Depression Therapists in Charlotte, NC

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Tondra Crumpler McLaurin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LCMHCS, LPC-SC, ACS
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28262
My specialties include marital, premarital, anxiety, depression , blended family, post traumatic and veterans' issues.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about EKR Counseling. If you are exploring this site, it probably means that you have met some challenges as we all do at various times. At EKR, I provide a safe, nurturing, confidential environment where I can assist you with navigating life. It will be my privilege to help you to develop the techniques that will enable you to move forward in areas where you may feel stuck or stagnant.
My specialties include marital, premarital, anxiety, depression , blended family, post traumatic and veterans' issues.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about EKR Counseling. If you are exploring this site, it probably means that you have met some challenges as we all do at various times. At EKR, I provide a safe, nurturing, confidential environment where I can assist you with navigating life. It will be my privilege to help you to develop the techniques that will enable you to move forward in areas where you may feel stuck or stagnant.
(980) 223-3389 View (980) 223-3389
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Jeff Brockman
Counselor, PhD, LCMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28205
As the parent of a struggling middle school student, or as an adult who wrestles with anxiety, depression and/or grief, you may wonder if it is ever going to get better. You may have done countless Google searches, talked to many friends and neighbors, and may have been hopeful you had found a solution, only to find out it was a temporary solution. It CAN get better and many solutions can be permanent! You need solutions that start working immediately so you can have more enjoyment than you have now.
As the parent of a struggling middle school student, or as an adult who wrestles with anxiety, depression and/or grief, you may wonder if it is ever going to get better. You may have done countless Google searches, talked to many friends and neighbors, and may have been hopeful you had found a solution, only to find out it was a temporary solution. It CAN get better and many solutions can be permanent! You need solutions that start working immediately so you can have more enjoyment than you have now.
(704) 457-1789 View (704) 457-1789
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Kim Boubon - Clarity Counseling Services Inc.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28277
Taking the first step and asking for help can be difficult but often necessary in order to improve the quality of our lives. I'm originally from Southern California and have lived in Charlotte for several years. I'm a licensed therapist, with a degree in psychology and a master's in clinical social work. I'm skilled at treating many mental health challenges and specialize in anxiety, depression , ADHD, relationship issues & more. I also provide EEG neurofeedback training and brain mapping to established clients. I have a gentle "no-nonsense" approach that clients find VERY productive throughout the course of therapy.
Taking the first step and asking for help can be difficult but often necessary in order to improve the quality of our lives. I'm originally from Southern California and have lived in Charlotte for several years. I'm a licensed therapist, with a degree in psychology and a master's in clinical social work. I'm skilled at treating many mental health challenges and specialize in anxiety, depression , ADHD, relationship issues & more. I also provide EEG neurofeedback training and brain mapping to established clients. I have a gentle "no-nonsense" approach that clients find VERY productive throughout the course of therapy.
(704) 413-3742 View (704) 413-3742
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Laura P Barrett
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC, PA
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28270
My areas of expertise are depression , anxiety, marital and relationship issues, eating disorders, self-esteem, and adjustments disorders.
I would like to demonstrate to you how counseling can be a dynamic and proactive way to improve the quality of your life! People are finally realizing there are special techniques, educational tools and coping skills they can learn to battle depression , anxiety, eating disorders, as well as improve relationships. You no longer have to let your emotions control your life. Counseling provides a neutral third party where you can explore your issues in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. Reach outward for understanding and awareness!
My areas of expertise are depression , anxiety, marital and relationship issues, eating disorders, self-esteem, and adjustments disorders.
I would like to demonstrate to you how counseling can be a dynamic and proactive way to improve the quality of your life! People are finally realizing there are special techniques, educational tools and coping skills they can learn to battle depression , anxiety, eating disorders, as well as improve relationships. You no longer have to let your emotions control your life. Counseling provides a neutral third party where you can explore your issues in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. Reach outward for understanding and awareness!
(704) 666-7016 View (704) 666-7016
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Ria Crissinger
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28204
I primarily work with adults who are dealing with anxiety, depression , grief, personality concerns, relational difficulties, and/or trauma.
I approach counseling with compassion and curiosity, with the goal of offering space for others to work through difficult emotions and experiences. I encourage those I work with to show the same curiosity and compassion toward themselves as I know this work can be challenging at times, but also exceptionally rewarding. I utilize psychodynamic techniques in therapy, which are targeted toward helping people understand how their unique history affects their present lives and relationships. Through this insight individuals can find healing and become more equipped to make the lasting changes they want to see in their life.
I primarily work with adults who are dealing with anxiety, depression , grief, personality concerns, relational difficulties, and/or trauma.
I approach counseling with compassion and curiosity, with the goal of offering space for others to work through difficult emotions and experiences. I encourage those I work with to show the same curiosity and compassion toward themselves as I know this work can be challenging at times, but also exceptionally rewarding. I utilize psychodynamic techniques in therapy, which are targeted toward helping people understand how their unique history affects their present lives and relationships. Through this insight individuals can find healing and become more equipped to make the lasting changes they want to see in their life.
(704) 981-8973 View (704) 981-8973
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Carol Sloan Goodall
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LCAS, LPC, CCS
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
Hello and welcome. Seeking therapy is a brave first step. Let me tell you a little about myself and my practice. I am dually licensed in both addiction and mental health. I have 11 years of experience working with individuals who are experiencing issues in their lives that are a result of: alcohol, drugs, and other compulsive behavior, depression , anxiety, grief and loss, self-esteem and self-worth, trauma and PTSD, abuse and neglect, mood and thought disorders, and codependency. My therapeutic practice is crafted to meet you where you are and to help guide, give a voice to, and empower you to heal yourself.
Hello and welcome. Seeking therapy is a brave first step. Let me tell you a little about myself and my practice. I am dually licensed in both addiction and mental health. I have 11 years of experience working with individuals who are experiencing issues in their lives that are a result of: alcohol, drugs, and other compulsive behavior, depression , anxiety, grief and loss, self-esteem and self-worth, trauma and PTSD, abuse and neglect, mood and thought disorders, and codependency. My therapeutic practice is crafted to meet you where you are and to help guide, give a voice to, and empower you to heal yourself.
(980) 276-2816 View (980) 276-2816
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Life Skills Management Services LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MBA, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28204  (Online Only)
We are licensed in Utah, Oregon, Maine, Minnesota, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Colorado. We currently offer telehealth and virtual therapeutic services. We work with individuals with a wide range of concerns including depression , mood disorders, family relations issues, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. We combine different therapeutic approaches based on client's presenting concerns, goals, and motivation, such as, cognitive-behavioral, brief therapy, mindfulness, client-centered, solution-focused therapy.
We are licensed in Utah, Oregon, Maine, Minnesota, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Colorado. We currently offer telehealth and virtual therapeutic services. We work with individuals with a wide range of concerns including depression , mood disorders, family relations issues, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. We combine different therapeutic approaches based on client's presenting concerns, goals, and motivation, such as, cognitive-behavioral, brief therapy, mindfulness, client-centered, solution-focused therapy.
(984) 305-3621 View (984) 305-3621
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Robert B Stroker
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
I believe psychotherapy can be transformational. In my 20 years as a psychologist, I've noticed a few key components to my work: I approach every new client with unconditional positive regard. I am empathic and supportive, yet direct and focused. I use humor often and laugh a lot. I am an active, conversational therapist. I use a team-oriented approach and keep communication flowing between parents, teachers and counselors. I specialize in working with men ages 16+ for Depression , Anxiety, ADHD and Relationships. I am goal oriented, meet my clients where they are and love my job. I approach every client with kindness an compassion.
I believe psychotherapy can be transformational. In my 20 years as a psychologist, I've noticed a few key components to my work: I approach every new client with unconditional positive regard. I am empathic and supportive, yet direct and focused. I use humor often and laugh a lot. I am an active, conversational therapist. I use a team-oriented approach and keep communication flowing between parents, teachers and counselors. I specialize in working with men ages 16+ for Depression , Anxiety, ADHD and Relationships. I am goal oriented, meet my clients where they are and love my job. I approach every client with kindness an compassion.
(980) 277-3293 View (980) 277-3293
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Kasha Howard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28269
I specialize in adolescent issues, disruptive mood disorders, anger management, and depression and anxiety. I also treat children and adult survivors of childhood trauma through a DBT, psychodynamic, and CBT Trauma focus approach. I have a lot of experience and enjoy working with young adults with self-esteem problems, relationship issues, and difficulty finding direction in their lives. My goal is to help change the attitudes and perceptions of parents and adolescents, thus changing their behavior.
I specialize in adolescent issues, disruptive mood disorders, anger management, and depression and anxiety. I also treat children and adult survivors of childhood trauma through a DBT, psychodynamic, and CBT Trauma focus approach. I have a lot of experience and enjoy working with young adults with self-esteem problems, relationship issues, and difficulty finding direction in their lives. My goal is to help change the attitudes and perceptions of parents and adolescents, thus changing their behavior.
(984) 254-3828 View (984) 254-3828
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Jessica Rodgers
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, EdS, MEd, LCMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My sweet spot is working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression , or relationship concerns. And let's be real, sometimes we can be struggling with all three! I believe that we all have the power inside of us to navigate these issues. You'll be the captain, and I'll be your co-captain.
My sweet spot is working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression , or relationship concerns. And let's be real, sometimes we can be struggling with all three! I believe that we all have the power inside of us to navigate these issues. You'll be the captain, and I'll be your co-captain.
(704) 459-4869 View (704) 459-4869
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Will Wadsworth
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202
Sometimes, we get stuck. A problem that may seem small at first just seems to get worse and before you know it, you have gotten lost in a dark place and can't figure out how to get out. As a therapist, I want to be a flashlight that can guide you through. It takes courage to reach out for help, and doing so shows you are ready to find your way back- or to a new, better place! I meet my clients with understanding, non-judgment, and collaboration. Whether it's depression , anxiety, relationship issues, or life transitions- you deserve to find peace, and I look forward to helping you meet your full potential and reach achievable goals.
Sometimes, we get stuck. A problem that may seem small at first just seems to get worse and before you know it, you have gotten lost in a dark place and can't figure out how to get out. As a therapist, I want to be a flashlight that can guide you through. It takes courage to reach out for help, and doing so shows you are ready to find your way back- or to a new, better place! I meet my clients with understanding, non-judgment, and collaboration. Whether it's depression , anxiety, relationship issues, or life transitions- you deserve to find peace, and I look forward to helping you meet your full potential and reach achievable goals.
(980) 247-9027 View (980) 247-9027
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Jasmine Townsend
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWA
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28211
I have clinical experience working in hospital and primary care settings with adults with depression , substance use disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, disabilities, and chronic my experience also includes working with adolescents and adults dually diagnosed with Intellectual disabilities and mental illness across multiples settings.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Psychology from Winston Salem State University, then earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I promote person-centered planning and use interventions unique to individual needs.
I have clinical experience working in hospital and primary care settings with adults with depression , substance use disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, disabilities, and chronic my experience also includes working with adolescents and adults dually diagnosed with Intellectual disabilities and mental illness across multiples settings.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Psychology from Winston Salem State University, then earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I promote person-centered planning and use interventions unique to individual needs.
(704) 610-4866 View (704) 610-4866
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Clarissa Elmore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
Clarissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NC practicing since 2019. She earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Winthrop University, where she also obtained her Bachelor's degree. Clarissa has experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults in various settings (i. e. Universities, summer camps, counseling center, etc. ). Clarissa is experienced in the areas of anxiety, depression , life transitions, grief, peer relationships, college life and other issues pertaining to wellness and overall mental health.
Clarissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NC practicing since 2019. She earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Winthrop University, where she also obtained her Bachelor's degree. Clarissa has experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults in various settings (i. e. Universities, summer camps, counseling center, etc. ). Clarissa is experienced in the areas of anxiety, depression , life transitions, grief, peer relationships, college life and other issues pertaining to wellness and overall mental health.
(704) 703-7962 View (704) 703-7962
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Gayle Bookout
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28209
Gayle Bookout is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and Life Coach who has 7 years of experience in the mental health field. Gayle desires to help people with life and career transitions ranging from affair recovery, divorce and marriage problems, premarital counseling, career changes, weight loss/management, loss of a spouse/loved one, as well as working with grief, depression , stress management, food addiction, and other mental health issues. Gayle completed her master's degree in Counseling at Liberty University.
Gayle Bookout is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and Life Coach who has 7 years of experience in the mental health field. Gayle desires to help people with life and career transitions ranging from affair recovery, divorce and marriage problems, premarital counseling, career changes, weight loss/management, loss of a spouse/loved one, as well as working with grief, depression , stress management, food addiction, and other mental health issues. Gayle completed her master's degree in Counseling at Liberty University.
(704) 327-5356 View (704) 327-5356
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Alison Abbott
Counselor, MS, NCC, LCMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28277
Now accepting new clients! Taking the first step into therapy can be the hardest. I am here to help individual clients, adolescents ages 11 and up, and adults, navigate this process with ease. Right now more than ever things can seem so out of ones control. My goal is to help you navigate life's ups and downs and transitions that are thrown your way. My passion lies in helping those experiencing issues with depression , anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, relationship (peer) issues, and behavioral issues (teens) and general life transitions.
Now accepting new clients! Taking the first step into therapy can be the hardest. I am here to help individual clients, adolescents ages 11 and up, and adults, navigate this process with ease. Right now more than ever things can seem so out of ones control. My goal is to help you navigate life's ups and downs and transitions that are thrown your way. My passion lies in helping those experiencing issues with depression , anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, relationship (peer) issues, and behavioral issues (teens) and general life transitions.
(704) 440-5880 View (704) 440-5880
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Connie Mele
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, RN, APRN, CARN-AP, LCAS, FIAAN
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28226
I have over 20 years experience in helping adults/healthcare practitioners with addictions/ relapse/feeling "stuck" in their recovery, depression , anxiety, grief, compassion fatigue, shame, trauma, codependency, forgiveness and self acceptance.
We live in stressful, rapidly changing, disconnected times. People are feeling exhausted, lonely and isolated. Many are filled with negative self talk. I help people realize what has kept them stuck and unfulfilled. Together we will develop a plan to remove those barriers so they can become the person they were intended to be, that they WANT to be. So if you are tired of promising yourself that tomorrow will be different, let's begin your journey now. As Ernest Hemingway said, " Today is the only day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come will depend on what you do today."
I have over 20 years experience in helping adults/healthcare practitioners with addictions/ relapse/feeling "stuck" in their recovery, depression , anxiety, grief, compassion fatigue, shame, trauma, codependency, forgiveness and self acceptance.
We live in stressful, rapidly changing, disconnected times. People are feeling exhausted, lonely and isolated. Many are filled with negative self talk. I help people realize what has kept them stuck and unfulfilled. Together we will develop a plan to remove those barriers so they can become the person they were intended to be, that they WANT to be. So if you are tired of promising yourself that tomorrow will be different, let's begin your journey now. As Ernest Hemingway said, " Today is the only day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come will depend on what you do today."
(704) 307-2967 View (704) 307-2967
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Elizabeth Hudson
Psychological Associate, MA, LPA, HSP-PA, MHt
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28204
I work with clients struggling with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression , relationship issues and stress management.
Everyone's journey is unique and quite personal. I strive to honor your journey and the path that you are on. I am merely a guide helping you along the way. I seek to develop a trusting, authentic relationship in which you can explore, grow, improve relationships and make desired life changes. Clients often come into my office feeling overwhelmed and not sure exactly where to start. I take a holistic approach in helping you navigate life through optimal emotional health and wellness. This means that I often use a blend of therapy modalities to meet your needs.
I work with clients struggling with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression , relationship issues and stress management.
Everyone's journey is unique and quite personal. I strive to honor your journey and the path that you are on. I am merely a guide helping you along the way. I seek to develop a trusting, authentic relationship in which you can explore, grow, improve relationships and make desired life changes. Clients often come into my office feeling overwhelmed and not sure exactly where to start. I take a holistic approach in helping you navigate life through optimal emotional health and wellness. This means that I often use a blend of therapy modalities to meet your needs.
(704) 603-6312 View (704) 603-6312
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Gabrielle Eryn Hazan
Counselor, LCMHC, LMHC, LPC
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28212  (Online Only)
At an early age, I knew that my path in life was to become a therapist. This goal has driven both my education and clinical experiences over the past decade. Over the years, I have worked in clinics serving children, adolescents, adults, and families struggling with depression , anxiety, trauma, substance misuse, ADHD, parenting challenges, and life transitions. My experiences have shaped who I am as an individual and has directly impacted my therapeutic style.
At an early age, I knew that my path in life was to become a therapist. This goal has driven both my education and clinical experiences over the past decade. Over the years, I have worked in clinics serving children, adolescents, adults, and families struggling with depression , anxiety, trauma, substance misuse, ADHD, parenting challenges, and life transitions. My experiences have shaped who I am as an individual and has directly impacted my therapeutic style.
(585) 378-4108 View (585) 378-4108
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Blake Clemmons
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, NCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28227
Are you feeling burnt out or frustrated with ongoing addictions, anxiety, OCD, depression , trauma, stress, marriage communication and stress? Have you ever felt like it's difficult to find a trusted person that is safe and willing to truly listen to your concerns? I believe CHANGE can only occur when we feel valued, encouraged, understood and SAFE to work through the difficulties of life. If you are looking for professional, clinical therapy from a Christian perspective then please feel free to reach out. I believe that God is our ultimate healer and invite Him into therapy with you!
Are you feeling burnt out or frustrated with ongoing addictions, anxiety, OCD, depression , trauma, stress, marriage communication and stress? Have you ever felt like it's difficult to find a trusted person that is safe and willing to truly listen to your concerns? I believe CHANGE can only occur when we feel valued, encouraged, understood and SAFE to work through the difficulties of life. If you are looking for professional, clinical therapy from a Christian perspective then please feel free to reach out. I believe that God is our ultimate healer and invite Him into therapy with you!
(704) 769-2751 View (704) 769-2751
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Kenya Denise Dawson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28262
Not accepting new clients
I have extensive experience in treating depression , anxiety, stress/ trauma related disorders and anger management.
At Be Centered Counseling and Consulting, PLLC it is my goal to assist you in discovering who you are and lead you into the life you expect. While no one can predict life circumstances and difficulties, I believe through gaining a greater understanding of self and improving perception, it is possible to breathe new meaning into your life. I have experience working in various clinical settings with diverse populations. I partner with my clients to discover barriers which keep them stuck and unfilled. I am committed to providing a safe and comfortable atmosphere for you to share and grow.
I have extensive experience in treating depression , anxiety, stress/ trauma related disorders and anger management.
At Be Centered Counseling and Consulting, PLLC it is my goal to assist you in discovering who you are and lead you into the life you expect. While no one can predict life circumstances and difficulties, I believe through gaining a greater understanding of self and improving perception, it is possible to breathe new meaning into your life. I have experience working in various clinical settings with diverse populations. I partner with my clients to discover barriers which keep them stuck and unfilled. I am committed to providing a safe and comfortable atmosphere for you to share and grow.
(980) 238-3667 View (980) 238-3667

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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.