Depression is a mental illness, which one should not confuse with the short-term emotional distress, anxiety attacks or feeling low, which also are constituents of depression. Anyone can feel low for a brief period of time, or have anxiety attacks once in a while, but that does not mean they are suffering from depression. Depression is much more serious than that, and is a persistent feeling of sadness, loneliness, grief, uselessness, and emotional pain.
I have found that strictly adhering to either cognitive or insight-oriented approaches to treatment are too limiting. Especially with depression, I have found concepts from both approaches can be valuable as long as the focus remains on “the therapeutic alliance”….