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Stress, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, Sleep / Insomnia, +4 more

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Stress, Bipolar Disorder, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, Sleep / Insomnia, Anxiety, +2 more

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

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I am a down to earth, bare bones counselor. I have a straight forward, no nonsense approach to therapy.

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I understand firsthand how navigating through life challenges can be difficult. Are you stressed, anxious, depressed, feeling overwhelmed or your medi... I understand firsthand how navigating through life challenges can be difficult. Are you stressed, anxious, depressed, feeling overwhelmed or your medications are not working? I can help! Read more

Alejandra Galindo

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What is your go-to approach for depression counseling?

My go-to approach for treating depression is an eclectic approach. I find the best benefit in an eclectic approach is the flexibility it provides me to adjust to each individual client’s needs. Each person has a unique experience, and upbringing, which can change the level of depression a person is experiencing. I pull tools from CBT, DBT, TF-CBT, Positive Psychology, Trauma Informed Care, and Solution Focused therapies to help clients navigate depression.

What tools do you teach in depression counseling?

I teach the following tools in depression counseling:

  • Emotion regulation and distress tolerance via mindfulness practice, videos, and worksheets. I work with clients to attune to their bodies physically, emotionally, and mentally so they can build insight and confidence in being able to redirect symptoms.
  • Self-harm and suicidal ideation prevention plans
  • Self-care tools to reinforce emotion regulation skills.
  • Cognitive challenging/reframing/refocusing via the use of cognitive triangles and understanding unhelpful thinking patterns. I encourage clients to use worksheets/ handouts to practice their skills daily and build new habits.
  • Exploration of personal values, where they come from, and how it impacts their daily lives.
  • Healthy communication skills to create positive/supportive relationships, how to advocate for needs, and conflict management skills.
  • Healthy boundary setting skills that fit within the client’s personal values to gain confidence in navigating anxiety.
  • Positive self-affirmation to improve self-worth and confidence.

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 can report reduced symptoms, and express confidence in being able to navigate their depression, unhelpful thinking patterns, and reactions during times of distress. I also look for a client’s understanding and knowledge of the skills being used. If a client can demonstrate and teach the skill in session, and report felt personal balance or achievement towards their goals, the client is making meaningful progress. A client can also make meaningful progress by demonstrating vulnerability, and openness to explore their own life (history, personal reactions, etc.) and how it relates to their depression. Reduce urges to self-harm, or reduction in suicidal ideation can also be a measurement of progress.

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

Clients can supplement their time in depression counseling with daily skills practice, or reflections. I try to make a habit of giving my clients small, manageable tasks to practice each day. I spend time with my clients to build these tasks into their current habits or routines to help establish a new pattern/ healthy habit.

What should someone do to prepare for starting depression counseling?

A first session can come with so many different emotions. In the first session, I will ask about a lot of different areas in a person’s life to get to know them and understand how they view the world and others around them. It’s important to share as much information as honestly as possible, but my first priority will always be my client’s safety and comfort level. If I ask a tough question, I don’t expect anyone to share every detail- just what they are willing and able to. I encourage my clients to always ask me questions in return because I want my clients to get to know me and feel safe/comfortable. Therapy is most effective when a person can connect with their therapist. You can prepare for therapy further by thinking about your top 2-3 goals, or what it is that you hope to gain from therapy. This helps me to create a more effective approach that fits your needs.

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 Houston, 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 Houston, 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.

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For some people, the simple act of smiling can be arduous. The effort just to “turn that frown upside down” can be as challenging as climbing a mountain. Some people with depression can do it, but the smile they show on the outside masks real feelings of anguish and despair they feel on the inside.

Depression has a way of sucking the joy out of the world. It can turn everyday activities, such as work, cooking, social interactions, and sleeping into tiring, pointless exercises. It can make every single part of one’s day unenjoyable. 

Fortunately, depression is a treatable condition. If you’re experiencing depressive thoughts or feelings, please consider reaching out for help and talk with one of our professionally trained therapists at Thriveworks in Houston, TX.

What Does Depression Feel Like?

Depression can cause severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and carry out your daily life. Some forms of depression are different and affect people in different ways. Symptoms might include:

  • Feeling worthless
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Lack of focus
  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Disinterest
  • Having difficulty sleeping

The examples mentioned above are common depression symptoms, but they don’t cover everything. If you have different symptoms, a trained professional can help provide you with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Let’s now turn to look at a few simple ways you can manage your depression symptoms today.

Tips to Help You Cope with Depression

As discussed, speaking with a therapist is a beneficial first start if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms. There are also several coping skills you can apply. Read the list below, and see if you can put any of these skills into practice today:

    1. Proper nutrition: We should all strive to eat nutritious and balanced meals. Adequate nutrition is especially crucial for those with depression. A healthy diet can provide many positive impacts on our mental health. Stick to healthy options like fruits and vegetables, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and avoid sweets and processed foods. 
    2. Sleep: More than just the act of sleeping – try to get into a routine of healthy sleeping habits and patterns. Ensure your room and bed are comfortable, have a wind-down practice, and stay off electronic devices at least an hour before going to bed. Bonus tip: get in bed when you’re sleepy, not when you’re tired; this will train your brain to associate your bed with sleep.
    3. Mindfulness: This is the practice of being in the moment. Depression can often put us in a “time machine,” where we’re rehashing past setbacks or worrying about the future. By living in the moment, we stay grounded and focused on what’s right in front of us. In the present, we also free ourselves from negative thoughts and feelings and stay focused on enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

Scheduling Therapy at Thriveworks in Houston, TX


At Thriveworks, we believe that everyone can benefit from counseling with a skilled and caring professional. Our counseling is a flexible and convenient way to receive treatment for depression. 

You don’t have to tackle this alone. Thriveworks counselors are leaders in their field, ready to work with you. To schedule an appointment, you can call our Houston, TX office today. We often have appointments available within 24 hours.

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 Houston therapists and counselors accept 42 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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Talk therapy

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Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

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$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
Read more Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Houston is located off Allen Pkwy at the intersection of Rosine St and D’Amico St. We currently share the building with URBN Dental Montrose. Across the street you will find The Gordy Theater Company and Stages parking garage.

Phone number

(281) 789-6829

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