safe and comfortable space to address and potentially alleviate psychological trauma. I have extensive experience adapting contemporary therapy and counselling and tailoring it to unique cultural nuances.
I also have experience dealing with depression and anxiety.
I was born and raised in multicultural societies all my life. Living in several different countries on 3 different continents (United Arab Emirates, Canada, Pakistan, Wales and England) has given me unique knowledge about culturally adapting therapy. It has also taught me to understand and work with many different kinds of people. I believe in building a strong therapeutic relationship with the client to create a safe and comfortable space to address and potentially alleviate psychological trauma. I have extensive experience adapting contemporary therapy and counselling and tailoring it to unique cultural nuances.
020 3872 2437 View 020 3872 2437
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Megan Lamming
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
South London, London SW9
You might be struggling with depression, anxiety or even figuring out why life just doesn't feel as satisfying as it used to.I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor working predominately with 18-40 year olds who might be struggling with depression, anxiety, sexuality or gender identity struggles and/or self-esteem or low confidence.
You might be struggling with depression, anxiety or even figuring out why life just doesn't feel as satisfying as it used to.I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor working predominately with 18-40 year olds who might be struggling with depression, anxiety, sexuality or gender identity struggles and/or self-esteem or low confidence.
020 3319 6660 View 020 3319 6660
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Manch Joshi
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
South London, London SW20
We all have psychological ups and downs caused by the rollercoaster of life, specific events or our past. Work, relationships, families, finances, the behaviour of others, our past and health can lead us to develop unhealthy emotions. These include anxiety (shown as general stress, fatigue, panic attacks and OCD), depression (feeling lethargic or unfocussed), anger (outbursts, intolerance), guilt (we did something wrong) or shame (I’m not good enough). I work closely with clients to move forward from these to heal, achieve personal goals, enjoy life to its fullest and experience joy.
We all have psychological ups and downs caused by the rollercoaster of life, specific events or our past. Work, relationships, families, finances, the behaviour of others, our past and health can lead us to develop unhealthy emotions. These include anxiety (shown as general stress, fatigue, panic attacks and OCD), depression (feeling lethargic or unfocussed), anger (outbursts, intolerance), guilt (we did something wrong) or shame (I’m not good enough). I work closely with clients to move forward from these to heal, achieve personal goals, enjoy life to its fullest and experience joy.
020 4538 8435 View 020 4538 8435
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Tara Gallagher. Talking Therapy. Emdr. Couples Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South London, London SW7
I offer a warm, safe, and practical approach to help individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, and more.
Since 2009, I've been committed to supporting clients in their healing journey by offering talking therapy and conducting over 4000 successful EMDR sessions. Specialised training with Esther Perel enriches my marriage counselling approach, exploring issues like freedom versus security, struggles with intimacy and connection, emotional shutdowns, conflicts over finances and recurring arguments. In therapy, we start by understanding your story's narrative. We unravel underlying beliefs like "I'm not good enough," "It's my fault," and "I'm unsafe." Together, we collaborate to establish secure attachment and facilitate repair.
I offer a warm, safe, and practical approach to help individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, and more.
Since 2009, I've been committed to supporting clients in their healing journey by offering talking therapy and conducting over 4000 successful EMDR sessions. Specialised training with Esther Perel enriches my marriage counselling approach, exploring issues like freedom versus security, struggles with intimacy and connection, emotional shutdowns, conflicts over finances and recurring arguments. In therapy, we start by understanding your story's narrative. We unravel underlying beliefs like "I'm not good enough," "It's my fault," and "I'm unsafe." Together, we collaborate to establish secure attachment and facilitate repair.
020 4538 7154 View 020 4538 7154
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Helen O'Rourke
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
South London, London SE24
Does it seem as though your life will never get better no matter how much you try to change it? Does constant worrying make it hard for you to complete daily tasks? Is your work performance suffering? Are your relationships with co-workers strained? Is your family in turmoil and you’re feeling powerless to change things? Anxiety, depression, conflict with others, workplace issues and life events can stop us from feeling good about ourselves and achieving our goals. If you’re feeling stuck, you’re not alone. I can help you navigate confusing thoughts, feelings and behaviours to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your needs.
Does it seem as though your life will never get better no matter how much you try to change it? Does constant worrying make it hard for you to complete daily tasks? Is your work performance suffering? Are your relationships with co-workers strained? Is your family in turmoil and you’re feeling powerless to change things? Anxiety, depression, conflict with others, workplace issues and life events can stop us from feeling good about ourselves and achieving our goals. If you’re feeling stuck, you’re not alone. I can help you navigate confusing thoughts, feelings and behaviours to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your needs.
020 3962 2468 View 020 3962 2468
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Silvi Neykova
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
South London, London SE1
Changing old patterns of behavior and core beliefs is often challenging and not immediately apparent. As the saying goes, "you can’t read the label from inside the jar," meaning it can be difficult to identify or solve your own problems when you are too close to them. I am here to help, support, and encourage you on your journey to self-healing and self-discovery, whether you are experiencing depression or anxiety, grieving a loss, wondering if a relationship will work out, or just do not feel like you are living the life you were meant to live.
Changing old patterns of behavior and core beliefs is often challenging and not immediately apparent. As the saying goes, "you can’t read the label from inside the jar," meaning it can be difficult to identify or solve your own problems when you are too close to them. I am here to help, support, and encourage you on your journey to self-healing and self-discovery, whether you are experiencing depression or anxiety, grieving a loss, wondering if a relationship will work out, or just do not feel like you are living the life you were meant to live.
020 3973 5104 View 020 3973 5104
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Velma Dennis
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South London, London SW16
You may be experiencing high anxiety ,low confidence, grief, coping with rejection, shame abuse, and depression ,What ever your reason's for seeking help you will be accepted for who you are and we will work together to get you back on track to fulfil your true potential.
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Coach & placement Supervisor working towards Certification www.counsellingsupervisors.co.uk - Counselling Supervisor, I offer a safe non-judgemental and confidential space for you to freely explore your situation and understand it better. We can work together to understand your past ,see were you want to be in your life and explore the best way of getting there.My passion is to help people fulfil their potential and to help them through the difficult times.
You may be experiencing high anxiety ,low confidence, grief, coping with rejection, shame abuse, and depression ,What ever your reason's for seeking help you will be accepted for who you are and we will work together to get you back on track to fulfil your true potential.
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Coach & placement Supervisor working towards Certification www.counsellingsupervisors.co.uk - Counselling Supervisor, I offer a safe non-judgemental and confidential space for you to freely explore your situation and understand it better. We can work together to understand your past ,see were you want to be in your life and explore the best way of getting there.My passion is to help people fulfil their potential and to help them through the difficult times.
01798 305068 View 01798 305068
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Fergus A Mooney
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South London, London SE11
The world can be frustrating when you get tangled up in unhealthy thinking patterns. You can feel lost, or overwhelmed, with moments of real darkness. That is where I can help. If you lose control of your anger or your anxiety holds you back, we can unpack what makes you tick. If you hide your emotions in harmful behaviour, we can uncover them. What I enjoy most is helping people to build healthy relationships with themselves and others. I used to this when working with the Prince's Trust and Mind, the leading UK mental health agency. This gave me insight into those dealing with addiction, anxiety and depression.
The world can be frustrating when you get tangled up in unhealthy thinking patterns. You can feel lost, or overwhelmed, with moments of real darkness. That is where I can help. If you lose control of your anger or your anxiety holds you back, we can unpack what makes you tick. If you hide your emotions in harmful behaviour, we can uncover them. What I enjoy most is helping people to build healthy relationships with themselves and others. I used to this when working with the Prince's Trust and Mind, the leading UK mental health agency. This gave me insight into those dealing with addiction, anxiety and depression.
020 3893 3563 View 020 3893 3563
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Payal Kumar
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
South London, London SW4
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and clinical supervisor based in Clapham/ Balham. I provide psychological therapy to adults experiencing a range emotional and psychological problems such as Depression, Post-Natal depression, OCD, Perfectionism and Anxiety. They can be struggling to cope with life transitions like parenthood, divorce, redundancy, relationship difficulties and cultural transitions. I also provide goal focussed interventions for time management and achieving work-life balance. My clients come from diverse backgrounds like law, medicine, finance, media, journalism, fashion and politics. I have a special interest in parental mental health (e.g. pregnancy, becoming a new parent).
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and clinical supervisor based in Clapham/ Balham. I provide psychological therapy to adults experiencing a range emotional and psychological problems such as Depression, Post-Natal depression, OCD, Perfectionism and Anxiety. They can be struggling to cope with life transitions like parenthood, divorce, redundancy, relationship difficulties and cultural transitions. I also provide goal focussed interventions for time management and achieving work-life balance. My clients come from diverse backgrounds like law, medicine, finance, media, journalism, fashion and politics. I have a special interest in parental mental health (e.g. pregnancy, becoming a new parent).
020 3962 1301 View 020 3962 1301
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Rene Coffey
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
South London, London SE17
Waitlist for new clients
Relationships, self esteem, LGBTQ+, sexuality, life purpose, trauma, anxiety, depression, shame, home life, work, vulnerability and hope are some central focal points and themes.
I believe in a respectful, collaborative relationship which focuses on your individual history, context, personality and life situation in the here-and-now. Through empathic listening, I aim to enable us to explore your patterns and concerns at a safe pace, and in depth. Our thoughtful dialogue can help you build a more compassionate and insightful understanding, appreciation and acceptance of yourself. We will explore ways to enable you to connect with your feelings, wishes, needs and voice, and to build on strategies for managing your life in ways that feel more empowered, authentic, creative and meaningful.
Relationships, self esteem, LGBTQ+, sexuality, life purpose, trauma, anxiety, depression, shame, home life, work, vulnerability and hope are some central focal points and themes.
I believe in a respectful, collaborative relationship which focuses on your individual history, context, personality and life situation in the here-and-now. Through empathic listening, I aim to enable us to explore your patterns and concerns at a safe pace, and in depth. Our thoughtful dialogue can help you build a more compassionate and insightful understanding, appreciation and acceptance of yourself. We will explore ways to enable you to connect with your feelings, wishes, needs and voice, and to build on strategies for managing your life in ways that feel more empowered, authentic, creative and meaningful.
020 3835 5342 View 020 3835 5342
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Maya Starling
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
South London, London SE1
I provide an open, warm and confidential space which enables clients to explore issues, which may have been difficult to deal with alone. I view therapy as an individual process and a journey of self discovery that create an opportunity to become aware of inner conflicts and unhelpful patterns of behaviour. I recognise that there is not one approach to therapy that will suit everyone. Hence, I incorporate integrative approach that means I can adapt therapy to each client and their individual needs. I can offer help and have worked with people struggling with a range of conditions including depression, anxiety or adjustment.
I provide an open, warm and confidential space which enables clients to explore issues, which may have been difficult to deal with alone. I view therapy as an individual process and a journey of self discovery that create an opportunity to become aware of inner conflicts and unhelpful patterns of behaviour. I recognise that there is not one approach to therapy that will suit everyone. Hence, I incorporate integrative approach that means I can adapt therapy to each client and their individual needs. I can offer help and have worked with people struggling with a range of conditions including depression, anxiety or adjustment.
020 8059 9937 View 020 8059 9937
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Fathiya Farah
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
South London, London SE1  (Online Only)
I am aware of the difficulty in making the decision to seek counselling and how overwhelming the process of finding the right counsellor can be. It can be a lonely journey when you are feeling overwhelmed, Counselling provides clients with the opportunity of having someone to explore and help to make sense of their emotions and thoughts. When we struggle with low self concept and shame, we may become stuck due to fear of being exposed (vulnerability). If this is not explored and understood its roots then it could manifest into other emotional issues such as anxiety and depression. Therapy can teach you helpful/healthy coping tools.
I am aware of the difficulty in making the decision to seek counselling and how overwhelming the process of finding the right counsellor can be. It can be a lonely journey when you are feeling overwhelmed, Counselling provides clients with the opportunity of having someone to explore and help to make sense of their emotions and thoughts. When we struggle with low self concept and shame, we may become stuck due to fear of being exposed (vulnerability). If this is not explored and understood its roots then it could manifest into other emotional issues such as anxiety and depression. Therapy can teach you helpful/healthy coping tools.
07429 128375 View 07429 128375
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Francis Norton
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South London, London SW11
If work makes you feel permanently exhausted, if it all seems pointless, and maybe you can't get stuff done the way you used to, you may be on the path to burnout. Other signs include blaming everyone else, deprioritising friends and family, and the use of unhelpful coping mechanisms such as drink or drugs. Burnout can take you from persistent stress to anxiety and, if not interrupted, depression. Does any of this feel familiar?
If work makes you feel permanently exhausted, if it all seems pointless, and maybe you can't get stuff done the way you used to, you may be on the path to burnout. Other signs include blaming everyone else, deprioritising friends and family, and the use of unhelpful coping mechanisms such as drink or drugs. Burnout can take you from persistent stress to anxiety and, if not interrupted, depression. Does any of this feel familiar?
020 3994 2159 View 020 3994 2159
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Sandra Christian
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
South London, London SE19
Do you feel alone, anxious, experiencing depression? Are you struggling and don't see how you can change feelings, behaviour or thoughts? Difficulty processing historic issues or adjusting to new situations? I'm able to offer a safe, trusting and confidential environment to explore your concerns and worries. We work together to understand how life circumstances may have influenced choice, decision-making. Such awareness enables you to work towards establishing contact with your truth. I have done extensive training in trauma (including sexual trauma) and (PTSD) Therapy begins by booking your first session - why not contact me today?
Do you feel alone, anxious, experiencing depression? Are you struggling and don't see how you can change feelings, behaviour or thoughts? Difficulty processing historic issues or adjusting to new situations? I'm able to offer a safe, trusting and confidential environment to explore your concerns and worries. We work together to understand how life circumstances may have influenced choice, decision-making. Such awareness enables you to work towards establishing contact with your truth. I have done extensive training in trauma (including sexual trauma) and (PTSD) Therapy begins by booking your first session - why not contact me today?
020 3962 0372 View 020 3962 0372
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Maria Martinez
Psychotherapist, MSc, BACP
Verified Verified
South London, London SW1V
Life often presents us with unexpected challenges, leaving us with a sense of distress and overwhelm. I understand that opening up about your thoughts and feelings can be daunting. That is why I provide a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space to support the challenges you might be encountering. Whether you're experiencing depression, anxiety, the complexities of relationships, the effects of past trauma, the weight of grief, or simply seeking to develop a deeper self-understanding and purpose, my approach is tailored to your unique needs.
Life often presents us with unexpected challenges, leaving us with a sense of distress and overwhelm. I understand that opening up about your thoughts and feelings can be daunting. That is why I provide a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space to support the challenges you might be encountering. Whether you're experiencing depression, anxiety, the complexities of relationships, the effects of past trauma, the weight of grief, or simply seeking to develop a deeper self-understanding and purpose, my approach is tailored to your unique needs.
020 3763 8762 View 020 3763 8762
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Neriman Adiyaman
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
South London, London SE22
I have extensive experience working with adults, and young people in a wide range of multi cultural settings for over 15 years, supporting traumatised adults in charity organisations. This includes, but is not limited to working the impact of trauma, depression, anxiety, emotional and psychological issues, childhood abuse, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Sometimes, we need safe, confidential space to explore to understand our difficult issues in order to fulfilled our lives goals and hapiness. Whatever those life difficulties may feel, I can support you to achieve your ambitions.
I have extensive experience working with adults, and young people in a wide range of multi cultural settings for over 15 years, supporting traumatised adults in charity organisations. This includes, but is not limited to working the impact of trauma, depression, anxiety, emotional and psychological issues, childhood abuse, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Sometimes, we need safe, confidential space to explore to understand our difficult issues in order to fulfilled our lives goals and hapiness. Whatever those life difficulties may feel, I can support you to achieve your ambitions.
020 3701 7995 View 020 3701 7995
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Katherine Ross
Counsellor, MSc
Verified Verified
South London, London SW12
Waitlist for new clients
Issues I commonly work with are: anxiety, depression, unstable mood, identity, self worth/self criticism, loneliness, isolation, trauma/abuse.
My approach is Person Centered and this means that each person's individuality is prized and I will respond to your unique needs. Understanding your subjective experience will underpin our sessions with the ultimate aim to harness your tendency towards change or growth and the fulfillment of your potential. I seek to build a non-judgmental relationship that is based on openness and allows for mutual exploration of the content that you bring. This process may lead to greater self-understanding, changes in behavior, new ways of coping, and improved wellbeing.
Issues I commonly work with are: anxiety, depression, unstable mood, identity, self worth/self criticism, loneliness, isolation, trauma/abuse.
My approach is Person Centered and this means that each person's individuality is prized and I will respond to your unique needs. Understanding your subjective experience will underpin our sessions with the ultimate aim to harness your tendency towards change or growth and the fulfillment of your potential. I seek to build a non-judgmental relationship that is based on openness and allows for mutual exploration of the content that you bring. This process may lead to greater self-understanding, changes in behavior, new ways of coping, and improved wellbeing.
020 3962 1898 View 020 3962 1898
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Ari Sotiriou
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
South London, London SE1  (Online Only)
I may be able to help with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, difficulties with self-confidence and self-esteem, difficulty adjusting to life changes, and struggling to contain anger or tears.
I'm an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist working online, helping individuals explore the underlying emotions and unconscious thoughts that influence their feelings, behaviours, and relationships. In our sessions, we'll work together to understand your unique experiences, identify patterns that may hold you back, and develop new ways of thinking and relating to yourself and others. My approach is collaborative, and I aim to create a warm and non-judgmental space where you can feel heard and supported. I look forward to getting to know you and working together to help you achieve your goals.
I may be able to help with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, difficulties with self-confidence and self-esteem, difficulty adjusting to life changes, and struggling to contain anger or tears.
I'm an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist working online, helping individuals explore the underlying emotions and unconscious thoughts that influence their feelings, behaviours, and relationships. In our sessions, we'll work together to understand your unique experiences, identify patterns that may hold you back, and develop new ways of thinking and relating to yourself and others. My approach is collaborative, and I aim to create a warm and non-judgmental space where you can feel heard and supported. I look forward to getting to know you and working together to help you achieve your goals.
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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.