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2,193 people sought depression counseling help at Allentown in the last year

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Aetna, Cigna | Evernorth, United Healthcare | Optum, +2 more
Medical / Health Issues, LGBTQIA+, Anger, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +11 more

Through my experiences, I fully understand how difficult life can be at times and know that a compassionate and understanding therapist can make all t... Through my experiences, I fully understand how difficult life can be at times and know that a compassionate and understanding therapist can make all the difference. Read more

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Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield, +23 more
Military / Veteran, Narcissism, LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, +18 more

As a writer and counselor, and a person who has undergone a variety of struggles in multiple and diverse areas, helping others to find guidance, throu... As a writer and counselor, and a person who has undergone a variety of struggles in multiple and diverse areas, helping others to find guidance, through their encounters and interactions, embracing the uniqueness of the narrative, and emphasizing the meanings that people construct through experience, I support insight and understanding through personal stories. Stories can often heal and replenish emotional and mental wellness, as well as being empowering, inspiring, and restorative. 'The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.' - Marcel Proust. Read more

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Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield, +21 more
Self Esteem, ADHD, Addiction, Anxiety, Depression

As an individual who struggled with mental health issues myself, I understand that you can't just "snap out of it" —like some people think.

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Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield, +21 more
Domestic Abuse, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Stress, ADHD, +4 more

As a strength-based therapist, I understand that at any given moment every client is trying their best to accomplish their goals, and that success can... As a strength-based therapist, I understand that at any given moment every client is trying their best to accomplish their goals, and that success can often come by helping the client identify their strengths and how to use them in new and creative ways. Read more

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Aetna, Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield, Carelon, +21 more
Military / Veteran, Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, +5 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield, +23 more
Domestic Abuse, LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Women’s Issues, +9 more

I have had experience working with children, families, and young adults across multiple behavioral health settings and am passionate about providing t... I have had experience working with children, families, and young adults across multiple behavioral health settings and am passionate about providing the most comprehensive care possible. Read more

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Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield, +23 more
Stress, Relationships, Anxiety, Grief / Loss, Depression, +1 more

As a therapist, it is my honor and privilege to walk through life with my clients.

Raphael Alfaro

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What is your go-to approach for depression counseling?

For depression counseling I find that my approach that works best for this is a combination of mindfulness, CBT, and a few DBT skills. The reason I feel that this is the best approach is that it allows for clients to learn a few new skills and feel that the benefit is that allows for self-soothing and begins the process of self acceptance.

What tools do you teach in depression counseling?

The tools that I use in treating depression vary from person to person. I feel that a person centered approach shows the best results and as such the skills I teach vary from person to person. I feel that to begin we look at challenging any negative thoughts the client may be having about themselves and work on ways of strengthening themselves to challenge their inner critic. I normally use this approach as it allows for the client to start to notice how a lot of what they are thinking about themselves is false and it allows them to slowly begin to feel more positive towards themselves.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in depression counseling?

Meaningful progress in depression treatment typically is noticed when you start to smile slightly more than usual. You start to be able to accept things about yourself and do not judge yourself too harshly. I find that by instilling hope and looking at ways of challenging negative thoughts as they arise can help to combat depression and as such, you start to develop an understanding about yourself that goes deeper.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement depression counseling?

In clients personal time I tend to encourage them to seek out supports from others, I tend to encourage people to push themselves a little bit further outside of their comfort zone each time we meet, and eventually look at ways of being able to find meaning in their lives. Clients are recommended to try new things and to use the skills of things that they enjoy. I think that while we battle depression we often tend to lose interest in doing things or being around others, and that is what I try to focus on first.

What should someone do to prepare for starting depression counseling?

To prepare for counseling for depression I would recommend that you have a list of questions that you have about depression or better yet goals you would like to accomplish. I mention goals because a lot of times when we suffer from depression we tend to feel overwhelmed or feel as though we will never able to achieve them. I find that by having a small goal we can work together to get there and after each new goal we are starting to notice that the stones or burdens we are carrying on our backs, slowly start to fall off and we can begin to breath again.

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 Allentown, PA 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 Allentown, PA 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 have therapy for depression?

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?

Moods are a fact of life. We all have feelings of happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, and fear and it’s normal to feel down when life throws you unexpected curves. However, depression is more than just sadness. It is a dark cloud that just doesn’t leave; no matter how much you want it to. Depression is a disease that can steal everything away from you such as your family, your friends, your work, your drive, your motivation, your fun and joy. It can rob you of your life. It can make the simplest of tasks feel impossible. Family and friends who have never experienced true depression often cannot understand how it truly feels. It’s common to think that no one can help and you have no-where to turn. It can make you feel hopeless.

How Do I Know If I Have Depression?

Millions of people suffer from depression every year and it is more common than you think. Anyone can get depression. Sometimes depression is hereditary and sometimes it can be caused by a traumatic event in your life. Stress can cause a cascade of problems by causing structural and functional changes in your brain. Sometimes it can trigger a downward spiral into a depressive episode. According to the DSM-V, there are several signs and symptoms that may indicate you are suffering from depression: feelings of persistent sadness, diminished interest or no pleasure in almost all activities, changes in weight (loss or gain), insomnia (difficulty sleeping) or hypersomnia (sleeping too much), inability to concentrate, slowed thinking or difficulty making decisions, feeling of chronic fatigue or loss of energy, prolonged feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, irritability or anger outbursts, and/or recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

How Can Thriveworks-Allentown Help?

The good news is there is hope for depression. Regardless of the causes, depression is highly treatable and research has proven that counseling can help. You don’t have to feel this way forever. At Thriveworks-Allentown, a counselor will meet with you to help you determine if you are suffering from depression and help you understand what you are going through. There are different types of depression. Adults and children may experience depression differently. The counselors at Thriveworks-Allentown are educated and experienced and can help you get through the darkness. They can also help your family understand it as well. Let’s defeat this enemy and conquer these demons. Don’t struggle and fight this battle alone any longer. Call us! We will try to get you an appointment within 24 hours. Get relief from depression. Don’t lose hope.

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Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Allentown therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

  • Geisinger Health Plan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

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Self-pay costs at Allentown
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

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I looked around for a therapist for a month or so I found this place and I read and reread the reviews and Lauren’s bio a few times When I finally called a few months ago the woman who took my information and answered my questions, I specifically asked if I needed a new letter for my emotional support dog would they be able to help. She assured me absolutely yes. We do it all the time Now a few months into my sessions I asked Lauren for a letter to give my landlord. Lauren informed me over 3 weeks ago she would ask her boss. 2 weeks later she told me no, her boss said no. I had to go online. A year ago my landlord did not like the online one and wanted it from a local Therapist This past week when I had my appointment with Lauren, she said she couldn’t, i asked what kind of therapist she was. Because I was told when I decided to come to your practice that I could get one, I was told I had to have a few sessions with the therapist Now on Tuesday 2/13 I asked, she told me she was meeting with her boss the next day and would tell him what I was told She said she would email me the next day, now it’s Saturday and nothing. I now am so upset that I put all this time into a therapist that isn’t qualified to write a letter, not because of her, but from some rule that I was lied to about on the onset Now I really think I need to go find a true therapist The fact I’m told to go online to get one from a stranger, while I am in therapy Makes me question your practice In sales we call it bait and switch
Read more I looked around for a therapist for a month or so I found this place and I read and reread the reviews and Lauren’s bio a few times When I finally called a few months ago the woman who took my information and answered my questions, I specifically asked if I needed a new letter for my emotional support dog would they be able to help. She assured me absolutely yes. We do it all the time Now a few months into my sessions I asked Lauren for a letter to give my landlord. Lauren informed me over 3 weeks ago she would ask her boss. 2 weeks later she told me no, her boss said no. I had to go online. A year ago my landlord did not like the online one and wanted it from a local Therapist This past week when I had my appointment with Lauren, she said she couldn’t, i asked what kind of therapist she was. Because I was told when I decided to come to your practice that I could get one, I was told I had to have a few sessions with the therapist Now on Tuesday 2/13 I asked, she told me she was meeting with her boss the next day and would tell him what I was told She said she would email me the next day, now it’s Saturday and nothing. I now am so upset that I put all this time into a therapist that isn’t qualified to write a letter, not because of her, but from some rule that I was lied to about on the onset Now I really think I need to go find a true therapist The fact I’m told to go online to get one from a stranger, while I am in therapy Makes me question your practice In sales we call it bait and switch
Donna Feb 2024
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Top notch service! Excellent 1-on-1 counseling. Very pleased with her help so far!
Paul Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Mikayla is by far the most responsive and compassionate therapist I ever had. She listens, and gives advice and truly cares. I am very grateful for her and the convenience of my weekly sessions.
Read more Mikayla is by far the most responsive and compassionate therapist I ever had. She listens, and gives advice and truly cares. I am very grateful for her and the convenience of my weekly sessions.
Kristen Jan 2024
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Allentown is located off of Hausman Rd., in a building with several other businesses. These include Integrity Personnel, Inova Technologies, and GPI/Greenman-Pederson, Inc. There is a small lake behind our building.

Phone number

(484) 246-8451

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