Depression Therapists in Indianapolis, IN

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Lana Bunner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
Walking with people through life's difficulties and struggles is a privileged, honor, and part of my purpose in life. I commit my life to helping people find their way back to the right paths that they want to be on to live out their purpose. Hi! My name is Lana and I have been a LCSW since 2011. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I specialize in issues of adjustment, trauma, depression, anxiety, crisis, grief, child and adolescent behaviors, and sexual abuse.
Walking with people through life's difficulties and struggles is a privileged, honor, and part of my purpose in life. I commit my life to helping people find their way back to the right paths that they want to be on to live out their purpose. Hi! My name is Lana and I have been a LCSW since 2011. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I specialize in issues of adjustment, trauma, depression, anxiety, crisis, grief, child and adolescent behaviors, and sexual abuse.
(317) 676-7354 View (317) 676-7354
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Amelia Leake
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46236
I specialize in treating adolescents and adults, as well as LGBTQ+ matters of all ages. I address issues such as anxiety and depression, life transitions, and substance abuse. I work with families on communication and focus on the family's overall happiness and how that can be achieved. I strive to create a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment in order to help you meet your goals.
I specialize in treating adolescents and adults, as well as LGBTQ+ matters of all ages. I address issues such as anxiety and depression, life transitions, and substance abuse. I work with families on communication and focus on the family's overall happiness and how that can be achieved. I strive to create a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment in order to help you meet your goals.
(317) 886-1147 View (317) 886-1147
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Gloria Nancy Ben-Paul
LPC Intern
Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46268
I enjoy working with young adults, teens, and adults who may be facing anxiety, depression, life transitions, and loneliness.
We are all on a journey in life, and every part is just a piece of the bigger puzzle. We all encounter good times, bad times, challenges, learning moments, and more that help shape us into the human beings we are today. I desire to create a safe and welcoming environment where every individual can discover the pieces of their own puzzle. Everyone deserves a chance to be heard and allowed to grow and mature as a whole person (mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually).
I enjoy working with young adults, teens, and adults who may be facing anxiety, depression, life transitions, and loneliness.
We are all on a journey in life, and every part is just a piece of the bigger puzzle. We all encounter good times, bad times, challenges, learning moments, and more that help shape us into the human beings we are today. I desire to create a safe and welcoming environment where every individual can discover the pieces of their own puzzle. Everyone deserves a chance to be heard and allowed to grow and mature as a whole person (mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually).
(317) 932-8336 View (317) 932-8336
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Raven Cotham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46208
I am a part of Luv Taylor Counseling & Life Coaching Svcs LLC. I am so happy that your search for a therapist has brought you here! It takes a lot of strength and courage to begin the search. I specialize in empowering clients who suffer from and struggle with depression, PTSD, anxiety as well as domestic violence. This may be due to life stressors, new life transitions, relationship issues, trauma, grief and many more life trials and circumstances.
I am a part of Luv Taylor Counseling & Life Coaching Svcs LLC. I am so happy that your search for a therapist has brought you here! It takes a lot of strength and courage to begin the search. I specialize in empowering clients who suffer from and struggle with depression, PTSD, anxiety as well as domestic violence. This may be due to life stressors, new life transitions, relationship issues, trauma, grief and many more life trials and circumstances.
(317) 754-0694 View (317) 754-0694
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Susan Kleinman
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
I provide individualized, person-centered care and create a supportive space where you can explore challenges and cultivate personal growth. My approach infuses strengths-based principles and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to empower you with effective tools for navigating challenging situations and building lasting resilience. Through active listening and open dialogue, we'll work together to reduce symptoms and achieve your desired outcomes. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, a relationship or simply seeking to enhance your well-being, I'm here to help you choose healing, choose growth, and choose well.
I provide individualized, person-centered care and create a supportive space where you can explore challenges and cultivate personal growth. My approach infuses strengths-based principles and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to empower you with effective tools for navigating challenging situations and building lasting resilience. Through active listening and open dialogue, we'll work together to reduce symptoms and achieve your desired outcomes. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, a relationship or simply seeking to enhance your well-being, I'm here to help you choose healing, choose growth, and choose well.
(317) 296-4855 View (317) 296-4855
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Ben Wyatt
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Are you looking to make long-lasting changes in your life? Maybe you're feeling things that you don't understand. Maybe you are noticing painful patterns in your life that seem to be repeating themselves. Maybe feelings of depression and anxiety have crept up on you, and you don't know how to make them stop. Maybe you're in a relationship that isn't right for you. Maybe you don't even know what "right for you" is. Maybe you're a caregiver who is trying to find some peace and calm in the middle of your stress. Or maybe you're just wondering if life is really supposed to be this hard. If that sounds like you, I think I can help.
Are you looking to make long-lasting changes in your life? Maybe you're feeling things that you don't understand. Maybe you are noticing painful patterns in your life that seem to be repeating themselves. Maybe feelings of depression and anxiety have crept up on you, and you don't know how to make them stop. Maybe you're in a relationship that isn't right for you. Maybe you don't even know what "right for you" is. Maybe you're a caregiver who is trying to find some peace and calm in the middle of your stress. Or maybe you're just wondering if life is really supposed to be this hard. If that sounds like you, I think I can help.
(317) 597-4859 View (317) 597-4859
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Michelle Walkey-Thornburg
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, ATR
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46250
I have experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, anger and stress management, grief/loss, self-image and self-esteem issues, self-harming behaviors, and life transitions.
I am a licensed mental health counselor and registered art therapist. I provide therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and adults to increase self-awareness, identify personal strengths and have a more meaningful life experience. My practice is collaborative, solution-focused and utilizes evidenced-based treatment approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Art therapy is optional and not required to participate.
I have experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, anger and stress management, grief/loss, self-image and self-esteem issues, self-harming behaviors, and life transitions.
I am a licensed mental health counselor and registered art therapist. I provide therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and adults to increase self-awareness, identify personal strengths and have a more meaningful life experience. My practice is collaborative, solution-focused and utilizes evidenced-based treatment approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Art therapy is optional and not required to participate.
(317) 820-2708 View (317) 820-2708
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Brae Marvin Salmond
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46240
When my father passed away when I was ten years old, I saw my first therapist. I had no idea what was happening. I was unable to articulate my feelings at the time, so it was all very hazy. I realized as I began to come into my own that people gravitated toward me because I was easygoing and relaxed. As I learned more about the various demographics and pursued my studies, I became increasingly aware of my desire to work with those who lived with trauma, anxiety, depression, and the LGBTQ+ community.
When my father passed away when I was ten years old, I saw my first therapist. I had no idea what was happening. I was unable to articulate my feelings at the time, so it was all very hazy. I realized as I began to come into my own that people gravitated toward me because I was easygoing and relaxed. As I learned more about the various demographics and pursued my studies, I became increasingly aware of my desire to work with those who lived with trauma, anxiety, depression, and the LGBTQ+ community.
(317) 483-8041 View (317) 483-8041
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Thrive for Life Counseling, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BC-TMH
Verified
11 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46256  (Online Only)
Our team specializes in treatment of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, college transitions, couples/relationships, parenting, career planning, life coaching, grief, trauma, etc.
Group Practice - Accepting NEW clients in FL, IL, & IN. Wendy Galyen & the team of psychotherapists at Thrive for Life offer VIDEO, PHONE, & EMAIL-based counseling - these services are great for busy professionals, college students, stay-at-home moms, retirees, or other clients who do not have time for traditional in-person sessions but who would benefit from counseling support in their daily lives. Free consultation available to determine if this type of counseling can meet your unique needs. Insurance & private pay. Prices range from $100-$175/session. Team: Wendy Galyen, Marilyn Verbiscer, Kelli Jones, Emma Flores & Indya Peoples
Our team specializes in treatment of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, college transitions, couples/relationships, parenting, career planning, life coaching, grief, trauma, etc.
Group Practice - Accepting NEW clients in FL, IL, & IN. Wendy Galyen & the team of psychotherapists at Thrive for Life offer VIDEO, PHONE, & EMAIL-based counseling - these services are great for busy professionals, college students, stay-at-home moms, retirees, or other clients who do not have time for traditional in-person sessions but who would benefit from counseling support in their daily lives. Free consultation available to determine if this type of counseling can meet your unique needs. Insurance & private pay. Prices range from $100-$175/session. Team: Wendy Galyen, Marilyn Verbiscer, Kelli Jones, Emma Flores & Indya Peoples
(317) 548-0026 View (317) 548-0026
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Teri Wilder
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
A client who desires to accept partnership and engage in being open to change is the most ideal client. I prefer to work with adults and older adolescents struggling with addictions, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and trauma. I have a vast amount of experience working in the field of trauma. Due to my experience working in community mental health, I also work well with those with intense mental health and substance abuse treatment needs. I have worked both inpatient and outpatient experiences, resulting in my flexibility to help stabilize in a crisis and to work with individuals at any level.
A client who desires to accept partnership and engage in being open to change is the most ideal client. I prefer to work with adults and older adolescents struggling with addictions, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and trauma. I have a vast amount of experience working in the field of trauma. Due to my experience working in community mental health, I also work well with those with intense mental health and substance abuse treatment needs. I have worked both inpatient and outpatient experiences, resulting in my flexibility to help stabilize in a crisis and to work with individuals at any level.
(317) 593-9515 View (317) 593-9515
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Jennifer G Williams
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
My specialties include working with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflicts, co-dependency, enabling, anger issues, self-esteem deficits, personality disorders, boundary-setting, and assertiveness.
During the 20+ years I have been in practice, I have served clients with a wide range of presenting concerns. My personal approach is supportive and non-judgmental. I work earnestly to help clients improve the quality of their lives, and utilize a variety of therapeutic interventions to maximize the effectiveness of the services I provide.
My specialties include working with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflicts, co-dependency, enabling, anger issues, self-esteem deficits, personality disorders, boundary-setting, and assertiveness.
During the 20+ years I have been in practice, I have served clients with a wide range of presenting concerns. My personal approach is supportive and non-judgmental. I work earnestly to help clients improve the quality of their lives, and utilize a variety of therapeutic interventions to maximize the effectiveness of the services I provide.
(317) 494-7286 View (317) 494-7286
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Elizabeth Drucker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46256
As an experienced therapist working with clients who are coping with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, I have worked extensively with adults of all ages. Caring, empathetic & dynamic, I work diligently with each of my clients to help them achieve a better quality of life. Developing a strong working relationship with my clients is a priority, thus my clients do well in therapy. A key component of therapy is to listen to you, the client, and to offer a safe and welcoming place for clients to be heard.
As an experienced therapist working with clients who are coping with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, I have worked extensively with adults of all ages. Caring, empathetic & dynamic, I work diligently with each of my clients to help them achieve a better quality of life. Developing a strong working relationship with my clients is a priority, thus my clients do well in therapy. A key component of therapy is to listen to you, the client, and to offer a safe and welcoming place for clients to be heard.
(317) 967-9094 View (317) 967-9094
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Ciera Good
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46260  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I most often work with individuals hoping to navigate symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
I currently have a waitlist for new clients. Help me, help you. Taking a step toward beginning therapy is brave and you aren’t alone! Though it may feel daunting initially, therapy can be quite rewarding. I find joy in discovering strengths in others they may not notice in themselves, while providing practical tools, resources, and support.
I most often work with individuals hoping to navigate symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
I currently have a waitlist for new clients. Help me, help you. Taking a step toward beginning therapy is brave and you aren’t alone! Though it may feel daunting initially, therapy can be quite rewarding. I find joy in discovering strengths in others they may not notice in themselves, while providing practical tools, resources, and support.
(317) 978-6578 View (317) 978-6578
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Rachel Clark
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMHCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46208
You're tired of merely surviving. Maybe anxiety has made your world small and lonely, or depression and feelings of worthlessness have kept you disconnected from yourself and your loved ones and have held you back from the life you want. Perhaps you've developed ways of engaging with others and with yourself that once protected you in difficult or traumatic circumstances; however, these patterns now result in pain that is becoming unbearable. Whatever brings you here, you do not have to bear it alone. It is possible to thrive rather than just survive.
You're tired of merely surviving. Maybe anxiety has made your world small and lonely, or depression and feelings of worthlessness have kept you disconnected from yourself and your loved ones and have held you back from the life you want. Perhaps you've developed ways of engaging with others and with yourself that once protected you in difficult or traumatic circumstances; however, these patterns now result in pain that is becoming unbearable. Whatever brings you here, you do not have to bear it alone. It is possible to thrive rather than just survive.
(317) 593-2381 x5037 View (317) 593-2381 x5037
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Maggie McGrann
Counselor, LMHC-A, MS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46219
After suffering from an onset of severe anxiety & depression while being a mental health professional myself, I became dedicated to providing mental health services that are compassionate, approachable, and focused on the whole person.
If you or your child are suffering from an OCD or an anxiety disorder, you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness and yet most sufferers do not have access to effective treatment. The good news is that if you or your loved one is troubled with unwanted thoughts or worries, physical symptoms due to anxiety, perfectionism, phobias, health fears, or any other anxiety, there is help. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and more specifically exposure therapy has repeatedly shown to be the most effective approach for defeating anxiety and OCD.
After suffering from an onset of severe anxiety & depression while being a mental health professional myself, I became dedicated to providing mental health services that are compassionate, approachable, and focused on the whole person.
If you or your child are suffering from an OCD or an anxiety disorder, you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness and yet most sufferers do not have access to effective treatment. The good news is that if you or your loved one is troubled with unwanted thoughts or worries, physical symptoms due to anxiety, perfectionism, phobias, health fears, or any other anxiety, there is help. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and more specifically exposure therapy has repeatedly shown to be the most effective approach for defeating anxiety and OCD.
(317) 854-8292 View (317) 854-8292
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Katherine Illgen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46222  (Online Only)
Trauma can sneak into all aspects of your life and cause increased depression, anxiety, mood instability, anger, and isolation.
Are you struggling with recent or past traumatic experiences? Do you feel like your life got derailed by events that occurred and you don't know how to get past them? What if I told you that you can feel better in as little as 8-15 weeks? If you are looking for ways to retake control of your life, I can help you. Hello, I am Katherine, owner of Manifest Wellness Counseling and a certified clinical trauma professional and DBT-certified affirming therapist specializing in helping people like you overcome their trauma and reclaim their lives. If you have experienced a traumatic event, regardless of how long ago, I can help.
Trauma can sneak into all aspects of your life and cause increased depression, anxiety, mood instability, anger, and isolation.
Are you struggling with recent or past traumatic experiences? Do you feel like your life got derailed by events that occurred and you don't know how to get past them? What if I told you that you can feel better in as little as 8-15 weeks? If you are looking for ways to retake control of your life, I can help you. Hello, I am Katherine, owner of Manifest Wellness Counseling and a certified clinical trauma professional and DBT-certified affirming therapist specializing in helping people like you overcome their trauma and reclaim their lives. If you have experienced a traumatic event, regardless of how long ago, I can help.
(463) 263-4005 View (463) 263-4005
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Jacob Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Jacob Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Indiana and has over 7 years of experience in mental health. He specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral issues, anger management, and stress. Jacob spent his first 6 years in mental health care working with kids and their families before opening up to all ages. Jacob has spent the past 3 years working as a therapist, providing individual and family therapy. Jacob Williams received a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work. Both were obtained from Indiana University of South Bend.
Jacob Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Indiana and has over 7 years of experience in mental health. He specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral issues, anger management, and stress. Jacob spent his first 6 years in mental health care working with kids and their families before opening up to all ages. Jacob has spent the past 3 years working as a therapist, providing individual and family therapy. Jacob Williams received a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work. Both were obtained from Indiana University of South Bend.
(463) 255-6494 View (463) 255-6494
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Bria Harris
Counselor, MA
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Hi there, my name is Bria. Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed? Do you find it difficult managing tasks and interacting with others? Are you finding it difficult identifying and expressing your needs?
Hi there, my name is Bria. Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed? Do you find it difficult managing tasks and interacting with others? Are you finding it difficult identifying and expressing your needs?
(765) 295-3480 View (765) 295-3480
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Nicole Jones, LSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46208  (Online Only)
As a licensed therapist, I specialize in working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, etc.
I offer a safe environment in a no judgement zone where individuals can feel safe and supported. I work with clients to assist in developing an effective treatment plan in which the client feels comfortable and ready to begin their mental transformation.
As a licensed therapist, I specialize in working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, etc.
I offer a safe environment in a no judgement zone where individuals can feel safe and supported. I work with clients to assist in developing an effective treatment plan in which the client feels comfortable and ready to begin their mental transformation.
(317) 934-6651 View (317) 934-6651
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Chantel White
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
I specialize working with individuals experiencing severe mental illness, addiction, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, grief, suicidal ideation, stress, relationship issues, family conflict, trauma, adjustment disorder, and life changes.
Hello, I am Chantel and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensed in Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. I received my Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Indiana University Bloomington in 2017 and my Masters of Social Work (MSW) specializing in mental health and addictions from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2020. I have been practicing in the social work field for 7 years working in child welfare, home based services, case management, legal system, and those in crisis. I am a trained professional with experience practicing in a wide variety of settings with a diverse group of individuals.
I specialize working with individuals experiencing severe mental illness, addiction, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, grief, suicidal ideation, stress, relationship issues, family conflict, trauma, adjustment disorder, and life changes.
Hello, I am Chantel and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensed in Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. I received my Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Indiana University Bloomington in 2017 and my Masters of Social Work (MSW) specializing in mental health and addictions from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2020. I have been practicing in the social work field for 7 years working in child welfare, home based services, case management, legal system, and those in crisis. I am a trained professional with experience practicing in a wide variety of settings with a diverse group of individuals.
(463) 244-5508 View (463) 244-5508

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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.