Depression Therapists in Nashville, TN

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Michael Racki
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, NCC
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37221  (Online Only)
Mike is a seasoned board certified Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years of experience helping people reach their highest potential. He works with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, grief/loss, loneliness, disconnection, negative emotions & behavior patterns, work-related stress, and dysfunctional relationship patterns.
Mike is a seasoned board certified Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years of experience helping people reach their highest potential. He works with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, grief/loss, loneliness, disconnection, negative emotions & behavior patterns, work-related stress, and dysfunctional relationship patterns.
(615) 395-6524 View (615) 395-6524
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Audrey Rush
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37220
I love working with individuals who want to dig deeper in their self-exploration. I enjoy working with clients who are struggling with anxiety and depression or having challenges with life transitions and difficulties with coping to adjustments.
I love working with individuals who want to dig deeper in their self-exploration. I enjoy working with clients who are struggling with anxiety and depression or having challenges with life transitions and difficulties with coping to adjustments.
(615) 576-3146 View (615) 576-3146
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Brandon D. Macon
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37204
I accept Cigna and Aetna insurances. I offer a sliding scale fee ranging as low as $60. I wish to challenge certain stereotypes around mental health and invite anyone, regardless of their race and/or gender to reach out for psychological services if needed. I work with clients demonstrating a range of mental health concerns, including: anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, mood and personality disorders, life transitions and stress. My preference of clients is not limited to their race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation, but their devotion to their own mental well being.
I accept Cigna and Aetna insurances. I offer a sliding scale fee ranging as low as $60. I wish to challenge certain stereotypes around mental health and invite anyone, regardless of their race and/or gender to reach out for psychological services if needed. I work with clients demonstrating a range of mental health concerns, including: anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, mood and personality disorders, life transitions and stress. My preference of clients is not limited to their race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation, but their devotion to their own mental well being.
(615) 857-3281 View (615) 857-3281
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David Pearl
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37205
I specialize in elite professionals, couples working on their relationship, and individuals who suffer from anxiety and depression.
People's lives are full of change, transitions and evolving relationships. It is natural to feel ungrounded or stressed during these transitions. Whether you are depressed, anxious, or experiencing challenges in your relationships, my aim is to provide a safe and supportive environment to facilitate exploration and strengthen self esteem and relationships with family, friends or professional colleagues. My approach as a psychotherapist is non-judgmental, value-based, and practical. I am an active therapist who is dedicated to helping people live their best lives.
I specialize in elite professionals, couples working on their relationship, and individuals who suffer from anxiety and depression.
People's lives are full of change, transitions and evolving relationships. It is natural to feel ungrounded or stressed during these transitions. Whether you are depressed, anxious, or experiencing challenges in your relationships, my aim is to provide a safe and supportive environment to facilitate exploration and strengthen self esteem and relationships with family, friends or professional colleagues. My approach as a psychotherapist is non-judgmental, value-based, and practical. I am an active therapist who is dedicated to helping people live their best lives.
(615) 697-4750 View (615) 697-4750
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Jiffy Dahlgren
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37211
I offer individual and couples counseling to adults and specialize in anxiety, depression, and balanced living.
It is easy to become attached to painful stories that we have created about life, other people, or ourselves. Experiential Therapy is a wonderful way to begin the process of letting go by gaining tools that promote healing and recovery. Through the practice of unlearning fear-based behaviors, we open up our minds to fresh and new ways to experience the world.
I offer individual and couples counseling to adults and specialize in anxiety, depression, and balanced living.
It is easy to become attached to painful stories that we have created about life, other people, or ourselves. Experiential Therapy is a wonderful way to begin the process of letting go by gaining tools that promote healing and recovery. Through the practice of unlearning fear-based behaviors, we open up our minds to fresh and new ways to experience the world.
(615) 229-6844 View (615) 229-6844
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Betsy Harris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37216  (Online Only)
Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, or any other issue, I will help you recognize and learn about underlying problems, acquire coping skills to adjust certain behaviors and thoughts, and use evidence-based mindfulness techniques to improve your relationships and quality of life.
I am licensed in California, Tennessee, Oregon, and Colorado. I treat trauma and PTSD, and I have helped clients improve anxiety levels, self esteem, depression, relational issues, phobias, lack of a sense of life direction, sleep, and more. Through teaching skills such as noticing and being with sensations, feelings, and thoughts, clients are able to notice the patterns that get us stuck.
Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, or any other issue, I will help you recognize and learn about underlying problems, acquire coping skills to adjust certain behaviors and thoughts, and use evidence-based mindfulness techniques to improve your relationships and quality of life.
I am licensed in California, Tennessee, Oregon, and Colorado. I treat trauma and PTSD, and I have helped clients improve anxiety levels, self esteem, depression, relational issues, phobias, lack of a sense of life direction, sleep, and more. Through teaching skills such as noticing and being with sensations, feelings, and thoughts, clients are able to notice the patterns that get us stuck.
(931) 378-6733 View (931) 378-6733
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Nicoletta Montgomery
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPC, MHSP, Temp
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37204
If you are struggling with anxiety and depression, I am offering intensive therapy. It is seven sessions dedicated to your growth and change. Please note that this therapy is for persons who are serious in making a positive change in their mental health. This approach is not a quick fix, it is intensive and requires commitment to change.
If you are struggling with anxiety and depression, I am offering intensive therapy. It is seven sessions dedicated to your growth and change. Please note that this therapy is for persons who are serious in making a positive change in their mental health. This approach is not a quick fix, it is intensive and requires commitment to change.
(615) 903-5134 View (615) 903-5134
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Blake Butterfield
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37214  (Online Only)
I work with a range of concerns, although I specialize in counseling adults experiencing anxiety and depression.
Perhaps you are feeling stuck, hopeless, or overwhelmed by your current circumstances. Are you hoping to move forward and unsure how? Maybe you are struggling with feelings of worthlessness and believing you are not enough. Do you want to find relief as well as further explore your own beliefs, feelings, and behaviors?
I work with a range of concerns, although I specialize in counseling adults experiencing anxiety and depression.
Perhaps you are feeling stuck, hopeless, or overwhelmed by your current circumstances. Are you hoping to move forward and unsure how? Maybe you are struggling with feelings of worthlessness and believing you are not enough. Do you want to find relief as well as further explore your own beliefs, feelings, and behaviors?
(615) 488-5433 View (615) 488-5433
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Angelica Woods-Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP, CRC
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37228  (Online Only)
“Why should the world be over-wise, in counting all our tears and sighs? Nay, let them only see us, while we wear the mask.” - Paul Laurence Dunbar This is an excerpt from one of my favorite poems, “We Wear the Mask.” The poem best describes how most of us navigate this world while carrying around masked depression, anxiety, trauma, guilt, and even addiction. Although putting on a “game face” is how we function to survive, sometimes that harms us more than protects us. As a therapist, I can help you safely remove that mask and take steps to improve your mental wellness.
“Why should the world be over-wise, in counting all our tears and sighs? Nay, let them only see us, while we wear the mask.” - Paul Laurence Dunbar This is an excerpt from one of my favorite poems, “We Wear the Mask.” The poem best describes how most of us navigate this world while carrying around masked depression, anxiety, trauma, guilt, and even addiction. Although putting on a “game face” is how we function to survive, sometimes that harms us more than protects us. As a therapist, I can help you safely remove that mask and take steps to improve your mental wellness.
(901) 665-2904 View (901) 665-2904
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Jordan Malone
Pre-Licensed Professional, TLMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
My areas of clinical focus include anxiety, depression, premarital therapy, couple therapy, women’s issues, religious trauma, grief and life transitions.
You have taken a huge step towards change by initiating therapy. I support women and couples facing challenging seasons in life by offering a safe and welcoming space where they feel seen and understood. I hope to work alongside you in your healing journey as you learn, grow, and increase confidence in your ability to create lasting change. You have the power to change your life’s narrative.
My areas of clinical focus include anxiety, depression, premarital therapy, couple therapy, women’s issues, religious trauma, grief and life transitions.
You have taken a huge step towards change by initiating therapy. I support women and couples facing challenging seasons in life by offering a safe and welcoming space where they feel seen and understood. I hope to work alongside you in your healing journey as you learn, grow, and increase confidence in your ability to create lasting change. You have the power to change your life’s narrative.
(615) 985-5136 View (615) 985-5136
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Sarah Moats
Pre-Licensed Professional, DPT, MMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37215
Sarah is experienced in working with a variety of clients presenting with issues including complex trauma, disordered eating, anxiety, depression, grief, life adjustment challenges, and couples/family therapy.
Sarah’s approach to therapy is founded in her belief that all people have the ability to heal, and she is honored to walk with her clients on their journey towards health. With acceptance, empathy and curiosity, Sarah supports her clients as they uncover, process and heal the emotional wounds at the root of their struggles. She views symptoms through an emotionally focused, attachment-based lens, and utilizes associated evidence-based treatment interventions.
Sarah is experienced in working with a variety of clients presenting with issues including complex trauma, disordered eating, anxiety, depression, grief, life adjustment challenges, and couples/family therapy.
Sarah’s approach to therapy is founded in her belief that all people have the ability to heal, and she is honored to walk with her clients on their journey towards health. With acceptance, empathy and curiosity, Sarah supports her clients as they uncover, process and heal the emotional wounds at the root of their struggles. She views symptoms through an emotionally focused, attachment-based lens, and utilizes associated evidence-based treatment interventions.
(615) 510-1991 View (615) 510-1991
Photo of Seema Patel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Nashville, TN
Seema Patel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37220
I work with individuals ages 16+ from all different backgrounds who are seeking healing from trauma, relationship conflict, family of origin issues, life transitions, cultural identity, anxiety, depression, and other difficult life experiences.
I seek to destigmatize mental healthcare for all populations and provide a safe space where my clients feel seen and heard to navigate their relationships with themselves and others. As a South Asian American and daughter of immigrants, I have first hand experience of the deep effects that family of origin and cultural conflicts have on your lived experiences. I provide support for my clients in being their authentic selves and help them develop the skills they need to thrive. I want my clients to have an empathetic space to explore their challenges, process their thoughts and emotions, and experience healing.
I work with individuals ages 16+ from all different backgrounds who are seeking healing from trauma, relationship conflict, family of origin issues, life transitions, cultural identity, anxiety, depression, and other difficult life experiences.
I seek to destigmatize mental healthcare for all populations and provide a safe space where my clients feel seen and heard to navigate their relationships with themselves and others. As a South Asian American and daughter of immigrants, I have first hand experience of the deep effects that family of origin and cultural conflicts have on your lived experiences. I provide support for my clients in being their authentic selves and help them develop the skills they need to thrive. I want my clients to have an empathetic space to explore their challenges, process their thoughts and emotions, and experience healing.
(615) 808-8728 View (615) 808-8728
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Santasha Wright-Comer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
I also love working with clients who are struggling with self-image and identity, as well as with challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, and reconnecting with sensuality.
I'm passionate about empowering my clients to heal what's holding them back and step into the fullest expression of themselves. Whatever the internal or external challenge is that's getting in your way— I believe you have the power to change your future and your whole family tree by putting an end to intergenerational pain and destructive patterns. The process of personal growth (especially with support) can actually rewire your brain to shift more quickly from automatic negative thoughts to a mindset that’s more supportive of your wellbeing in every way— mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
I also love working with clients who are struggling with self-image and identity, as well as with challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, and reconnecting with sensuality.
I'm passionate about empowering my clients to heal what's holding them back and step into the fullest expression of themselves. Whatever the internal or external challenge is that's getting in your way— I believe you have the power to change your future and your whole family tree by putting an end to intergenerational pain and destructive patterns. The process of personal growth (especially with support) can actually rewire your brain to shift more quickly from automatic negative thoughts to a mindset that’s more supportive of your wellbeing in every way— mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
(615) 247-6659 View (615) 247-6659
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Meredith Lynn Bostian
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37211
Waitlist for new clients
I feel blessed to be a counselor for the last 17 years while raising my own two children. Often there are stumbling blocks in life that an individual has to approach and handle in daily life. You may be experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and frustration. Counseling can provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to talk. The confident nature of counseling means you can safely talk about difficult events or relationships. Counseling helps empower you and equip you to deal with difficult feelings , and difficult situations you are experiencing. Counseling assist you in finding the tools to empower you in future life choices.
I feel blessed to be a counselor for the last 17 years while raising my own two children. Often there are stumbling blocks in life that an individual has to approach and handle in daily life. You may be experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and frustration. Counseling can provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to talk. The confident nature of counseling means you can safely talk about difficult events or relationships. Counseling helps empower you and equip you to deal with difficult feelings , and difficult situations you are experiencing. Counseling assist you in finding the tools to empower you in future life choices.
(615) 502-2129 View (615) 502-2129
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Jamelun Crutchfield
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
Do you feel out of place? Are you constantly feeling on edge and have a hard time relaxing? Are you unsure about why you have been feeling anxious or depressed lately? You might be going through the motions of life right now but wonder why you don't feel like yourself anymore. This makes it difficult for you to make big decisions because it's hard to know what you're wanting. Right now, you could be struggling with figuring out your identity, dealing with painful past experiences, and have a hard time putting how you feel into words .
Do you feel out of place? Are you constantly feeling on edge and have a hard time relaxing? Are you unsure about why you have been feeling anxious or depressed lately? You might be going through the motions of life right now but wonder why you don't feel like yourself anymore. This makes it difficult for you to make big decisions because it's hard to know what you're wanting. Right now, you could be struggling with figuring out your identity, dealing with painful past experiences, and have a hard time putting how you feel into words .
(615) 437-5083 View (615) 437-5083
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Kyle Mason
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37216
I specialize in working with adults experiencing anxiety, OCD, depression, substance misuse, life transitions and relational concerns.
"Do you see me? Do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything to you?" This is something Oprah Winfrey believes every person wants to know, and I couldn't agree more. I am so glad you're here. Reaching out for support can be hard sometimes. Being vulnerable enough to show up for ourselves and allow another person to witness that is a courageous thing. Whether you're here because someone suggested you try therapy, you've been in therapy for decades or you're somewhere in between, I'm ready to listen. And not only am I here to listen, I'm here to support and challenge you to do that hard thing or even finally face that fear.
I specialize in working with adults experiencing anxiety, OCD, depression, substance misuse, life transitions and relational concerns.
"Do you see me? Do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything to you?" This is something Oprah Winfrey believes every person wants to know, and I couldn't agree more. I am so glad you're here. Reaching out for support can be hard sometimes. Being vulnerable enough to show up for ourselves and allow another person to witness that is a courageous thing. Whether you're here because someone suggested you try therapy, you've been in therapy for decades or you're somewhere in between, I'm ready to listen. And not only am I here to listen, I'm here to support and challenge you to do that hard thing or even finally face that fear.
(615) 471-6726 View (615) 471-6726
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Patrick Joseph Michaels
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37216  (Online Only)
After a decade of working with clients with lives complicated by anxiety, depression, psychosis, substance abuse, and trauma, I have had the privilege of creating a collaborative therapeutic space that honors each person’s unique history, story, and journey.
We all face life's ups and down, big and little challenges, that impact where our life is headed. I am here to help you acknowledge, process, and overcome adversity to create the life you want. Whether you are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship strain, or moodiness, I am here to help you take charge of your life. I value collaboration and the best therapy is a true partnership. In therapy, we will discover your strengths, develop strategies to cope, and create a deeper understanding of who you are. In working together, therapy can be a space of rejuvenation, discovery, and positive change.
After a decade of working with clients with lives complicated by anxiety, depression, psychosis, substance abuse, and trauma, I have had the privilege of creating a collaborative therapeutic space that honors each person’s unique history, story, and journey.
We all face life's ups and down, big and little challenges, that impact where our life is headed. I am here to help you acknowledge, process, and overcome adversity to create the life you want. Whether you are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship strain, or moodiness, I am here to help you take charge of your life. I value collaboration and the best therapy is a true partnership. In therapy, we will discover your strengths, develop strategies to cope, and create a deeper understanding of who you are. In working together, therapy can be a space of rejuvenation, discovery, and positive change.
(615) 912-3545 View (615) 912-3545
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Rich Gorman
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, MEd, LPC, MHSP, (temp)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37204
I work with adult individuals and couples who are experiencing anxiety, depression, addiction, grief/loss, religious trauma and/or adverse religious experiences, cancer diagnosis and treatment as well as people working through life transitions such as divorce, job loss or retirement. I also work with artists who are working through creative blocks to reconnect with their creative soul. I specialize in working with couples who feel they have lost love and connection as well as couples who have experienced infidelity. I help these adult individuals and couples find their way along the path of growth, freedom, healing and restoration.
I work with adult individuals and couples who are experiencing anxiety, depression, addiction, grief/loss, religious trauma and/or adverse religious experiences, cancer diagnosis and treatment as well as people working through life transitions such as divorce, job loss or retirement. I also work with artists who are working through creative blocks to reconnect with their creative soul. I specialize in working with couples who feel they have lost love and connection as well as couples who have experienced infidelity. I help these adult individuals and couples find their way along the path of growth, freedom, healing and restoration.
(615) 701-6879 View (615) 701-6879
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Lee Lowry French
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37215
I am so glad you found yourself here! Dr. Brené Brown says, "When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending." Are you ready to own your story, to jump in and author the next chapters? Maybe you are, maybe you are only halfway there- but your landing here is proof that you've taken an incredibly brave first step! Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, loss, spiritual discomfort or deconstruction, relationship conflict or even discerning a career or life transition, I'd love to partner with you as you work through your history and write the next part of your story.
I am so glad you found yourself here! Dr. Brené Brown says, "When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending." Are you ready to own your story, to jump in and author the next chapters? Maybe you are, maybe you are only halfway there- but your landing here is proof that you've taken an incredibly brave first step! Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, loss, spiritual discomfort or deconstruction, relationship conflict or even discerning a career or life transition, I'd love to partner with you as you work through your history and write the next part of your story.
(615) 845-5057 View (615) 845-5057
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Karen Grossman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37204
Karen is skilled at helping adults of all ages who are dealing with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief, trauma, relationship issues, and various life transitions and stressors.
Karen is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a passion for helping her clients find fulfillment in their lives. Her strength is empathy, listening compassionately while creating a warm, comfortable space for clients to feel safe and be able to open up. She helps her clients reach their goals through an approach that blends self-acceptance with fostering change and growth. She is open-minded, non-judgmental, and strives to be culturally competent.
Karen is skilled at helping adults of all ages who are dealing with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief, trauma, relationship issues, and various life transitions and stressors.
Karen is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a passion for helping her clients find fulfillment in their lives. Her strength is empathy, listening compassionately while creating a warm, comfortable space for clients to feel safe and be able to open up. She helps her clients reach their goals through an approach that blends self-acceptance with fostering change and growth. She is open-minded, non-judgmental, and strives to be culturally competent.
(615) 701-6691 View (615) 701-6691

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.