Depression Therapists in Wilkinsburg, PA

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Lawrence M Glanz
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Waitlist for new clients
My approach is primarily cognitive behavioral and I have over thirty years of experience. I work mostly with adults with depression and anxiety disorders. OCD is a special interest, and I use exposure and response prevention. I believe that with patience, a positive outlook and good rapport, much is possible.
My approach is primarily cognitive behavioral and I have over thirty years of experience. I work mostly with adults with depression and anxiety disorders. OCD is a special interest, and I use exposure and response prevention. I believe that with patience, a positive outlook and good rapport, much is possible.
(412) 543-8484 View (412) 543-8484
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Rachael D Rosen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
I specialize in post-partum depression and women's health issues.
I like working with college and graduate students. Individuals and couples who want to enhance their quality of life and will do the work and exploration that this journey may require. I am very engaging and will be active with you in the process. I have over forty years as a clinical Social Worker. I have a certification as a certified Sex Therapist and educator .(ASSECT) I work with new parents and families trying to become parents.
I specialize in post-partum depression and women's health issues.
I like working with college and graduate students. Individuals and couples who want to enhance their quality of life and will do the work and exploration that this journey may require. I am very engaging and will be active with you in the process. I have over forty years as a clinical Social Worker. I have a certification as a certified Sex Therapist and educator .(ASSECT) I work with new parents and families trying to become parents.
(412) 253-4813 View (412) 253-4813
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Bari Benjamin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
I strongly believe that people have the ability to make changes at any time in their lives. I have specialized training in step-family therapy and recognized they have different dynamics than intact families. I work with people who have depression, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, as well as those needing anger management skills.
I strongly believe that people have the ability to make changes at any time in their lives. I have specialized training in step-family therapy and recognized they have different dynamics than intact families. I work with people who have depression, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, as well as those needing anger management skills.
(412) 228-0503 View (412) 228-0503
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Doty Lee Mauney
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT
Verified Verified
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
I am a practicing Gestalt therapist as well as a Registered Play therapist who works with adults and children that have experienced trauma and/or abuse, and present with symptoms of PDSD, anxiety, depression. When working with children I work closely with the parents or caregivers for best results. As a Gestalt therapist my focus is present focused and on the whole person (thoughts, feelings, body/movement.) Together we create an environment where the individual finds a deeper awareness about themselves that can increase their choices about how they interact with others and live their life.
I am a practicing Gestalt therapist as well as a Registered Play therapist who works with adults and children that have experienced trauma and/or abuse, and present with symptoms of PDSD, anxiety, depression. When working with children I work closely with the parents or caregivers for best results. As a Gestalt therapist my focus is present focused and on the whole person (thoughts, feelings, body/movement.) Together we create an environment where the individual finds a deeper awareness about themselves that can increase their choices about how they interact with others and live their life.
(412) 203-4349 View (412) 203-4349
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Adrienne Bernardina
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
I have experience working with individual adults, adolescents and children, couples and families. I provide a safe and comfortable environment in which you can explore your feelings and develop self-awareness of your perspectives and insight into your motives and fears. I help you with feelings of depression and anxiety due to relationship issues-between individuals or within a family, life changes or loss. Together we can uncover unresolved issues from past experiences or trauma which often impact present behaviors and feelings.
I have experience working with individual adults, adolescents and children, couples and families. I provide a safe and comfortable environment in which you can explore your feelings and develop self-awareness of your perspectives and insight into your motives and fears. I help you with feelings of depression and anxiety due to relationship issues-between individuals or within a family, life changes or loss. Together we can uncover unresolved issues from past experiences or trauma which often impact present behaviors and feelings.
(412) 228-0368 View (412) 228-0368
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Sharon Elaine Opitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MEd
Verified Verified
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
If you feel that you have had problems with depression, anxiety or anger and this has negatively affected your work experience or your relationships, I think that I can help you. I have had over 20 years experience working with individuals and couples overcome their obstacles and find more rewarding experiences. Please feel free to contact me if you have had any of the following: anger issues, anxiety including panic attacks, relationship conflicts, trauma, work conflicts or negative thinking. I use both a cognitive and systems approach in my therapy.
If you feel that you have had problems with depression, anxiety or anger and this has negatively affected your work experience or your relationships, I think that I can help you. I have had over 20 years experience working with individuals and couples overcome their obstacles and find more rewarding experiences. Please feel free to contact me if you have had any of the following: anger issues, anxiety including panic attacks, relationship conflicts, trauma, work conflicts or negative thinking. I use both a cognitive and systems approach in my therapy.
(412) 927-1075 View (412) 927-1075
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Avis Moorehead, LCSW, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BA, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Not accepting new clients
Are you ready for change? I am invested in helping you find the better you! I have over 20 years working with Adults, children and families. I work with all age groups whom are struggling with ADHD, Depression ,Anxiety, OCD, trauma, grief,, as well as anger management problems. I specialize with children and adolescents, ages 5 to 18. I am experienced in Play Therapy , Family therapy and anxiety . Treatment is individualized and goal oriented. I want people to grow, and gain confidence in life. As a wonderful addition I have a psychiatrist on board. His name is XiXi Wong.
Are you ready for change? I am invested in helping you find the better you! I have over 20 years working with Adults, children and families. I work with all age groups whom are struggling with ADHD, Depression ,Anxiety, OCD, trauma, grief,, as well as anger management problems. I specialize with children and adolescents, ages 5 to 18. I am experienced in Play Therapy , Family therapy and anxiety . Treatment is individualized and goal oriented. I want people to grow, and gain confidence in life. As a wonderful addition I have a psychiatrist on board. His name is XiXi Wong.
(412) 387-5036 View (412) 387-5036
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Let’s Talk About H.E.R. Therapy
BSW, MSPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221  (Online Only)
Over the past several years, I have worked with the adult Mental Health population as well as transitional age adults and have experience with addressing issues such as depression, dual diagnosis, PTSD/trauma, domestic violence, and psychosis.
To my future clients, Hello and Blessings. Thank you for your consideration to begin the process for H.E. R. (Healing Empowering Resilience). Your power to take the initial step and seek therapy, demonstrates that you’re worthy to be connected to a safe, unbiased, and therapeutic environment which will provide you the chance to process your experiences, emotions, and energy to initiate healing. Therapy matters! It’s time to end the stigma and negative perceptions and incorporate healing in all aspects of your life with a therapist that can relate and identify with your core self.
Over the past several years, I have worked with the adult Mental Health population as well as transitional age adults and have experience with addressing issues such as depression, dual diagnosis, PTSD/trauma, domestic violence, and psychosis.
To my future clients, Hello and Blessings. Thank you for your consideration to begin the process for H.E. R. (Healing Empowering Resilience). Your power to take the initial step and seek therapy, demonstrates that you’re worthy to be connected to a safe, unbiased, and therapeutic environment which will provide you the chance to process your experiences, emotions, and energy to initiate healing. Therapy matters! It’s time to end the stigma and negative perceptions and incorporate healing in all aspects of your life with a therapist that can relate and identify with your core self.
(878) 206-6508 View (878) 206-6508
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Annette Kolski-Andreaco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
I am a family therapist who works with individuals, couples and families. I focus my practice on helping individuals improve their important relationships - with their children, with their spouses or with a significant other and with their parents. Helping clients with work relationships is also a significant part of my practice. I've facilitated sessions with several generations of married couples within one family. Important relationships influence a person's emotional and physical states, resulting in some cases in extreme distress. When people reduce their sensitivity to others, they can make dramatic improvements in directing their own emotional and physical wellbeing.
I am a family therapist who works with individuals, couples and families. I focus my practice on helping individuals improve their important relationships - with their children, with their spouses or with a significant other and with their parents. Helping clients with work relationships is also a significant part of my practice. I've facilitated sessions with several generations of married couples within one family. Important relationships influence a person's emotional and physical states, resulting in some cases in extreme distress. When people reduce their sensitivity to others, they can make dramatic improvements in directing their own emotional and physical wellbeing.
(412) 540-5685 View (412) 540-5685
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Abby Middleton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I see psychotherapy as an opportunity to explore the stories of our lives with the hope of finding healing in our ability to connect more deeply with ourselves and one another other, gain insight, flexibility, compassion, and freedom. I specialize in working with individuals who are looking to heal from trauma, past or ongoing traumatic stress, sexual and gender-based violence, spiritual abuse, and grief.
I see psychotherapy as an opportunity to explore the stories of our lives with the hope of finding healing in our ability to connect more deeply with ourselves and one another other, gain insight, flexibility, compassion, and freedom. I specialize in working with individuals who are looking to heal from trauma, past or ongoing traumatic stress, sexual and gender-based violence, spiritual abuse, and grief.
(412) 723-8467 View (412) 723-8467
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Matt Wilson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Not accepting new clients
I help people who are confused by their emotions to develop a sense of control and safety in exploring their thoughts, memories and feelings. I work with people who have experienced sexual/physical/emotional abuse in childhood, or assault in adulthood, community violence, gender violence or incarceration; and who find it hard to control anger, sadness, mood swings, stress, to trust themselves, others or have close relationships. I believe that honest, compassionate discussion lets you approach what you might want to ignore, but won’t go away; or explore what might not have space to be said with friends or family.
I help people who are confused by their emotions to develop a sense of control and safety in exploring their thoughts, memories and feelings. I work with people who have experienced sexual/physical/emotional abuse in childhood, or assault in adulthood, community violence, gender violence or incarceration; and who find it hard to control anger, sadness, mood swings, stress, to trust themselves, others or have close relationships. I believe that honest, compassionate discussion lets you approach what you might want to ignore, but won’t go away; or explore what might not have space to be said with friends or family.
(878) 225-5486 View (878) 225-5486

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Michelle Landau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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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Marisa Costa
Licensed Professional Counselor, MET, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Not accepting new clients
My twenty years in mental health care include helping individuals to address depression and anxiety, manage stress, survive trauma, move through grieving, practice self-care, confront relationship issues, and explore spiritual concerns.
**I am not currently accepting new clients** Each of us has intrinsic worth and our hearts and psyches have the ability to heal. My work with adults of all ages draws on the expressive arts, motivational and strengths-based therapies and cognitive behavioral and trauma-informed therapies. One of my passions has been exploring the ways in which the expressive arts - visual art, drama, music, movement, writing - touch us deeply and express emotions for which there may simply be no words. Where the response to suffering is compassion and hope, the goals of the individual - not the therapist - inspire the therapeutic process.
My twenty years in mental health care include helping individuals to address depression and anxiety, manage stress, survive trauma, move through grieving, practice self-care, confront relationship issues, and explore spiritual concerns.
**I am not currently accepting new clients** Each of us has intrinsic worth and our hearts and psyches have the ability to heal. My work with adults of all ages draws on the expressive arts, motivational and strengths-based therapies and cognitive behavioral and trauma-informed therapies. One of my passions has been exploring the ways in which the expressive arts - visual art, drama, music, movement, writing - touch us deeply and express emotions for which there may simply be no words. Where the response to suffering is compassion and hope, the goals of the individual - not the therapist - inspire the therapeutic process.
(412) 532-1356 View (412) 532-1356
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Akiko Motomura
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Not accepting new clients
I work with adults with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, as well as other difficulties or experiences of pain that are hard to categorize. My style is collaborative and interactive to meet each person’s unique needs and concerns, with a relational psychoanalytic, and psychodynamic approach.
I work with adults with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, as well as other difficulties or experiences of pain that are hard to categorize. My style is collaborative and interactive to meet each person’s unique needs and concerns, with a relational psychoanalytic, and psychodynamic approach.
(412) 253-4899 View (412) 253-4899
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Dana Nicholson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235  (Online Only)
Among her areas of expertise are the treatment of anxiety and depression, attachment and relationship issues, trauma and grief, life transitions, loss of loved one to suicide, bereavement and codependency.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality clinical services that empower you to find your inner strengths and reach your greatest potential. We create a safe, compassionate and caring environment for you to explore your strengths and utilize your gifts to your fullest potential. Life’s challenges can be overwhelming at times and we are here to help you overcome these while becoming stronger and healthier in the process. Love, peace, joy and harmony are possible in your life and we are here to help you elevate to your highest potential. As Christian counselors, we believe that no challenge is too big or pain too deep
Among her areas of expertise are the treatment of anxiety and depression, attachment and relationship issues, trauma and grief, life transitions, loss of loved one to suicide, bereavement and codependency.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality clinical services that empower you to find your inner strengths and reach your greatest potential. We create a safe, compassionate and caring environment for you to explore your strengths and utilize your gifts to your fullest potential. Life’s challenges can be overwhelming at times and we are here to help you overcome these while becoming stronger and healthier in the process. Love, peace, joy and harmony are possible in your life and we are here to help you elevate to your highest potential. As Christian counselors, we believe that no challenge is too big or pain too deep
(724) 200-8403 View (724) 200-8403
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Catherine Davin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSCP, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
* Not accepting new clients at this time * Welcome! I know that searching for a therapist and reaching out for help is not easy, congrats on taking the first step. I get it - life can be hard, especially when dealing with depression, anxiety, anger, and other hardships. Mental health difficulties are treatable and healing is possible! I am here to offer you a space where you can safely process emotions and work through life’s difficulties. I can help you gain clarity in your symptoms, transform your unhelpful thinking patterns, unburden self-critical core beliefs, and feel empowered to live your best life.
* Not accepting new clients at this time * Welcome! I know that searching for a therapist and reaching out for help is not easy, congrats on taking the first step. I get it - life can be hard, especially when dealing with depression, anxiety, anger, and other hardships. Mental health difficulties are treatable and healing is possible! I am here to offer you a space where you can safely process emotions and work through life’s difficulties. I can help you gain clarity in your symptoms, transform your unhelpful thinking patterns, unburden self-critical core beliefs, and feel empowered to live your best life.
(412) 274-8283 View (412) 274-8283
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Erin McNally
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Penn Hills, PA 15235
I work with individuals, children and families, who face challenges with low self-esteem, communication struggles, ADHD symptoms, depression and trauma.
Hello! I am happy to help guide your through the fog we call life. At some point in our lives, we need an extra hand to get through the struggles and to find our purpose again. Let me assist with this journey. During our time together, I want to help you seek your highest potential with styles of person centered approaches with a touch of Cognitive behavior therapy and trauma focused interventions. These approaches will help guide you to meet your full potential and help you feel more at ease when stressors return. You are in the driver's seat. I am here to guide you towards your destination.
I work with individuals, children and families, who face challenges with low self-esteem, communication struggles, ADHD symptoms, depression and trauma.
Hello! I am happy to help guide your through the fog we call life. At some point in our lives, we need an extra hand to get through the struggles and to find our purpose again. Let me assist with this journey. During our time together, I want to help you seek your highest potential with styles of person centered approaches with a touch of Cognitive behavior therapy and trauma focused interventions. These approaches will help guide you to meet your full potential and help you feel more at ease when stressors return. You are in the driver's seat. I am here to guide you towards your destination.
(878) 201-6597 View (878) 201-6597
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Joshua Weiss
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217  (Online Only)
My skills best serve those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, suicidal ideation, trauma, substance use disorder, and family issues.
I am a licensed professional counselor with a Gestalt and Holistic Wellness approach towards therapy. Gestalt and Wellness approaches allow me to be creative and intentional with my therapeutic practices. I value human connectedness and learning about each person I work with. Therapy is unique to everyone, and my goal is to guide the therapeutic experience with the intention of promoting personal growth. Life has it’s hardships, my passion is helping people lean into their discomforts to develop the skills needed to overcome them.
My skills best serve those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, suicidal ideation, trauma, substance use disorder, and family issues.
I am a licensed professional counselor with a Gestalt and Holistic Wellness approach towards therapy. Gestalt and Wellness approaches allow me to be creative and intentional with my therapeutic practices. I value human connectedness and learning about each person I work with. Therapy is unique to everyone, and my goal is to guide the therapeutic experience with the intention of promoting personal growth. Life has it’s hardships, my passion is helping people lean into their discomforts to develop the skills needed to overcome them.
(484) 646-2762 View (484) 646-2762
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Ashley North
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
In addition to helping clients work through anxiety, depression, grieving and other daily hindering symptoms, I also specialize in assisting clients explore issues around trauma and domestic violence, well as concerns regarding LGBTQ issues, racial identity, and gender identity.
Hello! My name is Ashley and I am the proud owner & creator of North Cook Counseling, where I offer couples, family, individual, and group therapy. Regardless of the type of session being held, I am committed to treating the 'whole person.' You are not just a set of symptoms entering into therapy; you are someone with a rich and often painful history of experiences, stemming from identity, cultural expectations, and relationships.
In addition to helping clients work through anxiety, depression, grieving and other daily hindering symptoms, I also specialize in assisting clients explore issues around trauma and domestic violence, well as concerns regarding LGBTQ issues, racial identity, and gender identity.
Hello! My name is Ashley and I am the proud owner & creator of North Cook Counseling, where I offer couples, family, individual, and group therapy. Regardless of the type of session being held, I am committed to treating the 'whole person.' You are not just a set of symptoms entering into therapy; you are someone with a rich and often painful history of experiences, stemming from identity, cultural expectations, and relationships.
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Jared Slodowick
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Swissvale, PA 15218
I work with people who feel as if things are outside of their control and are looking to find better balance. Whether it’s a recent experience influencing your distress, or perhaps something that’s been present for much longer, I aim to help people better understand their situation and develop the skills needed to manage the thoughts and feelings that may be contributing to the struggle. Anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and general difficulty managing emotions are all areas with which I have experience. I also focus on areas such as impulse control/difficulty focusing, managing technology/internet use, and mindfulness practices.
I work with people who feel as if things are outside of their control and are looking to find better balance. Whether it’s a recent experience influencing your distress, or perhaps something that’s been present for much longer, I aim to help people better understand their situation and develop the skills needed to manage the thoughts and feelings that may be contributing to the struggle. Anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and general difficulty managing emotions are all areas with which I have experience. I also focus on areas such as impulse control/difficulty focusing, managing technology/internet use, and mindfulness practices.
(412) 743-8621 View (412) 743-8621

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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.