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Types of Psychotherapy for Depression

Which Treatment is Right for You?

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  • DIVAFASH
    Thanks for explaining the different yet complex forms of psychotherapy.

    I was never presented with these types of explanations on each. I have seen at least 3 people; and most recently decided to stop seeing the last person but felt bad that I was not going to see her anymore...more because I feel that I was back to point A with my depression, however, after reading your article, I can resonate more with the two types I know will do me good! I know now that I will be looking for help and seeing the qualifications/experience to feel better of the type of therapy I will have! Big ah-ha moment for me!

    I will meet with my health care provider before the end of the month...looking forward to to this visit, my doctor, and will bring up my concerns with depression and treatment I have had in the past. This article couldn't have come to at a better time than now!

    I have more confidence to ask questions at this visit soon. There is something more that can be done by me with the right therapy; not just taking a drug to treat depression! That is powerful to know and there is quite some work ahead for me to do, but I am excited to know more of my options; this is also liberating.

    Thank you again!

    *** Blessings to all who have written a comment on this article as well! Your comments encouraged me to leave a comment *** - 2/13/2013 10:28:06 PM
  • Great article! I wanted to comment to let folks know that CBT has worked amazingly well for me, even though my depression is severe and has been recurring over a long period of time. I was able to work my way out of my most recent depressive episode with the help of my therapist, and am optimistic that I am better-equipped to deal with episodes in the future. I agree that trust and feeling comfortable with your therapist are absolutely key. - 7/20/2012 6:15:00 PM
  • Lil pinguino, I sent you an email. - 1/30/2011 5:49:44 AM
  • if i dont have insurance, are there places that offer free counseling? - 3/28/2010 3:37:34 PM
  • I have to say...this article was excellent. I usually find this expert's articles enlightening and this one was exceptionally so. I have had bouts of mild-moderate depression for several years and now realize that they are often triggered by specific events-like catastrophic relationships. His descriptions of the different types of therapy were fascinating and have triggered my interest in perhaps returning to a counselor. - 1/9/2010 11:24:18 AM
  • This was a very helpful article for me. A few months ago, I decided to go see a therapist because I knew I was suffering from post-partum depression, and it was starting to take a toll on my mental health, patience with my son, and patience with my husband. I have good relationships with my parents, siblings, in-laws, husband, and friends, so what I was looking for was a set of tools to use to control the suicidal/irrational thoughts.

    I realize now that I went in thinking I would be getting CBT. The therapist I was seeing was a family and marriage counselor, so she must have been trained in IPT. So the reason I wasn't getting much out of the sessions was that she was trying to get at some sort of messed up important personal relationship, and I was looking for those tools. No wonder something didn't feel quite right! I left after about 8 sessions.

    Now I know to look for a CBT therapist if I end up needing one in the future. - 7/27/2009 3:03:13 PM
  • Very Interesting article. I just completed a brief program that hit on all of these topics. - 6/14/2009 8:40:14 PM
  • SHERI1969
    This is very true and I wish everybody on this site would read this article; especially the people who don't think their emotions are within their control. I used to think that way but years of therapy and medication have helped. I'm not cured, but I'm at a decent level. Great article! - 1/20/2009 11:41:14 PM
  • Great article. I like Dr. Phil's method "You are fat because you want to be." WOW, when he said that I thought he was crazy, but as I listened, I had to admit that it did have a "pay-off" and was serving a purpose in my life and that I first had to acknowledge the problem before I could change it. Just wasn't until I found SPARKPEOPLE that I had the tools to make it all work. - 3/30/2008 1:24:41 PM
  • Treatments that target behavior, in my experience are the most effective. Especially if they are used in conjunction with medication. I believe my medication is what allows me to modify my own behavior.
    Lynn - 2/11/2008 10:51:53 AM
  • GAZELLA
    Thanks, Coach Dean, for explaining the complexity of psychotherapy with such depth and clarity! - 1/13/2008 9:35:53 AM

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