Depression Therapists in Phoenix, AZ

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Lisa Elliott
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in helping clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life transitions and trauma.
VIRTUAL (secure portal accessible by your phone, tablet, or computer) & IN-PERSON. Have you been struggling to keep everything together but now have a growing sense that you are stuck and need help? Have you experienced a recent traumatic event that has shaken your world? Or do past events distress you still even though they happened years ago? Does anxiety or depression keep you from living the life you want? If you answer “Yes” to one of these questions, then I can help you bring a sense of balance and healing to your life.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in helping clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life transitions and trauma.
VIRTUAL (secure portal accessible by your phone, tablet, or computer) & IN-PERSON. Have you been struggling to keep everything together but now have a growing sense that you are stuck and need help? Have you experienced a recent traumatic event that has shaken your world? Or do past events distress you still even though they happened years ago? Does anxiety or depression keep you from living the life you want? If you answer “Yes” to one of these questions, then I can help you bring a sense of balance and healing to your life.
(480) 906-2439 View (480) 906-2439
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Andrew Schanen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012
I take a collaborative approach and use a variety of treatment methods including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to assist in overcoming symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, poor emotion regulation, stress, phase of life issues and relationship issues.
Hi, I've been serving in the mental health field for approximately fifteen years in a variety of settings. I have served in community mental health, inpatient facilities, residential treatment centers, outpatient facilities and through telehealth platforms. I am currently focusing on serving individual clients in-person.
I take a collaborative approach and use a variety of treatment methods including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to assist in overcoming symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, poor emotion regulation, stress, phase of life issues and relationship issues.
Hi, I've been serving in the mental health field for approximately fifteen years in a variety of settings. I have served in community mental health, inpatient facilities, residential treatment centers, outpatient facilities and through telehealth platforms. I am currently focusing on serving individual clients in-person.
(602) 691-4760 View (602) 691-4760
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Carrie Christiansen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85004  (Online Only)
I provide psychotherapy/counseling and consultation for individuals dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, disordered eating, trauma, and chronic pain or illness.
People often say they find it easy to connect with me and I believe that comes from my ability to truly empathize with others. I’ve had some significant struggles in life and I’ve worked through many challenges, so I understand adversity. Receiving my own therapy throughout the years has given me the support and help I needed to move forward and grow. I strive to provide the same compassionate support to my clients in therapy. I am committed to helping you along your journey by providing regular support, feedback, and practical tools as well.
I provide psychotherapy/counseling and consultation for individuals dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, disordered eating, trauma, and chronic pain or illness.
People often say they find it easy to connect with me and I believe that comes from my ability to truly empathize with others. I’ve had some significant struggles in life and I’ve worked through many challenges, so I understand adversity. Receiving my own therapy throughout the years has given me the support and help I needed to move forward and grow. I strive to provide the same compassionate support to my clients in therapy. I am committed to helping you along your journey by providing regular support, feedback, and practical tools as well.
(480) 339-0480 View (480) 339-0480
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Kristine Mill
Licensed Professional Counselor, MC, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85048
I have been in practice since 1997. I am Licensed Professional Counselor as well as an Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified Clinician (CBT-C) & Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) to address anxiety and depression. I believe it is the relationship with the patient and therapist which are significant to build trust and in turn facilitate change. It is important to have a treatment plan to set goals to learn healthy coping skills to address negative thought patterns. The recent years have brought such change in how we work, attend school, have relationships, and work through adversity. Therapy is key.
I have been in practice since 1997. I am Licensed Professional Counselor as well as an Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified Clinician (CBT-C) & Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) to address anxiety and depression. I believe it is the relationship with the patient and therapist which are significant to build trust and in turn facilitate change. It is important to have a treatment plan to set goals to learn healthy coping skills to address negative thought patterns. The recent years have brought such change in how we work, attend school, have relationships, and work through adversity. Therapy is key.
(480) 322-3197 View (480) 322-3197
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Chad Krakauskas
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85008  (Online Only)
I have primarily worked with adults. I can help with anxiety, depression, PTSD issues, grief issues, motivation, relationship issues, and substance abuse challenges. I have helped people with less severe issues all the way to people with serious mental health challenges.
I have primarily worked with adults. I can help with anxiety, depression, PTSD issues, grief issues, motivation, relationship issues, and substance abuse challenges. I have helped people with less severe issues all the way to people with serious mental health challenges.
(602) 691-7610 View (602) 691-7610
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Jessica Spittle
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
Are you ready for a change but don't know where to start? Do you want to reduce feelings of anxiety, depression, stress and guilt to increase peace and self-confidence but don't know how to get there? I am committed to helping you sort out your life experiences in a safe, accepted and respected space.
Are you ready for a change but don't know where to start? Do you want to reduce feelings of anxiety, depression, stress and guilt to increase peace and self-confidence but don't know how to get there? I am committed to helping you sort out your life experiences in a safe, accepted and respected space.
(623) 257-6593 View (623) 257-6593
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Janae Andrew
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Hi there, I’m Janae. I’m a secular, non-binary Licensed Professional Counselor and my pronouns are she/they. If the internet (or someone you know) has sent you to my profile, my guess is that you’ve had to bury your real values and desires in order to survive. You’re depressed, anxious, angry, addicted, and probably fucking exhausted. Possibly in physical pain too. Or maybe just numb. I work with (mostly queer) folx recovering from religious trauma and other oppressive systems because I’ve been there myself - and I can tell you that there is a way out. Want to know more about my story? Check it out at www.getrealcounseling.com.
Hi there, I’m Janae. I’m a secular, non-binary Licensed Professional Counselor and my pronouns are she/they. If the internet (or someone you know) has sent you to my profile, my guess is that you’ve had to bury your real values and desires in order to survive. You’re depressed, anxious, angry, addicted, and probably fucking exhausted. Possibly in physical pain too. Or maybe just numb. I work with (mostly queer) folx recovering from religious trauma and other oppressive systems because I’ve been there myself - and I can tell you that there is a way out. Want to know more about my story? Check it out at www.getrealcounseling.com.
(623) 263-7162 View (623) 263-7162
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Marjory Tebbe
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85032  (Online Only)
Areas of specialization include ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, ODD, OCD, Trauma/Abuse.
Marjory is a therapist with mental healthcare provider Fusion Care Group. Fusion Care Group is changing the way people think about and receive mental health service and support. We offer a welcoming and accepting environment where you can feel calm and comfortable while in our care. Our relaxed, modern atmosphere and our amazing, highly trained Psychologists, Psychiatrists and therapists are here for you. Our hope is to provide a place to help our clients achieve their life goals, explore life-circumstances, move through difficult life transitions.
Areas of specialization include ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, ODD, OCD, Trauma/Abuse.
Marjory is a therapist with mental healthcare provider Fusion Care Group. Fusion Care Group is changing the way people think about and receive mental health service and support. We offer a welcoming and accepting environment where you can feel calm and comfortable while in our care. Our relaxed, modern atmosphere and our amazing, highly trained Psychologists, Psychiatrists and therapists are here for you. Our hope is to provide a place to help our clients achieve their life goals, explore life-circumstances, move through difficult life transitions.
(520) 253-6597 View (520) 253-6597
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Tyler L Maneth
Pre-Licensed Professional, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85027
I specialize in helping individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, anger, boundary setting, building confidence, procrastination, perfectionism, grief and many others so I can tailor my approach to meet the unique needs of each individual.
As a dedicated therapist, I bring 2 years of experience to the counseling space, fostering a warm and empathetic environment for individuals seeking personal growth, healing and empowerment. My therapeutic approach is rooted in evidence-based practices, particularly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), empowering clients to explore and reshape thought patterns for positive change. Additionally, I integrate techniques from Shadow Work, delving into the unconscious to illuminate hidden aspects of the self. Drawing inspiration from Stoicism, I guide clients in developing resiliency to become less reactive during difficult circumstances.
I specialize in helping individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, anger, boundary setting, building confidence, procrastination, perfectionism, grief and many others so I can tailor my approach to meet the unique needs of each individual.
As a dedicated therapist, I bring 2 years of experience to the counseling space, fostering a warm and empathetic environment for individuals seeking personal growth, healing and empowerment. My therapeutic approach is rooted in evidence-based practices, particularly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), empowering clients to explore and reshape thought patterns for positive change. Additionally, I integrate techniques from Shadow Work, delving into the unconscious to illuminate hidden aspects of the self. Drawing inspiration from Stoicism, I guide clients in developing resiliency to become less reactive during difficult circumstances.
(623) 343-7258 View (623) 343-7258
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Sierra Carroll
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85029  (Online Only)
Amongst others I work closely with couples who are experiencing conflict in their relationships, individuals who have experienced trauma, and those living with anxiety and depression.
*CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW VIRTUAL CLIENTS* Hello! My name is Sierra Carroll and I am a licensed therapist in Arizona. I completed my BS in Psychology from Sam Houston State University in 2013 before moving to Arizona and completing a Masters in Professional Counseling in 2018. I have worked with clients of all ages and walks of life through both my career in the medical field and experience in counseling. It is my passion to help guide clients through their own personal journey of healing as no two are the same.
Amongst others I work closely with couples who are experiencing conflict in their relationships, individuals who have experienced trauma, and those living with anxiety and depression.
*CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW VIRTUAL CLIENTS* Hello! My name is Sierra Carroll and I am a licensed therapist in Arizona. I completed my BS in Psychology from Sam Houston State University in 2013 before moving to Arizona and completing a Masters in Professional Counseling in 2018. I have worked with clients of all ages and walks of life through both my career in the medical field and experience in counseling. It is my passion to help guide clients through their own personal journey of healing as no two are the same.
(623) 267-9658 View (623) 267-9658
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Marian Humphries
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 24 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults as well as their families. My experience has been working with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, suicidal ideation, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, and dysfunctional coping skills including self-harming behaviors. Therapy is tailored to the individual using best practices.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 24 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults as well as their families. My experience has been working with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, suicidal ideation, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, and dysfunctional coping skills including self-harming behaviors. Therapy is tailored to the individual using best practices.
(602) 693-0361 View (602) 693-0361
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Dr. Vaughn Tsoutsouris, PLLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012
I have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
The understanding of our the most authentic aspects of ourselves is at the core of successful psychotherapy. I believe that much of what disrupts us takes place at a level that we cannot access. A secure and non-judgmental relationship between the therapist and the patient in the present moment offers powerful opportunities for such growth to take place. Uncovering how the past has impacted the present is central to successful therapy. Being in private practice, my schedule is flexible and allows me to schedule patients in the morning, evening, and possibly the weekends.
I have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
The understanding of our the most authentic aspects of ourselves is at the core of successful psychotherapy. I believe that much of what disrupts us takes place at a level that we cannot access. A secure and non-judgmental relationship between the therapist and the patient in the present moment offers powerful opportunities for such growth to take place. Uncovering how the past has impacted the present is central to successful therapy. Being in private practice, my schedule is flexible and allows me to schedule patients in the morning, evening, and possibly the weekends.
(602) 714-8806 View (602) 714-8806
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Antonio Rojelio Alarcon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85014  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Antonio. I have 8 years of experience in treating adult males experiencing addiction, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders (PTSD, C-PTSD). At the core of my practice is the intension to provide a safe, compassionate, unconditional, and collaborative relationship with you for the purposes of making meaningful progress towards personal growth goals.
Hello, my name is Antonio. I have 8 years of experience in treating adult males experiencing addiction, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders (PTSD, C-PTSD). At the core of my practice is the intension to provide a safe, compassionate, unconditional, and collaborative relationship with you for the purposes of making meaningful progress towards personal growth goals.
(480) 571-9240 View (480) 571-9240
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Quin Washington
Counselor, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85027
I enjoy working with individuals of all ages including young children and adolescents. I strive to integrate holistic care into my practice by using yoga, meditation, and sound healing to help people connect and heal mind, body, and spirit. I have also cared for those with dementia and find enjoyment in helping them find peace toward the end of their lives. My go-to treatment modalities include CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and I am certified in herbalism. I like to provide psychoeducation on different topics dealing with anxiety, stress, and how to moderate levels of depression and build self-esteem. I really enjoy brainstorming and/or
I enjoy working with individuals of all ages including young children and adolescents. I strive to integrate holistic care into my practice by using yoga, meditation, and sound healing to help people connect and heal mind, body, and spirit. I have also cared for those with dementia and find enjoyment in helping them find peace toward the end of their lives. My go-to treatment modalities include CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and I am certified in herbalism. I like to provide psychoeducation on different topics dealing with anxiety, stress, and how to moderate levels of depression and build self-esteem. I really enjoy brainstorming and/or
(480) 739-3721 View (480) 739-3721
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Julianne J Holroyd
Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85023
I enjoy working with people who want to grow, and who realize they need to change old ways and patterns that no longer serve them, but instead bring pain. In my practice, I've worked with people in all kinds of pain, and with all kinds of problems. I've helped people struggling with relationship problems, family issues, anxiety, depression, substance use and trauma. Over the 17 years that I've been counseling, I've learned that everyone needs to tell their story, to be heard, and understood. I've learned compassion, kindness, and non-judgement are all important in the healing process.
I enjoy working with people who want to grow, and who realize they need to change old ways and patterns that no longer serve them, but instead bring pain. In my practice, I've worked with people in all kinds of pain, and with all kinds of problems. I've helped people struggling with relationship problems, family issues, anxiety, depression, substance use and trauma. Over the 17 years that I've been counseling, I've learned that everyone needs to tell their story, to be heard, and understood. I've learned compassion, kindness, and non-judgement are all important in the healing process.
(602) 932-0905 View (602) 932-0905
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Tyra S. Flowers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85003  (Online Only)
**NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!** Are you struggling with anxiety and/or depression? Or low self-esteem? Has your confidence decreased? Has the ability to cope with life stressors become overwhelming? Is it difficult to communicate or express your emotions? My goal is to help you navigate life's journey and restore your joy, peace, and happiness. Many times we forget that our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Let me help you get mentally fit!
**NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!** Are you struggling with anxiety and/or depression? Or low self-esteem? Has your confidence decreased? Has the ability to cope with life stressors become overwhelming? Is it difficult to communicate or express your emotions? My goal is to help you navigate life's journey and restore your joy, peace, and happiness. Many times we forget that our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Let me help you get mentally fit!
(623) 624-8929 View (623) 624-8929
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Barbara Beck
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85004  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Clients! Check my most up to date availability on my website! My expertise lies in helping people who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. Together we can discover the root cause, make changes if necessary, and move forward into a life full of confidence and freedom. There are many factors that can take away from our emotional and mental well-being, such as unresolved past experiences, relationship issues, or physical pain. Whatever the underlying factors might be, I believe in assisting others to address them. I believe everyone deserves the best quality of life possible.
Now Accepting New Clients! Check my most up to date availability on my website! My expertise lies in helping people who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. Together we can discover the root cause, make changes if necessary, and move forward into a life full of confidence and freedom. There are many factors that can take away from our emotional and mental well-being, such as unresolved past experiences, relationship issues, or physical pain. Whatever the underlying factors might be, I believe in assisting others to address them. I believe everyone deserves the best quality of life possible.
(480) 351-6417 View (480) 351-6417
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Leslie Daugherty
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSEd, LMFT, CCTP
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85020
If you’re struggling with keeping it together and feel like you don’t have much more to give, if it’s been months since you felt like yourself, if you keep promising yourself to make a change but feel overwhelmed or don’t know where to start, I can help make your life a brighter place. When we’re struggling, we feel alone yet hesitate to seek support from others because of shame or not wanting to burden others with our “problems.” Depression and anxiety are not a weakness, an inherent problem, or a punishment that we deserve. I will help you see that you deserve better; you deserve to be happy, to feel love, and to experience peace
If you’re struggling with keeping it together and feel like you don’t have much more to give, if it’s been months since you felt like yourself, if you keep promising yourself to make a change but feel overwhelmed or don’t know where to start, I can help make your life a brighter place. When we’re struggling, we feel alone yet hesitate to seek support from others because of shame or not wanting to burden others with our “problems.” Depression and anxiety are not a weakness, an inherent problem, or a punishment that we deserve. I will help you see that you deserve better; you deserve to be happy, to feel love, and to experience peace
(507) 480-4808 View (507) 480-4808
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Stacy Garza
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85032  (Online Only)
I have experience working with people who are experiencing difficulties due to trauma, anxiety, depression, substance use, and anger/aggression.
I specialize in using EMDR to treat trauma and/or anxiety. I have a passion for helping people heal from the trauma from their past and discover their potential for a fulfilling future. I also help people decrease their anxiety about the future so they can enjoy the present moment. I love working with clients who find that traditional talk therapy only helped them so much and are wondering if there is hope for a better future. I believe there is hope and will work to find the techniques that you respond to. I also work well with those who have had past poor experiences in therapy and are considering giving it another try!
I have experience working with people who are experiencing difficulties due to trauma, anxiety, depression, substance use, and anger/aggression.
I specialize in using EMDR to treat trauma and/or anxiety. I have a passion for helping people heal from the trauma from their past and discover their potential for a fulfilling future. I also help people decrease their anxiety about the future so they can enjoy the present moment. I love working with clients who find that traditional talk therapy only helped them so much and are wondering if there is hope for a better future. I believe there is hope and will work to find the techniques that you respond to. I also work well with those who have had past poor experiences in therapy and are considering giving it another try!
(623) 281-2744 View (623) 281-2744
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Tara Nicotra Clemente
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85044  (Online Only)
I work with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, self-criticism and relationship issues.
Are you your own worst critic? Do you compare yourself to others and think that you’re not ‘good enough’? Do you put yourself last, have trouble communicating and setting boundaries? Maybe you find yourself going through the motions every day, yet have a sense that there is more to life. This can be very painful, and it can feel hard to imagine that life could be different. I’m here to help you develop self-compassion, express yourself, feel more authentic in your relationships, and shift towards a life filled with meaning and purpose. I provide a warm and judgment-free environment where you will feel seen, accepted and respected.
I work with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, self-criticism and relationship issues.
Are you your own worst critic? Do you compare yourself to others and think that you’re not ‘good enough’? Do you put yourself last, have trouble communicating and setting boundaries? Maybe you find yourself going through the motions every day, yet have a sense that there is more to life. This can be very painful, and it can feel hard to imagine that life could be different. I’m here to help you develop self-compassion, express yourself, feel more authentic in your relationships, and shift towards a life filled with meaning and purpose. I provide a warm and judgment-free environment where you will feel seen, accepted and respected.
(520) 457-7107 View (520) 457-7107

Depression Therapists

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.