Depression Counselling in Penistone

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Paul Moulding
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Penistone S36
So you want to let go of the past and move on, get some clarity, gain independence and freedom, find contentment and meaning. You’re struggling with questions like; Who am I? What’s the point? Why am I so unhappy? How do I change? I can help you find out who you are, where you’re going, find purpose, learn to live again, assert yourself in difficult relationships. Face and deal with that difficult stuff you’ve been avoiding that won’t let go of you. I've helped many people get over depression and anxiety, bereavement and problems at work.
So you want to let go of the past and move on, get some clarity, gain independence and freedom, find contentment and meaning. You’re struggling with questions like; Who am I? What’s the point? Why am I so unhappy? How do I change? I can help you find out who you are, where you’re going, find purpose, learn to live again, assert yourself in difficult relationships. Face and deal with that difficult stuff you’ve been avoiding that won’t let go of you. I've helped many people get over depression and anxiety, bereavement and problems at work.
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Melissa Lomas
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Penistone S36
Hi I'm Melissa, I'm an experienced Counsellor offering Person Centred Counselling to Individuals and Couples on weekdays by appointment. Person Centred Counselling is an approach which empowers the client and allows them to determine the direction Counselling may go in so that they can address, process and resolve the issues they have brought to Counselling. I am also an approved Adoption Support Counsellor. This work legally requires specialist training which I completed in 2023 with the Barnardo's LINK Certificate in Adoption Support Counselling. This covers Counselling for Adoptees, Adoptive parents, Birth parents and Family.
Hi I'm Melissa, I'm an experienced Counsellor offering Person Centred Counselling to Individuals and Couples on weekdays by appointment. Person Centred Counselling is an approach which empowers the client and allows them to determine the direction Counselling may go in so that they can address, process and resolve the issues they have brought to Counselling. I am also an approved Adoption Support Counsellor. This work legally requires specialist training which I completed in 2023 with the Barnardo's LINK Certificate in Adoption Support Counselling. This covers Counselling for Adoptees, Adoptive parents, Birth parents and Family.
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Georgia Allen
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Penistone S36
Art therapy enabled me to process my own past traumas, it has given me the empathy and determination to help others to see more clearly what is going on for them in the present, often through gaining a better understanding of their past. I work mostly with adolescents (aged 12-25), and primary/junior school children. Helping them to process issues such as anxiety, bullying, stress, identity, behavioural issues, grief and bereavement.
Art therapy enabled me to process my own past traumas, it has given me the empathy and determination to help others to see more clearly what is going on for them in the present, often through gaining a better understanding of their past. I work mostly with adolescents (aged 12-25), and primary/junior school children. Helping them to process issues such as anxiety, bullying, stress, identity, behavioural issues, grief and bereavement.
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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.
0114 551 8792 View 0114 551 8792
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Dr Adam Hill
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sheffield S10  (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?
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South Yorkshire CBT and Counselling
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Barnsley S70
Suffering from dehabilitating conditions such as depression, anxiety and low self esteem can have a devastating effect on your work and personal life. We can work with you to overcome issues such as; depression, OCD, PTSD, phobias, chronic pain, domestic abuse, intrusive or inappropriate thoughts, low self esteem and relationship issues. By helping you identify unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns and make appropriate changes in these areas you can experience improvements and a greater sense of well-being in your day to day life.
Suffering from dehabilitating conditions such as depression, anxiety and low self esteem can have a devastating effect on your work and personal life. We can work with you to overcome issues such as; depression, OCD, PTSD, phobias, chronic pain, domestic abuse, intrusive or inappropriate thoughts, low self esteem and relationship issues. By helping you identify unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns and make appropriate changes in these areas you can experience improvements and a greater sense of well-being in your day to day life.
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Katy Gilardi
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S6
My areas of expertise include mood disorders (such as anxiety and depression); difficulties in relationships; addictive and compulsive behaviours; intrusive thoughts and OCD; pregnancy loss, infertility and postpartum depression; a history of sexual abuse.
Thanks for stopping at my profile. I'm an experienced and dedicated psychodynamic therapist and I work primarily with adults in my private practice in Sheffield I am very passionate about helping people and believe the therapy I offer can help people overcome and resolve a variety of issues, from mild to severe. Psychodynamic therapy is an in-depth psychological intervention which is exploratory in nature and focused on free expression. Often open-ended, it offers rewards for those who undertake it that can be life-changing, including a robust sense of self, easier relationships and an ability to live free of fear
My areas of expertise include mood disorders (such as anxiety and depression); difficulties in relationships; addictive and compulsive behaviours; intrusive thoughts and OCD; pregnancy loss, infertility and postpartum depression; a history of sexual abuse.
Thanks for stopping at my profile. I'm an experienced and dedicated psychodynamic therapist and I work primarily with adults in my private practice in Sheffield I am very passionate about helping people and believe the therapy I offer can help people overcome and resolve a variety of issues, from mild to severe. Psychodynamic therapy is an in-depth psychological intervention which is exploratory in nature and focused on free expression. Often open-ended, it offers rewards for those who undertake it that can be life-changing, including a robust sense of self, easier relationships and an ability to live free of fear
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Natalie Kendall
Counsellor, MBBS, MBACP
Verified Verified
Barnsley S73
I have years of experience of dealing with anxiety, depression and trauma.
Hello! Nice to meet you! I'm Natalie (Nat)—an integrative therapist based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Welcome to Spectrum Counselling. I am a registered member of the B.A.C.P. I offer a safe, kind, and non-judgmental counselling services. I embrace neurodiversity as I have years of personal and professional experience. ADHD, ADD, Autism, Dyslexia and other cognitive conditions (diagnosed and undiagnosed.) However, it is your experience that counts. It can be difficult to Reach out and I am here for you to listen and understand your needs.
I have years of experience of dealing with anxiety, depression and trauma.
Hello! Nice to meet you! I'm Natalie (Nat)—an integrative therapist based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Welcome to Spectrum Counselling. I am a registered member of the B.A.C.P. I offer a safe, kind, and non-judgmental counselling services. I embrace neurodiversity as I have years of personal and professional experience. ADHD, ADD, Autism, Dyslexia and other cognitive conditions (diagnosed and undiagnosed.) However, it is your experience that counts. It can be difficult to Reach out and I am here for you to listen and understand your needs.
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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.
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Philip Anthony Carr
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barnsley S73  (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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Faye Noyland Counselling
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S35
I have experience in counselling for stress, depression, anxiety, family issues, bereavement, domestic violence, trauma, self harm and sexual abuse.
About me: There are times when we all need someone to listen and work alongside us for an issue that has become complex for us alone. I want to offer you time to be heard and explore issues that you are currently experiencing. It is important to me that we can collaborate and work together to develop a way with you of moving ahead. I think the relationship between counsellor and client is fundamental. I am happy to offer a free twenty minute session for assessment and to see if we are both happy to work together.
I have experience in counselling for stress, depression, anxiety, family issues, bereavement, domestic violence, trauma, self harm and sexual abuse.
About me: There are times when we all need someone to listen and work alongside us for an issue that has become complex for us alone. I want to offer you time to be heard and explore issues that you are currently experiencing. It is important to me that we can collaborate and work together to develop a way with you of moving ahead. I think the relationship between counsellor and client is fundamental. I am happy to offer a free twenty minute session for assessment and to see if we are both happy to work together.
0114 697 6622 View 0114 697 6622
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Juliett Barrott
Counsellor, MSc, ACC-AC
Verified Verified
Barnsley S71
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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Kelly Burnett
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Barnsley S70
Sometimes life can throw up unexpected challenges and we find that things that wouldn't normally bother us do. You may find yourself stuck, and unable to move forward; to make the change you so badly desire. It may be that you find yourself feeling anxious, depressed or stressed leaving you constantly worrying and struggling to sleep. Perhaps, you are having problems at work or in your relationships, or maybe you have suffered at the hands of others which impacts on your emotions and behaviours now. If any of this resonates with you, counselling can help develop the self-awareness you need and give you the tools to move you forward.
Sometimes life can throw up unexpected challenges and we find that things that wouldn't normally bother us do. You may find yourself stuck, and unable to move forward; to make the change you so badly desire. It may be that you find yourself feeling anxious, depressed or stressed leaving you constantly worrying and struggling to sleep. Perhaps, you are having problems at work or in your relationships, or maybe you have suffered at the hands of others which impacts on your emotions and behaviours now. If any of this resonates with you, counselling can help develop the self-awareness you need and give you the tools to move you forward.
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Reflections Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Barnsley S70
  I have many years experience and work with children, adults, adolescents, couples, groups and families with issues which can ultimately lead to confusion, anxiety and depression, difficult moods and behaviours.
Are you looking for a counsellor who has experience and can provide a confidential space for you to discuss issues which are affecting your everyday life? Do you need to talk to someone who understands what you mean and where you are coming from? If you would like to be more confident, productive and motivated and want help to change some aspects of your life, I am here to help you. I am also a Lifecoach and Supervisor of other health professionals and I use hypnotherapy, relaxation and mindfulness in my sessions.
  I have many years experience and work with children, adults, adolescents, couples, groups and families with issues which can ultimately lead to confusion, anxiety and depression, difficult moods and behaviours.
Are you looking for a counsellor who has experience and can provide a confidential space for you to discuss issues which are affecting your everyday life? Do you need to talk to someone who understands what you mean and where you are coming from? If you would like to be more confident, productive and motivated and want help to change some aspects of your life, I am here to help you. I am also a Lifecoach and Supervisor of other health professionals and I use hypnotherapy, relaxation and mindfulness in my sessions.
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Heather Howard-Thompson
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barnsley S75
I work with a range of conditions including stress, depression, anxiety disorders; trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Panic Disorder, BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder), Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, relationship problems, work related issues etc.
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, EMDR and DBT Practitioner. My background is in mental health nursing (since 1997!). I have extensive experience in working with clients struggling with emotional regulation, anxiety, complex trauma and a range of common mental health problems. I am the founder and director of Yorkshire Psychotherapy Ltd, a private therapy practice and have a team of associates that work with children, adolescents and adults.
I work with a range of conditions including stress, depression, anxiety disorders; trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Panic Disorder, BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder), Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, relationship problems, work related issues etc.
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, EMDR and DBT Practitioner. My background is in mental health nursing (since 1997!). I have extensive experience in working with clients struggling with emotional regulation, anxiety, complex trauma and a range of common mental health problems. I am the founder and director of Yorkshire Psychotherapy Ltd, a private therapy practice and have a team of associates that work with children, adolescents and adults.
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Clare Buchanan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bromley S35  (Online Only)
Welcome! My aim as your counsellor is to provide you with a safe and accepting space in which we can explore the reasons that bring you to counselling, and work together to bring you to a place of healing, growth and restoration. My integrative approach draws on different ideas and strategies, allowing flexibility to suit the needs of the individual. I will work with you to set goals and allow you to set your own pace. I am experienced in working with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self esteem and body image. I can help you to manage stress, or identify unhelpful behavioural patterns that are keeping you stuck.
Welcome! My aim as your counsellor is to provide you with a safe and accepting space in which we can explore the reasons that bring you to counselling, and work together to bring you to a place of healing, growth and restoration. My integrative approach draws on different ideas and strategies, allowing flexibility to suit the needs of the individual. I will work with you to set goals and allow you to set your own pace. I am experienced in working with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self esteem and body image. I can help you to manage stress, or identify unhelpful behavioural patterns that are keeping you stuck.
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Julia Slek Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S5
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.
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Nicola Donaldson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S10
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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Beverly James
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barnsley S70
I have supported clients from a range of ages and backgrounds, working with issues including anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, anger, loneliness, relationships, domestic / sexual abuse, loss and trauma.
It can sometimes seem worrying to share your deepest, most personal thoughts and feelings. I'm here to offer a warm, welcoming and confidential therapeutic space where you will have your time to talk and where hopefully we can build a trusting therapeutic relationship, one in which you can feel comfortable to share your worries and thoughts. Every client and every therapeutic process is different and I will always value you as a unique individual, with the utmost respect for the journey you have navigated and the place you find yourself in now.
I have supported clients from a range of ages and backgrounds, working with issues including anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, anger, loneliness, relationships, domestic / sexual abuse, loss and trauma.
It can sometimes seem worrying to share your deepest, most personal thoughts and feelings. I'm here to offer a warm, welcoming and confidential therapeutic space where you will have your time to talk and where hopefully we can build a trusting therapeutic relationship, one in which you can feel comfortable to share your worries and thoughts. Every client and every therapeutic process is different and I will always value you as a unique individual, with the utmost respect for the journey you have navigated and the place you find yourself in now.
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Rebecca's Counselling Solutions
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barnsley S70
I work with a variety of people, adults children and couples, who may have emotional issues, whether they are struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, or coping with loss or death, I work with clients who are neurodivergent.
There are lots of reasons why someone may come for counselling. It may be that they are trying to come to terms with a loss or are finding it difficult to cope with the stresses of everyday life. It could be their past is affecting daily life. You may be experiencing difficulties in your relationships or having sexual problems. This could be erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, vaginismus, painful sex or loss of desire. I am Kink-friendly and aware. As a skilled integrative Therapist, I offer a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space to explore difficulties in a confidential environment.
I work with a variety of people, adults children and couples, who may have emotional issues, whether they are struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, or coping with loss or death, I work with clients who are neurodivergent.
There are lots of reasons why someone may come for counselling. It may be that they are trying to come to terms with a loss or are finding it difficult to cope with the stresses of everyday life. It could be their past is affecting daily life. You may be experiencing difficulties in your relationships or having sexual problems. This could be erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, vaginismus, painful sex or loss of desire. I am Kink-friendly and aware. As a skilled integrative Therapist, I offer a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space to explore difficulties in a confidential environment.
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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.