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18,275 people sought depression counseling help in Maryland in the last year

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What is your go-to approach for depression counseling?

My go-to approach for treating depression is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and positive psychology.

  • Cognitive reframing
  • Increased self-care practices
  • Radical acceptance

What tools do you teach in depression counseling?

During sessions, I conduct:

  • Self-report assessments
  • Review of PHQ9 scores

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

As a therapist, I gauge the client's progress through various indicators observed during our sessions. Firstly, I rely on self-report assessments and the review of PHQ9 scores, which provide quantitative measures of the client's symptoms and mood over time. Additionally, I assess the client's engagement in therapy, noting their active participation, willingness to explore emotions, and openness to feedback and new coping strategies. Progress is also evident when the client demonstrates an improved understanding of their thought patterns and behaviors, as well as their ability to implement and generalize coping skills learned in therapy to real-life situations. Furthermore, positive changes in the client's mood, behavior, and overall functioning serve as key indicators of progress against depression.

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

To supplement counseling, clients can:

  • Utilize coping skills outside of sessions
  • Use positive self-talk
  • Increase attention to self-care

What should someone do to prepare for starting depression counseling?

To prepare for sessions, clients should:

  • Formulate preliminary goals
  • Identify issues contributing to depression symptoms
  • Consider medication evaluation for pharmaceutical interventions, if appropriate

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 Bethesda, MD 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 Bethesda, MD 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.

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Depression Counselors and Therapists in Bethesda, MD—Depression Counseling, Therapy

A depression counselor or psychologist can help you manage the harmful symptoms that come with depression, from a change in energy levels, to irritability, lack of motivation, and more. They will assess your unique case of depression and then come up with a treatment plan tailored to you.

The counselors and therapists at Thriveworks are skilled, caring professionals. You don’t have to worry about judgment or lack of experience—they know what they’re doing, and they’ll do their best to help you live a happier, healthier life. Call (240) 513-3093 to schedule an appointment today.

Causes and Symptoms of Depression

The unfortunate events we mentioned above—an awful breakup, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job—can cause one to feel depressed. There are also many other factors that can come into play in the development of depression, both genetic and environmental. A depression counselor or psychologist can help you explore these potential causes, which will then assist them in coming up with the best treatment for you.

Depression comes with many debilitating symptoms, some of which we touched on above. Here’s a more comprehensive list:

  • Intense sadness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Guilt or self-hatred
  • Changes in energy levels
  • Significant weight gain or loss
  • Lack of motivation
  • Fatigue
  • Diminished focus
  • Disinterest in day to day activities
  • Suicidal thoughts

Treatment for Depression: Counseling and Medication

There are two main treatments for depression: counseling (or therapy) and medication. Both have proven effective, but some individuals benefit more from one than the other. Let’s discuss these two approaches to treatment further:

  1. Counseling: If you’re feeling depressed, counseling can help you understand why and, more importantly, how you can begin to feel better. This might involve addressing unresolved feelings, learning to grieve properly, and/or correcting negative thoughts. As we mentioned earlier, your experience in counseling will be unique to you.
  2. Medication: Some people benefit from medication for depression, such as antidepressants. These work by balancing chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters) that impact one’s mood and emotions. Antidepressants can resolve different symptoms of depression, including mood, sleep, appetite, and focus.

See a Depression Counselor or Psychologist at Thriveworks Bethesda

A depression counselor at Thriveworks Bethesda can help you understand the cause of your depression and manage the harmful symptoms that come with it. They will walk you through the journey it takes to live a happy, healthy, successful life again. Call Thriveworks Bethesda today at (240) 513-3093 to schedule an appointment.

We’re ready to get started whenever you are. When you call us, you’ll speak with a scheduling specialist who will help you set up an appointment at your earliest convenience. We have flexible scheduling options, including evening and weekend appointments. This is part of our mission to offer premium mental health services to our clients. We truly care about you and want to help you live better.

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 Bethesda therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Bethesda
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

5.0 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★★
I couldn't have asked for a better therapist. Nina Zuriff is such a good fit for me. She is very knowledgeable and compassionate. She has really helped me cope with this very hard time I am currently experiencing and makes herself reachable should an emergency arise. I am very happy I selected Nina. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Read more I couldn't have asked for a better therapist. Nina Zuriff is such a good fit for me. She is very knowledgeable and compassionate. She has really helped me cope with this very hard time I am currently experiencing and makes herself reachable should an emergency arise. I am very happy I selected Nina. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Roseann Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Carolina, is a caring and empathetic individual. I felt heard and understood since I walked in to see her. She is helping me grow as an individual l, and for that I am forever grateful.
Read more Carolina, is a caring and empathetic individual. I felt heard and understood since I walked in to see her. She is helping me grow as an individual l, and for that I am forever grateful.
Bethesda Mar 2020
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★★★★★
I am glad that I made the decision to work with Stacey Scott. She is an exceptional listener. Ms. Scott is committed to her clients. Stacey is intentional about ensuring her clients are successful and thrive. Stacey takes the the time to listen and helps with developing strategies that are effective. Stacey Scott is a professional. I am so glad I had an opportunity to talk with her and even happier that she listened.
Read more I am glad that I made the decision to work with Stacey Scott. She is an exceptional listener. Ms. Scott is committed to her clients. Stacey is intentional about ensuring her clients are successful and thrive. Stacey takes the the time to listen and helps with developing strategies that are effective. Stacey Scott is a professional. I am so glad I had an opportunity to talk with her and even happier that she listened.
Bethesda Oct 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Bethesda is located at 4401 E W Hwy #504, Bethesda, MD 20814, near Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.

Phone number

(240) 647-5625

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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