Depression Therapists in Oakland County, MI

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Savannah Dynkowski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Troy, MI 48084
Whether you're navigating stress, anxiety, depression, or adult ADHD, healing from trauma, or working through relationship challenges, I'm here to offer a supportive space dedicated to improving overall mental wellness.
Ready to experience a space where you can truly focus on you? My ideal client is anyone willing to take a chance on themself and be curious, whether it's diving into the past, navigating the present, or envisioning the future. You're someone eager to identify your needs, arm yourself with coping strategies, understand the parameters of your weaknesses, build on your strengths, celebrate your progress, and bring peace and acceptance to your chaos. Together, we can build a relationship grounded in understanding and mutual trust as we strive for growth, progress, and lasting change.
Whether you're navigating stress, anxiety, depression, or adult ADHD, healing from trauma, or working through relationship challenges, I'm here to offer a supportive space dedicated to improving overall mental wellness.
Ready to experience a space where you can truly focus on you? My ideal client is anyone willing to take a chance on themself and be curious, whether it's diving into the past, navigating the present, or envisioning the future. You're someone eager to identify your needs, arm yourself with coping strategies, understand the parameters of your weaknesses, build on your strengths, celebrate your progress, and bring peace and acceptance to your chaos. Together, we can build a relationship grounded in understanding and mutual trust as we strive for growth, progress, and lasting change.
(248) 218-9317 View (248) 218-9317
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Sierra Wilson
Counselor, LLPC, MA
Verified Verified
I am well versed in helping individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, career stress, childhood trauma, intimate partner violence, and life transitions.
It’s difficult to admit we don’t always like the person that stares back at us when we look in the mirror. Sometimes life can make you a shell of your former self. You may ask yourself, Am I a good friend, partner, parent, child, student, worker? The burden of trying to be everything for everyone can feel draining. For so long you have pretended to be okay. Maybe, at times you even believed you were okay. Therapy offers you the opportunity to explore past experiences while also focusing on your ideal future self. You don't have to do this alone. Allow me to help you experience life more abundantly.
I am well versed in helping individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, career stress, childhood trauma, intimate partner violence, and life transitions.
It’s difficult to admit we don’t always like the person that stares back at us when we look in the mirror. Sometimes life can make you a shell of your former self. You may ask yourself, Am I a good friend, partner, parent, child, student, worker? The burden of trying to be everything for everyone can feel draining. For so long you have pretended to be okay. Maybe, at times you even believed you were okay. Therapy offers you the opportunity to explore past experiences while also focusing on your ideal future self. You don't have to do this alone. Allow me to help you experience life more abundantly.
(248) 306-8957 View (248) 306-8957
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Anthony D Stevens
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified Verified
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
Are you a non-birthing parent and looking for a safe, non-judgmental space to talk to someone about mental health? Please reach out for consultation to see if I would be a good fit for you! Often the everyday stresses of life can be more than we can handle already, being a new/expecting parent or can add significantly to that load. If you find that you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or thoughts of hopelessness, we can work side by side to navigate those feelings and create strong and stable foundations to meet them head on.
Are you a non-birthing parent and looking for a safe, non-judgmental space to talk to someone about mental health? Please reach out for consultation to see if I would be a good fit for you! Often the everyday stresses of life can be more than we can handle already, being a new/expecting parent or can add significantly to that load. If you find that you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or thoughts of hopelessness, we can work side by side to navigate those feelings and create strong and stable foundations to meet them head on.
(248) 963-5101 View (248) 963-5101
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Melissa Fleezanis
Limited Licensed Psychologist, PsyD, LLP
Verified Verified
Franklin, MI 48025
In practice I work with individuals, children, teens, couples, and families. Treatment is unique for each client and is determined by their own goals and needs. Areas of specialization include psychological assessment, cognitive remediation, anxiety, and panic attack disorders, depression, women's issues, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorders, geriatric issues, trauma, grief and loss, relational and family issues and court mandated therapy. My approach to therapy varies with each client, ranging from psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral orientation, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
In practice I work with individuals, children, teens, couples, and families. Treatment is unique for each client and is determined by their own goals and needs. Areas of specialization include psychological assessment, cognitive remediation, anxiety, and panic attack disorders, depression, women's issues, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorders, geriatric issues, trauma, grief and loss, relational and family issues and court mandated therapy. My approach to therapy varies with each client, ranging from psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral orientation, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
(947) 333-8454 View (947) 333-8454
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Cory Schoenherr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, MBA, LMSW
Verified Verified
Royal Oak, MI 48073
I have been in private practice for over 30 years. I specialize in individual therapy for the treatment of anxiety, poor self esteem and depression. My patients would tell you that I am actively involved in their treatment... They are right! You will get real feedback, have more awareness of solutions and feel better; I talk to you and give you information! My approach in working with patients is practical and insight oriented. I talk with patients about their situations and offer direct advice. I deal with a wide range of problem areas including depression, anxiety and relationship issues. I have been told,"I say it like it is!"
I have been in private practice for over 30 years. I specialize in individual therapy for the treatment of anxiety, poor self esteem and depression. My patients would tell you that I am actively involved in their treatment... They are right! You will get real feedback, have more awareness of solutions and feel better; I talk to you and give you information! My approach in working with patients is practical and insight oriented. I talk with patients about their situations and offer direct advice. I deal with a wide range of problem areas including depression, anxiety and relationship issues. I have been told,"I say it like it is!"
(313) 791-8994 View (313) 791-8994
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Jordan Reynolds
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ferndale, MI 48220
I have clinical experience working with adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
Perhaps you are feeling unfulfilled, troubled with uncertainties, or having difficulty finding ways to cope. I am passionate about supporting you through these overwhelming times. I utilize a strengths-based approach that will empower you to reach your goals and live a more satisfying life. I view therapy as a unique experience that is tailored to fit every individual. Together we will find what works best for you.
I have clinical experience working with adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
Perhaps you are feeling unfulfilled, troubled with uncertainties, or having difficulty finding ways to cope. I am passionate about supporting you through these overwhelming times. I utilize a strengths-based approach that will empower you to reach your goals and live a more satisfying life. I view therapy as a unique experience that is tailored to fit every individual. Together we will find what works best for you.
(248) 218-9571 View (248) 218-9571
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Autumn M Taylor-Kareem
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Southfield, MI 48034
I have extensive experience working with a variety of populations, including individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse.
I believe that we are all broken vessels, just like glass that can be restored, when we learn new behaviors and techniques to help us heal from the inside out. It will take time, dedication, and hard work, but no work of art is a masterpiece without first starting from clay. The environment will be judgement free, empathic, and warm all while staying focused on getting to the root of the problem.
I have extensive experience working with a variety of populations, including individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse.
I believe that we are all broken vessels, just like glass that can be restored, when we learn new behaviors and techniques to help us heal from the inside out. It will take time, dedication, and hard work, but no work of art is a masterpiece without first starting from clay. The environment will be judgement free, empathic, and warm all while staying focused on getting to the root of the problem.
(947) 800-4141 View (947) 800-4141
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Alana Davis
LMSW
Verified Verified
Clarkston, MI 48346  (Online Only)
Skilled in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and Diagnosis of ADHD.
Be the best version of yourself. Learn to manage life stressors and focus on self-care and balance. Learn multidimensional approaches to mental wellness. I seek to promote emotional stability by teaching coping skills, addressing thinking patterns and increasing self-awareness/emotional intelligence. Let go of hurt from past and don't fixate on the uncertainty of the future, learn to be present. Take a chance and make a choice to prioritize yourself for a change. It all starts with 1 session :-)
Skilled in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and Diagnosis of ADHD.
Be the best version of yourself. Learn to manage life stressors and focus on self-care and balance. Learn multidimensional approaches to mental wellness. I seek to promote emotional stability by teaching coping skills, addressing thinking patterns and increasing self-awareness/emotional intelligence. Let go of hurt from past and don't fixate on the uncertainty of the future, learn to be present. Take a chance and make a choice to prioritize yourself for a change. It all starts with 1 session :-)
(947) 218-1313 View (947) 218-1313
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Kelsey Thomas-Borstler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified Verified
Clarkston, MI 48346
I am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT, emotional regulation & management, trauma, stress related issues, meditation/breath work, family conflict, adjustment issues, anxiety and depression.
I believe everyone can benefit from therapy, regardless of where you are in life. I know it takes a lot of courage to take that first step in finding the right person to trust with your inner thoughts, secrets, and beliefs. If you are beginning therapy for yourself, your child or with your partner, I am here to help! If you choose to work with me and I hope you do, I will create a trusting space that allows you to explore, accept, and change unhealthy patterns in your life. I strive to create genuine connections with my clients so that they feel comfortable, happy and whole.
I am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT, emotional regulation & management, trauma, stress related issues, meditation/breath work, family conflict, adjustment issues, anxiety and depression.
I believe everyone can benefit from therapy, regardless of where you are in life. I know it takes a lot of courage to take that first step in finding the right person to trust with your inner thoughts, secrets, and beliefs. If you are beginning therapy for yourself, your child or with your partner, I am here to help! If you choose to work with me and I hope you do, I will create a trusting space that allows you to explore, accept, and change unhealthy patterns in your life. I strive to create genuine connections with my clients so that they feel comfortable, happy and whole.
(248) 775-5549 View (248) 775-5549
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Reed Behavioral Health, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Royal Oak, MI 48067  (Online Only)
Do you keep doing things you don't want to do? Call me TODAY! In just a few sessions I can help you understand those parts of yourself that you are struggling with and works towards peace within. I use a variety of Interventions including IFS (informed), CBT and mindfulness to assist clients in uncovering the root of their issues and begin to heal. As a licensed therapist I have several years experience partnering with adults struggling with relationships, addictions and anxiety/depression. I offer a safe space for all people and am dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ population.
Do you keep doing things you don't want to do? Call me TODAY! In just a few sessions I can help you understand those parts of yourself that you are struggling with and works towards peace within. I use a variety of Interventions including IFS (informed), CBT and mindfulness to assist clients in uncovering the root of their issues and begin to heal. As a licensed therapist I have several years experience partnering with adults struggling with relationships, addictions and anxiety/depression. I offer a safe space for all people and am dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ population.
(248) 653-1785 View (248) 653-1785
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Amelia McGraw
MEd, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Royal Oak, MI 48073
My ideal client is someone with an open mind, eager to delve into self-exploration and healing. They may be contending with anxiety, depression, identity struggles, women's issues, or LGBTQ+ challenges—or a combination thereof. They aspire to enhance coping mechanisms, resolve identity dilemmas, nurture relationships, alleviate stress, or simply seek guidance on their path. No prior art experience is required, but a willingness to experiment with diverse mediums is appreciated. Art therapy offers a versatile toolset to accomplish any personal objective.
My ideal client is someone with an open mind, eager to delve into self-exploration and healing. They may be contending with anxiety, depression, identity struggles, women's issues, or LGBTQ+ challenges—or a combination thereof. They aspire to enhance coping mechanisms, resolve identity dilemmas, nurture relationships, alleviate stress, or simply seek guidance on their path. No prior art experience is required, but a willingness to experiment with diverse mediums is appreciated. Art therapy offers a versatile toolset to accomplish any personal objective.
(313) 385-4595 View (313) 385-4595
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Nicole Blovet
Limited Licensed Psychologist, LLP
Verified Verified
New Hudson, MI 48165
Her main areas of focus include anxiety, depression, mood, ADHD, among other clinical concerns.
Nicole Blovet is a Licensed Masters Level Psychologist (LLP), who has been practicing since 2017. She graduated from Michigan School of Psychology with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. Nicole believes in a huministic, person centered approach where empathy, trust and meeting the person where they are at being the most important elements. Nicole also enjoys implementing a variety of trreatment methods to help clients accomplish their goals and work towards becoming the best versions of themselves.
Her main areas of focus include anxiety, depression, mood, ADHD, among other clinical concerns.
Nicole Blovet is a Licensed Masters Level Psychologist (LLP), who has been practicing since 2017. She graduated from Michigan School of Psychology with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. Nicole believes in a huministic, person centered approach where empathy, trust and meeting the person where they are at being the most important elements. Nicole also enjoys implementing a variety of trreatment methods to help clients accomplish their goals and work towards becoming the best versions of themselves.
(947) 221-4778 View (947) 221-4778
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Stephanie Bostick
Licensed Professional Counselor, Stephanie Bostick, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Troy, MI 48084
If you're feeling anxious, stressed, depressed, lost, uncertain about the future, stuck in the past, consumed by or numb to your emotions, angry, grief-stricken, unmotivated, or simply like you need to make a change in your life but aren't sure how- I am here to help.
I take a strengths-based, person-centered approach to therapy. My practice is guided by the belief that people are naturally resourceful, resilient, and capable of generating solutions to their own problems when allowed to do so in a safe, supportive environment.
If you're feeling anxious, stressed, depressed, lost, uncertain about the future, stuck in the past, consumed by or numb to your emotions, angry, grief-stricken, unmotivated, or simply like you need to make a change in your life but aren't sure how- I am here to help.
I take a strengths-based, person-centered approach to therapy. My practice is guided by the belief that people are naturally resourceful, resilient, and capable of generating solutions to their own problems when allowed to do so in a safe, supportive environment.
(248) 963-6795 View (248) 963-6795
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Jillian Dawn Schneider
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CAADC, CCSAS, ACS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Troy, MI 48083
I have extensive experience working with individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, low self esteem, OCD, addictions, anger management, and personality disorders.
I can understand and relate to the hesitation with finding a therapist and starting therapy. My philosophy is that everyone at sometime in their life could benefit from therapy. I encourage an open, warm, and non-judgmental environment. I want you to be comfortable coming to session and taking the journey of healing and well-being together. I have a variety of experience working with different populations. I have been in the human service field for about 16 years. I have worked with children and families, adults with mental illness/co-occurring disorders, and court ordered treatment.
I have extensive experience working with individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, low self esteem, OCD, addictions, anger management, and personality disorders.
I can understand and relate to the hesitation with finding a therapist and starting therapy. My philosophy is that everyone at sometime in their life could benefit from therapy. I encourage an open, warm, and non-judgmental environment. I want you to be comfortable coming to session and taking the journey of healing and well-being together. I have a variety of experience working with different populations. I have been in the human service field for about 16 years. I have worked with children and families, adults with mental illness/co-occurring disorders, and court ordered treatment.
(586) 991-3296 View (586) 991-3296
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LaToya Dumas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Farmington Hills, MI 48336  (Online Only)
Are you dealing with a life challenge that is causing anxiety, depression/sadness, stress, issues in work-life balance or relationships? Are you having difficulty adjusting to your current circumstance? Do you struggle with caregiver burn-out, grief, past trauma, lack of purpose/direction? If so, be assured that on the journey of life, we all face challenging situations at some point or another. Thus having a designated support person +confidant to walk alongside you during difficult times providing guidance & encouragement can not only be reassuring & comforting, but also help you find or restore the hope needed to move forward.
Are you dealing with a life challenge that is causing anxiety, depression/sadness, stress, issues in work-life balance or relationships? Are you having difficulty adjusting to your current circumstance? Do you struggle with caregiver burn-out, grief, past trauma, lack of purpose/direction? If so, be assured that on the journey of life, we all face challenging situations at some point or another. Thus having a designated support person +confidant to walk alongside you during difficult times providing guidance & encouragement can not only be reassuring & comforting, but also help you find or restore the hope needed to move forward.
(248) 814-2954 View (248) 814-2954
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Talar Bagdasarian
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, TLLP
Verified Verified
Novi, MI 48375
I'm passionate about helping individuals of all ages overcome challenges like anxiety, depression, trauma, body-image, eating disorders, and behavioral issues. I'm ready to assist those ready to explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, fostering resilience. My approach aims to create well-rounded individuals, enhancing relationships, navigating life's difficulties, and fostering personal growth and fulfillment.
I'm passionate about helping individuals of all ages overcome challenges like anxiety, depression, trauma, body-image, eating disorders, and behavioral issues. I'm ready to assist those ready to explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, fostering resilience. My approach aims to create well-rounded individuals, enhancing relationships, navigating life's difficulties, and fostering personal growth and fulfillment.
(734) 323-4897 View (734) 323-4897
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Cindy Bilinsky
Psychologist, LP, LMSW, CAADC
Verified Verified
Life challenges can be overwhelming at times. I strive to assist individuals, couples and families in achieving emotionally healthy lives and reaching their specific life goals. I have a master degree in social work with a post graduate in Marriage and Couples therapy and a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and I am trained in EMDR. I specialize in anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship issues, parenting, substance use and adjustment struggles. I have clinical interests in cognitive behavioral, EMDR, mindfulness, animal-assisted, creative and art approached therapy.
Life challenges can be overwhelming at times. I strive to assist individuals, couples and families in achieving emotionally healthy lives and reaching their specific life goals. I have a master degree in social work with a post graduate in Marriage and Couples therapy and a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and I am trained in EMDR. I specialize in anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship issues, parenting, substance use and adjustment struggles. I have clinical interests in cognitive behavioral, EMDR, mindfulness, animal-assisted, creative and art approached therapy.
(586) 648-1543 View (586) 648-1543
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Naquisha Howard-Stubbs
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Troy, MI 48083  (Online Only)
Stress, depression, and anxiety don't have the final say in your life.
Are you feeling the weight of unmanaged STRESS? Are you overwhelmed by a cloud of SADNESS? Are your worries causing you to experience ANXIETY? Stress, depression, and anxiety not only affect your mind but also your overall well-being, hindering your potential for joy and fulfillment in life. I am available to help you move beyond your current situation. I specialize in helping individuals like you gain and maintain emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness.
Stress, depression, and anxiety don't have the final say in your life.
Are you feeling the weight of unmanaged STRESS? Are you overwhelmed by a cloud of SADNESS? Are your worries causing you to experience ANXIETY? Stress, depression, and anxiety not only affect your mind but also your overall well-being, hindering your potential for joy and fulfillment in life. I am available to help you move beyond your current situation. I specialize in helping individuals like you gain and maintain emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness.
(248) 707-2617 View (248) 707-2617
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Victoria Fleming
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Not Verified Not Verified
Clarkston, MI 48346
Life can be hard. Counseling can offer a much needed fresh perspective and be an essential step to regaining emotional health. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, marital issues, teen issues, or general coping, I will work with you to develop strategies to help you overcome. There is hope. Change can only happen if change is made. I would be honored to assist you in that change.
Life can be hard. Counseling can offer a much needed fresh perspective and be an essential step to regaining emotional health. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, marital issues, teen issues, or general coping, I will work with you to develop strategies to help you overcome. There is hope. Change can only happen if change is made. I would be honored to assist you in that change.
(248) 565-3673 View (248) 565-3673
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Colleen A Mott
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC2295
Verified Verified
We are sometimes confronted with obstacles that keep us from living our best lives. If you are ready to confront these obstacles and take the first step to a better life, I am ready to help you get there. As a licensed professional counselor with over 20 years of experience, I have successfully worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, self-esteem, work conflicts, and relationship issues. In addition, I have more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement, and so I am well-qualified to assist with the unique needs of first responder and law enforcement professionals.
We are sometimes confronted with obstacles that keep us from living our best lives. If you are ready to confront these obstacles and take the first step to a better life, I am ready to help you get there. As a licensed professional counselor with over 20 years of experience, I have successfully worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, self-esteem, work conflicts, and relationship issues. In addition, I have more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement, and so I am well-qualified to assist with the unique needs of first responder and law enforcement professionals.
(248) 617-8772 View (248) 617-8772

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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.