Online Therapy for Depression

Depression can feel like constant unhappiness, low energy or hopelessness. 

At the Journey Counselling and Psychotherapy, we take a person centered approach to our depression counselling.. We focus on your unique and individual needs, because no two people have the same experience, and therefore no two people can heal the same way. First, we look at immediate relief, what do you need to feel a little bit better. Then, we dive a little deeper to figure out what is causing your unhappiness.

If you are ready to take the first step on your journey, reach out to us today. Our Care Coordinator will provide a free consultation to match you with the best therapist on our team.

At the Journey Counselling and Psychotherapy, our approach to Counselling for Depression is unique and tailored to you.

It can be overwhelming to find help for depression in Ontario. Our goal is to make beginning therapy as easy as possible for you. That’s why we offer a free consultation with our Care Coordinator, who will match you with the therapist that is right for you. 

 

When you are ready, you can book a consultation here, or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page. 

In that first call, our Care Coordinator will answer any questions you may have, and tell you about how the intake process works, including paperwork. They will then match you with a therapist that is best for you and schedule you in for your first session. 

During your first sessions, your therapist will help establish some boundaries to ensure you feel safe and comfortable in your session. They will also spend some time getting to know you and what may be triggering your depression.  

Some times of interventions that can help with depression include:

  • Cognitive Behvaioural Therapy 

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy 

  • Mindfulness 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 

 

We firmly believe that therapy is only successful when you find the right therapist. It is our commitment to you, to ensure you feel safe and supported throughout the process. If you have any questions about how online help for depression may work, please contact us. We’re here to help.

Depression Help in Ontario FAQs

What are the signs of depression?

Depression can feel like many things for many people. Some symptoms include 

  • Withdrawing from social connections like going out with friends.

  • Overall loss of interest in activities and things that previously brought you joy.

  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, and or hopelessness that persists over a long period of time.

  • Decrease in Energy.

  • Difficulty Concentrating.

  • Appetite or weight changes.

  • Thoughts of death, dying or suicide. If you are currently experiencing thoughts of suicide, please use a crisis line on our resources tab.

  • Intense anger or moodiness.

  • Feelings of worthlessness

  • More frequent crying.

  • Body aches, headaches and digestive problems.

  • Anxiety.

  • Increased alcohol or substance use to help cope.

  • Disorganization and lack of cleanliness (ie. messy room).

 

If you have experienced one or more of the above symptoms for a period of 2 weeks or longer, consistently, you may be experiencing depression.  It’s also important to note that this list may not be accurate to your experience with depression. If this sounds like it is your experience, therapy may help to improve or relieve some of these symptoms of depression.

What are some different types of depression?

There are several different types of depression. In addition to the symptoms listed above, you may identify with one of the following categories:

  • Major Depression: symptoms that last for more than two weeks 

  • Persistent Depressive Disorder: Symptoms that last for more than 2 years. 

  • Post Partum Depression: Occurring in both males and females, Post Partum depression can arise after the birth of a child. This can be hormone related, and or because of the drastic change in lifestyle. 

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: also called SAD occurs seasonally for some individually. Typically presenting in the winter time and referred to as the Winter Blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder is brought on by changes in the weather and exposure to sunlight. 

How do I choose the right depression therapist for me?

Finding the right therapist is often the most important component to the success of therapy. There are many things to consider when choosing a therapist, try asking yourself some of the following question in the process.

  • What do I want to get out of therapy?

    • Sharing this with your therapist is very important to ensure that they understand your goals and are qualified to help you.

  • Do I feel safe talking to this person?

    • Sometimes it can be easier to open up to a stranger than someone you know. Sometimes that can be the opposite. Even when it might be uncomfortable, you need It to feel safe when speaking with a therapist. 

  • Do I feel heard?

    • Your therapist should be able to help you articulate and understand in a way that makes you feel heard and understood. 

What causes depression?

There is no one trigger or cause for depression for everyone. The truth is, it is complicated. What has happened to you in your life has helped to shape the person you are today. Depression can be a combination of genetic and environmental exposures that influence your biology, and your emotional process. Now, there are a few common things that can trigger depression. They include:

  • A traumatic event. 

  • Grief or loss of a person or thing. 

  • Abuse.

  • Side effects of certain medications.

  • Life transitions and changes.

  • COVID-19 pandemic related issues.

  • Social isolation or other issues.

  • Genetics (especially if other family members have depression).

 

Identifying the cause of depression is crucial to the success of your healing. Working with an online depression therapist can help you uncover the trigger so you can begin to heal.

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Other topics that can be discussed in therapy

  • Anxiety 

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Stress Reduction and Mindfulness

  • Overcoming Addiction

  • Understanding Intergenerational trauma and patterns 

  • Self Harm

  • Pre Marital/ Marital Counselling and Family Planning

  • Grief and Loss 

  • Anger Management 

  • Emotional Management

  • Communication Skills 

  • Career Counselling/ Building a Business 

  • Relationship difficulties 

  • Self Esteem

  • Supporting a family member with mental illness

  • Life Directions

  • Trauma and PTSI 

  • Family Therapy 

Get help from a counsellor for Depression

When you're ready to take the first step on your journey to wellness, we are ready to walk alongside you.

Through the free consultation, our Care Coordinator will help you navigate the first steps.