Depression Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL

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Bethanie Simmons-Becil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and graduate educator with over 14 years of experience providing evidence-based, holistically focused mental health care to multiple patient populations. I am passionate about integrating novel psychopharmacology and science-backed holistic interventions in psychiatric care. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, regardless of circumstance, and helping them with their depression, anxiety, and mood so that they may find joy in their life again.
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and graduate educator with over 14 years of experience providing evidence-based, holistically focused mental health care to multiple patient populations. I am passionate about integrating novel psychopharmacology and science-backed holistic interventions in psychiatric care. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, regardless of circumstance, and helping them with their depression, anxiety, and mood so that they may find joy in their life again.
(904) 877-4188 View (904) 877-4188
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Alina M Galliano-Pardo
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FASAM
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
She treats many disorders, such as, depression, anxiety/ panic disorders, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Originally from San Juan, PR, Alina M. Galliano-Pardo, M.D. completed her medical school and residency training at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Galliano-Pardo has been practicing psychiatry for over fifteen years and has diagnosed and treated thousands of patients. She is a Fellow in both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She is one of few private practice psychiatrists on Florida’s First Coast who is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and is the only female.
She treats many disorders, such as, depression, anxiety/ panic disorders, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Originally from San Juan, PR, Alina M. Galliano-Pardo, M.D. completed her medical school and residency training at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Galliano-Pardo has been practicing psychiatry for over fifteen years and has diagnosed and treated thousands of patients. She is a Fellow in both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She is one of few private practice psychiatrists on Florida’s First Coast who is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and is the only female.
(904) 685-9385 View (904) 685-9385
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Candice Webb
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Webb specializes in treating patients with a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, OCD, and PTSD.
Dr. Webb received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. She obtained her medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency at Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education in Tamarac, Florida. Dr. Webb is currently board-certified under the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After completing training, Dr. Webb worked as an Attending psychiatrist with the Department of Veteran Affairs in Miami, FL.
Webb specializes in treating patients with a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, OCD, and PTSD.
Dr. Webb received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. She obtained her medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency at Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education in Tamarac, Florida. Dr. Webb is currently board-certified under the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After completing training, Dr. Webb worked as an Attending psychiatrist with the Department of Veteran Affairs in Miami, FL.
(904) 906-9267 View (904) 906-9267
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PierCentral Wellness Solutions (Psychiatry)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Pam provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management for those who experience symptoms related to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficits, schizoaffective disorder, alcohol use disorder, and opioid use disorder just to name a few.
As the sole provider here at PierCentral Wellness Solutions, Pam serves to facilitate a nonjudgmental environment where clients feel safe to explore options available for the treatment of symptoms that may impact social and/or occupational functioning. Pam is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP who has amassed an abundance of experience and education including a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Georgia College & State University, clinical experience with Wellstar Health System in Georgia, and 11+ years experience as a mental health RN. (Controlled substance prescribing in Maryland only at this time)
Pam provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management for those who experience symptoms related to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficits, schizoaffective disorder, alcohol use disorder, and opioid use disorder just to name a few.
As the sole provider here at PierCentral Wellness Solutions, Pam serves to facilitate a nonjudgmental environment where clients feel safe to explore options available for the treatment of symptoms that may impact social and/or occupational functioning. Pam is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP who has amassed an abundance of experience and education including a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Georgia College & State University, clinical experience with Wellstar Health System in Georgia, and 11+ years experience as a mental health RN. (Controlled substance prescribing in Maryland only at this time)
(904) 468-6538 View (904) 468-6538
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Caitlin Meyer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Caitlin Meyer is a board- certified in adult psychiatry with experience in a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, women’s mental health, and ADHD. Dr. Meyer’s practice is focused on medication management with supportive therapy offered in 30-minute follow-up visits. Dr. Meyer received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where she received the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physician’s Award for outstanding medical student in Psychiatry. She pursued her residency in adult psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Dr. Caitlin Meyer is a board- certified in adult psychiatry with experience in a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, women’s mental health, and ADHD. Dr. Meyer’s practice is focused on medication management with supportive therapy offered in 30-minute follow-up visits. Dr. Meyer received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where she received the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physician’s Award for outstanding medical student in Psychiatry. She pursued her residency in adult psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
(904) 323-4178 View (904) 323-4178
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32202
We specialize in treating these conditions: • ADHD • Alcohol Abuse • Anxiety • Bipolar Disorder • Depression • Dementia • Eating Disorder • OCD • Panic Disorder • Personality Disorder • PTSD • Schizophrenia • Schizoaffective Disorder • Substance Abuse.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
We specialize in treating these conditions: • ADHD • Alcohol Abuse • Anxiety • Bipolar Disorder • Depression • Dementia • Eating Disorder • OCD • Panic Disorder • Personality Disorder • PTSD • Schizophrenia • Schizoaffective Disorder • Substance Abuse.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(904) 736-3829 View (904) 736-3829
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Aimee Roberts-Serrato
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32223
People struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and others. You need someone who will listen, ask questions, and listen again. Trust in the relationship between yourself and your PMHNP is imperative. Without it, you have nothing. Trust leads to medication adherence, attending follow-up appointments, improved communication, rapport, and understanding. People want to be able to smile and mean it, enjoy their hobbies, find purpose, achieve their goals, and live their life in a way that is genuine to them. These are my goals when we work together.
People struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and others. You need someone who will listen, ask questions, and listen again. Trust in the relationship between yourself and your PMHNP is imperative. Without it, you have nothing. Trust leads to medication adherence, attending follow-up appointments, improved communication, rapport, and understanding. People want to be able to smile and mean it, enjoy their hobbies, find purpose, achieve their goals, and live their life in a way that is genuine to them. These are my goals when we work together.
(904) 299-1607 View (904) 299-1607
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Melinda Braswell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32223
Are you feeling depressed, overwhelmed, or lost your zest for life? Do you feel alone with nowhere else to turn? Are your problems adversely affecting your personal relationships or job success? If this sounds like you, it’s time to get help. Let’s work together to recapture the joy and happiness you desire.
Are you feeling depressed, overwhelmed, or lost your zest for life? Do you feel alone with nowhere else to turn? Are your problems adversely affecting your personal relationships or job success? If this sounds like you, it’s time to get help. Let’s work together to recapture the joy and happiness you desire.
(904) 867-4223 View (904) 867-4223
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Douglas Terry Knapp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Depression, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Grief and Loss (working with children dealing with divorce or separation), Insomnia/ Sleep Hygiene, Self Esteem, Mood Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma/ Trauma Informed Care.
Doug has spent the majority of his clinical experience studying and practicing a person centered approach with a concentration in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. He believes that providing evidence-based care to the family as a whole, is vital to the success of children and adolescents navigating mental health issues. Doug seeks to provide each patient and their family with the highest quality care using both psychotherapy and medication management to help guide the patient in their specific treatment plan. As a practitioner of pediatric psychiatry, Doug specializes in the treatment of the following conditions:
Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Depression, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Grief and Loss (working with children dealing with divorce or separation), Insomnia/ Sleep Hygiene, Self Esteem, Mood Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma/ Trauma Informed Care.
Doug has spent the majority of his clinical experience studying and practicing a person centered approach with a concentration in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. He believes that providing evidence-based care to the family as a whole, is vital to the success of children and adolescents navigating mental health issues. Doug seeks to provide each patient and their family with the highest quality care using both psychotherapy and medication management to help guide the patient in their specific treatment plan. As a practitioner of pediatric psychiatry, Doug specializes in the treatment of the following conditions:
(904) 785-8499 View (904) 785-8499
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Colleen Conrad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32258
Whether you're experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or any other mental health condition, seeking a definitive diagnosis is an important step toward finding the right path to recovery.
Are you struggling with your mental well-being? Do you feel like something isn't quite right and you're unsure where to turn? Are you finding it difficult to manage your emotions, thoughts, or behaviors?​ I specialize in providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and diagnoses, along with medication management if necessary. Together, we can uncover the root causes of your challenges and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you regain control of your mental health.​
Whether you're experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or any other mental health condition, seeking a definitive diagnosis is an important step toward finding the right path to recovery.
Are you struggling with your mental well-being? Do you feel like something isn't quite right and you're unsure where to turn? Are you finding it difficult to manage your emotions, thoughts, or behaviors?​ I specialize in providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and diagnoses, along with medication management if necessary. Together, we can uncover the root causes of your challenges and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you regain control of your mental health.​
(904) 977-2724 View (904) 977-2724
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Alicia Garcete
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Alicia Garcete is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in practice for over 12 years. Her practice focuses on medication management, recognizing family involvement is extremely important and is an integral part of treatment. Dr. Garcete has treated a wide variety of patients. Her primary focus is treating depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD and OCD. Additionally, she can provide supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy but on occasions more therapy support may be needed, and the recommendation to bring a psychotherapist on the care team may occur to provide an optimal outcome.
Dr. Alicia Garcete is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in practice for over 12 years. Her practice focuses on medication management, recognizing family involvement is extremely important and is an integral part of treatment. Dr. Garcete has treated a wide variety of patients. Her primary focus is treating depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD and OCD. Additionally, she can provide supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy but on occasions more therapy support may be needed, and the recommendation to bring a psychotherapist on the care team may occur to provide an optimal outcome.
(904) 875-8073 View (904) 875-8073
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Dr. Paula Parsons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSHL, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32205
I am dedicated to family empowerment, women and men's issues, challenges in adolescence, depression, substance use and anxiety.
Life's journey and sometimes trying to navigate through its challenges can feel overwhelming. Perhaps you are a single parent, a grandparent, or someone who is experiencing a major life transition. As a doctorally prepared psychiatric mental health (PMHNP-BC) and primary care nurse practitioner (FNP-C), I apply integrative knowledge in physical and mental health to help synergize your path to wellness. I believe that each day is an opportunity to live authentically and on purpose. Thank you for taking the first steps towards allowing me to walk alongside you through this holistic journey towards wellness. Let's Go!
I am dedicated to family empowerment, women and men's issues, challenges in adolescence, depression, substance use and anxiety.
Life's journey and sometimes trying to navigate through its challenges can feel overwhelming. Perhaps you are a single parent, a grandparent, or someone who is experiencing a major life transition. As a doctorally prepared psychiatric mental health (PMHNP-BC) and primary care nurse practitioner (FNP-C), I apply integrative knowledge in physical and mental health to help synergize your path to wellness. I believe that each day is an opportunity to live authentically and on purpose. Thank you for taking the first steps towards allowing me to walk alongside you through this holistic journey towards wellness. Let's Go!
(904) 875-0897 View (904) 875-0897
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Patricia Klaine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Klaine has treated a wide variety of patients including those with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.
Dr. Patricia Klaine is an attending physician working at Talkiatry. She is board certified in adult psychiatry. After completing her training in adult psychiatry, she continued her education by completing a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry which enables her to confidently treat patients with a variety of medical comorbidities. Dr. Klaine focuses on medication management. She offers this in addition to supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. For some patients, it may be important to bring in additional psychotherapy for well-rounded care.
Klaine has treated a wide variety of patients including those with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.
Dr. Patricia Klaine is an attending physician working at Talkiatry. She is board certified in adult psychiatry. After completing her training in adult psychiatry, she continued her education by completing a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry which enables her to confidently treat patients with a variety of medical comorbidities. Dr. Klaine focuses on medication management. She offers this in addition to supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. For some patients, it may be important to bring in additional psychotherapy for well-rounded care.
(904) 853-9094 View (904) 853-9094
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Online Psychiatrist in Jacksonville, Florida
Psychiatrist, MD , MBBS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32201  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Practicing in New York City. Due to requests, I have started providing tele-psychiatry services in Tennessee. I have really enjoyed learning meeting my patients in the South and learning a new culture and way of life. I have trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, depression, irritability, anxiety, OCD insomnia, wanting to perform better at work the core principles of symptom treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Practicing in New York City. Due to requests, I have started providing tele-psychiatry services in Tennessee. I have really enjoyed learning meeting my patients in the South and learning a new culture and way of life. I have trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, depression, irritability, anxiety, OCD insomnia, wanting to perform better at work the core principles of symptom treatment are often similar.
(904) 675-1124 View (904) 675-1124
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Faujia Sobhan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Welcome to Talkiatry. My passion is caring for patients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD. My philosophy is to provide a comprehensive approach utilizing medication, supportive therapy and psychoeducation. I strive to provide care in a compassionate, non judgmental, and nurturing environment, taking time to explore symptoms, actively listen to the patient thus getting to know the person as a whole, their life stressors and what they are striving to achieve.
Welcome to Talkiatry. My passion is caring for patients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD. My philosophy is to provide a comprehensive approach utilizing medication, supportive therapy and psychoeducation. I strive to provide care in a compassionate, non judgmental, and nurturing environment, taking time to explore symptoms, actively listen to the patient thus getting to know the person as a whole, their life stressors and what they are striving to achieve.
(904) 747-8244 View (904) 747-8244
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First Stop Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified
6 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32210
My ideal client may seek help for one condition or a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or addiction. They require understanding, coping skills, and support to enhance their well-being, including medication management when necessary. Their goals include finding inner peace, mood stability, improved focus, and healthier relationships. They want a fulfilling life, free from emotional burdens, and the ability to enjoy a brighter future.
My ideal client may seek help for one condition or a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or addiction. They require understanding, coping skills, and support to enhance their well-being, including medication management when necessary. Their goals include finding inner peace, mood stability, improved focus, and healthier relationships. They want a fulfilling life, free from emotional burdens, and the ability to enjoy a brighter future.
(904) 601-0931 View (904) 601-0931
Alvaro Lacayo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216
I specialize in Major Depression from children to adults.
I'm a psychiatrist with many year of experiences. I have worked in hospitals, community mental health centers and private practice. I have treated many clients throughout the years. I've worked with clients who were diagnosed with: Major Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar I and II, Schizoaffective, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant, Conduct Disorder, and Adjustment Disorders. I've worked with individuals who were diagnosed with personality disorders.
I specialize in Major Depression from children to adults.
I'm a psychiatrist with many year of experiences. I have worked in hospitals, community mental health centers and private practice. I have treated many clients throughout the years. I've worked with clients who were diagnosed with: Major Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar I and II, Schizoaffective, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant, Conduct Disorder, and Adjustment Disorders. I've worked with individuals who were diagnosed with personality disorders.
(904) 497-4671 View (904) 497-4671
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Stormy Hayes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256
My practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, and substance abuse.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) in Jacksonville, Florida. I graduated with my BSN from the University of West Florida and initially found a passion in caring for extremely critical infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). As a nurse, I have loved and cared for babies for over 6 years. Throughout my career, I have seen how daily stress negatively impacts patient’s parents and their mental health. This reignited my passion for psychology and mental health. I graduated with my Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degree from Jacksonville University.
My practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, and substance abuse.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) in Jacksonville, Florida. I graduated with my BSN from the University of West Florida and initially found a passion in caring for extremely critical infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). As a nurse, I have loved and cared for babies for over 6 years. Throughout my career, I have seen how daily stress negatively impacts patient’s parents and their mental health. This reignited my passion for psychology and mental health. I graduated with my Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degree from Jacksonville University.
(904) 861-6452 View (904) 861-6452
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Sarah Debrey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Debrey is board-certified in adult psychiatry. Her approach is client-centered, individualized, and collaborative. She focuses on building a strong therapeutic alliance with each client to work towards achieving enhanced functioning and meaning in their lives. She works with individuals experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression and other mood concerns, bipolar spectrum illnesses, OCD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders.
Dr. Debrey is board-certified in adult psychiatry. Her approach is client-centered, individualized, and collaborative. She focuses on building a strong therapeutic alliance with each client to work towards achieving enhanced functioning and meaning in their lives. She works with individuals experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression and other mood concerns, bipolar spectrum illnesses, OCD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders.
(904) 569-7145 View (904) 569-7145
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Kendra Scott
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Kendra M. Scott is a native of Charleston, SC. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina where she majored in Biology and minored in Education. She completed her medical degree and psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Scott is a board-eligible psychiatrist and has worked for several years at the Veterans Administration providing medication management for various diagnoses including PTSD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety.
Dr. Kendra M. Scott is a native of Charleston, SC. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina where she majored in Biology and minored in Education. She completed her medical degree and psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Scott is a board-eligible psychiatrist and has worked for several years at the Veterans Administration providing medication management for various diagnoses including PTSD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety.
(904) 822-9633 View (904) 822-9633

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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.