Depression Counselling in Wimborne Minster

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Darline Joseph Marianathan
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Wimborne Minster BH21
Life can be a rough ride. Keeping the balance and moving forward can be a challenge. It can involve stress, anxiety, depression and much more. But I believe through psychological therapies we can learn and, in some cases even master, the art of managing life successfully. To achieve this, I practise an integrative approach that draws strength from various therapies in the field. I am a qualified Psychotherapist at a Doctoral level and I feel confident to deal with complexity . My natural inclination is to help people in need. My recent training and qualifications do enhance my inclination especially to those psychologically unwell.
Life can be a rough ride. Keeping the balance and moving forward can be a challenge. It can involve stress, anxiety, depression and much more. But I believe through psychological therapies we can learn and, in some cases even master, the art of managing life successfully. To achieve this, I practise an integrative approach that draws strength from various therapies in the field. I am a qualified Psychotherapist at a Doctoral level and I feel confident to deal with complexity . My natural inclination is to help people in need. My recent training and qualifications do enhance my inclination especially to those psychologically unwell.
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Camilla Poncia
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Wimborne Minster BH21
I have a wealth of experience in working with anxiety, depression, OCD and eating disorders to name but a few.
I enjoy working with young people and adults alike. I have been told by past clients that I am open, honest and friendly, which are qualities that all clients have valued. I like to problem solve and am a very logical and practical person. Having lived in several different countries, I have developed a good understanding of a range of issues for people from different cultures and backgrounds. I like to ask questions and truly get to know someone and never assume to know better. My clients are always the experts in their lives and I see myself as a guide to help them navigate to a calmer place.
I have a wealth of experience in working with anxiety, depression, OCD and eating disorders to name but a few.
I enjoy working with young people and adults alike. I have been told by past clients that I am open, honest and friendly, which are qualities that all clients have valued. I like to problem solve and am a very logical and practical person. Having lived in several different countries, I have developed a good understanding of a range of issues for people from different cultures and backgrounds. I like to ask questions and truly get to know someone and never assume to know better. My clients are always the experts in their lives and I see myself as a guide to help them navigate to a calmer place.
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Headland Psychology
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Wimborne Minster BH21
I am a Dr of Clinical Psychology and EMDR therapist with over twenty years qualified experience working in the NHS. I can offer tailored assessment and formulation to understand your difficulty and consider what type of support will help you. I am particularly passionate about offering therapeutic support to adults and adolescents experiencing distress from trauma and stress. If you have PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) or you are feeling stuck re-experiencing your difficult experiences, struggling with sleep or struggling with anxiety/low mood/ irritability following trauma then I can offer help with these difficulties.
I am a Dr of Clinical Psychology and EMDR therapist with over twenty years qualified experience working in the NHS. I can offer tailored assessment and formulation to understand your difficulty and consider what type of support will help you. I am particularly passionate about offering therapeutic support to adults and adolescents experiencing distress from trauma and stress. If you have PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) or you are feeling stuck re-experiencing your difficult experiences, struggling with sleep or struggling with anxiety/low mood/ irritability following trauma then I can offer help with these difficulties.
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Jane Peacock Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Wimborne Minster BH21
Known as Jane Peacock, my trauma informed practice is rooted in the person centred approach, it is non-pathologising and non-judgemental with a belief that it is not what is wrong with a person, it is about what has happened to a person. The sense of connection from human to human is fundamental to all our needs and I endeavour to provide a therapeutic relationship in this space with you, where you are able to feel therapeutically held, heard and validated. Such a relationship would provide a space of compassionate acceptance and allow us to explore those feelings in you which are so hard to access or experience in everyday life.
Known as Jane Peacock, my trauma informed practice is rooted in the person centred approach, it is non-pathologising and non-judgemental with a belief that it is not what is wrong with a person, it is about what has happened to a person. The sense of connection from human to human is fundamental to all our needs and I endeavour to provide a therapeutic relationship in this space with you, where you are able to feel therapeutically held, heard and validated. Such a relationship would provide a space of compassionate acceptance and allow us to explore those feelings in you which are so hard to access or experience in everyday life.
01202 835420 View 01202 835420
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Tracey Murphy
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Wimborne Minster BH21  (Online Only)
I am a Qualified Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling Psychotherapists). I have over 12 years of Counselling experience and am employed as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and also work privately/independently as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist. All therapy is tailor made for you. Whether you prefer Zoom online counselling, telephone counselling or face to face 121 counselling or group, I am able to help and support you with whatever your preference.
I am a Qualified Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling Psychotherapists). I have over 12 years of Counselling experience and am employed as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and also work privately/independently as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist. All therapy is tailor made for you. Whether you prefer Zoom online counselling, telephone counselling or face to face 121 counselling or group, I am able to help and support you with whatever your preference.
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More Therapists Nearby

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Dr Sophia Chambers
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wimborne BH21
Waitlist for new clients
I am a friendly and passionate Clinical Psychologist and EMDR therapist, experienced in helping with a range of difficulties including: anxiety, panic, stress, trauma/PTSD, depression, and low self-esteem. I draw on principles from a range of evidence-based psychological therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). This means I can be flexible and adapt sessions to suit you.
I am a friendly and passionate Clinical Psychologist and EMDR therapist, experienced in helping with a range of difficulties including: anxiety, panic, stress, trauma/PTSD, depression, and low self-esteem. I draw on principles from a range of evidence-based psychological therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). This means I can be flexible and adapt sessions to suit you.
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Jo Whale
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Wimborne BH21
When life gets tough we can find ourselves feeling stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. At these times talking to someone else can be helpful to make sense of what is going on. Perhaps you are experiencing loss or bereavement, or a significant transition in your home, work or relationships. Living with uncertainty and change can stir up uncomfortable feelings in us like anxiety, depression, anger or sadness. Whatever is going on for you, I can provide you with the time and space to think things through, and together we will work to make sense of what is going on and find a way forward.
When life gets tough we can find ourselves feeling stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. At these times talking to someone else can be helpful to make sense of what is going on. Perhaps you are experiencing loss or bereavement, or a significant transition in your home, work or relationships. Living with uncertainty and change can stir up uncomfortable feelings in us like anxiety, depression, anger or sadness. Whatever is going on for you, I can provide you with the time and space to think things through, and together we will work to make sense of what is going on and find a way forward.
07341 360056 View 07341 360056
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Nicky Vallance
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Wimborne BH21
Hi, I'm Nicky. I can help if you are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues, or coming to terms with long-term health issues. If you find yourself fitting around everyone else's needs at the expense of your own or have not been able to move on from past experiences, or are overloaded then I can help you to turn things around. I offer a warm, safe, confidential space to talk and overcome the challenges you are facing, tune into your emotions, so they become your guide rather than overwhelm you. Most importantly build a new relationship with yourself and feel more confident and in control of your life.
Hi, I'm Nicky. I can help if you are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues, or coming to terms with long-term health issues. If you find yourself fitting around everyone else's needs at the expense of your own or have not been able to move on from past experiences, or are overloaded then I can help you to turn things around. I offer a warm, safe, confidential space to talk and overcome the challenges you are facing, tune into your emotions, so they become your guide rather than overwhelm you. Most importantly build a new relationship with yourself and feel more confident and in control of your life.
01202 125197 View 01202 125197
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Zoe Silk
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Wimborne BH21
I am very passionate about my work and what I love most is seeing my clients progress. Observing their changes and seeing how good they feel within themselves is a wonderful journey to share. I offer support with all kinds of issues. You may be suffering with an anxiety disorder, depression perhaps, an issue within a relationship, an addiction or something else. Whatever your issue is, my aim is to spend time getting to know you, finding the root cause to your problem and any other factors that may have to be taken into consideration. Then, together we can work towards a solid plan for you to more you forward as an individual.
I am very passionate about my work and what I love most is seeing my clients progress. Observing their changes and seeing how good they feel within themselves is a wonderful journey to share. I offer support with all kinds of issues. You may be suffering with an anxiety disorder, depression perhaps, an issue within a relationship, an addiction or something else. Whatever your issue is, my aim is to spend time getting to know you, finding the root cause to your problem and any other factors that may have to be taken into consideration. Then, together we can work towards a solid plan for you to more you forward as an individual.
01202 117054 View 01202 117054
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Sharon Winward
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Wimborne BH21
I have been working in the NHS for over twenty years, alongside my independent practice. I have an Honours Degree in Psychology; a Masters Degree in Health Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Since qualifying I have trained further in Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and compassion based approaches. I enjoy working with people with a range of difficulties across the spectrum of severity. I have a particular interest working with people recovering from trauma, or struggling with depression or anxiety.
I have been working in the NHS for over twenty years, alongside my independent practice. I have an Honours Degree in Psychology; a Masters Degree in Health Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Since qualifying I have trained further in Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and compassion based approaches. I enjoy working with people with a range of difficulties across the spectrum of severity. I have a particular interest working with people recovering from trauma, or struggling with depression or anxiety.
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Mandy Jane Nicholson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Wimborne BH21
Waitlist for new clients
I am an empathic, approachable and experienced (5yrs) Humanistic Integrative LGBTQ affirmative counsellor. I also integrate CBT into my practice particularly when working with anxiety. I have facilitated numerous Wellbeing Support Groups for Dorset Mind including 2 LGBTQ peer-support talking groups and an anxiety support group. My private practice was based at Over the Rainbow Sexual Health Clinic in Bournemouth for 5 years where I have had the privilege of working with a variety of LGBTQ people experiencing numerous Wellbeing Challenges including:Post Traumatic Injury, OCD, Depression, Social Anxiety and Emotionally Unstable PD.
I am an empathic, approachable and experienced (5yrs) Humanistic Integrative LGBTQ affirmative counsellor. I also integrate CBT into my practice particularly when working with anxiety. I have facilitated numerous Wellbeing Support Groups for Dorset Mind including 2 LGBTQ peer-support talking groups and an anxiety support group. My private practice was based at Over the Rainbow Sexual Health Clinic in Bournemouth for 5 years where I have had the privilege of working with a variety of LGBTQ people experiencing numerous Wellbeing Challenges including:Post Traumatic Injury, OCD, Depression, Social Anxiety and Emotionally Unstable PD.
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Julie Haine
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Wimborne BH21
Are you an adult/young person feeling under pressure, overwhelmed, depressed and struggling with studies, relationships or family life? Feeling anxious about going into work/school? Are you wanting to make changes in the way you react and feel towards people or situations in your life but don't know how to? Together we can explore how best to move forward.
Hi I'm Julie and I offer adults and young people (13+) the opportunity to discuss their anxieties with someone who cares and respects their feelings. I can offer you a confidential, calm and accepting space in which to explore what is troubling you. I will support and work with you - enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of current circumstances or past experiences, which feel unresolved and impact emotionally and physically on your day-to-day life. My hope is that you will feel listened to and understood, empowering you to make healthy changes in your life and enabling you to move forward and thrive.
Are you an adult/young person feeling under pressure, overwhelmed, depressed and struggling with studies, relationships or family life? Feeling anxious about going into work/school? Are you wanting to make changes in the way you react and feel towards people or situations in your life but don't know how to? Together we can explore how best to move forward.
Hi I'm Julie and I offer adults and young people (13+) the opportunity to discuss their anxieties with someone who cares and respects their feelings. I can offer you a confidential, calm and accepting space in which to explore what is troubling you. I will support and work with you - enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of current circumstances or past experiences, which feel unresolved and impact emotionally and physically on your day-to-day life. My hope is that you will feel listened to and understood, empowering you to make healthy changes in your life and enabling you to move forward and thrive.
01202 059174 View 01202 059174
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Rachel Tyler
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Wimborne BH21
However, I also have experience working with a a wide range of issues including Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Ideation, & Low-self esteem to name a few.
Time2B was established to provide counselling for Adults, Teenagers and children. facing a wide range of issues. I pride myself on taking a unique approach to counselling. Working in a client focused way, enables you to explore the issues you are facing at your pace. This means that, as everyone who comes to see me is unique, the approach is tailored to your unique needs. Clinical Supervision and counselling is provided to both trainee and qualified professionals working within Counselling, Therapy, Mental Health, Teaching and Social Work.
However, I also have experience working with a a wide range of issues including Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Ideation, & Low-self esteem to name a few.
Time2B was established to provide counselling for Adults, Teenagers and children. facing a wide range of issues. I pride myself on taking a unique approach to counselling. Working in a client focused way, enables you to explore the issues you are facing at your pace. This means that, as everyone who comes to see me is unique, the approach is tailored to your unique needs. Clinical Supervision and counselling is provided to both trainee and qualified professionals working within Counselling, Therapy, Mental Health, Teaching and Social Work.
07380 336428 View 07380 336428
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Maryann Byrne
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Wimborne BH21
I am experienced in working with trauma, dissociation, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, sexual violence and domestic abuse, low self esteem, depression, loss and grief.
There are times when many of us feel we could benefit from emotional support and although making that first step to see a counsellor can seem enormous, it is a really positive step as talking in confidence to a professional counsellor can help bring clarity and healing and give you much needed support during a painful or anxious time. Counselling can help you make sense of your emotions and responses and empower you to make changes in your life. It facilitates the freedom to talk openly and confidentially, in a place where you will be really listened to.
I am experienced in working with trauma, dissociation, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, sexual violence and domestic abuse, low self esteem, depression, loss and grief.
There are times when many of us feel we could benefit from emotional support and although making that first step to see a counsellor can seem enormous, it is a really positive step as talking in confidence to a professional counsellor can help bring clarity and healing and give you much needed support during a painful or anxious time. Counselling can help you make sense of your emotions and responses and empower you to make changes in your life. It facilitates the freedom to talk openly and confidentially, in a place where you will be really listened to.
01202 125637 View 01202 125637
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Clare Lewis
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cranborne BH21
Research shows that more children are depressed and anxious than ever before.
Hi, my name is Clare. I am a child and adolescent counsellor using the arts. I take a genuine interest in young people and enjoy engaging with them in an informal approach. Sometimes, young people aren’t able to talk about how they feel. I offer an alternative means of expressing complex or painful experiences that may otherwise be difficult to convey in words alone. It’s vital to offer ways of communicating feelings other than through everyday language, for example, with paint, clay, music, drama or sand play. I will always follow the child’s lead, as my first priority is for the child/young person to feel relaxed and comfortable.
Research shows that more children are depressed and anxious than ever before.
Hi, my name is Clare. I am a child and adolescent counsellor using the arts. I take a genuine interest in young people and enjoy engaging with them in an informal approach. Sometimes, young people aren’t able to talk about how they feel. I offer an alternative means of expressing complex or painful experiences that may otherwise be difficult to convey in words alone. It’s vital to offer ways of communicating feelings other than through everyday language, for example, with paint, clay, music, drama or sand play. I will always follow the child’s lead, as my first priority is for the child/young person to feel relaxed and comfortable.
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Carol Bendinelli
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Wimborne BH21
I can help you work toward healing growth if you are struggling with issues including; anxiety, depression, grief and loss, guilt and shame, isolation / loneliness, life transitions, meaning and purpose, miscarriage, neuro-diversity, not flourishing, feeling stuck, pain / illness, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, termination, trauma.
There are times for everyone when our normal ways of coping don't seem like enough. You don't have to feel alone when life feels challenging or overwhelming. I offer a confidential, warm, non-judgemental space where you will feel heard, valued and accepted for who you are. It takes courage to seek support and I work collaboratively at your pace to help you develop positive changes in your life. I am passionate about working with people to empower them to reach their personal goals, express their individuality, overcome challenges and enjoy life.
I can help you work toward healing growth if you are struggling with issues including; anxiety, depression, grief and loss, guilt and shame, isolation / loneliness, life transitions, meaning and purpose, miscarriage, neuro-diversity, not flourishing, feeling stuck, pain / illness, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, termination, trauma.
There are times for everyone when our normal ways of coping don't seem like enough. You don't have to feel alone when life feels challenging or overwhelming. I offer a confidential, warm, non-judgemental space where you will feel heard, valued and accepted for who you are. It takes courage to seek support and I work collaboratively at your pace to help you develop positive changes in your life. I am passionate about working with people to empower them to reach their personal goals, express their individuality, overcome challenges and enjoy life.
01202 031917 View 01202 031917
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TalkItOut Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wimborne BH21
Counselling can be incredibly beneficial when it comes to addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and more. I have extensive training and experience in various counselling approaches, ensuring that I can tailor our sessions to meet YOUR unique needs. Whether you are seeking individual counselling therapy or couples therapy counselling - I'm here to support you on your journey towards personal growth and self-discovery. When you choose a qualified counsellor, you are not only investing in yourself but also in your overall well-being.
Counselling can be incredibly beneficial when it comes to addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and more. I have extensive training and experience in various counselling approaches, ensuring that I can tailor our sessions to meet YOUR unique needs. Whether you are seeking individual counselling therapy or couples therapy counselling - I'm here to support you on your journey towards personal growth and self-discovery. When you choose a qualified counsellor, you are not only investing in yourself but also in your overall well-being.
01202 125933 View 01202 125933
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Katie Ellis
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Wimborne BH21
I have over 10 years of experience in face-to-face client work, and I have specialist training in working with sexual trauma, historical sexual abuse and adverse childhood experiences. I also support individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship and attachment issues, and self-harming behaviours. Alongside my private client work, I am an affiliate counsellor for numerous Employee Assistance Programmes offering solution focused time limited work, and provide support for unpaid carers via The Leonardo Trust.
I have over 10 years of experience in face-to-face client work, and I have specialist training in working with sexual trauma, historical sexual abuse and adverse childhood experiences. I also support individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship and attachment issues, and self-harming behaviours. Alongside my private client work, I am an affiliate counsellor for numerous Employee Assistance Programmes offering solution focused time limited work, and provide support for unpaid carers via The Leonardo Trust.
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Rob Conley
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Wimborne BH21
Hello, my name is Rob Conley. I am a psychotherapist, practising from BH21 1DX, BH15 1BT, and online or via telephone. I offer both short-term and longer-term psychotherapy to adult individuals. I provide a safe, empathic and non-judgemental relationship in which you can explore your experiences and discuss any problems and difficulties. You can decide what you want to change or consider how to manage the impact of anything you cannot change. My goal is to form therapeutic relationships in which people can experience profound healing, positive changes, or consider ways of managing the impact of what cannot be changed.
Hello, my name is Rob Conley. I am a psychotherapist, practising from BH21 1DX, BH15 1BT, and online or via telephone. I offer both short-term and longer-term psychotherapy to adult individuals. I provide a safe, empathic and non-judgemental relationship in which you can explore your experiences and discuss any problems and difficulties. You can decide what you want to change or consider how to manage the impact of anything you cannot change. My goal is to form therapeutic relationships in which people can experience profound healing, positive changes, or consider ways of managing the impact of what cannot be changed.
01725 538807 View 01725 538807
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ReWellness Counselling Ltd
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Wimborne BH21
Our mission is to provide counselling services to children, young people and adults, whilst embracing difference and diversity. We have a passion for creating a safe environment within which the client can be truly heard, perhaps for the first time ever and have their own feelings validated. We promote emotional wellbeing through a strong therapeutic connection, supporting our clients with care and compassion.
Our mission is to provide counselling services to children, young people and adults, whilst embracing difference and diversity. We have a passion for creating a safe environment within which the client can be truly heard, perhaps for the first time ever and have their own feelings validated. We promote emotional wellbeing through a strong therapeutic connection, supporting our clients with care and compassion.
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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.