Depression Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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H. Michael Brown
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
You don’t have to suffer without hope…or help. Whether you’re feeling depressed and anxious, worried and preoccupied, or blocked creatively, psychotherapy can help you to feel better. I work with both individuals and couples. With more than 20 years experience in helping people overcome their obstacles, I can help you to identify what’s in need of adjustment and provide tools to make those changes. Call or visit my website for more information. My initial consultation is free.
You don’t have to suffer without hope…or help. Whether you’re feeling depressed and anxious, worried and preoccupied, or blocked creatively, psychotherapy can help you to feel better. I work with both individuals and couples. With more than 20 years experience in helping people overcome their obstacles, I can help you to identify what’s in need of adjustment and provide tools to make those changes. Call or visit my website for more information. My initial consultation is free.
(415) 669-4331 View (415) 669-4331
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Melissa Spina-Brown
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
I have experience supporting people with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, grief and loss, identity concerns, and relationship concerns.
I’m so glad you found my page! Although difficult at times, therapy is a rewarding journey. I am a client centered, strength-based therapist. I want to collaborate with you within your own value system and worldview. Together we will highlight your strengths and resources.
I have experience supporting people with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, grief and loss, identity concerns, and relationship concerns.
I’m so glad you found my page! Although difficult at times, therapy is a rewarding journey. I am a client centered, strength-based therapist. I want to collaborate with you within your own value system and worldview. Together we will highlight your strengths and resources.
(415) 825-7170 View (415) 825-7170
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Jane Yi
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience in working with couples, adults and adolescents for a variety of issues including marital and relationship problems, anxiety, depression, career change, chronic illness, post traumatic stress disorder, grief, stress, and phase of life transitions.
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in San Francisco. I work with couples and individuals. I have been seeing clients for over a decade and deeply enjoy working with each of my unique patients. I provide a safe and nurturing environment to foster greater insight, understanding and resilience in order to enhance ones life both professionally and personally.
I have extensive experience in working with couples, adults and adolescents for a variety of issues including marital and relationship problems, anxiety, depression, career change, chronic illness, post traumatic stress disorder, grief, stress, and phase of life transitions.
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in San Francisco. I work with couples and individuals. I have been seeing clients for over a decade and deeply enjoy working with each of my unique patients. I provide a safe and nurturing environment to foster greater insight, understanding and resilience in order to enhance ones life both professionally and personally.
(415) 630-2207 View (415) 630-2207
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Imme Staeffler
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I frequently accept new patients for telehealth psychotherapy, adults residing in California. Therapy can be helpful for a wide range of issues and clients come to me with emotional and mental distress, relationships problems, questions about the overall quality and direction in their lives. More specifically clients express worry and anxiety, depression, loneliness, career/work problems, mental and emotional concerns with retirement, difficult family and relationship issues, or needs related to long term recovery from substances, other addictions.
I frequently accept new patients for telehealth psychotherapy, adults residing in California. Therapy can be helpful for a wide range of issues and clients come to me with emotional and mental distress, relationships problems, questions about the overall quality and direction in their lives. More specifically clients express worry and anxiety, depression, loneliness, career/work problems, mental and emotional concerns with retirement, difficult family and relationship issues, or needs related to long term recovery from substances, other addictions.
(415) 237-4384 View (415) 237-4384
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Claire Greenwood
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123
I provide contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy, focusing on individuals grappling with anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges, and with an emphasis on queer, trans and non-binary experiences. My approach integrates a keen understanding of queer and gender issues, recognizing the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in these contexts. I believe that our psychological symptoms are deeply connected to our early experiences, family histories, and the broader societal systems we inhabit, including those related to race and gender identity, class, and sexual orientation. I also offer EMDR for trauma and phobias.
I provide contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy, focusing on individuals grappling with anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges, and with an emphasis on queer, trans and non-binary experiences. My approach integrates a keen understanding of queer and gender issues, recognizing the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in these contexts. I believe that our psychological symptoms are deeply connected to our early experiences, family histories, and the broader societal systems we inhabit, including those related to race and gender identity, class, and sexual orientation. I also offer EMDR for trauma and phobias.
(415) 341-9809 View (415) 341-9809
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Brittany Olsen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104
I specialize in relationships, depression, anxiety, self-esteem/identity, and the general difficulties that one may experience from major and minor life transitions.
I work with clients to collaboratively develop a plan that addresses your needs, incorporates your strengths, and alleviates your symptoms in the most timely way possible. My approach is compassionate, solution-focused, and pragmatic. I believe that my clients ultimately know what is best for them, and it is my job to facilitate improvement through a empathic yet challenging therapeutic environment.
I specialize in relationships, depression, anxiety, self-esteem/identity, and the general difficulties that one may experience from major and minor life transitions.
I work with clients to collaboratively develop a plan that addresses your needs, incorporates your strengths, and alleviates your symptoms in the most timely way possible. My approach is compassionate, solution-focused, and pragmatic. I believe that my clients ultimately know what is best for them, and it is my job to facilitate improvement through a empathic yet challenging therapeutic environment.
(415) 799-8100 View (415) 799-8100
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Kristina Holloway
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118
Whether you're grappling with depression, anxiety, trauma, or relationship issues, together we'll identify and clarify your wants, needs, and goals, then determine any barriers to your goals and the necessary steps to overcome them.
We all experience challenges in life. At times, these can seem beyond our ability to handle. I would like to offer you my support. I welcome individuals and couples of all ages, backgrounds, and orientations into the therapeutic journey.
Whether you're grappling with depression, anxiety, trauma, or relationship issues, together we'll identify and clarify your wants, needs, and goals, then determine any barriers to your goals and the necessary steps to overcome them.
We all experience challenges in life. At times, these can seem beyond our ability to handle. I would like to offer you my support. I welcome individuals and couples of all ages, backgrounds, and orientations into the therapeutic journey.
(925) 492-7266 View (925) 492-7266
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Alex Eichenbaum
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94109
Dr. Alex Eichenbaum is a licensed clinical psychologist who enjoys working with adults coping with anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders, and the impacts of surviving past traumas. He uses an integrative approach to therapy, employing evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral and mindfulness techniques to tailor treatment to your specific needs.  Dr. Eichenbaum emphasizes a collaborative, strength-based approach that values and affirms each person’s unique identity and culture.
Dr. Alex Eichenbaum is a licensed clinical psychologist who enjoys working with adults coping with anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders, and the impacts of surviving past traumas. He uses an integrative approach to therapy, employing evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral and mindfulness techniques to tailor treatment to your specific needs.  Dr. Eichenbaum emphasizes a collaborative, strength-based approach that values and affirms each person’s unique identity and culture.
(855) 674-0607 View (855) 674-0607
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Jeff Wright
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94123  (Online Only)
· Short Term Solution-Focused Counseling · Relationship / Marriage / Parenting / Divorce · Anxiety / Depression / Stress / Burnout · Addiction & Recovery · Crisis Management / Life Transition · Death & Dying / Grief & Loss · Leadership / Mentoring · Spiritual Healing & Instruction / Plant Medicine Integration.
FREE 15min phone consultation. Over 20 years experience offering short-term solution focused therapy to individuals and couples. Real Help for Real People Living Real Lives. I offer tools you can use to improve the quality of your life and relationships. People who come to me want to be empowered to make real changes in their life. They’re looking for an engaged ally and a trusted guide and tangible results. Life is short. Time is passing. You’re not here in this life to suffer or waste time struggling with madness, fear and regret - confused, alone, anxious, depressed, defeated, unhappy and upset. You want a better life!
· Short Term Solution-Focused Counseling · Relationship / Marriage / Parenting / Divorce · Anxiety / Depression / Stress / Burnout · Addiction & Recovery · Crisis Management / Life Transition · Death & Dying / Grief & Loss · Leadership / Mentoring · Spiritual Healing & Instruction / Plant Medicine Integration.
FREE 15min phone consultation. Over 20 years experience offering short-term solution focused therapy to individuals and couples. Real Help for Real People Living Real Lives. I offer tools you can use to improve the quality of your life and relationships. People who come to me want to be empowered to make real changes in their life. They’re looking for an engaged ally and a trusted guide and tangible results. Life is short. Time is passing. You’re not here in this life to suffer or waste time struggling with madness, fear and regret - confused, alone, anxious, depressed, defeated, unhappy and upset. You want a better life!
(415) 936-8250 x203 View (415) 936-8250 x203
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Dr. Mandy Zenda
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123  (Online Only)
Hello, and welcome to the private practice website of Dr. Mandy Zenda. I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of sleep difficulties such as insomnia, anxiety and stress, and mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. I practice evidence-based treatments supported by scientific research. These treatments are generally brief and provide sustained relief from distress. My approach to treatment is warm and collaborative; together we set goals and work to achieve them.
Hello, and welcome to the private practice website of Dr. Mandy Zenda. I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of sleep difficulties such as insomnia, anxiety and stress, and mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. I practice evidence-based treatments supported by scientific research. These treatments are generally brief and provide sustained relief from distress. My approach to treatment is warm and collaborative; together we set goals and work to achieve them.
(415) 366-3742 View (415) 366-3742
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Edit Markoczy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115
In both cases, the work generally involves helping you resolve anxiety, depression, difficulties in communication or ineffective uses of anger or other issues unique to you as an individual or couple.
Sometimes the issues and struggles that we encounter in life are almost impossible to resolve on our own. A seasoned therapist, I bring nearly 20 years of experience working with people struggling with a range of difficulties including more severe emotional problems. My approach is down-to-earth and practical. I'll first clarify with you where you feel stuck and how you would like to feel or behave differently. We will work collaboratively to understand the nature of your distress and the blocked or unknown or possibly forbidden feelings that tangle the process of achieving the life you seek.
In both cases, the work generally involves helping you resolve anxiety, depression, difficulties in communication or ineffective uses of anger or other issues unique to you as an individual or couple.
Sometimes the issues and struggles that we encounter in life are almost impossible to resolve on our own. A seasoned therapist, I bring nearly 20 years of experience working with people struggling with a range of difficulties including more severe emotional problems. My approach is down-to-earth and practical. I'll first clarify with you where you feel stuck and how you would like to feel or behave differently. We will work collaboratively to understand the nature of your distress and the blocked or unknown or possibly forbidden feelings that tangle the process of achieving the life you seek.
(415) 800-2559 View (415) 800-2559
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LaTosha Akana
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94122
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist committed to treating individuals, couples, and families. My clinical interests include treating couples’ issues in transition periods (preparing for marriage, parenthood, or divorce), spiritual or religious issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and other life transition issues. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches in working with clients and the relationships they have in their lives. Using an integrative change model, I highlight the strengths of different theories to fit the client’s identified needs.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist committed to treating individuals, couples, and families. My clinical interests include treating couples’ issues in transition periods (preparing for marriage, parenthood, or divorce), spiritual or religious issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and other life transition issues. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches in working with clients and the relationships they have in their lives. Using an integrative change model, I highlight the strengths of different theories to fit the client’s identified needs.
(415) 888-9744 View (415) 888-9744
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Krista L (Durbin) Ehrenfried
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
Hi I'm Krista, and I'm so glad you're here. I specialize in working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress/burnout, relationship issues, or those who come from dysfunctional family systems. I also have a focus in working premarital couples and women who are perinatal in the transition from maiden to mother and the issues that can come up around pregnancy, postpartum, and parenthood. I take a holistic approach to therapy, weaving together eastern philosophy with western psychology in my sessions, bringing awareness to the present moment and the body.
Hi I'm Krista, and I'm so glad you're here. I specialize in working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress/burnout, relationship issues, or those who come from dysfunctional family systems. I also have a focus in working premarital couples and women who are perinatal in the transition from maiden to mother and the issues that can come up around pregnancy, postpartum, and parenthood. I take a holistic approach to therapy, weaving together eastern philosophy with western psychology in my sessions, bringing awareness to the present moment and the body.
(415) 635-0479 View (415) 635-0479
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Nina (Anin) Utigaard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, REAT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102  (Online Only)
Taking the first step to get in and talk to a therapist about concerns that are holding you back or creating challenges is not easy. But it can really make a difference. The issues or concerns you have may be preventing you from moving forward or from having fulfilling relationships, career or a satisfying life. Whether it's communication problems, anger, anxiety, or depression, you can make changes. Using verbal and non-verbal therapeutic techniques, in a safe, accepting environment, you can find new ways to face your concerns, and discover your strengths and resources to flourish and grow.
Taking the first step to get in and talk to a therapist about concerns that are holding you back or creating challenges is not easy. But it can really make a difference. The issues or concerns you have may be preventing you from moving forward or from having fulfilling relationships, career or a satisfying life. Whether it's communication problems, anger, anxiety, or depression, you can make changes. Using verbal and non-verbal therapeutic techniques, in a safe, accepting environment, you can find new ways to face your concerns, and discover your strengths and resources to flourish and grow.
(415) 742-1932 View (415) 742-1932
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Dorothy Fitzer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, GCFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94122
I am a body-centered psychotherapist and shaman specializing in working with people with anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. I especially love to work with people that wish to embark on the deep, transformational journey of core healing and living authentically. I have nearly 3 decades of body-centered experience including Chi Gung, Tai Chi, Taoist Breathing and Meditation, the Feldenkrais Method, and Somatic Experiencing. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Francisco. I work with clients via skype and the phone as well as in-person.
I am a body-centered psychotherapist and shaman specializing in working with people with anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. I especially love to work with people that wish to embark on the deep, transformational journey of core healing and living authentically. I have nearly 3 decades of body-centered experience including Chi Gung, Tai Chi, Taoist Breathing and Meditation, the Feldenkrais Method, and Somatic Experiencing. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Francisco. I work with clients via skype and the phone as well as in-person.
(415) 423-2725 View (415) 423-2725
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Theresa Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
I have experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and trauma.
My name is Theresa Rodriguez, CADC, LMFT. I have been in the helping field for over 14 years. My experience and background are with individuals who need further assistance with mental health, substance use, trauma, LGBTQ+. Using Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relapse Prevention techniques to help clients make progress and start feeling better about where they are and where they have yet to go. I have experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and trauma.
I have experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and trauma.
My name is Theresa Rodriguez, CADC, LMFT. I have been in the helping field for over 14 years. My experience and background are with individuals who need further assistance with mental health, substance use, trauma, LGBTQ+. Using Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relapse Prevention techniques to help clients make progress and start feeling better about where they are and where they have yet to go. I have experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and trauma.
(415) 949-2885 View (415) 949-2885
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Susanne Babbel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123
Babbel specializes in resolving trauma, depression and anxiety, grief, unlocking creativity, personal growth, parenting and cross cultural issues.
Are you tired of repeating old patterns that are holding you back in your life? Making the decision to heal, grow, and improve your life with the help of a psychotherapist is not easy and requires trust and faith. Dr. Babbel is a non-judgmental, supportive, insightful, and experienced psychotherapist, providing a safe place for you to explore old habits and new possibilities.
Babbel specializes in resolving trauma, depression and anxiety, grief, unlocking creativity, personal growth, parenting and cross cultural issues.
Are you tired of repeating old patterns that are holding you back in your life? Making the decision to heal, grow, and improve your life with the help of a psychotherapist is not easy and requires trust and faith. Dr. Babbel is a non-judgmental, supportive, insightful, and experienced psychotherapist, providing a safe place for you to explore old habits and new possibilities.
(415) 675-1603 View (415) 675-1603
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Cherise Arzaga
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, 74795
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
Are you a driven person yet having difficulties managing your relationships, work stress, and family life? Are you feeling anxious or depressed? Do you need help getting through a traumatic event? Are you feeling like you’ve exhausted all your coping skills and nothing seems to work? From a trauma informed and attachment-based lens we will explore your core issues and help you improve your mental health and emotional well-being. You can heal from past trauma, learn to regulate your emotions, lift your mood, and communicate effectively. Together we'll work through unresolved feelings and patterns to live a more authentic life now.
Are you a driven person yet having difficulties managing your relationships, work stress, and family life? Are you feeling anxious or depressed? Do you need help getting through a traumatic event? Are you feeling like you’ve exhausted all your coping skills and nothing seems to work? From a trauma informed and attachment-based lens we will explore your core issues and help you improve your mental health and emotional well-being. You can heal from past trauma, learn to regulate your emotions, lift your mood, and communicate effectively. Together we'll work through unresolved feelings and patterns to live a more authentic life now.
(415) 619-5433 View (415) 619-5433
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Ariane Eroy
Psychologist, PhD, CHT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94109
I deeply believe in your self-worth! I can help you overcome seemingly intractable depression, release addictions, better your relationships, redefine your life goals, and make difficult life-transitions, leaving behind chronic pain for good!.
I invite you onto an amazing path, one which opens up before your very eyes, your internal world. Receive the support you need to explore who you are, accelerate your evolutionary trajectory, and manage the stressors that characterize our swiftly changing world. Learn to transform challenges into opportunities and thus overcome any difficult feelings that trouble you.
I deeply believe in your self-worth! I can help you overcome seemingly intractable depression, release addictions, better your relationships, redefine your life goals, and make difficult life-transitions, leaving behind chronic pain for good!.
I invite you onto an amazing path, one which opens up before your very eyes, your internal world. Receive the support you need to explore who you are, accelerate your evolutionary trajectory, and manage the stressors that characterize our swiftly changing world. Learn to transform challenges into opportunities and thus overcome any difficult feelings that trouble you.
(415) 802-0590 View (415) 802-0590
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Maritza Del Rio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
I tend to work with individuals whose symptoms are around anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and/or those grieving.
Hi, my name is Maritza Del Rio. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach is a mindful one, in which I help clients explore their internal thoughts and emotions and guide them so they can have greater self-awareness and make healthier conscious choices. Clients who work with me tend to need support to break out of negative patterns, have a better understanding of themselves, have a need to find purpose in their life, be able to engage and have healthy relationships, and have a desire to achieve a higher quality of life.
I tend to work with individuals whose symptoms are around anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and/or those grieving.
Hi, my name is Maritza Del Rio. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach is a mindful one, in which I help clients explore their internal thoughts and emotions and guide them so they can have greater self-awareness and make healthier conscious choices. Clients who work with me tend to need support to break out of negative patterns, have a better understanding of themselves, have a need to find purpose in their life, be able to engage and have healthy relationships, and have a desire to achieve a higher quality of life.
(415) 727-4681 View (415) 727-4681

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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.