Depression Therapists in Mountain View, CA

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Dr. Monica Ng, LLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040  (Online Only)
Some of my areas of specialty include: depression, anxiety, identity issues, ethnic identity/acculturation issues, life transition challenges, LGBTQIA+ populations.
I am a bilingual (Cantonese), bicultural (1st generation Asian-American) Licensed Clinical Psychologist in CA, CO, WA, TX & HI for over 26 years. I have worked with clients coming from all walks of life, diverse backgrounds and cultures. I believe that we all have within us the resiliency and strengths to handle life's challenges, and my goal is to help you rediscover them and walk together with you through those harder moments in life. I believe that it is through these tough moments that we grow and become the better, stronger persons that we are meant to be. I would be honored to be part of that journey with you!
Some of my areas of specialty include: depression, anxiety, identity issues, ethnic identity/acculturation issues, life transition challenges, LGBTQIA+ populations.
I am a bilingual (Cantonese), bicultural (1st generation Asian-American) Licensed Clinical Psychologist in CA, CO, WA, TX & HI for over 26 years. I have worked with clients coming from all walks of life, diverse backgrounds and cultures. I believe that we all have within us the resiliency and strengths to handle life's challenges, and my goal is to help you rediscover them and walk together with you through those harder moments in life. I believe that it is through these tough moments that we grow and become the better, stronger persons that we are meant to be. I would be honored to be part of that journey with you!
(650) 229-6505 View (650) 229-6505
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Todd Steven Daly
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LEP, LPCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94040
Are you struggling with anxiety, stress, or depression? Do these overwhelming emotions seem to be holding you back from living your life to the fullest? If you've tried therapy before without getting the results you were hoping for, I'm here to offer a new path forward. I specialize in a highly effective form of therapy called TEAM-CBT, rooted in evidence-based treatment methods. My goal is to empower you or your child to overcome anxiety, conquer depression, tackle procrastination, and improve relationships.
Are you struggling with anxiety, stress, or depression? Do these overwhelming emotions seem to be holding you back from living your life to the fullest? If you've tried therapy before without getting the results you were hoping for, I'm here to offer a new path forward. I specialize in a highly effective form of therapy called TEAM-CBT, rooted in evidence-based treatment methods. My goal is to empower you or your child to overcome anxiety, conquer depression, tackle procrastination, and improve relationships.
(650) 451-3314 View (650) 451-3314
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Angela Krumm
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94040
Concerns I most often work with include anxiety (panic, fears, phobias, general worries), sleep difficulties, dating concerns, social skills, depression, low self-esteem, and communication struggles.
Ineffective therapy can feel like an endless routine of talking without a plan for change. Are you ready to make true life changes, move beyond just talking and do the work that will help you move past your challenges? Together we can create change. First, we will take time to learn about your unique situation, complex identities, and life circumstances. Then, we will develop a plan. Next, you will learn a replicable process: identify achievable goals, overcome barriers to change, learn and master new skills. I believe you can learn the skills needed to overcome your challenges.
Concerns I most often work with include anxiety (panic, fears, phobias, general worries), sleep difficulties, dating concerns, social skills, depression, low self-esteem, and communication struggles.
Ineffective therapy can feel like an endless routine of talking without a plan for change. Are you ready to make true life changes, move beyond just talking and do the work that will help you move past your challenges? Together we can create change. First, we will take time to learn about your unique situation, complex identities, and life circumstances. Then, we will develop a plan. Next, you will learn a replicable process: identify achievable goals, overcome barriers to change, learn and master new skills. I believe you can learn the skills needed to overcome your challenges.
(650) 646-2170 View (650) 646-2170
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Keren Shemesh
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94040
Are you ready for a change? Do you need a better way to address personal challenges, like depression and anxiety? I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for anxiety and depression. I have powerful tools to help you gain control over your mood, help you feel better, and get rid of your anxiety. I care about my clients and believe that teaching them tools and coping skills is an empowering and effective way to help them reach their goals.
Are you ready for a change? Do you need a better way to address personal challenges, like depression and anxiety? I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for anxiety and depression. I have powerful tools to help you gain control over your mood, help you feel better, and get rid of your anxiety. I care about my clients and believe that teaching them tools and coping skills is an empowering and effective way to help them reach their goals.
(650) 727-1598 View (650) 727-1598
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Kevin Cornelius
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94040
I have advanced training in evidence-based, highly effective treatment of Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, Habits/Addictions and Relationship Problems.
Are you suffering and struggling in the living nightmare of an anxiety problem? Perhaps you are avoiding people, places or activities because of fear, panic or obsessive worrying. Maybe you have been suffering from a lack of sleep and feeling stressed and tired most of the time. Sleep medications and advice from friends or the internet might just make the problems worse. Maybe you're stuck in the never-ending rut of a bad habit or addiction that you can't seem to stop turning to for relief from your problems. Maybe you're unsatisfied in your relationships, overwhelmed by conflicts and a lack of closeness with people you care about.
I have advanced training in evidence-based, highly effective treatment of Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, Habits/Addictions and Relationship Problems.
Are you suffering and struggling in the living nightmare of an anxiety problem? Perhaps you are avoiding people, places or activities because of fear, panic or obsessive worrying. Maybe you have been suffering from a lack of sleep and feeling stressed and tired most of the time. Sleep medications and advice from friends or the internet might just make the problems worse. Maybe you're stuck in the never-ending rut of a bad habit or addiction that you can't seem to stop turning to for relief from your problems. Maybe you're unsatisfied in your relationships, overwhelmed by conflicts and a lack of closeness with people you care about.
(650) 603-5472 View (650) 603-5472
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Munn Saechao
Psychologist, PsyD, LCSW, MSW, PPSC
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040  (Online Only)
I have many years of experience providing short- and long-term evidence based treatment for ADHD, anxiety, depression and trauma.
I am very passionate about working with girls and women with imposter syndrome, perfectionism, performance anxiety, paralysis, fear of failure, self-doubt, stress and burnout. The individuals I support, often struggle with navigating their academic and professional spaces because of internal and external pressures rooted in sociocultural issues. Many girls and women encounter these issues and work through them with support. Together, we can help you or your child become more confident, brave, focused and empowered.
I have many years of experience providing short- and long-term evidence based treatment for ADHD, anxiety, depression and trauma.
I am very passionate about working with girls and women with imposter syndrome, perfectionism, performance anxiety, paralysis, fear of failure, self-doubt, stress and burnout. The individuals I support, often struggle with navigating their academic and professional spaces because of internal and external pressures rooted in sociocultural issues. Many girls and women encounter these issues and work through them with support. Together, we can help you or your child become more confident, brave, focused and empowered.
(650) 396-3681 View (650) 396-3681
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Mor Frenkiel
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94040
Do you ever feel like there should be more to life? When faced with another challenging event, you find yourself yearning for change, thinking, "I don't want to continue like this... I'm ready for a positive turn". Life can be different and better than it is now. There are places we can discover together that may be difficult to find alone. Fortunately, there is a path, a way to help you achieve your goals. I've worked with kids and adults, providing support for anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, and cancer-related challenges, among others. I'm here, ready to begin our journey. Let's take the first step together.
Do you ever feel like there should be more to life? When faced with another challenging event, you find yourself yearning for change, thinking, "I don't want to continue like this... I'm ready for a positive turn". Life can be different and better than it is now. There are places we can discover together that may be difficult to find alone. Fortunately, there is a path, a way to help you achieve your goals. I've worked with kids and adults, providing support for anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, and cancer-related challenges, among others. I'm here, ready to begin our journey. Let's take the first step together.
(650) 789-7235 View (650) 789-7235
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Ricardo Martinez
Psychologist, CP
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
As mentioned above, I generally work with adults who are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, work-life balance, alcohol and/or substance abuse issues, and those who are in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse.
Hi there, I'm Dr. Rick. My name is Dr. Ricardo (Rick) Martinez and I am a Licensed Psychologist based in Pasadena, CA and working with clients across California via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in helping clients who struggle with anxiety, stress, depression, those with alcohol and/or substance abuse issues, their family members, and those in recovery. I also specialize in serving clients from diverse multicultural backgrounds including those from the LGBTQ+ community.
As mentioned above, I generally work with adults who are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, work-life balance, alcohol and/or substance abuse issues, and those who are in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse.
Hi there, I'm Dr. Rick. My name is Dr. Ricardo (Rick) Martinez and I am a Licensed Psychologist based in Pasadena, CA and working with clients across California via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in helping clients who struggle with anxiety, stress, depression, those with alcohol and/or substance abuse issues, their family members, and those in recovery. I also specialize in serving clients from diverse multicultural backgrounds including those from the LGBTQ+ community.
(650) 955-0134 View (650) 955-0134
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Michelle Ilene Li
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94040
Is anxiety, depression, or another form of distress robbing you of everyday pleasures? Weighty feelings may have become intrusive, occupying too much of your mental space. Reaching out for support may not be easy, but your efforts demonstrate your hope and determination, both critical elements to feeling better. In therapy, you can embark on a journey not only to heal, but also to explore your potential and celebrate your life. Having an effective therapist greatly impacts the therapeutic process and outcome. Finding the right person is important. I might be that match for you.
Is anxiety, depression, or another form of distress robbing you of everyday pleasures? Weighty feelings may have become intrusive, occupying too much of your mental space. Reaching out for support may not be easy, but your efforts demonstrate your hope and determination, both critical elements to feeling better. In therapy, you can embark on a journey not only to heal, but also to explore your potential and celebrate your life. Having an effective therapist greatly impacts the therapeutic process and outcome. Finding the right person is important. I might be that match for you.
(650) 683-9128 View (650) 683-9128
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Richard Lam
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
The following are common concerns of clients with whom I have worked effectively: Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Concerns, Shyness, Low Self-esteem, Grief, and Cultural Identities.
Are you having difficulty controlling your anxiety, worry, or stress? Do you feel sad, lonely, or inadequate? Are you wanting to improve your relationships? Would you like to feel happy and good about yourself? I use powerful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy methods that will have you feeling calm, confident, and happy. My passion is in helping people accomplish their goals by carefully and empathetically guiding them towards change but maintain the parts of them they want to keep. It would be an honor to work with you to achieve your goals and to start feeling good about your life.
The following are common concerns of clients with whom I have worked effectively: Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Concerns, Shyness, Low Self-esteem, Grief, and Cultural Identities.
Are you having difficulty controlling your anxiety, worry, or stress? Do you feel sad, lonely, or inadequate? Are you wanting to improve your relationships? Would you like to feel happy and good about yourself? I use powerful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy methods that will have you feeling calm, confident, and happy. My passion is in helping people accomplish their goals by carefully and empathetically guiding them towards change but maintain the parts of them they want to keep. It would be an honor to work with you to achieve your goals and to start feeling good about your life.
(619) 494-2953 View (619) 494-2953
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Shiveta Gandotra Phd.
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94040
I specialize in evidence-based CBT focusing on the concerns of: anxiety, depression, habits and addictions, stress, and panic disorders.
In today's fast-paced world, prioritizing our mental health is paramount. As Helen Keller once said, 'Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. I strongly believe that reaching out for support and guidance can truly make a significant difference in our overall well-being. I am dedicated to offering compassionate and effective therapy to children, adults, and couples. With a deep understanding of the complexities of the human mind and heart, I am committed to helping my clients find healing, growth, and resilience. Let's overcome challenges and boost your mental wellness together.
I specialize in evidence-based CBT focusing on the concerns of: anxiety, depression, habits and addictions, stress, and panic disorders.
In today's fast-paced world, prioritizing our mental health is paramount. As Helen Keller once said, 'Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. I strongly believe that reaching out for support and guidance can truly make a significant difference in our overall well-being. I am dedicated to offering compassionate and effective therapy to children, adults, and couples. With a deep understanding of the complexities of the human mind and heart, I am committed to helping my clients find healing, growth, and resilience. Let's overcome challenges and boost your mental wellness together.
(650) 539-6989 View (650) 539-6989
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Karen Gudino-Gutierrez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94043
Hello! My name is Karen Gudino-Gutierrez, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in California providing services via telehealth. I work with children, adolescents, and adults and specialize in anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, grief, and stress. I incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I have found that my style and approach are a good fit for adolescents and young adults who are facing challenges with life transitions, social stress, and other stressors that come along with growing up.
Hello! My name is Karen Gudino-Gutierrez, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in California providing services via telehealth. I work with children, adolescents, and adults and specialize in anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, grief, and stress. I incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I have found that my style and approach are a good fit for adolescents and young adults who are facing challenges with life transitions, social stress, and other stressors that come along with growing up.
(650) 900-9867 View (650) 900-9867
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Jana Emerson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ATR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94043
It can be really difficult to reach out for assistance when you’re not feeling your best. It’s also important to find someone that you connect and feel safe with. As a licensed MFT with 16 years of experience, I can offer you that space. My special interests include issues such as working with young adults and adolescents, depression, anxiety, help with life transitions, conflict management and relationship difficulties, body image disorders, parenting and Co-parenting support, and couples work.
It can be really difficult to reach out for assistance when you’re not feeling your best. It’s also important to find someone that you connect and feel safe with. As a licensed MFT with 16 years of experience, I can offer you that space. My special interests include issues such as working with young adults and adolescents, depression, anxiety, help with life transitions, conflict management and relationship difficulties, body image disorders, parenting and Co-parenting support, and couples work.
(650) 750-0769 View (650) 750-0769
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Sean Odwyer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
My name is Sean O'Dwyer, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and relational and intersubjective approaches. I work primarily with adults and specialize in treating anxiety, attachment concerns, life transitions, grief and loss, self-esteem, co-dependency, depression, and relationships. My approach is holistic and compassionate while utilizing cognitive, somatic, and mindfulness interventions to help you meet your goals.
My name is Sean O'Dwyer, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and relational and intersubjective approaches. I work primarily with adults and specialize in treating anxiety, attachment concerns, life transitions, grief and loss, self-esteem, co-dependency, depression, and relationships. My approach is holistic and compassionate while utilizing cognitive, somatic, and mindfulness interventions to help you meet your goals.
(650) 684-1862 View (650) 684-1862
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Deanna Wong
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
Hi there, I'm Deanna, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. As an Asian American woman of immigrant parents, I am passionate about helping diverse marginalized populations, young adults, and teens because I believe these populations are often unseen and struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and life transitions. Asian Americans from immigrant families hit close to home! I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am solution-focused and may address intergenerational/historical trauma if needed. I also use Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques.
Hi there, I'm Deanna, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. As an Asian American woman of immigrant parents, I am passionate about helping diverse marginalized populations, young adults, and teens because I believe these populations are often unseen and struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and life transitions. Asian Americans from immigrant families hit close to home! I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am solution-focused and may address intergenerational/historical trauma if needed. I also use Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques.
(650) 735-8236 View (650) 735-8236
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Steven James Curley
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94043
The world is really challenging right now; it makes sense that you would feel anxious, depressed or not yourself. No part of our lives has gone untouched. I find that having someone to listen, remind you of your strengths, and help you discover new parts of yourself and new ways to feel better are what make a difference. I help adults with depression, anxiety, loss of meaning, phase of life issues, unresolved life events, and transitions.
The world is really challenging right now; it makes sense that you would feel anxious, depressed or not yourself. No part of our lives has gone untouched. I find that having someone to listen, remind you of your strengths, and help you discover new parts of yourself and new ways to feel better are what make a difference. I help adults with depression, anxiety, loss of meaning, phase of life issues, unresolved life events, and transitions.
(408) 763-8647 View (408) 763-8647
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Jill T Levitt
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
In my practice, I assist adults and adolescents who seek help in overcoming anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship problems using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Are you struggling with anxiety, worry, or stress? Do you feel down, unsatisfied with yourself or your life? Are anxiety or panic attacks keeping you from being successful? Would you like to feel happy, content, satisfied, and less worried all the time? I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and I can help you learn cutting edge tools to manage your stress, reduce your anxiety, and live a happier and more connected life. Often people experience significant relief from symptoms and meaningful improvements in the quality of their lives in just a few months.
In my practice, I assist adults and adolescents who seek help in overcoming anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship problems using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Are you struggling with anxiety, worry, or stress? Do you feel down, unsatisfied with yourself or your life? Are anxiety or panic attacks keeping you from being successful? Would you like to feel happy, content, satisfied, and less worried all the time? I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and I can help you learn cutting edge tools to manage your stress, reduce your anxiety, and live a happier and more connected life. Often people experience significant relief from symptoms and meaningful improvements in the quality of their lives in just a few months.
(650) 779-5293 View (650) 779-5293
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Molly A Walsh
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94043  (Online Only)
I am a licensed psychologist and help individuals overcome problems related to bipolar disorder, depression, emotion dysregulation, anxiety, stress management, and relationship difficulties. I completed postdoctoral training at Stanford University focused on evidence-based approaches to therapy that are supported by research. I utilize these approaches in my work, incorporating techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and motivational interviewing (MI) depending on client need.
I am a licensed psychologist and help individuals overcome problems related to bipolar disorder, depression, emotion dysregulation, anxiety, stress management, and relationship difficulties. I completed postdoctoral training at Stanford University focused on evidence-based approaches to therapy that are supported by research. I utilize these approaches in my work, incorporating techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and motivational interviewing (MI) depending on client need.
(650) 830-3087 View (650) 830-3087
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Jonnetta Thomas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94043
Hello! I am Jonnetta Appianing, a Licensed Marriage & Child Family Therapist with 5 years of postgraduate experience. Being a Licensed Mental Health Therapist has given me the opportunity to work in a variety of different roles, settings, and diagnoses from all cultures facing many life stressors including, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, trauma, PTSD, OCD, substance abuse, interpersonal relationship, addictions and eating disorders. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with children, teens adults, and couples.
Hello! I am Jonnetta Appianing, a Licensed Marriage & Child Family Therapist with 5 years of postgraduate experience. Being a Licensed Mental Health Therapist has given me the opportunity to work in a variety of different roles, settings, and diagnoses from all cultures facing many life stressors including, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, trauma, PTSD, OCD, substance abuse, interpersonal relationship, addictions and eating disorders. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with children, teens adults, and couples.
(650) 297-8412 View (650) 297-8412
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Valerie Anne Goss
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
Just like life, therapy is both an adventure and a risk. As a therapist, I encourage you to focus on the concept of choice. Our lives are constantly filled with the need to make choices. Should you be in a relationship or leave one? Is your current job the right one for you? Can you learn how to accept and express your needs? Choosing a therapist can be very confusing, but choosing the right therapist can be crucial to living a happy and fulfilling life. I specialize in helping you develop tools for managing depression and anxiety as well strengthen your ability to communicate and experience a more fulfilling life.
Just like life, therapy is both an adventure and a risk. As a therapist, I encourage you to focus on the concept of choice. Our lives are constantly filled with the need to make choices. Should you be in a relationship or leave one? Is your current job the right one for you? Can you learn how to accept and express your needs? Choosing a therapist can be very confusing, but choosing the right therapist can be crucial to living a happy and fulfilling life. I specialize in helping you develop tools for managing depression and anxiety as well strengthen your ability to communicate and experience a more fulfilling life.
(650) 385-8797 View (650) 385-8797

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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.