Depression Therapists in Sacramento, CA

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Vendela Williams-Medearis
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95815
Hi! My name is Vendela and I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. My experience includes working in a school based site providing individual counseling and mentorships to youth and in a private practice setting providing individual psychotherapy to adults with various mental health issues including depression, generalized anxiety, panic disorders, and more. While I do meet each client where they're at, I typically work well with those who show up to each session with a willingness to be open, an ability to self-reflect, and a desire to work towards change.
Hi! My name is Vendela and I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. My experience includes working in a school based site providing individual counseling and mentorships to youth and in a private practice setting providing individual psychotherapy to adults with various mental health issues including depression, generalized anxiety, panic disorders, and more. While I do meet each client where they're at, I typically work well with those who show up to each session with a willingness to be open, an ability to self-reflect, and a desire to work towards change.
(916) 623-7465 View (916) 623-7465
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Stronger Together Licensed Counseling and Wellness
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with families and young adults experiencing transitions and looking to develop their coping skills in order to decrease their depression and anxiety.
Does finding a therapist feel like another task on your endless to-do list? Is there a voice in the back of your mind telling you it's time to talk to someone, but you're just not sure where to start? Do you daydream about making changes in your life to find your most authentic self? Let me pour you a virtual cup of coffee or tea and let's chat.  We will work together as a team to help you feel better and make the changes that you daydream about in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space where you get to be you!
I specialize in working with families and young adults experiencing transitions and looking to develop their coping skills in order to decrease their depression and anxiety.
Does finding a therapist feel like another task on your endless to-do list? Is there a voice in the back of your mind telling you it's time to talk to someone, but you're just not sure where to start? Do you daydream about making changes in your life to find your most authentic self? Let me pour you a virtual cup of coffee or tea and let's chat.  We will work together as a team to help you feel better and make the changes that you daydream about in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space where you get to be you!
(916) 656-0030 View (916) 656-0030
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Breaking Chains Through Change
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EdD
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
I have served those who face situations including, childhood abuse, addiction and depression.
Hello my name is Dr. Adreena Lowe- Island. I have a Clinical background, which entails over 27 years of Social and Mental Health Services, working for a wide range of programs in the State of California. I have a keen focus on ensuring the highest quality of care and seeking to make a difference in the lives of the individuals I serve. As a Licensed Therapist, I am focused on helping individuals to find their purpose in life. My Motto is to treat through empowerment and support.
I have served those who face situations including, childhood abuse, addiction and depression.
Hello my name is Dr. Adreena Lowe- Island. I have a Clinical background, which entails over 27 years of Social and Mental Health Services, working for a wide range of programs in the State of California. I have a keen focus on ensuring the highest quality of care and seeking to make a difference in the lives of the individuals I serve. As a Licensed Therapist, I am focused on helping individuals to find their purpose in life. My Motto is to treat through empowerment and support.
(279) 800-4768 View (279) 800-4768
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Chioko Grevious
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95815
I am motivated to work with adults experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, grief; feelings of being overwhelmed, sadness, frustration and loneliness. I work with clients who just feel stuck. I meet my clients where they are to collaborate on their wellness needs to meet their goals. I believe that we all have the capacity to become the best versions of ourselves within our families, relationships and community.
I am motivated to work with adults experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, grief; feelings of being overwhelmed, sadness, frustration and loneliness. I work with clients who just feel stuck. I meet my clients where they are to collaborate on their wellness needs to meet their goals. I believe that we all have the capacity to become the best versions of ourselves within our families, relationships and community.
(916) 639-9274 View (916) 639-9274
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Yvette Lanausse
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95831  (Online Only)
As a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in California, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to my practice. Having received my master's degree from the University of Southern California School of Social Work and practicing since 2005, I offer a deep understanding and compassionate approach to mental health. My specialization in helping individuals with anxiety and depression is complemented by my significant work in gender-affirming clients and the LGBTQ community, showcasing your commitment to inclusive and respectful care.
As a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in California, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to my practice. Having received my master's degree from the University of Southern California School of Social Work and practicing since 2005, I offer a deep understanding and compassionate approach to mental health. My specialization in helping individuals with anxiety and depression is complemented by my significant work in gender-affirming clients and the LGBTQ community, showcasing your commitment to inclusive and respectful care.
(916) 866-7531 View (916) 866-7531
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Jordanne Stacy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
Life can be overwhelming, and it's okay to seek support. Welcome to a space of warmth and understanding. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I offer a compassionate approach to therapy, providing support as you navigate life's challenges. I believe that everyone's life journey is unique, which is why I do not believe in the “cookie-cutter” approach to treatment. I have years of experience working with couples, helping them rebuild trust, improve communication, and deepen their connection. Additionally, I have experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and trauma.
Life can be overwhelming, and it's okay to seek support. Welcome to a space of warmth and understanding. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I offer a compassionate approach to therapy, providing support as you navigate life's challenges. I believe that everyone's life journey is unique, which is why I do not believe in the “cookie-cutter” approach to treatment. I have years of experience working with couples, helping them rebuild trust, improve communication, and deepen their connection. Additionally, I have experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and trauma.
(530) 900-0296 View (530) 900-0296
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Colleen Krinard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95838
Hi my name is Colleen Krinard, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker psychotherapist. My approach to therapy is one of partnering with you on your learning wellness journey. My goal is to meet you in your learning style and support you in making meaning out of what is unfolding in your life, to learn and practice skills and tools together, and assist you to form a deeper connection with yourself. My primary focus is working with adult women's issues including anxiety, depression, empowerment, codependency and trauma, with a sensitivity for how these are playing out in your everyday life experiences.
Hi my name is Colleen Krinard, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker psychotherapist. My approach to therapy is one of partnering with you on your learning wellness journey. My goal is to meet you in your learning style and support you in making meaning out of what is unfolding in your life, to learn and practice skills and tools together, and assist you to form a deeper connection with yourself. My primary focus is working with adult women's issues including anxiety, depression, empowerment, codependency and trauma, with a sensitivity for how these are playing out in your everyday life experiences.
(916) 299-6343 View (916) 299-6343
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Candence Little
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95818  (Online Only)
The problems I treat range from mild to severe psychological and psychiatric difficulties ranging from depression, loss, anxiety and trauma to relationship difficulties.
I help people to better understand themselves, their psychological distress and their relationships. I focus on helping each person discover what they need to relieve suffering, to develop helpful coping skills and to improve relationships. When a person heals psychological wounds, learns helpful coping skills and makes desired personal and relationship changes, they experience not just relief but a greater feeling of wholeness . I work in a collaborative fashion and believe that empathy and understanding are key elements in my helping each person .
The problems I treat range from mild to severe psychological and psychiatric difficulties ranging from depression, loss, anxiety and trauma to relationship difficulties.
I help people to better understand themselves, their psychological distress and their relationships. I focus on helping each person discover what they need to relieve suffering, to develop helpful coping skills and to improve relationships. When a person heals psychological wounds, learns helpful coping skills and makes desired personal and relationship changes, they experience not just relief but a greater feeling of wholeness . I work in a collaborative fashion and believe that empathy and understanding are key elements in my helping each person .
(916) 459-2406 View (916) 459-2406
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Stronger Together Licensed Counseling and Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95826
With over 20 years of experience practicing therapy, we specialize in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, codependency, and relationship issues.
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Feeling exhausted being overwhelmed and sad? Those who are closest to you can't see your pain because you have hidden how you truly feel by wearing a mask. Wearing a mask allows you to get through the day but fall apart when alone. In therapy you take off the mask, breathe and reveal your true feelings, gain insight into how to decrease your pain and live a more balanced healthier life. Getting help is not a sign of weakness, but strength. It takes a great deal of strength and courage to take this step towards feeling better.
With over 20 years of experience practicing therapy, we specialize in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, codependency, and relationship issues.
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Feeling exhausted being overwhelmed and sad? Those who are closest to you can't see your pain because you have hidden how you truly feel by wearing a mask. Wearing a mask allows you to get through the day but fall apart when alone. In therapy you take off the mask, breathe and reveal your true feelings, gain insight into how to decrease your pain and live a more balanced healthier life. Getting help is not a sign of weakness, but strength. It takes a great deal of strength and courage to take this step towards feeling better.
(916) 252-5035 View (916) 252-5035
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Marianna Aguilar
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95828
My name is Marianna Aguilar, and I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 139892. My goal as a therapist is to help my clients learn how to improve their daily functioning and overall quality of life. I enjoy working with individuals, adolescents, couples, and families. My areas of focus are trauma, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and everyday life stressors.
My name is Marianna Aguilar, and I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 139892. My goal as a therapist is to help my clients learn how to improve their daily functioning and overall quality of life. I enjoy working with individuals, adolescents, couples, and families. My areas of focus are trauma, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and everyday life stressors.
(916) 602-4613 View (916) 602-4613
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Dulce Camacho
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience working with a diverse population specifically with those in the medical setting. I practice a Strength-Based approach to help empower my clients so they can work toward healing and personal growth. I offer a safe environment to help navigate emotional stress. I specialize in anxiety, depression, burnout, and life transitions.
I have extensive experience working with a diverse population specifically with those in the medical setting. I practice a Strength-Based approach to help empower my clients so they can work toward healing and personal growth. I offer a safe environment to help navigate emotional stress. I specialize in anxiety, depression, burnout, and life transitions.
(424) 655-3480 View (424) 655-3480
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Cindy Phun (Morrison And Associates Counseling Center)
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW, MSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95828
My main areas of expertise practice include DBT, CBT, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, grief counseling, substance abuse, trauma informed after care, mood disorders, and developmental disabilities.
Supervised by Markise Morrison LMFT 98455. I am open to seeing any clients that feel that they can benefit from engaging in weekly therapy sessions with me via telehealth. I would encourage that all of the patients that I see to be able to find time in their schedule to commit to 1 session weekly during the start of their treatment plan.
My main areas of expertise practice include DBT, CBT, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, grief counseling, substance abuse, trauma informed after care, mood disorders, and developmental disabilities.
Supervised by Markise Morrison LMFT 98455. I am open to seeing any clients that feel that they can benefit from engaging in weekly therapy sessions with me via telehealth. I would encourage that all of the patients that I see to be able to find time in their schedule to commit to 1 session weekly during the start of their treatment plan.
(916) 269-5054 View (916) 269-5054
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Kendra Cunha
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95842
Welcome! My name is Kendra Cunha, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I believe that safety and trust are the foundation of a good therapeutic relationship. Despite your circumstances, I will welcome you into a judgment-free space. My client focus includes individuals (Adults and Teens), Couples, and Elders (65+). I enjoy working with all communities. My passion is helping those who are struggling with interpersonal relationships, family conflict, life transitions, trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, stress, medical trauma, and self-harm.
Welcome! My name is Kendra Cunha, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I believe that safety and trust are the foundation of a good therapeutic relationship. Despite your circumstances, I will welcome you into a judgment-free space. My client focus includes individuals (Adults and Teens), Couples, and Elders (65+). I enjoy working with all communities. My passion is helping those who are struggling with interpersonal relationships, family conflict, life transitions, trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, stress, medical trauma, and self-harm.
(916) 471-4435 View (916) 471-4435
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Jasleen Kaur
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816
I specialize in working with trauma, adverse life experiences, grief, depression, anxiety, cultural issues, and family and relationship conflict.
As a therapist, I strive to provide an accepting, safe space where you can bring your authentic self without fear of judgment. I enjoy working with individuals of diverse backgrounds who are seeking to better understand themselves and the causes of suffering and discontent in their lives. Many feel alone when experiencing difficult life moments, but connection can make the journey feel lighter. I am interpersonal, warm, and empathetic in my approach, and I will work collaboratively with you to support emotional healing and foster empowerment in you to create the change you desire.
I specialize in working with trauma, adverse life experiences, grief, depression, anxiety, cultural issues, and family and relationship conflict.
As a therapist, I strive to provide an accepting, safe space where you can bring your authentic self without fear of judgment. I enjoy working with individuals of diverse backgrounds who are seeking to better understand themselves and the causes of suffering and discontent in their lives. Many feel alone when experiencing difficult life moments, but connection can make the journey feel lighter. I am interpersonal, warm, and empathetic in my approach, and I will work collaboratively with you to support emotional healing and foster empowerment in you to create the change you desire.
(530) 418-6181 View (530) 418-6181
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Jennifer Efemena Ozomaro
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95811
My specialties include coping with depression and anxiety, understanding complex traumas, challenging negative thinking, relationship distress, dysfunctional family distress, attachments, and mindfulness.
Hello! My name is Jennifer Ozomaro. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and run my private practice, Seeds of Growth Counseling. I provide support in navigating through life's transitions and helping you get unstuck. I like to work collaboratively with my clients to help them gain more control, understand their feelings, and set achievable treatment goals for the future.
My specialties include coping with depression and anxiety, understanding complex traumas, challenging negative thinking, relationship distress, dysfunctional family distress, attachments, and mindfulness.
Hello! My name is Jennifer Ozomaro. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and run my private practice, Seeds of Growth Counseling. I provide support in navigating through life's transitions and helping you get unstuck. I like to work collaboratively with my clients to help them gain more control, understand their feelings, and set achievable treatment goals for the future.
(530) 212-7049 View (530) 212-7049
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Zee Hammonds
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95832  (Online Only)
Whether you are experiencing difficulty understanding and experiencing your emotions or if you simply don't understand why you are seeking help and would like help defining your need, kudos to you for taking the first step to seek support. I have experience in facilitating positive change and helping clients discover and live in their authentic selves. It is amazing how this form of support alleviates symptoms perpetuated by anxiety, depression, anger, unresolved trauma, relationship issues, gender, sexual preferences, racial tensions, life stage changes and other stressors.
Whether you are experiencing difficulty understanding and experiencing your emotions or if you simply don't understand why you are seeking help and would like help defining your need, kudos to you for taking the first step to seek support. I have experience in facilitating positive change and helping clients discover and live in their authentic selves. It is amazing how this form of support alleviates symptoms perpetuated by anxiety, depression, anger, unresolved trauma, relationship issues, gender, sexual preferences, racial tensions, life stage changes and other stressors.
(916) 943-7751 View (916) 943-7751
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Johnny Asencion Cuestas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95819  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hello, over the last 10 years I've enjoyed working together with people as they took on the problems they faced. I've helped people work on range of problems, from challenging behaviors to other internal problem. I've worked with incredible resilient young people and adults who've had relationships with trauma, anxiety, and depression. I've also worked with young people in foster care and members of the LGBTQ community using a narrative approach. Being present and sharing space with someone trying to make a positive change in their life, has always been a great privlidge for me.
Hello, over the last 10 years I've enjoyed working together with people as they took on the problems they faced. I've helped people work on range of problems, from challenging behaviors to other internal problem. I've worked with incredible resilient young people and adults who've had relationships with trauma, anxiety, and depression. I've also worked with young people in foster care and members of the LGBTQ community using a narrative approach. Being present and sharing space with someone trying to make a positive change in their life, has always been a great privlidge for me.
(916) 352-7282 View (916) 352-7282
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June Razzano
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95819  (Online Only)
I am experienced working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, relational problems, bipolar, and grief.
I strongly believe that reaching out for support is one of the bravest acts a person can do for themselves. All of us at times in our lives need someone to understand, care, and support us in taking those first steps towards healing and well-being. I use a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to therapy, while providing a warm space to support your needs and concerns.
I am experienced working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, relational problems, bipolar, and grief.
I strongly believe that reaching out for support is one of the bravest acts a person can do for themselves. All of us at times in our lives need someone to understand, care, and support us in taking those first steps towards healing and well-being. I use a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to therapy, while providing a warm space to support your needs and concerns.
(916) 238-1625 View (916) 238-1625
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Sandra Hart
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95834
I have assisted people through pregnancy/postpartum adjustment, physical illness, grief, anxiety, depression, identity exploration, school challenges, work stress, trauma, and systemic trauma such as racial, sexual, and/or gender-based oppression.
Hello, my name is Sandra Hart. My pronouns are she/her. I am a licensed therapist (LCSW) based in Los Angeles. I provide therapy via Telehealth to residents all over California. I have had the honor of working with individuals, children, adolescents, and families for over 20 years, supporting them during some of their most challenging times. I work with people wanting support with life transitions, family relationships, peer relationships, loneliness, anxiety, obsessive/compulsive thoughts, trauma, and sexual and gender identity development.
I have assisted people through pregnancy/postpartum adjustment, physical illness, grief, anxiety, depression, identity exploration, school challenges, work stress, trauma, and systemic trauma such as racial, sexual, and/or gender-based oppression.
Hello, my name is Sandra Hart. My pronouns are she/her. I am a licensed therapist (LCSW) based in Los Angeles. I provide therapy via Telehealth to residents all over California. I have had the honor of working with individuals, children, adolescents, and families for over 20 years, supporting them during some of their most challenging times. I work with people wanting support with life transitions, family relationships, peer relationships, loneliness, anxiety, obsessive/compulsive thoughts, trauma, and sexual and gender identity development.
(916) 461-7722 View (916) 461-7722
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Myla Lampkin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95838
The majority of my experience has been with clients having suffered multiple traumas, substance use disorders, eating disorders, depression, unhealthy interpersonal relationships, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been practicing for 15 years. I specialize in various therapeutic modalities using an Eclectic and Strengths-Based Approach to assist women, adolescents, and children who may be dealing with life stressors, trauma, or simply wanting to learn healthy coping skills. I am here to help you navigate and gain insight through exploration of you. I approach therapy with an open mind, free of judgment, and respect for each individual’s lens and experience of the world.
The majority of my experience has been with clients having suffered multiple traumas, substance use disorders, eating disorders, depression, unhealthy interpersonal relationships, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been practicing for 15 years. I specialize in various therapeutic modalities using an Eclectic and Strengths-Based Approach to assist women, adolescents, and children who may be dealing with life stressors, trauma, or simply wanting to learn healthy coping skills. I am here to help you navigate and gain insight through exploration of you. I approach therapy with an open mind, free of judgment, and respect for each individual’s lens and experience of the world.
(916) 246-2472 View (916) 246-2472

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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.