Depression Therapists in Pleasant Hills, PA

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Diane Bauer, LCSW & Associates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236
Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Dissociative Disorders, Divorce/Dissolution LGBT issues, Grief/Loss, Mood Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parenting issues, Trauma, Relationship Issues, Self-esteem We provide counseling for children, teens, adults, families, and couples.
Are you "worrying" often? Do you feel uncomfortable in social settings? Feeling sad, frustrated/angry and having difficulty managing it? Are you a parent concerned about your child's behavior? Or in a relationship/marriage that is unfulfilling or not what it use to be? Is your family not accepting of your life choices? Counseling is a great opportunity to work through long standing concerns or just talk about what is going on in your life right now.
Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Dissociative Disorders, Divorce/Dissolution LGBT issues, Grief/Loss, Mood Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parenting issues, Trauma, Relationship Issues, Self-esteem We provide counseling for children, teens, adults, families, and couples.
Are you "worrying" often? Do you feel uncomfortable in social settings? Feeling sad, frustrated/angry and having difficulty managing it? Are you a parent concerned about your child's behavior? Or in a relationship/marriage that is unfulfilling or not what it use to be? Is your family not accepting of your life choices? Counseling is a great opportunity to work through long standing concerns or just talk about what is going on in your life right now.
(412) 532-1773 View (412) 532-1773
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Heather Hoeke Abbruzzese
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236
I have training and experience working with those hoping to find relief from anxiety and depression, unresolved traumatic experiences/PTSD, women's mental health, postpartum mood disorders, grief, parenting concerns, life adjustment and transitions, and general stress.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with the demands being placed on you? Are you struggling with a disturbing event that is making it hard for you to live in the present? Are you ready to make meaningful change in your life? At times, we need a little extra support and guidance to get through the challenging seasons of our lives. I want to help you work through the difficult moments and to find the strength within to heal and to find peace. I offer a calm, supportive space without judgement where you can share your story, improve your ability to cope in the present, and set goals for the future.
I have training and experience working with those hoping to find relief from anxiety and depression, unresolved traumatic experiences/PTSD, women's mental health, postpartum mood disorders, grief, parenting concerns, life adjustment and transitions, and general stress.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with the demands being placed on you? Are you struggling with a disturbing event that is making it hard for you to live in the present? Are you ready to make meaningful change in your life? At times, we need a little extra support and guidance to get through the challenging seasons of our lives. I want to help you work through the difficult moments and to find the strength within to heal and to find peace. I offer a calm, supportive space without judgement where you can share your story, improve your ability to cope in the present, and set goals for the future.
(878) 205-0616 View (878) 205-0616
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Leann E. Romitti
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC, CMHNCS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236  (Online Only)
I am passionate about working with women, the LGBTQ+ community, survivors of trauma, anxiety, depression, and individuals who want to create a healthy lifestyle.
“I don’t know who I am anymore”. “I used to be so happy”. “Why is being healthy so hard right now”. “When did it become so hard to get out of bed”. Some days you find yourself asking these questions. You don’t know when it happened, but you barely recognize the person in the mirror. You don’t feel like yourself. You feel lost, stuck and overwhelmed by the little things. You feel guilty because you struggle to be present at your job, with your partner, or your children and family. You want to stop "just getting through another day". You are ready to take your life back. You are ready to thrive.
I am passionate about working with women, the LGBTQ+ community, survivors of trauma, anxiety, depression, and individuals who want to create a healthy lifestyle.
“I don’t know who I am anymore”. “I used to be so happy”. “Why is being healthy so hard right now”. “When did it become so hard to get out of bed”. Some days you find yourself asking these questions. You don’t know when it happened, but you barely recognize the person in the mirror. You don’t feel like yourself. You feel lost, stuck and overwhelmed by the little things. You feel guilty because you struggle to be present at your job, with your partner, or your children and family. You want to stop "just getting through another day". You are ready to take your life back. You are ready to thrive.
(412) 324-3175 View (412) 324-3175
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Gina Niewodowski
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236  (Online Only)
For the past three decades, I have helped people manage anxiety, depression, recovery from divorce, abuse, job loss and grief.
We all have inner strength. Rollo May, a well known psychologist wrote, "Finding the center of strength within ourselves, is in the long run, the best contribution we can make to our fellow man". As a professional counselor, I want to help you find and use your strengths so you can live a healthy and purpose filled life.
For the past three decades, I have helped people manage anxiety, depression, recovery from divorce, abuse, job loss and grief.
We all have inner strength. Rollo May, a well known psychologist wrote, "Finding the center of strength within ourselves, is in the long run, the best contribution we can make to our fellow man". As a professional counselor, I want to help you find and use your strengths so you can live a healthy and purpose filled life.
(412) 727-8266 View (412) 727-8266
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Kristie Harmon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236  (Online Only)
Hi there, have you been feeling stuck? Just going through the day to day motions? Looking to change some things up? Let’s get started! First step is scheduling your initial appointment. I am here to help you navigate into a better state of mind. A little about me, I live a very active and healthy lifestyle and truly love motivating others. I also am diagnosed with Celiac disease, therefore I am quite the gluten free expert! I enjoy helping others tap into new coping skills. I love animals and have a big fluffy golden retriever. His name is Gus and from time to time crashes in to say hi during sessions.
Hi there, have you been feeling stuck? Just going through the day to day motions? Looking to change some things up? Let’s get started! First step is scheduling your initial appointment. I am here to help you navigate into a better state of mind. A little about me, I live a very active and healthy lifestyle and truly love motivating others. I also am diagnosed with Celiac disease, therefore I am quite the gluten free expert! I enjoy helping others tap into new coping skills. I love animals and have a big fluffy golden retriever. His name is Gus and from time to time crashes in to say hi during sessions.
(412) 844-4789 View (412) 844-4789
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Christie Wenner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236
Not accepting new clients
I believe therapy is a relational process where the central focus of the work becomes the therapy relationship we co-create. From the foundation of our relationship we will approach your unique path to healing and improving the quality of your life in ways that are meaningful to you. I believe therapy is most successful when the relationship feels safe, secure, contained, and where boundaries and choices are made continually transparent. As an additional offering, I have advanced training and practice in the use of EMDR. At the right time in your recovery journey we can discuss how this modality might benefit your recovery.
I believe therapy is a relational process where the central focus of the work becomes the therapy relationship we co-create. From the foundation of our relationship we will approach your unique path to healing and improving the quality of your life in ways that are meaningful to you. I believe therapy is most successful when the relationship feels safe, secure, contained, and where boundaries and choices are made continually transparent. As an additional offering, I have advanced training and practice in the use of EMDR. At the right time in your recovery journey we can discuss how this modality might benefit your recovery.
(412) 223-3056 View (412) 223-3056

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Lori McNulty
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brentwood, PA 15227
We all experience difficult or painful events in our lives. We may feel anxious, depressed, or just not ourselves. You don't have to deal with things alone. Maybe you're having relationship issues, or you lost someone you love. Perhaps you went through a traumatic event, and are having a difficult time coping. I can teach you better ways to cope with difficult situations, recognize your feelings, and restructure your thoughts. You are the expert, and I will give you the tools to cope. I will work with you to heal and bring balance and happiness back into your life.
We all experience difficult or painful events in our lives. We may feel anxious, depressed, or just not ourselves. You don't have to deal with things alone. Maybe you're having relationship issues, or you lost someone you love. Perhaps you went through a traumatic event, and are having a difficult time coping. I can teach you better ways to cope with difficult situations, recognize your feelings, and restructure your thoughts. You are the expert, and I will give you the tools to cope. I will work with you to heal and bring balance and happiness back into your life.
(878) 206-0289 View (878) 206-0289
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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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Chris Rostek
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Chris Rostek has 30 plus years of clinical experience and has worked in many different areas in the mental health field. She offers individual therapy and has experience in family therapy. Her treatment approach incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, mindfulness and behavior modification. Assists clients with relaxation, stress management, improving communication skills, conflict resolution and identification of feelings to help clients overcome the difficulties they are experiencing. Chris' treatment interests are adolescents, young adult issues, women’s issues, depression, anxiety, ADHD and mood disorders.
Chris Rostek has 30 plus years of clinical experience and has worked in many different areas in the mental health field. She offers individual therapy and has experience in family therapy. Her treatment approach incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, mindfulness and behavior modification. Assists clients with relaxation, stress management, improving communication skills, conflict resolution and identification of feelings to help clients overcome the difficulties they are experiencing. Chris' treatment interests are adolescents, young adult issues, women’s issues, depression, anxiety, ADHD and mood disorders.
(412) 844-4803 View (412) 844-4803
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Claire Barber
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
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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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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Antoinette Young
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15236  (Online Only)
I am an LCSW in the state of PA and an LICSW in the state of MA. I have been working as a behavioral health therapist for over 19 years. I work with individuals ages 18 and up. I have helped people with a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career challenges, gender identity issues, trauma, and abuse. I also have a strong medical background. I have worked with people who have chronic medical conditions, helping them to live the best quality of life possible.
I am an LCSW in the state of PA and an LICSW in the state of MA. I have been working as a behavioral health therapist for over 19 years. I work with individuals ages 18 and up. I have helped people with a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career challenges, gender identity issues, trauma, and abuse. I also have a strong medical background. I have worked with people who have chronic medical conditions, helping them to live the best quality of life possible.
(412) 547-5087 View (412) 547-5087
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Dr. Dana Matta
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15236  (Online Only)
A wise person once said, "You can't laugh all your laughter till you cry all your tears." Sometimes life presents us with difficult challenges or situations that can be overwhelming or unfair. The death of a loved one, the breakup of a relationship. health issues, family conflicts, depression and anxiety just to name a few. The decision to enter therapy is seldom made lightly. I believe it is important to provide a safe and confidential space for my clients to share their feelings and speak their truth. It is only by sharing the pain and sadness that humans can cry their tears and move on to the laughter again.
A wise person once said, "You can't laugh all your laughter till you cry all your tears." Sometimes life presents us with difficult challenges or situations that can be overwhelming or unfair. The death of a loved one, the breakup of a relationship. health issues, family conflicts, depression and anxiety just to name a few. The decision to enter therapy is seldom made lightly. I believe it is important to provide a safe and confidential space for my clients to share their feelings and speak their truth. It is only by sharing the pain and sadness that humans can cry their tears and move on to the laughter again.
(724) 585-8830 View (724) 585-8830
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Lindsay Brain
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Waitlist for new clients
I am dedicated and hard working with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field serving children, young adults, and families. I specialize in treating trauma, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, and depression and have an extensive background in helping children with behavioral issues and their families. By developing a strong therapeutic alliance, I am able to offer skill development and confidence building to support clients in processing events and decision making. Ideal clients will be open and honest in a supportive, non-judgmental setting to learn skills and increase happiness and hopefulness.
I am dedicated and hard working with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field serving children, young adults, and families. I specialize in treating trauma, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, and depression and have an extensive background in helping children with behavioral issues and their families. By developing a strong therapeutic alliance, I am able to offer skill development and confidence building to support clients in processing events and decision making. Ideal clients will be open and honest in a supportive, non-judgmental setting to learn skills and increase happiness and hopefulness.
(412) 453-4523 View (412) 453-4523
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Asia Gunter
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Give me a break, are you serious? How did I get here? No one understands me, I'm anxious..I'm depressed. How many times have you said these exact words this week? I sure can relate-and if you can, you’re in the right place. Welcome. Self-empowerment, radical acceptance & authentic human connection will be the cornerstone of our work. I utilize a strength-based humanistic approach to guide us...but healing doesn't happen via theory. It lies within you - your hopes, hardships, successes & infinite wisdom. Sometimes we'll laugh. Often, we'll cry. But either way...
Give me a break, are you serious? How did I get here? No one understands me, I'm anxious..I'm depressed. How many times have you said these exact words this week? I sure can relate-and if you can, you’re in the right place. Welcome. Self-empowerment, radical acceptance & authentic human connection will be the cornerstone of our work. I utilize a strength-based humanistic approach to guide us...but healing doesn't happen via theory. It lies within you - your hopes, hardships, successes & infinite wisdom. Sometimes we'll laugh. Often, we'll cry. But either way...
(412) 501-9683 View (412) 501-9683
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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
Gerrian Miller Bobrowsky
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Brentwood, PA 15227  (Online Only)
I offer an interpersonal/psychodynamic approach to working with individuals with anxiety, depression, personality, life and relationship issues.Treatment is personalized to meet each patient's needs. I have been practicing for over 25 years and offer individual, couple, family, psychoanalysis ,and psychodynamic therapy. i also supervise psychiatric residents at Western Psychiatric Institute, teach at the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center,worked in the Family Division of the Courts, and spent 15 years as a professional member of the State Board of Psychology. I will be glad to speak with you regarding your personal issues and answer questions.
I offer an interpersonal/psychodynamic approach to working with individuals with anxiety, depression, personality, life and relationship issues.Treatment is personalized to meet each patient's needs. I have been practicing for over 25 years and offer individual, couple, family, psychoanalysis ,and psychodynamic therapy. i also supervise psychiatric residents at Western Psychiatric Institute, teach at the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center,worked in the Family Division of the Courts, and spent 15 years as a professional member of the State Board of Psychology. I will be glad to speak with you regarding your personal issues and answer questions.
(412) 246-8904 View (412) 246-8904
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Sarah Maffei
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
I am passionate about working with anxiety, depression, pregnancy/postpartum, the childbearing years, infertility, self-worth, perfection, relationships, and shame.
Welcome! Change can be an exciting, yet overwhelming experience, so fortunately you don't have to go through the process alone. I believe in creating a safe, comfortable, and trusting environment - one in which you can be open to exploring those parts of yourself, your relationships, and your life that you no longer find satisfying. I feel strongly about developing a collaborative relationship with you, and about helping you see the choices you have to move toward an experience that is rewarding and gratifying. If you are unsure of where to begin, I am happy to assist you in that process.
I am passionate about working with anxiety, depression, pregnancy/postpartum, the childbearing years, infertility, self-worth, perfection, relationships, and shame.
Welcome! Change can be an exciting, yet overwhelming experience, so fortunately you don't have to go through the process alone. I believe in creating a safe, comfortable, and trusting environment - one in which you can be open to exploring those parts of yourself, your relationships, and your life that you no longer find satisfying. I feel strongly about developing a collaborative relationship with you, and about helping you see the choices you have to move toward an experience that is rewarding and gratifying. If you are unsure of where to begin, I am happy to assist you in that process.
(412) 489-0176 View (412) 489-0176
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Amy Schafer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
I am happy to work with clients seeking help for marriage/relationship issues, parenting concerns, adjustment and transition difficulties, depression, anxiety and trauma.
I strongly believe that all people have the ability to live their best life when given the opportunity and the right tools for them. Each journey is just as unique as the individual who embarks on it. The work I do with clients is person centered, motivationally driven, and tailored to meet the needs of each person no matter where they are on their therapeutic journey. Whether this is your first time seeking therapy, or have decided to try again, I would be honored to meet you where you are and guide you toward reaching your personal goals.
I am happy to work with clients seeking help for marriage/relationship issues, parenting concerns, adjustment and transition difficulties, depression, anxiety and trauma.
I strongly believe that all people have the ability to live their best life when given the opportunity and the right tools for them. Each journey is just as unique as the individual who embarks on it. The work I do with clients is person centered, motivationally driven, and tailored to meet the needs of each person no matter where they are on their therapeutic journey. Whether this is your first time seeking therapy, or have decided to try again, I would be honored to meet you where you are and guide you toward reaching your personal goals.
(412) 419-0927 View (412) 419-0927
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Rebecca R. Hahn
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
Rebecca Hahn, MA, LPC of Counseling for Progress, LLC counsels persons for progress in mental health (anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, etc), relationships, and more.
Every person is a unique individual with their own stressors, but everyone can use some counseling sometimes. Hurt from the past, worries about the future, and stressors right now can get in the way of living a fulfilling, happy life. Rebecca Hahn, MA, LPC (she/her) of Counseling for Progress, LLC can help you sort through your emotions, experiences, and thoughts to make progress now. As a team, you and Rebecca Hahn can work together to reach your goals so you can enjoy your life.
Rebecca Hahn, MA, LPC of Counseling for Progress, LLC counsels persons for progress in mental health (anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, etc), relationships, and more.
Every person is a unique individual with their own stressors, but everyone can use some counseling sometimes. Hurt from the past, worries about the future, and stressors right now can get in the way of living a fulfilling, happy life. Rebecca Hahn, MA, LPC (she/her) of Counseling for Progress, LLC can help you sort through your emotions, experiences, and thoughts to make progress now. As a team, you and Rebecca Hahn can work together to reach your goals so you can enjoy your life.
(412) 424-6143 View (412) 424-6143

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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.