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3,144 people sought anxiety & depression counseling help at Durham in the last year

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As a queer woman and North Carolina native, I understand the unique challenges and resiliency in recognizing and living your true identity.

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As a woman of color with a background in trauma, I understand that when people face trauma and loss, it can feel like their lives are coming undone.

Laura Harris

Hear from Laura Harris, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

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What is your go-to approach for anxiety therapy?

My go-to approach for treating anxiety is increasing one’s ability to cope and de-catastrophizing. I find the best benefit in this approach because anxiety is maintained by the expectation that something unbearably bad will occur and when it does you will be unable to handle it.

What tools do you teach in anxiety therapy?

I teach the following skills in anxiety therapy:

  • Self-care Skills: Techniques to attend to one’s wellbeing. This can include physical, emotional and mental techniques
  • Skills: Techniques to calm one’s mind and body by decreasing tension
  • Coping skills: Strategies to help deal with an issues that bring out negative feelings
  • Assertiveness Skills: Strategies to express positive and negative, thoughts and feelings clearly and appropriately
  • Problem Solving skills: Creative thinking and reasoning to reach a conclusion
  • Anger management Skills: Techniques to express anger in an appropriate way
  • Conflict Resolution Skills: Strategies to lower friction between

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in anxiety therapy?

I know a client is making meaningful progress anxiety therapy when they are moving closer to their goal. Therapists generally rely on SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Limited) goals. By identifying what needs to occur to know that a goal is being met (specific and measurable), we can better gauge progress!

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement anxiety therapy?

Clients can supplement their time in anxiety therapy with practicing skills learned in therapy, ensuring that their therapeutic goals align with area of need, complete homework assignments, identify and provide topics for session, identify and disclose meaningful events and if unsure asking.

What should someone do to prepare for starting anxiety therapy?

To prepare for your first anxiety therapy session, you can schedule your appointment at a time when you will not be interrupted. Prepare for your appointment by finishing paperwork in advance, familiarizing yourself with the virtual or physical location, and taking a notebook and writing device for note taking. Plan to discuss your current issue, history and goals. Try to be as transparent when discussing intention and issues and ask questions on things you are unsure about.

Starting Anxiety & depression counseling

What is Anxiety & depression counseling?

Anxiety & depression counseling from our therapists at Thriveworks in Durham, NC can help people better understand and manage their symptoms. If you are struggling with regular anxious and/or depressive thoughts and feelings that are affecting your day-to-day life or you suspect that you have an anxiety or depressive disorder, you should seek professional help. The therapists at Thriveworks can develop a treatment plan that will help you better manage your anxiety and/or depression.

How does Anxiety & depression counseling work?

Anxiety & depression counseling from our therapists in Durham involves talking to a therapist about symptoms, potential causes, and more. Your therapist will then work with you to determine where your anxiety and/or depression might stem from and teach you effective coping mechanisms.

Is Anxiety & depression counseling conducted in person or online?

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

How long does Anxiety & depression counseling last?

Anxiety & depression counseling from Thriveworks Durham therapists can last for a few weeks, months ,or longer, dependent on the severity of one's anxiety as well as their needs and preferences.

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Depression and Anxiety Therapy in Durham, NC

Causes of depression and anxiety are diverse and complex. However, an imbalance of chemicals in the brain is found to be the primary driver of the symptoms in people affected by these conditions. The composition of these chemicals can be altered by external factors – the root cause is, therefore, often an external event that has an effect on the balance of chemicals in the brain.

These external stimuli often include traumatic events experienced by an individual in the past. Abuse in childhood, the death of a loved one, or losing one’s job are common examples. Anxiety disorders are particularly linked to stress, in all its variety of forms.

Signs and Symptoms

The feeling of intense emotions that fade over time is a normal response to traumatic events. In the case of depression and anxiety, a number of differences occur – the emotions are often far more intense and do not dissipate over time. They are experienced much more intensely than what is considered a normal response.

Some of the most common symptoms include:

Anxiety:

  • Restlessness
  • Lack of sleep
  • Heart palpitations
  • Constant worry

Depression:

  • Intense emotions
  • Unusually persistent emotions
  • Lethargy

Treatment

Treating disorders such as depression and anxiety is a complex process. There are a number of different methods of treatment and a combination of all of them is often the best answer. Lifestyle interventions such as improved nutrition and exercise are often effective at reducing the symptoms.

Ian Esmay, LCMHC, a therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Durham, NC—specializing in marriage, family, trauma, anxiety, and depression—says that practicing deep breathing is a common way to reduce your fight-or-flight response. But, one of the best ways to cope with your anxiety is through therapy. “It is important to remember that anxiety is a normal part of everyday life. Therapy is not only for people with anxiety disorders, but for anyone who wants to find ways to cope with and reduce their anxiety levels.”

In a similar vein, medical interventions such as anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication also provide the benefit of greatly reduced symptoms. The problem, however, is that neither of the above interventions addresses the root cause.

This is where talk-based therapy methods such as the counseling services provided by Thriveworks Counseling in Durham, NC come into play. Our expert counselors and psychologists will guide you through the rehabilitation process to find the root cause of your problems. Call us now to arrange your introductory session.

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 Durham therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Durham
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

4.8 Thriveworks Durham reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Mindi Perry has extensive education, experience, techniques, etc. Mindi was my supervisor a few years ago. She would help me as we did Family Therapy and I was learning from her. I never left a session without being amazed. She cares deeply for the well-being of others, she does not judge, and she is the best listener I have ever met! She is truly authentic and genuine which is why you will feel completely at ease within moments of meeting her. She’s kind and funny but not at anyone’s expense. Simply put, she’s just a great human. You will be glad you have her in your corner.
Read more Mindi Perry has extensive education, experience, techniques, etc. Mindi was my supervisor a few years ago. She would help me as we did Family Therapy and I was learning from her. I never left a session without being amazed. She cares deeply for the well-being of others, she does not judge, and she is the best listener I have ever met! She is truly authentic and genuine which is why you will feel completely at ease within moments of meeting her. She’s kind and funny but not at anyone’s expense. Simply put, she’s just a great human. You will be glad you have her in your corner.
Durham Nov 2021
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★★★★★
I worked with Abena Bediako as a Victim Advocate when she was the contract CIT clinician at our local police department. She is very knowledgeable in every aspect of therapy and crisis intervention. She is tremendously receptive to your needs and ideas, and always provides great insights when problem solving. Abena is very easy to work with and always encouraged my creativity in developing community outreach projects that addressed the needs of special populations within our community. Abena is a wonderful person to work with and makes you comfortable in addressing problems by encouraging you to be part of the solution.
Read more I worked with Abena Bediako as a Victim Advocate when she was the contract CIT clinician at our local police department. She is very knowledgeable in every aspect of therapy and crisis intervention. She is tremendously receptive to your needs and ideas, and always provides great insights when problem solving. Abena is very easy to work with and always encouraged my creativity in developing community outreach projects that addressed the needs of special populations within our community. Abena is a wonderful person to work with and makes you comfortable in addressing problems by encouraging you to be part of the solution.
Durham Sep 2021
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★★★★★
Madina has been so helpful to me in working through anxiety! She’s very straightforward, and has allowed me to see patterns that have really impacted how I’m living in the world, and to start to challenge them. I can honestly say that I have changed more in the year I’ve been seeing her than in decades of previous therapy experiences. She is an exceptional mental health professional!
Read more Madina has been so helpful to me in working through anxiety! She’s very straightforward, and has allowed me to see patterns that have really impacted how I’m living in the world, and to start to challenge them. I can honestly say that I have changed more in the year I’ve been seeing her than in decades of previous therapy experiences. She is an exceptional mental health professional!
Durham Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Anthony has been the most helpful counselor I’ve met. I’d definitely refer friends and family to him.
Read more Anthony has been the most helpful counselor I’ve met. I’d definitely refer friends and family to him.
Durham Dec 2019
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★★★★★
Dr. Lundy proved to be everything I had heard about her abilities to connect, relate and counsel individuals who had been broken during life's journey. She maintained her professionalism throughout our sessions even when I was a total wreck. She was a Godsend and I thank her for all she has done to help me.
Read more Dr. Lundy proved to be everything I had heard about her abilities to connect, relate and counsel individuals who had been broken during life's journey. She maintained her professionalism throughout our sessions even when I was a total wreck. She was a Godsend and I thank her for all she has done to help me.
Durham Sep 2019
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★★★★★
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have had the pleasure of working alongside Giles Christman. Giles is an outstanding therapist, which his clients can attest to- but what I'd like to provide feedback on is what clients don't see. Giles goes above and beyond to identify resources for each client's need(s), including assisting the client in overcoming any barriers in accessing those resources. Giles exemplifies a holistic, compassionate therapist- I highly recommend him to assist you on your wellness journey.
Read more I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have had the pleasure of working alongside Giles Christman. Giles is an outstanding therapist, which his clients can attest to- but what I'd like to provide feedback on is what clients don't see. Giles goes above and beyond to identify resources for each client's need(s), including assisting the client in overcoming any barriers in accessing those resources. Giles exemplifies a holistic, compassionate therapist- I highly recommend him to assist you on your wellness journey.
Durham Sep 2019
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★★★★★
I have been speaking with Dulcie for a few months now and i have found her advice and coaching to be extremely helpful. Since I have started working with Dulcie i have found myself to be able to identify situations and reasonably work through them in a better manner. I would recommend her services to anyone in need of life guidance.
Read more I have been speaking with Dulcie for a few months now and i have found her advice and coaching to be extremely helpful. Since I have started working with Dulcie i have found myself to be able to identify situations and reasonably work through them in a better manner. I would recommend her services to anyone in need of life guidance.
Durham Jul 2019
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★★★★★
"Dr. Dee" listened and helped me through what I felt was the most difficult time in my life...divorce. Her guidance and words of encouragement inspired me to continue to be strong and move forward. Thanks for much Dr. Dee!
Read more "Dr. Dee" listened and helped me through what I felt was the most difficult time in my life...divorce. Her guidance and words of encouragement inspired me to continue to be strong and move forward. Thanks for much Dr. Dee!
Durham Jul 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Durham is located off Fayetteville Road, in the Sutton Station shopping center, next to Regional Pediatrics. We currently share a building with Nantucket Grill and Bela Trio Day Spa. Parking is located in front of the building and around the complex.

Phone number

(919) 642-4903

Languages spoken by NC providers

  • English
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