Depression Therapists in Homestead, PA

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Elizabeth Hammond
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Homestead, PA 15120
Immediate openings - Hello and welcome to my page! I am a therapist who is dedicated to helping individuals overcome mood disorders (depression, bipolar, cyclothymia, etc) but I also specialize in treating suicidal ideation. With over five years of clinical practice, I have developed a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding these conditions and their impact on one's overall well-being. My experience has taught me that no two individuals are the same, and I am committed to tailoring my approach to suit your unique circumstances. I offer a welcoming environment where we will tackle what is going on.
Immediate openings - Hello and welcome to my page! I am a therapist who is dedicated to helping individuals overcome mood disorders (depression, bipolar, cyclothymia, etc) but I also specialize in treating suicidal ideation. With over five years of clinical practice, I have developed a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding these conditions and their impact on one's overall well-being. My experience has taught me that no two individuals are the same, and I am committed to tailoring my approach to suit your unique circumstances. I offer a welcoming environment where we will tackle what is going on.
(412) 790-2191 View (412) 790-2191
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Melinda Stupar Fedoris
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Homestead, PA 15120  (Online Only)
I have specialized training in treating anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, and trauma.
The scope of my practice encompasses treating those who experience Anxiety, Negative Beliefs about Self (worth, responsibility, power, choice, etc), Trauma, Body Image and Diet Culture, Life Stress, and Grief. Life can sometimes take hold of us and we feel like we have lost our grasp, I work to help those get a better hold on things again. My focus is on helping you find ways to heal and feel whole again. We often have a lot of unpacking we have to do to heal and feel lighter to move forward. I like to intertwine humor into the treatment experience.
I have specialized training in treating anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, and trauma.
The scope of my practice encompasses treating those who experience Anxiety, Negative Beliefs about Self (worth, responsibility, power, choice, etc), Trauma, Body Image and Diet Culture, Life Stress, and Grief. Life can sometimes take hold of us and we feel like we have lost our grasp, I work to help those get a better hold on things again. My focus is on helping you find ways to heal and feel whole again. We often have a lot of unpacking we have to do to heal and feel lighter to move forward. I like to intertwine humor into the treatment experience.
(412) 754-7758 View (412) 754-7758
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Positive Pathways Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Homestead, PA 15120  (Online Only)
Specialist in treating OCD, Anxiety, Depression and Men’s Issues.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. This is a quote by Dale Carnegie. It is what we truly believe to be true. Hope is always present even when you can't see it. We pride ourselves in helping others see the hope and courage they have inside of them.
Specialist in treating OCD, Anxiety, Depression and Men’s Issues.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. This is a quote by Dale Carnegie. It is what we truly believe to be true. Hope is always present even when you can't see it. We pride ourselves in helping others see the hope and courage they have inside of them.
(412) 226-4823 View (412) 226-4823
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David Mente
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Homestead, PA 15120
I have been working as a psychotherapist for over 30 years. Having a respectful, productive working relationship with my clients is my first priority. This is true whether I am working with an adult individual, a couple, children, adolescents or families. I will encourage you to evaluate whether you are improving in the ways that you desire and will strive to provide you with treatment which suits you. I have intentionally worked in a wide variety of settings and with many different kinds of clients and problems. I welcome any questions you have and offer a free initial consultation.
I have been working as a psychotherapist for over 30 years. Having a respectful, productive working relationship with my clients is my first priority. This is true whether I am working with an adult individual, a couple, children, adolescents or families. I will encourage you to evaluate whether you are improving in the ways that you desire and will strive to provide you with treatment which suits you. I have intentionally worked in a wide variety of settings and with many different kinds of clients and problems. I welcome any questions you have and offer a free initial consultation.
(412) 532-1602 View (412) 532-1602
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Laura Bauder
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CAADC, ATR-BC, CCTP, EMDR-PT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Homestead, PA 15120  (Online Only)
Overcome trauma through EMDR and/or art therapy/talk therapy.
Overcome trauma through EMDR and/or art therapy/talk therapy.
(484) 991-4528 View (484) 991-4528

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Cody Harmon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15122  (Online Only)
Simply feeling depressed or anxious is debilitating enough.
The ideal client doesn't exist. Everybody has issues ranging from traumatic experiences, difficulty family dynamics, medical comorbidities... the list goes on. What I ultimately aim to do is maximize and enhance overall well being through a therapeutic alliance. Many people find that their issue is simply not being able to comprehend or emotionally regulate themselves in a difficult situation. They need skills to do this. Their goal is to be able to function independently as much as possible. They want to thrive in the face of adversity because to them that means strength and courage.
Simply feeling depressed or anxious is debilitating enough.
The ideal client doesn't exist. Everybody has issues ranging from traumatic experiences, difficulty family dynamics, medical comorbidities... the list goes on. What I ultimately aim to do is maximize and enhance overall well being through a therapeutic alliance. Many people find that their issue is simply not being able to comprehend or emotionally regulate themselves in a difficult situation. They need skills to do this. Their goal is to be able to function independently as much as possible. They want to thrive in the face of adversity because to them that means strength and courage.
(304) 443-5383 View (304) 443-5383
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Matthew Steiner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15218  (Online Only)
Everyone has a unique story. Feeling safe and comfortable in therapy to share your thoughts, feelings, and questions is essential to the therapeutic process. I understand that the decision to choose a therapist can be a daunting task and the first step into treatment requires a lot of courage. For the past 20 years I have specialized in working with people who have been impacted by complex trauma and loss. Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, distorted self-image, and a sense of disconnect with self, their environment, and others are often the byproducts of trauma that I see my clients experiencing.
Everyone has a unique story. Feeling safe and comfortable in therapy to share your thoughts, feelings, and questions is essential to the therapeutic process. I understand that the decision to choose a therapist can be a daunting task and the first step into treatment requires a lot of courage. For the past 20 years I have specialized in working with people who have been impacted by complex trauma and loss. Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, distorted self-image, and a sense of disconnect with self, their environment, and others are often the byproducts of trauma that I see my clients experiencing.
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Joshua Weiss
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217  (Online Only)
My skills best serve those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, suicidal ideation, trauma, substance use disorder, and family issues.
I am a licensed professional counselor with a Gestalt and Holistic Wellness approach towards therapy. Gestalt and Wellness approaches allow me to be creative and intentional with my therapeutic practices. I value human connectedness and learning about each person I work with. Therapy is unique to everyone, and my goal is to guide the therapeutic experience with the intention of promoting personal growth. Life has it’s hardships, my passion is helping people lean into their discomforts to develop the skills needed to overcome them.
My skills best serve those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, suicidal ideation, trauma, substance use disorder, and family issues.
I am a licensed professional counselor with a Gestalt and Holistic Wellness approach towards therapy. Gestalt and Wellness approaches allow me to be creative and intentional with my therapeutic practices. I value human connectedness and learning about each person I work with. Therapy is unique to everyone, and my goal is to guide the therapeutic experience with the intention of promoting personal growth. Life has it’s hardships, my passion is helping people lean into their discomforts to develop the skills needed to overcome them.
(484) 646-2762 View (484) 646-2762
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Jennifer Koehler Fandray
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, CRC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Munhall, PA 15120
Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Grief Counseling, Brain Injury, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disabilities, Food Allergies, Celiac Disease.
Life can be stressful. Sometimes the demands of life are too much to handle on your own. I will work with you to accept and change what you can about your life. I have over 25 years of post-masters degree counseling experience, working in both the physical rehabilitation and counseling fields. Experienced in adjustment to disability counseling, grief therapy, life coaching, mental health counseling, teaching relaxation and mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and career counseling. I will work with you on your individual goals and devise a therapeutic plan. My goal is to help you achieve happiness in life!
Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Grief Counseling, Brain Injury, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disabilities, Food Allergies, Celiac Disease.
Life can be stressful. Sometimes the demands of life are too much to handle on your own. I will work with you to accept and change what you can about your life. I have over 25 years of post-masters degree counseling experience, working in both the physical rehabilitation and counseling fields. Experienced in adjustment to disability counseling, grief therapy, life coaching, mental health counseling, teaching relaxation and mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and career counseling. I will work with you on your individual goals and devise a therapeutic plan. My goal is to help you achieve happiness in life!
(412) 376-4010 View (412) 376-4010
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Ashley Van Alen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15207  (Online Only)
Emotions require movement and at times when we find ourselves stuck, it is helpful to have support to find our path forward. If you're struggling to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, or simply want to live a more fulfilled life, you don't have to suffer alone. I believe in the power of the therapeutic connection, and offer a supportive space for vulnerability and growth to help you live your most fulfilled life.
Emotions require movement and at times when we find ourselves stuck, it is helpful to have support to find our path forward. If you're struggling to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, or simply want to live a more fulfilled life, you don't have to suffer alone. I believe in the power of the therapeutic connection, and offer a supportive space for vulnerability and growth to help you live your most fulfilled life.
(412) 207-3947 View (412) 207-3947
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Caitlin Senk
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, NCC, LPC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Squirrel Hill, PA 15217  (Online Only)
With a compassionate approach, I will provide a safe environment to explore feelings, address anxiety and depression, and build resilience.
My approach to therapy is an integrative one that focuses on a person-centered approach. I view the therapeutic relationship as a significant element of change and will collaborate with you in a respectful, nonjudgmental, empathetic, and supportive manner. I believe that our past and current experiences effect our lives in impactful ways and influence our relationship with ourselves and those around us. I aim to empower you by uncovering your strengths and resilience on which we will build a more confident and vivid individual. I am here to help you find your place, feel connected, and reclaim control of your mind and body.
With a compassionate approach, I will provide a safe environment to explore feelings, address anxiety and depression, and build resilience.
My approach to therapy is an integrative one that focuses on a person-centered approach. I view the therapeutic relationship as a significant element of change and will collaborate with you in a respectful, nonjudgmental, empathetic, and supportive manner. I believe that our past and current experiences effect our lives in impactful ways and influence our relationship with ourselves and those around us. I aim to empower you by uncovering your strengths and resilience on which we will build a more confident and vivid individual. I am here to help you find your place, feel connected, and reclaim control of your mind and body.
(412) 981-2059 View (412) 981-2059
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Paige Beckwith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Squirrel Hill, PA 15217
Change is an inevitable part of life that can sometimes be scary, anxiety inducing, and difficult to cope with. Because change is often fraught with unknowns, I believe a strong therapeutic relationship – one that is built on trust, empathy, compassion, and non-judgement – is essential to the healing process. My focuses include working with adults of all ages to address a variety of concerns, such as anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, and grief and loss. I also have experience working with individuals diagnosed with chronic or terminal illnesses, as well as their family members and caregivers.
Change is an inevitable part of life that can sometimes be scary, anxiety inducing, and difficult to cope with. Because change is often fraught with unknowns, I believe a strong therapeutic relationship – one that is built on trust, empathy, compassion, and non-judgement – is essential to the healing process. My focuses include working with adults of all ages to address a variety of concerns, such as anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, and grief and loss. I also have experience working with individuals diagnosed with chronic or terminal illnesses, as well as their family members and caregivers.
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Timothy Reider
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15122  (Online Only)
Hi! I’m Tim Reider! I'm a therapist who specializes in LGBTQIA+ affirming therapy, depression/anxiety, and neurodiversity. I work well with people who want the geek therapy approach to support their identity journey and relationships. If your fandoms are an important anchor in your mental health storm, I’m here to respect the whole picture. If you are trans, I can also provide WPATH V8 format referral letters for transition care. If you are looking for a queer affirming therapist who can speak to your emotional health needs and the nuance of the community, get in touch!
Hi! I’m Tim Reider! I'm a therapist who specializes in LGBTQIA+ affirming therapy, depression/anxiety, and neurodiversity. I work well with people who want the geek therapy approach to support their identity journey and relationships. If your fandoms are an important anchor in your mental health storm, I’m here to respect the whole picture. If you are trans, I can also provide WPATH V8 format referral letters for transition care. If you are looking for a queer affirming therapist who can speak to your emotional health needs and the nuance of the community, get in touch!
(484) 939-6188 View (484) 939-6188
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Megan Dufford
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Squirrel Hill, PA 15217  (Online Only)
Anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, identity concerns, grief/loss, chronic illness, and women's issues are a sampling of concerns I find meaning in helping clients navigate.
Many find psychotherapy useful as a space to explore stressors and difficulties, learn new ways to cope with hardships, and ultimately make changes to enhance quality of life. I remain focused on providing support to each client and incorporate techniques aimed to alleviate distress, foster resilience, and help one move closer to achieving their goals. I utilize an integrative approach including person-centered, supportive, CBT, and/or psychodynamic techniques, always tailoring my style to meet each client's unique needs.
Anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, identity concerns, grief/loss, chronic illness, and women's issues are a sampling of concerns I find meaning in helping clients navigate.
Many find psychotherapy useful as a space to explore stressors and difficulties, learn new ways to cope with hardships, and ultimately make changes to enhance quality of life. I remain focused on providing support to each client and incorporate techniques aimed to alleviate distress, foster resilience, and help one move closer to achieving their goals. I utilize an integrative approach including person-centered, supportive, CBT, and/or psychodynamic techniques, always tailoring my style to meet each client's unique needs.
(412) 253-7125 View (412) 253-7125
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Michelle Landau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Swissvale, PA 15218
My therapeutic areas of interest include living with chronic physical illnesses, grief and loss issues, anxiety, depression, life transitions, moving beyond fear in one's life, and providing support during and after pregnancy.
I help clients learn to listen to and hear themselves; my interest is in helping you to develop the confidence to recognize and honor your own wisdom and thereby make more effective choices in your life. My clinical experiences have afforded me the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients, including but not limited to those with major depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorder, and grief. If you are interested in gaining insight into your problems and concerns in order to make changes in your life, then our work together will be rewarding for you.
My therapeutic areas of interest include living with chronic physical illnesses, grief and loss issues, anxiety, depression, life transitions, moving beyond fear in one's life, and providing support during and after pregnancy.
I help clients learn to listen to and hear themselves; my interest is in helping you to develop the confidence to recognize and honor your own wisdom and thereby make more effective choices in your life. My clinical experiences have afforded me the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients, including but not limited to those with major depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorder, and grief. If you are interested in gaining insight into your problems and concerns in order to make changes in your life, then our work together will be rewarding for you.
(412) 253-6173 View (412) 253-6173
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Peace and Perspective Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
I specialize in addressing addiction, trauma, life transitions, grief/loss, chronic pain/medical issues, depression and anxiety among other life concerns.
In these times of uncertainty, everyone could use a little support. As a licensed professional counselor with over 15 years of experience in mental health and substance abuse treatment, I'm here to support you, whether you're looking to learn how to better manage stress, a chronic health condition, heal trauma, resolve family conflict, substance abuse/dependency, grief/loss, or manage a mood disorder. We partner together to tailor therapy that addresses your individual needs. Change is always possible and I'd be honored to be a part of your journey.
I specialize in addressing addiction, trauma, life transitions, grief/loss, chronic pain/medical issues, depression and anxiety among other life concerns.
In these times of uncertainty, everyone could use a little support. As a licensed professional counselor with over 15 years of experience in mental health and substance abuse treatment, I'm here to support you, whether you're looking to learn how to better manage stress, a chronic health condition, heal trauma, resolve family conflict, substance abuse/dependency, grief/loss, or manage a mood disorder. We partner together to tailor therapy that addresses your individual needs. Change is always possible and I'd be honored to be a part of your journey.
(878) 216-0339 View (878) 216-0339
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Ellen M Redinbaugh
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
I specialize in Behavioral Medicine interventions that promote physical and psychological health by addressing the mind-body connection. Depression and anxiety do not simply exist in our heads, they reside in our bodies as well. I teach people how to heal themselves using techniques derived from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness approaches, and positive psychology. Many of my clients have chronic health problems that include heart disease, cancer, neurological disorders, and autoimmune disease. Healing is possible, and we all have the inherent capacity to help ourselves feel better.
I specialize in Behavioral Medicine interventions that promote physical and psychological health by addressing the mind-body connection. Depression and anxiety do not simply exist in our heads, they reside in our bodies as well. I teach people how to heal themselves using techniques derived from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness approaches, and positive psychology. Many of my clients have chronic health problems that include heart disease, cancer, neurological disorders, and autoimmune disease. Healing is possible, and we all have the inherent capacity to help ourselves feel better.
(412) 203-8425 View (412) 203-8425
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Joseph Marsh
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Munhall, PA 15120  (Online Only)
“It’s always best to believe in one’s self, but a little help from others can be a great blessing!” I view each person as the main character in their book of life. Each book contains stories of joy, sadness, exploration, struggle, and most importantly: HOPE. My goal to assist in exploring these stories, whether you encounter depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship issues, intersectional struggles, or self-esteem issues. I am especially sensitive to those impacted by LGBTQ issues, religious minorities, activists, uniformed public servants, and those experiencing depression.
“It’s always best to believe in one’s self, but a little help from others can be a great blessing!” I view each person as the main character in their book of life. Each book contains stories of joy, sadness, exploration, struggle, and most importantly: HOPE. My goal to assist in exploring these stories, whether you encounter depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship issues, intersectional struggles, or self-esteem issues. I am especially sensitive to those impacted by LGBTQ issues, religious minorities, activists, uniformed public servants, and those experiencing depression.
(412) 226-4125 View (412) 226-4125
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Catherine Davin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSCP, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
* Not accepting new clients at this time * Welcome! I know that searching for a therapist and reaching out for help is not easy, congrats on taking the first step. I get it - life can be hard, especially when dealing with depression, anxiety, anger, and other hardships. Mental health difficulties are treatable and healing is possible! I am here to offer you a space where you can safely process emotions and work through life’s difficulties. I can help you gain clarity in your symptoms, transform your unhelpful thinking patterns, unburden self-critical core beliefs, and feel empowered to live your best life.
* Not accepting new clients at this time * Welcome! I know that searching for a therapist and reaching out for help is not easy, congrats on taking the first step. I get it - life can be hard, especially when dealing with depression, anxiety, anger, and other hardships. Mental health difficulties are treatable and healing is possible! I am here to offer you a space where you can safely process emotions and work through life’s difficulties. I can help you gain clarity in your symptoms, transform your unhelpful thinking patterns, unburden self-critical core beliefs, and feel empowered to live your best life.
(412) 274-8283 View (412) 274-8283
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Jessica Beu
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, C-IAYT
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15218  (Online Only)
I help clients identify and reach their personal goals utilizing an integrative approach that includes focusing on strengths, trauma informed care, and Polyvagal Theory. Clients dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, chronic pain and illness can expect a compassionate and collaborative environment to work on overcoming these challenges. Those who are looking to increase self-efficacy, develop tools for self regulation, and motivated to make change will be supported and empowered to access their innate healing capabilities.
I help clients identify and reach their personal goals utilizing an integrative approach that includes focusing on strengths, trauma informed care, and Polyvagal Theory. Clients dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, chronic pain and illness can expect a compassionate and collaborative environment to work on overcoming these challenges. Those who are looking to increase self-efficacy, develop tools for self regulation, and motivated to make change will be supported and empowered to access their innate healing capabilities.
(412) 214-8951 View (412) 214-8951

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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.