Depression Therapists in Upper Saint Clair, PA

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Amy Flynn
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
Not accepting new clients
I work with adults and specialize in the treatment of trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, women's issues, and life transitions.
You've had enough and are ready for change. You want to feel better but are not sure what to do or where to start. Breathe... you've already taken the first step by making the decision to reach out for help! You may wonder what it would be like to work with me. I can promise I will always strive to provide a space where you feel supported, understood, and free to be yourself without any fear of judgement. We will work together to help you achieve the skills and insight you need to make lasting change.
I work with adults and specialize in the treatment of trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, women's issues, and life transitions.
You've had enough and are ready for change. You want to feel better but are not sure what to do or where to start. Breathe... you've already taken the first step by making the decision to reach out for help! You may wonder what it would be like to work with me. I can promise I will always strive to provide a space where you feel supported, understood, and free to be yourself without any fear of judgement. We will work together to help you achieve the skills and insight you need to make lasting change.
(412) 453-8840 View (412) 453-8840
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Renee' Kinavey
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
With over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, including being a school counselor and working in private practice, my heartfelt goal is to help others. We all struggle at times throughout life, and need some guidance. I offer a warm, compassionate, non-judgmental, safe place for people to explore life issues, and strive to teach people various life skills. My passion is to help others reignite the lights within them that have dimmed for whatever reasons. I specialize in mood disorders, including depression and anxiety, as well as grief, life changes, and trauma.
With over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, including being a school counselor and working in private practice, my heartfelt goal is to help others. We all struggle at times throughout life, and need some guidance. I offer a warm, compassionate, non-judgmental, safe place for people to explore life issues, and strive to teach people various life skills. My passion is to help others reignite the lights within them that have dimmed for whatever reasons. I specialize in mood disorders, including depression and anxiety, as well as grief, life changes, and trauma.
(412) 501-4148 View (412) 501-4148
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Kevin Basil
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
Life can be so hard. It shouldn't be, but it is. Our current culture breeds depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, and so much more. We weren't meant to live this way and to confront the constant stream of stressors we face on a daily basis. 40+ hour work weeks, struggling to make ends meet, supporting others while we struggle to support ourselves, unexpected life events, financial instability, always reaching and striving for the next benchmark, promotion, or grade. The list goes on and on and it often feels overwhelming and impossible. Let's get you to a place where you can better navigate all this chaos and be able to breathe!
Life can be so hard. It shouldn't be, but it is. Our current culture breeds depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, and so much more. We weren't meant to live this way and to confront the constant stream of stressors we face on a daily basis. 40+ hour work weeks, struggling to make ends meet, supporting others while we struggle to support ourselves, unexpected life events, financial instability, always reaching and striving for the next benchmark, promotion, or grade. The list goes on and on and it often feels overwhelming and impossible. Let's get you to a place where you can better navigate all this chaos and be able to breathe!
(412) 501-2908 View (412) 501-2908
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Joseph Hegedus
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
Feeling overwhelmed? I can help. Whether you're struggling to manage stress, navigating a demanding lifestyle, or facing mental health challenges, I offer personalized therapy solutions. For over 20 years, I've helped individuals, couples, and families in the Pittsburgh region overcome acute and chronic stressors and symptoms, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment easily at www.josephhegeduslpc.com.
Feeling overwhelmed? I can help. Whether you're struggling to manage stress, navigating a demanding lifestyle, or facing mental health challenges, I offer personalized therapy solutions. For over 20 years, I've helped individuals, couples, and families in the Pittsburgh region overcome acute and chronic stressors and symptoms, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment easily at www.josephhegeduslpc.com.
(878) 218-7047 View (878) 218-7047
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Kevin B. Kumpf
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
I have worked with a diverse set of client issues including addiction, depression/anxiety, relationship/marital issues, dual diagnosis, sexuality, oppositional defiance, and holistic wellness as it relates to body process.
I have learned through my work with clients that sometimes being willing to take a risk can yield positive results. Finding the willingness to participate in therapy can often feel like taking a risk; however, I am here to provide you with the necessary support you may feel you need as you look to make a positive change in your life. I am confident we can work together to develop a constructive relationship for the purpose of helping you to define and accomplish the goals that you believe are important.
I have worked with a diverse set of client issues including addiction, depression/anxiety, relationship/marital issues, dual diagnosis, sexuality, oppositional defiance, and holistic wellness as it relates to body process.
I have learned through my work with clients that sometimes being willing to take a risk can yield positive results. Finding the willingness to participate in therapy can often feel like taking a risk; however, I am here to provide you with the necessary support you may feel you need as you look to make a positive change in your life. I am confident we can work together to develop a constructive relationship for the purpose of helping you to define and accomplish the goals that you believe are important.
(412) 847-5209 View (412) 847-5209
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Megan Navratil
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CRC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
"At any given moment you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end". My experience is in counseling individuals with depression and anxiety disorders while developing a positive, empathetic, non- judgmental and trusting therapeutic relationship. I have a background in working with youth and young adults with learning disabilities, ADHD, depression, and autism spectrum disorders, specifically individuals with Asperger's.
"At any given moment you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end". My experience is in counseling individuals with depression and anxiety disorders while developing a positive, empathetic, non- judgmental and trusting therapeutic relationship. I have a background in working with youth and young adults with learning disabilities, ADHD, depression, and autism spectrum disorders, specifically individuals with Asperger's.
(724) 291-8472 View (724) 291-8472
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Linda Jean Houston
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, MA, CGCS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241  (Online Only)
I also have an extensive background in treating anxiety and depression.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Trauma Specialist and a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. I work with clients experiencing a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and grief. I am a client centered therapist which means I use a variety of counseling styles that suit my individual client. I am interested in assisting clients experiencing grief, depression, trauma, anxiety, family issues, and everyday life issues. We all experience loss but each type of loss is different and needs to be addressed individually.
I also have an extensive background in treating anxiety and depression.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Trauma Specialist and a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. I work with clients experiencing a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and grief. I am a client centered therapist which means I use a variety of counseling styles that suit my individual client. I am interested in assisting clients experiencing grief, depression, trauma, anxiety, family issues, and everyday life issues. We all experience loss but each type of loss is different and needs to be addressed individually.
(412) 515-8371 View (412) 515-8371
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Demond E Bledsoe
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
It is my belief that all people have the capacity to change and achieve their goals. I founded Resolutions Counseling and Behavioral Health Services, LLC to provide a place where clients can feel safe as they address some of the most significant challenges of their lives. I believe in the ability for all clients to make the changes necessary to live complete and satisfying lives, strengthen relationships, and bring families closer together. I work with clients experiencing mental health, emotional and behavioral concerns including relationship problems, anxiety, depression, grief, bipolar disorder, substance abuse issues and problems related to cultural identity.
It is my belief that all people have the capacity to change and achieve their goals. I founded Resolutions Counseling and Behavioral Health Services, LLC to provide a place where clients can feel safe as they address some of the most significant challenges of their lives. I believe in the ability for all clients to make the changes necessary to live complete and satisfying lives, strengthen relationships, and bring families closer together. I work with clients experiencing mental health, emotional and behavioral concerns including relationship problems, anxiety, depression, grief, bipolar disorder, substance abuse issues and problems related to cultural identity.
(412) 499-3520 View (412) 499-3520
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Kimberly June
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMT, CST
Verified Verified
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
I am a holistic psychotherapist, trained in medical hypnotherapy,EMDR, Energy Psychology (TFT/EFT), Family Constellation work, and energy and shamanic healing in private practice in Pittsburgh. I work primarily with adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain. I have trained extensively in the integration of different therapeutic modalities in order to facilitate healing and integration of the body, mind and spirit. I am also a student of meditation and teach the "Awakening the Light Body" meditation curriculum offered as both a pathway of personal transformation and as a therapeutic treatment model.
I am a holistic psychotherapist, trained in medical hypnotherapy,EMDR, Energy Psychology (TFT/EFT), Family Constellation work, and energy and shamanic healing in private practice in Pittsburgh. I work primarily with adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain. I have trained extensively in the integration of different therapeutic modalities in order to facilitate healing and integration of the body, mind and spirit. I am also a student of meditation and teach the "Awakening the Light Body" meditation curriculum offered as both a pathway of personal transformation and as a therapeutic treatment model.
(724) 359-0802 View (724) 359-0802
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Angela K Joyce
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
I'm experienced in working with anxiety, depression, life transitions, parenting, relationship issues, and communication skills.
Is anxiety keeping you awake at night? Are you feeling like you no longer enjoy the things you used to? Are you and your partner frequently arguing about the same things? If so, please know that you are not alone. Despite our best efforts, life can become overwhelming and leave us feeling stuck. With over 15 years of counseling experience, I can help you take a holistic approach to your mental health that allows you to address the problem areas of your life and become the best possible version of yourself. We'll not only build coping skills, but also cultivate self awareness, positive thought patterns, and meaning into your life.
I'm experienced in working with anxiety, depression, life transitions, parenting, relationship issues, and communication skills.
Is anxiety keeping you awake at night? Are you feeling like you no longer enjoy the things you used to? Are you and your partner frequently arguing about the same things? If so, please know that you are not alone. Despite our best efforts, life can become overwhelming and leave us feeling stuck. With over 15 years of counseling experience, I can help you take a holistic approach to your mental health that allows you to address the problem areas of your life and become the best possible version of yourself. We'll not only build coping skills, but also cultivate self awareness, positive thought patterns, and meaning into your life.
(412) 564-3037 View (412) 564-3037
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Joshua Makoul
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
My area of training and practice is Cognitive-Behavior Therapy which is effective in treating anxiety and depression.
There is no shame in struggling. Even the most healthy of people will go through periods of struggle. Sometimes we reach a point in our lives where we realize we have painful experiences from our early life that now need to be resolved and put to rest. We may be tired of an unresolved past disrupting our relationships and life in the present. Finally, sometimes, it's just that life has been thrown at us faster than we can process. This can cause unexpected anxiety or make us feel like things are out of control. Anxiety does not need to be feared. It can be managed and mastered.
My area of training and practice is Cognitive-Behavior Therapy which is effective in treating anxiety and depression.
There is no shame in struggling. Even the most healthy of people will go through periods of struggle. Sometimes we reach a point in our lives where we realize we have painful experiences from our early life that now need to be resolved and put to rest. We may be tired of an unresolved past disrupting our relationships and life in the present. Finally, sometimes, it's just that life has been thrown at us faster than we can process. This can cause unexpected anxiety or make us feel like things are out of control. Anxiety does not need to be feared. It can be managed and mastered.
(412) 207-3465 View (412) 207-3465
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Head & Heart Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
Don't struggle alone. Together we'll move toward your goal, whether it's dealing with an overwhelming situation, repairing or improving a relationship, managing stress and anxiety, overcoming trauma or depression, living a fulfilling life, or even just being heard and understood.
Don't struggle alone. Together we'll move toward your goal, whether it's dealing with an overwhelming situation, repairing or improving a relationship, managing stress and anxiety, overcoming trauma or depression, living a fulfilling life, or even just being heard and understood.
(878) 206-0181 View (878) 206-0181
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Ramous Psychology & Associates
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
Waitlist for new clients
The providers at Ramous Psychology & Associates serve individuals, couples and families in the south hills of Pittsburgh, PA who are looking for support and relief from life’s struggles. Whether it be depression, anxiety, family conflicts, challenges of divorce, parenting stress, behavioral or attention/concentration problems, or coping with life changes, we give people the tools they need to resolve difficult situations and achieve happiness and stability. We realize that no two people are the same, and we tailor our therapy to meet your specific needs as an individual.
The providers at Ramous Psychology & Associates serve individuals, couples and families in the south hills of Pittsburgh, PA who are looking for support and relief from life’s struggles. Whether it be depression, anxiety, family conflicts, challenges of divorce, parenting stress, behavioral or attention/concentration problems, or coping with life changes, we give people the tools they need to resolve difficult situations and achieve happiness and stability. We realize that no two people are the same, and we tailor our therapy to meet your specific needs as an individual.
(878) 213-4778 View (878) 213-4778
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Vanessa Royse
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
Not accepting new clients
I work with individuals who have a wide range of concerns from depression and anxiety to issues in relationships, grief, loneliness, chronic pain, and stress. Clients get results with me because my approach is practical, creative, and empowering, and I work hard to help clients gain new tools to overcome their challenges. Together we will find ways to better understand the road blocks that are preventing you from moving forward, and to develop healthier coping strategies and behaviors that will improve your life and well-being.
I work with individuals who have a wide range of concerns from depression and anxiety to issues in relationships, grief, loneliness, chronic pain, and stress. Clients get results with me because my approach is practical, creative, and empowering, and I work hard to help clients gain new tools to overcome their challenges. Together we will find ways to better understand the road blocks that are preventing you from moving forward, and to develop healthier coping strategies and behaviors that will improve your life and well-being.
(412) 388-4622 View (412) 388-4622
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Sandra Maria Pattinato
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd , LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
I have worked with a number of different issues including depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, relationship issues, substance abuse and anger control.
I have 15 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked in a number of different settings and with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. My priority is to meet the client where he or she is and help him or her by providing support, aid and guidance, so the client can work through processing the past, identifying present patterns and taking steps toward long lasting changes while addressing the client’s fears, challenges and worries along the way.
I have worked with a number of different issues including depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, relationship issues, substance abuse and anger control.
I have 15 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked in a number of different settings and with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. My priority is to meet the client where he or she is and help him or her by providing support, aid and guidance, so the client can work through processing the past, identifying present patterns and taking steps toward long lasting changes while addressing the client’s fears, challenges and worries along the way.
(412) 547-5734 View (412) 547-5734
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Sara Emery
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CCTP, CADC
Verified Verified
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in helping adults struggling with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, relationship issues, and substance abuse.
Finding the right therapist is important because effective therapy elicits change and guides individuals toward living more fulfilled lives. I am a committed, interactive and non-judgmental therapist who loves what I do and am grateful for the opportunity to connect with clients and work together to develop solutions and reach goals. The decision to start therapy can be difficult and feel vulnerable and yet it is courageous when one finds the willingness and strength to look inward and lean into fear or sadness to remove obstacles that prevent someone from living their best life. I commend you on taking this first step.
I specialize in helping adults struggling with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, relationship issues, and substance abuse.
Finding the right therapist is important because effective therapy elicits change and guides individuals toward living more fulfilled lives. I am a committed, interactive and non-judgmental therapist who loves what I do and am grateful for the opportunity to connect with clients and work together to develop solutions and reach goals. The decision to start therapy can be difficult and feel vulnerable and yet it is courageous when one finds the willingness and strength to look inward and lean into fear or sadness to remove obstacles that prevent someone from living their best life. I commend you on taking this first step.
(412) 223-7204 View (412) 223-7204
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Kendra Martinson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
Not accepting new clients
Coping with anxiety, depression, trauma, daily stressors, and life transitions can be overwhelming. The intense emotions you may be experiencing can create a sense of immobilization; a natural response when confronted with various challenges. Acknowledging the need for support is a courageous and powerful decision and signifies that you believe in the possibility of change. In our sessions, we'll delve into the complex aspects of your experiences. This won't be a passive journey; instead, your goals will be actively pursued. I'll assist you in identifying and addressing the unique challenges that get in the way of growth and change.
Coping with anxiety, depression, trauma, daily stressors, and life transitions can be overwhelming. The intense emotions you may be experiencing can create a sense of immobilization; a natural response when confronted with various challenges. Acknowledging the need for support is a courageous and powerful decision and signifies that you believe in the possibility of change. In our sessions, we'll delve into the complex aspects of your experiences. This won't be a passive journey; instead, your goals will be actively pursued. I'll assist you in identifying and addressing the unique challenges that get in the way of growth and change.
(412) 838-2900 View (412) 838-2900
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KC Behavioral Health LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
Kaitlyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has experience working with diverse populations within different settings including school-based, family-based, hospital, and outpatient. Kaitlyn works with children, adolescents, and adults providing individual therapy. Kaitlyn specializes in treating ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression, and family relational issues utilizing a variety of techniques and skills drawn from recognized therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychoeducation, Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Play Therapy, etc.
Kaitlyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has experience working with diverse populations within different settings including school-based, family-based, hospital, and outpatient. Kaitlyn works with children, adolescents, and adults providing individual therapy. Kaitlyn specializes in treating ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression, and family relational issues utilizing a variety of techniques and skills drawn from recognized therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychoeducation, Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Play Therapy, etc.
(724) 481-5096 View (724) 481-5096
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Holly Jasin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
My areas of expertise are stress management, anxiety, women's issues, self-esteem, substance abuse, trauma, goal setting, depression, relationship issues, & personal growth.
"Love is the great miracle cure, loving ourselves works great miracles in our lives." I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I aspire to team with my clients to achieve their fullest potential using a holistic, wellness-based approach to therapy. By focusing on the mind, body, & spirit, we are capable of healing and moving toward our highest potential. In therapy I like to take both a solution-focused and personal growth approach. Looking at one's life and stressors using a wellness model, allows growth and healing in all areas of life.
My areas of expertise are stress management, anxiety, women's issues, self-esteem, substance abuse, trauma, goal setting, depression, relationship issues, & personal growth.
"Love is the great miracle cure, loving ourselves works great miracles in our lives." I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I aspire to team with my clients to achieve their fullest potential using a holistic, wellness-based approach to therapy. By focusing on the mind, body, & spirit, we are capable of healing and moving toward our highest potential. In therapy I like to take both a solution-focused and personal growth approach. Looking at one's life and stressors using a wellness model, allows growth and healing in all areas of life.
(724) 675-4538 View (724) 675-4538
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Alex Corkos
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
Making the decision to seek help is difficult and choosing the right therapist can often be overwhelming. I offer a confidential, no-cost phone consultation to explain the counseling process and answer any questions you may have. I believe those I work with are capable, competent individuals with life circumstances that have challenged their current ways of coping. I can help you with a wide array of concerns and life stressors including depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, career frustrations and parenting issues as well as interpersonal, marital and partner conflicts. Let's talk to see if I am the right therapist for you.
Making the decision to seek help is difficult and choosing the right therapist can often be overwhelming. I offer a confidential, no-cost phone consultation to explain the counseling process and answer any questions you may have. I believe those I work with are capable, competent individuals with life circumstances that have challenged their current ways of coping. I can help you with a wide array of concerns and life stressors including depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, career frustrations and parenting issues as well as interpersonal, marital and partner conflicts. Let's talk to see if I am the right therapist for you.
(412) 567-3930 View (412) 567-3930
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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.