Psychotherapists are trained professionals who understand what contributes to depression. Thus, consistent psychotherapy can be very effective in treating depression. In case of severe depression such that the client’s day to day functioning is very affected, a psychotherapist may refer the depressed individual to a psychiatrist. Psychiatric medications in conjunction with psychotherapy are considered the most effective form of depression in such cases.
A psychotherapist will first focus on forming a good relationship with the client so that the client becomes comfortable. A psychotherapist would then explore the negative thoughts and lifestyle of the individual that is contributing to his/ her depression, and gradually work on making changes in the client’s life to help them out of their depression.
The number of sessions depends on the severity of the depression. Change is a personal and gradual process and so it is important that a limit to how many sessions a person may require is not already set in the person’s mind, so they allow themselves as much time as they require to change for the better.
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