Depression Therapists in Memphis, TN

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Truth Reveal Recover Health and Wellness, LLC
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38125  (Online Only)
Truth Reveal Recover Health and Wellness, LLC is about healing and restoration. As a therapist, I go along the healing journey with you to help you reach who you see as your true self. There are parts of us that have become oppressed by anxiety, depression, lack of confidence, trauma, amongst other things. The journey of healing begins with you! Let's heal! Allow me on your journey of healing so that you may reveal the truths you need from the traumas that held you captive within yourself. Truth Reveal Recover provides a safe, open and warm space where you can start your healing. Let's Heal!
Truth Reveal Recover Health and Wellness, LLC is about healing and restoration. As a therapist, I go along the healing journey with you to help you reach who you see as your true self. There are parts of us that have become oppressed by anxiety, depression, lack of confidence, trauma, amongst other things. The journey of healing begins with you! Let's heal! Allow me on your journey of healing so that you may reveal the truths you need from the traumas that held you captive within yourself. Truth Reveal Recover provides a safe, open and warm space where you can start your healing. Let's Heal!
(901) 472-3909 View (901) 472-3909
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Forward Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LPC, PMHNP, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38117
Our unique specialties include couples and families, depression, anxiety, mindfulness, grief and trauma.
Are you looking for personal growth and the possibility of change? Do you like setting goals and reaching them? Forward Counseling is a group of independent professionals that utilize evidenced based interventions to move our clients towards their goals. We offer individual, family, group, and couples counseling virtually or in office. To get started, call or complete a contact form on our site at forwardcounseling.com/contact or bit.ly/newclientcontactform
Our unique specialties include couples and families, depression, anxiety, mindfulness, grief and trauma.
Are you looking for personal growth and the possibility of change? Do you like setting goals and reaching them? Forward Counseling is a group of independent professionals that utilize evidenced based interventions to move our clients towards their goals. We offer individual, family, group, and couples counseling virtually or in office. To get started, call or complete a contact form on our site at forwardcounseling.com/contact or bit.ly/newclientcontactform
(901) 310-3911 View (901) 310-3911
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Sarah Lebovitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38104
I am a clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression and Post-traumatic stress disorder using different approaches, including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, family systems and EMDR. I have a special interest in working with clients with body image and disordered eating issues. I am specially trained in play therapy and work with children as young as 4 years old. I have 20+ years of experience in working with clients who have traumatic life experiences, including sexual assault and other types of violence.
I am a clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression and Post-traumatic stress disorder using different approaches, including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, family systems and EMDR. I have a special interest in working with clients with body image and disordered eating issues. I am specially trained in play therapy and work with children as young as 4 years old. I have 20+ years of experience in working with clients who have traumatic life experiences, including sexual assault and other types of violence.
(901) 300-4142 View (901) 300-4142
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Paige Marcantel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, MBA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38120
I am a a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience as a therapist and leader. I have extensive experience in helping clients with historical trauma, parenting and the postpartum period, stress, depression, anxiety, relationships, grief, and loss. My counseling approach emphasizes non-judgment and building rapport as critical to success in working with my clients. I absolutely believe that you are the expert on your own story and I can walk with you to assist you in making the changes you want to make.
I am a a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience as a therapist and leader. I have extensive experience in helping clients with historical trauma, parenting and the postpartum period, stress, depression, anxiety, relationships, grief, and loss. My counseling approach emphasizes non-judgment and building rapport as critical to success in working with my clients. I absolutely believe that you are the expert on your own story and I can walk with you to assist you in making the changes you want to make.
(901) 668-5253 View (901) 668-5253
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Kimberly Henderson
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
Have you been struggling to get through life lately? Maybe you often feel anxious, burned out, overwhelmed, or as if want to give up. Yes, life is full of twists and turns. Sometimes these twists and turns can make you feel as if you are going to lose control. Whether this is a new feeling for you or it is an old, reoccurring feeling I am here to help. Giving up is not the answer, but seeking help is the key. Imagine not constantly feeling overwhelmed, burned out, worried, depressed or anxious. I will assist you in your journey towards a place of peaceful balanced living. I invite you to schedule an appointment with me today.
Have you been struggling to get through life lately? Maybe you often feel anxious, burned out, overwhelmed, or as if want to give up. Yes, life is full of twists and turns. Sometimes these twists and turns can make you feel as if you are going to lose control. Whether this is a new feeling for you or it is an old, reoccurring feeling I am here to help. Giving up is not the answer, but seeking help is the key. Imagine not constantly feeling overwhelmed, burned out, worried, depressed or anxious. I will assist you in your journey towards a place of peaceful balanced living. I invite you to schedule an appointment with me today.
(901) 586-3657 View (901) 586-3657
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Jason Holtgrewe
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119
I work with adults, teenagers, and pre-teens (10+) with anxiety, depression, anger, grief, abuse and trauma, relationship difficulties, and religious harm.
I seek to help my clients learn how to embrace vulnerability as a means to healing, become aware of their emotions and inner thoughts to connect with themselves and others, and trust that the love they deserve is the kind given without conditions.
I work with adults, teenagers, and pre-teens (10+) with anxiety, depression, anger, grief, abuse and trauma, relationship difficulties, and religious harm.
I seek to help my clients learn how to embrace vulnerability as a means to healing, become aware of their emotions and inner thoughts to connect with themselves and others, and trust that the love they deserve is the kind given without conditions.
(901) 479-0854 View (901) 479-0854
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Patricia Maynard
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-, MHSP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38117
If you're navigating relationship challenges, you're not alone. Together, we can find a way forward. You deserve support and understanding as we work collaboratively to discover new strengths and perspectives. If you're feeling a bit lost, know that it's okay. You can learn powerful techniques to manage stress and find balance. Embarking on a therapeutic journey is a powerful step towards growth and healing. Together, we can transform your experiences with difficult relationships, anxiety, or depression, opening doors to a brighter future. This is your dedicated time to focus on you – your relationships, your family, yourself.
If you're navigating relationship challenges, you're not alone. Together, we can find a way forward. You deserve support and understanding as we work collaboratively to discover new strengths and perspectives. If you're feeling a bit lost, know that it's okay. You can learn powerful techniques to manage stress and find balance. Embarking on a therapeutic journey is a powerful step towards growth and healing. Together, we can transform your experiences with difficult relationships, anxiety, or depression, opening doors to a brighter future. This is your dedicated time to focus on you – your relationships, your family, yourself.
(901) 390-5991 View (901) 390-5991
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Elizabeth Drain
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-, MHSP, NCC, CEAP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38120  (Online Only)
I’ve had the pleasure of helping individuals navigate challenges with depression, anxiety, stress, grief/loss, life adjustment, work/life balance, family/ marital/relationship issues.
Struggling with anxiety can cause you to feel stuck. Are you finding it hard to relax your mind and turn off racing thoughts? Are you struggling to focus and balance work/life? Do you think your relationship is falling apart and you don’t know what to do? Are you noticing life is difficult to cope with due to lack of self-love and confidence? Are you stressed and struggling to get out of bed on a daily basis. If you are experiencing signs of defeat, shame, sadness, and frustration we can help! You have taken the first and most important step by reaching out for help. You don’t have to do it alone, we’re here to help!
I’ve had the pleasure of helping individuals navigate challenges with depression, anxiety, stress, grief/loss, life adjustment, work/life balance, family/ marital/relationship issues.
Struggling with anxiety can cause you to feel stuck. Are you finding it hard to relax your mind and turn off racing thoughts? Are you struggling to focus and balance work/life? Do you think your relationship is falling apart and you don’t know what to do? Are you noticing life is difficult to cope with due to lack of self-love and confidence? Are you stressed and struggling to get out of bed on a daily basis. If you are experiencing signs of defeat, shame, sadness, and frustration we can help! You have taken the first and most important step by reaching out for help. You don’t have to do it alone, we’re here to help!
(901) 668-7146 View (901) 668-7146
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Talia H Trigg
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38133
I strive to provide a nonjudgmental and accepting environment for all clients I serve. I have training and special interest in working with the LGBT population, gender identity concerns, anxiety, trauma, depression, life adjustments, stress management, social and interpersonal skills, and relationship struggles. Relying on evidence based approaches, I use a strengths based approach as the foundation in therapy work.
I strive to provide a nonjudgmental and accepting environment for all clients I serve. I have training and special interest in working with the LGBT population, gender identity concerns, anxiety, trauma, depression, life adjustments, stress management, social and interpersonal skills, and relationship struggles. Relying on evidence based approaches, I use a strengths based approach as the foundation in therapy work.
(901) 479-1315 View (901) 479-1315
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Latrina D Stewart
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38117
I promote empowerment through cognitive-behavioral concepts meant to reduce depression and anxiety.
Do you feel disconnected from yourself, family and friends; the world? Has your story become lost in the loudness of “getting it done”? Is it hard for you to make sense of it all? If this is you, I may be able to help. My goal is to walk with you as you reconnect to your world. We can do this by teaching you skills to restore your voice and build authentic relationships. I am passionate about social issues and approach counseling from a place of authentic, honest connection. I believe there are many threats in society, meant to traumatize and fracture us. My goal is to help you overcome adversity and achieve wholeness.
I promote empowerment through cognitive-behavioral concepts meant to reduce depression and anxiety.
Do you feel disconnected from yourself, family and friends; the world? Has your story become lost in the loudness of “getting it done”? Is it hard for you to make sense of it all? If this is you, I may be able to help. My goal is to walk with you as you reconnect to your world. We can do this by teaching you skills to restore your voice and build authentic relationships. I am passionate about social issues and approach counseling from a place of authentic, honest connection. I believe there are many threats in society, meant to traumatize and fracture us. My goal is to help you overcome adversity and achieve wholeness.
(901) 245-5602 View (901) 245-5602
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Lisa A. Maners
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
I'm a licensed professional counselor who enjoys work with adults on skills to manage anxiety, depression, conflict, and life transitions.
Anxiety and depression can hold you back because fear can stop you from making the positive change needed for creating harmony and peace in your life. I provide a confidential, non-judgmental, and accepting environment to process the influences of family patterns, personal history, and social expectations that may or may not match your authentic inner self. Together, we will find effective strategies to manage the causes of your anxiety so that you may experience inner peace, harmony, and self-confidence. I use a mindfulness-based approach to empower people as they engage in self-discovery or work through interpersonal conflict.
I'm a licensed professional counselor who enjoys work with adults on skills to manage anxiety, depression, conflict, and life transitions.
Anxiety and depression can hold you back because fear can stop you from making the positive change needed for creating harmony and peace in your life. I provide a confidential, non-judgmental, and accepting environment to process the influences of family patterns, personal history, and social expectations that may or may not match your authentic inner self. Together, we will find effective strategies to manage the causes of your anxiety so that you may experience inner peace, harmony, and self-confidence. I use a mindfulness-based approach to empower people as they engage in self-discovery or work through interpersonal conflict.
(901) 245-5403 View (901) 245-5403
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Brittany Wood
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSEd, P-LPC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119  (Online Only)
I have an extensive background working with individuals who have depression, OCD, anxiety, LGBTQ+ concerns and needs, low self-esteem, grief, and difficulty with life transitions, as well as the specialized treatment of severe and/or complex trauma and abuse.
I am dedicated to supporting individuals in their journey towards healing and well-being. l strive to provide a compassionate and safe space for individuals to explore their experiences and work towards healing. Drawing upon evidence-based therapeutic approaches, I tailor my counseling sessions to meet the unique needs of each client. I believe in the power of a collaborative therapeutic relationship, where individuals feel empowered and supported as they navigate their healing process. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, including EMDR, TF-CBT, DBT, IFS, IFT, Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centered Therapy.
I have an extensive background working with individuals who have depression, OCD, anxiety, LGBTQ+ concerns and needs, low self-esteem, grief, and difficulty with life transitions, as well as the specialized treatment of severe and/or complex trauma and abuse.
I am dedicated to supporting individuals in their journey towards healing and well-being. l strive to provide a compassionate and safe space for individuals to explore their experiences and work towards healing. Drawing upon evidence-based therapeutic approaches, I tailor my counseling sessions to meet the unique needs of each client. I believe in the power of a collaborative therapeutic relationship, where individuals feel empowered and supported as they navigate their healing process. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, including EMDR, TF-CBT, DBT, IFS, IFT, Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centered Therapy.
(731) 237-0889 View (731) 237-0889
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Paul M Dunaway
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, MHSP, CCMHC, CRC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119
My specialities include anger, depression, anxiety, and crisis de-escalation.
Change can be a difficult thing to accomplish on your own when the methods you have tried in the past have been unsuccessful. Sometimes it requires someone asking the hard questions that you have avoided or the questions you didn't know to ask yourself. If you are looking to make positive changes in your life then it may be time to enlist the help of a licensed counselor.
My specialities include anger, depression, anxiety, and crisis de-escalation.
Change can be a difficult thing to accomplish on your own when the methods you have tried in the past have been unsuccessful. Sometimes it requires someone asking the hard questions that you have avoided or the questions you didn't know to ask yourself. If you are looking to make positive changes in your life then it may be time to enlist the help of a licensed counselor.
(901) 446-2914 View (901) 446-2914
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Regina D Abston
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CEAP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38103  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiousness, low self-esteem, worrisome, negative thoughts, life adjustments, depressed moods, unresolved grief from the death of a love one, friend or a recent break up? There are challenges in life that can be difficult but you do not have to work through the challenges alone. If you are experiences any challenges , there are a number of ways to overcome them. With effective coping strategies, a therapist that is non-judgmental and a desire to overcome obstacles you can feel better and keep moving forward. I am licensed to work with clients in Tennessee, Arkansas & Mississippi.
Are you struggling with anxiousness, low self-esteem, worrisome, negative thoughts, life adjustments, depressed moods, unresolved grief from the death of a love one, friend or a recent break up? There are challenges in life that can be difficult but you do not have to work through the challenges alone. If you are experiences any challenges , there are a number of ways to overcome them. With effective coping strategies, a therapist that is non-judgmental and a desire to overcome obstacles you can feel better and keep moving forward. I am licensed to work with clients in Tennessee, Arkansas & Mississippi.
(901) 459-3599 View (901) 459-3599
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Amy L Bohannan
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, NCC, BCBA, LBA
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
I work with a variety of different presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, intrapersonal and interpersonal struggles, and stress management. My clinical interests are in family of origin, attachment issues, and working with athletes. I work from a psychodynamic, person-centered approach and integrate different modalities based on individual need to meet you where you are at to help facilitate change and reach your goals. Through building a compassionate, authentic, and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, my clients can feel safe and vulnerable to discuss their deepest struggles.
I work with a variety of different presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, intrapersonal and interpersonal struggles, and stress management. My clinical interests are in family of origin, attachment issues, and working with athletes. I work from a psychodynamic, person-centered approach and integrate different modalities based on individual need to meet you where you are at to help facilitate change and reach your goals. Through building a compassionate, authentic, and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, my clients can feel safe and vulnerable to discuss their deepest struggles.
(901) 459-5834 View (901) 459-5834
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Lauren Hudson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38125
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! Tired of life catching you off guard? Need help unlocking the tools to be the greatest version of yourself? Let me help and guide you to a fulfilling and engaging life. I am with Anchored in Healing Counseling & Coaching. The past 7 years, I have worked with a variety of clients that struggle with depression, conflict management and anxiety. I have worked closely with families and assisted with behavior modification and problem solving. I want to help those suffering in silence find their voice. I can assist with identifying key areas of struggle and ways to manage those issues.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! Tired of life catching you off guard? Need help unlocking the tools to be the greatest version of yourself? Let me help and guide you to a fulfilling and engaging life. I am with Anchored in Healing Counseling & Coaching. The past 7 years, I have worked with a variety of clients that struggle with depression, conflict management and anxiety. I have worked closely with families and assisted with behavior modification and problem solving. I want to help those suffering in silence find their voice. I can assist with identifying key areas of struggle and ways to manage those issues.
(901) 617-7289 View (901) 617-7289
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Taylor LaPorte
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
Over the past 3 years, I have dedicated myself to those dealing with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma. With almost 2 decades of personal recovery, I understand how the eating disorder can affect your ability to move forward in life, especially when there are coinciding disorders. The realization that you may need help takes a certain amount of courage and I’m here to walk along side you on that journey to recovery so you can fulfill your dreams. It will be hard, uncomfortable, and sometimes won’t seem worth it, but I assure you, there is more to life and you have the capability to heal.
Over the past 3 years, I have dedicated myself to those dealing with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma. With almost 2 decades of personal recovery, I understand how the eating disorder can affect your ability to move forward in life, especially when there are coinciding disorders. The realization that you may need help takes a certain amount of courage and I’m here to walk along side you on that journey to recovery so you can fulfill your dreams. It will be hard, uncomfortable, and sometimes won’t seem worth it, but I assure you, there is more to life and you have the capability to heal.
(901) 563-3243 View (901) 563-3243
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Laura Tanenbaum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
I have experience in helping clients manage and overcome anxiety, depression, school issues, transitions, self-esteem , and trauma.
I am committed to helping my clients build resilience and work towards resolution and healing. I understand that mental health is a unique and personal journey for each individual, and I use a variety of modalities to create the best approach for each client. I believe in validation and curiosity in my therapeutic approach, while also helping my clients to do hard things and challenge themselves to create a more joyful and meaningful life. I work with adults, teens, children, and families, and have experience in helping individuals navigate a range of mental health concerns.
I have experience in helping clients manage and overcome anxiety, depression, school issues, transitions, self-esteem , and trauma.
I am committed to helping my clients build resilience and work towards resolution and healing. I understand that mental health is a unique and personal journey for each individual, and I use a variety of modalities to create the best approach for each client. I believe in validation and curiosity in my therapeutic approach, while also helping my clients to do hard things and challenge themselves to create a more joyful and meaningful life. I work with adults, teens, children, and families, and have experience in helping individuals navigate a range of mental health concerns.
(901) 643-7415 View (901) 643-7415
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Rod Spencer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MDiv, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38104
I frequently address issues of anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, grief, sexuality, spirituality, whatever pain leads someone to seek change through therapy.
I believe in the healing and transformational power of therapy. My work over 40 years with individuals, couples and families has shown that we have the ability to change ourselves, our relationships, our families and the world when we commit to learning and growing. I am open to the uniqueness of each individual without judgment. I have a background in spirituality and offer that as a resource for healing, if wanted and when appropriate. I believe that relationships are challenging and that we can learn skills to improve communication, intimacy, respect and trust with those we love.
I frequently address issues of anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, grief, sexuality, spirituality, whatever pain leads someone to seek change through therapy.
I believe in the healing and transformational power of therapy. My work over 40 years with individuals, couples and families has shown that we have the ability to change ourselves, our relationships, our families and the world when we commit to learning and growing. I am open to the uniqueness of each individual without judgment. I have a background in spirituality and offer that as a resource for healing, if wanted and when appropriate. I believe that relationships are challenging and that we can learn skills to improve communication, intimacy, respect and trust with those we love.
(901) 460-2815 View (901) 460-2815
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Katherine Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
Hi there! I am a counselor who works with clients ages 13+ and am skilled in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, body image, self-esteem, anger management, and transition issues. I also have specialized training and experience working with older adults with dementia and other cognitive and age-related changes. Additionally, I see teenagers and adults of all ages who identify as LGBTQIA+ and am well-versed in helping clients who are questioning their identities, beginning the coming-out process, and/or transitioning. I am included as a recommended specialist for transgender mental health in the local OUTMemphis Resource Guide.
Hi there! I am a counselor who works with clients ages 13+ and am skilled in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, body image, self-esteem, anger management, and transition issues. I also have specialized training and experience working with older adults with dementia and other cognitive and age-related changes. Additionally, I see teenagers and adults of all ages who identify as LGBTQIA+ and am well-versed in helping clients who are questioning their identities, beginning the coming-out process, and/or transitioning. I am included as a recommended specialist for transgender mental health in the local OUTMemphis Resource Guide.
(901) 668-7624 View (901) 668-7624
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.