Hi Ben, I wanted to welcome you to healing well forum. We are happy to have you. In alot of aspects counseling alone isnt going to help someone who has Major Depression. You do need to keep in mind that there are many variables to this, perhaps someone has been through a traumatic event in their live and this would play a part in healing, recovering and learning coping skills. No, most cases counseling is not going to make it go away but taking a pill isnt a quick fix for depression either. Medication helps greatly but the person has to learn how to manage their lives and stressors and things that could be triggers for that depression otherwise that pill isnt going to do much for you.