Psychotherapy Goals for Major Depression

The primary goal of psychotherapy for major depression is to alleviate symptoms. Additional treatment goals include improving psychosocial functioning and preventing relapse. Depression-specific psychotherapeutic approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy are used to achieve the treatment goals. In addition, psychotherapy goals include assessment and monitoring of suicidal risk.

Fast Facts:

  • Understanding and coping with feelings is an important goal.
  • Other goals include improving communication skills and increasing self-esteem.
  • Learning coping techniques and problem-solving skills helps patients achieve their therapeutic goals.