Depression Treatment

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Getting Help for Depression

If depression, anxiety, stress, trauma or other mental health challenges are preventing you from feeling your best, we can help. At Bloor West Therapy, we specialize in more than traditional talk therapy. As active participants in your own healing, we guide you using a problem-solving, solution-focused approach to mental wellness.

Helping You Through Depression

Treating depression requires a tailored approach since everyone’s circumstances are unique. That’s why we offer a flexible and personalized therapy program. We recognize that your past experiences, current situation, and individual traits are entirely distinct, and your therapy should reflect that. Reach out to us today and schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation to discover if we can guide you through challenging times. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Depression can have various causes. There are almost always situational factors contributing to depression, which may or may not be evident – this is usually something in the person’s environment, where they are feeling stuck.

For chronic and severe symptoms, there is also often a genetic/ biological basis affecting depression.

When it comes to depression, the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) protocol is set out to 8-12 sessions, but again, everybody responds at a different rate depending on the severity and presence of compounding factors. You may find relief in just a few sessions or need to complete the full set. It also depends on how much work you can do in between sessions, as well as whether it is situational or related to long-standing thought patterns.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the recommended treatment for depression.

With mild and moderate depression, a CBT-based approach helps with improving your mood through behavioural activation, thought-changing, and problem-solving exercises.

With severe depression, medication is likely needed to be able to improve enough to be able to engage in therapy, as CBT requires a certain level of energy and mental resources available to be able to engage in it effectively.

CBT for depression explores what may have caused you to become depressed – often it is something that we call situational. Depression can also run in families to a degree, and for some people, mood disorders seem to be genetically linked. If that is the case, we help to manage the symptoms and prevent the episodes.

CBT teaches ways to treat depression through education and understanding, helps through support and problem solving, and overall builds up the strength to get going again. We take a holistic look at the person’s current situation, background, and any factors that may be affecting your mood. Based on your unique factors, we create an individualized plan to help you get to a better place using CBT steps – these often involve activities between sessions that help you develop tools/skills, which are used to address the current struggles but are also helpful to manage future challenges.

Simply click on the button below to send us a note or give us a call at 416.546.7496. We will set up your complimentary 15-minute consultation. If you decide to book a session after that, we will match you with the right therapist.

“We created Bloor West Therapy to offer effective and client-centred services that are flexible and tailored to each client’s unique needs - all in a warm and supportive environment. We aim to empower clients through understanding, and help them reach their goals.”
Dr. Ragne Pajo & Dr. Katerina Malat
Founders, Bloor West Therapy
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