How Well Does Talk Therapy Work?
Some types of talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or interpersonal psychotherapy, are goal oriented. They help people with depression to focus on what's going on their lives in the here and now. This is different from classical psychotherapy, which may involve an extensive, long-term exploration of a person's past. Goal-oriented forms of therapy can help to address particular depressed feelings a person has, or to adjust a negative pattern of thinking. These brief and focused psychotherapies are strongly evidence based and appear to be highly effective for the treatment of depression.