Depression Therapists in Shorewood, WI

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Matt George
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Shorewood, WI 53211
As a counselor, I'm a good fit for people who would describe themselves as intense, self-conscious, sensitive, and who tend to spend a lot of time "in their head." I'm drawn to working with people who tend to struggle with issues like depression, perfectionism, feeling inadequate, social anxiety, self-doubt, low motivation, and lack of purpose in life. I am interested in both the challenges (and gifts) that come with high sensitivity and offer an approach to therapy that is respectful of both.
As a counselor, I'm a good fit for people who would describe themselves as intense, self-conscious, sensitive, and who tend to spend a lot of time "in their head." I'm drawn to working with people who tend to struggle with issues like depression, perfectionism, feeling inadequate, social anxiety, self-doubt, low motivation, and lack of purpose in life. I am interested in both the challenges (and gifts) that come with high sensitivity and offer an approach to therapy that is respectful of both.
(414) 436-2938 View (414) 436-2938
Dr. Lauri C. Gebhard
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Shorewood, WI 53211
Are you stressed? Depressed? Anxious? Angry? Do you suffer from fatigue? Insomnia? Perfectionism? Low self esteem? Infertility? Weight Problems? Trauma? ADD? or 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. With the specialty training I received in mind body medicine across the country, including through Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital and University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, I founded the Mind Body Program over 25 years ago. We employ innovative practices
Are you stressed? Depressed? Anxious? Angry? Do you suffer from fatigue? Insomnia? Perfectionism? Low self esteem? Infertility? Weight Problems? Trauma? ADD? or 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. With the specialty training I received in mind body medicine across the country, including through Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital and University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, I founded the Mind Body Program over 25 years ago. We employ innovative practices
(262) 214-5777 View (262) 214-5777
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Madeline Ling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shorewood, WI 53211  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stuck in the same old cycle? Are you facing something new and unfamiliar, and not sure how to cope with the changes? My aim is to make a space for you to feel empowered to process and create the change you hope to see in your life. I have experience working with adults with depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, trauma, as well as major life transitions. I have a warm and caring approach with my clients, and I value their personal preferences in the therapy experience.
Are you feeling stuck in the same old cycle? Are you facing something new and unfamiliar, and not sure how to cope with the changes? My aim is to make a space for you to feel empowered to process and create the change you hope to see in your life. I have experience working with adults with depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, trauma, as well as major life transitions. I have a warm and caring approach with my clients, and I value their personal preferences in the therapy experience.
(414) 246-5059 View (414) 246-5059
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Deidre Rachel Prosen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MFA, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Shorewood, WI 53211
Waitlist for new clients
These techniques can be applied to a range of mental health issues such as trauma/PTSD, stress and anxiety, depression, mood disorders, gender identity issues, substance use, intrusive and suicidal thoughts, relationship/marital issues, anger management and more.
It takes courage to seek help when you are suffering. Taking steps to improve the quality of your life is one of the most valuable gifts you can give yourself. I believe it is the job of a therapist to help people on their journey and that the therapeutic relationship is an essential part of this process. The therapist must create an environment of trust where it feels safe to explore thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental, supportive manner. In this kind of atmosphere, we can begin the work to identify strengths and diminish self-defeating thinking and behavior so that you can move forward with your life.
These techniques can be applied to a range of mental health issues such as trauma/PTSD, stress and anxiety, depression, mood disorders, gender identity issues, substance use, intrusive and suicidal thoughts, relationship/marital issues, anger management and more.
It takes courage to seek help when you are suffering. Taking steps to improve the quality of your life is one of the most valuable gifts you can give yourself. I believe it is the job of a therapist to help people on their journey and that the therapeutic relationship is an essential part of this process. The therapist must create an environment of trust where it feels safe to explore thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental, supportive manner. In this kind of atmosphere, we can begin the work to identify strengths and diminish self-defeating thinking and behavior so that you can move forward with your life.
(262) 581-1507 View (262) 581-1507
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Michelle Fahrnow
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shorewood, WI 53211
My specialty is helping individuals struggling with: depression, anxiety, grief & loss, trauma & abuse, low self-esteem, stress management, relationship difficulties, loneliness, experiences of oppression, discrimination or marginalization, and life transitions.
Seeking therapy is a courageous first step towards better understanding how past and current experiences impact individual wellbeing. I believe the most important part of treatment is establishing a trusting client-therapist relationship. I work to build a warm, open environment so you feel safe when sharing difficult thoughts and feelings. There are times in life when our usual coping strategies are not enough and feelings of helplessness and inadequacy can take over. Therapy can help to successfully navigate life's challenges and make positive changes that will contribute to improved feelings of competence in managing relationships, transitions, and other stressors more productively.
My specialty is helping individuals struggling with: depression, anxiety, grief & loss, trauma & abuse, low self-esteem, stress management, relationship difficulties, loneliness, experiences of oppression, discrimination or marginalization, and life transitions.
Seeking therapy is a courageous first step towards better understanding how past and current experiences impact individual wellbeing. I believe the most important part of treatment is establishing a trusting client-therapist relationship. I work to build a warm, open environment so you feel safe when sharing difficult thoughts and feelings. There are times in life when our usual coping strategies are not enough and feelings of helplessness and inadequacy can take over. Therapy can help to successfully navigate life's challenges and make positive changes that will contribute to improved feelings of competence in managing relationships, transitions, and other stressors more productively.
(414) 509-0811 View (414) 509-0811
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Andrea Knuth
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shorewood, WI 53211
I enjoy working with clients with depression, relationship issues, grief, self-esteem and transition difficulties.
Sometimes life gets hard and we just want someone to listen and help guide us through in the healthiest and safest way possible. I am a psychotherapist who has done just that for many clients in the 15 plus years I have been in practice. My first priority is to help you feel safe and comfortable in working with me. I am an eclectic therapist that uses different techniques and modalities because I believe every client’s needs are individualized. I am a laid-back therapist that can bring humor into session when appropriate but I am also able to be direct in what I see and what I feel the best treatment needs are.
I enjoy working with clients with depression, relationship issues, grief, self-esteem and transition difficulties.
Sometimes life gets hard and we just want someone to listen and help guide us through in the healthiest and safest way possible. I am a psychotherapist who has done just that for many clients in the 15 plus years I have been in practice. My first priority is to help you feel safe and comfortable in working with me. I am an eclectic therapist that uses different techniques and modalities because I believe every client’s needs are individualized. I am a laid-back therapist that can bring humor into session when appropriate but I am also able to be direct in what I see and what I feel the best treatment needs are.
(414) 441-4903 View (414) 441-4903
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Many Roads Clinic
Counselor, MA, LPC, CSAC
Verified Verified
Shorewood, WI 53211
Many Roads Clinic (MRC), provides psychotherapy and other mental health services to a broad range of clients in the Milwaukee area. Inspired by the notion that there are many roads to recovery, MRC strives to meet the needs of it's clients by providing diverse, evidence based therapies and interventions that are personalized to each individual. We provide for a wide range of client issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, addictions, substance use, trauma, relationship/family issues, stress management, anger management and grief/loss. MRC provides a safe, warm and nurturing environment for clients to heal and grow.
Many Roads Clinic (MRC), provides psychotherapy and other mental health services to a broad range of clients in the Milwaukee area. Inspired by the notion that there are many roads to recovery, MRC strives to meet the needs of it's clients by providing diverse, evidence based therapies and interventions that are personalized to each individual. We provide for a wide range of client issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, addictions, substance use, trauma, relationship/family issues, stress management, anger management and grief/loss. MRC provides a safe, warm and nurturing environment for clients to heal and grow.
(414) 255-2563 View (414) 255-2563
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Susan Jost
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, MSW, LCSW, EEM-CLP
Verified Verified
Shorewood, WI 53211
Waitlist for new clients
I work eclectically and flexibly with adults of all backgrounds seeking therapy because of anxiety, depression, trauma, and other issues that block our ability to feel peace and joy in our lives.  Perhaps you find yourself sinking deeper into depression, lacking the enthusiasm you once had for life.  Maybe you find yourself overwhelmed with anxiety.  Perhaps you're feeling it's time to dig deeper and heal old wounds.  Or maybe you have experienced a severe trauma, and life has never been the same since.  I am here to hold space for and to work with you on all levels: mind, heart, body, and spirit. 
I work eclectically and flexibly with adults of all backgrounds seeking therapy because of anxiety, depression, trauma, and other issues that block our ability to feel peace and joy in our lives.  Perhaps you find yourself sinking deeper into depression, lacking the enthusiasm you once had for life.  Maybe you find yourself overwhelmed with anxiety.  Perhaps you're feeling it's time to dig deeper and heal old wounds.  Or maybe you have experienced a severe trauma, and life has never been the same since.  I am here to hold space for and to work with you on all levels: mind, heart, body, and spirit. 
(414) 240-3389 View (414) 240-3389
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Ivaylo Hristov
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Shorewood, WI 53211
Counseling for effective solutions and healing-oriented process for the following: stress, obsessive - compulsive problems, anxiety, trauma, depression and relationship problems.
I am licensed psychotherapist in the states of Wisconsin and California, with practices at Sofia Therapeutic Solutions, LifeStance Health, Inc and ICF Consultants in Wisconsin. I also work with clients in California and Europe. Medical providers keep referring their patients to me, considering the progress that I have been making over the years with my clients. My style is honest, accepting and results oriented. We will cooperate and you will be able to measure your progress. Further, we will develop successful plan for the post-therapy period of your life to assure your ability to cope in independent manner.
Counseling for effective solutions and healing-oriented process for the following: stress, obsessive - compulsive problems, anxiety, trauma, depression and relationship problems.
I am licensed psychotherapist in the states of Wisconsin and California, with practices at Sofia Therapeutic Solutions, LifeStance Health, Inc and ICF Consultants in Wisconsin. I also work with clients in California and Europe. Medical providers keep referring their patients to me, considering the progress that I have been making over the years with my clients. My style is honest, accepting and results oriented. We will cooperate and you will be able to measure your progress. Further, we will develop successful plan for the post-therapy period of your life to assure your ability to cope in independent manner.
(414) 251-2291 View (414) 251-2291
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Kristin Belkofer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Shorewood, WI 53211
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, attachment issues, trauma and sexual abuse, ADHD, disordered eating, self injury, conduct disorders, and family/couples issues.
I believe that human connection, compassion, and empathy are key to our wellness and becoming our authentic selves. As a psychotherapist, I use an integrative approach that is client-centered, insight oriented, and rooted in a deep understanding of the impact of stress and trauma on the body, mind, and relationships. Together we will create goals and a holistic plan to foster your strengths and empower you to live your best life possible.
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, attachment issues, trauma and sexual abuse, ADHD, disordered eating, self injury, conduct disorders, and family/couples issues.
I believe that human connection, compassion, and empathy are key to our wellness and becoming our authentic selves. As a psychotherapist, I use an integrative approach that is client-centered, insight oriented, and rooted in a deep understanding of the impact of stress and trauma on the body, mind, and relationships. Together we will create goals and a holistic plan to foster your strengths and empower you to live your best life possible.
(414) 509-0880 View (414) 509-0880
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Sarah P. La Follette
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Shorewood, WI 53211
Whether you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship troubles, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, therapy can help.
You deserve to be happy. No matter what has happened, or where you've been. We all have troubles, and we all need a little help sometimes. I am here to help you figure things out. You hold the key to getting better. You know yourself better than anyone, but sometimes when we're close to an issue it's hard to see the bigger picture or the best solutions. We will work together in a safe, non-judgmental space.
Whether you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship troubles, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, therapy can help.
You deserve to be happy. No matter what has happened, or where you've been. We all have troubles, and we all need a little help sometimes. I am here to help you figure things out. You hold the key to getting better. You know yourself better than anyone, but sometimes when we're close to an issue it's hard to see the bigger picture or the best solutions. We will work together in a safe, non-judgmental space.
(414) 251-1413 View (414) 251-1413
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Brandon Wells
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Shorewood, WI 53211
As a psychotherapist in Milwaukee I offer services in a private comfortable setting designed to meet your unique needs. I treat depression and anxiety in a caring and compassionate manner geared toward empowerment. These issues can be difficult but getting effective help does not have to be. We will work together to achieve your desired results. I have over 30 years of experience treating clients with a wide range of issues. I will personally call you back, set an appointment within a week and help you navigate all insurance and or financial obstacles.
As a psychotherapist in Milwaukee I offer services in a private comfortable setting designed to meet your unique needs. I treat depression and anxiety in a caring and compassionate manner geared toward empowerment. These issues can be difficult but getting effective help does not have to be. We will work together to achieve your desired results. I have over 30 years of experience treating clients with a wide range of issues. I will personally call you back, set an appointment within a week and help you navigate all insurance and or financial obstacles.
(414) 369-2963 View (414) 369-2963
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Cara Raymond
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Shorewood, WI 53211
I work with individuals struggling with anxiety/stress, depression, relationship difficulties, life transitions, personal growth, changing ineffective patterns, self esteem, trauma/abuse, balancing multiple demands, and women's issues.
I strongly believe you should feel comfortable with the therapist you choose and hopeful about therapy. When you feel this way, therapy is more likely to be beneficial to you. I treat each person I work with as an individual, with your own unique experiences and circumstances. Collaboratively, we decide what problems we will work on and the type of work we will do to facilitate change, healing, and growth. For new clients, I offer a free initial consultation by phone. This gives us a chance to see if we would feel comfortable working together.
I work with individuals struggling with anxiety/stress, depression, relationship difficulties, life transitions, personal growth, changing ineffective patterns, self esteem, trauma/abuse, balancing multiple demands, and women's issues.
I strongly believe you should feel comfortable with the therapist you choose and hopeful about therapy. When you feel this way, therapy is more likely to be beneficial to you. I treat each person I work with as an individual, with your own unique experiences and circumstances. Collaboratively, we decide what problems we will work on and the type of work we will do to facilitate change, healing, and growth. For new clients, I offer a free initial consultation by phone. This gives us a chance to see if we would feel comfortable working together.
(847) 512-8702 View (847) 512-8702
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Tammy M Beran
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Shorewood, WI 53211
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Beran is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been providing evidence-based psychological care to individuals for the last 17 years. She received her PhD from the nation’s most highly rated clinical psychology program, UCLA, where she gained extensive experience helping people with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, chronic illness, trauma, and grief. A firm believer that academic knowledge is only part of what makes a quality therapist, Dr. Beran combines her in-depth psychological training with warmth, humor, and affection for her clients.
Dr. Beran is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been providing evidence-based psychological care to individuals for the last 17 years. She received her PhD from the nation’s most highly rated clinical psychology program, UCLA, where she gained extensive experience helping people with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, chronic illness, trauma, and grief. A firm believer that academic knowledge is only part of what makes a quality therapist, Dr. Beran combines her in-depth psychological training with warmth, humor, and affection for her clients.
(414) 206-1901 View (414) 206-1901
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Dennis L Merritt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, SC
Verified Verified
Shorewood, WI 53211
Life is a journey and the secret to fulfillment is learning how to journey well. Everyone gets stuck at various points on the journey. Symptoms then emerge that vary with the individual, such as depression, anxiety, compulsions, sleep problems, etc. When we need help, we look for someone with experience and a good psychological base to help us discover why we are stuck and how we keep ourselves stuck. We want someone who will help us find our voice and not superimpose their beliefs and judgments on us. My Jungian ecopsychology framework also helps those who are worried about environmental issues .
Life is a journey and the secret to fulfillment is learning how to journey well. Everyone gets stuck at various points on the journey. Symptoms then emerge that vary with the individual, such as depression, anxiety, compulsions, sleep problems, etc. When we need help, we look for someone with experience and a good psychological base to help us discover why we are stuck and how we keep ourselves stuck. We want someone who will help us find our voice and not superimpose their beliefs and judgments on us. My Jungian ecopsychology framework also helps those who are worried about environmental issues .
(414) 369-2949 View (414) 369-2949
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Molly Wilcox Yahr
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Shorewood, WI 53211
Have you been feeling out of control, exhausted, and isolated by anxiety and depression? Do you find yourself struggling to maintain healthy relationships and boundaries? Are you tired of hating your body and obsessing about food? Do thoughts of food and weight consume you? If you can relate to any of these questions, therapy can help. I can help you overcome the challenges you are facing.
Have you been feeling out of control, exhausted, and isolated by anxiety and depression? Do you find yourself struggling to maintain healthy relationships and boundaries? Are you tired of hating your body and obsessing about food? Do thoughts of food and weight consume you? If you can relate to any of these questions, therapy can help. I can help you overcome the challenges you are facing.
(262) 300-4055 View (262) 300-4055
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Robert Gilbert
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Shorewood, WI 53211
I help clients address conditions including generalized and social anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, and others.
My approach to psychotherapy is reflective, curious, and non-judgmental. First and foremost, my job is to listen to you in ways that help you understand yourself, your experiences, and your relationships more deeply. You may be feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, unfulfilled, disconnected from loved ones, uncertain about the future, or you may simply have a general feeling that something is off for you.
I help clients address conditions including generalized and social anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, and others.
My approach to psychotherapy is reflective, curious, and non-judgmental. First and foremost, my job is to listen to you in ways that help you understand yourself, your experiences, and your relationships more deeply. You may be feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, unfulfilled, disconnected from loved ones, uncertain about the future, or you may simply have a general feeling that something is off for you.
(414) 296-6746 View (414) 296-6746
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Claire Whetter
Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Shorewood, WI 53211
Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed and frustrated? Are you ready to stop engaging in the same unhelpful coping mechanisms? I aim to support my clients in making realistic and sustainable changes in their lives. I am especially drawn to people experiencing mood disorders, life transitions, grief, trauma and prenatal and/or postpartum depression and anxiety. Above all, I aim to meet my clients where they are, so together we can work towards their goals and make a lasting change.
Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed and frustrated? Are you ready to stop engaging in the same unhelpful coping mechanisms? I aim to support my clients in making realistic and sustainable changes in their lives. I am especially drawn to people experiencing mood disorders, life transitions, grief, trauma and prenatal and/or postpartum depression and anxiety. Above all, I aim to meet my clients where they are, so together we can work towards their goals and make a lasting change.
(414) 240-1163 View (414) 240-1163
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Leonard J (Lenny) Delvecchio
Counselor, MA, LPC, SASA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Shorewood, WI 53211
My positive energy has been particularly beneficial for those who struggle with anxiety, trauma, depression, addictions, and relationship issues and also those just wanting support. My former experience as a mechanical engineer in a large corporation helps me connect with all walks of life. I am dedicated to increasing the amount and expression of love in our world.
My positive energy has been particularly beneficial for those who struggle with anxiety, trauma, depression, addictions, and relationship issues and also those just wanting support. My former experience as a mechanical engineer in a large corporation helps me connect with all walks of life. I am dedicated to increasing the amount and expression of love in our world.
(414) 422-8287 View (414) 422-8287
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Caitlin Michalski
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CCTSF, BSP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Shorewood, WI 53211
A few of many issues that I work with frequently include: trauma, PTSD, perfectionism, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and more.
Life can be an absolute sh!t show sometimes. Oftentimes, there are no reasons for many things we experience. Sometimes life leaves us feeling like it's all too much. You deserve not only relief from that, but also the space to thrive. I can help guide and walk with you through the thick of it. My therapeutic style is grounded in being empathetic, compassionate, and nonjudgemental. I work with clients collaboratively, creating a plan together based on your individual goals, issues, and wants.
A few of many issues that I work with frequently include: trauma, PTSD, perfectionism, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and more.
Life can be an absolute sh!t show sometimes. Oftentimes, there are no reasons for many things we experience. Sometimes life leaves us feeling like it's all too much. You deserve not only relief from that, but also the space to thrive. I can help guide and walk with you through the thick of it. My therapeutic style is grounded in being empathetic, compassionate, and nonjudgemental. I work with clients collaboratively, creating a plan together based on your individual goals, issues, and wants.
(262) 683-4845 View (262) 683-4845

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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.