Depression is an affective disorder that can make it hard for you to enjoy your day to day activities. It often begins when the person is no longer able to do what he or she loves to do. In most of the cases, individuals tend to just take the medication in order to cure, without taking any counselling or therapy sessions. 

Role of counselling or therapy is extremely effective in treating depression. The counsellor or therapist helps the client to regain their confidence and enhance their self-esteem. It helps them to resume their daily chores, in the desired manner. Depression in most of the cases is due to the faulty thought process, thus through such therapeutic sessions, the individuals learn to alter maladaptive thought patterns and perceptions. A variety of therapies are used in treating such issues. While treating depression in most of the cases, triangulation of the given therapies is applied rather than just implementing one particular method: 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  

CBT is a form of talk therapy and includes two components; the cognitive aspect and the behavioural aspect. If you also get CBT, your treatment might work even better and the benefits might last longer. Depression tends to occur due to faulty behaviour pattern and dysfunctional thoughts. Counselling can do wonders in order to replace the dysfunctional thoughts with the corrective ones. During the counselling process, the counsellor will probe and help you understand your defective ways to look at things. During the session, you will be required to evaluate how your daily routine and activities have an impact on your mood. The Depression Counsellor will help you develop a positive plan of action by engaging in various activities. The Depression Counsellor will help you find goals and will challenge your misconceptions. The main aim of any Depression Counsellor is to make the client self-reliant and being able to find practical solutions to problems.  

Interpersonal Therapy 

What kind of a relationship an individual has with others is an important indicator of depression. In many cases resolving the interpersonal relationship can help you recover from depressive symptoms. This therapy helps the individual to identify and develop more adaptive methods for dealing with the interpersonal issues associated with the onset or maintenance of their depression. Inter-personal therapy helps us to understand not just the causes of depression but also why does it persist.  

Psychodynamic Therapy 

It is one of the most traditional approaches to counselling. The main aim of psychodynamic therapy is to help patients understand and explore the full range of their emotions. Many times we are not aware of the emotions which might create a problem. Psychodynamic therapy helps clients to comprehend how their behaviour and mood are affected by unresolved issues and unconscious feelings. The main aim is to resolve the patient’s internal psychological conflict which is deep-rooted in childhood. Psychodynamic Therapy can be very intense and open-ended. As the client is able to clearly state about what he/she is feeling. Psychodynamic Therapy is most essential when the individual employs maladaptive ways of coping for a long time. 

Medicines have their own set of side effects, as well as can be addictive in nature and the chances of relapse are at maximum. So, it is preferable in case of low and moderate level of depression, one should indulge in an active lifestyle to overcome such feelings, like, by getting into a disciplined routine, having SMART GOALS, especially these goals should be short-term, taking care of your physical health by going for a walk or gym, healthy diet, proper sleep, enjoying with friends and family, challenging your negative thoughts and by trying something new or different.  

The medicine comes only into action when depression inhibits the person’s holistic growth. At that time counselling works as a supportive measure. Thus, by taking counselling along with medication can help you to increase the motivation level and also help you overcome or at least limit your distorted thinking. Thus, it becomes necessary for the clients to understand that in order to treat depression effectively, an amalgamation of both medicines and counselling is required.