Depression Therapists in Santa Clara, CA

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Tanya Pekker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95054
I utilize DBT, CBT and other types of therapy with clients wanting to work on emotion regulation related to depression, anxiety and other problems.
Do you want to have a healthier life and more satisfying relationships? Therapy consists of a direct and compassionate approach to help individuals, couples and families. You have found me on the Web through your own search, so you are presumably trying to find an affordable professional therapist who would suit your particular needs. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I can offer counseling and therapy. Caring professional support and understanding can provide relief and healing during stressful times.
I utilize DBT, CBT and other types of therapy with clients wanting to work on emotion regulation related to depression, anxiety and other problems.
Do you want to have a healthier life and more satisfying relationships? Therapy consists of a direct and compassionate approach to help individuals, couples and families. You have found me on the Web through your own search, so you are presumably trying to find an affordable professional therapist who would suit your particular needs. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I can offer counseling and therapy. Caring professional support and understanding can provide relief and healing during stressful times.
(650) 452-6311 View (650) 452-6311
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Christina Altemueller
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Santa Clara, CA 95050
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Santa Clara, CA. I provide services to children, teens, and families. I offer support with behavioral concerns, anger, anxiety, depression, and parenting.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Santa Clara, CA. I provide services to children, teens, and families. I offer support with behavioral concerns, anger, anxiety, depression, and parenting.
(408) 688-9179 View (408) 688-9179
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Jeffrey Alan Stone
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Hi, my name is Jeff Stone, and I am an LCSW. I specialize in working with anxiety and depression challenges including PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Social Anxiety to name just a few. My other specialty is relationship and work/school/life-based challenges. My approach is to get to know you as a person and create a comfortable and respectful environment to help make the counseling process as easy and nurturing as possible. I work with clients of all ages and from all backgrounds.
Hi, my name is Jeff Stone, and I am an LCSW. I specialize in working with anxiety and depression challenges including PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Social Anxiety to name just a few. My other specialty is relationship and work/school/life-based challenges. My approach is to get to know you as a person and create a comfortable and respectful environment to help make the counseling process as easy and nurturing as possible. I work with clients of all ages and from all backgrounds.
(510) 822-7914 View (510) 822-7914
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Jen Yip
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95051
I treat anger, anxiety, phobia, insomnia, depression, and conflicts in dating, marital, parent-child, parent-adult children relationship.
In marital, parental and other relationships, conflicts are inevitable. Most common are couples', parents and adult children's unresolved entangled issues. It can bring out the worst of you. I am willing to help with my own experience and professional trainings. Time itself is not enough to heal, with help you can shorten the struggles, find the peace and move on with a better version of yourself.
I treat anger, anxiety, phobia, insomnia, depression, and conflicts in dating, marital, parent-child, parent-adult children relationship.
In marital, parental and other relationships, conflicts are inevitable. Most common are couples', parents and adult children's unresolved entangled issues. It can bring out the worst of you. I am willing to help with my own experience and professional trainings. Time itself is not enough to heal, with help you can shorten the struggles, find the peace and move on with a better version of yourself.
(408) 837-5845 View (408) 837-5845
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Gabrielle Kubulan-Simmons
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Hi there! I'm Gabrielle Kubulan-Simmons, but you can call me Gabby. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I work with adult clients statewide via telehealth. My specializations are in anxiety, depression, and stress through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feminist Therapy, and Solution-Focused Based Therapy. I believe that therapy can not only help with achieving one's goals but also can be used as a tool to gain a better understanding of oneself.
Hi there! I'm Gabrielle Kubulan-Simmons, but you can call me Gabby. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I work with adult clients statewide via telehealth. My specializations are in anxiety, depression, and stress through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feminist Therapy, and Solution-Focused Based Therapy. I believe that therapy can not only help with achieving one's goals but also can be used as a tool to gain a better understanding of oneself.
(408) 478-9187 View (408) 478-9187
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Shahna Duerksen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Welcome here. I'm Shahna Duerksen, a licensed marriage and family therapist who realizes what a big step it might have been for you to reach out for support. You're in the right place. Are you a woman 18 years and older who may struggle with being a people-pleaser, has poor boundaries, may have a pattern of putting your needs last, struggles with stress, parenting challenges, adult ADHD or later in life ADHD diagnosis, infertility, depression, anxiety, relationships, and are in need of support and of a deeper connection and understanding of yourself?
Welcome here. I'm Shahna Duerksen, a licensed marriage and family therapist who realizes what a big step it might have been for you to reach out for support. You're in the right place. Are you a woman 18 years and older who may struggle with being a people-pleaser, has poor boundaries, may have a pattern of putting your needs last, struggles with stress, parenting challenges, adult ADHD or later in life ADHD diagnosis, infertility, depression, anxiety, relationships, and are in need of support and of a deeper connection and understanding of yourself?
(408) 638-6778 View (408) 638-6778
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Marla M Koenig
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Clara, CA 95050
I have experience in working with couples/families to build more positive and healthy relationships, individuals with depression/anxiety management issues, trauma and trauma recovery, domestic violence, and adolescent emotional/behavioral issues.
Often, our greatest struggles come when our relationships are not as we'd wished; relationships with family are tense, a partnership is struggling, or our relationship with ourselves is unhealthy. I aim to provide a supportive environment that allows for exploration and identification and recovery of inner strengths that can be utilized as you explore new ways of thinking and relating. Whether you come for support with individual issues, family struggles, or couples' issues, I work to help clients learn new ways of relating, both to themselves and with others that may be more meaningful, compassionate, trusting, and satisfying.
I have experience in working with couples/families to build more positive and healthy relationships, individuals with depression/anxiety management issues, trauma and trauma recovery, domestic violence, and adolescent emotional/behavioral issues.
Often, our greatest struggles come when our relationships are not as we'd wished; relationships with family are tense, a partnership is struggling, or our relationship with ourselves is unhealthy. I aim to provide a supportive environment that allows for exploration and identification and recovery of inner strengths that can be utilized as you explore new ways of thinking and relating. Whether you come for support with individual issues, family struggles, or couples' issues, I work to help clients learn new ways of relating, both to themselves and with others that may be more meaningful, compassionate, trusting, and satisfying.
(408) 479-5425 View (408) 479-5425
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John Mikail
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Hi! My name is John Mikail, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in California, and I provide telehealth services to clients statewide. I believe in forming a strong therapeutic alliance with my clients to help support them in overcoming their difficulties. My ideal clients are young adults and working professionals who are seeking support due to changes in life circumstances, symptoms of depression, or anxious mood. I also work with first responders and medical professionals who are experiencing life difficulties or work-related stress.
Hi! My name is John Mikail, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in California, and I provide telehealth services to clients statewide. I believe in forming a strong therapeutic alliance with my clients to help support them in overcoming their difficulties. My ideal clients are young adults and working professionals who are seeking support due to changes in life circumstances, symptoms of depression, or anxious mood. I also work with first responders and medical professionals who are experiencing life difficulties or work-related stress.
(669) 205-1608 View (669) 205-1608
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Reeta Laique Stewart
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95054  (Online Only)
As a passionate and dedicated therapist, I am committed to helping individuals navigate life's challenges and achieve personal growth. With a client-centered approach, I provide a safe and empathetic space for you to explore your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Drawing from evidence-based techniques and a deep understanding of human psychology, I tailor my therapeutic interventions to suit your unique needs. Whether you're facing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking personal development, I am here to support you on your journey towards self-discovery and mental well-being.
As a passionate and dedicated therapist, I am committed to helping individuals navigate life's challenges and achieve personal growth. With a client-centered approach, I provide a safe and empathetic space for you to explore your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Drawing from evidence-based techniques and a deep understanding of human psychology, I tailor my therapeutic interventions to suit your unique needs. Whether you're facing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking personal development, I am here to support you on your journey towards self-discovery and mental well-being.
(408) 665-7765 View (408) 665-7765
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Kira Olson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Clara, CA 95050
If you are struggling with eating issues, anxiety, or depression, or if you are a loved one supporting a family member struggling with these concerns, I want you to know that there is help, and you don't have to struggle alone. As a therapist who has experience in a variety of treatment programs and levels of care, I have witnessed both individual and family transformation from feeling stuck and hopeless to feeling empowered and hope-filled countless times. My passion is joining you in your journey to provide support, insight, and tools to achieve your goals, feel better, and live a life of greater joy and meaning.
If you are struggling with eating issues, anxiety, or depression, or if you are a loved one supporting a family member struggling with these concerns, I want you to know that there is help, and you don't have to struggle alone. As a therapist who has experience in a variety of treatment programs and levels of care, I have witnessed both individual and family transformation from feeling stuck and hopeless to feeling empowered and hope-filled countless times. My passion is joining you in your journey to provide support, insight, and tools to achieve your goals, feel better, and live a life of greater joy and meaning.
(844) 953-0954 View (844) 953-0954
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Angelica Sanchez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95051
I have found that my style and approach is a good fit for teens and adults who may be dealing with stress, cycles of depression or anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma.
Hi there, My name is Angelica Sanchez and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I have worked in community mental health for several years which has allowed me to work with a very diverse population. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults and have learned how important it is to be flexible and nonjudgmental. I am passionate in helping my clients cope with life's challenges and reach their personal mental health goals. If you're dealing with stress, trauma, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help.
I have found that my style and approach is a good fit for teens and adults who may be dealing with stress, cycles of depression or anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma.
Hi there, My name is Angelica Sanchez and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I have worked in community mental health for several years which has allowed me to work with a very diverse population. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults and have learned how important it is to be flexible and nonjudgmental. I am passionate in helping my clients cope with life's challenges and reach their personal mental health goals. If you're dealing with stress, trauma, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help.
(408) 755-3351 View (408) 755-3351
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Ashwini N Addala
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, PPS-SC
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050
My approach focuses on helping you understand yourself and develop a compassionate relationship with your Self. With humor and gentleness, I will help you find blind spots and obstacles and help you clear the way to your best life. Along the way, I can teach you how to listen and trust your Self, empower you and give you tools to navigate life's most difficult obstacles. I especially enjoy working with people from various backgrounds and concerns such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, abuse and trauma, relationship issues, parenting problems, grief, life transitions, feeling "stuck" and stagnant, and existential questions.
My approach focuses on helping you understand yourself and develop a compassionate relationship with your Self. With humor and gentleness, I will help you find blind spots and obstacles and help you clear the way to your best life. Along the way, I can teach you how to listen and trust your Self, empower you and give you tools to navigate life's most difficult obstacles. I especially enjoy working with people from various backgrounds and concerns such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, abuse and trauma, relationship issues, parenting problems, grief, life transitions, feeling "stuck" and stagnant, and existential questions.
(510) 876-9081 View (510) 876-9081
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Karine Johannes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050
My name is Karine Johannes and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Sherman Oaks, California working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with young adults and specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and codependency. My therapeutic style is compassionate, interactive, supportive, and tailored to the unique needs of each individual. My approach is trauma-informed, LGBTQ, and BIPOC-affirming. I assess each person from a holistic perspective and look forward to helping you with your healthcare concerns.
My name is Karine Johannes and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Sherman Oaks, California working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with young adults and specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and codependency. My therapeutic style is compassionate, interactive, supportive, and tailored to the unique needs of each individual. My approach is trauma-informed, LGBTQ, and BIPOC-affirming. I assess each person from a holistic perspective and look forward to helping you with your healthcare concerns.
(408) 207-4644 View (408) 207-4644
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David A Martinez
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95054  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I provide care for clients who reside in California. I work with people who are interested in improving: Depression; Social Anxiety and other specific phobias; Generalized Anxiety; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Panic Disorder; Health behavior (e.g., adherence, coping with chronic illness, managing chronic pain); Smoking cessation; Insomnia; Trauma/PTSD; Issues related to experiences of LGBTQI+; Sexual health; Grief; and Stress.
I provide care for clients who reside in California. I work with people who are interested in improving: Depression; Social Anxiety and other specific phobias; Generalized Anxiety; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Panic Disorder; Health behavior (e.g., adherence, coping with chronic illness, managing chronic pain); Smoking cessation; Insomnia; Trauma/PTSD; Issues related to experiences of LGBTQI+; Sexual health; Grief; and Stress.
(510) 937-3211 View (510) 937-3211
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Jacqueline Frias Gonzalez
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050
I am comfortable treating conditions such as anxiety, depression, and trauma, using evidence-based interventions tailored to each client's unique needs and goals.
Hello there! My name is Jackie Frias Gonzalez and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a focus on studying relationships with both the self and others. As your therapist, I aim to strike a balance between authenticity and professionalism to create a safe and comfortable space where you can be your true self while also gaining the skills to navigate the challenges you are facing. Whether you are struggling with personal issues or relationship conflicts, I am here to support you on your journey toward healing and growth.
I am comfortable treating conditions such as anxiety, depression, and trauma, using evidence-based interventions tailored to each client's unique needs and goals.
Hello there! My name is Jackie Frias Gonzalez and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a focus on studying relationships with both the self and others. As your therapist, I aim to strike a balance between authenticity and professionalism to create a safe and comfortable space where you can be your true self while also gaining the skills to navigate the challenges you are facing. Whether you are struggling with personal issues or relationship conflicts, I am here to support you on your journey toward healing and growth.
(442) 223-0886 View (442) 223-0886
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Vilka Jasmin Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Hello, my name is Dr. V. Jasmin Smith, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I hold a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. I am based in Southern California, and I have over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I specialize in the treatment of complex trauma, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders using various modalities such as play therapy, positive psychology, talk and exposure therapy, mindfulness techniques, cognitive behavior therapy, and other integration techniques such as visual arts and music.
Hello, my name is Dr. V. Jasmin Smith, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I hold a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. I am based in Southern California, and I have over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I specialize in the treatment of complex trauma, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders using various modalities such as play therapy, positive psychology, talk and exposure therapy, mindfulness techniques, cognitive behavior therapy, and other integration techniques such as visual arts and music.
(951) 458-5684 View (951) 458-5684
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Matthew Kraybill
Psychologist, LCP
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050
I enjoy working with clients who may be struggling with emotional adjustment to medical conditions, chronic health issues, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, or other difficult life circumstances.
My name is Matthew Kraybill, Ph.D. and I am a licensed clinical psychologist and Neuropsychologist. I primarily work in a rehabilitation hospital seeing patients who have had a traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, epilepsy, or some other medical/neurological condition. However, I also see a broad range of patients struggling with both acute and chronic conditions. My approach to therapy is being a supportive and empathic listener, who pays close attention to thought patterns, themes, and behaviors to help guide both awareness and change.
I enjoy working with clients who may be struggling with emotional adjustment to medical conditions, chronic health issues, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, or other difficult life circumstances.
My name is Matthew Kraybill, Ph.D. and I am a licensed clinical psychologist and Neuropsychologist. I primarily work in a rehabilitation hospital seeing patients who have had a traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, epilepsy, or some other medical/neurological condition. However, I also see a broad range of patients struggling with both acute and chronic conditions. My approach to therapy is being a supportive and empathic listener, who pays close attention to thought patterns, themes, and behaviors to help guide both awareness and change.
(341) 999-5047 View (341) 999-5047
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Melissa Thomas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95051
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been working with families and children in foster care and adoption for the past 16 years. I graduated with my Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary in 2006, and I’ve been licensed for the past year in the state of California. Throughout my work with individuals, focused attention has been given to attachment issues, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and learning to constructively leverage and manage the challenges or crises we face throughout life.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been working with families and children in foster care and adoption for the past 16 years. I graduated with my Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary in 2006, and I’ve been licensed for the past year in the state of California. Throughout my work with individuals, focused attention has been given to attachment issues, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and learning to constructively leverage and manage the challenges or crises we face throughout life.
(323) 973-1826 View (323) 973-1826
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Anne Glenn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Hi, I'm Anne! Anne Glenn, LCSW. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach to treatment is to work hand in hand with my clients. Helping them find answers, healing, and growth they may be looking for. I do not work with high-risk clients. I specialize in working with kids and families who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, disruptive behaviors and changes in family environment due to abuse and divorce.
Hi, I'm Anne! Anne Glenn, LCSW. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach to treatment is to work hand in hand with my clients. Helping them find answers, healing, and growth they may be looking for. I do not work with high-risk clients. I specialize in working with kids and families who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, disruptive behaviors and changes in family environment due to abuse and divorce.
(858) 648-5073 View (858) 648-5073
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Evelyn Alicea-Samaniego
Psychologist, LCP
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050
In my experience, I have worked with clients that are experiencing challenges in their lives and need help to navigate through their stress, depression, anger, and anxiety.
Hello, My name is Dr. Alicea-Samaniego. I have been a California Licensed Psychologist since 2003. In my years as a Psychologist, I have had a private practice, served as adjunct instructor in a Masters program and was the Chief Psychologist at a corrections facility in California. I work with a variety of clients that present with different issues. My focus has been to provide services to the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, Spanish speaking individuals and women's issues.
In my experience, I have worked with clients that are experiencing challenges in their lives and need help to navigate through their stress, depression, anger, and anxiety.
Hello, My name is Dr. Alicea-Samaniego. I have been a California Licensed Psychologist since 2003. In my years as a Psychologist, I have had a private practice, served as adjunct instructor in a Masters program and was the Chief Psychologist at a corrections facility in California. I work with a variety of clients that present with different issues. My focus has been to provide services to the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, Spanish speaking individuals and women's issues.
(562) 784-5740 View (562) 784-5740

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.