Depression Therapists in Oak Creek, WI

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Mark Machak
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oak Creek, WI 53154
My approach is person-centered and collaborative. I focus on the particular wants and needs of the client, for their particular situation. My specialties and/or areas of interest include : depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, and career decision-making.
My approach is person-centered and collaborative. I focus on the particular wants and needs of the client, for their particular situation. My specialties and/or areas of interest include : depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, and career decision-making.
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Christina M Lachner
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oak Creek, WI 53154  (Online Only)
**Contact by email or text preferred “.Everyone gets stuck or overwhelmed and at these times we need additional support. Therapy creates opportunities for you to explore your thoughts and feelings so you can better understand and change what's getting in the way of you living as your fullest self. I work with adolescents and their parents as well as individuals; in order to address anxiety, depression, self criticism, anger, loneliness, or feeling numb and shut down. Our work together strengthens your sense of self, your relationships, and your capacity to best respond to life's inevitable changes and challenges.
**Contact by email or text preferred “.Everyone gets stuck or overwhelmed and at these times we need additional support. Therapy creates opportunities for you to explore your thoughts and feelings so you can better understand and change what's getting in the way of you living as your fullest self. I work with adolescents and their parents as well as individuals; in order to address anxiety, depression, self criticism, anger, loneliness, or feeling numb and shut down. Our work together strengthens your sense of self, your relationships, and your capacity to best respond to life's inevitable changes and challenges.
(262) 205-1329 View (262) 205-1329
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Rebecca Whiting
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CSAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oak Creek, WI 53154
I really enjoy helping people overcome their depression and anxiety, two very common problems that most people don't pay enough attention to.
*Contact by email is preferred* Life isn't always easy. Sometimes it throws you a curveball , and it can be hard to get past it on your own. That's where I come in. I use proven methods to help my clients overcome any obstacles they are facing as quickly as possible. Everyone deals with their problems in their own way, so I tailor my approach to suit the individual needs of my clients. My goal is to make my clients feel independent, content, and in control...to become the best version of themselves.
I really enjoy helping people overcome their depression and anxiety, two very common problems that most people don't pay enough attention to.
*Contact by email is preferred* Life isn't always easy. Sometimes it throws you a curveball , and it can be hard to get past it on your own. That's where I come in. I use proven methods to help my clients overcome any obstacles they are facing as quickly as possible. Everyone deals with their problems in their own way, so I tailor my approach to suit the individual needs of my clients. My goal is to make my clients feel independent, content, and in control...to become the best version of themselves.
(262) 581-1469 View (262) 581-1469
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William Echevarria
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oak Creek, WI 53154
With a focus on anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, stress management, and relationship issues.
Whether you may be struggling to enjoy daily living or feeling overwhelmed in certain aspects of your life, my approach is to meet you where you are and help you overcome these challenges. I am a big believer in goal setting and want to help you develop a strategy to achieve your goals throughout our counseling sessions. I offer a compassionate and supportive environment that encourages growth.
With a focus on anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, stress management, and relationship issues.
Whether you may be struggling to enjoy daily living or feeling overwhelmed in certain aspects of your life, my approach is to meet you where you are and help you overcome these challenges. I am a big believer in goal setting and want to help you develop a strategy to achieve your goals throughout our counseling sessions. I offer a compassionate and supportive environment that encourages growth.
(414) 250-0355 View (414) 250-0355
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Jennifer Pozorski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CSAC, ICS, CEDS-C, CIR
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Oak Creek, WI 53154
I am a dually licensed therapist with over 20 years of experience helping those struggling with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, and substance abuse. Each person has unique experiences that shape them and guide how they approach life. I believe that feeling understood by your therapist creates an environment for vulnerability, resulting in growth and insight. I will create a nonjudgmental space for you to explore your struggles, recognize your strengths, and help you learn ways to start healing. I will be compassionate, while also holding you accountable to yourself and your goals.
I am a dually licensed therapist with over 20 years of experience helping those struggling with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, and substance abuse. Each person has unique experiences that shape them and guide how they approach life. I believe that feeling understood by your therapist creates an environment for vulnerability, resulting in growth and insight. I will create a nonjudgmental space for you to explore your struggles, recognize your strengths, and help you learn ways to start healing. I will be compassionate, while also holding you accountable to yourself and your goals.
(414) 877-7108 View (414) 877-7108
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Leah McMillian
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Leah provides a comfortable and relaxed place for you to talk about challenges you're facing. She is non-judgmental, patient and understanding. She enjoys working with people seeking help with depression, anxiety, stress management, women’s issues life transitions, grief, mood disorders, gender & sexual orientation issues, self-esteem, & substance abuse. She strives to provide comfort & validate her clients while providing accountability & guidance. Her approach is eclectic, drawing from several modalities of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Client Centered, & Solution Focused.
Leah provides a comfortable and relaxed place for you to talk about challenges you're facing. She is non-judgmental, patient and understanding. She enjoys working with people seeking help with depression, anxiety, stress management, women’s issues life transitions, grief, mood disorders, gender & sexual orientation issues, self-esteem, & substance abuse. She strives to provide comfort & validate her clients while providing accountability & guidance. Her approach is eclectic, drawing from several modalities of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Client Centered, & Solution Focused.
(262) 599-6818 View (262) 599-6818
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Jessica Velazquez
MS, LPC-IT
Verified Verified
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Jessica’s areas of interest include: anxiety, depression, relationships, self esteem, stress and grief.
Jessica is a warm, empathetic, and passionate counselor who works to support her clients as they take steps towards achieving their goals. She works to create a safe, collaborative, and warm space for all clients. Jessica works with her clients to identify their unique mental health goals and uses client’s strengths to create a plan to achieve those goals. Her priority is to make your time in therapy feel collaborative and client-driven. Jessica has worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds and in all stages of life.
Jessica’s areas of interest include: anxiety, depression, relationships, self esteem, stress and grief.
Jessica is a warm, empathetic, and passionate counselor who works to support her clients as they take steps towards achieving their goals. She works to create a safe, collaborative, and warm space for all clients. Jessica works with her clients to identify their unique mental health goals and uses client’s strengths to create a plan to achieve those goals. Her priority is to make your time in therapy feel collaborative and client-driven. Jessica has worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds and in all stages of life.
(414) 626-7283 x727 View (414) 626-7283 x727
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Tea Olsen
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, LPC-IT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oak Creek, WI 53154
I specialize in addressing anxiety, depression, stress management, self-empowerment, and relationship issues.
Welcome to the therapy space where we embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth together! I aim to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where trust and empathy can flourish. I believe in the power of collaboration, focusing on guiding you through a healing journey tailored to your unique needs and experiences while meeting you where you are at with compassion and empathy. Together, we'll explore your strengths, confront obstacles, and develop practical strategies to navigate life's challenges. My goal is to empower you to lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life, equipped with the tools to thrive.
I specialize in addressing anxiety, depression, stress management, self-empowerment, and relationship issues.
Welcome to the therapy space where we embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth together! I aim to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where trust and empathy can flourish. I believe in the power of collaboration, focusing on guiding you through a healing journey tailored to your unique needs and experiences while meeting you where you are at with compassion and empathy. Together, we'll explore your strengths, confront obstacles, and develop practical strategies to navigate life's challenges. My goal is to empower you to lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life, equipped with the tools to thrive.
(262) 217-7907 View (262) 217-7907
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Katie Donohoo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oak Creek, WI 53154
I am skilled in crisis management, with a focus on suicide risk and prevention, and help children and teens with a variety of concerns related to Depression, Anxiety, Mood related disorders, safety management, ADHD, and other challenges.
It can be scary as a parent when you see your child struggling with intense feelings and behavioral challenges. Reaching out for help is sometimes hard, but I’m here to make that choice easier for you. My name is Katie Donohoo and I’m a licensed child and adolescent therapist. You’ve already taken the first step in helping your child by seeking out care. Let’s start the healing process to help your child thrive and grow! I aim to provide a judgment free, validating environment where clients can feel safe to talk about feelings and life stressors, and learn new tools and coping strategies to make lasting change.
I am skilled in crisis management, with a focus on suicide risk and prevention, and help children and teens with a variety of concerns related to Depression, Anxiety, Mood related disorders, safety management, ADHD, and other challenges.
It can be scary as a parent when you see your child struggling with intense feelings and behavioral challenges. Reaching out for help is sometimes hard, but I’m here to make that choice easier for you. My name is Katie Donohoo and I’m a licensed child and adolescent therapist. You’ve already taken the first step in helping your child by seeking out care. Let’s start the healing process to help your child thrive and grow! I aim to provide a judgment free, validating environment where clients can feel safe to talk about feelings and life stressors, and learn new tools and coping strategies to make lasting change.
(262) 217-0172 View (262) 217-0172
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Mindy Korish
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Mindy has been practicing psychotherapy in Milwaukee County for more than 10 years. She enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults and practices from an integrated approach utilizing Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy modalities and believing that the client is the expert on their own experiences. She specializes in depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, major life transitions and stress management. Mindy appreciates physical and spiritual health’s effects on a person’s mental and emotional wellbeing and supports exploring each of these aspects within the therapeutic setting.
Mindy has been practicing psychotherapy in Milwaukee County for more than 10 years. She enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults and practices from an integrated approach utilizing Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy modalities and believing that the client is the expert on their own experiences. She specializes in depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, major life transitions and stress management. Mindy appreciates physical and spiritual health’s effects on a person’s mental and emotional wellbeing and supports exploring each of these aspects within the therapeutic setting.
(262) 233-2616 View (262) 233-2616
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Leslie Clark-Dbt Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSE, LPC, CSAC, CS-IT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Oak Creek, WI 53154
I have a solid foundation in mental health and substance abuse counseling having worked with both adolescents and adults for the past thirteen years. I enjoy working with college students and believe that being a student in today's world can be challenging with the pressures of academics, peers, and self-discovery. I appreciate working with adults to gain high self-confidence and self-esteem. It is very powerful for me to watch as clients life gain inner strength for themselves. I specialize in DBT, family dynamics, anxiety, depression, communication skills, stress management, and addictions. I do accept new clients!
I have a solid foundation in mental health and substance abuse counseling having worked with both adolescents and adults for the past thirteen years. I enjoy working with college students and believe that being a student in today's world can be challenging with the pressures of academics, peers, and self-discovery. I appreciate working with adults to gain high self-confidence and self-esteem. It is very powerful for me to watch as clients life gain inner strength for themselves. I specialize in DBT, family dynamics, anxiety, depression, communication skills, stress management, and addictions. I do accept new clients!
(262) 429-9843 View (262) 429-9843
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Heidi Conto
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CEDS-C, CIR, RM
Verified Verified
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Waitlist for new clients
"It is my priority to offer a welcoming and safe space for each and every client. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, anxiety, depression, low self- esteem, a life transition or are having difficulty with relationships, stress and worry, coping with a loss, or feeling stuck and unsure how to move forward, I would like to assist you. I am an experienced clinical therapist working collaboratively with clients to find solutions to problems allowing them to move forward and lead a more fulfilling life. My therapeutic style is warm, empathetic, strengths based and informative while being goal oriented."
"It is my priority to offer a welcoming and safe space for each and every client. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, anxiety, depression, low self- esteem, a life transition or are having difficulty with relationships, stress and worry, coping with a loss, or feeling stuck and unsure how to move forward, I would like to assist you. I am an experienced clinical therapist working collaboratively with clients to find solutions to problems allowing them to move forward and lead a more fulfilling life. My therapeutic style is warm, empathetic, strengths based and informative while being goal oriented."
(262) 458-0869 View (262) 458-0869
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Chandell Hintzke
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, SAC, LPC
Verified Verified
Oak Creek, WI 53154
I have experience in treating various of concerns presented in a therapeutic setting, which include: substance abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, marital issues, codependency, and stress-related concerns. I have worked in both Residential and Outpatient settings.
I have experience in treating various of concerns presented in a therapeutic setting, which include: substance abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, marital issues, codependency, and stress-related concerns. I have worked in both Residential and Outpatient settings.
(262) 725-0283 View (262) 725-0283
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Dr Joan Jones Counseling Center
PhD, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
Oak Creek, WI 53154  (Online Only)
My speciality includes: Stress Management Depression Anxiety Anger Management Self-Esteem Marriage Counseling Bereavement-Grief Post-Traumatic Stress/Trauma Parenting Support Christian Counseling Divorce-Life Transitions.
Dr. Joan Jones Counseling & Consulting Center’s aim is to provide professional mental health counseling and consultation services to our clients. This is done by utilizing therapeutic approaches with efficient solution-oriented treatments to address the emotional, behavioral, social, and spiritual needs of our clients. Together we will create treatment goals to help increase healthy lifestyle and positive coping behaviors.
My speciality includes: Stress Management Depression Anxiety Anger Management Self-Esteem Marriage Counseling Bereavement-Grief Post-Traumatic Stress/Trauma Parenting Support Christian Counseling Divorce-Life Transitions.
Dr. Joan Jones Counseling & Consulting Center’s aim is to provide professional mental health counseling and consultation services to our clients. This is done by utilizing therapeutic approaches with efficient solution-oriented treatments to address the emotional, behavioral, social, and spiritual needs of our clients. Together we will create treatment goals to help increase healthy lifestyle and positive coping behaviors.
(352) 788-2927 View (352) 788-2927
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Joanne Damico
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMFT, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oak Creek, WI 53154  (Online Only)
Joanne is dually licensed in the state of Wisconsin as a Clinical Social Worker and as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Her practice is limited to adults. She focuses on helping clients develop healthy relationships – within themselves, with partners, peers and family, and with the community at large. She has over thirty five years in clinical practice, and she specializes in the treatment of trauma, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, and marital/relationship issues.
Joanne is dually licensed in the state of Wisconsin as a Clinical Social Worker and as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Her practice is limited to adults. She focuses on helping clients develop healthy relationships – within themselves, with partners, peers and family, and with the community at large. She has over thirty five years in clinical practice, and she specializes in the treatment of trauma, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, and marital/relationship issues.
(414) 441-5431 View (414) 441-5431
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Drea Straw
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Oak Creek, WI 53154
I diagnose and treat anxiety, depression, severe and persistent mental illness, compulsions, grief, and trauma.
Are you looking for the right fit in your next next therapist? Hello, my name is Drea and I am a proud three-time graduate of Mount Mary University. I have 15 years of experience treating clients of all ages. I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling and Clinical Mental Health. Choosing and trusting someone to help you move forward through difficult times is a big decision. Everyone who enters therapy is looking for their “right fit” when looking for a therapist, which I fully acknowledge and take very seriously. My top priority is ensuring you feel comfortable enough to be open during our time together.
I diagnose and treat anxiety, depression, severe and persistent mental illness, compulsions, grief, and trauma.
Are you looking for the right fit in your next next therapist? Hello, my name is Drea and I am a proud three-time graduate of Mount Mary University. I have 15 years of experience treating clients of all ages. I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling and Clinical Mental Health. Choosing and trusting someone to help you move forward through difficult times is a big decision. Everyone who enters therapy is looking for their “right fit” when looking for a therapist, which I fully acknowledge and take very seriously. My top priority is ensuring you feel comfortable enough to be open during our time together.
(262) 233-9243 View (262) 233-9243
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Kimberlee Marie Moster
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, SAC
Verified Verified
Oak Creek, WI 53154  (Online Only)
I have over 20 years experience working with life transitions, women's issues, family issues, grief, depression, anxiety and addictions.
I believe in meeting clients where they are at in their healing process. Assisting my clients in identifying their unique strengths in order to find balance and joy in their lives is always at the core of the therapy process. I provide a straightforward, compassionate approach with my clients and take my work very seriously. I do not, however, take myself overly seriously, so clients feel I am very easy to relate to. I believe that everyone, at some point, can benefit from therapy. It's not only to fix what might feel broken, but also to improve on what's working in our lives.
I have over 20 years experience working with life transitions, women's issues, family issues, grief, depression, anxiety and addictions.
I believe in meeting clients where they are at in their healing process. Assisting my clients in identifying their unique strengths in order to find balance and joy in their lives is always at the core of the therapy process. I provide a straightforward, compassionate approach with my clients and take my work very seriously. I do not, however, take myself overly seriously, so clients feel I am very easy to relate to. I believe that everyone, at some point, can benefit from therapy. It's not only to fix what might feel broken, but also to improve on what's working in our lives.
(262) 229-2767 View (262) 229-2767
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Kristen Ann Stodola
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Oak Creek, WI 53154
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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LaQuita Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oak Creek, WI 53154  (Online Only)
I also enjoy working with clients dealing with life transitions, stress, depression, and anxiety.
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I also enjoy working with clients dealing with life transitions, stress, depression, and anxiety.
It's impossible to travel 1,800 miles on a quarter tank of gas. Our vehicles would fail to arrive at their destinations without sufficient fuel. Just as the gas tanks in our vehicles require proper maintenance to move, so do we as humans. You've driven far enough without proper maintenance, it's time to pull over and refuel. Allow me to provide the roadside assistance needed to help you on your journey to a "Wellness Refill".
(262) 205-7896 View (262) 205-7896
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Modern Wellness
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, LPC-IT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oak Creek, WI 53154
With a decade of professional mental health experience, I implement an integrative approach while having specific training with DBT, OCD, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Hi, my name is Carly and I am one of the practitioners at Modern Wellness. Finding a counselor to suit your needs can be hard! The creation of a safe and comfortable space is one of the first steps to connecting with a counselor. Once that is established, we can continue forward and talk about anything that you deem important!
With a decade of professional mental health experience, I implement an integrative approach while having specific training with DBT, OCD, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Hi, my name is Carly and I am one of the practitioners at Modern Wellness. Finding a counselor to suit your needs can be hard! The creation of a safe and comfortable space is one of the first steps to connecting with a counselor. Once that is established, we can continue forward and talk about anything that you deem important!
(414) 310-7308 View (414) 310-7308
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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.