Depression Therapists in Goose Hollow, Portland, OR

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Natalie Buller
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, PCA
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97210  (Online Only)
Teens, college students, and young adults are facing unprecedented issues with depression, anxiety, self-harm, body image, and addictions of all kinds due in large part to the prevalence of social media and technology. These influences have made growing into an adult very confusing. Having someone who can relate, listen, and help navigate our culture is essential. Together, we will discuss what you are feeling, recognize changes that can be made, and learn how to cope on your own.
Teens, college students, and young adults are facing unprecedented issues with depression, anxiety, self-harm, body image, and addictions of all kinds due in large part to the prevalence of social media and technology. These influences have made growing into an adult very confusing. Having someone who can relate, listen, and help navigate our culture is essential. Together, we will discuss what you are feeling, recognize changes that can be made, and learn how to cope on your own.
(971) 365-3259 View (971) 365-3259
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Tiffany McCleary
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205
I specialize in helping people who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, LGBTQ issues, and parenting challenges.
I integrate current research and traditional approaches to help clients reduce distress, improve daily functioning, and find fulfillment. Many clients I work with benefit from learning specific skills for stress management and interpersonal effectiveness. Others explore broader issues related to clarifying values and personal growth.
I specialize in helping people who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, LGBTQ issues, and parenting challenges.
I integrate current research and traditional approaches to help clients reduce distress, improve daily functioning, and find fulfillment. Many clients I work with benefit from learning specific skills for stress management and interpersonal effectiveness. Others explore broader issues related to clarifying values and personal growth.
(503) 894-5807 View (503) 894-5807
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Martin Fisher
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
My areas of expertise include depression, relationship problems, difficulties managing emotions, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, adolescent issues, ADHD, loss, and family of origin issues. I also enjoy helping individuals with identity development issues, including those related to culture, gender, sexuality, and important life transitions.
My areas of expertise include depression, relationship problems, difficulties managing emotions, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, adolescent issues, ADHD, loss, and family of origin issues. I also enjoy helping individuals with identity development issues, including those related to culture, gender, sexuality, and important life transitions.
(503) 410-7711 View (503) 410-7711
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Susan Richmond
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
Welcome and thank you for including me in your search! Taking the brave step to learn more about who you are is a great gift to yourself. If you are experiencing anxious and/or depressed feelings due to issues regarding work, relationships, life transitions, social pressures, sexual identity, grief, illness, trauma, or abuse, we can address and work through these challenges together.
Welcome and thank you for including me in your search! Taking the brave step to learn more about who you are is a great gift to yourself. If you are experiencing anxious and/or depressed feelings due to issues regarding work, relationships, life transitions, social pressures, sexual identity, grief, illness, trauma, or abuse, we can address and work through these challenges together.
(503) 683-7027 View (503) 683-7027
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Jolie Krechman
Psychologist, PhD, LLC
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205
My practice consists of adults and older adolescents dealing with a variety of issues including, but not limited to, relationship concerns, divorce, parenting issues, childhood abuse, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and trauma.
Therapy is an opportunity for personal development in a safe, nonjudgmental, respectful, private, and supportive environment. It is natural to feel overwhelmed at times and it is not a sign of weak character to seek help. Through therapy we can learn to manage our emotions more effectively, improve our relationships and communication, bolster our confidence and self-esteem, and minimize our distress. In my work, I strive to create a comfortable environment in which I can assist clients in identifying thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and recurring patterns of behavior that may be impinging on the capacity to experience and create a fuller, more satisfying life.
My practice consists of adults and older adolescents dealing with a variety of issues including, but not limited to, relationship concerns, divorce, parenting issues, childhood abuse, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and trauma.
Therapy is an opportunity for personal development in a safe, nonjudgmental, respectful, private, and supportive environment. It is natural to feel overwhelmed at times and it is not a sign of weak character to seek help. Through therapy we can learn to manage our emotions more effectively, improve our relationships and communication, bolster our confidence and self-esteem, and minimize our distress. In my work, I strive to create a comfortable environment in which I can assist clients in identifying thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and recurring patterns of behavior that may be impinging on the capacity to experience and create a fuller, more satisfying life.
(503) 446-6135 View (503) 446-6135
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Natalie Mitchell
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97201  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Psychologist with over 15 years experience in university and private practice settings. My work focuses on adults with a range of concerns, including depression and anxiety, difficult life transitions, relationship problems or losses, trauma, and identity. I have specific expertise working with young adults and the common challenges experienced at that time. I also enjoy working with individuals of diverse identities and backgrounds, which has been a focus in both my career and my ongoing education.
I am a Licensed Psychologist with over 15 years experience in university and private practice settings. My work focuses on adults with a range of concerns, including depression and anxiety, difficult life transitions, relationship problems or losses, trauma, and identity. I have specific expertise working with young adults and the common challenges experienced at that time. I also enjoy working with individuals of diverse identities and backgrounds, which has been a focus in both my career and my ongoing education.
(503) 461-7307 View (503) 461-7307
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Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic
Psychologist
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205
We offer therapy and medication management for depression, anxiety, child/family issues, trauma, ADD, and a wide range of other concerns. We can bill most OHP plans in the metro area for therapy and medication management services.
We offer therapy and medication management for depression, anxiety, child/family issues, trauma, ADD, and a wide range of other concerns. We can bill most OHP plans in the metro area for therapy and medication management services.
(503) 446-2147 View (503) 446-2147
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Tamara Jesme
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205
My work as a psychotherapist is to help the client develop increased self-awareness about beliefs and behaviors that lead to emotional and psychological distress, such as depression and anxiety.
I believe that much of what we think, feel, and believe is outside of our immediate awareness. Much of the time we think our conscious mind is 'driving the bus' so to speak, yet it is our unconscious that grips the wheel and drives us down roads we have unwittingly been down many times before. We develop beliefs of the self, of others, and of the world in general based on experiences we have earlier in life, often outside of our current awareness. These unexamined beliefs can prevent us from experiencing ourself and others in a healthy and authentic manner.
My work as a psychotherapist is to help the client develop increased self-awareness about beliefs and behaviors that lead to emotional and psychological distress, such as depression and anxiety.
I believe that much of what we think, feel, and believe is outside of our immediate awareness. Much of the time we think our conscious mind is 'driving the bus' so to speak, yet it is our unconscious that grips the wheel and drives us down roads we have unwittingly been down many times before. We develop beliefs of the self, of others, and of the world in general based on experiences we have earlier in life, often outside of our current awareness. These unexamined beliefs can prevent us from experiencing ourself and others in a healthy and authentic manner.
(503) 487-0421 View (503) 487-0421
Photo of Sharon O'Brien, Licensed Professional Counselor in Goose Hollow, Portland, OR
Sharon O'Brien
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
There's no reason to let anxiety, depression, past experiences or major life changes keep you from feeling confident and strong.
Are you getting what you want out of life? I help my clients identify and let go of negative feelings, old behavior patterns, and ways of thinking that prevent them from living the life they want. Counseling can help you experience the joy of self-acceptance and the peace of mind that comes with healthy self-esteem. In the process, you can create stronger relationships, improve your communication with others, and see new possibilities for your life.
There's no reason to let anxiety, depression, past experiences or major life changes keep you from feeling confident and strong.
Are you getting what you want out of life? I help my clients identify and let go of negative feelings, old behavior patterns, and ways of thinking that prevent them from living the life they want. Counseling can help you experience the joy of self-acceptance and the peace of mind that comes with healthy self-esteem. In the process, you can create stronger relationships, improve your communication with others, and see new possibilities for your life.
(971) 233-6273 View (971) 233-6273
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Susan Diane Gendein-Marshall
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205
Whether the focus is self esteem, depression, anxiety, relationships, trauma, addiction, or other sorts of pain, you will feel understood within a safe, caring and growth enhancing private therapy. A deeper understanding and comfort with yourself will empower you to live a richer, more productive and satisfying life. Discover important mind-body connections, better identify your desires and goals, be more organized, hopeful and able to enjoy relationships. Design and direct your life in creative, powerful and satisfying ways. Embrace this opportunity for insight, greater happiness and positive change. I can help you to become your most hoped for self.
Whether the focus is self esteem, depression, anxiety, relationships, trauma, addiction, or other sorts of pain, you will feel understood within a safe, caring and growth enhancing private therapy. A deeper understanding and comfort with yourself will empower you to live a richer, more productive and satisfying life. Discover important mind-body connections, better identify your desires and goals, be more organized, hopeful and able to enjoy relationships. Design and direct your life in creative, powerful and satisfying ways. Embrace this opportunity for insight, greater happiness and positive change. I can help you to become your most hoped for self.
(248) 461-3493 View (248) 461-3493
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Michal D. Drabanski
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MS, LPC
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
I have extensive training and expertise working with trauma, attachment, relationship problems, loss/grief, anxiety, self-esteem, depression, couples issues, emptiness, and "finding one's self".
Are there seemingly "insurmountable" obstacles in your life? Are you feeling sad, lonely, angry, anxious, or empty, but you can't figure out how or even what to change. Whether these struggles have recently developed or have been life-long, together we can work toward changes leading you to a more satisfying, fulfilling, and joyful life. For 30+ years, I've been effectively using talk therapy with couples and individuals helping them to express, feel and sort out their unique struggles. Their clarity, purpose, and coping skills improve, leading to a more vibrant connection with themselves and those around them.
I have extensive training and expertise working with trauma, attachment, relationship problems, loss/grief, anxiety, self-esteem, depression, couples issues, emptiness, and "finding one's self".
Are there seemingly "insurmountable" obstacles in your life? Are you feeling sad, lonely, angry, anxious, or empty, but you can't figure out how or even what to change. Whether these struggles have recently developed or have been life-long, together we can work toward changes leading you to a more satisfying, fulfilling, and joyful life. For 30+ years, I've been effectively using talk therapy with couples and individuals helping them to express, feel and sort out their unique struggles. Their clarity, purpose, and coping skills improve, leading to a more vibrant connection with themselves and those around them.
(503) 496-7480 View (503) 496-7480
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Sway Positive™, PLLC dba Sway+®
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW, SUDP
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205
Areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Misuse, Adolescent Issues, Work Issues, Trauma related disorders, Life Coaching.
Life is about how we experience the world around us. The current landscape of the world has led to increased stress and isolation. I can offer support and teach skills to help navigate current struggles. These skills will help create a toolbox that can be used throughout the changes and challenges life brings. I believe we are most successful when we have self-awareness, that prior experiences have a great impact on how we view ourselves and how we function in our lives. I can help integrate difficult life experiences into current reality so you can achieve a more fulfilled and meaningful life.
Areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Misuse, Adolescent Issues, Work Issues, Trauma related disorders, Life Coaching.
Life is about how we experience the world around us. The current landscape of the world has led to increased stress and isolation. I can offer support and teach skills to help navigate current struggles. These skills will help create a toolbox that can be used throughout the changes and challenges life brings. I believe we are most successful when we have self-awareness, that prior experiences have a great impact on how we view ourselves and how we function in our lives. I can help integrate difficult life experiences into current reality so you can achieve a more fulfilled and meaningful life.
(360) 519-5733 View (360) 519-5733
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Tony Grace
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in working with men who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, identity, stress, & trauma.
Need some tools for your personal/relational toolbox? Every man, like every home, can benefit from a little attention and care. Sometimes we start to build a life that no longer fits our needs. Sometimes life crashes into the world we created. Other times, it is time that takes its toll. We might need a little tweaking and some elbow grease to do the trick. We might need to build a different life entirely. Whatever condition you find your life is in, you don't have to settle, give in, or give up. You can do this!!! I can help.
I specialize in working with men who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, identity, stress, & trauma.
Need some tools for your personal/relational toolbox? Every man, like every home, can benefit from a little attention and care. Sometimes we start to build a life that no longer fits our needs. Sometimes life crashes into the world we created. Other times, it is time that takes its toll. We might need a little tweaking and some elbow grease to do the trick. We might need to build a different life entirely. Whatever condition you find your life is in, you don't have to settle, give in, or give up. You can do this!!! I can help.
(503) 738-1289 View (503) 738-1289
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Th Accepting New Clients-No Waiting List
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205
I have experience working with adolescents (years 12+), adults, and older individuals who have experienced anxiety, depression, and various forms of mental health topics.
My Practice Is Available For New Clients Immediately for Therapy and Medication Management! The seasons have changed and you might be feeling it. Have you noticed that you might be or are struggling with your mental health? You can choose to not be alone in your adventure of strengthening yourself. I can be your guide and help you through these rough times. If you feel that the pandemic has been rough to go through, you're not alone and you're not without support. I enjoy offering my services to see my clients grow and become unique strong individuals. Don't be surprised if you find yourself recovering fast.
I have experience working with adolescents (years 12+), adults, and older individuals who have experienced anxiety, depression, and various forms of mental health topics.
My Practice Is Available For New Clients Immediately for Therapy and Medication Management! The seasons have changed and you might be feeling it. Have you noticed that you might be or are struggling with your mental health? You can choose to not be alone in your adventure of strengthening yourself. I can be your guide and help you through these rough times. If you feel that the pandemic has been rough to go through, you're not alone and you're not without support. I enjoy offering my services to see my clients grow and become unique strong individuals. Don't be surprised if you find yourself recovering fast.
(503) 461-1749 View (503) 461-1749
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Nicole Hewitt
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in working with teens and adults who experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, peer conflict, relationship or family issues, body image issues, self esteem issues, and life transitions.
I am a psychodynamic therapist and life explorer, who would be honored to listen and walk beside you on your healing journey. I provide reflection and offer guidance and support as you navigate your past and present in order to lead you to the future you deserve. I serve teens and adults who are survivors and thrivers. I can provide virtual services to clients living in the states of California (virtually) or Oregon.
I specialize in working with teens and adults who experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, peer conflict, relationship or family issues, body image issues, self esteem issues, and life transitions.
I am a psychodynamic therapist and life explorer, who would be honored to listen and walk beside you on your healing journey. I provide reflection and offer guidance and support as you navigate your past and present in order to lead you to the future you deserve. I serve teens and adults who are survivors and thrivers. I can provide virtual services to clients living in the states of California (virtually) or Oregon.
(503) 836-8859 View (503) 836-8859
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Dan Harold
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, QMHP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205
Waitlist for new clients
I work with adults working on 1) Depression 2) Men's Experiences 3) Trauma.
I provide a nonjudgemental space for clients to address anything you choose to bring to therapy. I work primarily with Narrative Therapy, which is a world view as much as it is a therapeutic approach. The Narrative approach puts your story at the center of the conversation. People in my practice are also seen through a multi-storied lens rather than a narrow singular story. I will have a friendly and laid back approach in our sessions. At the same time, I will also offer you direct feedback and honest observations. Mindfulness work, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Relational work are also important to me.
I work with adults working on 1) Depression 2) Men's Experiences 3) Trauma.
I provide a nonjudgemental space for clients to address anything you choose to bring to therapy. I work primarily with Narrative Therapy, which is a world view as much as it is a therapeutic approach. The Narrative approach puts your story at the center of the conversation. People in my practice are also seen through a multi-storied lens rather than a narrow singular story. I will have a friendly and laid back approach in our sessions. At the same time, I will also offer you direct feedback and honest observations. Mindfulness work, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Relational work are also important to me.
(503) 832-5501 View (503) 832-5501
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Jaye Bahre
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Oregon residents ONLY at this time! Beginning in March 2024, I will be taking clients wanting clinical supervision for licensure! Get on the wait list now! Underneath whatever label is put on the "disorder de jour", my clients have one thing in common: they are all in pain & living with uncomfortable emotions. Depression taking their joy, anxiety keeping them up at night... sometimes its marital issues, struggling with the loneliness or recovering from major life transitions. I can help guide you through your pain by helping you learn ways to manage emotions while growing toward YOUR idea of your "best" self.
Oregon residents ONLY at this time! Beginning in March 2024, I will be taking clients wanting clinical supervision for licensure! Get on the wait list now! Underneath whatever label is put on the "disorder de jour", my clients have one thing in common: they are all in pain & living with uncomfortable emotions. Depression taking their joy, anxiety keeping them up at night... sometimes its marital issues, struggling with the loneliness or recovering from major life transitions. I can help guide you through your pain by helping you learn ways to manage emotions while growing toward YOUR idea of your "best" self.
(503) 400-3968 View (503) 400-3968
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Cameron Kemper
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97201
I work with individuals addressing depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.
I ground my work in respect and compassion which contributes to the foundation of trust, self-acceptance and courage necessary for you to successfully overcome your challenges and create the life you want to live. Through the cultivation of mindful awareness and the implementation of stress management and emotion regulation skills, I will teach you how to calm anxiety, transform distressing feelings, access inner wisdom and review your behaviors and beliefs so that you can learn to commit to those which align with your values. This work will help you realize your personal, professional and relationship goals.
I work with individuals addressing depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.
I ground my work in respect and compassion which contributes to the foundation of trust, self-acceptance and courage necessary for you to successfully overcome your challenges and create the life you want to live. Through the cultivation of mindful awareness and the implementation of stress management and emotion regulation skills, I will teach you how to calm anxiety, transform distressing feelings, access inner wisdom and review your behaviors and beliefs so that you can learn to commit to those which align with your values. This work will help you realize your personal, professional and relationship goals.
(503) 743-8833 View (503) 743-8833
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Delores Sullivan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205
I can help with depression, anxiety, trauma, marital and family issues, grief, and major life transitions.
When someone comes to therapy they want to feel heard. They want to feel safe. They want to know someone cares and can help them. They want to talk to someone who has the experience and skills to be present to their difficulties and who can bring about healing and resolution. Therapy is a unique human relationship based on compassion, empathy, and mutual collaboration.
I can help with depression, anxiety, trauma, marital and family issues, grief, and major life transitions.
When someone comes to therapy they want to feel heard. They want to feel safe. They want to know someone cares and can help them. They want to talk to someone who has the experience and skills to be present to their difficulties and who can bring about healing and resolution. Therapy is a unique human relationship based on compassion, empathy, and mutual collaboration.
(971) 251-4526 View (971) 251-4526
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Alexandra Saperstein
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMFT, LLC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Goose Hollow, Portland, OR 97205
I work with couples in crisis and individuals facing depression, life transitions, and/or other life challenges. I understand that finding a therapist can feel daunting so I offer an initial, free twenty minute phone consultation. This can help you decide if I may be a good fit for you at this time. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Relational Life Method Therapist, and an Advanced Trained Gottman Counselor, we'll work side by side to move from gridlock or pain towards more genuine connection and joy. I have helped hundreds of clients in the past decade. I look forward to connecting!
I work with couples in crisis and individuals facing depression, life transitions, and/or other life challenges. I understand that finding a therapist can feel daunting so I offer an initial, free twenty minute phone consultation. This can help you decide if I may be a good fit for you at this time. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Relational Life Method Therapist, and an Advanced Trained Gottman Counselor, we'll work side by side to move from gridlock or pain towards more genuine connection and joy. I have helped hundreds of clients in the past decade. I look forward to connecting!
(503) 406-3068 View (503) 406-3068

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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.