Depression Therapists in Shadyside, PA

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Michele Bertini
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Shadyside, PA 15232
Ready to shift in a positive way? It's one thing to talk about your problems and another to resolve them. I specialize in holistic approaches that focus on healing the root cause. As unresolved issues fester inside of you, they leave you feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, anxious or depressed. Over time these unresolved issues build up and form patterns of negative thinking and behaving that drain you and your joy for life. I believe we are hard-wired for joy at our core. My compassionate and nonjudgmental approach helps release the negativity that is blocking your joy and fulfillment.
Ready to shift in a positive way? It's one thing to talk about your problems and another to resolve them. I specialize in holistic approaches that focus on healing the root cause. As unresolved issues fester inside of you, they leave you feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, anxious or depressed. Over time these unresolved issues build up and form patterns of negative thinking and behaving that drain you and your joy for life. I believe we are hard-wired for joy at our core. My compassionate and nonjudgmental approach helps release the negativity that is blocking your joy and fulfillment.
(412) 203-8179 View (412) 203-8179
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Kathleen Seitz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Shadyside, PA 15232
Do you feel like you are going through life’s struggles alone, unsupported and with no direction? Balancing the demands of life, work or school in today's fast paced and changing world can leave us feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, depressed, lonely or even angry. As children we sometimes develop behavioral strategies to face life's challenges or trauma's that as adults, simply no longer fit with how we imagine or intend ourselves to be. Understanding the nature and origin of destructive patterns and their consequences, addressing current challenges and long standing issues, gaining insight and learning the skills necessary for change is what successful therapy is about.
Do you feel like you are going through life’s struggles alone, unsupported and with no direction? Balancing the demands of life, work or school in today's fast paced and changing world can leave us feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, depressed, lonely or even angry. As children we sometimes develop behavioral strategies to face life's challenges or trauma's that as adults, simply no longer fit with how we imagine or intend ourselves to be. Understanding the nature and origin of destructive patterns and their consequences, addressing current challenges and long standing issues, gaining insight and learning the skills necessary for change is what successful therapy is about.
(412) 436-3928 View (412) 436-3928
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Michelle Landau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shadyside, PA 15232
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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Michael McCormick Quirk
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, MT-BC
Verified Verified
Shadyside, PA 15232  (Online Only)
Do you feel stuck with traditional therapy? I am a practitioner of EMDR and utilize EMDR daily in my group practice with my clients. I am interested in exploring how I can help you through EMDR. I believe that we can learn to be compassionate towards ourselves.  I have over 15 years experience helping individuals with anxiety, depression and trauma to cultivate more self-compassion. I am bi-lingual and fluent in both English and Spanish.
Do you feel stuck with traditional therapy? I am a practitioner of EMDR and utilize EMDR daily in my group practice with my clients. I am interested in exploring how I can help you through EMDR. I believe that we can learn to be compassionate towards ourselves.  I have over 15 years experience helping individuals with anxiety, depression and trauma to cultivate more self-compassion. I am bi-lingual and fluent in both English and Spanish.
(412) 547-5791 View (412) 547-5791
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Barbara Lynn Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, CAADC, CCDPD, LPC
Verified Verified
Shadyside, PA 15232
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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Dr. Alanna Downing
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Shadyside, PA 15232  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and provide psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. My approach integrates a variety of evidence-based practices including psychodynamic, CBT & DBT. I have been effective at utilizing these treatment modalities to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief and loss, and other clinical concerns. Clients also come to my practice to improve relationships and navigate stressful life changes.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and provide psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. My approach integrates a variety of evidence-based practices including psychodynamic, CBT & DBT. I have been effective at utilizing these treatment modalities to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief and loss, and other clinical concerns. Clients also come to my practice to improve relationships and navigate stressful life changes.
(412) 314-2578 View (412) 314-2578
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Paige Beckwith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shadyside, PA 15232
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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Jeff Johnston
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MSEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Shadyside, PA 15232  (Online Only)
For over seven years I have been working with individuals whom are actively in crisis, putting themselves back together, and enjoying life and thriving! I have experience working with anxiety and depression, trauma, relationship building/strengthening, and many more areas! I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and along with other therapeutic approaches.
Hi! I'm looking for clients to encourage and support building a better tomorrow! I want to help YOU invest in YOU! No issues are too big or too small. I'm ready to work with you to find the answer to your questions such as: "How can I be happy?" How do I stop suffering?" "Where do I go from here?"
For over seven years I have been working with individuals whom are actively in crisis, putting themselves back together, and enjoying life and thriving! I have experience working with anxiety and depression, trauma, relationship building/strengthening, and many more areas! I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and along with other therapeutic approaches.
Hi! I'm looking for clients to encourage and support building a better tomorrow! I want to help YOU invest in YOU! No issues are too big or too small. I'm ready to work with you to find the answer to your questions such as: "How can I be happy?" How do I stop suffering?" "Where do I go from here?"
(412) 604-7989 View (412) 604-7989
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Phillip Barton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shadyside, PA 15232  (Online Only)
Many of us wrestle to find hope in our lives, move forward, or just make it through the day. Depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, and loss can take away motivation, causing struggle and suffering. This can change. Perhaps you're determining which life path to take or are dealing with past trauma, abuse, or painful memories. You don't have to carry this weight alone. I provide an unbiased, nonjudgmental space for adults to explore what is hindering them and overcome obstacles in healthy, ways.
Many of us wrestle to find hope in our lives, move forward, or just make it through the day. Depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, and loss can take away motivation, causing struggle and suffering. This can change. Perhaps you're determining which life path to take or are dealing with past trauma, abuse, or painful memories. You don't have to carry this weight alone. I provide an unbiased, nonjudgmental space for adults to explore what is hindering them and overcome obstacles in healthy, ways.
(267) 356-5911 View (267) 356-5911
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Nancy Aranson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Shadyside, PA 15232  (Online Only)
Sometimes life and its transitions can be too much and leave us feeling, anxious, depressed or overwhelmed. I’m here to help and let you know there is hope. Therapy is more than just telling someone your problems. It is a way to process what is happening in your life and how you are feeling, and also learn new ways to cope and grow. I am here to listen and support you, by bringing my experience and knowledge to your unique situation. Please call me for a free 20-minute consultation.
Sometimes life and its transitions can be too much and leave us feeling, anxious, depressed or overwhelmed. I’m here to help and let you know there is hope. Therapy is more than just telling someone your problems. It is a way to process what is happening in your life and how you are feeling, and also learn new ways to cope and grow. I am here to listen and support you, by bringing my experience and knowledge to your unique situation. Please call me for a free 20-minute consultation.
(412) 547-5692 View (412) 547-5692
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Dr. Dana Matta
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Shadyside, PA 15232  (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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Dr. Ellen C Bronder
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Shadyside, PA 15232  (Online Only)
Offering help for depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, trauma, stress and burnout. Working with adults, college & grad students and professionals, including people in sensitive and high-profile roles for whom discretion & privacy are paramount. Here you will get a therapist that has a deep and unique understanding of suffering, a therapist that is skillful, knowledgeable, real, transparent and compassionate. A therapist that gets it and has expertise in diagnosis and treatment based on advanced knowledge of human development, psychotherapeutic treatment and advanced knowledge of research in psychology.
Offering help for depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, trauma, stress and burnout. Working with adults, college & grad students and professionals, including people in sensitive and high-profile roles for whom discretion & privacy are paramount. Here you will get a therapist that has a deep and unique understanding of suffering, a therapist that is skillful, knowledgeable, real, transparent and compassionate. A therapist that gets it and has expertise in diagnosis and treatment based on advanced knowledge of human development, psychotherapeutic treatment and advanced knowledge of research in psychology.
(216) 299-3810 View (216) 299-3810
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Christina M. Riga, PhD
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, ACS, NCC
Verified Verified
Shadyside, PA 15232
In more than 25 years in the profession, I've specialized in working with adolescents, young adults, and families who struggle with trauma, substance abuse, grief and loss, lack of self-esteem, self-assertiveness, and anxiety/depression.
Disappointment, stress, and trauma can make us forget who we really are: inherently good beings, capable of giving and receiving love in a balanced, healthy way. I can help you to remember, by providing a safe, warm, and welcoming space where you can share your experiences. We'll explore your story together and, along the way, take a look at your strengths, your potential, and what stands between you and strong, healthy connections with yourself and others. I have a deep understanding of how essential - and fragile - trust can be.
In more than 25 years in the profession, I've specialized in working with adolescents, young adults, and families who struggle with trauma, substance abuse, grief and loss, lack of self-esteem, self-assertiveness, and anxiety/depression.
Disappointment, stress, and trauma can make us forget who we really are: inherently good beings, capable of giving and receiving love in a balanced, healthy way. I can help you to remember, by providing a safe, warm, and welcoming space where you can share your experiences. We'll explore your story together and, along the way, take a look at your strengths, your potential, and what stands between you and strong, healthy connections with yourself and others. I have a deep understanding of how essential - and fragile - trust can be.
(412) 376-4036 View (412) 376-4036
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Mike Drew
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Shadyside, PA 15232
Whatever you're seeking, be it treatment for depression or anxiety, or be it deeper insight into yourself, my goal as a therapist is to help you through that process and guide you along the way, as a trusted companion would.
Whatever you're seeking, be it treatment for depression or anxiety, or be it deeper insight into yourself, my goal as a therapist is to help you through that process and guide you along the way, as a trusted companion would.
(412) 776-0772 View (412) 776-0772
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Jennifer Huffman - True To You Counseling And Coaching
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Shadyside, PA 15232  (Online Only)
I work with folks struggling with substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, and seeking support during the many changes in life.
As of January 2024, I have partnered with a long time therapist and colleague, Frank Bienkowski to create a new practice, True to You Counseling and Coaching. Over my 20+ years in the field of mental health I’ve come to believe most people are seeking to understand their place and purpose in this challenging world. Navigating things like relationships, finances, careers, family, and trying to make the right choices all while having many unexpected events thrown in can be destabilizing. When you feel lost and have more questions than answers, I am here to help you sort through the overwhelm.
I work with folks struggling with substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, and seeking support during the many changes in life.
As of January 2024, I have partnered with a long time therapist and colleague, Frank Bienkowski to create a new practice, True to You Counseling and Coaching. Over my 20+ years in the field of mental health I’ve come to believe most people are seeking to understand their place and purpose in this challenging world. Navigating things like relationships, finances, careers, family, and trying to make the right choices all while having many unexpected events thrown in can be destabilizing. When you feel lost and have more questions than answers, I am here to help you sort through the overwhelm.
(412) 923-0314 View (412) 923-0314
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Dr. Ann C Barrows
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Shadyside, PA 15232  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychologist who practices psychodynamic psychotherapy with older adolescents, young adults, and adults.
I am a clinical psychologist who practices psychodynamic psychotherapy with older adolescents, young adults, and adults.
(412) 440-5501 View (412) 440-5501
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Sirena Claxon
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shadyside, PA 15232  (Online Only)
Within our lives the one constant that prevails overtime is change. As humans, we often can be creatures of habit and life changes can be significantly difficult at times for us to manage. The fear attached to changes within our mental health, medical health, interpersonal relationships, identity, job status, etc. can feel very overwhelming. However, within our sessions I hope to provide you with a safe and supportive space to unpack these concerns and allow you to learn various skills to empower you to feel fully capable of addressing these life changes.
Within our lives the one constant that prevails overtime is change. As humans, we often can be creatures of habit and life changes can be significantly difficult at times for us to manage. The fear attached to changes within our mental health, medical health, interpersonal relationships, identity, job status, etc. can feel very overwhelming. However, within our sessions I hope to provide you with a safe and supportive space to unpack these concerns and allow you to learn various skills to empower you to feel fully capable of addressing these life changes.
(412) 274-8174 View (412) 274-8174
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Martha M Yablonsky
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Shadyside, PA 15232
At this time, and throughout 2021, I am not able to accept new clients. At times, people need a safe and supportive environment to express their thoughts and feelings. Counseling is an opportunity for people to gain: awareness, acceptance, insight, and identify tools for relaxation and problem-solving. Counseling is a therapeutic relationship wherein your voice is heard.
At this time, and throughout 2021, I am not able to accept new clients. At times, people need a safe and supportive environment to express their thoughts and feelings. Counseling is an opportunity for people to gain: awareness, acceptance, insight, and identify tools for relaxation and problem-solving. Counseling is a therapeutic relationship wherein your voice is heard.
(412) 387-5182 View (412) 387-5182
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Heather Martin LCSW / Alliance Therapy Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Shadyside, PA 15232
Therapists at Alliance Therapy Center have immediate openings for clients, now including children ages 3 and up! Click our website link to request an appointment. We look forward to working with you!
Therapists at Alliance Therapy Center have immediate openings for clients, now including children ages 3 and up! Click our website link to request an appointment. We look forward to working with you!
(412) 212-8805 View (412) 212-8805
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Mark Shoaf
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, CCSIM
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Shadyside, PA 15232
The funny thing about life's hurts, they generally do not just get better on their own. Running from a problem is a race we will never win. My goal is to create a warm safe and relaxed place for you to explore, to discuss, to learn and maybe laugh. The outcome is for you to feel empowered in your life and to have HOPE. Changing or healing often require learning new skills so my approach is as much about coaching as it is about counseling. My primary counseling modes are Cognitive Dissonance and Reframing and REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy). Together we create the tools for HOPE that are custom made for you.
The funny thing about life's hurts, they generally do not just get better on their own. Running from a problem is a race we will never win. My goal is to create a warm safe and relaxed place for you to explore, to discuss, to learn and maybe laugh. The outcome is for you to feel empowered in your life and to have HOPE. Changing or healing often require learning new skills so my approach is as much about coaching as it is about counseling. My primary counseling modes are Cognitive Dissonance and Reframing and REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy). Together we create the tools for HOPE that are custom made for you.
(412) 407-4070 View (412) 407-4070

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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.