Depression Counselling in Cardiff

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Photo of Kyle Davies, Psychologist in Cardiff, Wales
Kyle Davies
Psychologist, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF15
Is your life impacted by symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Long Covid, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Overwhelm, or Burnout? Whether you struggle with a diagnosed condition, or just want to transcend the mire of brain fog, anxious thoughts, and worry, my work can help you reclaim your vitality, realise your potentials, and experience peace of mind. My approach is somatic and trauma informed. It incorporates and utilises the latest scientific thinking on neural plasticity, polyvagal theory and the mind-body connection, and dovetails this with more spiritual principles of consciousness and flow.
Is your life impacted by symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Long Covid, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Overwhelm, or Burnout? Whether you struggle with a diagnosed condition, or just want to transcend the mire of brain fog, anxious thoughts, and worry, my work can help you reclaim your vitality, realise your potentials, and experience peace of mind. My approach is somatic and trauma informed. It incorporates and utilises the latest scientific thinking on neural plasticity, polyvagal theory and the mind-body connection, and dovetails this with more spiritual principles of consciousness and flow.
029 2267 8521 View 029 2267 8521
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Maya Schofield
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF14  (Online Only)
I work with clients from a variety of backgrounds. I am keen to help no matter your age, gender identity, sexuality, race and so on. My aim is to help you use counselling as a place to be heard and to feel comfortable and safe. I work with clients living with various issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, bereavement, stress and so on. I am also able to help clients with a range of major life events such as bereavement, job loss and relationship breakdown. I provide an authentic and warm environment for you to feel comfortable enough to discuss things with me that you may not feel you can with others.
I work with clients from a variety of backgrounds. I am keen to help no matter your age, gender identity, sexuality, race and so on. My aim is to help you use counselling as a place to be heard and to feel comfortable and safe. I work with clients living with various issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, bereavement, stress and so on. I am also able to help clients with a range of major life events such as bereavement, job loss and relationship breakdown. I provide an authentic and warm environment for you to feel comfortable enough to discuss things with me that you may not feel you can with others.
029 2271 1039 x44 View 029 2271 1039 x44
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Menna Jones
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF5
I have 20 years' experience working as a clinical psychologist in the NHS and in private practice since gaining my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Throughout this time, I have been supporting adults with a very wide range of difficulties. These include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, trauma, and emotional regulation difficulties (including personality disorders). I welcome clients to my home for therapy sessions and appreciate how important it is for people to feel comfortable and at ease in a homely and supportive place in order to explore and express such personal and challenging issues as can arise during therapy.
I have 20 years' experience working as a clinical psychologist in the NHS and in private practice since gaining my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Throughout this time, I have been supporting adults with a very wide range of difficulties. These include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, trauma, and emotional regulation difficulties (including personality disorders). I welcome clients to my home for therapy sessions and appreciate how important it is for people to feel comfortable and at ease in a homely and supportive place in order to explore and express such personal and challenging issues as can arise during therapy.
01446 500783 View 01446 500783
Photo of Ciro Ivan Marcello De Pau, Counsellor in Cardiff, Wales
Ciro Ivan Marcello De Pau
Counsellor, MSc, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cardiff CF23
This helps me gain a deep understanding of stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and much more.
Hi there. If you stopped here, that means that probably you are looking for some assistance, so I hope you will find this information useful when choosing the right support for your needs. Let me start asking you a question: What steps are you taking to ensure your emotional and psychological needs are satisfied? If you are struggling with saying no and ending up pleasing everybody but yourself, feel trapped and incapable to get rid of worries and anxiety or just overwhelmed with your current life situation then perhaps you are not meeting some of your needs. I can help you with that.
This helps me gain a deep understanding of stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and much more.
Hi there. If you stopped here, that means that probably you are looking for some assistance, so I hope you will find this information useful when choosing the right support for your needs. Let me start asking you a question: What steps are you taking to ensure your emotional and psychological needs are satisfied? If you are struggling with saying no and ending up pleasing everybody but yourself, feel trapped and incapable to get rid of worries and anxiety or just overwhelmed with your current life situation then perhaps you are not meeting some of your needs. I can help you with that.
01446 500787 View 01446 500787
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Toby Messer
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cardiff CF10  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychotherapist specialising in multiple approaches including trauma therapy. I am an accredited member of the NCPS register. I currently work internationally online operating from a range of modalities including CBT, REBT and CAT and hold a integrative approach. As a therapist I have clinical experience working with adults with a range of issues including Trauma, attachment injuries, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, gaming addictions, substance misuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence.
I am a clinical psychotherapist specialising in multiple approaches including trauma therapy. I am an accredited member of the NCPS register. I currently work internationally online operating from a range of modalities including CBT, REBT and CAT and hold a integrative approach. As a therapist I have clinical experience working with adults with a range of issues including Trauma, attachment injuries, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, gaming addictions, substance misuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence.
01446 501258 View 01446 501258
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Louise Duggan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF14
Are you feeling lonely, isolated, depressed, anxious or have thoughts of suicide? Have you experienced an event such as bereavement, loss of a job or the end of a relationship? Is your self esteem or confidence low? Do you feel trapped in a situation and see no way out? Are you a parent/carer and feel alone or that no one understands? I offer counselling to help you explore your feelings safely and without judgement. I specialise in anxiety and depression, self esteem, loss and change and parenting/caring, I also have professional and personal knowledge and understanding of Autism and PDA.
Are you feeling lonely, isolated, depressed, anxious or have thoughts of suicide? Have you experienced an event such as bereavement, loss of a job or the end of a relationship? Is your self esteem or confidence low? Do you feel trapped in a situation and see no way out? Are you a parent/carer and feel alone or that no one understands? I offer counselling to help you explore your feelings safely and without judgement. I specialise in anxiety and depression, self esteem, loss and change and parenting/caring, I also have professional and personal knowledge and understanding of Autism and PDA.
029 2271 0028 View 029 2271 0028
Photo of Tracey Crimmins, Psychotherapist in Cardiff, Wales
Tracey Crimmins
Psychotherapist, MA, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cardiff CF5
I am a qualified and accredited CBT psychotherapist and EMDR Practitioner and work with adults and adolescents (aged 14 years and above). I have 20 years experience of working in mental health, for NHS, charities, University settings and private medical health settings. I specialise in working with trauma, working with single incident PTSD and complex PTSD. I also work depression, anxiety disorders including panic, generalised anxiety (GAD), obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), health anxiety and social anxiety.
I am a qualified and accredited CBT psychotherapist and EMDR Practitioner and work with adults and adolescents (aged 14 years and above). I have 20 years experience of working in mental health, for NHS, charities, University settings and private medical health settings. I specialise in working with trauma, working with single incident PTSD and complex PTSD. I also work depression, anxiety disorders including panic, generalised anxiety (GAD), obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), health anxiety and social anxiety.
01446 509180 View 01446 509180
Photo of Cardiff Holistic Counselling & Psychotherapy, Counsellor in Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff Holistic Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF5
I believe everyone’s experience of stress, anxiety and depression is different and rather than ‘a one size fits all’ type of counselling, I provide a holistic approach and look at you as a whole to tailor therapy to your needs.
I am passionate about helping you to manage your mental well-being and believe there is a strong connection between the body and the mind. The effects of anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma can be physically felt as well as mentally and emotionally. I understand how overwhelming and debilitating it is to try and cope with daily living when carrying these feelings around with you and just wanting to feel well again. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space to help you work through and manage these feelings so that you can start to live your life again without this holding you back.
I believe everyone’s experience of stress, anxiety and depression is different and rather than ‘a one size fits all’ type of counselling, I provide a holistic approach and look at you as a whole to tailor therapy to your needs.
I am passionate about helping you to manage your mental well-being and believe there is a strong connection between the body and the mind. The effects of anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma can be physically felt as well as mentally and emotionally. I understand how overwhelming and debilitating it is to try and cope with daily living when carrying these feelings around with you and just wanting to feel well again. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space to help you work through and manage these feelings so that you can start to live your life again without this holding you back.
01446 502357 View 01446 502357
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Dr Alex Morey
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF11  (Online Only)
Are you in need of support for mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, or emotional regulation? I am dedicated to creating a non-judgmental therapy space where clients feel heard, understood, and empowered to make positive changes in their lives. I believe in working with clients in a collaborative way to enable you to achieve your desired outcomes and goals. As a Clinical Psychologist, I offer evidence-based interventions to support individuals in enhancing their mental health and well-being, and experienced in working with a diverse range of challenges.
Are you in need of support for mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, or emotional regulation? I am dedicated to creating a non-judgmental therapy space where clients feel heard, understood, and empowered to make positive changes in their lives. I believe in working with clients in a collaborative way to enable you to achieve your desired outcomes and goals. As a Clinical Psychologist, I offer evidence-based interventions to support individuals in enhancing their mental health and well-being, and experienced in working with a diverse range of challenges.
01633 603429 View 01633 603429
Photo of Next Steps CBT, Psychotherapist in Cardiff, Wales
Next Steps CBT
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF14
Next Steps CBT is a psychotherapy counselling practice providing cognitive behavioural therapy for adults. I treat a range of mild to moderate mental health conditions including: Low mood or depression, and anxiety disorders such as GAD, panic, SAD, PTSD, phobias and OCD. I can also support people who are experiencing difficulties due to the impacts of a long-term health condition, changes in life circumstances, bereavement, or increased levels of work stress.
Next Steps CBT is a psychotherapy counselling practice providing cognitive behavioural therapy for adults. I treat a range of mild to moderate mental health conditions including: Low mood or depression, and anxiety disorders such as GAD, panic, SAD, PTSD, phobias and OCD. I can also support people who are experiencing difficulties due to the impacts of a long-term health condition, changes in life circumstances, bereavement, or increased levels of work stress.
029 2271 4734 View 029 2271 4734
Photo of Azemina Dani, Psychotherapist in Cardiff, Wales
Azemina Dani
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF3  (Online Only)
Each of us face times in life when we experience difficulties which can lead us to feel anxious, stuck, or depressed. I offer a safe and confidential space for you to share thoughts, emotions and life experiences. I aim to always create a warm and collaborative environment going at your pace in which you can express yourself without fear of judgement. I have a gentle yet sincere approach which has the ultimate aim of unlocking your own resources to help you to achieve your potential and lead a more fulfilling, healthy, and satisfying life.
Each of us face times in life when we experience difficulties which can lead us to feel anxious, stuck, or depressed. I offer a safe and confidential space for you to share thoughts, emotions and life experiences. I aim to always create a warm and collaborative environment going at your pace in which you can express yourself without fear of judgement. I have a gentle yet sincere approach which has the ultimate aim of unlocking your own resources to help you to achieve your potential and lead a more fulfilling, healthy, and satisfying life.
01733 530206 View 01733 530206
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Inge Deane
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF14
I have experience of working with issues like anxiety, depression, improving self-esteem, substance misuse, domestic abuse, hate crime, bereavement, stress, relationships, work-related issues and personal development.
It can be a very daunting experience trying to find a counsellor. You may have several questions and possibly not be sure if counselling is for you. Talking to a professional can help. My name is Inge, I am a qualified counsellor and I offer an empathetic space for you to explore what is causing you distress, so you can move through your counselling journey at a pace that is comfortable for you. I adopt a person led approach whereby I work with you by continually discussing how the direction your counselling journey is progressing and if it is having the desired effect you had hoped for.
I have experience of working with issues like anxiety, depression, improving self-esteem, substance misuse, domestic abuse, hate crime, bereavement, stress, relationships, work-related issues and personal development.
It can be a very daunting experience trying to find a counsellor. You may have several questions and possibly not be sure if counselling is for you. Talking to a professional can help. My name is Inge, I am a qualified counsellor and I offer an empathetic space for you to explore what is causing you distress, so you can move through your counselling journey at a pace that is comfortable for you. I adopt a person led approach whereby I work with you by continually discussing how the direction your counselling journey is progressing and if it is having the desired effect you had hoped for.
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Sara Sirati
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF24
I am a BACP accredited counsellor and supervisor with extensive experience in the field of counselling and psychotherapies. I deliver mental health awareness sessions in a variety of organisations and guest lecture at u My line of expertise include: working with Trauma/PTSD, sexual abuse, self-harm, Domestic Abuse, issues concerning gender, identity and sexuality, anxiety and depression. You may have existing experiences of counselling, or be completely new to counselling, nonetheless I am here to support you with any worries you may be having. I have experience of working with young people, as well as adults on a variety issues.
I am a BACP accredited counsellor and supervisor with extensive experience in the field of counselling and psychotherapies. I deliver mental health awareness sessions in a variety of organisations and guest lecture at u My line of expertise include: working with Trauma/PTSD, sexual abuse, self-harm, Domestic Abuse, issues concerning gender, identity and sexuality, anxiety and depression. You may have existing experiences of counselling, or be completely new to counselling, nonetheless I am here to support you with any worries you may be having. I have experience of working with young people, as well as adults on a variety issues.
029 2167 9526 View 029 2167 9526
Photo of Sorayya Sainsbury (Free 15 Min Consultation), Psychotherapist in Cardiff, Wales
Sorayya Sainsbury (Free 15 Min Consultation)
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF10
), depression, disorders related to trauma, low self-esteem, stress, relationship issues and many more.
I believe one of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your own story! I want to help you achieve whatever solutions and life changes you are looking for, while experiencing yourself in new ways. Life is too short to surrender to fears, be controlled by past trauma, hold grudges, surrender to discrimination, or be anxious all the time. I want you to be free of emotional pain, break out of negative behavioural patterns, be able to deal with whatever life brings, and find meaning in all life areas. My approach is person-centred, inclusive and integrative. I aim to provide a safe and non-judgemental environment for you.
), depression, disorders related to trauma, low self-esteem, stress, relationship issues and many more.
I believe one of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your own story! I want to help you achieve whatever solutions and life changes you are looking for, while experiencing yourself in new ways. Life is too short to surrender to fears, be controlled by past trauma, hold grudges, surrender to discrimination, or be anxious all the time. I want you to be free of emotional pain, break out of negative behavioural patterns, be able to deal with whatever life brings, and find meaning in all life areas. My approach is person-centred, inclusive and integrative. I aim to provide a safe and non-judgemental environment for you.
029 2271 0123 View 029 2271 0123
Photo of Sheila Daly, Counsellor in Cardiff, Wales
Sheila Daly
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF11
I truly believe that no matter who you are or where you are from, at some stage in your life you will experience difficulties and therapy can make all the difference. There are many issues that can feel overwhelming e.g. depression, anxiety, relationships to name but a few and I know it can feel quite scary taking that first step talking to someone you don't know. However, you will find that I am really easy to talk to, professional and have a wealth of knowledge and experience. My aim is to make a difference and have a positive impact on your well-being.
I truly believe that no matter who you are or where you are from, at some stage in your life you will experience difficulties and therapy can make all the difference. There are many issues that can feel overwhelming e.g. depression, anxiety, relationships to name but a few and I know it can feel quite scary taking that first step talking to someone you don't know. However, you will find that I am really easy to talk to, professional and have a wealth of knowledge and experience. My aim is to make a difference and have a positive impact on your well-being.
029 2167 9415 View 029 2167 9415
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Sherin Begum
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF24
I have helped clients with mild mental health issues such as general stress to higher needs such as schizophrenia and personality disorders. I would say my expertise lies mostly with anxiety, depression and self-esteem issues. I work with the clients goals in mind, at their own pace and ability. No two clients are the same and adjust my skills accordingly. Whether you’re looking for small changes in perspective, understanding or attitude, or you want a deeper more meaningful change in thinking, behaviour and habits I am willing to walk that journey with you.
I have helped clients with mild mental health issues such as general stress to higher needs such as schizophrenia and personality disorders. I would say my expertise lies mostly with anxiety, depression and self-esteem issues. I work with the clients goals in mind, at their own pace and ability. No two clients are the same and adjust my skills accordingly. Whether you’re looking for small changes in perspective, understanding or attitude, or you want a deeper more meaningful change in thinking, behaviour and habits I am willing to walk that journey with you.
01446 509155 View 01446 509155
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Julie Elizabeth Dykes
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF24
I work with anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, carers issues, abuse, bereavement, depression , family issues, phobias, stress, workplace stress, self esteem, sexuality, separation and divorce, AS, chronic illness and disability.
Sessions available both in person and online. Specialising in anxiety and trauma and related issues, and with over 20 years experience as a Senior psychotherapist, using CBT, integrative therapy, EMDR and Clinical Supervision I work with TRAUMA, anxiety disorders and a wide range of related and other issues. I have worked within University, workplace, NHS and and other settings as well as in private practice. Based in the Penylan /Roath area of Cardiff I offer a warm and safe, confidential welcome or can work with you online via Zoom.
I work with anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, carers issues, abuse, bereavement, depression , family issues, phobias, stress, workplace stress, self esteem, sexuality, separation and divorce, AS, chronic illness and disability.
Sessions available both in person and online. Specialising in anxiety and trauma and related issues, and with over 20 years experience as a Senior psychotherapist, using CBT, integrative therapy, EMDR and Clinical Supervision I work with TRAUMA, anxiety disorders and a wide range of related and other issues. I have worked within University, workplace, NHS and and other settings as well as in private practice. Based in the Penylan /Roath area of Cardiff I offer a warm and safe, confidential welcome or can work with you online via Zoom.
029 2167 9418 View 029 2167 9418
Photo of Samantha Jane Davies, Counsellor in Cardiff, Wales
Samantha Jane Davies
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF24
Working with a wide range of issues including, anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse.
Experienced in counselling adults, children/adolescents, I am an Integrative therapist able to tailor my approach to your individual needs. The therapy I provide will be individual to you, not just theoretically; but also in the way we work together. We can achieve this by using talking therapy and/or creative therapy, it is completely your choice. I work collaboratively where together we will explore your goals and discuss how best to help you, you will not be alone. Exploration of the difficulties you face can encourage new perspectives, enabling you to move forward with increased insight, promoting acceptance and change.
Working with a wide range of issues including, anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse.
Experienced in counselling adults, children/adolescents, I am an Integrative therapist able to tailor my approach to your individual needs. The therapy I provide will be individual to you, not just theoretically; but also in the way we work together. We can achieve this by using talking therapy and/or creative therapy, it is completely your choice. I work collaboratively where together we will explore your goals and discuss how best to help you, you will not be alone. Exploration of the difficulties you face can encourage new perspectives, enabling you to move forward with increased insight, promoting acceptance and change.
01446 501534 View 01446 501534
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Tom Cowan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF14  (Online Only)
Have you been experiencing challenges that are negatively impacting your mental health? Have you found it difficult to open up to friends, family, partners or colleagues for fear of being judged or misunderstood, leaving you unseen and unheard? Counselling provides a supportive, inclusive and affirmative relationship to share about the issues that matter to you, at your own pace and in your own way. Together we can look at a range of issues that might be affecting you such as: anxiety, depression/low mood, addictions/unwanted behaviours, trauma/abuse, work pressures including burnout.
Have you been experiencing challenges that are negatively impacting your mental health? Have you found it difficult to open up to friends, family, partners or colleagues for fear of being judged or misunderstood, leaving you unseen and unheard? Counselling provides a supportive, inclusive and affirmative relationship to share about the issues that matter to you, at your own pace and in your own way. Together we can look at a range of issues that might be affecting you such as: anxiety, depression/low mood, addictions/unwanted behaviours, trauma/abuse, work pressures including burnout.
01273 092910 View 01273 092910
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The Next Page Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF11
Hi, if you feeling anxious, confused or worried? Struggling to cope or overwhelmed? I will give you a confidential safe space to talk and be heard. I am professional, non-judgmental and empathetic. I work with people with a range of issues including but not limited to, Depression and Anxiety, Suicidal thoughts, Relationships and their issues, sex and sexuality, greater life balance, work related stress and more. Counselling is a talking therapy which gives you a space to explore your thoughts and feelings without judgement. I aim to help you feel more in control and empower you to make the changes YOU want to your life!
Hi, if you feeling anxious, confused or worried? Struggling to cope or overwhelmed? I will give you a confidential safe space to talk and be heard. I am professional, non-judgmental and empathetic. I work with people with a range of issues including but not limited to, Depression and Anxiety, Suicidal thoughts, Relationships and their issues, sex and sexuality, greater life balance, work related stress and more. Counselling is a talking therapy which gives you a space to explore your thoughts and feelings without judgement. I aim to help you feel more in control and empower you to make the changes YOU want to your life!
01446 509168 View 01446 509168

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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.