Takeaway: If you have a depressive disorder, you know how debilitating it can be. Your relationships, work, and daily life can all be affected. Thankfully, depression treatment in Toronto is available to help alleviate your symptoms. Our clinicians provide evidence-based therapies to help you improve your quality of life and finally feel better. No matter which form of depression you’re experiencing, we are here for you.
Dealing with depression can be an overwhelming and isolating experience. It’s a mental illness affecting millions worldwide, from young people to older adults. If you’re considering seeking professional help for your depression, you’re taking a significant step toward healing and recovery. In this blog post, we will explore some of the more common questions you might have about depressive disorders and why The Therapy Centre could be the right fit for you.
Depression is a complex and multifaceted mood disorder that affects a person’s emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. It goes beyond just feelings of sadness or experiencing the occasional low mood. Some symptoms of depression include:
- negative emotions or thoughts
- low self-esteem
- panic attacks
- irritable mood or anger management issues
- low energy
- loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed
- persistent fatigue
- weight loss or gain
- sleep disturbances
- social withdrawal
- suicidal thoughts
- chronic pain
Depression is a complex condition influenced by a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. While the exact causes of depression may vary from person to person, several common risk factors have been identified, such as a family history of mood disorders (major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, etc., ) genetic factors, chemical imbalances, trauma and stress, chronic illness or pain, substance abuse, chronic sleep problems, and social isolation.
4 Toronto Depression Therapists Ready for Hire
1. Vrinda Ahuja, M.Phil., C.Psych.Assoc.
- Psychological Associate (Supervised Practice)
- Supervised Practice Registration #: 10006578
- Teletherapy or in-person
- Vrinda Ahuja is a registered Psychological Associate in Supervised Practice who received her Master’s in Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Pandit B.D. Sharma University of Health Sciences in India. She understands collectivistic as well as individualistic perspectives and has worked with diverse, multicultural populations. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Haryanvi. She is trained extensively in evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Psychotherapy (SFBT), Relaxation Training along with Mindfulness-Based techniques.
2. Dr. Hemal Shroff, C.Psych.
- Clinical & School Psychologist
- License number: 6649
- Teletherapy or in-person
- Dr. Hemal Shroff is a Clinical and School psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida. Dr. Shroff uses evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) approaches in her treatment. Dr. Hemal Shroff has extensive experience working with individuals with difficulties with anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment, relationship issues, stress, immigrant distress, behaviour management, self-esteem, ADHD, Autism, acculturation, and/or body image.
3. Juliette Tilbury, MSW, RSW
- Registered Social Worker
- License number: 803439
- Teletherapy or in-person
- Juliette Tilbury is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from York University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from The University of Waterloo. Juliette engages in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and various other therapeutic modalities best suited to each unique client. Particular areas of focus have included children’s mental health, treatment of self-harm behaviours, and crisis and suicide
4. Allison Ross, MSW, RSW, PMH-C
- Registered Social Worker
- License number: 424136
- Teletherapy or in-person
- Allison Ross is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers. She received a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from McMaster University. As a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Clinician (PMH-C), Allison has specialized training approved by Postpartum Support International. She has 15+ years of experience working in community and hospital-based mental health settings. Allison is particularly interested in working with women during the perinatal period who may also struggle with anxiety, postpartum depression and/or the grief associated with miscarriage, pregnancy loss and infertility.
Why choose the Therapy Centre for depression treatment in Toronto
The Therapy Centre is home to a team of highly qualified and experienced therapists specializing in helping people manage depression. Here are a few reasons why you might want to choose The Therapy Centre for your psychotherapy needs:
- Our therapists deeply understand the complexities of depression and use evidence-based approaches to help you manage symptoms of depression and overcome it.
- We understand that each person’s experience with depression is unique. We tailor our treatment plans to meet your specific needs and circumstances.
- Major depression can impact various aspects of your life, including relationships, work, and physical health. The Therapy Centre takes a holistic approach to treatment, addressing the emotional aspects and the practical challenges you may face.
- Our welcoming and empathetic therapists provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to share your thoughts and feelings. Building a solid therapeutic relationship is essential for effective treatment.
- Our offices are located across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area in Toronto, Oakville, and Hamilton. All our clinicians also offer both in-person and virtual sessions, allowing you to access care in the way that makes you most comfortable.
When the Therapy Centre might not be the best fit for you
While The Therapy Centre is a trusted choice for many seeking depression treatment, it may not be the best fit for everyone. Here are a few scenarios in which you might consider alternative options:
- If you are seeking free mental health care.
- If you have a specific therapy modality in mind, and it is not offered at The Therapy Centre, you may want to explore other providers that specialize in your preferred approach.
- If you are located outside of Ontario.
- If you are experiencing a severe mental health crisis or have suicidal thoughts, it’s crucial to seek immediate help through a crisis hotline, emergency services, or at the nearest hospital.
FAQs about getting depression help in Toronto
What therapy is considered the best for depression?
The effectiveness of therapy for depression can vary from person to person. However, several evidence-based treatments have shown success in treating depression, including:
- Cognitive-behavioural Therapy (CBT): CBT helps individuals identify and challenge negative thought patterns through talk therapy to develop more positive behaviours.
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): MBCT combines elements of CBT with mindfulness techniques and talk therapy to prevent relapse in people who have experienced depression.
- Interpersonal Therapy (IPT): IPT is particularly beneficial for individuals whose depression is linked to interpersonal difficulties and relationship issues. It concentrates on improving communication and relationships, which, in turn, can alleviate depressive symptoms and feelings.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): DBT, developed initially for individuals with borderline personality disorder, has also been used as an effective treatment for depression. It incorporates cognitive-behavioural strategies with mindfulness and emotion regulation techniques.
- Behavioural Activation: This is a structured and goal-oriented approach that encourages individuals to re-engage in positive activities and experiences, which can help alleviate depressive symptoms.
- Medication: In some cases, a prescribed course of medication by a psychiatrist may be recommended in conjunction with therapy.
The choice of therapy will depend on your specific needs and the recommendations of your therapist.
How do I get mental help in Toronto?
If you’re in Toronto and experience depression, there are several avenues to explore. Your family doctor can provide referrals to mental health professionals and prescribe medication if necessary. Consider contacting The Therapy Centre or other private practice therapists in the area for individual or group therapy. Toronto also has several community mental health centers offering various mental health services, including treatment and counselling.
If you are in crisis, call the Toronto Distress Centre at (416) 408-4357 or visit your nearest emergency room.
Who do you consult if you have depression?
If you suspect you have depression or have already been diagnosed, it’s essential to consult with a mental health professional, such as a therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist. They can assess your condition, provide a diagnosis, provide coping strategies, and recommend appropriate treatment options. Your family doctor can also be a valuable resource for referrals to counselling services and medication management if needed.
Is depression common in Canada?
Feeling sad now and then is common, but a persistent depressed mood should be taken seriously. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), it is estimated that about five percent of people aged 15 and older have experienced a major depressive episode in the past year, and about 11 percent of adults will meet the criteria for major depressive disorder in their lives. (Treating Conditions and Disorders – Depression, CAHM).
Depression does not discriminate based on age, gender, socioeconomic status, or ethnicity. It is important to remember that you are not alone, and seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Get depression help in Toronto today
Do you feel hopeless? Experience negative thoughts or emotions? The Therapy Centre offers a compassionate and personalized approach to depression treatment, making it an excellent choice for many individuals seeking help. We are a full-service practice that works with children, teens, adults, seniors, couples and families. We are comprised of dedicated clinicians with extensive professional training, including psychologists, registered social workers, psychotherapists, and a dietitian.
Our offices are located across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, at 2525 Old Bronte Road in Oakville, 849 Upper Wentworth Street in Hamilton, and in Toronto at 1849 Yonge St (Yonge and Davisville). We offer both in-person and Virtual Telehealth services, including secure phone sessions and videoconferencing.
Contact our team today at (289) 291-0205 or email@example.com.