CBT for Sadness, Loss, and Depression

Sadness, loss and depression: image of rocky shoreline with sailboats anchored

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most popular and most researched therapeutic treatment for depression in children, teens and adults, and, it is equally effective to medication in treating depression for most teens and adults.  There is very little research on the effectiveness of medications to reduce depression in children. Therefore, many children, teens and adults prefer to engage in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) than use medication. People feel more in control when they do CBT because they learn effective ways to help themselves when upset.

In the long term, most people who have used medications, but who have not done Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), are more likely to relapse into another episode of depression when they have completed their medication than those who have not done CBT.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) helps people be more self-aware and recognize quickly when they are slipping into negative moods and negative thinking patterns. Thus, they are more likely to use new strategies and feel better faster than people who have only used medication to treat their depression.  We will conduct a thorough assessment prior to beginning therapy.