Depression Therapists in Millvale, PA

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Quiet Retreat Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Millvale, PA 15209
My goal in providing therapy is to promote a judgement free, non-anxious presence so that you can explore and grow in ways that feel right to you. By using a mix of traditional and trauma-informed therapy styles, we will work together towards healing and authenticity. Whether you struggle with abuse, discrimination, anxiety, depression, need to hone your coping skills or discover your future path, we are here for you. Discover a safe, confidential, and friendly place to explore issues that are close to your heart. You are cared for and loved.
My goal in providing therapy is to promote a judgement free, non-anxious presence so that you can explore and grow in ways that feel right to you. By using a mix of traditional and trauma-informed therapy styles, we will work together towards healing and authenticity. Whether you struggle with abuse, discrimination, anxiety, depression, need to hone your coping skills or discover your future path, we are here for you. Discover a safe, confidential, and friendly place to explore issues that are close to your heart. You are cared for and loved.
(724) 573-8992 View (724) 573-8992
Jodi Peppel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, CRS
Verified Verified
Millvale, PA 15209
I have been exploring the healing arts,psychology,spirituality,the mind-body connection, and personal growth both professionally and personally for the past 30 years. My personal healing journey has supported and guided my heart's desire to be a facilitator in guiding others home to their selves. I maintain a private practice as psychotherapist and Certified Rubenfeld Synergist in Pittsburgh,Pa. My practice is eclectic and dynamic. It allows me to explore the depths of my being while facilitating others to do the same. I am a dedicated therapist, dedicated to my growth and the growth of my clients.
I have been exploring the healing arts,psychology,spirituality,the mind-body connection, and personal growth both professionally and personally for the past 30 years. My personal healing journey has supported and guided my heart's desire to be a facilitator in guiding others home to their selves. I maintain a private practice as psychotherapist and Certified Rubenfeld Synergist in Pittsburgh,Pa. My practice is eclectic and dynamic. It allows me to explore the depths of my being while facilitating others to do the same. I am a dedicated therapist, dedicated to my growth and the growth of my clients.
(412) 543-8004 View (412) 543-8004
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Brittany Hautz : Queer Trauma Therapist In Pa
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Millvale, PA 15209
Waitlist for new clients
My name is Brittany (she/her), and I help folx develop their sense of inner strength and trust, and overcome trauma related symptoms. Yes, people actually heal from trauma. My clients are eager to learn how to maintain boundaries, effectively communicate, and more mindfully navigate the stressors of daily life. They know their triggers and understand "why" they have symptoms, and now they are ready for the deep work - to actually not be triggered all of the time! I also have a special interest in working with my LGBTQIA+ Queer, and ND communities, and diving into identity and self acceptance work. Let's be bold and bright!
My name is Brittany (she/her), and I help folx develop their sense of inner strength and trust, and overcome trauma related symptoms. Yes, people actually heal from trauma. My clients are eager to learn how to maintain boundaries, effectively communicate, and more mindfully navigate the stressors of daily life. They know their triggers and understand "why" they have symptoms, and now they are ready for the deep work - to actually not be triggered all of the time! I also have a special interest in working with my LGBTQIA+ Queer, and ND communities, and diving into identity and self acceptance work. Let's be bold and bright!
(878) 205-0553 View (878) 205-0553
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Maizee Devlin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PDP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Millvale, PA 15209
Not accepting new clients
I also enjoy working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, low self esteem, relationship issues and any life transitions, like a new job.
With empathy, humor, and kindness in session, I seek to help my clients feel empowered, clear-headed, and calm. I believe individuals have the power with in themselves to make positive, lasting changes in their lives. I utilize CBT, DBT, ACT and motivational interviewing to foster this belief and help clients not only realize, but acknowledge their own role in changing their thoughts and behaviors!
I also enjoy working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, low self esteem, relationship issues and any life transitions, like a new job.
With empathy, humor, and kindness in session, I seek to help my clients feel empowered, clear-headed, and calm. I believe individuals have the power with in themselves to make positive, lasting changes in their lives. I utilize CBT, DBT, ACT and motivational interviewing to foster this belief and help clients not only realize, but acknowledge their own role in changing their thoughts and behaviors!
(412) 459-7569 View (412) 459-7569

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Molly Maureen Alvord
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15212  (Online Only)
Molly Alvord is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania and Maryland with over 17 years of experience. Working in a variety of settings, Molly has had the pleasure of helping people of all ages and backgrounds by providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Her specialties include anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship issues. She earned her Masters of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work.
Molly Alvord is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania and Maryland with over 17 years of experience. Working in a variety of settings, Molly has had the pleasure of helping people of all ages and backgrounds by providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Her specialties include anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship issues. She earned her Masters of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work.
(412) 207-3627 View (412) 207-3627
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Loren Sobel
MD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
When you're navigating trauma, depression, anxiety, or identity challenges, you need a space where your experiences are met with genuine empathy, active curiosity, and a willingness to encourage honest self-examination.
As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, I am uniquely suited to provide holistic care. A psychoanalytic therapy approach offers a highly effective form of treatment through a comprehensive and nuanced framework for working with and addressing trauma, anxiety, depression, identity struggles, low self-esteem, a lostness around a sense of self, struggles in your connections to other people, and feelings of meaninglessness. If advisable, I can also provide careful expert medication management. Together, we will embark on a collaborative exploration, delving into your unique background and personal influences as we work towards healing.
When you're navigating trauma, depression, anxiety, or identity challenges, you need a space where your experiences are met with genuine empathy, active curiosity, and a willingness to encourage honest self-examination.
As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, I am uniquely suited to provide holistic care. A psychoanalytic therapy approach offers a highly effective form of treatment through a comprehensive and nuanced framework for working with and addressing trauma, anxiety, depression, identity struggles, low self-esteem, a lostness around a sense of self, struggles in your connections to other people, and feelings of meaninglessness. If advisable, I can also provide careful expert medication management. Together, we will embark on a collaborative exploration, delving into your unique background and personal influences as we work towards healing.
(412) 618-0441 View (412) 618-0441
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Maryann Owens
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
If you're an adult who feels overwhelmed by anxiety, weighed down by trauma, or stuck in the grip of depression, I'm here to walk alongside you. Perhaps you're battling relentless stress or you're finding that your relationships just aren't what they used to be—whatever it is, know that there's a space for you in my practice. I specialize in helping people like you manage the tough stuff: the anxiety that won't quiet down, the traumatic memories that linger, the heavy blanket of depression, and the stress that seems to color your every day.
If you're an adult who feels overwhelmed by anxiety, weighed down by trauma, or stuck in the grip of depression, I'm here to walk alongside you. Perhaps you're battling relentless stress or you're finding that your relationships just aren't what they used to be—whatever it is, know that there's a space for you in my practice. I specialize in helping people like you manage the tough stuff: the anxiety that won't quiet down, the traumatic memories that linger, the heavy blanket of depression, and the stress that seems to color your every day.
(412) 207-3813 View (412) 207-3813
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Heather Hodges
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Heather Hodges is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 6 years of experience working with kids as young as 4, elderly clients, and everyone in between. She is driven and passionate about helping kids, adolescents, and adults overcome the hardships that life brings. Heather has a vast amount of experience working with addiction, depression, anxiety, life adjustments, and much more. She will strive to help you reach your potential and wants to meet you where you are. Heather has a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Slippery Rock University.
Heather Hodges is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 6 years of experience working with kids as young as 4, elderly clients, and everyone in between. She is driven and passionate about helping kids, adolescents, and adults overcome the hardships that life brings. Heather has a vast amount of experience working with addiction, depression, anxiety, life adjustments, and much more. She will strive to help you reach your potential and wants to meet you where you are. Heather has a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Slippery Rock University.
(412) 615-3758 View (412) 615-3758
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Chris Friend
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15224  (Online Only)
In addition to anxiety and depression, I also work with people who struggle from symptoms of PTSD, BPD, and bipolar disorder.
Hi ya’ll, I’m Chris. The state of the world and our own well-being can often feel very fragile, especially after these last few years. Through counseling I am able to provide an outlet for processing your emotions and actions and finding a way to unstick yourself when you don’t like where you are. Therapy can be a frightening step for many, but I hope to make your journey to a healthier mindset as comfortable and rewarding as possible. My clinical experience and education are focused on working with those who struggle with severe depression and anxiety.
In addition to anxiety and depression, I also work with people who struggle from symptoms of PTSD, BPD, and bipolar disorder.
Hi ya’ll, I’m Chris. The state of the world and our own well-being can often feel very fragile, especially after these last few years. Through counseling I am able to provide an outlet for processing your emotions and actions and finding a way to unstick yourself when you don’t like where you are. Therapy can be a frightening step for many, but I hope to make your journey to a healthier mindset as comfortable and rewarding as possible. My clinical experience and education are focused on working with those who struggle with severe depression and anxiety.
(412) 790-1466 View (412) 790-1466
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Katelyn Dougherty
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Katelyn Dougherty is a Nationally Certified Counselor whose main passion is not just to help others, but to help her clients achieve their goals. Katelyn helps teens, young adults, adults, and couples navigate and address various challenges and hardships they may face in their everyday lives. She specializes in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and major life transitions and has worked over 2 years with the special needs community as well.
Katelyn Dougherty is a Nationally Certified Counselor whose main passion is not just to help others, but to help her clients achieve their goals. Katelyn helps teens, young adults, adults, and couples navigate and address various challenges and hardships they may face in their everyday lives. She specializes in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and major life transitions and has worked over 2 years with the special needs community as well.
(412) 226-3049 View (412) 226-3049
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Ashlee Groover
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
I have experience working with adults, college-aged adults, adolescents struggling with severe mental illness (depression, anxiety, trauma) and substance use.
I currently have early morning openings for telehealth on Mon & Thurs! Understanding the unsettling feelings, emotions, and thoughts that you may be experiencing can be an incredibly complex task to grapple with on your own. It can feel even more daunting when you think of how to try and explain what is going on to someone else. I strive to provide a supportive and collaborative environment to assist you in taking the time to explore the things you seek to understand. My goal is to help you build your “mental tool box” with effective coping skills, confidence, and self-awareness to tackle any obstacle that is thrown your way.
I have experience working with adults, college-aged adults, adolescents struggling with severe mental illness (depression, anxiety, trauma) and substance use.
I currently have early morning openings for telehealth on Mon & Thurs! Understanding the unsettling feelings, emotions, and thoughts that you may be experiencing can be an incredibly complex task to grapple with on your own. It can feel even more daunting when you think of how to try and explain what is going on to someone else. I strive to provide a supportive and collaborative environment to assist you in taking the time to explore the things you seek to understand. My goal is to help you build your “mental tool box” with effective coping skills, confidence, and self-awareness to tackle any obstacle that is thrown your way.
(412) 520-7741 View (412) 520-7741
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Barbara Lynn Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, CAADC, CCDPD, LPC
Verified Verified
Aspinwall, PA 15215
Areas of focus include: anxiety, depression, life transition issues, conflict resolution, stress management, loss & bereavement issues, self-esteem issues, codependency issues, emotional regulation issues, and communication issues.
Barbara is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in Mental Health Counseling. Barbara received her Master's Degree from Slippery Rock University in Psychology. Her counseling approach is eclectic in nature and adjusted to meet the existing needs of the client in relationship to their own individual developmental needs.
Areas of focus include: anxiety, depression, life transition issues, conflict resolution, stress management, loss & bereavement issues, self-esteem issues, codependency issues, emotional regulation issues, and communication issues.
Barbara is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in Mental Health Counseling. Barbara received her Master's Degree from Slippery Rock University in Psychology. Her counseling approach is eclectic in nature and adjusted to meet the existing needs of the client in relationship to their own individual developmental needs.
(412) 685-3190 View (412) 685-3190
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Mitchell Rinn
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Glenshaw, PA 15116  (Online Only)
I have over 10 years of experience working with a wide range of individuals, including those who struggle with anxiety, depression, substance use, OCD behaviors, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder.
Do you feel like you’ve lost control? Are you plagued by unwelcome, often self-critical thoughts? Maybe you’ve experienced a significant life event like the loss of a loved one, job, or relationship? You’ve no doubt tried to manage on your own but despite your best efforts, things aren’t getting any better. Well you don’t have to go through this journey alone. Together, we can identify the challenges that are holding you back and help you to build the life that you deserve. Therapy can be intimidating, so if you’ve decided to seek help, then you’ve made a brave choice, and I believe, a wise one.
I have over 10 years of experience working with a wide range of individuals, including those who struggle with anxiety, depression, substance use, OCD behaviors, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder.
Do you feel like you’ve lost control? Are you plagued by unwelcome, often self-critical thoughts? Maybe you’ve experienced a significant life event like the loss of a loved one, job, or relationship? You’ve no doubt tried to manage on your own but despite your best efforts, things aren’t getting any better. Well you don’t have to go through this journey alone. Together, we can identify the challenges that are holding you back and help you to build the life that you deserve. Therapy can be intimidating, so if you’ve decided to seek help, then you’ve made a brave choice, and I believe, a wise one.
(484) 969-9741 View (484) 969-9741
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Jamie C. Rivers
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSCP, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Waitlist for new clients
In addition to working with people with medical health diagnosis, I specialize in working with people who are grieving, depressed and anxious.
I help people navigate through complex medical and psychological conditions. Often times a diagnosis of cancer, diabetes, infertility, chronic pain/fatigue leaves us confused, frustrated and powerless. Medical health setbacks can impact our mental health. Conditions that may occur or worsen include: depression, anxiety, substance dependency, interpersonal conflict and relationship issues. This is not always truth. Many find their voice, their personal strength, and their love and compassion of self and others deepen.
In addition to working with people with medical health diagnosis, I specialize in working with people who are grieving, depressed and anxious.
I help people navigate through complex medical and psychological conditions. Often times a diagnosis of cancer, diabetes, infertility, chronic pain/fatigue leaves us confused, frustrated and powerless. Medical health setbacks can impact our mental health. Conditions that may occur or worsen include: depression, anxiety, substance dependency, interpersonal conflict and relationship issues. This is not always truth. Many find their voice, their personal strength, and their love and compassion of self and others deepen.
(412) 426-3655 View (412) 426-3655
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Melissa Palumbo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15201  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
With a compassionate and client-centered approach, I specialize in teens and young adults (14-35) who experience anxiety, depression, relationship issues and life transitions.
Sometimes life can feel so overwhelming. Between school, work, stress, and feeling less motivated, it's easy to forget to take care of YOU.
With a compassionate and client-centered approach, I specialize in teens and young adults (14-35) who experience anxiety, depression, relationship issues and life transitions.
Sometimes life can feel so overwhelming. Between school, work, stress, and feeling less motivated, it's easy to forget to take care of YOU.
(267) 715-1428 View (267) 715-1428
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Jean McClung
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
A psychologist for over 20 years, I work primarily with adults and adolescents in individual therapy. In my practice, I see clients with a broad range of issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, life transitions, relationship issues, divorce, under-achievement, low self-esteem, career and school issues. My goal is to help individuals self-actualize and flourish in our rapidly changing world. My full time practice allows me flexibility in scheduling clients. Evening appointments are often available.
A psychologist for over 20 years, I work primarily with adults and adolescents in individual therapy. In my practice, I see clients with a broad range of issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, life transitions, relationship issues, divorce, under-achievement, low self-esteem, career and school issues. My goal is to help individuals self-actualize and flourish in our rapidly changing world. My full time practice allows me flexibility in scheduling clients. Evening appointments are often available.
(412) 532-1425 x3 View (412) 532-1425 x3
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Mindful Connection Therapy
Counselor, LAC, MA, MFA
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, feeling overwhelmed or lost? Maybe you feel unfulfilled in your relationships, career, or other key areas of your life. If you are ready to explore these parts of yourself and interrupt patterns that are no longer serving you, I can help with that. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process which allows us to look at the areas that are causing distress, and identify ways to adjust your thoughts and behaviors to create positive change. I provide therapy in a safe, nonjudgmental environment where you can feel comfortable expressing yourself openly and authentically.
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, feeling overwhelmed or lost? Maybe you feel unfulfilled in your relationships, career, or other key areas of your life. If you are ready to explore these parts of yourself and interrupt patterns that are no longer serving you, I can help with that. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process which allows us to look at the areas that are causing distress, and identify ways to adjust your thoughts and behaviors to create positive change. I provide therapy in a safe, nonjudgmental environment where you can feel comfortable expressing yourself openly and authentically.
(215) 631-8406 View (215) 631-8406
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Makin Wellness
Counselor, MSEd, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15201  (Online Only)
We are welcoming new clients now & can help schedule your first session within a few business days with one of our expert providers at Makin Wellness! Do you worry all the time? Is it hard for you to turn your thoughts off? Would you like to enjoy the present moment, but feel like it's impossible because you are so focused on the future or past? So many people live their lives filled with negative thoughts, Trauma & depression that eventually affect their work, relationships, and even health. They are unsure of how to let go of their troublesome thoughts or have tried things that made their problems even worse.
We are welcoming new clients now & can help schedule your first session within a few business days with one of our expert providers at Makin Wellness! Do you worry all the time? Is it hard for you to turn your thoughts off? Would you like to enjoy the present moment, but feel like it's impossible because you are so focused on the future or past? So many people live their lives filled with negative thoughts, Trauma & depression that eventually affect their work, relationships, and even health. They are unsure of how to let go of their troublesome thoughts or have tried things that made their problems even worse.
(412) 844-2959 View (412) 844-2959
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Nathan Russell Earl
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15212  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have worked with individuals struggling with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, anger, grief and addiction. I aim to create a safe, supportive environment for my clients to process their emotions, and to create positive change in their lives. I hope to help my clients gain a healthier relationship with themselves by challenging their critical self-talk. I have worked with may people who think and say harsh, or even cruel things to themselves; that they would never say to another person, or a friend.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have worked with individuals struggling with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, anger, grief and addiction. I aim to create a safe, supportive environment for my clients to process their emotions, and to create positive change in their lives. I hope to help my clients gain a healthier relationship with themselves by challenging their critical self-talk. I have worked with may people who think and say harsh, or even cruel things to themselves; that they would never say to another person, or a friend.
(412) 301-9147 View (412) 301-9147
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Carole Joan Honeychurch
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NBCC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
People seek therapy when they are in pain. This pain may show up as anxiety, depression, loneliness, compulsive behaviors, addiction or a combination of these. My job as your therapist is to meet you where you are and to understand your experience, your pain, and to help you move forward. The goal is to create a collaboration in which you have the support and safety to begin to challenge thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that may be holding you back and causing suffering. I will guide you in this work with warmth, humor, respect, and acceptance.
People seek therapy when they are in pain. This pain may show up as anxiety, depression, loneliness, compulsive behaviors, addiction or a combination of these. My job as your therapist is to meet you where you are and to understand your experience, your pain, and to help you move forward. The goal is to create a collaboration in which you have the support and safety to begin to challenge thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that may be holding you back and causing suffering. I will guide you in this work with warmth, humor, respect, and acceptance.
(412) 275-4853 View (412) 275-4853

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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.