Depression Therapists in Saint Louis, MO

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Kate MacLeod
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63127
Hello! I specialize in working with adults that are struggling with self-esteem, anxiety, depression, or other issues that are causing stress in their lives. My treatment approach is a mix of learning coping strategies to manage current issues (CBT), along with discussing childhood, family relationships, and past experiences that impact how we see ourselves, others, and the world today. The way we communicate, behave, and deal with emotions are developed over time and through a variety of experiences, good and bad. Being able to recognize these patterns and where they come from can help us create more positive and long term change.
Hello! I specialize in working with adults that are struggling with self-esteem, anxiety, depression, or other issues that are causing stress in their lives. My treatment approach is a mix of learning coping strategies to manage current issues (CBT), along with discussing childhood, family relationships, and past experiences that impact how we see ourselves, others, and the world today. The way we communicate, behave, and deal with emotions are developed over time and through a variety of experiences, good and bad. Being able to recognize these patterns and where they come from can help us create more positive and long term change.
(314) 274-1807 View (314) 274-1807
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Solutions for Wellbeing, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CCDP-D, MARS
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63146  (Online Only)
I have over 15 years of experience working with clients who experience anxiety, depression, major-life set-backs, stress-related concerns, and substance use concerns.
Our lives can get very busy--making it hard to find time for counseling. I provide counseling via Telehealth and offer convenient evening and weekend time slots. Life can sometimes “knock our socks off”—I focus on helping clients get back on track and thriving again. Together, we develop a step-by-step plan to identify the problem, explore possible solutions, and develop strategies to move forward. We will explore the things that are getting in the way of you feeling your best self.
I have over 15 years of experience working with clients who experience anxiety, depression, major-life set-backs, stress-related concerns, and substance use concerns.
Our lives can get very busy--making it hard to find time for counseling. I provide counseling via Telehealth and offer convenient evening and weekend time slots. Life can sometimes “knock our socks off”—I focus on helping clients get back on track and thriving again. Together, we develop a step-by-step plan to identify the problem, explore possible solutions, and develop strategies to move forward. We will explore the things that are getting in the way of you feeling your best self.
(314) 690-9876 View (314) 690-9876
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Sarah F Coffman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63143
Specializations: Women, female youth, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship conflict, family conflict, trauma, sexual identity, postpartum depression, birth trauma, pregnancy & infant loss, emotional eating, health issues and self-injury.
Focused on women and female youth, Sarah's practice offers therapy for individuals, families and groups, within a safe and nurturing environment. This strong therapeutic alliance affords clients the comfort in which to develop greater self-awareness, heal from past traumas, and learn to cope with present difficulties. Along with her full-time private practice, Sarah is an Adjunct Professor at Washington University Brown School, where she received her graduate degree, and maintains an active presence in the community as a private doula and as the Missouri Co-Coordinator for Postpartum Support International.
Specializations: Women, female youth, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship conflict, family conflict, trauma, sexual identity, postpartum depression, birth trauma, pregnancy & infant loss, emotional eating, health issues and self-injury.
Focused on women and female youth, Sarah's practice offers therapy for individuals, families and groups, within a safe and nurturing environment. This strong therapeutic alliance affords clients the comfort in which to develop greater self-awareness, heal from past traumas, and learn to cope with present difficulties. Along with her full-time private practice, Sarah is an Adjunct Professor at Washington University Brown School, where she received her graduate degree, and maintains an active presence in the community as a private doula and as the Missouri Co-Coordinator for Postpartum Support International.
(314) 527-3084 View (314) 527-3084
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Emily Hudson
Licensed Professional Counselor, ND, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63118
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the state of Missouri. I received a Masters in Counseling Psychology as well as a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in 2017. During my studies, I was a staff counselor at Bastyr University. In addition, I offered low cost therapy to the community at a year long internship at Seattle Therapy Alliance. I spent 4 years as a clinical fellow at Roots Renewal Counseling in St. Louis, MO. I enjoy working with adults experiencing issues related to anxiety, depression, OCD, grief/loss, chronic illness, identity development, career, body image and self confidence.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the state of Missouri. I received a Masters in Counseling Psychology as well as a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in 2017. During my studies, I was a staff counselor at Bastyr University. In addition, I offered low cost therapy to the community at a year long internship at Seattle Therapy Alliance. I spent 4 years as a clinical fellow at Roots Renewal Counseling in St. Louis, MO. I enjoy working with adults experiencing issues related to anxiety, depression, OCD, grief/loss, chronic illness, identity development, career, body image and self confidence.
(314) 626-8862 View (314) 626-8862
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Fred Hudson
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63122
His main areas of focus include stress/anxiety, depression, and grief/loss.
Fred Hudson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Missouri) and National Certified Counselor who has been practicing since 2007. He graduated from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling.
His main areas of focus include stress/anxiety, depression, and grief/loss.
Fred Hudson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Missouri) and National Certified Counselor who has been practicing since 2007. He graduated from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling.
(314) 860-7915 View (314) 860-7915
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Brett Moser
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63139
I enjoy working with adolescents and adults in areas related to depression, anxiety, men’s issues, relationships, life transitions, LGBTQ+ identity exploration, and trauma/PTSD.
Many of us enter therapy believing that we are lost causes or somehow don’t belong in this space. Let me be the first to affirm: you are whole, you do not need to be ‘fixed’, you belong. In therapy, the needs of each person are unique, but our shared humanity connects us in deep and meaningful ways, so our time together will bring both of these to the fore. We will need your self-determination and tenacity, and we will also need one another — the relationship between client and therapist is in fact the vehicle for healing and recovery. My deepest wish is to be a guide and fellow sojourner as we journey toward change.
I enjoy working with adolescents and adults in areas related to depression, anxiety, men’s issues, relationships, life transitions, LGBTQ+ identity exploration, and trauma/PTSD.
Many of us enter therapy believing that we are lost causes or somehow don’t belong in this space. Let me be the first to affirm: you are whole, you do not need to be ‘fixed’, you belong. In therapy, the needs of each person are unique, but our shared humanity connects us in deep and meaningful ways, so our time together will bring both of these to the fore. We will need your self-determination and tenacity, and we will also need one another — the relationship between client and therapist is in fact the vehicle for healing and recovery. My deepest wish is to be a guide and fellow sojourner as we journey toward change.
(314) 501-6405 View (314) 501-6405
Angela Johnson
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63122
Angela Johnson is an LPC, who has been practicing since 2014. She graduated with a Master's degree from Lindenwood. Angela takes an integrated approach to therapy because everyone is unique and has different needs. She also believes in the attachment theory and likes to look at a holistic viewpoint. She can do CBT and some DBT therapy. She especially enjoys couples therapy, OCD, Christian counseling, and grief, but also has past experience in substance abuse issues. And of course, anxiety and depression, which are the two most common reasons for therapy.
Angela Johnson is an LPC, who has been practicing since 2014. She graduated with a Master's degree from Lindenwood. Angela takes an integrated approach to therapy because everyone is unique and has different needs. She also believes in the attachment theory and likes to look at a holistic viewpoint. She can do CBT and some DBT therapy. She especially enjoys couples therapy, OCD, Christian counseling, and grief, but also has past experience in substance abuse issues. And of course, anxiety and depression, which are the two most common reasons for therapy.
(314) 916-9475 View (314) 916-9475
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Tommy Nolan
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63132
Welcome, fellow Travelers---on the journey to your new beginnings! I enjoy working with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and have experience in both hospital and school settings, in addition to private practice. My background includes working with survivors of abuse, those dealing with depression and anxiety, individuals working through grief and other life transitions. If you are ready to explore the next destination on your life journey, please contact me!
Welcome, fellow Travelers---on the journey to your new beginnings! I enjoy working with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and have experience in both hospital and school settings, in addition to private practice. My background includes working with survivors of abuse, those dealing with depression and anxiety, individuals working through grief and other life transitions. If you are ready to explore the next destination on your life journey, please contact me!
(314) 300-0335 View (314) 300-0335
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Shannon Koenigsfeld
Pre-Licensed Professional, MEd, PLPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63104
Hi, I am glad you're here. I know it can be overwhelming to reach out to a potential counselor, but by being here, you've already taken the first step and that is important. I have experience working with individuals from many different backgrounds dealing with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relational conflicts, and other issues. I am a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community and also have a passion for working with those affected by issues that this community faces.
Hi, I am glad you're here. I know it can be overwhelming to reach out to a potential counselor, but by being here, you've already taken the first step and that is important. I have experience working with individuals from many different backgrounds dealing with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relational conflicts, and other issues. I am a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community and also have a passion for working with those affected by issues that this community faces.
(314) 970-4397 View (314) 970-4397
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Laura Kern
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63122
Laura's counseling style is tailored to each client's individual place of need. Laura believes the therapeutic alliance promotes healing by creating a safe relational environment of trust, validation, collaboration, compassion, empathy, and encouragement. Laura works with high school adolescents, college students, and adults, providing individual, couples, and family counseling. She treats issues related to trauma, anxiety, depression, women's health, chronic illness/injury, breast cancer support, academic & career challenges, and navigating relationship issues.
Laura's counseling style is tailored to each client's individual place of need. Laura believes the therapeutic alliance promotes healing by creating a safe relational environment of trust, validation, collaboration, compassion, empathy, and encouragement. Laura works with high school adolescents, college students, and adults, providing individual, couples, and family counseling. She treats issues related to trauma, anxiety, depression, women's health, chronic illness/injury, breast cancer support, academic & career challenges, and navigating relationship issues.
(314) 887-7896 View (314) 887-7896
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Pamela A Behnen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Are you looking for deeper and lasting psychological development? As a certified Jungian Analyst, my work involves soul-building, connecting to your most authentic and alive self, centering on the search for meaning and purpose. Analysis can provide lasting change for those dealing with loss, transitions, anxiety, depression, as well as survivors of trauma. I have more than twenty years experience in dream work, mindfulness, and the creative process. I am a senior training analyst in the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the IAAP.
Are you looking for deeper and lasting psychological development? As a certified Jungian Analyst, my work involves soul-building, connecting to your most authentic and alive self, centering on the search for meaning and purpose. Analysis can provide lasting change for those dealing with loss, transitions, anxiety, depression, as well as survivors of trauma. I have more than twenty years experience in dream work, mindfulness, and the creative process. I am a senior training analyst in the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the IAAP.
(314) 238-8039 View (314) 238-8039
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C Katke Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63146
Waitlist for new clients
Dealing with depression or anxiety? Struggling to understand the challenges in your life? Feeling stuck, confused, or overwhelmed? Ready to move forward? Begin your journey in a safe, comforting environment where you will find respect, acceptance, and understanding to begin to heal from your pain and find solutions to move forward. Therapy that does not tell you how to live your life, but offers you guidance, suggestions, perspective, and support to help you choose the direction you want to go.
Dealing with depression or anxiety? Struggling to understand the challenges in your life? Feeling stuck, confused, or overwhelmed? Ready to move forward? Begin your journey in a safe, comforting environment where you will find respect, acceptance, and understanding to begin to heal from your pain and find solutions to move forward. Therapy that does not tell you how to live your life, but offers you guidance, suggestions, perspective, and support to help you choose the direction you want to go.
(314) 254-9161 View (314) 254-9161
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The Right Solution Counseling Service
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63139
We offer a wide range of services, including group and individual counseling for issues such as depression, anxiety, divorce, stress or substance use.
The Right Solution offers counseling services for individuals, families and children. We offer both in person and tele-health options.
We offer a wide range of services, including group and individual counseling for issues such as depression, anxiety, divorce, stress or substance use.
The Right Solution offers counseling services for individuals, families and children. We offer both in person and tele-health options.
(314) 315-4348 View (314) 315-4348
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Paul Lehmann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63127
Therapy can help with stress, anxiety and depression.
As a therapist, I have a warm and compassionate approach to help guide you through the therapy process. I work collaboratively with clients to understand their life circumstances and help them overcome obstacles to their problems. I have an innate ability to tune into the nuances of my clients that I continue to refine through years in practice. This helps clients feel more understood and compassionate towards themselves and their feelings. When one is compassionately present with their feelings they start to have clarity as they access their core inner wisdom. This clarity and wisdom helps them to successfully identify what works best for them.
Therapy can help with stress, anxiety and depression.
As a therapist, I have a warm and compassionate approach to help guide you through the therapy process. I work collaboratively with clients to understand their life circumstances and help them overcome obstacles to their problems. I have an innate ability to tune into the nuances of my clients that I continue to refine through years in practice. This helps clients feel more understood and compassionate towards themselves and their feelings. When one is compassionately present with their feelings they start to have clarity as they access their core inner wisdom. This clarity and wisdom helps them to successfully identify what works best for them.
(314) 858-5600 View (314) 858-5600
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Cadence Hodes
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MEd, NCC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63139
Therapy is a unique experience. It provides the opportunity to show up exactly as you are and explore your thoughts, feelings, identities, and relationships without fear of judgement; and to feel heard, accepted, and cared for in return. Life is increasingly hard, and my goal is to provide space to decompress, navigate hardships together, and celebrate your growth and successes. We might be a good fit if you are in a life transition, experiencing anxiety or depression, struggling with body image, have specific goals you'd like to work towards (or would like to identify some!), or simply believe you could be happier.
Therapy is a unique experience. It provides the opportunity to show up exactly as you are and explore your thoughts, feelings, identities, and relationships without fear of judgement; and to feel heard, accepted, and cared for in return. Life is increasingly hard, and my goal is to provide space to decompress, navigate hardships together, and celebrate your growth and successes. We might be a good fit if you are in a life transition, experiencing anxiety or depression, struggling with body image, have specific goals you'd like to work towards (or would like to identify some!), or simply believe you could be happier.
(314) 408-2772 View (314) 408-2772
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David K McGraw
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63108
I can best help adult clients seeking support for anxiety, depression, stress & anger management, academic & career challenges, life transitions, and interpersonal relationships (including couples).
Our world often stigmatizes needing support, but let's face it: no one gets anywhere without help! Change and growth come with challenges, and having the support of a genuine and compassionate therapist can make a positive difference. Whether you are experiencing a significant personal development, struggling to relate to others, or feeling stuck and looking for a change for the better, reaching out to someone trained to help is a critical step towards finding a way to live more authentically. As a therapist, I work with individuals & couples to create a space to process experiences and find a path forward to greater well-being.
I can best help adult clients seeking support for anxiety, depression, stress & anger management, academic & career challenges, life transitions, and interpersonal relationships (including couples).
Our world often stigmatizes needing support, but let's face it: no one gets anywhere without help! Change and growth come with challenges, and having the support of a genuine and compassionate therapist can make a positive difference. Whether you are experiencing a significant personal development, struggling to relate to others, or feeling stuck and looking for a change for the better, reaching out to someone trained to help is a critical step towards finding a way to live more authentically. As a therapist, I work with individuals & couples to create a space to process experiences and find a path forward to greater well-being.
(314) 926-9030 View (314) 926-9030
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Brittany A. Martin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63101  (Online Only)
I have 10 years of experience in the mental health field working with individuals, families, and couples who deal with a wide range of problems including; anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship and family conflicts, etc.
Taking the steps to locate and secure a therapist are not easy. You’ve probably been through some tough challenges that have brought you to this place today. However, you don’t have to navigate the hardships of life on your own. Allow me to help you build the skills you need to tap into your own resilience and create lasting changes!
I have 10 years of experience in the mental health field working with individuals, families, and couples who deal with a wide range of problems including; anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship and family conflicts, etc.
Taking the steps to locate and secure a therapist are not easy. You’ve probably been through some tough challenges that have brought you to this place today. However, you don’t have to navigate the hardships of life on your own. Allow me to help you build the skills you need to tap into your own resilience and create lasting changes!
(314) 742-7182 View (314) 742-7182
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Dr. Robin Moore-Chambers
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSW, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63136
Are you depressed, anxious with panic attacks, self-harming, angry, and/or distressed from past or current abuse/trauma? Are you grieving a major loss or sometimes you may feel like you do not want to be here. You may have family/relationship issues, parent-child conflict or single-parenting. Or you may have "church-hurt" or other hurtful situations. Well, there is hope. As a Trauma-Informed therapist I know that your path can get heavy. But you are still unique and can still Awaken to Every Opportunity For You and become a better version of yourself. You do count, you matter and there are new Awakenings everyday!
Are you depressed, anxious with panic attacks, self-harming, angry, and/or distressed from past or current abuse/trauma? Are you grieving a major loss or sometimes you may feel like you do not want to be here. You may have family/relationship issues, parent-child conflict or single-parenting. Or you may have "church-hurt" or other hurtful situations. Well, there is hope. As a Trauma-Informed therapist I know that your path can get heavy. But you are still unique and can still Awaken to Every Opportunity For You and become a better version of yourself. You do count, you matter and there are new Awakenings everyday!
(314) 582-0246 View (314) 582-0246
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Amy Goldstein
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CSAT, CSAM, CHT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63132
I provide a warm, safe, and supportive environment where my clients can explore their issues and challenges they face. I see a wide array of clients with anxiety, depression, grief, stress, relationship issues, anger issues etc. I feel privileged to be able to offer my assistance to others on this shared journey and commend you for reaching out for help to make things better. I am currently accepting new clients, and my services are offered at a reduced rate which makes affordability an option. My location is in Creve Coeur which is 20 minutes from O'Fallon, 15 minutes to Chesterfield, and approx 25 minutes to downtown.
I provide a warm, safe, and supportive environment where my clients can explore their issues and challenges they face. I see a wide array of clients with anxiety, depression, grief, stress, relationship issues, anger issues etc. I feel privileged to be able to offer my assistance to others on this shared journey and commend you for reaching out for help to make things better. I am currently accepting new clients, and my services are offered at a reduced rate which makes affordability an option. My location is in Creve Coeur which is 20 minutes from O'Fallon, 15 minutes to Chesterfield, and approx 25 minutes to downtown.
(636) 577-2397 View (636) 577-2397
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LaTrece M Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MBA, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63101
We specialize in Depression, Anxiety and life stressors that have produced complex trauma.
When everyday challenges become too much to handle or life has lost its luster, it may be time to partner with us to take the next step on your journey. The inner you is calling and it's time to answer. Check in to who you really are and become who you desire with EPIR Source Therapy. We look forward to walking through this cave like experience and assisting you with defining the light at the end. Our goal is to give you the space to explore your current life situation and use it as fuel for your future. Call today to set up your free 15 minute consultation.
We specialize in Depression, Anxiety and life stressors that have produced complex trauma.
When everyday challenges become too much to handle or life has lost its luster, it may be time to partner with us to take the next step on your journey. The inner you is calling and it's time to answer. Check in to who you really are and become who you desire with EPIR Source Therapy. We look forward to walking through this cave like experience and assisting you with defining the light at the end. Our goal is to give you the space to explore your current life situation and use it as fuel for your future. Call today to set up your free 15 minute consultation.
(314) 947-4059 View (314) 947-4059

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.