Depression Counselling in Southampton

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Zoe Ross
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO30
Hello and welcome. Perhaps you are going through a difficult time at the moment. Each of us can go through times when we find it difficult to cope. We can feel stressed, and alone. Exploring your thoughts and feelings in a confidential space where you won’t feel judged can be a step towards clarity and change. You may feel anxious, depressed or suffer from low self-esteem. I believe each person can help themselves find the way forward towards achieving their full potential and leading happier lives. I can help you to understand yourself and to recognise changes that you can make to ease discomfort that you may be experiencing.
Hello and welcome. Perhaps you are going through a difficult time at the moment. Each of us can go through times when we find it difficult to cope. We can feel stressed, and alone. Exploring your thoughts and feelings in a confidential space where you won’t feel judged can be a step towards clarity and change. You may feel anxious, depressed or suffer from low self-esteem. I believe each person can help themselves find the way forward towards achieving their full potential and leading happier lives. I can help you to understand yourself and to recognise changes that you can make to ease discomfort that you may be experiencing.
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Dr Lisa Hodges
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
Southampton SO15
Whether you are looking for support with anxiety, depression or feeling generally ‘stuck’ and don’t know how to move forward, I can help. You may be low or worried and need new ways to cope, experiencing burnout, living with a long-term health condition, struggling with appearance-related/body image concerns or trying to navigate non-traditional relationships. In our sessions I will use a mixture of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing, depending on your needs. I strive to work in line with my values, which include compassion, kindness and curiosity.
Whether you are looking for support with anxiety, depression or feeling generally ‘stuck’ and don’t know how to move forward, I can help. You may be low or worried and need new ways to cope, experiencing burnout, living with a long-term health condition, struggling with appearance-related/body image concerns or trying to navigate non-traditional relationships. In our sessions I will use a mixture of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing, depending on your needs. I strive to work in line with my values, which include compassion, kindness and curiosity.
023 9431 1760 View 023 9431 1760
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Elizabeth Rose
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO15
All aspects of relationships, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, traumatic events and any of life’s issues past and present that may be hindering you from living a happy and fulfilled life.
I am a Gestalt Therapist. My Counselling Room is very spacious, safe & secure. It provides a confidential environment for you to express yourself freely & openly in any way you feel comfortable, about any issues you have to deal with, without fear of judgement or offending or upsetting those closest to you, family, friends or colleagues. A place where you're able to be honest with yourself, about how situations or events affect you personally, where you can explore those feelings, thoughts & emotions that can sometimes be hard to deal with. COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES:- F2F (With 2m Social Distancing), PHONE & ZOOM Availablity.
All aspects of relationships, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, traumatic events and any of life’s issues past and present that may be hindering you from living a happy and fulfilled life.
I am a Gestalt Therapist. My Counselling Room is very spacious, safe & secure. It provides a confidential environment for you to express yourself freely & openly in any way you feel comfortable, about any issues you have to deal with, without fear of judgement or offending or upsetting those closest to you, family, friends or colleagues. A place where you're able to be honest with yourself, about how situations or events affect you personally, where you can explore those feelings, thoughts & emotions that can sometimes be hard to deal with. COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES:- F2F (With 2m Social Distancing), PHONE & ZOOM Availablity.
023 8235 6098 View 023 8235 6098
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Counselling and Life Coaching Services
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Southampton SO32  (Online Only)
I am a qualified, registered senior accredited counsellor and life coach and my style of working is integrative which means that I am trained to use a range of counselling skills to support you. With over 18 years experience working as a psychotherapeutic counsellor both privately and for the NHS, I have developed a special interest in working with depression and anxiety, stress, relationship issues and difficulties, addiction, long term and life limiting illness, bereavement and loss. As well as counselling I also provide solution focused counselling, short term therapy and life coaching if needed. Please ask for further details.
I am a qualified, registered senior accredited counsellor and life coach and my style of working is integrative which means that I am trained to use a range of counselling skills to support you. With over 18 years experience working as a psychotherapeutic counsellor both privately and for the NHS, I have developed a special interest in working with depression and anxiety, stress, relationship issues and difficulties, addiction, long term and life limiting illness, bereavement and loss. As well as counselling I also provide solution focused counselling, short term therapy and life coaching if needed. Please ask for further details.
01489 667558 View 01489 667558
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Gemma Evans Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO30
I work with adults of all ages, genders & sexualities to heal from anxiety, depression, bereavement, abuse & relationship difficulties.
Hello. I'm Gemma, a qualified and registered Counsellor. I offer one-to-one counselling to adults from my private practice in Hedge End, Southampton. If you're here, chances are you're looking for help...You may be struggling with a personal issue and feeling that something has to change. You might be feeling anxious and alone with your problem and wondering if anyone will understand. Maybe a recent loss or life change has left you feeling like you cannot cope. Or perhaps experiences from your past are affecting your ability to live your life fully today.
I work with adults of all ages, genders & sexualities to heal from anxiety, depression, bereavement, abuse & relationship difficulties.
Hello. I'm Gemma, a qualified and registered Counsellor. I offer one-to-one counselling to adults from my private practice in Hedge End, Southampton. If you're here, chances are you're looking for help...You may be struggling with a personal issue and feeling that something has to change. You might be feeling anxious and alone with your problem and wondering if anyone will understand. Maybe a recent loss or life change has left you feeling like you cannot cope. Or perhaps experiences from your past are affecting your ability to live your life fully today.
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Greenleaves Psychological Services
Psychotherapist, MA, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO15  (Online Only)
Your life has taken a direction you did not choose: someone hurt you, or you have developed a physical health problem. You have tried hard to ignore your suffering until you can’t do it anymore. Things that used to be easy now feel impossible. You don’t recognise yourself anymore and you know you cannot carry on like this. This has left you feeling depressed, stressed, angry or even scared. You want to feel less overwhelmed and more in control. You want to go back to the person you once were, or maybe even find out who YOU are. But mostly you just want to be seen and heard and know that someone is on your side.
Your life has taken a direction you did not choose: someone hurt you, or you have developed a physical health problem. You have tried hard to ignore your suffering until you can’t do it anymore. Things that used to be easy now feel impossible. You don’t recognise yourself anymore and you know you cannot carry on like this. This has left you feeling depressed, stressed, angry or even scared. You want to feel less overwhelmed and more in control. You want to go back to the person you once were, or maybe even find out who YOU are. But mostly you just want to be seen and heard and know that someone is on your side.
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laura Mearns
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO18
Hello and welcome. I have many years experience working as a counsellor and I support adults and young people aged 13 and over in the Southampton and Romsey areas. I can help with difficulties such as; anxiety, depression, low mood, self-esteem and relationships. I also specialise in childhood and adult trauma. I offer face to face, online and telephone sessions, depending on what works best for you.
Hello and welcome. I have many years experience working as a counsellor and I support adults and young people aged 13 and over in the Southampton and Romsey areas. I can help with difficulties such as; anxiety, depression, low mood, self-esteem and relationships. I also specialise in childhood and adult trauma. I offer face to face, online and telephone sessions, depending on what works best for you.
023 9200 5357 View 023 9200 5357
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Graham Shavick
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO32
Do you need help with relationship issues? Are you suffering from anxiety or depression? Are you struggling with stress in in your work or career? I provide a warm, caring, safe space for you to explore whatever you need. I also offer couples and family counselling, and coaching. Depending on what you need, we can work short term on specific issues, longer term in-depth psychotherapy, or coaching where I can help you achieve success and fulfilment in your personal or professional life. I find supporting people, helping them develop and grow particularly engaging and meaningful.
Do you need help with relationship issues? Are you suffering from anxiety or depression? Are you struggling with stress in in your work or career? I provide a warm, caring, safe space for you to explore whatever you need. I also offer couples and family counselling, and coaching. Depending on what you need, we can work short term on specific issues, longer term in-depth psychotherapy, or coaching where I can help you achieve success and fulfilment in your personal or professional life. I find supporting people, helping them develop and grow particularly engaging and meaningful.
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Vicky Drinkwater
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO32
I am a fully qualified Humanistic Gestalt counsellor providing a confidential and supportive safe space without any agenda or judgement for you to explore the difficulties you are experiencing and different parts of your life. I have training in CBT, Person-Centered therapy and have gained specialized training and experience in working with bereaved adults. I am experienced in dealing with anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement and have lots of experience in working with young people.
I am a fully qualified Humanistic Gestalt counsellor providing a confidential and supportive safe space without any agenda or judgement for you to explore the difficulties you are experiencing and different parts of your life. I have training in CBT, Person-Centered therapy and have gained specialized training and experience in working with bereaved adults. I am experienced in dealing with anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement and have lots of experience in working with young people.
01489 358672 View 01489 358672
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Mark Edmunds
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO14
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma or problems with mood and would like to find ways to deal with whatever issues you are facing, I offer a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space for you to explore what matters most to you.
Life brings many challenges and it is understandable that at times we might look for support in facing them. As a therapist my role is to provide space and guidance to help you on your journey of self discovery to enable you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it. I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties you are experiencing with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Therapy isn’t about giving you solutions or advice but rather empowering you to make your own changes.
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma or problems with mood and would like to find ways to deal with whatever issues you are facing, I offer a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space for you to explore what matters most to you.
Life brings many challenges and it is understandable that at times we might look for support in facing them. As a therapist my role is to provide space and guidance to help you on your journey of self discovery to enable you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it. I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties you are experiencing with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Therapy isn’t about giving you solutions or advice but rather empowering you to make your own changes.
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Carmen Morales
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO40  (Online Only)
I support clients to overcome their depression and anxiety disorders -such as GAD, OCD, PTSD, panic, social anxiety, health anxiety, phobias or body dysmorphia-. I also attend to problems such as low self-esteem, anger management problems, interpersonal difficulties and complex trauma. I have a strong background in working with people from underrepresented groups, especially the LGBTQI+ community and the neurodiverse community. I am looking to working with clients who are ready to get to know more about themselves, make changes in their lives, and to support them in their journey.
I support clients to overcome their depression and anxiety disorders -such as GAD, OCD, PTSD, panic, social anxiety, health anxiety, phobias or body dysmorphia-. I also attend to problems such as low self-esteem, anger management problems, interpersonal difficulties and complex trauma. I have a strong background in working with people from underrepresented groups, especially the LGBTQI+ community and the neurodiverse community. I am looking to working with clients who are ready to get to know more about themselves, make changes in their lives, and to support them in their journey.
023 8001 2558 View 023 8001 2558
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Michela Trainini
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Southampton SO16
Somatic work (which involves the body and its responses) is an important part of my approach and it has helped many of my clients reduce the impact of trauma, overcome anxiety and depression, panic, phobias and PTSD.
We all get stuck, from time to time. Sometimes it feels like we cannot move forward. It can be frustrating, constraining and painful. Yet there is energy behind every blockage, and looking at it from above – as if from a bridge – can be the first step to unlocking our potential. This is what I aim to offer to my clients. My approach is creative, in that it adapts to individual needs, and culturally sensitive, as it draws on my experience of transit and change. I practise in English and Italian. Face to face and online.
Somatic work (which involves the body and its responses) is an important part of my approach and it has helped many of my clients reduce the impact of trauma, overcome anxiety and depression, panic, phobias and PTSD.
We all get stuck, from time to time. Sometimes it feels like we cannot move forward. It can be frustrating, constraining and painful. Yet there is energy behind every blockage, and looking at it from above – as if from a bridge – can be the first step to unlocking our potential. This is what I aim to offer to my clients. My approach is creative, in that it adapts to individual needs, and culturally sensitive, as it draws on my experience of transit and change. I practise in English and Italian. Face to face and online.
023 8235 6074 View 023 8235 6074
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Helen-Melissa Crew
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO31
Are you feeling sad, anxious or stressed? Is life feeling overwhelming or too challenging? Perhaps you are needing help to overcome anxiety, panic attacks, depression, are suffering low self-confidence or are experiencing relationship or family difficulties? Whatever your reason for counselling, whether it's big or small... get in touch to see how I can help. I am a fully qualified BACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist offering a professional, confidential Counselling Service.
Are you feeling sad, anxious or stressed? Is life feeling overwhelming or too challenging? Perhaps you are needing help to overcome anxiety, panic attacks, depression, are suffering low self-confidence or are experiencing relationship or family difficulties? Whatever your reason for counselling, whether it's big or small... get in touch to see how I can help. I am a fully qualified BACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist offering a professional, confidential Counselling Service.
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Ellie Strange
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Southampton SO15
Ellie has worked over the last 6 years within the charity sector and the NHS working with clients through the ages of 17-75. She has trained in Art Psychotherapy with an integrative approach, meaning that she can tailor therapy to meet your needs and who you are. An integrative approach can be used to treat any number of psychological problems and disorders, including abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety and personality disorders.
Ellie has worked over the last 6 years within the charity sector and the NHS working with clients through the ages of 17-75. She has trained in Art Psychotherapy with an integrative approach, meaning that she can tailor therapy to meet your needs and who you are. An integrative approach can be used to treat any number of psychological problems and disorders, including abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety and personality disorders.
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Psychological Therapy UK
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO14
I also specialise in CBT treating Depression and the various Anxiety disorders.
I am an Award Winning therapist who is qualified & Accredited for both EMDR & CBT. I have been published in scientific journals, my work has featured on the BBC news and I have lectured at a National level. My name is Ieuan Hopper and I pride myself in providing a caring and efficient Psychological service with CBT or EMDR. Treatment can be in person or via the internet, so wherever you are in the UK or the world you can access quality Psychological therapy with me.
I also specialise in CBT treating Depression and the various Anxiety disorders.
I am an Award Winning therapist who is qualified & Accredited for both EMDR & CBT. I have been published in scientific journals, my work has featured on the BBC news and I have lectured at a National level. My name is Ieuan Hopper and I pride myself in providing a caring and efficient Psychological service with CBT or EMDR. Treatment can be in person or via the internet, so wherever you are in the UK or the world you can access quality Psychological therapy with me.
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Elizabeth Sakutukwa
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO14
I specialize mainly in Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Social Phobia, Health Anxiety, OCD and any other health anxieties.
I am a BABCP registered Psychotherapist. It is my goal to facilitate and communicate with my clients as best as they can to uncover the essence of concerning issues and those that may arise. These issues can be challenging and overwhelming. My experience has shown that using a non-judgmental, open and honest approach enables clients to understand themselves and their lives better after understanding how to communicate. This skill begins on day one of therapy and can be applied to various life situations. I am honored to hear clients speak about what matters to them most, and to help them reach their full potential.
I specialize mainly in Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Social Phobia, Health Anxiety, OCD and any other health anxieties.
I am a BABCP registered Psychotherapist. It is my goal to facilitate and communicate with my clients as best as they can to uncover the essence of concerning issues and those that may arise. These issues can be challenging and overwhelming. My experience has shown that using a non-judgmental, open and honest approach enables clients to understand themselves and their lives better after understanding how to communicate. This skill begins on day one of therapy and can be applied to various life situations. I am honored to hear clients speak about what matters to them most, and to help them reach their full potential.
01329 759309 View 01329 759309
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Dr Pat Gwyer
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Southampton SO17
Is anxiety, depression, or repeating patterns of unhelpful behaviour impacting you? Are you stuck in a pattern of negative thinking, struggling with managing emotions, finding it hard to live with a traumatic event or having work or relationship difficulties? If so, you would probably benefit from evidence-based therapy to learn new ways of coping and how to get your life back on track. I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience specialising in the combination of Clinical and Positive Psychology for the treatment of complex mental health difficulties and may be able to help.
Is anxiety, depression, or repeating patterns of unhelpful behaviour impacting you? Are you stuck in a pattern of negative thinking, struggling with managing emotions, finding it hard to live with a traumatic event or having work or relationship difficulties? If so, you would probably benefit from evidence-based therapy to learn new ways of coping and how to get your life back on track. I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience specialising in the combination of Clinical and Positive Psychology for the treatment of complex mental health difficulties and may be able to help.
023 8254 4113 View 023 8254 4113
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Wendy Jane Dunbar
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southampton SO31
Do you have thoughts around not being good enough and feel stagnant and stuck in a world that at times can feel overwhelming and suffocating, leaving you possibly feeling isolated from others? Maybe this has also led to feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Or maybe you have suffered an unimaginable, indescribable loss of someone or something dear to you and it has inflicted a deep wound that left you feeling numbness or excruciating pain? Life continues on, but your world is shaken and has taken on a surrealness where you no longer feel physically present or able to function.
Do you have thoughts around not being good enough and feel stagnant and stuck in a world that at times can feel overwhelming and suffocating, leaving you possibly feeling isolated from others? Maybe this has also led to feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Or maybe you have suffered an unimaginable, indescribable loss of someone or something dear to you and it has inflicted a deep wound that left you feeling numbness or excruciating pain? Life continues on, but your world is shaken and has taken on a surrealness where you no longer feel physically present or able to function.
01329 551170 View 01329 551170
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Kate Therese
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO21
Hello, I’m Kate. I am a qualified Psychotherapist specialising in anxiety, depression and women's related issues. This encompasses many of the challenges we face today like societal pressures, career struggles, low self esteem, finding or maintaining meaningful, healthy relationships. I have wide experience with those who identify as women on varying journeys of motherhood, including fertility struggles or being childless by choice, birth trauma or PND, and all the heavy emotions that can accompany those journeys. We can explore the impact these have on your day-to-day life and navigate a way through to a place of empowerment.
Hello, I’m Kate. I am a qualified Psychotherapist specialising in anxiety, depression and women's related issues. This encompasses many of the challenges we face today like societal pressures, career struggles, low self esteem, finding or maintaining meaningful, healthy relationships. I have wide experience with those who identify as women on varying journeys of motherhood, including fertility struggles or being childless by choice, birth trauma or PND, and all the heavy emotions that can accompany those journeys. We can explore the impact these have on your day-to-day life and navigate a way through to a place of empowerment.
01707 241837 View 01707 241837
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Vicky Mould
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Southampton SO15  (Online Only)
As a bereavement counsellor and mental health therapist, I can offer support if you're struggling with loss and grief - including baby loss, the effects of domestic abuse, relationship issues, stress, anxiety, depression, postnatal depression or other mental health issues.
Welcome. I'm Vicky Mould, the founder and owner of Azalea Counselling. I offer individual online or phone counselling for adults and work comfortably on a long or short-term basis. Practising person-centred therapy, I will work to help you feel part of a genuinely safe and supportive relationship. Sessions are confidential, and I trust you'll bring what feels important to you. Whatever you choose to explore in session, you will be valued, accepted, heard and understood. Counselling with me can offer relief, insight, hope and increased confidence and trust in yourself. My goal is to help you make choices or changes you want to make.
As a bereavement counsellor and mental health therapist, I can offer support if you're struggling with loss and grief - including baby loss, the effects of domestic abuse, relationship issues, stress, anxiety, depression, postnatal depression or other mental health issues.
Welcome. I'm Vicky Mould, the founder and owner of Azalea Counselling. I offer individual online or phone counselling for adults and work comfortably on a long or short-term basis. Practising person-centred therapy, I will work to help you feel part of a genuinely safe and supportive relationship. Sessions are confidential, and I trust you'll bring what feels important to you. Whatever you choose to explore in session, you will be valued, accepted, heard and understood. Counselling with me can offer relief, insight, hope and increased confidence and trust in yourself. My goal is to help you make choices or changes you want to make.
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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.