Depression Therapists in Castle Shannon, PA

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Scott Windham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
I specialize in helping adults who are dealing with issues of Depression and Anxiety. This includes those who engage in cutting themselves and other self destructive behaviors. If you are struggling with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, excessive worry, having panic attacks, or just can't seem to deal with the stress in your life I can help you.
I specialize in helping adults who are dealing with issues of Depression and Anxiety. This includes those who engage in cutting themselves and other self destructive behaviors. If you are struggling with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, excessive worry, having panic attacks, or just can't seem to deal with the stress in your life I can help you.
(412) 293-0097 View (412) 293-0097
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Emily Boris
Licensed Professional Counselor, CFRC, LPC, CAADC, MSEd
Verified Verified
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
I have helped clients cope with various concerns such as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, trauma, anger management, substance abuse and dual diagnosis only to name a few.
I believe that to enjoy a truly fulfilling life, one must find balance and cohesion amongst all areas of life; spiritual, emotional and mental, achievable through a holistic approach to therapy. I provide individuals a safe place to address their concerns, while treating them with dignity and respect, increasing overall client success. I have always been drawn to helping people, and believe that my down to earth personality and client-centered approach, creates a less intimidating experience, wherein my clients can truly engage in the therapeutic process, promoting profound personal growth and lifelong change.
I have helped clients cope with various concerns such as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, trauma, anger management, substance abuse and dual diagnosis only to name a few.
I believe that to enjoy a truly fulfilling life, one must find balance and cohesion amongst all areas of life; spiritual, emotional and mental, achievable through a holistic approach to therapy. I provide individuals a safe place to address their concerns, while treating them with dignity and respect, increasing overall client success. I have always been drawn to helping people, and believe that my down to earth personality and client-centered approach, creates a less intimidating experience, wherein my clients can truly engage in the therapeutic process, promoting profound personal growth and lifelong change.
(412) 467-0782 View (412) 467-0782
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Mary Anne Fisher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, , ACSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
For 3 decades, I have gained expertise in addressing issues of anxiety, depression, loss/grief, trauma, and relationship conflicts.
For the past 40 years, I have had the privilege of working with, and helping individuals, families and couples. Whether dealing with change, conflict, loss, a crisis or a concern, support is crucial. I provide knowledge and supportive guidance to help each person work through challenges and move forward on their path in life.
For 3 decades, I have gained expertise in addressing issues of anxiety, depression, loss/grief, trauma, and relationship conflicts.
For the past 40 years, I have had the privilege of working with, and helping individuals, families and couples. Whether dealing with change, conflict, loss, a crisis or a concern, support is crucial. I provide knowledge and supportive guidance to help each person work through challenges and move forward on their path in life.
(412) 214-8520 View (412) 214-8520
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Nathaniel Rigby
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in treating emotional difficulties (e.g., depression, anxiety, anger), complicated grief, relationship issues, and problems with motivation. I provide high quality, meaningful psychotherapy informed by many years of education, training and experience. Your first impression is likely to be that I am patient, warm, and knowledgeable with a lighthearted sense of humor. As we get to know each other, you will find that I am devoted to helping you feel better and I am committed to being straightforward with you so you can be challenged and grow.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in treating emotional difficulties (e.g., depression, anxiety, anger), complicated grief, relationship issues, and problems with motivation. I provide high quality, meaningful psychotherapy informed by many years of education, training and experience. Your first impression is likely to be that I am patient, warm, and knowledgeable with a lighthearted sense of humor. As we get to know each other, you will find that I am devoted to helping you feel better and I am committed to being straightforward with you so you can be challenged and grow.
(412) 253-2588 View (412) 253-2588
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Rachael French
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MSCP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
My clients face a range of life’s challenges: depression, anxiety, peer conflict, communication, transition to college/work, enhancing self-awareness, identity, relationship/family dynamics (separation/divorce), grief, and autism or attention deficit/executive functioning challenges.
Many of my clients are making exciting but often daunting transitions - from Jr High to High School or High School to College, ending or beginning new relationships and careers. Change is so often viewed with anxiety and negativity. Yet, change is happening all around us every day. How can we make change a positive experience in our lives? How can we choose to change something that is not working? How can we learn and grow from a challenging experience? As a counselor, I believe my job is to create a space where clients can explore these and other topics, in a way that ultimately positively impacts their day to day lives.
My clients face a range of life’s challenges: depression, anxiety, peer conflict, communication, transition to college/work, enhancing self-awareness, identity, relationship/family dynamics (separation/divorce), grief, and autism or attention deficit/executive functioning challenges.
Many of my clients are making exciting but often daunting transitions - from Jr High to High School or High School to College, ending or beginning new relationships and careers. Change is so often viewed with anxiety and negativity. Yet, change is happening all around us every day. How can we make change a positive experience in our lives? How can we choose to change something that is not working? How can we learn and grow from a challenging experience? As a counselor, I believe my job is to create a space where clients can explore these and other topics, in a way that ultimately positively impacts their day to day lives.
(878) 313-2170 View (878) 313-2170
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Clarissa M Bridge
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I believe that we are human and spiritual beings unfolding into our truest selves. As a skilled and gentle companion I support and encourage the balance of this wholeness and agree to walk this journey with you. It is in this therapeutic relationship that strength and courage are the center and source of healing.
Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I believe that we are human and spiritual beings unfolding into our truest selves. As a skilled and gentle companion I support and encourage the balance of this wholeness and agree to walk this journey with you. It is in this therapeutic relationship that strength and courage are the center and source of healing.
(412) 231-9934 View (412) 231-9934
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Rosemary Cunningham
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
My focus as a therapist is to assist my clients in recognizing their strengths and using them to become the best person they can be. I specialize in working with the LGBT community on a variety of issues and am a sex-positive therapist. I use a trauma-informed approach with all of my clients and have been helping those who have been through various traumas in their lives throughout my years of practice.
My focus as a therapist is to assist my clients in recognizing their strengths and using them to become the best person they can be. I specialize in working with the LGBT community on a variety of issues and am a sex-positive therapist. I use a trauma-informed approach with all of my clients and have been helping those who have been through various traumas in their lives throughout my years of practice.
(878) 218-9610 View (878) 218-9610

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Mind, Body, & Soulutions LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15216  (Online Only)
Areas of expertise include women's issues, anxiety, depression, marriage, couples and family issues, effective communication, life transitions, conflict and coaching.
With compassion and a holistic therapeutic approach we will identify patterns in behaviors and thoughts that may be holding you back from living your best life. Utilizing a solution- focused and cognitive behavioral approach our goal is to help you focus on your desired outcome while building on your strengths. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, we look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
Areas of expertise include women's issues, anxiety, depression, marriage, couples and family issues, effective communication, life transitions, conflict and coaching.
With compassion and a holistic therapeutic approach we will identify patterns in behaviors and thoughts that may be holding you back from living your best life. Utilizing a solution- focused and cognitive behavioral approach our goal is to help you focus on your desired outcome while building on your strengths. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, we look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
(412) 246-9768 View (412) 246-9768
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Grace Wellness Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, MSEd, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Bethel Park, PA 15102
We are a group of Christian Counselors who treat clients of all ages through Biblical truth and the healing power of God's grace. We integrate the best from the discipline of psychology with Christian counseling to help people find peace and contentment. We have counselors who specialize in addictions, attachment and trauma issues, grief, relationships, children, parenting, depression, anxiety and most other issues. Our organization has several centers throughout western PA. Please visit our website to see if we have a location that will meet your needs. www.thegracewellnesscenter.com
We are a group of Christian Counselors who treat clients of all ages through Biblical truth and the healing power of God's grace. We integrate the best from the discipline of psychology with Christian counseling to help people find peace and contentment. We have counselors who specialize in addictions, attachment and trauma issues, grief, relationships, children, parenting, depression, anxiety and most other issues. Our organization has several centers throughout western PA. Please visit our website to see if we have a location that will meet your needs. www.thegracewellnesscenter.com
(724) 987-5363 View (724) 987-5363
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Kimberly June
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMT, CST
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
I am a holistic psychotherapist, trained in medical hypnotherapy,EMDR, Energy Psychology (TFT/EFT), Family Constellation work, and energy and shamanic healing in private practice in Pittsburgh. I work primarily with adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain. I have trained extensively in the integration of different therapeutic modalities in order to facilitate healing and integration of the body, mind and spirit. I am also a student of meditation and teach the "Awakening the Light Body" meditation curriculum offered as both a pathway of personal transformation and as a therapeutic treatment model.
I am a holistic psychotherapist, trained in medical hypnotherapy,EMDR, Energy Psychology (TFT/EFT), Family Constellation work, and energy and shamanic healing in private practice in Pittsburgh. I work primarily with adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain. I have trained extensively in the integration of different therapeutic modalities in order to facilitate healing and integration of the body, mind and spirit. I am also a student of meditation and teach the "Awakening the Light Body" meditation curriculum offered as both a pathway of personal transformation and as a therapeutic treatment model.
(724) 359-0802 View (724) 359-0802
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Sandra Maria Pattinato
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd , LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
I have worked with a number of different issues including depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, relationship issues, substance abuse and anger control.
I have 15 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked in a number of different settings and with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. My priority is to meet the client where he or she is and help him or her by providing support, aid and guidance, so the client can work through processing the past, identifying present patterns and taking steps toward long lasting changes while addressing the client’s fears, challenges and worries along the way.
I have worked with a number of different issues including depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, relationship issues, substance abuse and anger control.
I have 15 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked in a number of different settings and with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. My priority is to meet the client where he or she is and help him or her by providing support, aid and guidance, so the client can work through processing the past, identifying present patterns and taking steps toward long lasting changes while addressing the client’s fears, challenges and worries along the way.
(412) 547-5734 View (412) 547-5734
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Evan Dean
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
In the process, I'll help you learn to manage emotions, like anxiety and depression.
Are you feeling like you can't manage your life? Do you want to learn how to reduce risky behaviors? Do you feel out of control of your emotions, thinking, and /or behavior? Do you want to regain your confidence in yourself, at home, and at work? If you are a man or woman in Recovery from substance Abuse, Sex Addiction, or Compulsive Gambling, or you think you may need to get into Recovery, I think I can help. Right now, I'm prioritizing male Recovery clients as my schedule is nearly full.
In the process, I'll help you learn to manage emotions, like anxiety and depression.
Are you feeling like you can't manage your life? Do you want to learn how to reduce risky behaviors? Do you feel out of control of your emotions, thinking, and /or behavior? Do you want to regain your confidence in yourself, at home, and at work? If you are a man or woman in Recovery from substance Abuse, Sex Addiction, or Compulsive Gambling, or you think you may need to get into Recovery, I think I can help. Right now, I'm prioritizing male Recovery clients as my schedule is nearly full.
(878) 206-0275 View (878) 206-0275
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Eric Berta, LPC, NCC, CCH
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, CCH
Verified Verified
Mount Lebanon, PA 15228
"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by a-holes." (William Gibson) We take on a lot of stress from those around us - at work, at home, from strangers, from spouses & kids. From rage & stress, to grief, through life-stagnation & confusion to betrayal and divorce, my clients tend to be articulate & very smart, and prefer a counselor who is a realist, not someone who re-hashes old techniques or spouts trendy remedies.
"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by a-holes." (William Gibson) We take on a lot of stress from those around us - at work, at home, from strangers, from spouses & kids. From rage & stress, to grief, through life-stagnation & confusion to betrayal and divorce, my clients tend to be articulate & very smart, and prefer a counselor who is a realist, not someone who re-hashes old techniques or spouts trendy remedies.
(412) 888-0059 View (412) 888-0059
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James M Hepburn
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Mount Lebanon, PA 15228
I offer psychotherapy for individuals who may be feeling overwhelmed or distressed by events in life. My specializations include working with couples, victims of abuse, family conflict, loneliness, depression, anxiety, worry and grief. My goal is to help you uncover your potential and to provide the support you need to lead a life that is worth celebrating. If you would like to let go of long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life, then contact me at 412-334-6585 to schedule a confidential consultation.
I offer psychotherapy for individuals who may be feeling overwhelmed or distressed by events in life. My specializations include working with couples, victims of abuse, family conflict, loneliness, depression, anxiety, worry and grief. My goal is to help you uncover your potential and to provide the support you need to lead a life that is worth celebrating. If you would like to let go of long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life, then contact me at 412-334-6585 to schedule a confidential consultation.
(412) 229-7974 View (412) 229-7974
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Robin Freyberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15216  (Online Only)
I focus on helping women struggling with depression and anxiety, particularly during pregnancy and postpartum periods.
Do you often find that you end up last on your priority list? Do you put everyone's needs before yours and find that there's nothing left at the end of the day? Maybe you've told yourself that you can keep putting your feelings to the side. As women, we sometimes believe that we should be able to manage it all and do it on our own. Whether you're struggling with depression or anxiety, family transitions during pregnancy or postpartum, or just trying to have more supportive, and fulfilling relationships, I'm here to help. You don't have to carry it alone anymore.
I focus on helping women struggling with depression and anxiety, particularly during pregnancy and postpartum periods.
Do you often find that you end up last on your priority list? Do you put everyone's needs before yours and find that there's nothing left at the end of the day? Maybe you've told yourself that you can keep putting your feelings to the side. As women, we sometimes believe that we should be able to manage it all and do it on our own. Whether you're struggling with depression or anxiety, family transitions during pregnancy or postpartum, or just trying to have more supportive, and fulfilling relationships, I'm here to help. You don't have to carry it alone anymore.
(412) 530-4413 View (412) 530-4413
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Claire Barber
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
Bethel Park, PA 15102  (Online Only)
Life presents us with light, darkness, and everything in between. It can be difficult to untangle life's complexities while maintaining the everyday responsibilities we expect of ourselves, especially when difficult circumstances act as obstacles to our growth and wellbeing. Your obstacles don't have to be a one-person battle. There is strength in seeking help and acknowledging you are worthy of it. Grief, depression, anxiety, and other issues are one part of your whole story. I'll take a holistic perspective into who you are and collaborate on a plan for us to work together by using integrated therapeutic approaches.
Life presents us with light, darkness, and everything in between. It can be difficult to untangle life's complexities while maintaining the everyday responsibilities we expect of ourselves, especially when difficult circumstances act as obstacles to our growth and wellbeing. Your obstacles don't have to be a one-person battle. There is strength in seeking help and acknowledging you are worthy of it. Grief, depression, anxiety, and other issues are one part of your whole story. I'll take a holistic perspective into who you are and collaborate on a plan for us to work together by using integrated therapeutic approaches.
(724) 948-1573 View (724) 948-1573
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Colleen O'Shea
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, CFAS, CAADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Beyond the fear is freedom. Do you struggle with drug or alcohol abuse and/or depression or anxiety? Do you want someone who can help guide you along the path to recovery? For over 22 years, I have helped individuals find healing and understanding when they have become overwhelmed with life problems. Do you drink or use drugs to numb or escape emotional pain? Do you struggle with feeling sad, anxious, alone, or like no one understands you? You don't have to face your issues alone. I can understand what you are dealing with.
Beyond the fear is freedom. Do you struggle with drug or alcohol abuse and/or depression or anxiety? Do you want someone who can help guide you along the path to recovery? For over 22 years, I have helped individuals find healing and understanding when they have become overwhelmed with life problems. Do you drink or use drugs to numb or escape emotional pain? Do you struggle with feeling sad, anxious, alone, or like no one understands you? You don't have to face your issues alone. I can understand what you are dealing with.
(878) 216-0379 View (878) 216-0379
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Douglas C Stewart
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Mount Lebanon, PA 15228
I work with many issues including: depression, anxiety, vocation, family strife, grief, and purpose.
The fundamental skill that I share with psychotherapy clients is to listen deeply to their life experiences. From there, I use questions carefully to clarify my understanding of where they are in life. I work to help people understand that they are not broken or defective. As Carl Rogers said "The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." I accompany clients on a journey of self-exploration, and evolution. A more satisfying life is achieved via greater psychological skill and creating healthier behaviors. I specialize in working with people suffering from Childhood PTSD & narcissistic abuse.
I work with many issues including: depression, anxiety, vocation, family strife, grief, and purpose.
The fundamental skill that I share with psychotherapy clients is to listen deeply to their life experiences. From there, I use questions carefully to clarify my understanding of where they are in life. I work to help people understand that they are not broken or defective. As Carl Rogers said "The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." I accompany clients on a journey of self-exploration, and evolution. A more satisfying life is achieved via greater psychological skill and creating healthier behaviors. I specialize in working with people suffering from Childhood PTSD & narcissistic abuse.
(412) 536-7801 View (412) 536-7801
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Beth Christiano
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Mount Lebanon, PA 15228
Are you noticing an imbalance in your life, in your body, or in your emotions that makes it difficult to see your options, recognize your power, and clarify your goals? I am a Clinical Psychologist, a Registered Yoga Instructor, and a Certified Yoga Therapist with over twenty-five years of experience helping people create clarity, realize their potential, and work towards achieving their goals. I work with adolescents and adults, who experience stressful life events, illness/injury, emotions (like depression and anxiety) and behaviors (like eating disorders and additions) that lead them to feel "stuck".
Are you noticing an imbalance in your life, in your body, or in your emotions that makes it difficult to see your options, recognize your power, and clarify your goals? I am a Clinical Psychologist, a Registered Yoga Instructor, and a Certified Yoga Therapist with over twenty-five years of experience helping people create clarity, realize their potential, and work towards achieving their goals. I work with adolescents and adults, who experience stressful life events, illness/injury, emotions (like depression and anxiety) and behaviors (like eating disorders and additions) that lead them to feel "stuck".
(412) 960-4930 View (412) 960-4930
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Carolyn Theresa Skiff
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
I enjoy working with depressed and anxious clients, and helping people understand some of their basic beliefs that may be hindering success in life.
I am here to help people on their journey, wherever they are in life. I believe in empowering people to make good choices for themselves. I work well with clients suffering from depression and/or anxiety and want solid positive coping skills to help deal with stressors. I use CBT and trauma-informed care, as well as an Adlerian perspective to understand the importance of early childhood experiences on personality and belief structure. I believe mindfulness matters. Taking care of you is important!
I enjoy working with depressed and anxious clients, and helping people understand some of their basic beliefs that may be hindering success in life.
I am here to help people on their journey, wherever they are in life. I believe in empowering people to make good choices for themselves. I work well with clients suffering from depression and/or anxiety and want solid positive coping skills to help deal with stressors. I use CBT and trauma-informed care, as well as an Adlerian perspective to understand the importance of early childhood experiences on personality and belief structure. I believe mindfulness matters. Taking care of you is important!
(412) 376-4050 View (412) 376-4050

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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.