Depression Therapists in Baltimore, MD

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Optimal Quality Health Solutions LLC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21229
Your treatment will be centered around the most evidenced based practices in order to obtain optimal care, and address issues concerning trauma, depression, and anxiety.
Do you experience persistent worry? Does this worry give you a sense of doom and sadness; anticipating and expecting the worse? Frequent trips to the ER or Primary Care doctor, only to be told "nothing is wrong." Do you avoid people and places because of judgement, and left with ruminating thoughts that for every panic attack I have, this could be the LAST? Hello my name is Tanea Bryant, and at Optimal Quality Health Solutions, I understand that your healing will take flight in the most favorable conditions. Conditions that would allow for one to experience genuineness, unconditional positive regard, acceptance, and empathy.
Your treatment will be centered around the most evidenced based practices in order to obtain optimal care, and address issues concerning trauma, depression, and anxiety.
Do you experience persistent worry? Does this worry give you a sense of doom and sadness; anticipating and expecting the worse? Frequent trips to the ER or Primary Care doctor, only to be told "nothing is wrong." Do you avoid people and places because of judgement, and left with ruminating thoughts that for every panic attack I have, this could be the LAST? Hello my name is Tanea Bryant, and at Optimal Quality Health Solutions, I understand that your healing will take flight in the most favorable conditions. Conditions that would allow for one to experience genuineness, unconditional positive regard, acceptance, and empathy.
(443) 390-7911 View (443) 390-7911
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Bernadette Olivia Gorman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LGSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202  (Online Only)
As you encounter life and its many hurdles, you can be presented with challenging situations, transitions in life, and unforeseen circumstances. If you are struggling with the weight of anxiety, depression, burnout, or traumatic memories, it can be helpful to have the space and a person at your side to walk with you in navigating these challenges. Some of my specific clinical interests include processing and healing from religious-based trauma and coming out as LGBTQIA. I am licensed in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.
As you encounter life and its many hurdles, you can be presented with challenging situations, transitions in life, and unforeseen circumstances. If you are struggling with the weight of anxiety, depression, burnout, or traumatic memories, it can be helpful to have the space and a person at your side to walk with you in navigating these challenges. Some of my specific clinical interests include processing and healing from religious-based trauma and coming out as LGBTQIA. I am licensed in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.
(202) 793-7628 View (202) 793-7628
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Laura O. Kuhn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21211
My training has taught me to use evidence-based practices with adults facing life transitions, adjustments, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and grief.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, out of control, or hopeless? Has life taken you in a direction that you never expected or don’t like? Even when things feel upsetting, stressful, and disheartening, there is still hope.
My training has taught me to use evidence-based practices with adults facing life transitions, adjustments, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and grief.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, out of control, or hopeless? Has life taken you in a direction that you never expected or don’t like? Even when things feel upsetting, stressful, and disheartening, there is still hope.
(410) 421-7717 View (410) 421-7717
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Dr Brian J Hall, PhD Therapy Associates 
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202  (Online Only)
As a therapist specializing in depression, anxiety, work stress, and trauma, I offer empathetic support tailored to individual needs. Through evidence-based techniques and a nonjudgmental approach, I empower clients to navigate challenges, gain insight, and develop coping strategies. With convenient online sessions, I aim to break down barriers to mental health care, providing accessible and effective support for a more fulfilling life.
As a therapist specializing in depression, anxiety, work stress, and trauma, I offer empathetic support tailored to individual needs. Through evidence-based techniques and a nonjudgmental approach, I empower clients to navigate challenges, gain insight, and develop coping strategies. With convenient online sessions, I aim to break down barriers to mental health care, providing accessible and effective support for a more fulfilling life.
(443) 339-9417 View (443) 339-9417
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Anna Katrina Maith
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MEd, LCPC, C-DBT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
Life is challenging. Breathe. The challenges experienced can lead to anger, anxiety, worry, grief, and/or depression. When this occurs in your life, you need support with getting back to the best version of you. You want to talk to someone you can trust, be vulnerable with, and who will listen to you.
Life is challenging. Breathe. The challenges experienced can lead to anger, anxiety, worry, grief, and/or depression. When this occurs in your life, you need support with getting back to the best version of you. You want to talk to someone you can trust, be vulnerable with, and who will listen to you.
(443) 242-4098 View (443) 242-4098
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Jillian Ginsberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
My work focuses on clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, disability/chronic illness, life transitions, or who are seeking self-exploration and growth. Together we can find ways to cope with life’s uncertainties and live a life aligned with your values. It is important to have a space where you can feel seen and affirmed, and where you can show up as your authentic self. As a therapist, I aim to create a collaborative and supportive relationship, where we can identify and work towards your goals.
My work focuses on clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, disability/chronic illness, life transitions, or who are seeking self-exploration and growth. Together we can find ways to cope with life’s uncertainties and live a life aligned with your values. It is important to have a space where you can feel seen and affirmed, and where you can show up as your authentic self. As a therapist, I aim to create a collaborative and supportive relationship, where we can identify and work towards your goals.
(410) 618-0580 View (410) 618-0580
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Elizabeth Scott
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LCPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21210  (Online Only)
I am an IFS-informed licensed psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, depression, self-esteem, trauma, abuse, grief/loss and emotion dysregulation.
We all experience difficulties at some point in our lives, and we each can benefit from additional support, whether for a specific situation or in resolving a longer term issue. I believe that one of the most important elements of effective therapy is the development of a safe, trusting relationship between therapist and client. Through genuine and respectful connection, we create the environment in which true healing can occur. By promoting insight, increased awareness, and self-compassion, I will support you in living the life of value that you deserve.
I am an IFS-informed licensed psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, depression, self-esteem, trauma, abuse, grief/loss and emotion dysregulation.
We all experience difficulties at some point in our lives, and we each can benefit from additional support, whether for a specific situation or in resolving a longer term issue. I believe that one of the most important elements of effective therapy is the development of a safe, trusting relationship between therapist and client. Through genuine and respectful connection, we create the environment in which true healing can occur. By promoting insight, increased awareness, and self-compassion, I will support you in living the life of value that you deserve.
(301) 327-2055 View (301) 327-2055
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AMA Transitional Services, LLC
Counselor, LCPC, LPC
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21239  (Online Only)
We are a group of telehealth therapist. All clinician's are Master's level educated with experience in mental health and substance abuse treatment. We specialize in working with young adults and adults experiencing difficulties transitioning from one area of life into another area of life i.e. high school to work world, changing jobs, anxiety, working through stress, grief and loss, depression, substance abuse issues, relationship issues, self-esteem, motivation, trauma, domestic violence, co-occurring, and family issues. Independent supervision available for substance abuse certificate holders, LGPC, LGADC, LGPAT, LGMFT.
We are a group of telehealth therapist. All clinician's are Master's level educated with experience in mental health and substance abuse treatment. We specialize in working with young adults and adults experiencing difficulties transitioning from one area of life into another area of life i.e. high school to work world, changing jobs, anxiety, working through stress, grief and loss, depression, substance abuse issues, relationship issues, self-esteem, motivation, trauma, domestic violence, co-occurring, and family issues. Independent supervision available for substance abuse certificate holders, LGPC, LGADC, LGPAT, LGMFT.
(443) 402-3200 View (443) 402-3200
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Timothy Ashdown
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21210
Hi there. I've lived in Maryland since 2012, and I am a fully licensed therapist. I really enjoy the work that I do, and it is my hope to meet my clients exactly where they are. I utilize a cognitive-behavioral and strength-based approach with my clients. I have worked clinically with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and I specialize in working with relationship stressors. Whether it's the heavy expectation we might place on ourselves or perhaps a specific relational concern, my hope is to be alongside you in a totally non-judgmental environment.
Hi there. I've lived in Maryland since 2012, and I am a fully licensed therapist. I really enjoy the work that I do, and it is my hope to meet my clients exactly where they are. I utilize a cognitive-behavioral and strength-based approach with my clients. I have worked clinically with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and I specialize in working with relationship stressors. Whether it's the heavy expectation we might place on ourselves or perhaps a specific relational concern, my hope is to be alongside you in a totally non-judgmental environment.
(410) 413-7964 View (410) 413-7964
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Kate Frankenfeld
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202
My areas of specialization include Depression, Anxiety, life transitions, relationship issues, women’s issues and coping skills.
Mental health struggles can sometimes feel like our entire identity, but they’re not. You’re a person with a story, and I would love to hear it. Thoughts and emotions can weigh heavy on our minds, and my hope is to alleviate some of that burden by carrying it alongside you.
My areas of specialization include Depression, Anxiety, life transitions, relationship issues, women’s issues and coping skills.
Mental health struggles can sometimes feel like our entire identity, but they’re not. You’re a person with a story, and I would love to hear it. Thoughts and emotions can weigh heavy on our minds, and my hope is to alleviate some of that burden by carrying it alongside you.
(443) 526-7702 View (443) 526-7702
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Keisha S Bryan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, BCD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21206  (Online Only)
I help clients address a range of issues which include loss and grief, depression, anxiety, inattention, mood disorders, trauma, relational conflicts, familial concerns, and behavior management.
Welcome! Are you ready to transcend and elevate beyond your present circumstances? At times we are faced with barriers and challenges that leave us feeling stressed, anxious, hopeless, overwhelmed, and "stuck." No need to stay there, I am here to journey through the healing process and transitional phase with you. I strive to empower individuals to live a life filled with joy and peace through the development of skills to manage daily life stressors. I am extremely passionate about helping individuals to become the best version of themselves. I pride myself on providing a safe, non-judgement space for individuals to feel supported.
I help clients address a range of issues which include loss and grief, depression, anxiety, inattention, mood disorders, trauma, relational conflicts, familial concerns, and behavior management.
Welcome! Are you ready to transcend and elevate beyond your present circumstances? At times we are faced with barriers and challenges that leave us feeling stressed, anxious, hopeless, overwhelmed, and "stuck." No need to stay there, I am here to journey through the healing process and transitional phase with you. I strive to empower individuals to live a life filled with joy and peace through the development of skills to manage daily life stressors. I am extremely passionate about helping individuals to become the best version of themselves. I pride myself on providing a safe, non-judgement space for individuals to feel supported.
(410) 618-0978 View (410) 618-0978
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Sheena N Green
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MEd, LCPC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21212  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Depressed? Anxious? Relationship issues? Anger? Are you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with daily life? Do you feel that no one truly understands how you are feeling? Do you keep making the same mistakes over and over again? Is life chaotic and you feel that it's out of control? Nothing is in order and you do not know where to start. Do you just need one day of peace? Are you looking for balance in life, self love, acceptance and personal growth?
Depressed? Anxious? Relationship issues? Anger? Are you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with daily life? Do you feel that no one truly understands how you are feeling? Do you keep making the same mistakes over and over again? Is life chaotic and you feel that it's out of control? Nothing is in order and you do not know where to start. Do you just need one day of peace? Are you looking for balance in life, self love, acceptance and personal growth?
(443) 219-2999 View (443) 219-2999
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Jonisha Toomer
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21239
I specialize in depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
My ideal client is one that is ready to do the work in their journey to wellness. An individual that understands that healing is not linear but with the development of the right tools we can build the confidence to grow forward together.
I specialize in depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
My ideal client is one that is ready to do the work in their journey to wellness. An individual that understands that healing is not linear but with the development of the right tools we can build the confidence to grow forward together.
(410) 237-8588 View (410) 237-8588
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Chelsea Gleason
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21212  (Online Only)
Hello! I offer individual psychotherapy for adults and adolescents. Whether you are looking for support navigating life events, hoping to make personal changes, or processing your past, we can work collaboratively towards your therapeutic vision. I enjoy working with people to address their depression, anxiety, and trauma symptoms. I have significant experience working with survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence, immigrants, and communities impacted by oppression-based traumas, which I apply when working with people from a wide range of backgrounds. I am bilingual and can provide services in Spanish or English.
Hello! I offer individual psychotherapy for adults and adolescents. Whether you are looking for support navigating life events, hoping to make personal changes, or processing your past, we can work collaboratively towards your therapeutic vision. I enjoy working with people to address their depression, anxiety, and trauma symptoms. I have significant experience working with survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence, immigrants, and communities impacted by oppression-based traumas, which I apply when working with people from a wide range of backgrounds. I am bilingual and can provide services in Spanish or English.
(443) 920-7579 View (443) 920-7579
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Devon Ciampa
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, OSW-C
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21230  (Online Only)
Life is unexpected and, at any moment, we can be derailed from our path and forced to face unbelievable challenges. The stress and frustration that can accompany a traumatic situation can be overwhelming, terrifying, and exhausting. I offer a safe space filled with compassion, empathy and encouragement where I work with clients on coping strategies, self-care and reducing anxiety and depression. I focus on a strengths-based approach, helping clients examine both their inner and outer resources and supports in the face of adversity and trauma, emphasizing a client’s own resilience, bravery and power.
Life is unexpected and, at any moment, we can be derailed from our path and forced to face unbelievable challenges. The stress and frustration that can accompany a traumatic situation can be overwhelming, terrifying, and exhausting. I offer a safe space filled with compassion, empathy and encouragement where I work with clients on coping strategies, self-care and reducing anxiety and depression. I focus on a strengths-based approach, helping clients examine both their inner and outer resources and supports in the face of adversity and trauma, emphasizing a client’s own resilience, bravery and power.
(443) 331-5256 View (443) 331-5256
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Julie Harris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21209  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stressed out, depressed, anxious or irritable? Having difficulty at work, school or in your relationships? Feeling "stuck" in your life? Are you your own worst critic? Are you searching for a compassionate and experienced therapist to empower you to change the way you look at things and support your personal growth? My intention as a therapist is to create a friendly, non-judgmental space that facilitates healing and growth by accessing your natural inner wisdom and strengths.
Are you feeling stressed out, depressed, anxious or irritable? Having difficulty at work, school or in your relationships? Feeling "stuck" in your life? Are you your own worst critic? Are you searching for a compassionate and experienced therapist to empower you to change the way you look at things and support your personal growth? My intention as a therapist is to create a friendly, non-judgmental space that facilitates healing and growth by accessing your natural inner wisdom and strengths.
(667) 206-3030 View (667) 206-3030
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Paul Giggey
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Finding the right psychotherapist can be challenging. It may be uncomfortable to schedule an initial session without obtaining a sense of what the therapist is like. Please feel free to contact me for any questions you may have about this process or psychotherapy in general. I'd be delighted to help. I'm formally trained in Individual and Couples Psychotherapy, Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment, and Behavioral Medicine (Mind-Body). Psychotherapeutic treatment of disorders related to Anxiety (including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic, Phobias) Depression, Trauma, and Substance Abuse. Specific emphasis in couples and issues related to intimacy. Trained in Divorce Mediation.
Finding the right psychotherapist can be challenging. It may be uncomfortable to schedule an initial session without obtaining a sense of what the therapist is like. Please feel free to contact me for any questions you may have about this process or psychotherapy in general. I'd be delighted to help. I'm formally trained in Individual and Couples Psychotherapy, Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment, and Behavioral Medicine (Mind-Body). Psychotherapeutic treatment of disorders related to Anxiety (including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic, Phobias) Depression, Trauma, and Substance Abuse. Specific emphasis in couples and issues related to intimacy. Trained in Divorce Mediation.
(410) 417-6697 View (410) 417-6697
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Patti Friedman
Psychologist, PsyD, MS
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21208
I specialize in depression, anxiety disorders, bariatric evaluations, stress management ,medically related pain, diabetes, obesity, & cardiac rehab.
The success my clients experience is a direct result of our strong and supportive working alliance where confidentiality is protected, and I am a facilitator. I help my clients find answers for themselves and support them in reaching their goals. Years of clinical hypnotherapy training, and the success my clients achieve in applying relaxation training at work and in their personal lives, has been truly gratifying. I enjoy teaching patients Clinical Hypnotherapy, and the vast benefits to my clients. It is a joy to watch clients overcome phobias, pain disorders, anxiety, and stop habits, regaining self-confidence and empowerment .
I specialize in depression, anxiety disorders, bariatric evaluations, stress management ,medically related pain, diabetes, obesity, & cardiac rehab.
The success my clients experience is a direct result of our strong and supportive working alliance where confidentiality is protected, and I am a facilitator. I help my clients find answers for themselves and support them in reaching their goals. Years of clinical hypnotherapy training, and the success my clients achieve in applying relaxation training at work and in their personal lives, has been truly gratifying. I enjoy teaching patients Clinical Hypnotherapy, and the vast benefits to my clients. It is a joy to watch clients overcome phobias, pain disorders, anxiety, and stop habits, regaining self-confidence and empowerment .
(410) 657-8622 View (410) 657-8622
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John J Michalczyk
Counselor, MA, MDiv
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21210
Identity issues, anxiety, depression, couple communications, family dynamics, parent/child issues, spirituality, loss and complicated bereavement.
"It is my goal as a therapist to provide a safe and supportive environment for others so they may achieve personal well-being and productive relationships on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels. I believe that through the healing of psychological and emotional wounds, each person has the potential and freedom to maintain positive self-acceptance and self-definition. I rejoice in helping individuals, couples and families bring greater meaning and satisfaction to their lives."
Identity issues, anxiety, depression, couple communications, family dynamics, parent/child issues, spirituality, loss and complicated bereavement.
"It is my goal as a therapist to provide a safe and supportive environment for others so they may achieve personal well-being and productive relationships on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels. I believe that through the healing of psychological and emotional wounds, each person has the potential and freedom to maintain positive self-acceptance and self-definition. I rejoice in helping individuals, couples and families bring greater meaning and satisfaction to their lives."
(410) 415-1484 x115 View (410) 415-1484 x115
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Casey Bennett
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21209  (Online Only)
I work with adolescents and adults to help them overcome feelings of depression, anxiety, inadequacies, perfectionism, and shame.
I’m Casey and I am glad you found my page. I am a compassionate listener who is here to provide support and guidance to individuals so they can have healthy, fulfilling lives. I use a person-centered-approach: I strive to understand your point of view and take a non-judgmental stance. I have experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, life transitions, stress, and ADHD.
I work with adolescents and adults to help them overcome feelings of depression, anxiety, inadequacies, perfectionism, and shame.
I’m Casey and I am glad you found my page. I am a compassionate listener who is here to provide support and guidance to individuals so they can have healthy, fulfilling lives. I use a person-centered-approach: I strive to understand your point of view and take a non-judgmental stance. I have experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, life transitions, stress, and ADHD.
(410) 873-9382 View (410) 873-9382

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.