Depression Therapists in Las Vegas, NV

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Madison Day
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MFT-I
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89128
I work collaboratively with clients using various modalities such as Psychodynamic therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, & Parts and Memory Therapy to provide relief from Anxiety, Depression, CPTSD, OCD, trauma, childhood emotional neglect, life transitions, marital issues, family issues, & identity.
My ideal clients are adults 18-35 who struggle to understand why they feel something is "wrong" with them, missing from their life or who struggle with understanding, regulating and processing their emotions. My ideal client wants to find clarity and understanding of their past experiences and how they influence their behaviors presently while learning skills and utilizing tools to create a life aligned with their truest selves.
I work collaboratively with clients using various modalities such as Psychodynamic therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, & Parts and Memory Therapy to provide relief from Anxiety, Depression, CPTSD, OCD, trauma, childhood emotional neglect, life transitions, marital issues, family issues, & identity.
My ideal clients are adults 18-35 who struggle to understand why they feel something is "wrong" with them, missing from their life or who struggle with understanding, regulating and processing their emotions. My ideal client wants to find clarity and understanding of their past experiences and how they influence their behaviors presently while learning skills and utilizing tools to create a life aligned with their truest selves.
(702) 997-0165 View (702) 997-0165
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Illuminated Path
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Each of our clinicians specializes in varying areas and is trained in various modalities such as EMDR, Crisis Stabilization, CBT, DBT, and Brief Solution Focused Therapy to name a few. The Founder and Clinical Director Saritha Farris, LCSW specializes in trauma and provides treatment to individuals, families, and groups in person and virtually to ages 6 years old and up. Taylisha Hill, LCSW provides short-term brief solution-focused therapy virtually and has extensive experience treating anxiety and depression symptoms to individuals 17 years and up.
Each of our clinicians specializes in varying areas and is trained in various modalities such as EMDR, Crisis Stabilization, CBT, DBT, and Brief Solution Focused Therapy to name a few. The Founder and Clinical Director Saritha Farris, LCSW specializes in trauma and provides treatment to individuals, families, and groups in person and virtually to ages 6 years old and up. Taylisha Hill, LCSW provides short-term brief solution-focused therapy virtually and has extensive experience treating anxiety and depression symptoms to individuals 17 years and up.
(702) 761-3981 View (702) 761-3981
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Dr. Patrick Scott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, LFAPA, DCSW, CHT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Scott holds a PhD in Clinical Hypnotherapy, a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Bachelor of Science in Education and specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, addictions and phobias.
Dr. Scott is committed to facilitating the healing, recovery and integration of motivated, proactive clients who are interested in approaching their behavioral health from an eclectic and multi-disciplinary approach. He uses many traditional and non-traditional techniques that are described below. His commitment is to start where the client is and assist them in the process of self-discovery, mastery and holistic wellness. Sessions are from 50 minutes to 5 hours and treatment plans are specifically customized to each individual and family. Typical treatment duration lasts from a few sessions to several years.
Scott holds a PhD in Clinical Hypnotherapy, a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Bachelor of Science in Education and specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, addictions and phobias.
Dr. Scott is committed to facilitating the healing, recovery and integration of motivated, proactive clients who are interested in approaching their behavioral health from an eclectic and multi-disciplinary approach. He uses many traditional and non-traditional techniques that are described below. His commitment is to start where the client is and assist them in the process of self-discovery, mastery and holistic wellness. Sessions are from 50 minutes to 5 hours and treatment plans are specifically customized to each individual and family. Typical treatment duration lasts from a few sessions to several years.
(702) 570-2190 View (702) 570-2190
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Clinical Therapies, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89128
I specialize in providing individuals with long term psychotherapy who are experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and self harm, PTSD, drug and alcohol misuse, and relationship difficulties, linked to childhood trauma. I employ elements from a range of therapeutic techniques, including Psychodynamic, Family-Systems, and Cognitive Behavioral theories.
I specialize in providing individuals with long term psychotherapy who are experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and self harm, PTSD, drug and alcohol misuse, and relationship difficulties, linked to childhood trauma. I employ elements from a range of therapeutic techniques, including Psychodynamic, Family-Systems, and Cognitive Behavioral theories.
(949) 516-0906 View (949) 516-0906
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Avneet Montoya
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MA, MFT-I
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89128
Are you having difficulty reaching out and being vulnerable? Sometimes just having someone to listen can make all the difference in what you are going through in life. I work hard to provide a comfortable and safe space for my clients to allow them to express their thoughts and needs. I have experience in helping clients who suffer from depression, traumatic events, domestic violence, marital issues, and anxiety. Allow me to be the person who will not only listen but also provide a caring and non-judgmental feedback.
Are you having difficulty reaching out and being vulnerable? Sometimes just having someone to listen can make all the difference in what you are going through in life. I work hard to provide a comfortable and safe space for my clients to allow them to express their thoughts and needs. I have experience in helping clients who suffer from depression, traumatic events, domestic violence, marital issues, and anxiety. Allow me to be the person who will not only listen but also provide a caring and non-judgmental feedback.
(702) 935-1496 View (702) 935-1496
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Ashley Edmonds
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89146
If you are experiencing difficulties or concerns related to life adjustment/stress, traumatic experience, depression, anxiety, or grief and loss, I encourage you to take the time that you deserve to finally prioritize yourself and your essential needs.
In life there are times in which we all could benefit from the encouragement, support, and guidance of another to assist us in bravely taking the steps to find our inner strength. My mission is to provide you with a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere in which you can embark on your journey towards the life you desire to live. Throughout the past twelve plus years of providing mental health services, I have focused on empowering my clients to connect with their own stories and the impact of their experiences on their journey in this life.
If you are experiencing difficulties or concerns related to life adjustment/stress, traumatic experience, depression, anxiety, or grief and loss, I encourage you to take the time that you deserve to finally prioritize yourself and your essential needs.
In life there are times in which we all could benefit from the encouragement, support, and guidance of another to assist us in bravely taking the steps to find our inner strength. My mission is to provide you with a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere in which you can embark on your journey towards the life you desire to live. Throughout the past twelve plus years of providing mental health services, I have focused on empowering my clients to connect with their own stories and the impact of their experiences on their journey in this life.
(702) 478-3756 View (702) 478-3756
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National Center of Counseling Services & Training
Counselor, LMHC, LCPC, MA, MPhil
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89107
I work with patients focusing on anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, stress, anger, addictions, relationships, multiculturalism, and Christian counseling.
You can’t control the challenging factors you are faced with in life but you can be empowered by how you perceive and respond. Difficulties, trials, struggles, pain, and grief are unavoidable even if you perceive to make the "right" choices. Life can be hard sometimes and unfair. Even the daily stressors of work, career, family, responsibilities, life transitions, difficult relationships, and lack of expectations being met can weigh you down. You live life through experiences, and experiences are understood through your perceptions. When you develop the tools to manage your perceptions, you can also manage those experiences.
I work with patients focusing on anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, stress, anger, addictions, relationships, multiculturalism, and Christian counseling.
You can’t control the challenging factors you are faced with in life but you can be empowered by how you perceive and respond. Difficulties, trials, struggles, pain, and grief are unavoidable even if you perceive to make the "right" choices. Life can be hard sometimes and unfair. Even the daily stressors of work, career, family, responsibilities, life transitions, difficult relationships, and lack of expectations being met can weigh you down. You live life through experiences, and experiences are understood through your perceptions. When you develop the tools to manage your perceptions, you can also manage those experiences.
(725) 800-9531 View (725) 800-9531
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Dr. Luke R. Allen
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89119  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy is based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). A core idea in ACT is that trying too hard to get rid of or control our emotions tends to backfire. Instead of trying to get rid of unwanted thoughts and feelings (e.g., anxiety & depression), I will help you learn to react differently to them so that you can keep your focus on living a meaningful and fulfilling life based on what’s important to you. We will work together to set meaningful goals to address your concerns–whether they relate to life transitions, depression, anxiety, body image, grief/loss, job or academic stress, or gender & sexuality.
My approach to therapy is based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). A core idea in ACT is that trying too hard to get rid of or control our emotions tends to backfire. Instead of trying to get rid of unwanted thoughts and feelings (e.g., anxiety & depression), I will help you learn to react differently to them so that you can keep your focus on living a meaningful and fulfilling life based on what’s important to you. We will work together to set meaningful goals to address your concerns–whether they relate to life transitions, depression, anxiety, body image, grief/loss, job or academic stress, or gender & sexuality.
(725) 209-3370 View (725) 209-3370
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Brittany Chapman
Pre-Licensed Professional, Student
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89144
Evening and Telehealth Availability. Brittany is a graduate level student therapist with a passion for providing compassionate support for those who are struggling. Life can be difficult, and Brittany is committed to creating a safe and nonjudgemental space where children, teens, individuals, and families can be heard. Areas of focus include substance abuse, eating disorders, addictions, anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress.
Evening and Telehealth Availability. Brittany is a graduate level student therapist with a passion for providing compassionate support for those who are struggling. Life can be difficult, and Brittany is committed to creating a safe and nonjudgemental space where children, teens, individuals, and families can be heard. Areas of focus include substance abuse, eating disorders, addictions, anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress.
(725) 444-7927 View (725) 444-7927
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Dina Noricks
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89134
This gives me unique insight into career-transitions issues, job-seeking best practices and workplace problems that can cause frustration, anxiety, and depression.
I believe a therapist should have a plan of action that works with a wide range of clients without making personal judgments. The plan should embrace your way of thinking, your goals, and your morality. That's the kind of therapist I would be for you. Whether working with families, couples or individuals, I would want to understand what went wrong and how you tried to fix it. Then find something new. The new solution lies in healing your own history: your resentments, losses, disappointments, and traumas. Healing these things will make you whole, as a person or as part of a couple.
This gives me unique insight into career-transitions issues, job-seeking best practices and workplace problems that can cause frustration, anxiety, and depression.
I believe a therapist should have a plan of action that works with a wide range of clients without making personal judgments. The plan should embrace your way of thinking, your goals, and your morality. That's the kind of therapist I would be for you. Whether working with families, couples or individuals, I would want to understand what went wrong and how you tried to fix it. Then find something new. The new solution lies in healing your own history: your resentments, losses, disappointments, and traumas. Healing these things will make you whole, as a person or as part of a couple.
(702) 430-2682 View (702) 430-2682
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Kelsee Drew
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89129  (Online Only)
Whether you are struggling with past trauma, anxiety, depression, or other life challenges, I am here to provide a compassionate and non-judgmental space where you can explore your emotions.
My name is Kelsee, & I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Nevada with a passion for helping individuals overcome life's challenges & achieve emotional well-being. With over 6 years of experience in the field, I have had the privilege of working with individuals from diverse genders, backgrounds, ages & races. I value the uniqueness of each person's journey. If you are ready to embark on a transformative journey toward healing and self-discovery, I invite you to reach out & schedule a session.Together, we can create a path toward a more fulfilling and balanced life. Take the first step today & let's begin this journey together:)
Whether you are struggling with past trauma, anxiety, depression, or other life challenges, I am here to provide a compassionate and non-judgmental space where you can explore your emotions.
My name is Kelsee, & I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Nevada with a passion for helping individuals overcome life's challenges & achieve emotional well-being. With over 6 years of experience in the field, I have had the privilege of working with individuals from diverse genders, backgrounds, ages & races. I value the uniqueness of each person's journey. If you are ready to embark on a transformative journey toward healing and self-discovery, I invite you to reach out & schedule a session.Together, we can create a path toward a more fulfilling and balanced life. Take the first step today & let's begin this journey together:)
(702) 707-4726 View (702) 707-4726
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Nicole Cauchois
Counselor, LCPC, LADC, NCC, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89121
I help my clients recognize and neutralize limiting core beliefs that cause unwanted reactions such as issues with self-esteem, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, depression, problems with communication and difficulty in relationships.
I work with individuals who are ready to make positive changes in their lives. I utilize a holistic approach in my sessions to ensure that my clients have the tools necessary to maintain balance in all areas of their lives. My main priority is to create a safe, accepting environment where my client’s feel comfortable to open up, breakthrough emotional barriers, and get past inner dialogue that is not longer working for them. I utilize hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming, brainspotting, Parts and Memory Therapy, person-centered therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy in my practice.
I help my clients recognize and neutralize limiting core beliefs that cause unwanted reactions such as issues with self-esteem, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, depression, problems with communication and difficulty in relationships.
I work with individuals who are ready to make positive changes in their lives. I utilize a holistic approach in my sessions to ensure that my clients have the tools necessary to maintain balance in all areas of their lives. My main priority is to create a safe, accepting environment where my client’s feel comfortable to open up, breakthrough emotional barriers, and get past inner dialogue that is not longer working for them. I utilize hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming, brainspotting, Parts and Memory Therapy, person-centered therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy in my practice.
(702) 623-9446 View (702) 623-9446
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Kristina Rogers
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Waitlist for new clients
Feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or just stuck? You're not alone. As a practicing therapist since 2013, it is my goal to partner with you during life's challenging moments and to assist you in reaching your personal goals. I utilize a variety of evidence based, therapeutic treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral and motivational interviewing while tailoring my approach to YOUR unique and specific needs. My aim is to offer you an honest, genuine, and safe space to explore whatever it is you may be struggling with, while empowering you to implement your strengths to reach your desired goals.
Feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or just stuck? You're not alone. As a practicing therapist since 2013, it is my goal to partner with you during life's challenging moments and to assist you in reaching your personal goals. I utilize a variety of evidence based, therapeutic treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral and motivational interviewing while tailoring my approach to YOUR unique and specific needs. My aim is to offer you an honest, genuine, and safe space to explore whatever it is you may be struggling with, while empowering you to implement your strengths to reach your desired goals.
(702) 930-8862 View (702) 930-8862
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Stacy Travers
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Do you feel challenged by relationship issues, grief, depression, or self-defeating behaviors? Are you suffering from a recent loss or going through a life transition? Are you looking to move forward in a different direction in life? I offer supportive counseling for individuals, couples, families, work pressures, depression, and parenting issues. I will offer alternative perspectives and we will develop a plan together that includes new ways to approach your situation. I work as a respectful collaborator with my clients, and I welcome the chance to partner with you.
Do you feel challenged by relationship issues, grief, depression, or self-defeating behaviors? Are you suffering from a recent loss or going through a life transition? Are you looking to move forward in a different direction in life? I offer supportive counseling for individuals, couples, families, work pressures, depression, and parenting issues. I will offer alternative perspectives and we will develop a plan together that includes new ways to approach your situation. I work as a respectful collaborator with my clients, and I welcome the chance to partner with you.
(702) 789-7806 View (702) 789-7806
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Karin Curtiss
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89108
In my practice I typically work with adults individually (in one-on-one sessions). Many of my clients have experienced problems with mood, particularly anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. I especially enjoy working with individuals who are needing assistance with difficult relationships, trauma recovery, transitional life issues, and stress management.
In my practice I typically work with adults individually (in one-on-one sessions). Many of my clients have experienced problems with mood, particularly anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. I especially enjoy working with individuals who are needing assistance with difficult relationships, trauma recovery, transitional life issues, and stress management.
(702) 357-4560 View (702) 357-4560
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Nikita M. Noel-Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, BS, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89130
I have a high success rate with patients who are diagnosed with grief, post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and anger issues. I have personal experience and recovery from the effects of trauma. Clients who have anxiety benefit from coping/calming therapy techniques. I am qualified to work with families to reduce conflict, teaching fair fighting, and communication skills. Also, work with people to reduce negative symptoms of Schizophrenia and Bipolar. Christian Therapy is very effective for persons who are spiritual in nature. Children have unusual ways of communicating their feelings, and my focus is to build worth and self-esteem through Play Therapy.
I have a high success rate with patients who are diagnosed with grief, post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and anger issues. I have personal experience and recovery from the effects of trauma. Clients who have anxiety benefit from coping/calming therapy techniques. I am qualified to work with families to reduce conflict, teaching fair fighting, and communication skills. Also, work with people to reduce negative symptoms of Schizophrenia and Bipolar. Christian Therapy is very effective for persons who are spiritual in nature. Children have unusual ways of communicating their feelings, and my focus is to build worth and self-esteem through Play Therapy.
(702) 830-4778 View (702) 830-4778
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Sydney Weitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89135  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief and loss as well as other life challenges. I hold a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California and have been practicing as a Licensed Therapist in the state of Nevada since 2019. I provide virtual/online therapy services to all persons 18 years and older, so please give me a call.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief and loss as well as other life challenges. I hold a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California and have been practicing as a Licensed Therapist in the state of Nevada since 2019. I provide virtual/online therapy services to all persons 18 years and older, so please give me a call.
(702) 766-6227 View (702) 766-6227
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Sheala Morrison
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89145  (Online Only)
I also specialize in anxiety, depression, abuse and trauma.
**Accepting new clients** Therapy is a supportive and collaborative space where individuals, couples, and families can come to achieve growth and change that allows them to be their best version of themselves. As a therapist, I seek to help clients process their experiences and relationships to work through past hurts and come to a place of healing. Clients' strengths are used to build the skills to successfully navigate challenges and to instill hope for the future. Attending therapy takes courage, my practice is to honor that courage by providing a safe and nonjudgmental space where each person can share their story and be heard.
I also specialize in anxiety, depression, abuse and trauma.
**Accepting new clients** Therapy is a supportive and collaborative space where individuals, couples, and families can come to achieve growth and change that allows them to be their best version of themselves. As a therapist, I seek to help clients process their experiences and relationships to work through past hurts and come to a place of healing. Clients' strengths are used to build the skills to successfully navigate challenges and to instill hope for the future. Attending therapy takes courage, my practice is to honor that courage by providing a safe and nonjudgmental space where each person can share their story and be heard.
(725) 239-9268 View (725) 239-9268
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Temieka C Meadows
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89147
Hello my name is Temieka Meadows and I recently graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with my masters in Social work and am currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work with a specialization in Clinical Expertise. I have been working with children for the past 9 years and enjoy working with children of all ages and adults. I work for the school district with children and adolescents suffering from mental health illnesses as well as behavioral issues. I also work with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with management issues, PTSD, sexual abuse, grief, depression, anxiety, and grief. I work with families as well.
Hello my name is Temieka Meadows and I recently graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with my masters in Social work and am currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work with a specialization in Clinical Expertise. I have been working with children for the past 9 years and enjoy working with children of all ages and adults. I work for the school district with children and adolescents suffering from mental health illnesses as well as behavioral issues. I also work with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with management issues, PTSD, sexual abuse, grief, depression, anxiety, and grief. I work with families as well.
(725) 215-5037 View (725) 215-5037
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Nicole Tanguay
LPC Intern, MS, CPC-I
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89183  (Online Only)
Have you experienced trauma in your life that you feel is unresolved? Does anxiety and depression become debilitating at times? Do you suffer from negative physical symptoms as the result of your mental and emotional health? If you find it difficult to navigate through life stressors, I am here to help. Together, we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root cause of your difficulties. My goal is to provide a safe place for you to process your thoughts and feelings and assist you in becoming the best version of you!
Have you experienced trauma in your life that you feel is unresolved? Does anxiety and depression become debilitating at times? Do you suffer from negative physical symptoms as the result of your mental and emotional health? If you find it difficult to navigate through life stressors, I am here to help. Together, we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root cause of your difficulties. My goal is to provide a safe place for you to process your thoughts and feelings and assist you in becoming the best version of you!
(725) 356-6314 View (725) 356-6314

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.