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There are different psychotherapy approaches which can all be effective in treating depression. These include –

Cognitive Therapy. This therapy is based on the premise that our thoughts affect our emotions, thus, negative thoughts contribute to and exacerbate one’s depression. Thus it helps depressed individuals identify negative thoughts and find alternative ways to think.

Behaviour Therapy. This therapy focuses on changing behaviours that it believes can help change emotions. Thus, it engages in ‘behavioural activation’, meaning, having the depressed individuals engage in activities that help them feel good.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This therapy combines Cognitive Therapy and Behaviour Therapy, thus focusing on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviours contributing to the depression. A therapist may often ask a client to journal their negative automatic thoughts and in the session help them question and find evidence against their distressing thoughts.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. This therapy is based on CBT principles, but it incorporates mindfulness practices as well. It differs from CBT as it encourages clients to acknowledge and accept the negative emotional reactions they are experiencing to events, which DBT practitioners believe is the precursor to making change.

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How effective is Psychotherapy for Depression?

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. 

How does it work?

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. 

How many numbers of sessions are required? 

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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