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4,674 people sought depression counseling help at Alexandria in the last year

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Starting Depression counseling

What can counseling do for those who suffer with depression?

Depression counseling can help those with major depression, minor depression, postpartum depression, persistent depressive disorder, and more. The providers at Thriveworks in Alexandria, VA will develop a unique treatment plan based on your specific experience, needs, and goals.

Is it worth going to therapy for depression?

It is absolutely worth going to therapy for depression — depression counseling helps people better manage their symptoms and get back to living happier lives again.

How does depression counseling work?

Depression counseling works by helping people pinpoint life problems, distorted thought patterns, and other causes of their depression, then process and work through them in order to mitigate the negative effects those factors have on their lives.

Signs of depression

Common signs of depression include:

  • Consistent low mood
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Oversleeping or difficulty sleeping
  • Changes in diet (eating much more or less)
  • Withdrawal and isolation
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in previous hobbies or activities
  • Excessive substance use

Is depression counseling conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks depression counseling in Alexandria, VA is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How often should you attend depression therapy sessions?

Depression counseling can last for a few weeks, months, or longer, dependent on the severity of one’s depression as well as their needs and preferences.

How much does depression counseling cost?

At Thriveworks, we take most major forms of insurance, which means that many of our clients only pay a $0-$50 co-pay per session. However, there are also self-pay options that sit around $200 per session, depending on the service and location, for those who are out-of-network.

Need more help deciding?

Depression is a deep despair. While there are different degrees and variations, this condition can cause one to feel hopeless, believe they are unimportant, and lose interest in the activities and people they once loved. Here are a few narratives that people with depression might believe to be true

  • “I’m worthless. My job doesn’t need me, I might as well quit or just not show up—nobody will notice anyway.”
  • “There’s no point in getting out of bed. Anything I do today won’t matter tomorrow or have a meaningful impact on the world.”
  • “I don’t know why my friends keep acting like they want to hang out with me. I know that I’m just a burden and no fun to be around.”

This is the reality for many people dealing with depression. These false narratives can make overcoming or managing their depression extremely difficult. Fortunately, a counselor or therapist can help these individuals to recognize this deceptive thinking, understand other symptoms of their condition, and better manage their depression.

If you are struggling with depressive thoughts, consider working with a depression counselor, psychologist, or therapist at Thriveworks Alexandria. Our providers are the best of the best: they are equipped with impressive knowledge and extensive experience which enables them to help you manage your depression. They understand that you might be feeling hopeless right now—they want to instill that hope and love for life again.

Am I Depressed? Signs and Symptoms

Depression isn’t just feeling sad or down for a couple days—it’s a low level of despair. And it’s not always the result of losing a loved one, going through a breakup, or getting let go from a job. While it canresult from the above losses, it can also appear seemingly out of the blue. Whatever the cause, the following are common symptoms of depression:

  • Feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, self-hatred
  • Loss of pleasure in daily activities
  • Disturbed sleep and appetite
  • Changes in energy levels
  • Significant weight gain or loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Suicidal thoughts

If you are experiencing any of these depression symptoms, it’s important you seek treatment. Consider working with a counselor at Thriveworks Alexandria who will work to help you understand and manage your depression.

How Does Depression Counseling Work?

The depression counselors at Thriveworks offer individualized care. This means that they will assess your unique experience and then develop a treatment plan that will best help you, because they know that symptoms can differ greatly between two individuals. Once they understand your specific presentation, they might incorporate the following into counseling:

  1. Changing negative thoughts.

A huge cause of depression is negative thinking. That’s why a common element in counseling for depression is changing negative thoughts and adopting more positive thoughts. To accomplish this mission, your counselor might teach you about different deceptions (mind reading, labeling, catastrophizing, etc.), which your negative thoughts are born from. Then, they’ll assist you in changing those negative thoughts. For example, when you catch yourself thinking, “I’m a complete failure,” they’ll help you realize that you actually just made one small mistake, as most people do. And that, in fact, you’re very capable; they’ll help you remember your strengths

  1. Engaging in self-care.

Self-care plays another big role in the development of depression and our overall wellbeing. When we forget to attend to our needs, we’re at a greater risk of feeling depressed, which means that self-care is important. Your counselor will teach you about the importance of self-care and then help you identify self-care strategies that will prove enjoyable and beneficial to you. Examples include: journaling, meditating, exercising, playing music, volunteering, or even getting/playing with a dog.

Correcting negative thoughts and engaging in self-care are huge steps toward managing your depression and living a happier, healthier life. Your counselor will assist you in taking these steps and continue to guide you on this journey that is living better.

Schedule an Appointment with a Counselor or Psychologist at Thriveworks Alexandria

If you are feeling depressed and you think that you could benefit from working with a skilled, caring mental health professional, reach out to Thriveworks Alexandria. We employ a “no waiting list” policy, which means that we will schedule an appointment for you right away—and you might even have your first session within 24 hours, as many clients do. Additionally, we accept many different insurances to ensure that you get the mental health care you need. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Alexandria therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Alexandria
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.9 Learn about verified reviews
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I was very satisfied with first session/consultation with my therapist. I feel confident she will address my needs and look forward to working with her.
Read more I was very satisfied with first session/consultation with my therapist. I feel confident she will address my needs and look forward to working with her.
Marjorie Feb 2024
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★★★★★
At 75 years old and still learning is wonderful. My counselor is simply an outstanding individual and human being. The "bank is closed", I understand more clearly by my counselor who, have been instrumental in " breaking down some walls" in my forward motion and healing from the pain
Read more At 75 years old and still learning is wonderful. My counselor is simply an outstanding individual and human being. The "bank is closed", I understand more clearly by my counselor who, have been instrumental in " breaking down some walls" in my forward motion and healing from the pain
Horace Feb 2024
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Bank closure is fundamentally when a financial institution goes bankrupt; however, parents can't go into bank closure for their children, family, and friends. Nevertheless, parents do close their bank (hearth) to minimize disrespect, abuse, and abundant misuse of LOVE. So I closed my life to abuse, disrespect, and misuse of ❤️
Read more Bank closure is fundamentally when a financial institution goes bankrupt; however, parents can't go into bank closure for their children, family, and friends. Nevertheless, parents do close their bank (hearth) to minimize disrespect, abuse, and abundant misuse of LOVE. So I closed my life to abuse, disrespect, and misuse of ❤️
Horace Jan 2024
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★★★★
I am very happy with my therapist, I would give him 5 Stars but I am handicapped and the facility I go to has No Handicap access, No ramp or elevator and is on the third floor of a three story building.
Read more I am very happy with my therapist, I would give him 5 Stars but I am handicapped and the facility I go to has No Handicap access, No ramp or elevator and is on the third floor of a three story building.
Ed Jan 2024
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★★★★★
My therapist, Dee Jacobi Edwards, continues to help me deal with my individual struggles in life so that I can achieve peace in dealing with life situations. She is a wonderful therapist.
Read more My therapist, Dee Jacobi Edwards, continues to help me deal with my individual struggles in life so that I can achieve peace in dealing with life situations. She is a wonderful therapist.
Louisa Dec 2023
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★★★★
Love our therapist.
Heidi Dec 2023
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★★★★★
My daughter's dad and I had a few sessions with Dee Jacobi-Edwards and she was great. She was very neutral and honest with both of us when it came to our disagreements and downfalls. She was also extremely patient with us throughout our sessions. I would absolutely recommend Dee.
Read more My daughter's dad and I had a few sessions with Dee Jacobi-Edwards and she was great. She was very neutral and honest with both of us when it came to our disagreements and downfalls. She was also extremely patient with us throughout our sessions. I would absolutely recommend Dee.
Alexandria Mar 2021
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★★★★★
I have been battling anxiety and depression for years, and Mary Alice Fields has helped me finally find some relief. She is dedicated to helping her clients live their best possible life, and she has helped me gain some peace in my life. I know she has help countless others, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety issues.
Read more I have been battling anxiety and depression for years, and Mary Alice Fields has helped me finally find some relief. She is dedicated to helping her clients live their best possible life, and she has helped me gain some peace in my life. I know she has help countless others, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety issues.
Alexandria Jan 2021
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Alexandria is located off Colvin St between Sweeley St and Roth St. We are located next door to the Alexandria Police Association and across the street from NACCAS (National Accrediting Commision of Career Arts and Sciences).

Phone number

(703) 936-6214

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Korean
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