Depression Therapists in Whitefish Bay, WI

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Jackie Wichert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
Part of the success in therapy is your relationship with your therapist. That is why my goal is to create an authentic, genuine, and compassionate space for you to process and work through life's most difficult challenges. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety (OCD, social anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, generalized anxiety), depression, and trauma (sexual, physical, and emotional). I work with children 8 and up, teens, and adults.
Part of the success in therapy is your relationship with your therapist. That is why my goal is to create an authentic, genuine, and compassionate space for you to process and work through life's most difficult challenges. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety (OCD, social anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, generalized anxiety), depression, and trauma (sexual, physical, and emotional). I work with children 8 and up, teens, and adults.
(414) 667-6589 View (414) 667-6589
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Ajeng Puspitasari
Psychologist, PhD, LP, ABPP
Verified Verified
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217  (Online Only)
If you have been struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, or trauma, I am committed to supporting you in coping with these symptoms and pursuing a thriving life. My approach is guided by research and a multicultural orientation to affirm individuals with diverse identities. I consistently pursue continuing education and consultation so I can provide effective and culturally humble, affirming, and trauma-informed treatments. Our work will be informed by evidence-based treatments, your strengths and lived experiences, and our therapeutic relationship.
If you have been struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, or trauma, I am committed to supporting you in coping with these symptoms and pursuing a thriving life. My approach is guided by research and a multicultural orientation to affirm individuals with diverse identities. I consistently pursue continuing education and consultation so I can provide effective and culturally humble, affirming, and trauma-informed treatments. Our work will be informed by evidence-based treatments, your strengths and lived experiences, and our therapeutic relationship.
(262) 384-6686 View (262) 384-6686
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Leonard J (Lenny) Delvecchio
Counselor, MA, LPC, SASA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
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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Tracie J. Stewart
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
Clients have come to see me for counseling with a variety of mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress management, anger management, PTSD, and ADHD. My treatment approach is to help individuals reach their goals by using evidence-based methods and techniques. That means, from a client-centered perspective, I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), desensitization, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), and positive psychology when it is necessary and appropriate to suite the individual's needs.
Clients have come to see me for counseling with a variety of mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress management, anger management, PTSD, and ADHD. My treatment approach is to help individuals reach their goals by using evidence-based methods and techniques. That means, from a client-centered perspective, I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), desensitization, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), and positive psychology when it is necessary and appropriate to suite the individual's needs.
(414) 269-3546 View (414) 269-3546
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Andrea Sandora
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
I also specialize in Brainspotting, a powerful intervention that addresses emotional/body pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
I am a certified Licensed Clinical Therapist with more than 20 years' experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in both one-on-one and group settings. As a compassionate therapist, I use a personalized approach to establish your treatment plan so you can attain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. As every person and situation is unique, my mission is to help you use your own inner strengths to define your journey, and reach your goals.
I also specialize in Brainspotting, a powerful intervention that addresses emotional/body pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
I am a certified Licensed Clinical Therapist with more than 20 years' experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in both one-on-one and group settings. As a compassionate therapist, I use a personalized approach to establish your treatment plan so you can attain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. As every person and situation is unique, my mission is to help you use your own inner strengths to define your journey, and reach your goals.
(414) 895-5272 View (414) 895-5272
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Shoreside Therapies
MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Whitefish Bay, WI 53211
Taking that first step into counseling can be a daunting task. At Shoreside we will make those first steps as smooth as possible. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, marital issues, life adjustments or any other issues that are challenging our goal is promote your health and well being in a way that suits you. We have seasoned compassionate professionals that treat clients of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations. We will meet you on your journey to better health exactly where you are and work together to provide you with the necessary tools to reach your goals.
Taking that first step into counseling can be a daunting task. At Shoreside we will make those first steps as smooth as possible. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, marital issues, life adjustments or any other issues that are challenging our goal is promote your health and well being in a way that suits you. We have seasoned compassionate professionals that treat clients of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations. We will meet you on your journey to better health exactly where you are and work together to provide you with the necessary tools to reach your goals.
(414) 877-4832 View (414) 877-4832
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Vanessa Sager
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
EMAIL is best way to reach us.+ We excitedly announce that our providers are now proudly in network with Forward Health Plans also known as Title 19, T19, Badgercare, Badgercare Plus, and Medicaid. In addition, we see most patients who carry marketplace plans such as CCHP, Chorus Community Health Plans, and more. If you are looking for a save place to process matters such as depression, anxiety, life events, stress or specific goals, we would be excited to discuss more. Life may not be feeling as though it is going in directions you intend, there may be more bad days than good.
EMAIL is best way to reach us.+ We excitedly announce that our providers are now proudly in network with Forward Health Plans also known as Title 19, T19, Badgercare, Badgercare Plus, and Medicaid. In addition, we see most patients who carry marketplace plans such as CCHP, Chorus Community Health Plans, and more. If you are looking for a save place to process matters such as depression, anxiety, life events, stress or specific goals, we would be excited to discuss more. Life may not be feeling as though it is going in directions you intend, there may be more bad days than good.
(262) 439-0410 View (262) 439-0410
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Miriah King
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, ATR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
Talk therapy and/or Art Therapy support individuals in attaining personal healing goals associated with but not limited to; depression, anxiety, mood disorders, Eating Disorders, Trauma and PTSD, stress management, healthy coping and grounding, interpersonal relationships, behavior modification, and emotional recognition and processing.
Helping others is both a personal and professional passion. I believe in the commitment and power of personal growth and healing through beneficial and accessible mental health services. Client centered care and individualized treatment is a key factor in helping individuals navigate their healing journey around a variety of personal goals. I believe in developing a strong rapport with my clients to ensure safety and a worthwhile therapeutic experience. I am a Master's level trained and licensed Psychotherapist and Art Therapist and specialize in Art Therapy clinical services as an alternative form of healing and emotional expression.
Talk therapy and/or Art Therapy support individuals in attaining personal healing goals associated with but not limited to; depression, anxiety, mood disorders, Eating Disorders, Trauma and PTSD, stress management, healthy coping and grounding, interpersonal relationships, behavior modification, and emotional recognition and processing.
Helping others is both a personal and professional passion. I believe in the commitment and power of personal growth and healing through beneficial and accessible mental health services. Client centered care and individualized treatment is a key factor in helping individuals navigate their healing journey around a variety of personal goals. I believe in developing a strong rapport with my clients to ensure safety and a worthwhile therapeutic experience. I am a Master's level trained and licensed Psychotherapist and Art Therapist and specialize in Art Therapy clinical services as an alternative form of healing and emotional expression.
(859) 402-2205 View (859) 402-2205
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Caroline Schmidt
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
I’m Dr. Caroline Schmidt, a licensed psychologist and experienced psychotherapist. I help people who are struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mood disorders, and relationship problems.
I’m Dr. Caroline Schmidt, a licensed psychologist and experienced psychotherapist. I help people who are struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mood disorders, and relationship problems.
(262) 684-4285 View (262) 684-4285
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Kristin Belkofer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
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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Brandon Wells
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
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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Many Roads Clinic
Counselor, MA, LPC, CSAC
Verified Verified
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
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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Cara Raymond
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
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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Susan Jost
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, MSW, LCSW, EEM-CLP
Verified Verified
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
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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Alexander Yundt
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Whitefish Bay, WI 53211
He specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, other mood disorders, sexualized behaviors, and cognitive challenges.
As the owner of Psychological Health Sanctuary, Alexander views clients as the experts of themselves, and clinicians as the experts of theory and application. Together a positive change can be made to develop new ways of experiencing life.
He specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, other mood disorders, sexualized behaviors, and cognitive challenges.
As the owner of Psychological Health Sanctuary, Alexander views clients as the experts of themselves, and clinicians as the experts of theory and application. Together a positive change can be made to develop new ways of experiencing life.
(414) 246-8713 View (414) 246-8713
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Cody Sweeney
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Whitefish Bay, WI 53211  (Online Only)
Is your quality of life being disrupted by anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or an unwanted habit? Are physical sensations causing you worry and discomfort? Maybe you have feelings of fear and anxiety around your health and wellbeing. If you resonate with any of these challenges, know that you're not alone. Taking back control of your life is possible, and I'm here to guide you with effective solutions.
Is your quality of life being disrupted by anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or an unwanted habit? Are physical sensations causing you worry and discomfort? Maybe you have feelings of fear and anxiety around your health and wellbeing. If you resonate with any of these challenges, know that you're not alone. Taking back control of your life is possible, and I'm here to guide you with effective solutions.
(920) 310-2938 View (920) 310-2938
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KPL Counseling Ltd.
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MS, NBCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitefish Bay, WI 53211  (Online Only)
I offer a judgement-free environment to help cope with issues including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, bullying, sexual identity, grief, trauma, mood and personality disorders, relationships and parenting.
After establishing a trusting relationship with my clients, I work towards identifying their issues followed by setting mutually-agreed upon attainable goals; one step at a time. I personally believe that the success gained by smaller increments builds confidence which eventually motivates us to achieve more. My clients set the pace; determining just how quickly or slowly they want to proceed. While some only need a few sessions a month, others prefer a more frequent schedule. As a tele-therapy provider I offer the security of a private, confidential “office” with the ease of “meeting” you anywhere at times convenient to you.
I offer a judgement-free environment to help cope with issues including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, bullying, sexual identity, grief, trauma, mood and personality disorders, relationships and parenting.
After establishing a trusting relationship with my clients, I work towards identifying their issues followed by setting mutually-agreed upon attainable goals; one step at a time. I personally believe that the success gained by smaller increments builds confidence which eventually motivates us to achieve more. My clients set the pace; determining just how quickly or slowly they want to proceed. While some only need a few sessions a month, others prefer a more frequent schedule. As a tele-therapy provider I offer the security of a private, confidential “office” with the ease of “meeting” you anywhere at times convenient to you.
(262) 218-3386 View (262) 218-3386
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Garrett Wilk
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, SAC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
I am interested in the challenges and advantages of what it means to be highly sensitive or an empath. As a therapist, I am drawn to those who tend to struggle with issues like depression, life transitions/change, worry, anxiety, perfectionism, rumination, social anxiety, self-doubt, shame, and feelings of meaninglessness. I am here to help you through your challenges and provide support. My approach is to non-judgmentally understand what drives the behaviors that seem so difficult to change. I am dedicated to establishing an authentic, intentional, and trusting relationship.
I am interested in the challenges and advantages of what it means to be highly sensitive or an empath. As a therapist, I am drawn to those who tend to struggle with issues like depression, life transitions/change, worry, anxiety, perfectionism, rumination, social anxiety, self-doubt, shame, and feelings of meaninglessness. I am here to help you through your challenges and provide support. My approach is to non-judgmentally understand what drives the behaviors that seem so difficult to change. I am dedicated to establishing an authentic, intentional, and trusting relationship.
(262) 649-7576 View (262) 649-7576
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Mike Zussman
Licensed Professional Counselor, PsyD, LPC
Verified Verified
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
People seek out therapy for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes, the issues they are struggling with start out minor and they want help before the issues become too difficult. On other occasions, the problems have become unmanageable and dealing with them alone becomes too daunting. Some of those personal issues include anxiety, depression, stress at home, school and/or work, emotional dysregulation, among others. Therapy can help get a handle on any of those issues to help people carry on with every day living in a more productive fashion.
People seek out therapy for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes, the issues they are struggling with start out minor and they want help before the issues become too difficult. On other occasions, the problems have become unmanageable and dealing with them alone becomes too daunting. Some of those personal issues include anxiety, depression, stress at home, school and/or work, emotional dysregulation, among others. Therapy can help get a handle on any of those issues to help people carry on with every day living in a more productive fashion.
(414) 310-1958 View (414) 310-1958
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Natalie Hanson
Counselor, MS, LPC, SAC-IT
Verified Verified
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
I have experience working with both children and adults affected by depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, stress, interpersonal conflict, low self esteem, life transitions, dual disorders, substance use, gambling addiction, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and mood disorders.
I will provide a compassionate, safe and nonjudgmental environment so that you can move past life’s challenges, develop new coping skills and live a more fulfilling, authentic life.
I have experience working with both children and adults affected by depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, stress, interpersonal conflict, low self esteem, life transitions, dual disorders, substance use, gambling addiction, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and mood disorders.
I will provide a compassionate, safe and nonjudgmental environment so that you can move past life’s challenges, develop new coping skills and live a more fulfilling, authentic life.
(262) 287-0678 View (262) 287-0678

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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.