Depression Therapists in Louisville, KY

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Hannah Barrineau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
Accepting NEW Clients for morning and midday hours! I work primarily with teens, kids, and young adults and love providing a safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive environment for my clients to be themselves. I am well-versed in working with anxiety, depression, self-esteem concerns, and helping to set boundaries and understand the impact of past trauma.
Accepting NEW Clients for morning and midday hours! I work primarily with teens, kids, and young adults and love providing a safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive environment for my clients to be themselves. I am well-versed in working with anxiety, depression, self-esteem concerns, and helping to set boundaries and understand the impact of past trauma.
(502) 317-8937 View (502) 317-8937
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Adam Thompson Berry
LPCC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40243
I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, treating a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, dysfunctional relationships, disordered eating, PTSD, personality disorders, panic attacks, and others.
People are often held captive by their emotions and thoughts, which prevents them from reaching their full potential. My practice is informed by blending mindfulness with other modalities to alleviate this state of distraction and fully experience the present moment. To best treat my clients, I use an integrative approach that draws from many different modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, humanistic, and existential modalities. I am also trained and experienced in EMDR.
I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, treating a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, dysfunctional relationships, disordered eating, PTSD, personality disorders, panic attacks, and others.
People are often held captive by their emotions and thoughts, which prevents them from reaching their full potential. My practice is informed by blending mindfulness with other modalities to alleviate this state of distraction and fully experience the present moment. To best treat my clients, I use an integrative approach that draws from many different modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, humanistic, and existential modalities. I am also trained and experienced in EMDR.
(502) 747-9149 View (502) 747-9149
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Brittani Hoyer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40223
I have experience with couples work, as well as depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, and more.
It would be my honor to join you in your road to hope, healing, restoration, and so much more. I enjoy working with couples as well as individuals. I have a desire to take my experience and share it with others in a way that will help them move forward in life in a positive healthy way.
I have experience with couples work, as well as depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, and more.
It would be my honor to join you in your road to hope, healing, restoration, and so much more. I enjoy working with couples as well as individuals. I have a desire to take my experience and share it with others in a way that will help them move forward in life in a positive healthy way.
(502) 547-8203 View (502) 547-8203
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Erin Peirce
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
I have experience addressing depression, anxiety, grief, major life adjustments, general coping skills, and past trauma or abuse.
As a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice since 2014, I have experience working with people of all ages and from varied backgrounds. If you are living with depression or anxiety, having trouble managing a major transition or stressor, wading through grief, or seeking support in coping with difficult emotions or traumatic memories, I would be happy to work alongside you in identifying the resources you need to manage these difficulties successfully. I offer services to adults, teens, individuals, and families. I am focused on highlighting your strengths and supporting you in identifying your own solutions.
I have experience addressing depression, anxiety, grief, major life adjustments, general coping skills, and past trauma or abuse.
As a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice since 2014, I have experience working with people of all ages and from varied backgrounds. If you are living with depression or anxiety, having trouble managing a major transition or stressor, wading through grief, or seeking support in coping with difficult emotions or traumatic memories, I would be happy to work alongside you in identifying the resources you need to manage these difficulties successfully. I offer services to adults, teens, individuals, and families. I am focused on highlighting your strengths and supporting you in identifying your own solutions.
(502) 785-7195 View (502) 785-7195
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Nicole Palmer
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, NCC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40241
Her specialty areas include addiction counseling, medically assisted treatment, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), holistic wellness counseling and parenting skills.
Nicole Palmer is a licensed professional clinical counselor, licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor and mental health integrative medicine certified provider who has worked in the field of mental health and addictions for more than 15 years. She received her master's degree in mental health counseling at Walden University. She has worked in residential, inpatient and outpatient care with adults in individual and group counseling settings.
Her specialty areas include addiction counseling, medically assisted treatment, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), holistic wellness counseling and parenting skills.
Nicole Palmer is a licensed professional clinical counselor, licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor and mental health integrative medicine certified provider who has worked in the field of mental health and addictions for more than 15 years. She received her master's degree in mental health counseling at Walden University. She has worked in residential, inpatient and outpatient care with adults in individual and group counseling settings.
(502) 369-0151 View (502) 369-0151
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Courtney Rhea-Ribeiro
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40241
I specialize in helping those working through eating disorders, body image concerns, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, work stress, trauma and life transitions.
If you're seeking therapy it is because you are in a part of your life that is giving you some trouble. Life has its ups and downs, but there are times for each of us when we need to reach out and get increased support! If you're feeling ready to look at things from a different perspective and create some meaningful change, I'm here and ready to help!
I specialize in helping those working through eating disorders, body image concerns, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, work stress, trauma and life transitions.
If you're seeking therapy it is because you are in a part of your life that is giving you some trouble. Life has its ups and downs, but there are times for each of us when we need to reach out and get increased support! If you're feeling ready to look at things from a different perspective and create some meaningful change, I'm here and ready to help!
(502) 427-0968 View (502) 427-0968
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Frances Poyntz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, CSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40217
I have knowledge and experience working in various aspects of the social work field, including Child Protective Services, Therapeutic Foster Care, Residential Treatment Facilities, and Medicaid. My social work and case management backgrounds, have given me the tools to with children, adolescents, and adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety, and traumatic experiences.
I have knowledge and experience working in various aspects of the social work field, including Child Protective Services, Therapeutic Foster Care, Residential Treatment Facilities, and Medicaid. My social work and case management backgrounds, have given me the tools to with children, adolescents, and adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety, and traumatic experiences.
(502) 215-3422 View (502) 215-3422
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Linda S Hoke
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Hello. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. If you have depression, anxiety, or issues that you feel uncomfortable talking with others about, I offer a safe and confidential place to work on these issues. My goal is to help you feel more confident about yourself. I offer individual and family counseling. I want you to have a place to learn, grow and have an understanding of what you are feeling.
Hello. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. If you have depression, anxiety, or issues that you feel uncomfortable talking with others about, I offer a safe and confidential place to work on these issues. My goal is to help you feel more confident about yourself. I offer individual and family counseling. I want you to have a place to learn, grow and have an understanding of what you are feeling.
(502) 273-0174 View (502) 273-0174
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Leslie Richardson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40205
I am able to deal with a wide range of concerns from depression, anxiety, a life transition to the impact of trauma.
My approach to therapy is to meet you where you are at in your life. I view you as the expert. I know from my own life experiences and several years of helping others that to put yourself first and reach out for help can place you in a vulnerable state. Change can take a huge leap of faith. I would welcome the opportunity to be a part of your journey, wherever that may take you.
I am able to deal with a wide range of concerns from depression, anxiety, a life transition to the impact of trauma.
My approach to therapy is to meet you where you are at in your life. I view you as the expert. I know from my own life experiences and several years of helping others that to put yourself first and reach out for help can place you in a vulnerable state. Change can take a huge leap of faith. I would welcome the opportunity to be a part of your journey, wherever that may take you.
(502) 806-8591 View (502) 806-8591
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Dillon Espinosa
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40207
I work with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, burnout, relationship issues, LGBT+ issues, or individuals trying to get out of a rut because they're tired of feeling stuck. Every client is unique and there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy, but if you enjoy working toward positive behavior change, I think we'd be a good fit. I allow each client the space for us to process and explore issues together while also providing guidance and direction (most of my clients say it's a healthy mix of both).
I work with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, burnout, relationship issues, LGBT+ issues, or individuals trying to get out of a rut because they're tired of feeling stuck. Every client is unique and there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy, but if you enjoy working toward positive behavior change, I think we'd be a good fit. I allow each client the space for us to process and explore issues together while also providing guidance and direction (most of my clients say it's a healthy mix of both).
(502) 206-0663 View (502) 206-0663
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Barbara Hedspeth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40206
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders and mild to moderate OCD, as well as trauma and depression. My experience tells me that these conditions are highly treatable with the right approach. My primary method is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is a proven evidence based treatment for these problems. I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of trauma. My style is direct, supportive and goal oriented with emphasis on what the client wants to work on. I use humor as well!
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders and mild to moderate OCD, as well as trauma and depression. My experience tells me that these conditions are highly treatable with the right approach. My primary method is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is a proven evidence based treatment for these problems. I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of trauma. My style is direct, supportive and goal oriented with emphasis on what the client wants to work on. I use humor as well!
(502) 385-2488 View (502) 385-2488
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Sims Counseling & Consulting, LLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40218  (Online Only)
We have experience addressing marital and relationship conflicts, behavioral problems, life transitions, depression, deployment, military and family life, anxiety, parenting challenges, grief, self-esteem, and more.
Every now and then life has a way of hitting us hard. We believe that when individuals enter counseling they are feeling gridlocked in their current situation and need assistance navigating their way out of the storms. We see counseling as a process by which we guide our clients in exploration and identification of their needs. Through therapeutic techniques we help raise clients' awareness of ineffective behaviors and distorted thinking that may be standing in the way of the change they desire. We take your mental health serious and offer professional and compassionate care. We prioritize making you feel Safe & Seen at Sims.
We have experience addressing marital and relationship conflicts, behavioral problems, life transitions, depression, deployment, military and family life, anxiety, parenting challenges, grief, self-esteem, and more.
Every now and then life has a way of hitting us hard. We believe that when individuals enter counseling they are feeling gridlocked in their current situation and need assistance navigating their way out of the storms. We see counseling as a process by which we guide our clients in exploration and identification of their needs. Through therapeutic techniques we help raise clients' awareness of ineffective behaviors and distorted thinking that may be standing in the way of the change they desire. We take your mental health serious and offer professional and compassionate care. We prioritize making you feel Safe & Seen at Sims.
(502) 237-0639 View (502) 237-0639
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Benjamin Edwards
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Benjamin Edwards is a licensed clinical social worker. He received his master's degree in social work from the University of Louisville. He has worked with clients of all ages in outpatient and inpatient settings and specializes in therapy with child, adolescent and young adult clients. His areas of interest include trauma, mood disorders, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), self-injurious behaviors, anxiety and depression. His therapeutic approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness exercises, frustration tolerance and motivational interviewing. Benjamin Edwards treats patients between the ages of 10 and 35.
Benjamin Edwards is a licensed clinical social worker. He received his master's degree in social work from the University of Louisville. He has worked with clients of all ages in outpatient and inpatient settings and specializes in therapy with child, adolescent and young adult clients. His areas of interest include trauma, mood disorders, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), self-injurious behaviors, anxiety and depression. His therapeutic approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness exercises, frustration tolerance and motivational interviewing. Benjamin Edwards treats patients between the ages of 10 and 35.
(502) 273-5940 View (502) 273-5940
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Danni E Lee
Pre-Licensed Professional, CSW, MSSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40218
I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, social-emotional difficulties, and grief.
Hello there! I help children, teens, and parents overcome mental health struggles and provide parents with tools to better connect with their children. Raising children can be very difficult. You may feel like you have done everything you can and still feel stuck. Together, we can embark on a journey of healing and connection to help meet the needs, goals, and freedom your family is craving.
I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, social-emotional difficulties, and grief.
Hello there! I help children, teens, and parents overcome mental health struggles and provide parents with tools to better connect with their children. Raising children can be very difficult. You may feel like you have done everything you can and still feel stuck. Together, we can embark on a journey of healing and connection to help meet the needs, goals, and freedom your family is craving.
(502) 427-7561 View (502) 427-7561
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Christa Della Bella, Personal Development Coach
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40241
I have over 15 years of experience helping individuals who face obstacles such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, social skills concerns, self esteem problems, grief and loss, anger management, and relationship issues.
04/01/2024 - FLEXIBLE EVENING AND WEEKEND OPENINGS. My approach is empathetic, mindful, and strength based. I bring a strong appreciation for the uniqueness of each person, as together we work toward coping and growth. I believe that you have the power to determine and accomplish your personal goals, and that I can help you to reach your intention. We can accomplish this together by utilizing various approaches; with a focus on techniques based in stress reduction, emotional regulation, and unconditional positive regard.
I have over 15 years of experience helping individuals who face obstacles such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, social skills concerns, self esteem problems, grief and loss, anger management, and relationship issues.
04/01/2024 - FLEXIBLE EVENING AND WEEKEND OPENINGS. My approach is empathetic, mindful, and strength based. I bring a strong appreciation for the uniqueness of each person, as together we work toward coping and growth. I believe that you have the power to determine and accomplish your personal goals, and that I can help you to reach your intention. We can accomplish this together by utilizing various approaches; with a focus on techniques based in stress reduction, emotional regulation, and unconditional positive regard.
(502) 804-2408 View (502) 804-2408
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Bridge To Restoration LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, TF-CBT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40202  (Online Only)
Taking the first step towards healing from childhood trauma can be challenging, but it's a powerful decision. If you're struggling with anxiety or depression and suspect it may be rooted in past experiences, you're not alone. At Bridge To Restoration, we offer compassionate online therapy for individuals (preteens to adults) residing in Kentucky and Indiana. We specialize in trauma-informed therapy utilizing CBT and narrative therapy to help you: Understand and process your past experiences. Manage difficult emotions like anger, sadness, and anxiety.
Taking the first step towards healing from childhood trauma can be challenging, but it's a powerful decision. If you're struggling with anxiety or depression and suspect it may be rooted in past experiences, you're not alone. At Bridge To Restoration, we offer compassionate online therapy for individuals (preteens to adults) residing in Kentucky and Indiana. We specialize in trauma-informed therapy utilizing CBT and narrative therapy to help you: Understand and process your past experiences. Manage difficult emotions like anger, sadness, and anxiety.
(270) 279-0034 View (270) 279-0034
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Teea Fullen-Barnes
Counselor, MS, MA, LPCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
I am trained in EMDR - and also work with clients outside of the PMH realm and dealing with any general mental health concerns, trauma, anxiety, depression, identity concerns, etc.
Hi! - I'm here to help remind people of their full potential and to become the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves. - My goal is to be of service, bring more awareness and destigmatize mental health for POC (People of Color). Advanced Perinatal Mental Health trained and as an Lactation Educator my goal is to also serve, support and educate Birthing POC on the availability of services prior to, throughout the pregnancy, into the postpartum period and beyond and on breastfeeding/chestfeeding.
I am trained in EMDR - and also work with clients outside of the PMH realm and dealing with any general mental health concerns, trauma, anxiety, depression, identity concerns, etc.
Hi! - I'm here to help remind people of their full potential and to become the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves. - My goal is to be of service, bring more awareness and destigmatize mental health for POC (People of Color). Advanced Perinatal Mental Health trained and as an Lactation Educator my goal is to also serve, support and educate Birthing POC on the availability of services prior to, throughout the pregnancy, into the postpartum period and beyond and on breastfeeding/chestfeeding.
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Jeremy Downs
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40291  (Online Only)
Your therapist, Jeremy, LCSW, offers enhanced engagements for an empowered well-being! Digital engagements may include Minecraft, Roblox, or Virtual Reality and more. The engagements are integrated into evidence-based therapies which are lead by an experienced clinician! ​If clients prefer traditional telehealth sessions, that is welcomed too. Clients are diverse in culture, identity, and age. What clients may share is the need to be heard, to discover directionality, and to find a better sense of well-being. The most common symptoms I treat are anxiety, depression, identity challenges, and frustration intolerance. Email questions!
Your therapist, Jeremy, LCSW, offers enhanced engagements for an empowered well-being! Digital engagements may include Minecraft, Roblox, or Virtual Reality and more. The engagements are integrated into evidence-based therapies which are lead by an experienced clinician! ​If clients prefer traditional telehealth sessions, that is welcomed too. Clients are diverse in culture, identity, and age. What clients may share is the need to be heard, to discover directionality, and to find a better sense of well-being. The most common symptoms I treat are anxiety, depression, identity challenges, and frustration intolerance. Email questions!
(502) 237-0587 View (502) 237-0587
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Bennett Alldredge
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MAMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
Taking new clients now! I specialize in working with teenagers and young adults. I also work with children ages 5 and older and with their parents. With a deep understanding of the challenges faced by individuals in this age group, I believe I can provide a safe and supportive environment for you or your child to explore your concerns and develop healthy strategies for love and healing. I have developed a particular interest in the areas of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, spiritual harm, and concerns faced by those in the LGBTQIA+ community.
Taking new clients now! I specialize in working with teenagers and young adults. I also work with children ages 5 and older and with their parents. With a deep understanding of the challenges faced by individuals in this age group, I believe I can provide a safe and supportive environment for you or your child to explore your concerns and develop healthy strategies for love and healing. I have developed a particular interest in the areas of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, spiritual harm, and concerns faced by those in the LGBTQIA+ community.
(502) 771-8667 View (502) 771-8667
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Becky Antle
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MSSW, LMFT
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40243
Providing in person and telehealth options for sessions. Special rates available for new clients and those experiencing financial hardship. I work with individuals, couples, and families with relationship and mental health issues. I have 23 years of experience in areas such as depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting issues, coping with divorce, relationship conflict/decision making, interpersonal violence, and childhood disorders. I also have extensive experience with at-risk youth, psychoeducational programs across multiple topics including mental health, relationship issues, substance use, LGBTQ needs, trauma, and others.
Providing in person and telehealth options for sessions. Special rates available for new clients and those experiencing financial hardship. I work with individuals, couples, and families with relationship and mental health issues. I have 23 years of experience in areas such as depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting issues, coping with divorce, relationship conflict/decision making, interpersonal violence, and childhood disorders. I also have extensive experience with at-risk youth, psychoeducational programs across multiple topics including mental health, relationship issues, substance use, LGBTQ needs, trauma, and others.
(866) 561-4829 View (866) 561-4829
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.