Depression Psychiatrists in Las Vegas, NV

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Arbor Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Do you struggle with overhelming anxiety, depression, or the lingering effects of trauma that significantly impact your day-to-day life and relationships? Ever feel worn out and overwhelmed, just trying to make it through the day, wondering if there's any light at the end of the tunnel? Do you find yourself hoping that things could get better? If you're thinking life could be better, you're not alone. Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and unsure about how to manage their relationships, careers, and life in general. Neglecting your own needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues.
Do you struggle with overhelming anxiety, depression, or the lingering effects of trauma that significantly impact your day-to-day life and relationships? Ever feel worn out and overwhelmed, just trying to make it through the day, wondering if there's any light at the end of the tunnel? Do you find yourself hoping that things could get better? If you're thinking life could be better, you're not alone. Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and unsure about how to manage their relationships, careers, and life in general. Neglecting your own needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues.
(702) 830-9588 View (702) 830-9588
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Kristine Umiten
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89124  (Online Only)
My unique approach combines medication management and psychotherapy for treating depression,anxiety, and other mental health disorders. I tailor treatments to each client, focusing on both biological and emotional aspects. This dual strategy optimizes outcomes and promotes lasting change, empowering clients to overcome challenges and achieve well-being.
My unique approach combines medication management and psychotherapy for treating depression,anxiety, and other mental health disorders. I tailor treatments to each client, focusing on both biological and emotional aspects. This dual strategy optimizes outcomes and promotes lasting change, empowering clients to overcome challenges and achieve well-being.
(725) 677-6227 View (725) 677-6227
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Nippon Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89119
My practice is integrated care (Both psychiatric and primary care). I have two board certifications with medical and psychiatric care. I do physical assessment, neurocognitive assessment, and lab work to diagnose patients. I spend 60 minutes interviewing patients to identify psychiatric disease. I am specialized in treating Depression, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, eating disorder, insomnia, PMS, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease related psychosis. I also do ketamine therapy for chronic drug resistance depression. If you want to receive a detail assessment, you come to the right place.
My practice is integrated care (Both psychiatric and primary care). I have two board certifications with medical and psychiatric care. I do physical assessment, neurocognitive assessment, and lab work to diagnose patients. I spend 60 minutes interviewing patients to identify psychiatric disease. I am specialized in treating Depression, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, eating disorder, insomnia, PMS, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease related psychosis. I also do ketamine therapy for chronic drug resistance depression. If you want to receive a detail assessment, you come to the right place.
(702) 827-4167 View (702) 827-4167
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Carri Campbell-Nasby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89119  (Online Only)
You are not alone in your struggles to overcome your feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. With supportive and compassionate care, let's work together to explore solutions that can help lead you to healthier functioning, a healthier mind, and happier living.
You are not alone in your struggles to overcome your feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. With supportive and compassionate care, let's work together to explore solutions that can help lead you to healthier functioning, a healthier mind, and happier living.
(702) 779-0566 View (702) 779-0566
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Freedom Psychiatry Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Are you feeling worthless about your life or hopeless about your future? Are you feeling anxious and scared to be in a public place? Do you have trouble focusing much better on your task at work or in school? You are not alone. We are here to help you balance your physical and mental health and improve your performance. We treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic attack, bipolar disorder, and many more. We are currently Accepting new clients. We accept Anthem, BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, and United health insurance. Please, check out what other are saying about us at: provider.kareo.com/paul-okoronkwo
Are you feeling worthless about your life or hopeless about your future? Are you feeling anxious and scared to be in a public place? Do you have trouble focusing much better on your task at work or in school? You are not alone. We are here to help you balance your physical and mental health and improve your performance. We treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic attack, bipolar disorder, and many more. We are currently Accepting new clients. We accept Anthem, BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, and United health insurance. Please, check out what other are saying about us at: provider.kareo.com/paul-okoronkwo
(725) 226-4751 View (725) 226-4751
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Aroma Functional Nutrition Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89144
Smith has helped her own combat veteran husband manage PTSD, depression, anxiety, and insomnia with natural remedies.
Are you taking medications, but still not feeling like yourself? Do you feel like you need mental healthcare, but are afraid of being put on medications? Have you been tried on multiple medications and have not found one or a combination that works for you? Or do you have no energy and motivation and coffee is barely helping?
Smith has helped her own combat veteran husband manage PTSD, depression, anxiety, and insomnia with natural remedies.
Are you taking medications, but still not feeling like yourself? Do you feel like you need mental healthcare, but are afraid of being put on medications? Have you been tried on multiple medications and have not found one or a combination that works for you? Or do you have no energy and motivation and coffee is barely helping?
(702) 745-1902 View (702) 745-1902
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Lawrence Abah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89128
He treats Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD, Insomnia, ADHD, binge eating, substance use disorder, Medication management, Genetic testing and more.
Dr. Lawrence Abah, DNP, PMHNP treats patients starting from 12 years old. Lawrence is dual board certified in Across the lifespan psychiatry and Family practice. Lawrence believes in using holistic approach to behavioral health and partnering with his clients for the best treatment outcome. He believes in development of good therapeutic alliance with his patients. He prides himself in providing patient focused, high quality and individualized care to his patients. Lawrence has more than 15 years experience in behavioral health, and he understands how difficult it is finding that provider.
He treats Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD, Insomnia, ADHD, binge eating, substance use disorder, Medication management, Genetic testing and more.
Dr. Lawrence Abah, DNP, PMHNP treats patients starting from 12 years old. Lawrence is dual board certified in Across the lifespan psychiatry and Family practice. Lawrence believes in using holistic approach to behavioral health and partnering with his clients for the best treatment outcome. He believes in development of good therapeutic alliance with his patients. He prides himself in providing patient focused, high quality and individualized care to his patients. Lawrence has more than 15 years experience in behavioral health, and he understands how difficult it is finding that provider.
(725) 269-3640 View (725) 269-3640
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Graceann Pittari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89102  (Online Only)
I offer medication management to help clients manage a wide range of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, insomnia, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder and more.
Hi there! If you're ready to start your mental health journey, call/email or text to get set up today! I offer 100% virtual appointments from the comfort of your home. My services are open to all individuals in Nevada. I offer cash pay and take some insurances.
I offer medication management to help clients manage a wide range of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, insomnia, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder and more.
Hi there! If you're ready to start your mental health journey, call/email or text to get set up today! I offer 100% virtual appointments from the comfort of your home. My services are open to all individuals in Nevada. I offer cash pay and take some insurances.
(702) 356-0375 View (702) 356-0375
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Nevada Family Psychiatry
Physician Assistant, PA-C, DHS, DFAAPA
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89144
I am well prepared to evaluate and treat mood disturbances, depression, anger, anxiety, obsessions, attention deficit issues, psychosis, and psychiatric aspects of medical illness, like chronic pain.
My name is James Somers. I am a doctoral-trained PA who has been practicing in psychiatry and mental wellness for the past 24 years. I specialize in treating many disorders that stem from low neurotransmitter levels (e.g., serotonin, GABA, and dopamine.) At times, I prescribe commonly used anti-anxiety/depressants that can be useful in the short or long term, depending on the situation. However, I look at the whole body, and many times, naturally restoring the brain's normal function resolves the need for prescription medication with the advantage that It is extremely effective with none of the downsides of prescription medication.
I am well prepared to evaluate and treat mood disturbances, depression, anger, anxiety, obsessions, attention deficit issues, psychosis, and psychiatric aspects of medical illness, like chronic pain.
My name is James Somers. I am a doctoral-trained PA who has been practicing in psychiatry and mental wellness for the past 24 years. I specialize in treating many disorders that stem from low neurotransmitter levels (e.g., serotonin, GABA, and dopamine.) At times, I prescribe commonly used anti-anxiety/depressants that can be useful in the short or long term, depending on the situation. However, I look at the whole body, and many times, naturally restoring the brain's normal function resolves the need for prescription medication with the advantage that It is extremely effective with none of the downsides of prescription medication.
(702) 714-1904 View (702) 714-1904
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Billy Escaba Leonardo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89123
I am here to help with any of your mental health struggles whether it is depression or ADHD.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my top priority is to provide compassionate and patient-centered care to individuals who are struggling with mental health concerns. I understand that every person who seeks treatment has unique issues, needs, and goals, and I am committed to working collaboratively with each of my patients to create a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to their specific situation. For individuals struggling with mental health concerns, my goal is to help them regain a sense of control over their lives. I work to provide a safe and supportive environment both collaborative & nonjudgmental.
I am here to help with any of your mental health struggles whether it is depression or ADHD.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my top priority is to provide compassionate and patient-centered care to individuals who are struggling with mental health concerns. I understand that every person who seeks treatment has unique issues, needs, and goals, and I am committed to working collaboratively with each of my patients to create a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to their specific situation. For individuals struggling with mental health concerns, my goal is to help them regain a sense of control over their lives. I work to provide a safe and supportive environment both collaborative & nonjudgmental.
(702) 766-6171 View (702) 766-6171
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Greg Hard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, MHS
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89102  (Online Only)
Now accepting new clients! Are you struggling with ADHD, depression, anxiety or OCD? Taking a judgment-free and humanistic approach, I believe in utilizing all of the tools available to help my clients achieve optimal results, which may include evidence-based and precision medication management, psychotherapy, as well as emerging treatments that are often of interest to my clients, such as objective ADHD testing, precision psychopharmacology, along with holistic approaches. I completed my clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where I gained extensive experience working with adult and adolescent clients.
Now accepting new clients! Are you struggling with ADHD, depression, anxiety or OCD? Taking a judgment-free and humanistic approach, I believe in utilizing all of the tools available to help my clients achieve optimal results, which may include evidence-based and precision medication management, psychotherapy, as well as emerging treatments that are often of interest to my clients, such as objective ADHD testing, precision psychopharmacology, along with holistic approaches. I completed my clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where I gained extensive experience working with adult and adolescent clients.
(702) 745-5360 View (702) 745-5360
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Rosa Bellota
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89118
, Hablo Español e ingles Tratamos ADHD, Depression, Ansiedad,Bipolar .
The practice of Psychiatry is truly one of the last bastions in modern medicine that allows the practitioner to 'connect' with the patient, and one where the value of the patient's input is not underestimated. Understanding the impact of one's life experiences, and the interaction with a person''biology and temperament is an art that few have the opportunity to practice regularly. We are proud to announce Transcraneal magnetic stimulation ( TMS ) since 2014. for resistant treatment depression, anxiety, PTSD. TMS is covered by most insurances.
, Hablo Español e ingles Tratamos ADHD, Depression, Ansiedad,Bipolar .
The practice of Psychiatry is truly one of the last bastions in modern medicine that allows the practitioner to 'connect' with the patient, and one where the value of the patient's input is not underestimated. Understanding the impact of one's life experiences, and the interaction with a person''biology and temperament is an art that few have the opportunity to practice regularly. We are proud to announce Transcraneal magnetic stimulation ( TMS ) since 2014. for resistant treatment depression, anxiety, PTSD. TMS is covered by most insurances.
(702) 830-5184 View (702) 830-5184
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Bespoke Treatment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Led by an interdisciplinary team, we specialize in cutting-edge treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and ketamine for depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
TMS was FDA-approved for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in 2008 as a drug-free alternative. Since 2008, TMS has seen major advances for new indications (including OCD), updated treatment course recommendations (including an accelerated TMS course that takes only 5 days), and additional methods to personalize the actual treatments. Since there are no systemic side-effects, people are free to go about their day as usual immediately after the treatment. Likewise, ketamine has seen a tremendous amount of research in the past two decades, showing an efficacy of over 70% in just 3 weeks.
Led by an interdisciplinary team, we specialize in cutting-edge treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and ketamine for depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
TMS was FDA-approved for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in 2008 as a drug-free alternative. Since 2008, TMS has seen major advances for new indications (including OCD), updated treatment course recommendations (including an accelerated TMS course that takes only 5 days), and additional methods to personalize the actual treatments. Since there are no systemic side-effects, people are free to go about their day as usual immediately after the treatment. Likewise, ketamine has seen a tremendous amount of research in the past two decades, showing an efficacy of over 70% in just 3 weeks.
(702) 745-2615 View (702) 745-2615
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Marjory Frederic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CCM, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89118  (Online Only)
My specialization encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of various mental health conditions, including PTSD, major depression, anxiety, mood, and personality disorders.
Hi there! I am a licensed, board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of diverse healthcare experience. My commitment is to provide clients with a safe and compassionate space where they are met with genuine warmth & empathy in a judgment-free environment. I want you to feel assured that your journey with me involves a personalized and collaborative exploration of your thoughts and emotions.
My specialization encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of various mental health conditions, including PTSD, major depression, anxiety, mood, and personality disorders.
Hi there! I am a licensed, board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of diverse healthcare experience. My commitment is to provide clients with a safe and compassionate space where they are met with genuine warmth & empathy in a judgment-free environment. I want you to feel assured that your journey with me involves a personalized and collaborative exploration of your thoughts and emotions.
(725) 237-5281 View (725) 237-5281
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Dithra Cotton-Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89102
If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, autism, insomnia, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, eating disorder, phobia, antisocial, conduct disorder, defiant, anger issues, ADD/ADHD, trauma, PTSD, OCD/OCPD, et.
Providing the highest quality, compassionate health care to our clients, families, and others in need, facing challenges in there daily lifestyle.
If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, autism, insomnia, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, eating disorder, phobia, antisocial, conduct disorder, defiant, anger issues, ADD/ADHD, trauma, PTSD, OCD/OCPD, et.
Providing the highest quality, compassionate health care to our clients, families, and others in need, facing challenges in there daily lifestyle.
(702) 935-5106 View (702) 935-5106
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Shreesh Prasad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Dr. Shreesh Prasad is a child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist with over 5 years of experience in psychiatry. Dr. Prasad specializes in medication management for the full range of mental health conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and OCD, but especially enjoys working with patients with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and Autism spectrum disorder as well as those who suffer from trauma-related disorders. Dr. Prasad takes a holistic, multidisciplinary, and strengths-based approach to the patients in his care.
Dr. Shreesh Prasad is a child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist with over 5 years of experience in psychiatry. Dr. Prasad specializes in medication management for the full range of mental health conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and OCD, but especially enjoys working with patients with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and Autism spectrum disorder as well as those who suffer from trauma-related disorders. Dr. Prasad takes a holistic, multidisciplinary, and strengths-based approach to the patients in his care.
(702) 447-0346 View (702) 447-0346
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Mind Brain Institute
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89118
“The choice to seek help for a mental health condition can be a difficult one. Depression and other mental health conditions can be very painful, confusing, and isolating, making it hard for people to recognize that they may be experiencing an illness. Patients often come to see us in a time of crisis, sometimes after years of suffering without treatment or trying multiple therapies with little success. No matter where you are along your path, we’re here to help. Hablamos Espanol. No sufra mas.
“The choice to seek help for a mental health condition can be a difficult one. Depression and other mental health conditions can be very painful, confusing, and isolating, making it hard for people to recognize that they may be experiencing an illness. Patients often come to see us in a time of crisis, sometimes after years of suffering without treatment or trying multiple therapies with little success. No matter where you are along your path, we’re here to help. Hablamos Espanol. No sufra mas.
(702) 935-1682 View (702) 935-1682
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Healthy Mind Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89119  (Online Only)
You are not alone in your struggles to overcome your feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. With supportive and compassionate care, let's work together to explore solutions that can help lead you to healthier functioning, a healthier mind, and happier living.
You are not alone in your struggles to overcome your feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. With supportive and compassionate care, let's work together to explore solutions that can help lead you to healthier functioning, a healthier mind, and happier living.
(702) 819-8760 View (702) 819-8760
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Anna Kastner, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Anna manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
Anna's goal is to build a relationship and understand patients' main concerns to determine if medication is necessary and to create a treatment plan that includes the right type and dosage of medication that can help promote recovery and normal living. It is important for the provider to review prescribed drugs and their possible side effects to create treatment plans and monitor their safety and efficacy. Treatment plans outlines the goals, interventions, and expected outcomes of treatment. Treatment plans are individualized to meet the specific needs of the person, considering unique circumstances and preferences.
Anna manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
Anna's goal is to build a relationship and understand patients' main concerns to determine if medication is necessary and to create a treatment plan that includes the right type and dosage of medication that can help promote recovery and normal living. It is important for the provider to review prescribed drugs and their possible side effects to create treatment plans and monitor their safety and efficacy. Treatment plans outlines the goals, interventions, and expected outcomes of treatment. Treatment plans are individualized to meet the specific needs of the person, considering unique circumstances and preferences.
(702) 899-2972 View (702) 899-2972
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Martha Akinbile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89108  (Online Only)
Expertise includes but is not limited to, managing conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health disorders.
As a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Martha is committed to providing high-quality mental health care to individuals across various age groups (6+ and 99). With a strong foundation in psychiatric nursing, she specializes in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders. With Martha's empathetic nature and excellent communication skills, Martha encourages her patients to open up about their struggles, aiding in their journey towards mental wellness.
Expertise includes but is not limited to, managing conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health disorders.
As a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Martha is committed to providing high-quality mental health care to individuals across various age groups (6+ and 99). With a strong foundation in psychiatric nursing, she specializes in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders. With Martha's empathetic nature and excellent communication skills, Martha encourages her patients to open up about their struggles, aiding in their journey towards mental wellness.
(262) 384-5771 View (262) 384-5771

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.