Depression Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Davis K Brimberg
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Seattle, WA 98121
Areas of focus: Relationship (and dating) problems, workplace stress, depression, anxiety, breakups/divorce, issues related to sexual orientation and gender, fertility, public speaking, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, test anxiety, substance abuse, animal-related issues and helping clients recover from relationships with narcissists.
I help clients live more authentically and develop a greater love for themselves and others. My client-centered sessions are collaborative. Together, we help you gain insight, take action and achieve positive change. I trained at Harvard University (doctoral intern and postdoctoral fellow). In addition to my work with clients, I have taught for several universities such as UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Pepperdine University.
Areas of focus: Relationship (and dating) problems, workplace stress, depression, anxiety, breakups/divorce, issues related to sexual orientation and gender, fertility, public speaking, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, test anxiety, substance abuse, animal-related issues and helping clients recover from relationships with narcissists.
I help clients live more authentically and develop a greater love for themselves and others. My client-centered sessions are collaborative. Together, we help you gain insight, take action and achieve positive change. I trained at Harvard University (doctoral intern and postdoctoral fellow). In addition to my work with clients, I have taught for several universities such as UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Pepperdine University.
(206) 348-2257 View (206) 348-2257
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Marjorie Nelch
Counselor, Marjorie Nelch, MA, LMHCA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121
My education and experience allow me to work with clients navigating various problems including depression, anxiety, trauma, life-transitions, existential issues, and relationship issues.
Do you struggle with distressing thoughts, feelings, or relationships? I view these problems as both present and past, meaning what we learn early in life may be unknowingly affecting the way we behave in the present. The counseling process can help to illuminate personal strengths, goals, and solutions to fit your unique story and personal desires.
My education and experience allow me to work with clients navigating various problems including depression, anxiety, trauma, life-transitions, existential issues, and relationship issues.
Do you struggle with distressing thoughts, feelings, or relationships? I view these problems as both present and past, meaning what we learn early in life may be unknowingly affecting the way we behave in the present. The counseling process can help to illuminate personal strengths, goals, and solutions to fit your unique story and personal desires.
(206) 202-5843 x191 View (206) 202-5843 x191
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Muzi Chen
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
We can work together on: Trauma; Grief and loss; Multicultural issues; Anxiety/Depression; Relationship issues; Life transitions; Social stress. I am here to support you and invite you to this safe space where you are free to explore yourself without judgment. The foundation of my client-centered approach is founded on the idea that you are the expert on your own life, experiences, and emotions. In our sessions, I provide a compassionate and empathetic environment where you can feel safe and understood. We work collaboratively, focusing on your unique needs, goals, and values.
We can work together on: Trauma; Grief and loss; Multicultural issues; Anxiety/Depression; Relationship issues; Life transitions; Social stress. I am here to support you and invite you to this safe space where you are free to explore yourself without judgment. The foundation of my client-centered approach is founded on the idea that you are the expert on your own life, experiences, and emotions. In our sessions, I provide a compassionate and empathetic environment where you can feel safe and understood. We work collaboratively, focusing on your unique needs, goals, and values.
(206) 737-3053 View (206) 737-3053
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Steven Kubacki
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Seattle, WA 98115
I have been providing psychotherapy and consulting services since 1993 for adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families. My practice is quite diverse and involves the following services: (1) Treatment of PTSD, trauma, bereavement, relationship issues, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, borderline disorder, ADHD, bipolar, conduct disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Asperger’s. (2) Treatment of chronic pain, quality of life issues, and psychology problems due to debilitating or acute illnesses, such as cancer and auto-immune diseases. (3) Personal growth, spiritual development, and wellness counseling. (4) Sports psychology to improve performance and motivation. (5) Cognitive, personality, learning, and pre-surgical assessments.
I have been providing psychotherapy and consulting services since 1993 for adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families. My practice is quite diverse and involves the following services: (1) Treatment of PTSD, trauma, bereavement, relationship issues, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, borderline disorder, ADHD, bipolar, conduct disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Asperger’s. (2) Treatment of chronic pain, quality of life issues, and psychology problems due to debilitating or acute illnesses, such as cancer and auto-immune diseases. (3) Personal growth, spiritual development, and wellness counseling. (4) Sports psychology to improve performance and motivation. (5) Cognitive, personality, learning, and pre-surgical assessments.
(206) 922-8133 View (206) 922-8133
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Stephen Kim
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98133  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with Asian-American adults and teens suffering from depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.
If you’re experiencing shame, guilt, or crippling perfectionism, I would like to help. You may feel stuck, wrestling with constant self-criticism or struggling with the same damaging ideas for years making self-acceptance impossible. Whatever you’re going through, you don’t have to endure it alone. I hope to create a space where you feel safe to share your story, support you in navigating the most painful parts, and ultimately help you find healing and wholeness. While we can’t change the past, we can shape its impact on our present and future.
I enjoy working with Asian-American adults and teens suffering from depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.
If you’re experiencing shame, guilt, or crippling perfectionism, I would like to help. You may feel stuck, wrestling with constant self-criticism or struggling with the same damaging ideas for years making self-acceptance impossible. Whatever you’re going through, you don’t have to endure it alone. I hope to create a space where you feel safe to share your story, support you in navigating the most painful parts, and ultimately help you find healing and wholeness. While we can’t change the past, we can shape its impact on our present and future.
(206) 312-5469 View (206) 312-5469
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Therapy Lab Seattle
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
Common goals include depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, insomnia, parenting, child anxiety, and self-esteem.
Therapy Lab offers individual teletherapy that's based on a plan. Visit our website (therapylab.com) to explore a menu of treatment plans based on common goals for therapy. With your input, we'll make a plan that's based on your goals, your timeline, and your budget. Our science-based plans are designed to support you in overcoming distress (anxiety, relationship problems, work stress) so you walk away with emotional health and insight. At your first session, your exceptionally qualified therapist will get to know you and pick or design a plan that’s customized to your situation.
Common goals include depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, insomnia, parenting, child anxiety, and self-esteem.
Therapy Lab offers individual teletherapy that's based on a plan. Visit our website (therapylab.com) to explore a menu of treatment plans based on common goals for therapy. With your input, we'll make a plan that's based on your goals, your timeline, and your budget. Our science-based plans are designed to support you in overcoming distress (anxiety, relationship problems, work stress) so you walk away with emotional health and insight. At your first session, your exceptionally qualified therapist will get to know you and pick or design a plan that’s customized to your situation.
(206) 203-7995 View (206) 203-7995
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Jeanine Davis
Counselor, MS, LMHCA, SBFC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating survivors of trauma, abuse and adverse childhood experiences; teens and adolescents experiencing anxiety and depression; self-harm; addiction; substance abuse; parents of emotionally affected teens; adults and teens struggling with attachment and abandonment trauma; and perinatal anxiety and depression.
I believe that the past is the central supporting pillar of your mental health. By embracing and accepting the past, you will find new strength and courage to face a rich and bountiful future. Through exploration and self discovery you will begin to realize that your past experiences have become an enduring source of growth and resilience.
I specialize in treating survivors of trauma, abuse and adverse childhood experiences; teens and adolescents experiencing anxiety and depression; self-harm; addiction; substance abuse; parents of emotionally affected teens; adults and teens struggling with attachment and abandonment trauma; and perinatal anxiety and depression.
I believe that the past is the central supporting pillar of your mental health. By embracing and accepting the past, you will find new strength and courage to face a rich and bountiful future. Through exploration and self discovery you will begin to realize that your past experiences have become an enduring source of growth and resilience.
(206) 309-4013 View (206) 309-4013
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Dr. Kristen Strack
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98126
My areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar and psychotic disorders, trauma, emotional distress, interpersonal issues, and life transitions.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with 20+ years of experience in individual and group therapy. Therapy is a collaborative process, you are the expert on your experiences and I assist you with improving and thriving in your life. Culture, learning history, experiences, and values shape everyone and these are vital to explore and understand together. We will work together to identify your treatment goals and then approach treatment from a strengths-based perspective. Our work will emphasize improving your psychological well-being, increasing resilience, enhancing your quality of life, and decreasing symptoms.
My areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar and psychotic disorders, trauma, emotional distress, interpersonal issues, and life transitions.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with 20+ years of experience in individual and group therapy. Therapy is a collaborative process, you are the expert on your experiences and I assist you with improving and thriving in your life. Culture, learning history, experiences, and values shape everyone and these are vital to explore and understand together. We will work together to identify your treatment goals and then approach treatment from a strengths-based perspective. Our work will emphasize improving your psychological well-being, increasing resilience, enhancing your quality of life, and decreasing symptoms.
(206) 210-1385 View (206) 210-1385
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Zantyah Young
Counselor, MAEd, LMHCA, NCC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98119
My clinical interests include the treatment of symptoms related to ADHD, depression, mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders, as well as providing LGBTQIA+ affirming care.
Hi there! My name is Tyah Young (she/her) and I am a licensed mental health counselor associate. I am a queer identified, anti-racist, therapist of color who is committed to increasing access to mental health therapy particularly for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals. I am passionate about working alongside individuals in the therapeutic process and empowering them to take steps towards healing. I consider every individual to be the expert of their story, and I endeavor to partner with my clients to get an understanding of their needs within the context of their lived experience. I hope to help you feel seen, heard, and validated.
My clinical interests include the treatment of symptoms related to ADHD, depression, mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders, as well as providing LGBTQIA+ affirming care.
Hi there! My name is Tyah Young (she/her) and I am a licensed mental health counselor associate. I am a queer identified, anti-racist, therapist of color who is committed to increasing access to mental health therapy particularly for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals. I am passionate about working alongside individuals in the therapeutic process and empowering them to take steps towards healing. I consider every individual to be the expert of their story, and I endeavor to partner with my clients to get an understanding of their needs within the context of their lived experience. I hope to help you feel seen, heard, and validated.
(425) 448-8190 View (425) 448-8190
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Alicia Eddy
Counselor, MA, EdM, LMHC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98109
**ACCEPTING CLIENTS FOR TELEHEALTH IN WA, FL, GA and UT** Are you looking for a safe, nonjudgmental haven to explore what might be preventing you from living a fulfilling life? May it be depression, anxiety, stress, family/relationship issues, when life is unbalanced it can seem overwhelming. I will embrace your unique background and qualities to provide support and guidance through periods of stress, searching, or imbalance. I believe that forming a trusting relationship with each client is the foundation for personal growth. We will work as a team to help you reach your personal goals and to overcome any obstacles along the way.
**ACCEPTING CLIENTS FOR TELEHEALTH IN WA, FL, GA and UT** Are you looking for a safe, nonjudgmental haven to explore what might be preventing you from living a fulfilling life? May it be depression, anxiety, stress, family/relationship issues, when life is unbalanced it can seem overwhelming. I will embrace your unique background and qualities to provide support and guidance through periods of stress, searching, or imbalance. I believe that forming a trusting relationship with each client is the foundation for personal growth. We will work as a team to help you reach your personal goals and to overcome any obstacles along the way.
(206) 208-6736 View (206) 208-6736
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Judith C Cantor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LMFT
Verified
Seattle, WA 98115
As we face the challenges of life, we can sometimes hit a "perfect" storm. Old issues along with our unique personalities can collide with the stresses and circumstances of our current lives. This collision can feel overwhelming. Psychotherapy can be a useful tool to find a way through these difficult waters. I am a psychotherapist with a practice that serves individual adults and couples who are at all stages of life. Issues common to my practice are anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress management, grief and loss, work related stress, issues of life transitions, trauma, relationship issues and chronic pain issues.
As we face the challenges of life, we can sometimes hit a "perfect" storm. Old issues along with our unique personalities can collide with the stresses and circumstances of our current lives. This collision can feel overwhelming. Psychotherapy can be a useful tool to find a way through these difficult waters. I am a psychotherapist with a practice that serves individual adults and couples who are at all stages of life. Issues common to my practice are anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress management, grief and loss, work related stress, issues of life transitions, trauma, relationship issues and chronic pain issues.
(206) 552-0972 View (206) 552-0972
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Cassie Rush
Counselor, LMHC, SUDPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
I invite you to begin working towards a more fulfilling future. I believe that individuals are striving to grow, and that everyone has a unique path toward change. Focusing on providing a warm and non-judgmental environment, I listen with empathy, compassion and patience. I am experienced in addressing the concerns that my clients bring and I offer additional expertise in treatment of depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship challenges and addictions. I have over 16 years of experience in the field working with both youth and adults.
I invite you to begin working towards a more fulfilling future. I believe that individuals are striving to grow, and that everyone has a unique path toward change. Focusing on providing a warm and non-judgmental environment, I listen with empathy, compassion and patience. I am experienced in addressing the concerns that my clients bring and I offer additional expertise in treatment of depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship challenges and addictions. I have over 16 years of experience in the field working with both youth and adults.
(206) 207-9684 View (206) 207-9684
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Antioch Community Counseling & Psychology Clinic
Mental Health Counselor
Verified
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Address anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma and improve your health and well-being.
The Antioch Clinic offers low-fee counseling and assessment services for individuals, couples, and families of all ages. We are open over 40+ hours a week Monday - Friday. We offer a low fee, sliding scale (beginning at $0), based on household income to help all those who are struggling economically.
Address anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma and improve your health and well-being.
The Antioch Clinic offers low-fee counseling and assessment services for individuals, couples, and families of all ages. We are open over 40+ hours a week Monday - Friday. We offer a low fee, sliding scale (beginning at $0), based on household income to help all those who are struggling economically.
(206) 268-4840 View (206) 268-4840
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Blair Morgan-Livingston
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
My expertise includes trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship difficulties, divorce, and life transitions.
I believe in the importance of helping individuals seeking to show up authentically in all parts of their lives. Through compassion, non-judgmental guidance, and by challenging patterns where you find yourself stuck, we are able to promote personal growth and change. I work with individuals to better understand their boundaries and how to strengthen their ability to communicate them. My approach to counseling is informed by CBT, ACT, Psychodynamic, and EMDR. EMDR therapy is an effective research based therapy method that supports healing from trauma, ingrained negative core beliefs, and other distressing life experiences.
My expertise includes trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship difficulties, divorce, and life transitions.
I believe in the importance of helping individuals seeking to show up authentically in all parts of their lives. Through compassion, non-judgmental guidance, and by challenging patterns where you find yourself stuck, we are able to promote personal growth and change. I work with individuals to better understand their boundaries and how to strengthen their ability to communicate them. My approach to counseling is informed by CBT, ACT, Psychodynamic, and EMDR. EMDR therapy is an effective research based therapy method that supports healing from trauma, ingrained negative core beliefs, and other distressing life experiences.
(206) 823-3277 View (206) 823-3277
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Elizabeth Cashion
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98125  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with moms who are feeling depressed, anxious, and overwhelmed.
Life is busy and you’re juggling a lot of responsibilities. When you’re going a mile a minute, prioritizing everyone else’s needs above your own, it’s easy to end up in a not-so-great place. How you take care of yourself matters and how you treat yourself matters. It’s okay to create some space for yourself. Actually, it’s absolutely necessary. It’s hard (read: impossible) to be a good partner, parent, employee, and friend when you’re feeling depleted, overwhelmed, anxious, or sad. You are worthy of a life well-lived and you are capable of meaningful, lasting change. If your life is not going as you had hoped, we can fix that.
I specialize in working with moms who are feeling depressed, anxious, and overwhelmed.
Life is busy and you’re juggling a lot of responsibilities. When you’re going a mile a minute, prioritizing everyone else’s needs above your own, it’s easy to end up in a not-so-great place. How you take care of yourself matters and how you treat yourself matters. It’s okay to create some space for yourself. Actually, it’s absolutely necessary. It’s hard (read: impossible) to be a good partner, parent, employee, and friend when you’re feeling depleted, overwhelmed, anxious, or sad. You are worthy of a life well-lived and you are capable of meaningful, lasting change. If your life is not going as you had hoped, we can fix that.
(206) 466-0443 View (206) 466-0443
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Danielle LeVee
Counselor, LMHC, MA
Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
I'm once again welcoming new clients. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, fatigue, or overwhelming emotions, I encourage you to reach out to me. I'm dedicated to helping you minimize and manage stress, understand and navigate your emotions, and develop more effective strategies for these challenging times. I'll pay close nonjudgmental attention to both what is voiced and what lies beneath the surface, responding with empathy, sincerity, and insightful guidance.
I'm once again welcoming new clients. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, fatigue, or overwhelming emotions, I encourage you to reach out to me. I'm dedicated to helping you minimize and manage stress, understand and navigate your emotions, and develop more effective strategies for these challenging times. I'll pay close nonjudgmental attention to both what is voiced and what lies beneath the surface, responding with empathy, sincerity, and insightful guidance.
(206) 309-4679 View (206) 309-4679
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Re-Story Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98118
Additionally, I support many tweens and adolescent with depression, anxiety and also work with family systems to address conflict patterns.
Many times when people find themselves in challenging circumstances, they are able to find solutions on their own. This innovation and resourcefulness in people excites me and gives me hope. Other times, the difficulties life throws one's way may seem too overwhelming, complicated or scary to deal with. Sometimes people come up with temporary solutions to problems so they can cope in the meantime. All of these responses to adversity and challenges are normal and, in my experience, people seek out therapy when their options or their “stories” feel stuck.
Additionally, I support many tweens and adolescent with depression, anxiety and also work with family systems to address conflict patterns.
Many times when people find themselves in challenging circumstances, they are able to find solutions on their own. This innovation and resourcefulness in people excites me and gives me hope. Other times, the difficulties life throws one's way may seem too overwhelming, complicated or scary to deal with. Sometimes people come up with temporary solutions to problems so they can cope in the meantime. All of these responses to adversity and challenges are normal and, in my experience, people seek out therapy when their options or their “stories” feel stuck.
(206) 495-4857 View (206) 495-4857
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Stacie A Englund
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
8 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Whatever you may be experiencing: grief, depression, crippling anxiety or feelings of hopelessness, you don’t have to be in this alone. Therapy is place to connect, to be seen and have a witness to the pain you're experiencing.
Whatever you may be experiencing: grief, depression, crippling anxiety or feelings of hopelessness, you don’t have to be in this alone. Therapy is place to connect, to be seen and have a witness to the pain you're experiencing.
(206) 593-2856 View (206) 593-2856
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John Totten
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
9 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98116
Relationships, identity, meaning, sexuality, gender, trauma, guilt and shame- these are a few of the many areas my patients and I address together. I am a licensed therapist who works with individuals and groups. My office is in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle and I work with all kinds of people with all kinds of concerns, ranging from depression to anxiety to posttraumatic stress.
Relationships, identity, meaning, sexuality, gender, trauma, guilt and shame- these are a few of the many areas my patients and I address together. I am a licensed therapist who works with individuals and groups. My office is in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle and I work with all kinds of people with all kinds of concerns, ranging from depression to anxiety to posttraumatic stress.
(206) 759-2469 View (206) 759-2469
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Matthew Ponsford
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Seattle, WA 98116
I am a licensed clinical psychologist providing therapy and consultation for individual clients in West Seattle. I take a collaborative, strengths-based approach to working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, or facing difficult life transitions. Sometimes therapy can be about seeking solutions to problems; often the more important work is in creating space to sit with and digest the parts of our experience that we generally try to avoid.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist providing therapy and consultation for individual clients in West Seattle. I take a collaborative, strengths-based approach to working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, or facing difficult life transitions. Sometimes therapy can be about seeking solutions to problems; often the more important work is in creating space to sit with and digest the parts of our experience that we generally try to avoid.
(206) 745-5896 View (206) 745-5896

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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.