Depression Therapists in New York, NY

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Julia Levine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10011  (Online Only)
Some are contending with depression, anxiety, or the sequelae of trauma.
I offer psychoanalytic therapy for individuals and psychoanalytically oriented consultation for clinicians. I am licensed in New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina (telehealth only). I have over twenty years of experience in the field of mental health and psychotherapy. Please see my website julialevinepsychotherapy.com for additional information about me, my practice, hours, fees, and how to get in touch.
Some are contending with depression, anxiety, or the sequelae of trauma.
I offer psychoanalytic therapy for individuals and psychoanalytically oriented consultation for clinicians. I am licensed in New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina (telehealth only). I have over twenty years of experience in the field of mental health and psychotherapy. Please see my website julialevinepsychotherapy.com for additional information about me, my practice, hours, fees, and how to get in touch.
(347) 246-4308 View (347) 246-4308
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Ally Neuman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003  (Online Only)
I can help you connect to your emotions as the path to healing your anxieties, depression, low self-esteem and other life challenges.
Beginning psychotherapy can be a very hopeful but intimidating experience. You may be wondering: What will a therapist make of my story? How is therapy going to really help me feel better? or resolve my problems? My goal is to help you understand what your emotions really are and how they affect your mind, brain and body. We tend to over-focus on our thoughts and tune out emotional experience. What is really healing is to have awareness of both and understand how thoughts and emotions work together to help you feel better or worse depending how you handle them.
I can help you connect to your emotions as the path to healing your anxieties, depression, low self-esteem and other life challenges.
Beginning psychotherapy can be a very hopeful but intimidating experience. You may be wondering: What will a therapist make of my story? How is therapy going to really help me feel better? or resolve my problems? My goal is to help you understand what your emotions really are and how they affect your mind, brain and body. We tend to over-focus on our thoughts and tune out emotional experience. What is really healing is to have awareness of both and understand how thoughts and emotions work together to help you feel better or worse depending how you handle them.
(718) 838-9382 View (718) 838-9382
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Kassia R Ringell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10033  (Online Only)
Do you have anxiety and depression? Perhaps you're experiencing severe stress from the changes going on in your life, and you're having difficulty adjusting. If this is you, then I can help. As a practitioner for 18+ years, I have expertise in the treatment of Depression, Trauma, Grief/Loss, and Generalized Anxiety Disorders to help you work through your challenges, maximize your strengths, and embrace change in your life. As a black identified biracial woman, I am deeply interested and passionate about working with a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic clientele who may carry multiple racial, sexual, and gender identities.
Do you have anxiety and depression? Perhaps you're experiencing severe stress from the changes going on in your life, and you're having difficulty adjusting. If this is you, then I can help. As a practitioner for 18+ years, I have expertise in the treatment of Depression, Trauma, Grief/Loss, and Generalized Anxiety Disorders to help you work through your challenges, maximize your strengths, and embrace change in your life. As a black identified biracial woman, I am deeply interested and passionate about working with a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic clientele who may carry multiple racial, sexual, and gender identities.
(914) 339-5674 View (914) 339-5674
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Scene Creative Life Solutions
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10013  (Online Only)
That brought me to the USC where I graduated with a Masters Degree which allowed me to work in Mental Health Private Practice in New York where I have helped people from all walks of life overcome depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, drug addiction, self worth issues, and relationship discord.
Embarking on your first therapy session is a courageous step towards self-discovery and healing. In this safe and welcoming space, you can anticipate an experience akin to being enveloped in empathy, where your feelings are not only acknowledged but truly understood. I am committed to seeing you for who you are, creating an environment where your thoughts and emotions are heard with genuine compassion
That brought me to the USC where I graduated with a Masters Degree which allowed me to work in Mental Health Private Practice in New York where I have helped people from all walks of life overcome depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, drug addiction, self worth issues, and relationship discord.
Embarking on your first therapy session is a courageous step towards self-discovery and healing. In this safe and welcoming space, you can anticipate an experience akin to being enveloped in empathy, where your feelings are not only acknowledged but truly understood. I am committed to seeing you for who you are, creating an environment where your thoughts and emotions are heard with genuine compassion
(347) 407-8529 View (347) 407-8529
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Kahlila Robinson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
I specialize in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship stresses and life transitions.
I continue to be amazed by the power of relationships to heal the deepest, most persistent sources of pain. I am committed to helping people make contact with the parts of themselves that are whole and healthy, those that remain intact despite the traumas and difficulties they have endured. I do this by paying close attention to the feelings and thoughts that emerge in the present, while also listening for outdated, limiting or wounded parts of the self. Leading with my belief in the potential to heal, we work collaboratively to harness innate resources for growth, resilience, and change.
I specialize in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship stresses and life transitions.
I continue to be amazed by the power of relationships to heal the deepest, most persistent sources of pain. I am committed to helping people make contact with the parts of themselves that are whole and healthy, those that remain intact despite the traumas and difficulties they have endured. I do this by paying close attention to the feelings and thoughts that emerge in the present, while also listening for outdated, limiting or wounded parts of the self. Leading with my belief in the potential to heal, we work collaboratively to harness innate resources for growth, resilience, and change.
(646) 791-1684 View (646) 791-1684
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Jeffrey T. Wentzel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10011
My specific areas of expertise include relationship problems, identity issues, anxiety, depression, and a range of psychophysiologic conditions--chronic pain, GI issues, and hypertension--that can often benefit from improved self-awareness, more flexible and effective ways of coping with stress, and increased security and stability in one's relationships.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have worked extensively with individual adults, adolescents, and couples in New York City for more than 20 years. I work collaboratively with each of my clients to strike the right balance between providing relief in the short-term from the types of symptoms and difficult circumstances that may have led to an interest in psychotherapy, while also attempting to facilitate an ongoing process that promotes greater self-awareness and an increased sense of self-confidence in defining and achieving a more productive and satisfying life.
My specific areas of expertise include relationship problems, identity issues, anxiety, depression, and a range of psychophysiologic conditions--chronic pain, GI issues, and hypertension--that can often benefit from improved self-awareness, more flexible and effective ways of coping with stress, and increased security and stability in one's relationships.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have worked extensively with individual adults, adolescents, and couples in New York City for more than 20 years. I work collaboratively with each of my clients to strike the right balance between providing relief in the short-term from the types of symptoms and difficult circumstances that may have led to an interest in psychotherapy, while also attempting to facilitate an ongoing process that promotes greater self-awareness and an increased sense of self-confidence in defining and achieving a more productive and satisfying life.
(646) 553-4203 View (646) 553-4203
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Randi Wender
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10168  (Online Only)
Whether you want to focus on self-esteem, depression, anxiety, parenting issues, interpersonal conflict and communication, managing expectations, or redefining your purpose, I can help.
My primary goal as a therapist is to help you become the best and most fulfilled version of yourself. My style is supportive and engaged because I believe that healing takes place when you know that you are heard and understood. I create a safe place in which we can work together to bring about lasting joy and transformation in your life.
Whether you want to focus on self-esteem, depression, anxiety, parenting issues, interpersonal conflict and communication, managing expectations, or redefining your purpose, I can help.
My primary goal as a therapist is to help you become the best and most fulfilled version of yourself. My style is supportive and engaged because I believe that healing takes place when you know that you are heard and understood. I create a safe place in which we can work together to bring about lasting joy and transformation in your life.
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Christine M. O'Toole
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EdM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003
I have more than 20 years of experience as a clinician working with clients on issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationships stresses, LGBTQ issues, family of origin issues, and trauma.
I view therapy as a collaboration, one in which we work together to enhance your quality of life, one in which we explore your goals, dreams, and passions in a safe and trusting space. Do you want to find your most authentic self and feel more present in your life? Are you feeling stuck in your job, relationships, or past? Whether you are looking to make life changes, overcome current stresses, or need to find healing for deeper vulnerabilities, I will seek to engage you and work with you with a warm and respectful approach, always mindful of where you are in the process.
I have more than 20 years of experience as a clinician working with clients on issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationships stresses, LGBTQ issues, family of origin issues, and trauma.
I view therapy as a collaboration, one in which we work together to enhance your quality of life, one in which we explore your goals, dreams, and passions in a safe and trusting space. Do you want to find your most authentic self and feel more present in your life? Are you feeling stuck in your job, relationships, or past? Whether you are looking to make life changes, overcome current stresses, or need to find healing for deeper vulnerabilities, I will seek to engage you and work with you with a warm and respectful approach, always mindful of where you are in the process.
(973) 975-0195 View (973) 975-0195
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Greg Katz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
As a therapist I have experience helping people with a wide range of concerns, including depression and anxiety, relationship or work difficulties, life transitions, and overwhelming emotions. People most often contact me when they have started to realize that their usual solutions to life’s challenges have ceased to work. I offer a space where you can learn more about who you are, including the parts of yourself that you want to change. We’ll work together to address what’s getting in the way of having a life that is more authentic and fulfilling.
As a therapist I have experience helping people with a wide range of concerns, including depression and anxiety, relationship or work difficulties, life transitions, and overwhelming emotions. People most often contact me when they have started to realize that their usual solutions to life’s challenges have ceased to work. I offer a space where you can learn more about who you are, including the parts of yourself that you want to change. We’ll work together to address what’s getting in the way of having a life that is more authentic and fulfilling.
(347) 966-5894 View (347) 966-5894
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La'Tish M Thomas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003  (Online Only)
La’Tish practices from a holistic, culturally affirming and strength-based approach. She is passionate about providing women and couples with the supportive care that helps them thrive. Many of her clients feel exhausted balancing their multiple roles and even though their drive leads to high achievement, it burns them out, leaving them with anxiety, depression, and increased challenges in their relationships. La’Tish helps these clients unpack the stuff that has been hard to deal with alone, find balance in their lives and reconnect with their values within a supportive, non-judgmental therapeutic space.
La’Tish practices from a holistic, culturally affirming and strength-based approach. She is passionate about providing women and couples with the supportive care that helps them thrive. Many of her clients feel exhausted balancing their multiple roles and even though their drive leads to high achievement, it burns them out, leaving them with anxiety, depression, and increased challenges in their relationships. La’Tish helps these clients unpack the stuff that has been hard to deal with alone, find balance in their lives and reconnect with their values within a supportive, non-judgmental therapeutic space.
(646) 606-2535 View (646) 606-2535
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Natasha Fradkin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10069  (Online Only)
I believe in a holistic approach to therapy, and that each patient is unique. I aim to work with my patient to tailor treatment to what works best for them. I specialize in children, adolescents, and young adults who suffer from Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Eating Disorders, ADHD, and Emotion Regulation issues. I also have experience in Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT, TF-CBT, Crisis Intervention, and psychotherapy.
I believe in a holistic approach to therapy, and that each patient is unique. I aim to work with my patient to tailor treatment to what works best for them. I specialize in children, adolescents, and young adults who suffer from Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Eating Disorders, ADHD, and Emotion Regulation issues. I also have experience in Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT, TF-CBT, Crisis Intervention, and psychotherapy.
(646) 736-4995 View (646) 736-4995
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Susan Miller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024
Being authentic, being yourself, is harder than it sounds. It's common to struggle with anxiety, depression, life transitions & relationships. We are living through difficult times and asking for help can make all the difference in starting to feel relief. As we work together, we will explore your present concerns and conflicts, reflecting upon your thoughts, feelings, patterns, bodily pain, as well as taking into account your family history. Within this interpersonal approach, we will identify and develop individualized coping skills that will help reduce depressive, anxious, and other difficult feelings.
Being authentic, being yourself, is harder than it sounds. It's common to struggle with anxiety, depression, life transitions & relationships. We are living through difficult times and asking for help can make all the difference in starting to feel relief. As we work together, we will explore your present concerns and conflicts, reflecting upon your thoughts, feelings, patterns, bodily pain, as well as taking into account your family history. Within this interpersonal approach, we will identify and develop individualized coping skills that will help reduce depressive, anxious, and other difficult feelings.
(646) 762-9347 View (646) 762-9347
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Christine Peters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10013
Christine has over 10 years of therapy experience, utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and other approaches. She received her degree from New York University and is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of issues. These include depression, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, phobias, panic, anger, stress, insomnia, ADHD, autism, developmental delays, and work/home/school issues.
Christine has over 10 years of therapy experience, utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and other approaches. She received her degree from New York University and is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of issues. These include depression, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, phobias, panic, anger, stress, insomnia, ADHD, autism, developmental delays, and work/home/school issues.
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Joan Westreich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10023
Do feelings of depression, anxiety and low self-esteem take the joy out of life? Are you ready to fine-tune or overhaul your career or relationships? If so, I invite you to consider contacting me to set up a consultation.This is the first step in a collaborative process designed to help create the life you envision. Employing curiosity instead of judgment, we will tap into the wisdom and strengths you already possess. Throughout the journey, we will explore and work toward understanding where you are, how you got there and your would like to be.
Do feelings of depression, anxiety and low self-esteem take the joy out of life? Are you ready to fine-tune or overhaul your career or relationships? If so, I invite you to consider contacting me to set up a consultation.This is the first step in a collaborative process designed to help create the life you envision. Employing curiosity instead of judgment, we will tap into the wisdom and strengths you already possess. Throughout the journey, we will explore and work toward understanding where you are, how you got there and your would like to be.
(917) 710-1468 View (917) 710-1468
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Jennifer L Nelson
Counselor, PhD, LMHC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10023  (Online Only)
I know that going to therapy can feel scary. Talking to someone about your struggles is a vulnerable place to be so it’s important to choose a therapist who you can trust and connect with. I place value on building a therapeutic relationship that is supportive, trusting, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. My aim is help people cultivate more authentic and gratifying lives. While I am best known as an eating disorder specialist, I have extensive experience in treating anxiety, depression, body image, low self-worth, and interpersonal relational difficulties.
I know that going to therapy can feel scary. Talking to someone about your struggles is a vulnerable place to be so it’s important to choose a therapist who you can trust and connect with. I place value on building a therapeutic relationship that is supportive, trusting, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. My aim is help people cultivate more authentic and gratifying lives. While I am best known as an eating disorder specialist, I have extensive experience in treating anxiety, depression, body image, low self-worth, and interpersonal relational difficulties.
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Daring Bliss Therapy, LCSW, PLLC - Dalia Bautista
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMSW, MSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with adults and couples that are looking to overcome anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, relationship & family issues.
I’m a Bilingual Licensed Clinical psychotherapist. I offer a safe, caring, professional & therapeutic environment where we can co-create a relationship essential for your healing & growth. I aid individuals with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, anxiety, chronic illness, medical trauma, food allergies, difficulty forming or maintaining relationships, & life transitions (I.e. college, aging.) I strive to aid my patients in cultivating greater self-acceptance & compassion for themselves. I have extensive experience with Latinx, people of color & LGBTQIA+. Mis servicios son ofrecidos 100 % en Español. www.daringblisstherapy.com.
I specialize in working with adults and couples that are looking to overcome anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, relationship & family issues.
I’m a Bilingual Licensed Clinical psychotherapist. I offer a safe, caring, professional & therapeutic environment where we can co-create a relationship essential for your healing & growth. I aid individuals with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, anxiety, chronic illness, medical trauma, food allergies, difficulty forming or maintaining relationships, & life transitions (I.e. college, aging.) I strive to aid my patients in cultivating greater self-acceptance & compassion for themselves. I have extensive experience with Latinx, people of color & LGBTQIA+. Mis servicios son ofrecidos 100 % en Español. www.daringblisstherapy.com.
(917) 905-3872 View (917) 905-3872
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Jason Duncan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
I am a psychologist providing therapy and assessment services for children through adults. I have extensive clinical experience and am an expert Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. I’ve been trained by top therapy institutes, am a board member for well accomplished CBT organizations, and run the official podcast for the national CBT organization. I strive to regularly advance my knowledge and provide leading scientific treatments. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, panic, OCD, trauma, stress, insomnia, ADHD, defiance, and work/school issues. Many of my clients lead busy lives; therefore, I offer evening appointments.
I am a psychologist providing therapy and assessment services for children through adults. I have extensive clinical experience and am an expert Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. I’ve been trained by top therapy institutes, am a board member for well accomplished CBT organizations, and run the official podcast for the national CBT organization. I strive to regularly advance my knowledge and provide leading scientific treatments. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, panic, OCD, trauma, stress, insomnia, ADHD, defiance, and work/school issues. Many of my clients lead busy lives; therefore, I offer evening appointments.
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Michael Vella
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10036  (Online Only)
Are you seeking a collaborative relationship with a therapist who will help you make sense of your current symptoms and challenges and figure out ways to address them? My goal as a therapist is to assist people in achieving greater self-understanding while supporting them to make necessary changes in their lives leading to personal growth. Frequently, patients come in with symptoms related to anxiety, depression, communication problems, and self-esteem. My recent professional experience has been working with individuals to address the challenges that arise through life transitions such as
Are you seeking a collaborative relationship with a therapist who will help you make sense of your current symptoms and challenges and figure out ways to address them? My goal as a therapist is to assist people in achieving greater self-understanding while supporting them to make necessary changes in their lives leading to personal growth. Frequently, patients come in with symptoms related to anxiety, depression, communication problems, and self-esteem. My recent professional experience has been working with individuals to address the challenges that arise through life transitions such as
(646) 845-9413 View (646) 845-9413
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Laura Scuderi
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10012  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Taking the steps toward mental wellness can be a daunting process, but I would love to work with you to achieve your goals. I aim to create a warm and safe therapeutic environment where my clients can feel comfortable exploring their deepest thoughts and vulnerabilities. I have experience working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment issues, substance abuse, trauma, disordered eating, and suicidal ideation. Through the creation of a strong therapeutic relationship, we will work together to understand the thoughts and feelings that guide your actions and shape your self-concept.
Taking the steps toward mental wellness can be a daunting process, but I would love to work with you to achieve your goals. I aim to create a warm and safe therapeutic environment where my clients can feel comfortable exploring their deepest thoughts and vulnerabilities. I have experience working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment issues, substance abuse, trauma, disordered eating, and suicidal ideation. Through the creation of a strong therapeutic relationship, we will work together to understand the thoughts and feelings that guide your actions and shape your self-concept.
(332) 244-3226 View (332) 244-3226
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Dori Fromer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024
Not accepting new clients
I have been fortunate to be practicing psychotherapy for over 30 years, bringing a wide variety of experience, education and training to my work. I approach the process as a collaboration. I work with individuals and couples with a variety of challenges: within their relationships, and with anxiety, anger, depression, sexuality, identity, trauma, inhibition, eating disorders, addictions, and other self-harming behaviors. My initial goal is to identify problem areas- patterns of reacting and behaving with family, friends, work and our selves that are frustrating and ungratifying, ones that get in the way of our well-being.
I have been fortunate to be practicing psychotherapy for over 30 years, bringing a wide variety of experience, education and training to my work. I approach the process as a collaboration. I work with individuals and couples with a variety of challenges: within their relationships, and with anxiety, anger, depression, sexuality, identity, trauma, inhibition, eating disorders, addictions, and other self-harming behaviors. My initial goal is to identify problem areas- patterns of reacting and behaving with family, friends, work and our selves that are frustrating and ungratifying, ones that get in the way of our well-being.
(914) 268-6229 View (914) 268-6229
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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.