Therapy for Depression

There are many different ways to get treatment for depression. One way to get treatment is to go to a therapist or psychiatrist who specializes in helping patients live with and overcome depression.

The benefits of psychiatric therapy, or talk therapy, for depression are real. Many of our patients admit that talk therapy has helped just as much or more than taking antidepressants alone. 

What is Talk Therapy?

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is defined as the treatment of mental, emotional, personality, and behavioral disorders using methods such as discussion, listening, and counseling. Clinical Depression is defined as a complex mental health disorder that causes a person’s mood to plummet, resulting in the person feeling intense, prolonged sadness, lethargy, and hopelessness. Talk therapy for depression involves meeting with a mental health professional regularly to address your feelings and thoughts. Individual therapy is a great way to work through your thoughts and feelings in a safe and private environment. During your therapy sessions, your psychiatrist can help you better understand your depression and teach you coping skills to help you process those thoughts and feelings in a positive way.

Is Therapy Right For Me?

If you are feeling drained or depressed, or you are struggling with any other emotional or mental health issue, therapy is an option. Therapy can help people who are struggling with depression and anxiety, but it is also a helpful treatment for many other challenges that can be the underlying cause of depression and other negative experiences. For example, therapy can help people who are dealing with trauma, who have a difficult time coping with anger, or who are experiencing relationship problems. If you’re not sure if therapy is for you, you can always talk to your doctor, therapist, or counselor to see if talk therapy could be a tool in your depression recovery plan.

Different Types of Talk Therapy for Depression

There are many different schools of thought when it comes to talk therapy. Dr. Lydia Keise can recommend a specific type of therapy depending on your situation, your beliefs, and her experience helping others in New Jersey and throughout the United States. The following are common types of therapy that may be used to help you conquer your depression.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on changing negative thought patterns by analyzing and changing your responses to uncomfortable situations or emotional distress. Dr. Keise will guide you through a progressive treatment plan that finds solutions and practices to change your behavior and thoughts.

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a form of CBT tailored to help people cope with interpersonal issues. It was developed specifically to help patients struggling with personality disorders, but can also help address the underlying causes of depression. It combines CBT with meditation to help patients overcome their negative thought patterns by allowing them to hold multiple perspectives of their issues all at once.

Psychodynamic therapy

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on examining a person’s past experiences to better understand and interpret present behaviors and emotions. Where CBT is focused on a specific situation and is usually very structured, psychodynamic therapy can take longer because of the extensive self-reflection involved.

Dr. Keise and her team at Insyte Psychiatric will use talk therapy or a combination of therapies to help you achieve your mental health goals. Schedule an appointment to talk to a specialist with years of experience helping people take control of their depression and their lives.