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Depression Therapy Services

Understanding Therapy For Depression

Depression is a complex and often debilitating condition affecting millions worldwide. Therapy is a critical component in managing and treating depression, offering hope and improved quality of life for many. Let’s dive deeper and explore the various facets of depression therapy, including types, benefits, and what to expect.

Why Consider Therapy for Depression?

The Impact of Depression


Depression goes beyond feeling sad or down. It is a persistent condition that affects emotions, thoughts, and physical health. Symptoms can include a loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite or weight, sleep disturbances, and feelings of worthlessness, shame or guilt.  Recognizing these signs is the first step towards seeking help and I am glad that you took the first step by reading and learning more about this.


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The Role of Therapy


Therapy for depression offers a safe space to explore feelings,strategies to cope with depression  and shift unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Overall, therapy provides support, education, and guidance towards a more hopeful and stable future. 

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Types of Depression Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


CBT focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to depression. It is a widely used and effective form of therapy.  By challenging and altering these negative beliefs and behaviors, CBT helps patients develop coping strategies that target problem solving and changing unhelpful patterns in thinking. This type of therapy typically involves efforts to change thinking patterns, strategies to manage stress and improve emotional regulation, and developing personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. It is widely used and considered an effective form of therapy for depression, as well as a variety of other mental health disorders, because it can lead to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)


IPT addresses personal relationships and how they impact mood. It helps individuals understand and navigate the social components contributing to their depression.  The primary goal of IPT is to improve the quality of a client's interpersonal relationships and social functioning to help reduce their depressive symptoms. It operates on the principle that personal relationships are at the center of psychological distress. IPT helps individuals understand and navigate the social components contributing to their depression by focusing on four key problem areas that may be contributing to their illness: unresolved grief, role disputes, role transitions, and interpersonal deficits.


Psychodynamic Therapy


This type of therapy delves into past experiences and unconscious thoughts to understand current behaviors and feelings.  It focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its primary focus is to reveal the unconscious content of a client's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension. This type of therapy delves into past experiences, early life influences, and unconscious thoughts to understand and interpret current behaviors, feelings, and relationships. By exploring these areas, psychodynamic therapy aims to uncover patterns and conflicts that may be contributing to the patient's current state, such as unresolved issues from childhood or repressed trauma. The therapist and patient work together to interpret and make sense of these past influences, and this insight allows patients to understand and change their current behaviors and emotional patterns, leading to a healthier and more adaptive way of life.

Group Therapy


Group therapy provides a supportive environment to share experiences and learn from others dealing with similar issues.

Benefits of Engaging in Therapy

  • Improved mood and decreased symptoms of depression.

  • Better understanding of personal triggers and how to manage them.

  • Enhanced coping strategies and problem-solving skills.

  • Increased self-esteem and confidence.

  • Bringing back that feeling normalcy.

Choosing the Right Therapist

Finding a therapist you feel comfortable with is crucial. Doctor Leavell is a depression therapist, who is skilled in assisting individuals in overcoming depression and restoring a sense of balance and vitality. Through compassionate and personalized care, Doctor Leavell creates a safe space for clients to openly express their emotions and experiences.

My Approach to the Treatment of Depression

Dr. Leavell’s has a holistic therapeutic approach to treatment of depression that emphasizes the interconnection between mind, body, and behavior.

Integrating Therapy with Other Treatments


Combining therapy with medication, when appropriate, or other treatments like exercise or nutrition, can provide a comprehensive approach to managing depression.  This may be an option for you and is something Dr. Leavell may suggest depending on your needs.

Video Resources on Depression Therapy


Dr. Leeavell invites you to learn more about depression therapy by sharing the following videos.  


  1. Depression and its treatment- An overview of how depression affects individuals and the treatment options available.

  2. Depression Treatment Options: A Quick-Start Guide - A guide for those newly diagnosed with depression.

  3. 5 Minute Therapy Tips - Episode 03: Depression - Quick tips on managing depression.


Frequently Asked Questions About Depression Treatment

Q: How effective is online therapy for depression?

A: Online therapy has proven to be as effective as in-person therapy, offering added convenience and accessibility.


Q: How long does therapy take to work?

A: The time frame varies per individual and type of therapy. Some may notice improvements within a few weeks, while others might take longer.  Don’t rush yourself and as long as you feel like you are making progress and are feeling better then continue to work on it.


Q: Can I do therapy online?

A: Yes, Doctor Leavell offers online therapy which is an effective option for many.


Q: Is therapy confidential?

A: Yes, therapists are bound by confidentiality to protect your privacy.


Key Takeaways:


  • Depression therapy is diverse and can be tailored to individual needs.

  • Early intervention and appropriate therapy significantly improve outcomes.

  • Therapy goes beyond medication, incorporating lifestyle changes and psychological techniques.

Relevant Links Regarding Depression



By understanding the different aspects of depression and the therapies available, individuals can make informed decisions about their mental health care. Consulting with healthcare providers and exploring various resources are important steps in the journey toward healing and well-being.


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