Depression Counselling in Saint Ives

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Tim Harvard Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Saint Ives TR26
Much of my work is with depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, panic, relationships and trauma.
Hi, I hope your search for a therapist is going well. It can be a difficult process, but it is important to find a therapist who feels right for you. The relationship with your therapist is, on average, more helpful than their training and experience. Person-centred therapy is a relationship. It is not dependent on medical diagnoses, yet can help with all conditions. It is as effective as other leading therapies, but uniquely it puts the client at the centre of the process. There is no 'you should do this'. The questions, and the answers, will come from within during our conversations.
Much of my work is with depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, panic, relationships and trauma.
Hi, I hope your search for a therapist is going well. It can be a difficult process, but it is important to find a therapist who feels right for you. The relationship with your therapist is, on average, more helpful than their training and experience. Person-centred therapy is a relationship. It is not dependent on medical diagnoses, yet can help with all conditions. It is as effective as other leading therapies, but uniquely it puts the client at the centre of the process. There is no 'you should do this'. The questions, and the answers, will come from within during our conversations.
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Clare Henson
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Saint Ives PE27
Not accepting new clients
This can lead to feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed.
I recognise that at some point, life can be unwieldy and confusing. Counselling provides you with the opportunity for your deepest concerns to be heard with care, support and respect, in a confidential, safe environment. As your counsellor, I listen without preconceptions and together we explore insights that emerge from this self reflection. We work towards resolving past pain and addressing present issues, leading to growth in control, confidence and optimism. I will facilitate your personal journey towards flourishing in your situation, and hope for the future.
This can lead to feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed.
I recognise that at some point, life can be unwieldy and confusing. Counselling provides you with the opportunity for your deepest concerns to be heard with care, support and respect, in a confidential, safe environment. As your counsellor, I listen without preconceptions and together we explore insights that emerge from this self reflection. We work towards resolving past pain and addressing present issues, leading to growth in control, confidence and optimism. I will facilitate your personal journey towards flourishing in your situation, and hope for the future.
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Mac Andrews
Verified Verified
Saint Ives PE27
I have been around the block a few times myself - climbed out of my own paralysing depression, dealt with disabling anxiety for the first 22 years of my life too.
Life is tough. The world can be a very harsh and unforgiving place indeed. Above all I work with kindness, acceptance and understanding - successful therapy always depends upon a partnership between you and me, both/all of us working purposefully together to solve the issues that are in your way - let's face it, there is simply not enough of those three qualities around these days. It is never a failure to reach out for help - never. It takes courage. So please reach out: I promise to take your hand, keep you safe, and together we'll walk the path to better days.
I have been around the block a few times myself - climbed out of my own paralysing depression, dealt with disabling anxiety for the first 22 years of my life too.
Life is tough. The world can be a very harsh and unforgiving place indeed. Above all I work with kindness, acceptance and understanding - successful therapy always depends upon a partnership between you and me, both/all of us working purposefully together to solve the issues that are in your way - let's face it, there is simply not enough of those three qualities around these days. It is never a failure to reach out for help - never. It takes courage. So please reach out: I promise to take your hand, keep you safe, and together we'll walk the path to better days.
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Heather M. Sanders
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Saint Ives TR26
Hi, I am a psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor, offering counselling to support change; including effective treatment for trauma and phobias. I work face to face & offer walk & talk therapy and online & telephone counselling. I work predominantly with adults, older adolescents and couples, who have faced significant life challenges including trauma, bereavement, relationship issues, domestic abuse, anxiety and depression and substance addiction. I offer a respectful, warm and empathetic therapeutic approach within a safe, neutral space, to help you to work through issues you may have in a supportive environment at your pace.
Hi, I am a psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor, offering counselling to support change; including effective treatment for trauma and phobias. I work face to face & offer walk & talk therapy and online & telephone counselling. I work predominantly with adults, older adolescents and couples, who have faced significant life challenges including trauma, bereavement, relationship issues, domestic abuse, anxiety and depression and substance addiction. I offer a respectful, warm and empathetic therapeutic approach within a safe, neutral space, to help you to work through issues you may have in a supportive environment at your pace.
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Victoria Eames
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Saint Ives TR26
I qualified as a clinical psychologist 24 years ago and have experience of working with people across the age span, particularly within adult mental health and child and adolescent mental health. People consult me about a range of situations and problems, for example; anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns, relational and family distress, grief, loss, trauma, abuse, chronic illness and work related difficulties. My aim is to work alongside you to empower you to respond to the problems you are facing in ways that are in keeping with your values and preferences.
I qualified as a clinical psychologist 24 years ago and have experience of working with people across the age span, particularly within adult mental health and child and adolescent mental health. People consult me about a range of situations and problems, for example; anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns, relational and family distress, grief, loss, trauma, abuse, chronic illness and work related difficulties. My aim is to work alongside you to empower you to respond to the problems you are facing in ways that are in keeping with your values and preferences.
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Julia Pikal Counselling
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Saint Ives TR26
I can help you with most issues but specialise in Couple Counselling as well all relationship problems, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem for individuals.
Sometimes life just feels too difficult, and you feel that you can't go on any longer trying to cope with what is troubling you alone. Perhaps you are suffering from anxiety, depression, abuse, grief or trauma. Perhaps you are very stressed at work or have lost someone dear to you or your relationship is in trouble. Maybe you need to make an important decision but just cannot do it. Whatever the issue, I can help. I will treat you with sympathy and respect and offer you a safe and confidential space to discuss with me what is troubling you. I offer individual counselling or Couple Counselling in person or skype.
I can help you with most issues but specialise in Couple Counselling as well all relationship problems, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem for individuals.
Sometimes life just feels too difficult, and you feel that you can't go on any longer trying to cope with what is troubling you alone. Perhaps you are suffering from anxiety, depression, abuse, grief or trauma. Perhaps you are very stressed at work or have lost someone dear to you or your relationship is in trouble. Maybe you need to make an important decision but just cannot do it. Whatever the issue, I can help. I will treat you with sympathy and respect and offer you a safe and confidential space to discuss with me what is troubling you. I offer individual counselling or Couple Counselling in person or skype.
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Nicola Holme Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Saint Ives PE27
I work with adults, children and young people & cover a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bereavement, self esteem, sexual abuse, bullying, trauma, family, intrusive thoughts & repetitive behavioural patterns.
At times in our life, many of us feel unbalanced in some way. We may know there is something there, that there’s something to unravel but feel unable to access what it is – for others we know what’s causing us discomfort but feel unable to share with friends or family members. I can provide you with a confidential space to explore and unravel whatever is going on for you - without judgement and at your own pace. We can work together to reach your potential as a individual, allow your thoughts and feelings to become clearer & the mental dust to settle, perhaps make changes & move forward positively in a way comfortable to you.
I work with adults, children and young people & cover a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bereavement, self esteem, sexual abuse, bullying, trauma, family, intrusive thoughts & repetitive behavioural patterns.
At times in our life, many of us feel unbalanced in some way. We may know there is something there, that there’s something to unravel but feel unable to access what it is – for others we know what’s causing us discomfort but feel unable to share with friends or family members. I can provide you with a confidential space to explore and unravel whatever is going on for you - without judgement and at your own pace. We can work together to reach your potential as a individual, allow your thoughts and feelings to become clearer & the mental dust to settle, perhaps make changes & move forward positively in a way comfortable to you.
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David William Phelps
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Saint Ives TR26
My name is Dave Phelps, and I am a counsellor in Redruth, Cornwall, and online with nearly a decade of specialist experience. My counselling gives you the space to be yourself and speak freely, with no fear of judgement. I work with all aspects of anxiety, depression, and other trauma-related issues, providing the space you need to explore these difficulties in a way that suits you. No issue is too small or trivial; your problems are valid, whatever they may be, so don’t hesitate to get in touch and ask any questions. All first sessions are half price and available to both adults and adolescents.
My name is Dave Phelps, and I am a counsellor in Redruth, Cornwall, and online with nearly a decade of specialist experience. My counselling gives you the space to be yourself and speak freely, with no fear of judgement. I work with all aspects of anxiety, depression, and other trauma-related issues, providing the space you need to explore these difficulties in a way that suits you. No issue is too small or trivial; your problems are valid, whatever they may be, so don’t hesitate to get in touch and ask any questions. All first sessions are half price and available to both adults and adolescents.
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More Than Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Saint Ives PE27  (Online Only)
I know how hard it is to find the right therapist and I hope I can help you. You may be seeking therapy to deal with your relationships, anxiety, depression, living abroad, burn-out, crisis of meaning and life purpose, or your life in general, to name but a few. Naturally, our work will be tailored to your needs and desires. We can work on thought patterns or behaviours that don’t serve you anymore. Or we might want to explore earlier experiences or relationships that are keeping you stuck.
I know how hard it is to find the right therapist and I hope I can help you. You may be seeking therapy to deal with your relationships, anxiety, depression, living abroad, burn-out, crisis of meaning and life purpose, or your life in general, to name but a few. Naturally, our work will be tailored to your needs and desires. We can work on thought patterns or behaviours that don’t serve you anymore. Or we might want to explore earlier experiences or relationships that are keeping you stuck.
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Karen Piper
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Saint Ives TR26
I have skills working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life reviews, and specialist experience in supporting those with life-limiting or long-term physical conditions, including persistent pain.
I have provided a therapeutic space for adults of all ages across NHS, charity, community, and private settings since completing doctorate level training in 2006. I have supported individuals facing significant life challenges, offering a relationship in which experiences have been shared, clarified, and understood, and where the holistic impact of those experiences on all parts of the person, and their external connections, has been acknowledged. I work collaboratively with all clients to establish therapeutic aims and suitable approaches to enable the reduction of distress and identify actions to re-establish ownership in living.
I have skills working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life reviews, and specialist experience in supporting those with life-limiting or long-term physical conditions, including persistent pain.
I have provided a therapeutic space for adults of all ages across NHS, charity, community, and private settings since completing doctorate level training in 2006. I have supported individuals facing significant life challenges, offering a relationship in which experiences have been shared, clarified, and understood, and where the holistic impact of those experiences on all parts of the person, and their external connections, has been acknowledged. I work collaboratively with all clients to establish therapeutic aims and suitable approaches to enable the reduction of distress and identify actions to re-establish ownership in living.
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Helen Stevens Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Saint Ives PE27
Waitlist for new clients
I offer one to one therapeutic counselling to adults, young people and adolescents. My practice is based in a quiet village location just outside St. Ives, Cambridgeshire. I also offer online sessions. My aim is to walk alongside you to explore whatever it may be that is getting in the way and to help you connect to your own internal resources, to achieve a balanced and fulfilling life. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues such as; depression, anxiety, childhood sexual abuse, stress, bullying, lack of confidence,reduced self-esteem, relationship issues, sexuality and more.
I offer one to one therapeutic counselling to adults, young people and adolescents. My practice is based in a quiet village location just outside St. Ives, Cambridgeshire. I also offer online sessions. My aim is to walk alongside you to explore whatever it may be that is getting in the way and to help you connect to your own internal resources, to achieve a balanced and fulfilling life. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues such as; depression, anxiety, childhood sexual abuse, stress, bullying, lack of confidence,reduced self-esteem, relationship issues, sexuality and more.
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Rebecca Johnson
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Saint Ives TR26
I am a qualified art psychotherapist and work across South West Cornwall. I have experience working with people of all ages. I have experience working with people (adults and children) who have experienced abusive relationships , addiction, self harm, those questioning gender, additional needs, anxiety, depression, confusion, sensory needs , behavioural difficultys in children and s.e.n . I work in a person centered way meaning my sessions are client led, I have a large range of art materials to help clients express themselves and understand there own inner world using both verbal and nonverbal communication.
I am a qualified art psychotherapist and work across South West Cornwall. I have experience working with people of all ages. I have experience working with people (adults and children) who have experienced abusive relationships , addiction, self harm, those questioning gender, additional needs, anxiety, depression, confusion, sensory needs , behavioural difficultys in children and s.e.n . I work in a person centered way meaning my sessions are client led, I have a large range of art materials to help clients express themselves and understand there own inner world using both verbal and nonverbal communication.
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Emily Meyers
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Saint Ives PE27  (Online Only)
I work with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, processing difficult relationships, panic attacks, PTSD and more.
I believe that all people have the potential to be the best version of themselves providing they are met with the right conditions. Sometimes circumstances in peoples lives can act as blocks and lead them down paths they don’t want to be on. Finding the way back to contentment and fulfilment can be difficult alone, I hope I can walk alongside you and together we can get you to where you want to be in life. I am passionate about counselling and psychology and am fascinated by people and understanding what makes them who they are. I work with both individuals and couples.
I work with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, processing difficult relationships, panic attacks, PTSD and more.
I believe that all people have the potential to be the best version of themselves providing they are met with the right conditions. Sometimes circumstances in peoples lives can act as blocks and lead them down paths they don’t want to be on. Finding the way back to contentment and fulfilment can be difficult alone, I hope I can walk alongside you and together we can get you to where you want to be in life. I am passionate about counselling and psychology and am fascinated by people and understanding what makes them who they are. I work with both individuals and couples.
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Jiana Denny
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Ives PE27
Waitlist for new clients
I will support you when life is feeling tough, even overwhelming, especially when you are experiencing stress, depression, anxiety, grief, bereavement, feeling lost or empty or having negative thoughts and feelings or perhaps there are changes you want to make in your life and would benefit from being in a calm and nurturing space. We can work together in a compassionate environment by exploring what is happening for you at the moment and perhaps looking at your past, such as your childhood or relationships, how it affects you now whilst helping you to move forward to live the life you want to experience.
I will support you when life is feeling tough, even overwhelming, especially when you are experiencing stress, depression, anxiety, grief, bereavement, feeling lost or empty or having negative thoughts and feelings or perhaps there are changes you want to make in your life and would benefit from being in a calm and nurturing space. We can work together in a compassionate environment by exploring what is happening for you at the moment and perhaps looking at your past, such as your childhood or relationships, how it affects you now whilst helping you to move forward to live the life you want to experience.
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Anna Hall Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Saint Ives PE27
Not accepting new clients
I believe that as we are all unique the counselling we receive should be tailored to meet your individual needs which is why I work as an integrative humanistic therapist. This allows me to get to know you and understand your perspective on your issues to enable you to make the changes in your life you would like to make by offering you a warm, friendly and confidential space for you to explore what ever is worrying you. I work with clients to build a trusting and safe relationship which will allow you to feel you can explore your feelings freely and without judgement enabling a greater sense of empowerment for your life ahead.
I believe that as we are all unique the counselling we receive should be tailored to meet your individual needs which is why I work as an integrative humanistic therapist. This allows me to get to know you and understand your perspective on your issues to enable you to make the changes in your life you would like to make by offering you a warm, friendly and confidential space for you to explore what ever is worrying you. I work with clients to build a trusting and safe relationship which will allow you to feel you can explore your feelings freely and without judgement enabling a greater sense of empowerment for your life ahead.
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Kirstin Bicknell
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Saint Ives PE27
I'm an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist offering therapy that's right for you. I provide a supportive, confidential service for individuals and couples to explore and work through issues you are facing. As an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist there are a number of elements that therapy may include. The ones we use will depend on what you want to work on and your preferences. This can involve exploring how you're feeling, why you're feeling that way and how you can manage challenging feelings or relationships or working with childhood trauma as well as specific strategies including EMDR for PTSD.
I'm an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist offering therapy that's right for you. I provide a supportive, confidential service for individuals and couples to explore and work through issues you are facing. As an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist there are a number of elements that therapy may include. The ones we use will depend on what you want to work on and your preferences. This can involve exploring how you're feeling, why you're feeling that way and how you can manage challenging feelings or relationships or working with childhood trauma as well as specific strategies including EMDR for PTSD.
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Sarah Louise Masters
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Ives TR26
I have worked with and supported individuals with a range of complex mental health difficulties for over twenty years, initially as a nurse and now as a qualified CBT therapist . Many of my clients have needed an alternative way to view their situation to 'free' them from the distress they have been experiencing, along with a tailored tool box of coping strategies which they can choose from to empower them to manage the challenging experience. I have helped adolescent & adults experiencing OCD, PTSD, psychosis and/or complex emotional/relational difficulties, where the intervention required has been stress/anxiety targeted.
I have worked with and supported individuals with a range of complex mental health difficulties for over twenty years, initially as a nurse and now as a qualified CBT therapist . Many of my clients have needed an alternative way to view their situation to 'free' them from the distress they have been experiencing, along with a tailored tool box of coping strategies which they can choose from to empower them to manage the challenging experience. I have helped adolescent & adults experiencing OCD, PTSD, psychosis and/or complex emotional/relational difficulties, where the intervention required has been stress/anxiety targeted.
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Samantha Evamy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Saint Ives TR26
I am a fully-qualified counsellor, registered with the BACP. I support clients who are dealing with issues such as anxiety, low mood, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, addiction and bereavement. We all experience difficult times in life and can sometimes feel stuck, overwhelmed, numb or lost. It may be that you’re coming to terms with a challenging life event, navigating a time of transition, or generally feeling unsure of the best way forward for you.
I am a fully-qualified counsellor, registered with the BACP. I support clients who are dealing with issues such as anxiety, low mood, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, addiction and bereavement. We all experience difficult times in life and can sometimes feel stuck, overwhelmed, numb or lost. It may be that you’re coming to terms with a challenging life event, navigating a time of transition, or generally feeling unsure of the best way forward for you.
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Kilby Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Saint Ives PE27
Hi! I am Emmajane Davis and I am a Counsellor based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. I work with Young people and Adults of all ages to help them to understand and work through any life concerns they are experiencing. The type of counselling I offer is integrative, this means I use a variety of therapy models to work with my clients, I like to work this way as each client is an individual and that means each clients concerns are unique to them. I work face to face with my clients and offer short term and long term work.
Hi! I am Emmajane Davis and I am a Counsellor based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. I work with Young people and Adults of all ages to help them to understand and work through any life concerns they are experiencing. The type of counselling I offer is integrative, this means I use a variety of therapy models to work with my clients, I like to work this way as each client is an individual and that means each clients concerns are unique to them. I work face to face with my clients and offer short term and long term work.
01480 597075 View 01480 597075
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Karen Ferguson
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Saint Ives PE27
With 24 years experience as a therapist, I work with a broad range of clients and issues, from teenagers to the retired, from confidence to historical bullying and pretty much everything in between. I believe that life experience plays a big role in my ability to help my clients and this is backed up by the responses that my clients give me. I love working with clients who are determined to change and who stay for the course, because I know that they are the ones who will see their lives improve.
With 24 years experience as a therapist, I work with a broad range of clients and issues, from teenagers to the retired, from confidence to historical bullying and pretty much everything in between. I believe that life experience plays a big role in my ability to help my clients and this is backed up by the responses that my clients give me. I love working with clients who are determined to change and who stay for the course, because I know that they are the ones who will see their lives improve.
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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.