Is Psychotherapy Effective for Treating Depression?

Is Psychotherapy Effective for Treating Depression?

July 21, 2020 by Prasad Amore0

Psychotherapy has an impressive track record of favorable outcomes in depression treatment.

Psychotherapy is referred to as “talk therapy” because it involves a person and a psychotherapist sitting in a chat room. Psychotherapists have expertise in a range of strategies to help people recover from their mental illness, overcome personal issues, and make changes in their lifestyle according to their wishes.


The primary reasons behind the success of depression treatment with psychotherapy are,

  1. It will help you look deeper at the potential causes of your depression.
  2. It can help relieve stress.
  3. It will give you a fresh perspective on issues.
  4. You will find ways to share your condition with others.
  5. It helps spot early signs of worsening the depression.
  6. It will help to develop new coping strategies.

Types of Psychotherapy

There are several kinds of psychotherapies that are extremely helpful and effective. The appropriate variables for you can be decided from the intensity of your symptoms, personal preferences, and treatment goals.

  1. Interpersonal Therapy (IPT): Interpersonal therapy targets solving personal relationships and social relationships that may lead to depressive disorder. It helps the client analyze their interactions so that they can make proper changes in interacting with others.
  2. Psychodynamic Therapy: Psychodynamic Therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on recognizing and understanding the negative pattern of behavior and feelings developed from past life experiences and working to resolve them. Concentrate on the client’s unconscious processes is another part of this psychotherapy. It is short-term or long-term period Therapy.
  3. Psycho-Education and Support Groups: psychoeducation involves giving people awareness and guidance about their disorders, how to take treatment, and how to recognize signs of relapse.

Individual Therapy: This method involves work between the patient and the therapist on an individual basis. It allows the patient to have the therapist’s full attention. Still, it is limited because it does not provide the therapist with an opportunity to observe the patient within social or family relationships.

Family Therapy: Family psychoeducation is also helpful for family members who want to realize their relatives’ experiences.

Group Therapy: Support groups provide participants an opportunity to share experiences and coping strategies. Support groups are for persons with a mental health condition, family, friends, or a combination of both. Mental health professionals lead some support groups, but groups can also be peer-led.

  1. Cognitive Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, and cognitive-behavioral Therapy: cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a combined form of cognitive therapy and Behavioral Therapy. CBT uses both behavior therapy techniques and cognitive model psychotherapy techniques. While behavioral therapy focuses on behaviors and actions, cognitive therapy aims at thoughts and moods. In CBT, the therapist and client work together to identify the negative thought patterns and behavioral responses to stressful situations. CBT helps the client to acquire new answers to stressful situations. These constructive responses help the clients to decrease or eliminate the behavior disorder.

In CBT, therapists try to modify the thought patterns to change mood and behavior positively. According to CBT, adverse actions and feelings are the results of a person’s beliefs or thoughts. That is, CBT doesn’t attribute the reasons for current distortions to the past life experience.

The majority of psychotherapists are highly educated in various forms of psychotherapy. A strong therapeutic relationship between the psychotherapist and the patient will help bring about a positive outcome.

Prasad Amore

Prasad Amore is a Licensed Rehab. Psychologist by RCI, Govt. of India. The 2nd Indian who has achieved the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma through National Qualification Framework of British Government. He is a psychological consultant and trainer helping individuals suffering with mental health issues and other psychological problems. He is a freelance writer and authored 5 books in Psychology and Social Science.

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