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2,194 people sought depression counseling help at Cedar Park in the last year

Discover how starting depression counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Roy Leitch III

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What is your go-to approach for depression counseling?

My go to approach for treating depression is CBT. I prefer CBT because it supports development of perspective which is often absent and can identify tasks client can engage in to increase a sense of agency.

What tools do you teach in depression counseling?

I teach the following tools in depression counseling: mindfulness meditation, making gratitude lists, life review or timelines, developing an exercise or walking routine.

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

I know a client is making meaningful progress in depression counseling when they voice positive anticipation for more activities or events, when substance use declines, when the individual starts to seek out more social contact.

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

Clients can supplement their time in depression counseling with exercise, doing community volunteer activities, taking more time out of the house or school.

What should someone do to prepare for starting depression counseling?

To prepare for you first depression counseling session, you can give yourself permission to express your feelings genuinely, bring a list of things that used to or sometimes give you pleasure or a sense of accomplishment.

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 Cedar Park, TX 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 Cedar Park, TX 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?

Without warning, Drake is falling behind at work. He is having a hard time focusing. Tasks that were easy a few months ago now overwhelm him. Work has not always been this hard. When he first started as the sale manager, Drake was on fire. He tripled the shop’s sales by expanding its online presence. He outpaced any other manager the Pawn Shop had ever had. Sure, Drake worked day and night, but it was worth it. He felt this amazing energy, fueling him. Drake worked 24 hours a day. When he was not working, he was out partying with his friends, enjoying his new-found success. Now, Drake has difficulty leaving the house. It is as if he is a different person. This drastic swing in personality and mood has Drake’s friends and family members worried—they think he might have Bipolar Depression.

Just the word, “Bipolar” can feel very scary to people. This form of depression is often call manic depression because those are its two poles: mania and depression. When people have the illness, they swing from episodes of frenetic energy to episodes of deep depression. Bipolar Depression is a severe mental illness, and when people have it, their behavior can scare themselves and their family members. Often, the hardest part of having the disorder is before a diagnosis is made. With a diagnosis and treatment, people who have Bipolar Depression can often begin understanding what the disease is doing to their mind and bodies. People may then find the treatment they need to live the life they want.

The counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Cedar Park have worked with many clients who are struggling with Bipolar Depression. We understand how the disorder attacks an individual’s life, and we understand the many treatment options that are available.

Bipolar Disorder: What Is It?

Learning about what Bipolar is and how if functions may help people come to a better understanding of what is happening in their lives. Bipolar is an illness that can cause chaos in an individual’s life, but behind the chaos, there is a recognizable pattern to the disorder. Understanding may be the first step in healing. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) gives the diagnostics for recognizing both the depressive and manic phases of Bipolar.

In the depressive phase, people will often feel empty, weepy, sad, and hopeless. They often experience disinterest in their daily lives, responsibilities, and activities. The depressive phase will also have at least three of the following symptoms:

  1. Indecisiveness or an unfocused attention span.
  2. Changes in psychomotor activity—either slowed or rapid movements such as foot tapping, pacing, or speech.
  3. Declining stamina and energy.
  4. An inability to sleep or sleeping excessively.
  5. Overwhelming feelings of worthlessness and/or guilt.
  6. Thinking repetitively of death, even suicide idealization.
  7. Appetite or weight changes—either a decrease or increase.

These will be present for most of the day, on more days than not, and for a two-week period to be a depressive stage. As difficult as depression is, it is only one of the challenges that Bipolar Depression introduces into an individual’s life. The other phase is mania. This phase can include either a frenetic euphoria or irritation. The DSM-5 gives further diagnostics:

  • An abnormally irritable or euphoric state that persists for at least one week.
  • If the mania is jubilant, three of the following symptoms will be present. If the mania is contentious, then four will be present:
    • Decreased need for sleep.
    • Unfocused attention.
    • A racing mind that cannot settle.
    • Increased verbosity.
    • Excessive planning and goal-directed activities.
    • Engaging in potentially painful or risky behavior.
    • A swollen sense of self-esteem and grandiosity.
  • A medication or drug cannot cause these symptoms.
  • The symptoms will be severe enough to disturb an individual’s personal and professional life, cause psychosis, or necessitate a hospital trip.

Bipolar can come in several different forms. One important form is Bipolar II. When people have Bipolar II, they experience depression and hypo-mania, that is, a less severe form of mania. It is critical that people work with a mental health professional to find a proper diagnosis because the right diagnosis is often the foundation of the proper treatment.

Reaching out for Help from Thriveworks Cedar Park

We have been given a challenging illness, and there is no other option than to meet those challenges. … That’s why it’s important to find a community – however small – of other bipolar people to share experiences and find comfort in the similarities.
—Carrie Fisher

Just like other serious illness, treatment for Bipolar Depression often requires the supervision of a mental health professional. Skilled therapists can help people find a diagnosis and treatment plan, but this is often only one piece of the puzzle. It may also be important for people to…

  1. Find a Bipolar support group: this can be a safe place where other people truly understand what you are facing.
  2. Focus upon hope: Bipolar is a challenge, but many people learn to manage the disease. Many resources are available, and there are many reasons to hope.

If you are also looking for mental health care, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Cedar Park. Our therapists have experience diagnosing and treating Bipolar Depression, and we have appointments available. When you call our office, you may have your first appointment within 24 hours. We also accept many forms of insurance. Let’s work together. Call today.

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 Cedar Park therapists and counselors accept 40 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP)

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Exchange

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

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Self-pay costs at Cedar Park
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

4.7 Learn about verified reviews
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I absolutely love Gina Faulds. She is sweet and patient and has a warm spirit to her. She also is very relatable with me and she listens well. I love Thriveworks because it is free and I can get great therapy.
Read more I absolutely love Gina Faulds. She is sweet and patient and has a warm spirit to her. She also is very relatable with me and she listens well. I love Thriveworks because it is free and I can get great therapy.
Eris Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Susan is a compassionate, inspirational, and insightfull therapist. She helped me through the toughest moments of my life and taught me techniques to enjoy living, rather than just scraping by. It seems like a lot of therapists are leaving this location recently. Susan is the best, my quality of life has dramatically improved with her guidance. I strongly recommend her to anyone in need.
Read more Susan is a compassionate, inspirational, and insightfull therapist. She helped me through the toughest moments of my life and taught me techniques to enjoy living, rather than just scraping by. It seems like a lot of therapists are leaving this location recently. Susan is the best, my quality of life has dramatically improved with her guidance. I strongly recommend her to anyone in need.
Cedar Park Aug 2019
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★★★★★
I had been looking for a wonderful therapist for a long time and then I finally found Susan. She is warm and caring and I look forward to seeing her every week. I have seen many therapists leave this thriveworks practice in the last year, so if you're looking for a long term stable relationship, ask for Susan. shes the BEST
Read more I had been looking for a wonderful therapist for a long time and then I finally found Susan. She is warm and caring and I look forward to seeing her every week. I have seen many therapists leave this thriveworks practice in the last year, so if you're looking for a long term stable relationship, ask for Susan. shes the BEST
Cedar Park Aug 2019
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★★★★★
I work with Susan, who is kind, understanding, and easy to talk to. She's helping me learn techniques to manage my anxiety, and for the first time in my adult life, I feel like I have a sense of control and can handle any curveballs thrown my way. I've only just started seeing her recently but have already seen a huge improvement in my mood and day-to-day life. Susan is awesome to work with and I highly recommend her!
Read more I work with Susan, who is kind, understanding, and easy to talk to. She's helping me learn techniques to manage my anxiety, and for the first time in my adult life, I feel like I have a sense of control and can handle any curveballs thrown my way. I've only just started seeing her recently but have already seen a huge improvement in my mood and day-to-day life. Susan is awesome to work with and I highly recommend her!
Cedar Park Feb 2019
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★★★★★
Susan is easy to talk to and has a warm, inviting demeanor that makes you trust her implicitly.
Read more Susan is easy to talk to and has a warm, inviting demeanor that makes you trust her implicitly.
Cedar Park Feb 2019
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★★★★★
I’ve been seeing Susan Wills for almost a year and she’s by far one of the best therapists I’ve ever found. She makes me feel special. I always look forward to our sessions.
Read more I’ve been seeing Susan Wills for almost a year and she’s by far one of the best therapists I’ve ever found. She makes me feel special. I always look forward to our sessions.
Cedar Park Feb 2019
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★★★★★
I have grown and learned so much about myself since I began seeing Susan Wills for counseling. She has helped me to make life goals and see them to fruition!
Read more I have grown and learned so much about myself since I began seeing Susan Wills for counseling. She has helped me to make life goals and see them to fruition!
Cedar Park Jan 2019
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★★★★★
Susan Wills is amazing 10/10 recommend!!!!
Cedar Park Jan 2019
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Cedar Park is located on Cypress Creek Road near S Bell Blvd and Cluck Creek Estates. We share a building with Pediatrician Christopher Ng and Pure Innate CBD.

Phone number

(512) 975-2978

Languages spoken by TX providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
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