Germantown, MD—Depression counselors and therapists

Germantown, MD—Depression Counselors and Therapists in Montgomery County

Thriveworks is built on the notion that everyone can benefit from working with a counselor, therapist, or life coach and improve their life through mental health help. It’s our mission to provide quality mental health services and help people just like you to live a happier, more successful life through this important work.

“Therapy is not about having someone take control of your life or ‘feeling good.’ Therapy is about learning to take control of your life and making changes.”

The therapists and psychologists at Thriveworks Germantown have devoted their lives to becoming experts in the mental health field. Their extensive schooling, training, and experience enables them to assist you in addressing and overcoming the challenges in your life, such as the debilitating symptoms of depression. You can find healing through depression counseling and work with one of our skilled, caring professionals at our Montgomery office. They’ll help you understand what is contributing to your depression and how you can better manage it moving forward.

What Is Depression? Am I Depressed?

Depression is a serious mental illness characterized by a down mood and loss of interest in daily activities—even those the individual used to enjoy. This is a common illness that 300 million people around the world are dealing with right now, according to the World Health Organization. These individuals can experience the following symptoms, in addition to a depressed mood and loss of interest in their day to day:

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Significant changes in weight or appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping (e.g., insomnia)
  • Loss of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of concentration
  • Poor decision-making
  • Suicidal thoughts or ideation

Symptoms vary from person to person, as does the severity of one’s depression. Fortunately, depression counseling is designed to be flexible. Your counselor will analyze your particular presentation before coming up with a treatment plan, of which might include weekly sessions with your counselor and/or medication. It all depends on your presentation of symptoms, your needs, and your goals for therapy.

How Can Depression Counseling Help?

As we just mentioned, depression counseling is often designed on an individual basis. In your first session, you’ll discuss your symptoms with your counselor, as well as what you would like to accomplish in counseling (if you have specific goals in mind). Then, they will design and put a plan a place for moving forward with your sessions.

That said, there are common themes and tools in depression counseling. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is often an effective approach, of which targets a person’s negative thoughts. The idea is that negative thoughts contribute to negative feelings and an overall unhappy life. Your therapist will help you identify these negative thoughts and adopt a more positive outlook. Here’s an example of how therapy can help someone with depression:

Jackie’s friends and family have noticed significant changes in Jackie’s behavior. She used to be the first person to plan fun weekend activities, but lately she hasn’t been up for socializing. She prefers to stay home and in bed. Also, she’s cut back on her work hours. When she started her job, she told her manager she wanted as many hours as possible—but now, she asks for the minimal. She doesn’t enjoy being at work anymore and can’t concentrate when she is there. Additionally, she hasn’t been eating or sleeping well. She says she has no appetite and can’t fall asleep at night.

After a few weeks of observing this behavior in Jackie, they recommend she meet with a counselor. Reluctant, Jackie agreed—but couldn’t be more thankful a month later. Her counselor diagnosed her with depression and then helped her feel happy again. This involved discussing problematic thoughts, practicing self-care, and reconfiguring her action plan when things don’t go her way. Her counselor assisted her throughout this entire process, and she still sees her once a month to make sure she stays on the right path.

Start Depression Counseling at Thriveworks Germantown, MD Today

If you think you might be depressed, consider working with a depression counselor or psychologist at Thriveworks Germantown today. The providers at Thriveworks are uniquely qualified to help you with this illness (as well as many other issues), as they possess critical skills, training, and experience.

To set up an appointment, all you have to do is give Thriveworks Germantown a call. A scheduling specialist will greet you and ask a few simple questions so that they can pair you with the right counselor. They’ll also work with you to set up an appointment at a convenient time for you. Keep in mind that we offer daytime, evening, weekday, and weekend sessions, to ensure that all of our clients get the help they need, when they need it. We look forward to meeting with you soon! 

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Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 20 5 1 20 reviews. See all reviews
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Knew how to see past the obvious

★★★★★
It's extremely difficult to confront yourself and take steps to change especially when you feel "comfortable" doing what you have been doing for sometime even, if your actions have resulted in symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Shani knows how to see past the obvious and get to the core of the issue empowering you to work through tough emotions. Shani does so in a very reassuring manner and calming tone. It's challenging work but Shani's knowledge of CBT techniques have delivered great results and relief from anxiety and depression.
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Counseling at it’s best

★★★★★
My wife and I have been having counseling sessions online (due to COVID) in Germantown. We counsel and get couples therapy from Janet Hawkins Pope. She is a well experienced and excellent counselor. We are very pleased with her. My wife and I highly recommend her not just for couples but for any type of counseling. The counseling sessions and the engagement has been very helpful to us and my family during these tough times.
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Extremely helpful

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I signed up with Thriveworks at the recommendation of my daughter. We have been thrown quite a few challenges the past few years and especially in recent months. On my first session with Janet I felt a warmth and a connection that usually takes much longer to achieve. She is open and friendly, encouraging and offers guidance. I find that I look forward to our sessions and reflect back on them as well. The additional resources that Janet has provided have been invaluable. I strongly encourage anyone having a tough time these days should reach out to Thriveworks Germantown.
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Janet

★★★★★
I started seeing Janet in February of this year while I was going through a difficult time in my life. The counseling she’s provided me has helped me tremendously in all aspects of my life including my marriage. Janet has played a big part of the growth in our marriage. Thank you Janet!!
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Janet Hawkins Pope LCSW

★★★★★
Janet is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful! She is extremely flexible and easy to reach. I look forward to speaking with her and have surely benefited from it. I have, and will continue to recommend Thriveworks and specifically Janet! Thank you for all of the hard work you put in for our benefit. I highly recommend Janet's services!
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Janet is Awesome!

★★★★★
My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Janet in our couples counseling. She has helped us improve our communication, problem-solve reoccurring problems and empowered us to work together as a team!
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Helpful

★★★★★
I had a few issues that I wanted to talk through, and Janet Hawkins Pope was a good ear and offered sage advice. I only needed four sessions, but that helped me find peace of mind and clarity on the issues that were bothering me. Thank you, Janet!
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Convenient & Helpful

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Thriveworks offers convenient virtual appointments without having to schedule weeks in advance. Janet has provided tools and guidance to help improve communication between my husband and I which has strengthened our relationship. I truly appreciate the work she continues to do with us.
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Johante is an excellent counselor

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Johante truly met my needs and exceeded my expectations of a counseling session. She is empathetic, understanding and consistently helps me feel grounded by the time our session is up. Johante knows how to provide a space where I feel comfortable and safe sharing some of my toughest thoughts and challenges. I often leave feeling this sense of clarity and even empowerment. I highly recommend Johante’s services.
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Johante

★★★★★
I would like to thank Johante for listening to all of my concerns and complaints, She is such a wonderful person to talk with. Johanté also gave really good advice. I am so pleased!
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Janet

★★★★★
Janet is amazing. I always look forward to our sessions and I always feel so much better after we talk. This is my first time ever doing therapy, and I wish I would’ve met Janet years ago.
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Janet

★★★★★
Janet is amazing. She has really helped my marriage.
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Work with couples

★★★★★
"We really appreciated Janet's help and think she saved our marriage"
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Ms.

★★★★★
Megan Mills is a terrific therapist. She is genuinely caring and knowledgeable. She is great to work with!
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Audrey

★★★★★
Audrey was great. I needed someone to talk to and she was perfect. I probably will not return right now, but I know that there is someone there to help if I need it.
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Skilled Therapist

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Having worked with Janet in the past, she brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, empathy, and care into all of the work she does. She always has the best interest of her clients in mind as well as the best avenue for treatment.
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The best

★★★★★
Elizabeth is truly one of the best therapies I’ve see. She helped me get through a confusing time in my life, and she helped me resolve a lot of negative noise and emotions. I liked that she gave me “homework” to do inbetween sessions. The homework allowed me to reassess my values and focus on positive thinking and emotions. The mind can be a very dark place. Seeing Elizabeth helped bring the light back in. 5 stars all around.
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Best Mental Health Clinic

★★★★★
I recent started receiving psychotherapy at Thriveworks and so far I am very pleased with everything. The facility is extremely clean, and they are very punctual. My therapist is knowledgeable and extremely professional. I would definitely recommend this facility to anyone who is looking for a great mental health clinic.
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Five Stars

★★★★★
Elizabeth is one of the best therapists I’ve been to. She helped me get through a difficult and confusing part of my life by talking with me and guiding me to workthrough my grief. She also gave me self love “homework” after each session. The homework helped me to re-evaluate my values and needs and that helped me implement what I needed to thrive. She offers a safe place to talk and unload with no judgment. Elizabeth truly cares about her clients success and well being, she helped catapult me into becoming a better version of my self. You can tell she truly cares about your success, she’s the best.
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Online Information incorrect

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Ive contacted customer service in regards to the incorrect information posted on the Germantown MD site page. You state that the self pay rate is $65 for anyone not using insurance but when making an appointment over the phone the pricing given was over $200 for initial appointments and over $100 for regular appointments. Im giving 1 star based on my over the phone customer service experience. This information should be updated to eliminate any confusion.
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  • 19805 Executive Park Cir,
    Germantown, MD 20874

  • Mon-Fri:7AM-12AM
    Saturday:7AM-6PM
    Sunday:8AM-5PM

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