Depression Therapists in New Berlin, WI

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Kara Guevara
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New Berlin, WI 53146
Kara specializes in working with adults, couples and older adolescents with anxiety, depression, OCD, and personality disorder.
Kara Guevara is a Psychotherapist, who has been a practicing social worker since 2013 and psychotherapy since 2017. She received a Bachelor of Social Work from Concordia University and a Master of Clinical Social Work from UWM. As a Social Worker, Kara has experience working in Hospice, Child Protective Services, skilled nursing facilities and the Aging and Disability Resource Center. As a Psychotherapist, she has 5 years of experience working at Rogers Behavioral Health. Kara believes in meeting clients where they are at, in a judgement free and accepting way.
Kara specializes in working with adults, couples and older adolescents with anxiety, depression, OCD, and personality disorder.
Kara Guevara is a Psychotherapist, who has been a practicing social worker since 2013 and psychotherapy since 2017. She received a Bachelor of Social Work from Concordia University and a Master of Clinical Social Work from UWM. As a Social Worker, Kara has experience working in Hospice, Child Protective Services, skilled nursing facilities and the Aging and Disability Resource Center. As a Psychotherapist, she has 5 years of experience working at Rogers Behavioral Health. Kara believes in meeting clients where they are at, in a judgement free and accepting way.
(262) 383-4237 View (262) 383-4237
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Courtney Gutantes
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
New Berlin, WI 53146
Courtney works with individuals who struggle with anxiety and depression.
Courtney Gutantes is a licensed professional counselor who works with adolescents and adults ages 17 and up. Courtney earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and her master's degree from Marquette University. Following the completion of her formal training in 2016, Courtney has worked with children, adolescents, and their families across the inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient settings.
Courtney works with individuals who struggle with anxiety and depression.
Courtney Gutantes is a licensed professional counselor who works with adolescents and adults ages 17 and up. Courtney earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and her master's degree from Marquette University. Following the completion of her formal training in 2016, Courtney has worked with children, adolescents, and their families across the inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient settings.
(262) 592-5307 View (262) 592-5307
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Erika Grahovac
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
New Berlin, WI 53146
Erika Grahovac is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with children ages 4 and up, adolescents and adults. She gained extensive experience while working in residential programs at Roger's Memorial Hospital, with clients who struggle with Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Eating Disorders, Depression and Trauma. Erika also has experience working with children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. After earning her Bachelor's Degree from Carroll University, Erika earned a Master's Degree in School and Community Counseling at Concordia University.
Erika Grahovac is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with children ages 4 and up, adolescents and adults. She gained extensive experience while working in residential programs at Roger's Memorial Hospital, with clients who struggle with Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Eating Disorders, Depression and Trauma. Erika also has experience working with children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. After earning her Bachelor's Degree from Carroll University, Erika earned a Master's Degree in School and Community Counseling at Concordia University.
(262) 588-4184 View (262) 588-4184
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Nicole Lotz
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
New Berlin, WI 53146
Nicole Lotz is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Alverno College with a degree in Community Psychology. Nicole believes in building a genuine, nonjudgmental, trusting relationship that focuses on the individual's strengths. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Nicole's main areas of focus include depression and anxiety. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys hiking, gardening, sewing, and spending time with her various pets.
Nicole Lotz is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Alverno College with a degree in Community Psychology. Nicole believes in building a genuine, nonjudgmental, trusting relationship that focuses on the individual's strengths. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Nicole's main areas of focus include depression and anxiety. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys hiking, gardening, sewing, and spending time with her various pets.
(262) 587-5088 View (262) 587-5088
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Emogene Flegner
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
New Berlin, WI 53146
Emmy is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides psychotherapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults. Emmy has exceptional experience with individuals diagnosed with a wide range of mental health disorders and developmental disabilities, including Anxiety, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and behavior disorders. Her special interests include treating anxiety, trauma, providing behavior treatment, play therapy, psychoeducation to parents, couples and family therapy. Emmy approaches each client uniquely with enthusiasm, empathy, and dignity.
Emmy is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides psychotherapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults. Emmy has exceptional experience with individuals diagnosed with a wide range of mental health disorders and developmental disabilities, including Anxiety, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and behavior disorders. Her special interests include treating anxiety, trauma, providing behavior treatment, play therapy, psychoeducation to parents, couples and family therapy. Emmy approaches each client uniquely with enthusiasm, empathy, and dignity.
(262) 588-4268 View (262) 588-4268
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Camron Hinckle
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Berlin, WI 53151
My main focus is supporting those who have pornography/sexual additions. My goal is to work together on relapse prevention, identifying physical and emotional triggers, and implementing appropriate coping skills, while rebuilding areas of damage done by the negative behavior. Freedom from the struggle is important, but rebuilding yourself and your life is the goal. I also support those struggling with anxiety, depression, relationships, ADHD, adjustment disorders, and various other identified issues.
My main focus is supporting those who have pornography/sexual additions. My goal is to work together on relapse prevention, identifying physical and emotional triggers, and implementing appropriate coping skills, while rebuilding areas of damage done by the negative behavior. Freedom from the struggle is important, but rebuilding yourself and your life is the goal. I also support those struggling with anxiety, depression, relationships, ADHD, adjustment disorders, and various other identified issues.
(262) 429-9804 View (262) 429-9804
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Mind body spirit program
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New Berlin, WI 53151
Are you stressed? Depressed? Anxious? Angry? Do you suffer from fatigue? Insomnia? High blood pressure? chronic pain? PMS? Infertility? Cancer? Memory Problems? I can help. I am a clinical health psychologist with a specialty in behavioral medicine and am dedicated to empowering patients to positively heal their mind, body and spirit. I have received specialty training in mind body medicine across the country, including through Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital and University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. I imploy innovative practices: EMDR, hypnosis, and meditation, to improve the lives of her patients.
Are you stressed? Depressed? Anxious? Angry? Do you suffer from fatigue? Insomnia? High blood pressure? chronic pain? PMS? Infertility? Cancer? Memory Problems? I can help. I am a clinical health psychologist with a specialty in behavioral medicine and am dedicated to empowering patients to positively heal their mind, body and spirit. I have received specialty training in mind body medicine across the country, including through Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital and University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. I imploy innovative practices: EMDR, hypnosis, and meditation, to improve the lives of her patients.
(414) 939-7931 View (414) 939-7931
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Mary Elisabeth Bonneson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC, BCPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Berlin, WI 53146
With focused additional training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Teletherapy, and Christian Counseling, my specialties include: anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, chronic pain/illness, adjustment to life change, loneliness, perfectionism, self-esteem, forgiveness, and relationship concerns.
Let's meet today to give you a fresh start. As a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience, I help teens and adults with many diverse symptoms and circumstances. Let's identify your strengths and help you move past difficulties toward positive goals. I specialize in using various evidence-based methods integrated with faith-based principles to treat the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. I'll help you learn healthier thinking, improved interpersonal effectiveness, and how to move past self-destructive patterns. Let's bring more joy, unity and peace to you and your family. Let's help you move forward.
With focused additional training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Teletherapy, and Christian Counseling, my specialties include: anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, chronic pain/illness, adjustment to life change, loneliness, perfectionism, self-esteem, forgiveness, and relationship concerns.
Let's meet today to give you a fresh start. As a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience, I help teens and adults with many diverse symptoms and circumstances. Let's identify your strengths and help you move past difficulties toward positive goals. I specialize in using various evidence-based methods integrated with faith-based principles to treat the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. I'll help you learn healthier thinking, improved interpersonal effectiveness, and how to move past self-destructive patterns. Let's bring more joy, unity and peace to you and your family. Let's help you move forward.
(262) 685-3763 View (262) 685-3763
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Hannah Radke
Counselor, MS, LPC-IT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New Berlin, WI 53151
Not accepting new clients
Life gets messy. Stress, depression, anxiety, grief, fear, and uncertainty are just some of the many experiences that can knock any of us down and leave us wondering where to turn. No one should have to face life’s struggles alone. With counseling, you don't have to.
Life gets messy. Stress, depression, anxiety, grief, fear, and uncertainty are just some of the many experiences that can knock any of us down and leave us wondering where to turn. No one should have to face life’s struggles alone. With counseling, you don't have to.
(262) 261-1468 View (262) 261-1468
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Walter Laux
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CSAC
Verified Verified
New Berlin, WI 53151
Not accepting new clients
At times, life can feel overwhelming, but you don't have to bear the burden alone. I have 25 years in the behavioral health field as an executive, teacher, consultant and dually-licensed clinician helping people move beyond their burdens to get on with their lives. I have been providing clinical services since 2005, and I'm a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science along with the American Counseling Association. My experience includes treating depression, anxiety, panic, stress, anger, trauma, grief and problematic substance use across the lifespan.
At times, life can feel overwhelming, but you don't have to bear the burden alone. I have 25 years in the behavioral health field as an executive, teacher, consultant and dually-licensed clinician helping people move beyond their burdens to get on with their lives. I have been providing clinical services since 2005, and I'm a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science along with the American Counseling Association. My experience includes treating depression, anxiety, panic, stress, anger, trauma, grief and problematic substance use across the lifespan.
(414) 246-8563 View (414) 246-8563
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Juana M Dorger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMFT
Verified Verified
New Berlin, WI 53146  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience working with clients dealing with anxiety and depression.
Life can be challenging and difficult at times. During these periods, having someone to help navigate the rough waters can be beneficial, helping to bring clarity and growth. I believe in creating a strong therapeutic alliance with clients to foster an environment of trust, promoting healing and change. With over a decade of experience as a bilingual (Spanish/English) psychotherapist, I appreciate walking alongside my clients in a warm, calm, and compassionate manner, helping them manage their current emotional struggles and identify unnoticed emotional strengths.
I have extensive experience working with clients dealing with anxiety and depression.
Life can be challenging and difficult at times. During these periods, having someone to help navigate the rough waters can be beneficial, helping to bring clarity and growth. I believe in creating a strong therapeutic alliance with clients to foster an environment of trust, promoting healing and change. With over a decade of experience as a bilingual (Spanish/English) psychotherapist, I appreciate walking alongside my clients in a warm, calm, and compassionate manner, helping them manage their current emotional struggles and identify unnoticed emotional strengths.
(262) 264-8470 View (262) 264-8470
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Alison Trembacki
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Berlin, WI 53151  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
If you or a loved one is struggling with their mental health related to depression, anxiety or chronic illness, reach out.
Alison has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults through individual and family therapy. I am a lyme literate therapist who understands the complexity of living with a chronic illness like lyme disease. In addition to working with clients that struggle with mood or neurodevelopment disorders, I also work with children using play therapy. My experience has provided me insight into the importance of the therapeutic role with each individual. I strive to connect with each individual client in order to help them through their struggles and reach their full potential.
If you or a loved one is struggling with their mental health related to depression, anxiety or chronic illness, reach out.
Alison has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults through individual and family therapy. I am a lyme literate therapist who understands the complexity of living with a chronic illness like lyme disease. In addition to working with clients that struggle with mood or neurodevelopment disorders, I also work with children using play therapy. My experience has provided me insight into the importance of the therapeutic role with each individual. I strive to connect with each individual client in order to help them through their struggles and reach their full potential.
(331) 260-9534 View (331) 260-9534
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Lindsay Dillon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, APSW, SAC-IT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Berlin, WI 53151  (Online Only)
I work with clients with depression, anxiety, OCD, and eating disorders.
When we begin to heal ourselves, we can begin to truly love the person we are. Our struggles, past or present, do not define who you are as a person. It is simply a chapter in your life. We can use our struggles to gain strength. It takes courage, resiliency and determination, but with the right tools, I believe we can all heal. Recovery is not linear, and progress is not perfection.
I work with clients with depression, anxiety, OCD, and eating disorders.
When we begin to heal ourselves, we can begin to truly love the person we are. Our struggles, past or present, do not define who you are as a person. It is simply a chapter in your life. We can use our struggles to gain strength. It takes courage, resiliency and determination, but with the right tools, I believe we can all heal. Recovery is not linear, and progress is not perfection.
(414) 441-2443 View (414) 441-2443
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Carrie Kelly
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, CSAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Berlin, WI 53151
Awesome! You've made it to this moment. Its not easy to start looking for a therapist but now that you've been clicking on a few profiles you're probably figuring out what vibes for you and what doesn't. My individual and group services focus on adults and adolescents struggling with substance use issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, stress reduction, and transitional/life challenges. This is not stuffy therapy. I've been known to swear from time to time (when appropriate of course!) and been told my style is warm and compassionate, offering an interactive setting for understanding, growth and healing.
Awesome! You've made it to this moment. Its not easy to start looking for a therapist but now that you've been clicking on a few profiles you're probably figuring out what vibes for you and what doesn't. My individual and group services focus on adults and adolescents struggling with substance use issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, stress reduction, and transitional/life challenges. This is not stuffy therapy. I've been known to swear from time to time (when appropriate of course!) and been told my style is warm and compassionate, offering an interactive setting for understanding, growth and healing.
(262) 706-4317 View (262) 706-4317
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Barbara Temple
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Berlin, WI 53146
Specialties include marital, including blended family issues & affairs, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, grief and trauma, including EMDR.
I am a Nationally Certified Counselor, who specializes in Christian counseling. While working to resolve the issues bringing you to counseling, I will also seek to help you understand yourself more deeply so that you may enjoy lasting change and a closer relationship with God. My hope is that you will develop a sense of well-being that extends to all areas of your life. My approach to treatment is integrative, and draws from cognitive behavioral, solutions focused, and emotionally focused therapy. Although treatment approaches are important, I believe having a solid relationship with you is what facilitates change.
Specialties include marital, including blended family issues & affairs, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, grief and trauma, including EMDR.
I am a Nationally Certified Counselor, who specializes in Christian counseling. While working to resolve the issues bringing you to counseling, I will also seek to help you understand yourself more deeply so that you may enjoy lasting change and a closer relationship with God. My hope is that you will develop a sense of well-being that extends to all areas of your life. My approach to treatment is integrative, and draws from cognitive behavioral, solutions focused, and emotionally focused therapy. Although treatment approaches are important, I believe having a solid relationship with you is what facilitates change.
(262) 468-7253 View (262) 468-7253
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Jill R Turcott-Nielsen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
New Berlin, WI 53151
Stressed? Angry? Depressed? Feeling alone with your problems? Looking for direction and effective support? Tired of not feeling like yourself? Advice from friends not enough? Ready to talk with an experienced professional therapist/life coach? I can help you. Therapy means "to remedy/make better" = learn to reduce stress, feel more in control, have happier relationships, become confident & assertive. I can offer you a blend of talent, integrity, training, experience & dedication. I've undergone my own intensive therapy, lived & studied throughout the U.S. and abroad. Now widowed, I've had a beautiful marriage. I'm an effective psychotherapist & life coach (30 years experience.)
Stressed? Angry? Depressed? Feeling alone with your problems? Looking for direction and effective support? Tired of not feeling like yourself? Advice from friends not enough? Ready to talk with an experienced professional therapist/life coach? I can help you. Therapy means "to remedy/make better" = learn to reduce stress, feel more in control, have happier relationships, become confident & assertive. I can offer you a blend of talent, integrity, training, experience & dedication. I've undergone my own intensive therapy, lived & studied throughout the U.S. and abroad. Now widowed, I've had a beautiful marriage. I'm an effective psychotherapist & life coach (30 years experience.)
(262) 395-4444 View (262) 395-4444
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Sara Ruiz
Pre-Licensed Professional, BS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Berlin, WI 53151
I believe as people we have a desire to be seen for who we are without judgment. I am passionate about creating a space that celebrates clients for who they are. I believe this lays the foundation for a deep, meaningful therapeutic relationship which leads to change and healing of the mind, body, and soul. I value collaborating together to meet your needs. I will work with you to identify your goals, meet you where you are, and to walk alongside you on your journey. My passion is supporting those who are fighting an eating disorder, navigating identity exploration and life transitions, body image concerns, anxiety, and depression.
I believe as people we have a desire to be seen for who we are without judgment. I am passionate about creating a space that celebrates clients for who they are. I believe this lays the foundation for a deep, meaningful therapeutic relationship which leads to change and healing of the mind, body, and soul. I value collaborating together to meet your needs. I will work with you to identify your goals, meet you where you are, and to walk alongside you on your journey. My passion is supporting those who are fighting an eating disorder, navigating identity exploration and life transitions, body image concerns, anxiety, and depression.
(262) 600-2994 View (262) 600-2994
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Victoria Kirk-Julius
Counselor, MS, LPC-IT
Verified Verified
New Berlin, WI 53151
Let's be real. Life is exhausting and overwhelming. Regardless of what you’re experiencing, you don’t have to deal with it alone! Whether you are suffering from relationship issues, debilitating anxiety, overwhelming depression, low self-esteem, or everyday stress from feeling overworked and underappreciated, I am here to support you. As a therapist, I will strive to empower and emphasize your strengths, so life can feel more manageable again. I am here to work with you to create a safe, supportive, and healing environment.
Let's be real. Life is exhausting and overwhelming. Regardless of what you’re experiencing, you don’t have to deal with it alone! Whether you are suffering from relationship issues, debilitating anxiety, overwhelming depression, low self-esteem, or everyday stress from feeling overworked and underappreciated, I am here to support you. As a therapist, I will strive to empower and emphasize your strengths, so life can feel more manageable again. I am here to work with you to create a safe, supportive, and healing environment.
(262) 447-8850 View (262) 447-8850
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Kristen Ann Stodola
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
New Berlin, WI 53146
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, and substance abuse issues. I provide empathy and encouragement to ensure individuals feel heard and known. I equip individuals with coping skills tailored to each person's unique experiences to help them thrive in life.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, and substance abuse issues. I provide empathy and encouragement to ensure individuals feel heard and known. I equip individuals with coping skills tailored to each person's unique experiences to help them thrive in life.
(262) 205-6045 View (262) 205-6045
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Kate Nipko
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Berlin, WI 53146
Kate Nipko is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2011. Kate has a Master of Social Work, Direct Practice track, focus in trauma and clinical practice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Arts, Drama from Ithaca College. Kate believes in empowerment of individuals and a humanistic approach to help clients evaluate and maximize choices. Kate strives in every interaction to meet everyone where they are at and help support, identify, and develop strengths to help move through adverse experience and barriers to find their personal truth and source of fulfillment.
Kate Nipko is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2011. Kate has a Master of Social Work, Direct Practice track, focus in trauma and clinical practice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Arts, Drama from Ithaca College. Kate believes in empowerment of individuals and a humanistic approach to help clients evaluate and maximize choices. Kate strives in every interaction to meet everyone where they are at and help support, identify, and develop strengths to help move through adverse experience and barriers to find their personal truth and source of fulfillment.
(262) 668-7922 View (262) 668-7922

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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.