Depression Psychiatrists in Denver, CO

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Photo of Victoria Cabral, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO
Victoria Cabral
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80203
I am particularly passionate about working with ADHD in adulthood, depression/anxiety, perinatal/postpartum individuals, and the LGBTQ+ community.
*Accepting New Clients* I am a Yale University trained and Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of experience working in the field of mental health. I believe in a holistic and client-centered approach to psychiatric mental health care. In addition to evidenced-based psychiatry and medication management, we will review supplements, vitamins, and other complementary approaches as part of your mental health treatment.
I am particularly passionate about working with ADHD in adulthood, depression/anxiety, perinatal/postpartum individuals, and the LGBTQ+ community.
*Accepting New Clients* I am a Yale University trained and Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of experience working in the field of mental health. I believe in a holistic and client-centered approach to psychiatric mental health care. In addition to evidenced-based psychiatry and medication management, we will review supplements, vitamins, and other complementary approaches as part of your mental health treatment.
(720) 358-7434 View (720) 358-7434
Photo of Ivy Hoo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO
Ivy Hoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80220
I have experience evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and bipolar disorders.
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
I have experience evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and bipolar disorders.
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
(720) 706-7133 View (720) 706-7133
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Eunoia Healthcare - Julie Estrada, Psych NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80218
Are you looking for mental health medication management? What about a primary care provider? At Eunoia, we offer the best of both worlds. We have a family nurse practitioner ready to perform your annual exam or do a thyroid workup, while our psychiatric nurse practitioner is ready to help with issues like anxiety, depression, or ADHD.
Are you looking for mental health medication management? What about a primary care provider? At Eunoia, we offer the best of both worlds. We have a family nurse practitioner ready to perform your annual exam or do a thyroid workup, while our psychiatric nurse practitioner is ready to help with issues like anxiety, depression, or ADHD.
(720) 358-2862 View (720) 358-2862
Photo of James Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO
James Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80204
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call us.
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call us.
(720) 459-4497 View (720) 459-4497
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Holistic Mental Healthcare PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80202
Do you have ADHD? Are you struggling with depression or anxiety? Do you have trouble sleeping at night or have no energy during the day? Is your mental health holding you back from living your most joyful, most productive life? If so, reach out right now! I can help you.!
Do you have ADHD? Are you struggling with depression or anxiety? Do you have trouble sleeping at night or have no energy during the day? Is your mental health holding you back from living your most joyful, most productive life? If so, reach out right now! I can help you.!
(720) 637-4384 View (720) 637-4384
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Cicely Hooten - Complete Behavioral Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP, ACNS
Verified
Denver, CO 80222  (Online Only)
We provide psychiatric services to patients ages 18 and older for a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorders, personality disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD and insomnia.
Complete Behavioral Health, PLLC is envisioned to provide a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere that recognizes and appreciates your shared experiences. Complete Behavioral Health promotes inclusivity and recognizes marginalized groups. These include people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community who are seeking gender affirming services. Every story matters to us! Cicely also has extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced traumas, including Veterans. Her ideal patient-provider relationships are communicative and long-lasting.
We provide psychiatric services to patients ages 18 and older for a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorders, personality disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD and insomnia.
Complete Behavioral Health, PLLC is envisioned to provide a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere that recognizes and appreciates your shared experiences. Complete Behavioral Health promotes inclusivity and recognizes marginalized groups. These include people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community who are seeking gender affirming services. Every story matters to us! Cicely also has extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced traumas, including Veterans. Her ideal patient-provider relationships are communicative and long-lasting.
(303) 622-0498 View (303) 622-0498
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Heather Jones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80204
Jones is passionate about mental health and depression treatment.
Dr. Heather Jones, trained at UCLA, Johns Hopkins, and the Mayo Clinic, is a compassionate mental health leader with over a decade of experience. Dr. Jones goes beyond expertise, taking the time to understand each patient's unique background and strengths. She fosters a strong connection and empowers patients to make informed healthcare decisions. Her approach is down-to-earth, marked by humor and empathy, creating a judgment-free zone. She tailors treatment to your specific needs, empowering you on your journey to well-being.
Jones is passionate about mental health and depression treatment.
Dr. Heather Jones, trained at UCLA, Johns Hopkins, and the Mayo Clinic, is a compassionate mental health leader with over a decade of experience. Dr. Jones goes beyond expertise, taking the time to understand each patient's unique background and strengths. She fosters a strong connection and empowers patients to make informed healthcare decisions. Her approach is down-to-earth, marked by humor and empathy, creating a judgment-free zone. She tailors treatment to your specific needs, empowering you on your journey to well-being.
(720) 790-4212 View (720) 790-4212
Photo of Derenda Beasley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO
Derenda Beasley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80204  (Online Only)
I specialize in providing a comprehensive secure psychiatric mental health evaluation and medication management for children, teens, and adults who are struggling with a variety of symptoms. These include anxiety, depression, ADHD, unstable moods, personality disorders, trauma, sleep disturbances, substance use, OCD and psychosis. Patients seek privacy and educated treatment within a non-judgmental space to ultimately lead to a more healthy, productive and positive experience with the management of mental health concerns.
I specialize in providing a comprehensive secure psychiatric mental health evaluation and medication management for children, teens, and adults who are struggling with a variety of symptoms. These include anxiety, depression, ADHD, unstable moods, personality disorders, trauma, sleep disturbances, substance use, OCD and psychosis. Patients seek privacy and educated treatment within a non-judgmental space to ultimately lead to a more healthy, productive and positive experience with the management of mental health concerns.
(720) 740-1124 View (720) 740-1124
Photo of Joe Maxwell, Psychiatric Nurse in Denver, CO
Joe Maxwell
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified
Denver, CO 80216  (Online Only)
Areas of specialty include chronic mental illness, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders, and substance abuse across all developmental age spans.
My style of practice includes a comprehensive patient-centered focus of care that supports traditional as well as holistic care. I believe that treatment of the whole person to be included as mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. My style of conservative psychopharmcological treatment is designed to be utilized collaboratively with the addition of a primary psychotherapist. Other important aspects of focus in his practice include: complementary and alternative medicine, lifestyle modification, exercise, nutrition, and stress management.
Areas of specialty include chronic mental illness, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders, and substance abuse across all developmental age spans.
My style of practice includes a comprehensive patient-centered focus of care that supports traditional as well as holistic care. I believe that treatment of the whole person to be included as mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. My style of conservative psychopharmcological treatment is designed to be utilized collaboratively with the addition of a primary psychotherapist. Other important aspects of focus in his practice include: complementary and alternative medicine, lifestyle modification, exercise, nutrition, and stress management.
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Photo of Andrew Nagy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO
Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80219
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
(319) 984-1018 View (319) 984-1018
Photo of James Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO
James Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80205
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link.
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link.
(720) 445-8821 View (720) 445-8821
Photo of Chelsea Keselman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO
Chelsea Keselman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80203  (Online Only)
Specialty areas of focus include: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, psychotic disorders, sleep disorders, substance use, and disordered eating.
Meet Chelsea, a psychiatric nurse practitioner who brings a compassionate, patient-focused approach to mental healthcare and wellness. Born and raised in the Midwest, Chelsea relocated to Denver with her husband and two children to pursue her passion for helping those struggling with their mental health. With experience across settings - from hospitals to private practice - Chelsea leverages her background in nursing and expertise in a variety of mental health conditions to provide medication management and brief supportive therapy to adolescents and adults.
Specialty areas of focus include: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, psychotic disorders, sleep disorders, substance use, and disordered eating.
Meet Chelsea, a psychiatric nurse practitioner who brings a compassionate, patient-focused approach to mental healthcare and wellness. Born and raised in the Midwest, Chelsea relocated to Denver with her husband and two children to pursue her passion for helping those struggling with their mental health. With experience across settings - from hospitals to private practice - Chelsea leverages her background in nursing and expertise in a variety of mental health conditions to provide medication management and brief supportive therapy to adolescents and adults.
(720) 782-6819 View (720) 782-6819
Photo of Syreeta Spears, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO
Syreeta Spears
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, CPN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80206
Hello, I'm Syreeta Spears and I'm a Board-Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. I focus on using a collaborative, comprehensive methodology when treating patients and families. I specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults, and currently only see patients age 32 and under. I provide support and treatment plans for issues surrounding: suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, emotional disturbances, trauma, Bipolar disorder, behavioral issues, sleep problems, troubled thought patterns, difficult life transitions, and attention issues.
Hello, I'm Syreeta Spears and I'm a Board-Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. I focus on using a collaborative, comprehensive methodology when treating patients and families. I specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults, and currently only see patients age 32 and under. I provide support and treatment plans for issues surrounding: suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, emotional disturbances, trauma, Bipolar disorder, behavioral issues, sleep problems, troubled thought patterns, difficult life transitions, and attention issues.
(833) 248-5327 View (833) 248-5327
Photo of Optimal Mental Health Virtual Clinical, PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO
Optimal Mental Health Virtual Clinical, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Are you an adult struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety? Do you often find yourself overwhelmed by life's stressors, such as relationship issues, career uncertainties, financial difficulties, health concerns, or even the joy and stress of getting married? Are you navigating the challenging waters of grief and loss? If any of these resonate with you, I want you to know that you are not alone. We understand how these concerns can make you feel isolated, with no one to share your struggles with. But remember, reaching out for help is a strength, not a weakness.
Are you an adult struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety? Do you often find yourself overwhelmed by life's stressors, such as relationship issues, career uncertainties, financial difficulties, health concerns, or even the joy and stress of getting married? Are you navigating the challenging waters of grief and loss? If any of these resonate with you, I want you to know that you are not alone. We understand how these concerns can make you feel isolated, with no one to share your struggles with. But remember, reaching out for help is a strength, not a weakness.
(303) 479-3448 View (303) 479-3448
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Joanna Westerfield - Denver Wellness Associates
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Denver, CO 80209
I specialize in treating anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, trauma, PTSD and OCD.
Hello! My name is Joanna Westerfield and I am a certified physician assistant. My practice is built on compassion, respect, and evidence-based approaches to psychiatric medicine. I am especially committed to working alongside you to build a holistic, whole-person treatment plan that optimizes your mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. My goal is to deliver the highest quality care, ranging from the standard treatment protocols to newer approaches including genetic testing, TMS and ketamine therapy when indicated.
I specialize in treating anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, trauma, PTSD and OCD.
Hello! My name is Joanna Westerfield and I am a certified physician assistant. My practice is built on compassion, respect, and evidence-based approaches to psychiatric medicine. I am especially committed to working alongside you to build a holistic, whole-person treatment plan that optimizes your mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. My goal is to deliver the highest quality care, ranging from the standard treatment protocols to newer approaches including genetic testing, TMS and ketamine therapy when indicated.
(720) 637-1979 View (720) 637-1979
Photo of Alison Baker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO
Alison Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80205
Including but not limited to schizophrenia, ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, mood, and sleep disorders, seeing clients throughout the lifespan.
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry. Asking for help takes courage, and my goal is to meet you where you are. I intend to understand your values, needs, and emotions. Effective treatment starts with trust and feeling heard without judgment. Your initial appointment can be in person or in the comfort of your home utilizing telehealth. By learning about you, your family history, and your symptoms, we can develop a treatment plan we are both comfortable with.
Including but not limited to schizophrenia, ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, mood, and sleep disorders, seeing clients throughout the lifespan.
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry. Asking for help takes courage, and my goal is to meet you where you are. I intend to understand your values, needs, and emotions. Effective treatment starts with trust and feeling heard without judgment. Your initial appointment can be in person or in the comfort of your home utilizing telehealth. By learning about you, your family history, and your symptoms, we can develop a treatment plan we are both comfortable with.
(720) 807-1909 View (720) 807-1909
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Timothy Wood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80211
I want to help those suffering with ADHD, depression/anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, and other mental health issues. I want to truly listen to the needs of my patients and formulate an individualized plan to get you feeling better.
I want to help those suffering with ADHD, depression/anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, and other mental health issues. I want to truly listen to the needs of my patients and formulate an individualized plan to get you feeling better.
(720) 697-2168 View (720) 697-2168
Photo of Ivy Hoo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO
Ivy Hoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80231
I have experience evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and bipolar disorders.
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
I have experience evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and bipolar disorders.
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
(720) 706-3420 View (720) 706-3420
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Lauren Viramontes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80216  (Online Only)
Welcome! I’m a masters prepared, double board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I provide mental health treatment including medication management for adolescents and adults with various conditions including mood disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, behavioral issues, trauma, attention and concentration difficulties, and troubled thought patterns. My special interests include working with the young to middle aged adult populations who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD, and those who may be going through life changes and transitions.
Welcome! I’m a masters prepared, double board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I provide mental health treatment including medication management for adolescents and adults with various conditions including mood disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, behavioral issues, trauma, attention and concentration difficulties, and troubled thought patterns. My special interests include working with the young to middle aged adult populations who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD, and those who may be going through life changes and transitions.
(720) 893-8354 View (720) 893-8354
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Samantha Cerqua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80204
Special Interests: behavioral health integration and holistic wellness, mental health promotion, chemical dependency, anxiety and OCD, ADHD, depression and mood disorders, trauma, women’s health​.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Elmhurst University and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Rush University. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked as a psychiatric registered nurse for seven years in various settings including: community behavioral health, inpatient psychiatry, residential treatment for substance abuse and obsessive compulsive disorders, and outpatient psychiatry.
Special Interests: behavioral health integration and holistic wellness, mental health promotion, chemical dependency, anxiety and OCD, ADHD, depression and mood disorders, trauma, women’s health​.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Elmhurst University and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Rush University. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked as a psychiatric registered nurse for seven years in various settings including: community behavioral health, inpatient psychiatry, residential treatment for substance abuse and obsessive compulsive disorders, and outpatient psychiatry.
(720) 419-1405 View (720) 419-1405

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Depression Psychiatrists

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 recognize 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 behavioral therapy (CBT) helps clients challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs, learn new behavioral strategies, and curb reactivity to distressing situations. Behavioral 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.