Birmingham Depression Counseling

Depression Counseling in Birmingham, MI—Detroit Therapists

[…] because wherever I sat — on the deck of a ship or at a street café in Paris or Bangkok — I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air.”

―Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Are you struggling with depression? You’re not alone. While depression can leave you feeling lost and without hope, it’s a battle that millions of people wage every day, and many have found dynamic relief through counseling.

The hopelessness one feels in depression, however, can be debilitating to the point that someone suffering from it may never look for help — this is incredibly tragic. Know that the licensed counselors, psychologists at Thriveworks Birmingham depression counseling in Oakland County are available to give you (or your loved one) the care you need. So, if you are looking for therapy in the Detroit area, give us a call.

Portraits of Depression

Stephanie just started middle school last month, and already she’s falling behind. At home, she complains about being overwhelmed with homework, but doesn’t seem to be getting much done during the hours she spends at her desk.

Jake has a great job, a loving wife and two happy children, but for some reason, he’s been calling in sick a lot and not answering when his work friends call. On his “sick” days, he stays in bed and sleeps for long stretches, often causing him to miss meals. His wife tries to connect with him, but he just uses the excuse that he’s overtired.

Mitch is a likeable guy, but often questions himself in social situations, wondering if people are talking poorly about him or if they even enjoy his company. He becomes distant, almost aloof around others, which gives people the impression he doesn’t want to spend time with them, so they neglect to invite him the next time they get together. Mitch sees pictures of them all having a good time without him one evening, and he submits to his suspicions.

Depression: Definitions and Key Thoughts

Depression rarely affects only the individual experiencing it. Even when dark thoughts are kept secret, friends, family and co-workers feel its crushing weight. Understanding the different kinds, symptoms and signs of depression, however, will help you better identify what you or someone you know is going through, and how they can get help right away.

Recurrent depression, also known as major depressive disorder, clinical depression, major depression or unipolar disorder, is when someone experiences overwhelmingly negative feelings, such as, hopelessness, irritability, anxiety and sadness.

Regular, day-to-day activities like eating and spending time with friends can become taxing. When these emotions persist for more than two years, this is known as persistent depressive disorder.

Other forms of depression include:

  • Psychotic depression: depression accompanied by irrational beliefs, hallucinations or delusions
  • Seasonal affective disorder: depression due to less hours of daytime in winter months
  • Postpartum depression: severe depressive state mothers sometimes go through after childbirth

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

In addition to feelings of persistent sadness, depression can include the following symptoms:

  • Delayed cognitive function
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Irritability
  • Suicidal thoughts (or actual attempts)
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Difficulty in making decisions, large or small
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing on detailed work
  • Difficulty falling asleep or waking
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inexplicable aches and pains that don’t lessen with treatment
  • Decreased interest in activities that once brought pleasure (hobbies, sex, etc.)

Finding the Source: What Causes Depression?

Depression strikes indiscriminately — male and female, young and old, rich and poor. It can be caused by a variety of events, such as abuse, the death of a loved one, and seasonal changes. It can also run in the family.

Sadly, there is no one certain source of depressed feelings. Sometimes the cause is obvious, like when one loses their job, but it can also be a combination of factors. In either case, the most important thing to understand is that help is needed and available.

If you or someone you know is hesitant to see a counselor, at the very least an appointment with a physician should be scheduled, so potential physical ailments can be identified or ruled out. Your physician might suggest that counseling is you best course of action.

Making Progress: 5 Ways to Ease the Symptoms of Depression

Unfortunately, you can’t simply snap out of depression. Depression isn’t “pouting” or “feeling sorry for yourself.” There’s no substitute for the support of a caring therapist. There are, however, a number things you can do to make depression more manageable:

1. Exercise: Exercise not only relieves stress; it also releases mood-boosting endorphins, which can help you achieve a more positive outlook on life.

2. Listen to music: Music can be very therapeutic. The right song can trigger nostalgia and remind you of happier times. Find a quiet spot, fire up your iPod, and relax to some of your favorite tunes.

3. Spend time outdoors: Getting outside for at least 15 minutes a day brings you a host of healthful benefits — the peacefulness of nature, fresh air, and sunlight.

4. Play with your pet: Studies have shown that bonding with animals can relieve stress. Don’t have a pet of your own? Ask to borrow a neighbor’s or family member’s.

5. Laugh: It’s known as the “best medicine” for good reason. Whether it’s a giggle, a chuckle, or a guffaw, few things are better at improving mood and relieving stress than laughter. Watch some funny cat videos on YouTube. Or call up some friends and invite them over to crack jokes at a corny movie (Sharknado anyone?).

Why Choose Thriveworks Birmingham Depression Counselors, Psychologists in Oakland County?

We believe it should be easy to obtain quality therapy when you need it. It’s one of our founding principles. At Thriveworks Birmingham depression counseling, we hire the best licensed therapists, counselors, psychologists, and mental health professionals we can find. Our highly trained, and caring, clinical team just outside of Detroit, MI is available to help you — and to meet you wherever you are in your struggles with depression.

To this end, we’ve made it a point to remove all obstacles to your getting the help you need — and getting it quickly. In many cases, you can have an appointment in as little as 24 hours. A phone call or an email is all it takes to begin the healing process.

Depression is like one of those big boxes labeled “TEAM LIFT.” It’s a lot easier to handle when you have someone to help out.

Let us help you lift the weight of depression. Contact us and lets get started.

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Great therapist

Andrea Golden is easy to talk with and goes or of her way to give a balanced perspective.
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Lindsey is great!

I had the honor of working with Lindsey at a previous job and she is one of the sweetest individuals I have ever met. Lindsey listens intently to everyone and is open to people from all walks of life. Lindsey is knowledgeable and passionate about advocating for mental health. This makes Lindsey a great leader and counselor. I would refer anyone I know to Lindsey!
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I’ve known Tammy Wagstaff for quite some time. She was very helpful to me for finding my strengths and improving my working and personal relationships. She is a good listener and is able to “see” my point of view . I would highly recommend this counselor
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Review for Sandra Quigley

*****I have been a patient of Sandra's for nearly 2 years now and I really can't say enough good things about her work with me. She is a true Christian counselor and that was exactly the perspective I needed to guide me down the path God was trying to lead me. She definitely strengthened my faith and made many of life's big problems seem like small speed bumps when looking at the big picture!! I highly recommend Sandra Q. if you are looking for the someone who honestly cares about you and the journey you are on. Remember, there’s ultimately only one way to peace in your life, and that’s to walk daily with the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus!! *****
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I really enjoyed meeting Melissa.

I really enjoyed meeting Melissa. It was easy to converse with her. She was very professional but completely relatable too. I would definitely recommend Thriveworks!
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Moving with meaning

Much Gratitude Christine, You're helping me become the best version of myself. The self I've always pictured the vision is clear and I am ready to LIVE!!
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I wouldn’t recommend it – one of the worst therapists I’ve ever seen

The doctor (PhD) I saw for therapy decided, on the second session, to pay more attention to doing things on his phone than to listening to me. He thought he was hiding what he was doing behind his portfolio, but he was not. I could see the reflection of what he was doing, and he was looking down more than up. He was pretending to listen but didn't do a very good job of that, because when I stopped talking, he would incorrectly try to restate what I said or, make a comment on what I said which turned out to not be relevant because it was clear he wasn't listening. He did not seem to want to be there. It was a horrible experience. I called the next day to complain to the lady on the phone, and got a sincere "I'm sorry" and that's it. When I got the bill (very expensive, by the way), I have been attempting to call the office to pay it over the phone but I keep getting told that the people that do the billing are currently busy and that I should call back. It should not be that difficult for someone to take a credit card number and apply it to my bill, especially a bill I shouldn't have to pay due to horrible service. I hope the other therapists at Thriveworks are better than the one I selected, and actually have interest in helping their patients.
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Couldn’t be happier

We couldn't be happier with the staff and help we have received for our family at the practice. Christine has been particularly helpful in assisting myself and our family get back on track.
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Comfortable, private space for anyone and everyone in the family to get the personal time and space they need.
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She helped change my life

Dear Marcy, I can't thank you enough for recommending your therapist Dawn Gaden to me. She has helped change my life. I have always struggled with feeling misunderstood. But recently I fell into a deep depression; beyond something I could resolve myself. Therapy was required for my recovery. Since childhood I have been weary of therapists because I would talk through my problems but I didn't get tools and strategies to handle my problems better. Dawn has changed that. For the first time I leave each appointment not only relieved from having talked my issues through, but more importantly with tools to help me move forward. She has introduced me to methods I had considered silly, but now I could live without. I am proud of the person I am becoming and the journey I have chosen to take. Thank you for all you have done to change my life and my family's future.
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She Inspires Hope

I found Sandra Quigley on the web while searching for a Christian counselor. I was having a lot of anxiety about making a career change. She not only helped through the anxieties, she also helped me with concerns in my personal life. Sandra's non-judgmental and compassionate approach, made me feel comfortable and hopeful.
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Karen Waldrop

Ms. Waldrop is an active listener and excellent problem solver. She offers practical resolutions to everyday problems for those suffering with depression, life changes, anxiety, and stress. She provides empathy in a quiet manner with a gentle sense of humor. She is capable to offer a variety of tools for those seeking positive and lasting life changes. If you are seeking someone with whom you can discuss your deepest personal issues in a confidential manner I would highly recommend Ms. Karen Waldrop as your therapist.
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Everything I needed

I found Sandra Quigley in the back of a magazine (Psychology Today). I desperately needed someone to talk to. Newly retired with plenty of time to allow my mind to take over my life, I felt constantly anxious and very out of sorts. Enter Sandra Quigley- compassionate, non-judgmental, kind, and gentle. She is everything that I needed to heal myself. I had never talked to a therapist before, so this was a new venture. It was very important to me that I find someone with whom I could feel comfortable. Right away, I felt comfortable. I did have assignments; I never was prescribed a single drug. She went out of her way to help me specifically with my issues- finding me articles, books, telling stories. I never felt uncomfortable; I felt and still feel that my time with Sandra is valuable. With Sandra’s help, I have unearthed a much calmer, happier, together self that now wakes up each morning looking forward to the day ahead. We all have our baggage- I never once realized that I could unpack that bag and put my crap away. I now get to walk through life so much lighter!!
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So helpful!

I really love the helpful and peaceful approach at Thriveworks. I have known Marcy for a long time and her ability to work through tough spots and discuss personalities makes her a lot of fun for me. Time flies when we chat and that is a good thing for a guy like me who is always worried about time. I also love Dawn Gadens video blogs! insightful and easy to access. I don't see Dawn in counseling but if she is that good on video I have to believe she is great in person. Give a shot...I bet you will love them.
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