Treatments for Depression

Medical Advice

The information presented on this page is from a range of sources and while we do our best to ensure it is current and accurate always consult your doctor or other health care professional regarding any treatment you may be considering.

The recommended treatment for depression is a combination of antidepressant medication and therapy –  either cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or Interpersonal Relationship Therapy (IPT).

There is also a range of natural and other treatments as well as tools and techniques, that many people have found very useful in treating and/or managing their depression.

We aim to provide a comprehensive information source for the different treatments, techniques and tools others have found helpful.  However this is for general information purposes only.

Psychological Therapy

There are different approaches to psychological therapy and all, regardless of the particular philosophy, aim to help people overcome emotional and behavioural problems. 

Contemporary research suggests that the two most effective psychological approaches for depression and anxiety are cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), also known as interpersonal relationship therapy.

Both these approaches have been found to be very effective and usually require no more than about 10 sessions with an appropriately trained and qualified psychologist.

What is the difference between psychiatrists and psychologists?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Emotional Healing Technique (EFT)

Emotional Modulation Therapy (EMT)

Group Psychotherapy


Interpersonal Relationship Therapy (IPT)

Neuro-Lingusitic Programming (NLP)

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT or RET)

Thought Field Therapy (TFT)

Rebuilding Broken Brains

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has produced a Literature Review of evidence-based psychological treatments that you may find helpful.

Online Treatments & Trials

There are now quite a few places that offer online ‘treatments’ for depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.   Many of these are opportunitites for us to participate in research projects that will help us all understand more about depression and the treatment options available.

MindSpot Clinic

Centre for Clinical Intervention (CCI)

Black Dog Institute’s Digital Dog