Depression Therapists in Menlo Park, CA

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Susan Light
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025
I specialize in working with people dealing with anxiety, depression, loss and grief, parenting issues, stress management, relationship issues, postpartum issues, chronic illness and pain, Tourette Syndrome and OCD.
For over 25 years I have worked with children, teens, parents, individual adults and couples facing a wide variety of issues and concerns. As I listen carefully to my clients and their challenges and goals, I choose the therapeutic modalities that best suit each individual and their needs. I focus on personal strengths as well as struggles. People have described me as active, engaged, perceptive and caring. It is a privilege to accompany and assist people in the important process of discovery, healing, change and growth.
I specialize in working with people dealing with anxiety, depression, loss and grief, parenting issues, stress management, relationship issues, postpartum issues, chronic illness and pain, Tourette Syndrome and OCD.
For over 25 years I have worked with children, teens, parents, individual adults and couples facing a wide variety of issues and concerns. As I listen carefully to my clients and their challenges and goals, I choose the therapeutic modalities that best suit each individual and their needs. I focus on personal strengths as well as struggles. People have described me as active, engaged, perceptive and caring. It is a privilege to accompany and assist people in the important process of discovery, healing, change and growth.
(650) 209-7653 View (650) 209-7653
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Glenn Teeter
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Do you feel like your relationships are suffering? Are you or a loved one looking for help with depression, anxiety, or stress? Therapy is a great way to get your life unstuck and moving forward again. I encourage you to call me for a free initial phone consultation so that I can offer you some ideas about how therapy can be helpful to you, what it involves, and how long it might last. At the very least, you'll come away with lots of answers to your questions about therapy and how it works.
Do you feel like your relationships are suffering? Are you or a loved one looking for help with depression, anxiety, or stress? Therapy is a great way to get your life unstuck and moving forward again. I encourage you to call me for a free initial phone consultation so that I can offer you some ideas about how therapy can be helpful to you, what it involves, and how long it might last. At the very least, you'll come away with lots of answers to your questions about therapy and how it works.
(650) 209-8447 View (650) 209-8447
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Kristian Bowden Menotti
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RYT
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025
You want to feel balanced, centered and be able to truly experience joy. You are tired of depression, anxiety and/or troubling memories standing in the way of your ability to live a rich and meaningful life. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a current challenging situation, or you're just ready to move forward from a troubled past, I cherish the opportunity of hearing your story and walking with you along your path of healing.
You want to feel balanced, centered and be able to truly experience joy. You are tired of depression, anxiety and/or troubling memories standing in the way of your ability to live a rich and meaningful life. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a current challenging situation, or you're just ready to move forward from a troubled past, I cherish the opportunity of hearing your story and walking with you along your path of healing.
(408) 215-9451 View (408) 215-9451
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Joe Fierro
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Menlo Park, CA 94025  (Online Only)
I have experience working with various issues including anxiety, trauma, depression, grief & loss, enculturation, and stress management.
I use a strengths-based, collaborative approach in my work with clients. I believe in the human potential for healing, growth, and change. I explore with clients their life experiences and cultural influences as part of identifying areas of strength, as well as building awareness for how these factors may have contributed to challenges in the way they view themselves, their relationships, and the world. I like to help clients identify their successes, interests & talents, and aspects of their lives that are working well to include these in their process for change.
I have experience working with various issues including anxiety, trauma, depression, grief & loss, enculturation, and stress management.
I use a strengths-based, collaborative approach in my work with clients. I believe in the human potential for healing, growth, and change. I explore with clients their life experiences and cultural influences as part of identifying areas of strength, as well as building awareness for how these factors may have contributed to challenges in the way they view themselves, their relationships, and the world. I like to help clients identify their successes, interests & talents, and aspects of their lives that are working well to include these in their process for change.
(415) 886-1596 View (415) 886-1596
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Laticia Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025
I have found that my style and approach is a good fit for adolescence through adults who may be dealing with challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, or even just difficult transitions in life.
Hi, I'm Laticia Rodriguez (She/Her) and I am a License Marriage and Family Therapist based in Southern California working with clients statewide via Telehealth. If you're feeling stuck in a negative cycle with anxiety, depression, trauma responses, ADHD, or even within your relationship, I'm here to help you experience the change, relief, and lightness you're looking for. I'm a therapist with a passion for change work that makes a real difference in the lives of individuals (adolescents through adults), families, and couples that I see.
I have found that my style and approach is a good fit for adolescence through adults who may be dealing with challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, or even just difficult transitions in life.
Hi, I'm Laticia Rodriguez (She/Her) and I am a License Marriage and Family Therapist based in Southern California working with clients statewide via Telehealth. If you're feeling stuck in a negative cycle with anxiety, depression, trauma responses, ADHD, or even within your relationship, I'm here to help you experience the change, relief, and lightness you're looking for. I'm a therapist with a passion for change work that makes a real difference in the lives of individuals (adolescents through adults), families, and couples that I see.
(650) 643-5549 View (650) 643-5549
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Margarita Garcia-Moreira
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025
My name is Margarita (Magui) Garcia-Moreira, and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) based in San Diego, CA, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with women and specialize in anxiety, stress, and depression, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and solution-focused therapy to help my clients make progress and start feeling empowered and loved.
My name is Margarita (Magui) Garcia-Moreira, and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) based in San Diego, CA, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with women and specialize in anxiety, stress, and depression, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and solution-focused therapy to help my clients make progress and start feeling empowered and loved.
(650) 742-1681 View (650) 742-1681
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Michael E. Buckle
Psychologist, PhD, MS
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025
I am passionate about helping people feel and perform better. My clients include adults and adolescents seeking help with anxiety, depression, stress, and general mental health concerns. I also specialize in working with athletes, performers, professionals, and teams wanting to enhance mental skills for peak performance. I adopt a strength-based, collaborative, and goal-directed approach to quickly identify and overcome barriers to wellbeing and performance. I integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with other scientifically supported therapies to effect change and enhance performance.
I am passionate about helping people feel and perform better. My clients include adults and adolescents seeking help with anxiety, depression, stress, and general mental health concerns. I also specialize in working with athletes, performers, professionals, and teams wanting to enhance mental skills for peak performance. I adopt a strength-based, collaborative, and goal-directed approach to quickly identify and overcome barriers to wellbeing and performance. I integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with other scientifically supported therapies to effect change and enhance performance.
(650) 480-3556 View (650) 480-3556
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Maria Young
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Maria specializes in providing support to individuals experiencing stress, anxiety (including panic attacks), childhood trauma, PTSD, and depression. Her approach involves working with their reptilian brain to alleviate the fight, flight, or freeze response and help them imagine and create a healthier life. She also helps them learn from their past experiences, enabling them to strengthen themselves. Maria's expertise extends to couples and families from diverse backgrounds, including those who are multicultural, multiracial, and multi-generational.
Maria specializes in providing support to individuals experiencing stress, anxiety (including panic attacks), childhood trauma, PTSD, and depression. Her approach involves working with their reptilian brain to alleviate the fight, flight, or freeze response and help them imagine and create a healthier life. She also helps them learn from their past experiences, enabling them to strengthen themselves. Maria's expertise extends to couples and families from diverse backgrounds, including those who are multicultural, multiracial, and multi-generational.
(650) 995-5283 View (650) 995-5283
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Edna M. Esnil
Psychologist, PsyD, MA, BA
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Whether through individual, couples, or career counseling, I take pride in helping people apply psychological science to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Carl Rogers wrote, “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” If you’re looking to develop a practice for ‘the good life,’ I would be honored to work with you. Whether you’re an adolescent, adult, or someone with a health, social, relational, cultural, educational, or employment issue, my strength-based, integrative approach is designed to meet your unique needs.
Whether through individual, couples, or career counseling, I take pride in helping people apply psychological science to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Carl Rogers wrote, “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” If you’re looking to develop a practice for ‘the good life,’ I would be honored to work with you. Whether you’re an adolescent, adult, or someone with a health, social, relational, cultural, educational, or employment issue, my strength-based, integrative approach is designed to meet your unique needs.
(650) 600-0437 View (650) 600-0437
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Emily Pavlisin
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025  (Online Only)
Perhaps you are not feeling quite like yourself, you are feeling anxious or depressed, or you are just feeling stuck. Maybe you could use support navigating a scary change in your life, or better understanding yourself or your relationships. You may be feeling overwhelmed adjusting to pregnancy or parenthood, or wondering what it means to be a good enough parent in a world full of expectations. Whatever brought you to this page today, know that you have already taken a brave step.
Perhaps you are not feeling quite like yourself, you are feeling anxious or depressed, or you are just feeling stuck. Maybe you could use support navigating a scary change in your life, or better understanding yourself or your relationships. You may be feeling overwhelmed adjusting to pregnancy or parenthood, or wondering what it means to be a good enough parent in a world full of expectations. Whatever brought you to this page today, know that you have already taken a brave step.
(650) 686-2256 View (650) 686-2256
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Dora Shalts-Lastra
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Menlo Park, CA 94025  (Online Only)
I use a holistic approach, incorporating CBT, DBT, mindfulness, brainspotting and psychodynamics to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD and complex PTSD, life transitions, stress, and relationship issues.
Every one of us has an internal wisdom and light that guides us through our life. However, at times, we may get wounded in relation with others, and our inherent beauty gets clouded with pain and symptoms. My goal is to help you find the strength and realization that everything you need is already inside of you. Together, we will identify the sources of your pain and authentic steps to take to thrive. I work with adults 18 and over who would like to improve their quality of life. My 15 years of experience have gifted me expertise in complex relational trauma, as well as issues that women experience across their lifespan.
I use a holistic approach, incorporating CBT, DBT, mindfulness, brainspotting and psychodynamics to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD and complex PTSD, life transitions, stress, and relationship issues.
Every one of us has an internal wisdom and light that guides us through our life. However, at times, we may get wounded in relation with others, and our inherent beauty gets clouded with pain and symptoms. My goal is to help you find the strength and realization that everything you need is already inside of you. Together, we will identify the sources of your pain and authentic steps to take to thrive. I work with adults 18 and over who would like to improve their quality of life. My 15 years of experience have gifted me expertise in complex relational trauma, as well as issues that women experience across their lifespan.
(857) 374-7107 View (857) 374-7107
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Lea Goldstein
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Welcome to my practice. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other issues impacting your ability to live your life to its fullest, I would be happy to speak with you about working together. I am a clinical psychologist with over 25 years experience working with individuals, couples, and families. My work focuses on both internal stumbling blocks to feeling better and on interpersonal problems with important people in your life. We will focus on leveraging your strengths to tackle the difficulties you are experiencing.
Welcome to my practice. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other issues impacting your ability to live your life to its fullest, I would be happy to speak with you about working together. I am a clinical psychologist with over 25 years experience working with individuals, couples, and families. My work focuses on both internal stumbling blocks to feeling better and on interpersonal problems with important people in your life. We will focus on leveraging your strengths to tackle the difficulties you are experiencing.
(650) 453-8950 View (650) 453-8950
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Albert R Mezistrano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Whether it shows up as depression, anxiety, or has its roots in trauma of any sort, it deserves to be expressed in the therapy space.
You’ve always had a sense that something crucial is missing, like a song stuck on a note that never resolves. Sometimes you feel disconnected from your authentic self, unable to put words to feelings, lost in a fog of uncertainty. At other times it feels like you’re too much for others and don’t know how to let it out without feeling like a burden. This existential dread has been a constant companion, but you’re sure there’s more to life and that some piece of the puzzle is missing. You long to remove this familiar barrier from impacting your ability to relax, to focus, to show up more as yourself in relationships.
Whether it shows up as depression, anxiety, or has its roots in trauma of any sort, it deserves to be expressed in the therapy space.
You’ve always had a sense that something crucial is missing, like a song stuck on a note that never resolves. Sometimes you feel disconnected from your authentic self, unable to put words to feelings, lost in a fog of uncertainty. At other times it feels like you’re too much for others and don’t know how to let it out without feeling like a burden. This existential dread has been a constant companion, but you’re sure there’s more to life and that some piece of the puzzle is missing. You long to remove this familiar barrier from impacting your ability to relax, to focus, to show up more as yourself in relationships.
(650) 830-8313 View (650) 830-8313
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Rachel L. Veronneau
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Menlo Park, CA 94025
I specialize in problems of Chemical Dependency and Recovery, Learning Disabilities, Crisis, Depression, Domestic Violence, Employment, Life Transitions, Women's Issues, Family Counseling, Spiritual Crisis, Couples Counseling and Pre-Marital Counseling.
revmft.com for my detailed website! Good therapy involves the right match. I also provide a free 30 minute (in person) question and answer session (not counseling). This allows you to understand what your therapy process will look like. If we decide to work together, you will be involved in a very action oriented therapy. Our work will encourage you to practice your new skills during the week. I try to use approaches that you find helpful like: writing in a journal, reading books, support groups, and/or your spiritual practices, that may help while you are in therapy. New blog:therapist.and.mother(at)blogspot.com
I specialize in problems of Chemical Dependency and Recovery, Learning Disabilities, Crisis, Depression, Domestic Violence, Employment, Life Transitions, Women's Issues, Family Counseling, Spiritual Crisis, Couples Counseling and Pre-Marital Counseling.
revmft.com for my detailed website! Good therapy involves the right match. I also provide a free 30 minute (in person) question and answer session (not counseling). This allows you to understand what your therapy process will look like. If we decide to work together, you will be involved in a very action oriented therapy. Our work will encourage you to practice your new skills during the week. I try to use approaches that you find helpful like: writing in a journal, reading books, support groups, and/or your spiritual practices, that may help while you are in therapy. New blog:therapist.and.mother(at)blogspot.com
(650) 303-0074 View (650) 303-0074
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Ilene Diamond
Psychologist, JD, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use or other self-defeating behaviors? Challenged by work, relationship or family issues? Concerned about your own or your teen's mood, judgment, behavior? Executive or founder stress? General overwhelm? Therapy provides a safe space for processing thoughts and feelings, and for exploring different ways of being. Whatever your concerns, we'll work together to help you feel better. My style is warm and collaborative, with a sense of humor. Our work can develop your strengths & self-confidence & help you feel more comfortable in your own skin, leading to a greater sense of vitality and peace of mind.
Struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use or other self-defeating behaviors? Challenged by work, relationship or family issues? Concerned about your own or your teen's mood, judgment, behavior? Executive or founder stress? General overwhelm? Therapy provides a safe space for processing thoughts and feelings, and for exploring different ways of being. Whatever your concerns, we'll work together to help you feel better. My style is warm and collaborative, with a sense of humor. Our work can develop your strengths & self-confidence & help you feel more comfortable in your own skin, leading to a greater sense of vitality and peace of mind.
(415) 820-1508 View (415) 820-1508
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Katie Luce
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025  (Online Only)
I am passionate about helping adults struggling with depression and anxiety as the symptoms are challenging to overcome alone, and they can create significant emotional pain and affect quality of life.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or stuck? It takes courage to ask for help and commit to making significant life changes, so I commend you for taking the first step on your journey. Often my clients are struggling with limiting beliefs and old patterns of behavior that are holding them back. My approach is warm, authentic, and interactive and my goal is to support my clients on a path to healing and a more fulfilled life. I am unique in that I balance listening with offering concrete tools and interventions, and am straightforward when I sense resistance or ambivalence that might be keeping the client from moving forward.
I am passionate about helping adults struggling with depression and anxiety as the symptoms are challenging to overcome alone, and they can create significant emotional pain and affect quality of life.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or stuck? It takes courage to ask for help and commit to making significant life changes, so I commend you for taking the first step on your journey. Often my clients are struggling with limiting beliefs and old patterns of behavior that are holding them back. My approach is warm, authentic, and interactive and my goal is to support my clients on a path to healing and a more fulfilled life. I am unique in that I balance listening with offering concrete tools and interventions, and am straightforward when I sense resistance or ambivalence that might be keeping the client from moving forward.
(650) 955-0737 View (650) 955-0737
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Dr. Beate Klein
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Talking with one another can help you finding a more quiet space within yourself. If you are struggling with depression, anxieties, insecurities, troubled relationships, high sensitivity, or with a neurodiverse experience, psychotherapy can be a place from where you can travel, explore, and listen to the sound between the lines. I invite you to embark on this voyage and find your style of leadership that takes you to new places in love and work. Therapy can help you develop understanding and acceptance of overwhelming life events. Finding your way through life's maze can finally be one of your most wonderful achievements.
Talking with one another can help you finding a more quiet space within yourself. If you are struggling with depression, anxieties, insecurities, troubled relationships, high sensitivity, or with a neurodiverse experience, psychotherapy can be a place from where you can travel, explore, and listen to the sound between the lines. I invite you to embark on this voyage and find your style of leadership that takes you to new places in love and work. Therapy can help you develop understanding and acceptance of overwhelming life events. Finding your way through life's maze can finally be one of your most wonderful achievements.
(650) 241-4687 View (650) 241-4687
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Katie Fracalanza
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025  (Online Only)
Myself and my colleagues at the California Psychology Center specialize in therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, and depression. We help with these difficulties by customizing strategies supported by the strongest research evidence to each unique individual. We work with clients in a warm, collaborative manner to help our clients better understand themselves, learn new skills, and overcome life’s struggles in a manner consistent with their values and goals. Our practice is aimed at both alleviating psychological distress, as well as bolstering strengths and a sense of personal fulfillment.
Myself and my colleagues at the California Psychology Center specialize in therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, and depression. We help with these difficulties by customizing strategies supported by the strongest research evidence to each unique individual. We work with clients in a warm, collaborative manner to help our clients better understand themselves, learn new skills, and overcome life’s struggles in a manner consistent with their values and goals. Our practice is aimed at both alleviating psychological distress, as well as bolstering strengths and a sense of personal fulfillment.
(650) 200-4704 View (650) 200-4704
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Elizabeth Wing-Man Choi
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025  (Online Only)
In addition to offering evidence-based assessment & treatment to neurocognitive disorders, depression, and trauma, I also provide health psychology services such as adjustment to medical conditions, rehabilitation, cognitive remediation, and caregiver stress management.
I believe our emotional and physical health are inseparable. In psychotherapy, we will explore how your brain, emotions, body, and spirituality work together in creating moment-by-moment experiences within you. My background in neuropsychology and psychotherapy will guide our work in an integrated and holistic framework. As a registered psychologist (PSY 33916) specializing in neuropsychology, I offer neuropsychological assessment, individual psychotherapy and cognitive remediation for adults (age 18-64), in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Currently, I provide teletherapy services only, to residents of California.
In addition to offering evidence-based assessment & treatment to neurocognitive disorders, depression, and trauma, I also provide health psychology services such as adjustment to medical conditions, rehabilitation, cognitive remediation, and caregiver stress management.
I believe our emotional and physical health are inseparable. In psychotherapy, we will explore how your brain, emotions, body, and spirituality work together in creating moment-by-moment experiences within you. My background in neuropsychology and psychotherapy will guide our work in an integrated and holistic framework. As a registered psychologist (PSY 33916) specializing in neuropsychology, I offer neuropsychological assessment, individual psychotherapy and cognitive remediation for adults (age 18-64), in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Currently, I provide teletherapy services only, to residents of California.
(415) 943-1077 View (415) 943-1077
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Constance Burton
Psychologist, JD, PsyD
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025  (Online Only)
As stressors of everyday living expand, relationship conflicts, symptoms of depression, and issues related to past or present traumas may arise.
Therapy offers an opportunity to move your life in more desired directions and to help you live with greater personal satisfaction and engagement. My therapeutic approach focuses on helping you more deeply understand possible causes of emotional distress. We work together to develop insights and strategies necessary for managing and potentially resolving both inner conflict as well as interpersonal dynamics. I tailor the type of therapy provided to suit your needs. Our work generally involves developing psychological perspectives necessary to reduce symptoms, manage stressors, and deepen and enrich your psychological life.
As stressors of everyday living expand, relationship conflicts, symptoms of depression, and issues related to past or present traumas may arise.
Therapy offers an opportunity to move your life in more desired directions and to help you live with greater personal satisfaction and engagement. My therapeutic approach focuses on helping you more deeply understand possible causes of emotional distress. We work together to develop insights and strategies necessary for managing and potentially resolving both inner conflict as well as interpersonal dynamics. I tailor the type of therapy provided to suit your needs. Our work generally involves developing psychological perspectives necessary to reduce symptoms, manage stressors, and deepen and enrich your psychological life.
(650) 465-5527 View (650) 465-5527
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.