Depression Therapists in Cupertino, CA

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Dr. Tanya Shtutman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cupertino, CA 95014
I am a Clinical Psychologist with 10+ years of experience working with adults and adolescents. I specialize in working with anxiety and depression, trauma, work stress, relationship issues, phobias, and sexual dysfunction. I’m also passionate about working with parents and parents-to-be. I offer specific tools and strategies that help with changing deeply held beliefs, strong feelings, and old habits.
I am a Clinical Psychologist with 10+ years of experience working with adults and adolescents. I specialize in working with anxiety and depression, trauma, work stress, relationship issues, phobias, and sexual dysfunction. I’m also passionate about working with parents and parents-to-be. I offer specific tools and strategies that help with changing deeply held beliefs, strong feelings, and old habits.
(213) 463-7325 View (213) 463-7325
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Charles Chang
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
Whether you’re an adult, teenager, or child, I help you to know more about who you are, who you want to be and what you want to be about. I strive to help everyone find hope and healing from present challenges and past wounds so they can have more freedom to pursue their dreams and live their lives to the fullest. With children and teenagers, I help them in the challenges they face with stress, anxiety, loneliness, depression, academics, anger, friends, and identity. I help parents better understand and support their children. I provide a safe and supportive space, with empathy and understanding, and without judgment or shame.
Whether you’re an adult, teenager, or child, I help you to know more about who you are, who you want to be and what you want to be about. I strive to help everyone find hope and healing from present challenges and past wounds so they can have more freedom to pursue their dreams and live their lives to the fullest. With children and teenagers, I help them in the challenges they face with stress, anxiety, loneliness, depression, academics, anger, friends, and identity. I help parents better understand and support their children. I provide a safe and supportive space, with empathy and understanding, and without judgment or shame.
(408) 606-2993 View (408) 606-2993
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Jenny Mayhew
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or an eating disorder? Have you experienced a recent or prior trauma or traumas that negatively impact your life? Does your child or adolescent struggle with these issues? Are you or a loved one struggling to cope with a life change or loss? All of these conditions are painful and deserve time and attention. In the context of an honest, compassionate relationship, I am here to empower you and/or your adolescent to move beyond burdensome behaviors and thoughts so that you can live life to the fullest. My approach is interactive, collaborative and practical.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or an eating disorder? Have you experienced a recent or prior trauma or traumas that negatively impact your life? Does your child or adolescent struggle with these issues? Are you or a loved one struggling to cope with a life change or loss? All of these conditions are painful and deserve time and attention. In the context of an honest, compassionate relationship, I am here to empower you and/or your adolescent to move beyond burdensome behaviors and thoughts so that you can live life to the fullest. My approach is interactive, collaborative and practical.
(408) 750-0005 View (408) 750-0005
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Veronica Calkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
A Licensed Psychotherapist specializing in trauma, crisis, grief, anxiety, depression, and relationships. Veronica provides an empathetic and caring environment to work through challenges without judgment. Veronica obtained her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology and Master’s in Social Welfare at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is trained in CBT, DBT, and family and couples therapy. She is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and the administration of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Deep-Brain Theta Stimulation.
A Licensed Psychotherapist specializing in trauma, crisis, grief, anxiety, depression, and relationships. Veronica provides an empathetic and caring environment to work through challenges without judgment. Veronica obtained her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology and Master’s in Social Welfare at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is trained in CBT, DBT, and family and couples therapy. She is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and the administration of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Deep-Brain Theta Stimulation.
(562) 268-0957 View (562) 268-0957
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Martina Glenn
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Cupertino, CA 95014
I love working with creative people. My passion is to bring healing to those who have often felt limited by the burdens of their anxiety, depression, or trauma. If your desire is to find new freedom in living without hesitation and being supported in living your life with fierce and unapologetic authenticity then you’ve come to the right place. I create welcoming and affirming environment and provide a safe space where you can feel appreciated for your individuality and your rebelling soul. I am not going to repeat cliché phrases that you’ve heard million times already, but I will challenge you to find your authentic Self.
I love working with creative people. My passion is to bring healing to those who have often felt limited by the burdens of their anxiety, depression, or trauma. If your desire is to find new freedom in living without hesitation and being supported in living your life with fierce and unapologetic authenticity then you’ve come to the right place. I create welcoming and affirming environment and provide a safe space where you can feel appreciated for your individuality and your rebelling soul. I am not going to repeat cliché phrases that you’ve heard million times already, but I will challenge you to find your authentic Self.
(669) 257-6137 View (669) 257-6137
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Britney Meyer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
I have experience with depression, anxiety, acute-crisis, and infertility.
Hi, I am Britney Meyer, a licensed clinical social worker in both California and Kansas. I am currently based out of the Antelope Valley, California and accepting clients via telehealth. I work with clients who are facing challenging experiences that need support in managing the stress, extreme emotions and thought distortions that arise. My therapeutic approach is client-centered and strength-based with an integrative approach, allowing me to provide support based on what my client needs in the moment.
I have experience with depression, anxiety, acute-crisis, and infertility.
Hi, I am Britney Meyer, a licensed clinical social worker in both California and Kansas. I am currently based out of the Antelope Valley, California and accepting clients via telehealth. I work with clients who are facing challenging experiences that need support in managing the stress, extreme emotions and thought distortions that arise. My therapeutic approach is client-centered and strength-based with an integrative approach, allowing me to provide support based on what my client needs in the moment.
(408) 549-2557 View (408) 549-2557
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Janet Barkin Jacobi
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, JD
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
I primarily see individual adult clients. I take a collaborative approach and provide the support, patience and compassion necessary to promote change and growth. I feel fortunate to work in private practice and at a local hospital. I see a diverse population of clients and have exposure to a wide variety of issues and diagnoses: anxiety, depression, ADHD, domestic violence/trauma, work stress, parenting, relationship problems, grief/loss, chronic illness/pain, assertiveness/self-esteem, gender incongruence, caregiver stress and life transitions (going to college, having a baby, getting married/divorced, moving, changing jobs).
I primarily see individual adult clients. I take a collaborative approach and provide the support, patience and compassion necessary to promote change and growth. I feel fortunate to work in private practice and at a local hospital. I see a diverse population of clients and have exposure to a wide variety of issues and diagnoses: anxiety, depression, ADHD, domestic violence/trauma, work stress, parenting, relationship problems, grief/loss, chronic illness/pain, assertiveness/self-esteem, gender incongruence, caregiver stress and life transitions (going to college, having a baby, getting married/divorced, moving, changing jobs).
(408) 337-6829 View (408) 337-6829
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Roxana Alizadeh
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdD, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
Are there obstacles keeping you from having better quality of life? Do you feel low energy, motivation or difficulty making decisions? Are you experiencing sleep difficulties, worries or anxiety? Are you stuck in relationships, feeling powerless in changing your loved ones' views or actions? Processing through difficult transitions, communication difficulties with your children or parents, dealing with mood disorders (Depression, Bipolar), anxiety, addictions, and pain disorders are other major issues that your family can struggle with. I can help you in dealing with family and marital conflicts, while feeling in control of your life.
Are there obstacles keeping you from having better quality of life? Do you feel low energy, motivation or difficulty making decisions? Are you experiencing sleep difficulties, worries or anxiety? Are you stuck in relationships, feeling powerless in changing your loved ones' views or actions? Processing through difficult transitions, communication difficulties with your children or parents, dealing with mood disorders (Depression, Bipolar), anxiety, addictions, and pain disorders are other major issues that your family can struggle with. I can help you in dealing with family and marital conflicts, while feeling in control of your life.
(408) 637-4761 View (408) 637-4761
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Fernando Rios
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
I enjoy working with adult individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and adjustment problems due to changes, losses, or transitions in life.
Hello, my name is Fernando Rios, I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in practice since 2006. I enjoy working with individual adults who are experiencing mental health concerns and want to manage their symptoms, reduce their impairments, and navigate through their life stressors. I focus on soliciting specific feedback from my clients and collaborate with them to develop a tailored treatment plan that is ethical, practical, and effective in addressing their concerns.
I enjoy working with adult individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and adjustment problems due to changes, losses, or transitions in life.
Hello, my name is Fernando Rios, I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in practice since 2006. I enjoy working with individual adults who are experiencing mental health concerns and want to manage their symptoms, reduce their impairments, and navigate through their life stressors. I focus on soliciting specific feedback from my clients and collaborate with them to develop a tailored treatment plan that is ethical, practical, and effective in addressing their concerns.
(408) 790-1878 View (408) 790-1878
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Neallie Ranon
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cupertino, CA 95014
I enjoy working with individuals and couples, and help my patients find resolution to a wide range of personal concerns such as: relationships, work and career, trauma, depression, anxiety, immigration and acculturation, issues that are unique to women, and coping with a chronic mental illness.
Welcome to my psychotherapy practice for adults, offering therapy for individuals and couples. Turning to therapy is not an easy step: opening up to a stranger can understandably be difficult. I hope that the information below as well as the link to my website would help you to decide whether my therapeutic approach is right for you. Whether you're dealing with long-standing difficulties or coping with unexpected changes in your life, I invite you to call or email me if you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation.
I enjoy working with individuals and couples, and help my patients find resolution to a wide range of personal concerns such as: relationships, work and career, trauma, depression, anxiety, immigration and acculturation, issues that are unique to women, and coping with a chronic mental illness.
Welcome to my psychotherapy practice for adults, offering therapy for individuals and couples. Turning to therapy is not an easy step: opening up to a stranger can understandably be difficult. I hope that the information below as well as the link to my website would help you to decide whether my therapeutic approach is right for you. Whether you're dealing with long-standing difficulties or coping with unexpected changes in your life, I invite you to call or email me if you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation.
(415) 799-8159 View (415) 799-8159
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Caroline Yoon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
My name is Caroline Yoon, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I take a person-centered approach to therapy, and I believe that a lot of healing comes from being able to tell your story. My focus areas of practice are clients with depression and anxiety. I am good at helping people who have anxiety or depression. I have experience working with people who have severe mental illness. I have working in substance use treatment. I enjoy working with children.
My name is Caroline Yoon, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I take a person-centered approach to therapy, and I believe that a lot of healing comes from being able to tell your story. My focus areas of practice are clients with depression and anxiety. I am good at helping people who have anxiety or depression. I have experience working with people who have severe mental illness. I have working in substance use treatment. I enjoy working with children.
(408) 542-0895 View (408) 542-0895
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Anat Fein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cupertino, CA 95014  (Online Only)
I see clients with PTSD, emotional and social difficulties, chronic illnesses, depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and behaviors , and self esteem issues.
Emotional pain is as common as physical pain, and can be truely agonizing. Don't give up! You don't have to suffer alone. I come from a place of compassion, acceptance and hope. I am constantly amazed by the human spirit and by our ability to heal. I am eclectic, and use different approaches to meet each client's individual needs. I am open and honest with my clients and never judge anyone. My style is interactive and direct. I take my role seriously and am committed to helping you feel better. I'm fluent in English and Hebrew.
I see clients with PTSD, emotional and social difficulties, chronic illnesses, depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and behaviors , and self esteem issues.
Emotional pain is as common as physical pain, and can be truely agonizing. Don't give up! You don't have to suffer alone. I come from a place of compassion, acceptance and hope. I am constantly amazed by the human spirit and by our ability to heal. I am eclectic, and use different approaches to meet each client's individual needs. I am open and honest with my clients and never judge anyone. My style is interactive and direct. I take my role seriously and am committed to helping you feel better. I'm fluent in English and Hebrew.
(408) 310-0800 View (408) 310-0800
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Ashton Hart
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
Hello, my name is Ashton Hart. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My therapeutic style is warm, nonjudgmental, and friendly. My hope is to help my clients understand they are not alone and there is always hope to move forward. If you have a desire to make a positive change in your life, therapy may be the right path for you. My typical clients tend to be women facing an array of issues such as trauma, family issues, relationship issues, communication style conflics, life transitions, anxiety, depression. I have experience in many other areas such as teens, family, first responder/medical professionals, lgbtqia+.
Hello, my name is Ashton Hart. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My therapeutic style is warm, nonjudgmental, and friendly. My hope is to help my clients understand they are not alone and there is always hope to move forward. If you have a desire to make a positive change in your life, therapy may be the right path for you. My typical clients tend to be women facing an array of issues such as trauma, family issues, relationship issues, communication style conflics, life transitions, anxiety, depression. I have experience in many other areas such as teens, family, first responder/medical professionals, lgbtqia+.
(408) 762-3416 View (408) 762-3416
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Therapy for Asians, LGBTQ, POC, High Performers
Marriage & Family Therapist, IFS, EFT, BSP, MPH, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cupertino, CA 95014  (Online Only)
Feeling like you have to hide parts of yourself at work, or with your romantic partner or family? These pressures can make us lose touch with who we are and what makes us feel alive. Are you feeling lonely or not good enough, and longing to be fully accepted? Together, we can explore what matters most to you, so you can move towards the life you want. I can support you in transforming patterns that make you feel stuck or overwhelmed. I offer Internal Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Brainspotting, which are all proven approaches for healing trauma and reducing anxiety and depression.
Feeling like you have to hide parts of yourself at work, or with your romantic partner or family? These pressures can make us lose touch with who we are and what makes us feel alive. Are you feeling lonely or not good enough, and longing to be fully accepted? Together, we can explore what matters most to you, so you can move towards the life you want. I can support you in transforming patterns that make you feel stuck or overwhelmed. I offer Internal Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Brainspotting, which are all proven approaches for healing trauma and reducing anxiety and depression.
(510) 313-6708 View (510) 313-6708
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Joe Sasson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
I enjoy working with children, teens, and adults needing to strengthen their self esteem, challenged with trauma and symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), anxiety, and depression.
Hello, my name is Joe Sasson. I am a licensed clinical social worker, license 75121. I enjoy working with diverse populations, ages spanning from 8 to 108 years old. My approach to helping you is to listen to you attentively and then we, both together, figure out what your goals for therapy are. I believe in your strength and inner wisdom to help us guide the healing process. Strengthening you is the goal. I use EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), EFT (emotional freedom technique), TFT (thought field therapy), AIT (advanced integrative therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and parts work.
I enjoy working with children, teens, and adults needing to strengthen their self esteem, challenged with trauma and symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), anxiety, and depression.
Hello, my name is Joe Sasson. I am a licensed clinical social worker, license 75121. I enjoy working with diverse populations, ages spanning from 8 to 108 years old. My approach to helping you is to listen to you attentively and then we, both together, figure out what your goals for therapy are. I believe in your strength and inner wisdom to help us guide the healing process. Strengthening you is the goal. I use EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), EFT (emotional freedom technique), TFT (thought field therapy), AIT (advanced integrative therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and parts work.
(562) 600-5667 View (562) 600-5667
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Dr. Stephanie Lin
Psychologist, PsyD, 34019
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014  (Online Only)
Hello! Book with me now by clicking on my website. I am a licensed clinical psychologist with years of experience working with diverse adults and adolescents. My specialties include anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, and parenting.
Hello! Book with me now by clicking on my website. I am a licensed clinical psychologist with years of experience working with diverse adults and adolescents. My specialties include anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, and parenting.
(626) 635-3893 View (626) 635-3893
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Ericka Price
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
I am here to support you in addressing these issues, whether it be anxiety, depression, anger management, stress, work-related issues, relationship conflict, family issues, or simply someone to assist you in navigating through life’s difficulties.
Hello, I'm Erika! I am a licensed therapist with 10 years of professional work experience. I want to help you fulfill your hopes to improve your life, relationships, and self. I partner with clients in a non-judgmental and authentic setting to facilitate the changes you desire for your life and relationships. I utilize a collaborative, strength-based approach that is client-centered, solution-focused, and culturally relevant during therapy. In session I promote a nonjudgmental atmosphere that is warm, accepting, inclusive, and practical with a high value on careful listening and empathy.
I am here to support you in addressing these issues, whether it be anxiety, depression, anger management, stress, work-related issues, relationship conflict, family issues, or simply someone to assist you in navigating through life’s difficulties.
Hello, I'm Erika! I am a licensed therapist with 10 years of professional work experience. I want to help you fulfill your hopes to improve your life, relationships, and self. I partner with clients in a non-judgmental and authentic setting to facilitate the changes you desire for your life and relationships. I utilize a collaborative, strength-based approach that is client-centered, solution-focused, and culturally relevant during therapy. In session I promote a nonjudgmental atmosphere that is warm, accepting, inclusive, and practical with a high value on careful listening and empathy.
(341) 758-5394 View (341) 758-5394
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Rachel Gren
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
My client focus is treating individuals with anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders.
Hello! My name is Rachel Gren and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My approach to therapy is person-centered. My focus is to fully understand your experience, interactions, and interpretations to lead us to uncover opportunities for healing and resolve. I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in addition to using an eclectic approach to treating symptoms stemming from Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, and other sources of emotional distress.
My client focus is treating individuals with anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders.
Hello! My name is Rachel Gren and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My approach to therapy is person-centered. My focus is to fully understand your experience, interactions, and interpretations to lead us to uncover opportunities for healing and resolve. I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in addition to using an eclectic approach to treating symptoms stemming from Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, and other sources of emotional distress.
(707) 878-5069 View (707) 878-5069
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Michael W. Ridgway
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cupertino, CA 95014
You are probably here because something has happened in life that has lead you to seek out support or guidance from a professional. Life can get complicated and there is no handbook on how to handle things like depression, anxiety, addiction and relationship problems. It is important to know two things: you are not alone and there are always hidden lessons in the most difficult moments of our lives. I specialize in teaching skills to help individuals manage stress and achieve balance in their life.
You are probably here because something has happened in life that has lead you to seek out support or guidance from a professional. Life can get complicated and there is no handbook on how to handle things like depression, anxiety, addiction and relationship problems. It is important to know two things: you are not alone and there are always hidden lessons in the most difficult moments of our lives. I specialize in teaching skills to help individuals manage stress and achieve balance in their life.
(408) 617-9814 View (408) 617-9814
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Yasmin Kamal Cook
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
Yasmin Cook is an LMFT who specializes in trauma therapy called EMDR which targets relationship issues, depression, anxiety, inner critic issues, self-esteem issues, codependence, and people pleasing behavior. She helps people practice authenticity, vulnerability and purpose in life. Yasmin works with all adults and transitional aged youth and treats relationship issues, shame and unhealthy guilt, inner critic issues, self-esteem, poor self-talk, people pleasing behaviors, putting others on a pedestal which leads to depression, anxiety, OCD, panic, Trauma, Dissociative Disorders and ADD/ADHD.
Yasmin Cook is an LMFT who specializes in trauma therapy called EMDR which targets relationship issues, depression, anxiety, inner critic issues, self-esteem issues, codependence, and people pleasing behavior. She helps people practice authenticity, vulnerability and purpose in life. Yasmin works with all adults and transitional aged youth and treats relationship issues, shame and unhealthy guilt, inner critic issues, self-esteem, poor self-talk, people pleasing behaviors, putting others on a pedestal which leads to depression, anxiety, OCD, panic, Trauma, Dissociative Disorders and ADD/ADHD.
(916) 680-8258 View (916) 680-8258
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.