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Caitlin Opland

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What is your go-to approach for depression counseling?

I typically utilize cognitive behavioral approaches with my clients to encourage them to see that they have learned experiences that can carry them through negative thoughts or situations and bring them into positive transitions and adjustments that life may present. The way I assist clients is through encouragement and motivational interviewing techniques which help them see their achievements and build confidence. Over time, people begin to learn that unhelpful behaviors, thoughts, and beliefs can change with practice. They begin to gain control and appreciate the outcome.

What tools do you teach in depression counseling?

I generally teach people to make thought records to show their patterns and how they differentiate from feelings and emotions. Once they can see how they can pull them apart, they may start to gain that control factor we all crave at times. Replacing the unhelpful behaviors/thoughts or feelings/emotions can slowly rebuild that confidence in someone. Perspective and awareness are huge tools in depression therapy, so making sure people can recognize their triggers (behaviors/topics) and warning signs (physical-body reactions) to that trigger is often an important tool, as well. I also teach clients positive coping skills like mindfulness practices, including progressive muscle relaxation, breathing skills, and journaling topics.

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

When clients begin to show progress in session, they typically start saying, “I have had 4 good days, and 3 okay days.” They will start by listing their “wins” for the week. Clients will start learning from their negative experiences and how resilient they have been through them. They start to recognize how their behavior has changed outside of therapy; ultimately, they smile, and say “I am so proud of myself.”

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

In a first session with a client, I am upfront with them about the “work” therapy truly is. One hour a week in-session isn't enough to make the progress they truly desire. I always recommend finding a journal or a notebook to jot down thoughts, feelings, and strong emotions that may come up between sessions. I often encourage this so they have a safe place to put these if people become overwhelmed. I also encourage plenty of sleep and healthy eating habits. I always offer extra writing prompts, as well. For some clients, writing doesn't feel right to them, and that's okay. For some, I ask they do some positive self-talk, go for 5-minute walks for self-reflection each day, do mindful relaxation breathing, use their support system for positive engagement, and certainly reach out to a psychiatric NP or PsyD if more is needed.

What should someone do to prepare for starting depression counseling?

If someone is hesitant to come to their first depression counseling session, I would tell them that it is completely common. That our job as therapists is to make you feel safe and welcome to share whatever you feel comfortable telling in that space the first time. Know that we will never judge you for how you feel or what you want to share. It is very common for people to fear judgment, but our role is to only encourage your healing journey and offer a safe place for perspective if needed.

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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 Littleton, CO 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 Littleton, CO 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 attend depression therapy sessions?

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?

The philosopher Atticus once stated, “Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.” Depression is such a powerful mood disorder precisely because it can dull a person’s entire reality. Your world can go from color to black and white from one week to the next. Relationships and occupations that used to be energizing now feel too taxing to maintain. Just getting out of bed can be a struggle. It’s an awful place to be, but there is help available.

Thriveworks depression counselors in Littleton, CO can treat everything from mild depression to severe symptoms. They do so with unbiased compassion and expertise, helping people return to the reality they love. Reach out today to schedule your first depression therapy session with one of our compassionate counselors.

What Is a Mood Disorder?

A person with a mood disorder experiences impairment in their life due to sudden or prolonged changes in their mood. Let’s be clear: It’s normal to feel down or depressed if you’re grieving a loss or your external circumstances cause sadness. But if there’s no specific reason for your suffering–if the shift in mood seems inexplicable–then you might be experiencing a mood disorder like one of the following:

  • Bipolar affective disorder (manic depression)
  • Type II bipolar disorder
  • Major depressive disorder 
  • Persistent depressive disorder (PDD), aka dysthymia (depression that lasts longer than two years)
  • Mood disorder linked to a medical condition, like cancer or infection
  • Substance-induced mood disorder

What Are the Symptoms of Major Depression?

It often seems obvious when someone is depressed. You can just sense their downcast mood, low energy, and sad affect. They might seem withdrawn, negative, generally unhappy. But psychiatrists and other trained professionals at Thriveworks in Littleton, CO look for these specific criteria when they diagnose depression:

  • Lasting depressed mood (persistent sadness lasting longer than two weeks)
  • Anhedonia (lack of interest or pleasure in things you used to enjoy)
  • Overwhelming guilty or worthless feelings 
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Changes in libido (sex drive)
  • Appetite changes and accompanying weight loss or gain
  • Irritability (seen more often in men)
  • Substance abuse as self-medication
  • Isolation 
  • Diminished energy levels in thought and action (psychomotor retardation)
  • Accelerated energy levels in thought and action (psychomotor agitation) 
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much 
  • Job loss or financial difficulties
  • Damage to intimate relationships
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Physical pain

How Do You Treat Depression?

There are a number of effective ways to treat depression. Depression specialists at Thriveworks in Littleton, CO might tackle the mood disorder on a number of different fronts. Some potential treatments include the following:

  • Psychotherapy approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Antidepressant medications like SSRIs
  • Lifestyle adjustments in diet and exercise
  • Relationship counseling
  • Family therapy

Find Depression Relief with Counseling at Thriveworks in Littleton, CO

If you want to find a therapist who is compassionate, qualified, and experienced in treating depression, call Thriveworks in Littleton, CO. Our fully licensed providers offer talk therapy, medication management, and other interventions that can get clients on the road to recovery. Thriveworks therapists also offer online counseling sessions as well as in-person therapy sessions, so clients can choose a mode of meeting that’s most convenient for them. Thriveworks also accepts most health insurance coverage, helping to keep mental health care affordable to all who need it. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of depression and want to feel in control of your mood again, reach out to Thriveworks today and you can meet with a mental health professional as early as this week. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Littleton therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | GHI BMP

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado Medicare Advantage

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | PPO - HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Littleton
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

4.9 Thriveworks Littleton reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Fantastic practice with great therapist! The office is warm, inviting, and comfortable. I have worked with Jay, off and on, for a few years now. I have received great guidance and a wealth of tools to help navigate life. Would certainly recommend this practice!
Read more Fantastic practice with great therapist! The office is warm, inviting, and comfortable. I have worked with Jay, off and on, for a few years now. I have received great guidance and a wealth of tools to help navigate life. Would certainly recommend this practice!
Littleton Oct 2019
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★★★★★
Great place!!
Littleton Aug 2018
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★★★★★
Thanks for all the great books to check out.
Littleton Jul 2018
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★★★★★
Great place & a very calm environment.
Littleton Jul 2018
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★★★★★
Found this office and Stacey in my Cigna network and couldn’t be more impressed!!
Littleton Jul 2018
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★★★★★
Very friendly and calming! I was very nervous but she made me feel right at home!
Littleton Jun 2018
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★★★★
My therapist is great. The office staff rubbed me the wrong way, but I don’t have to communicate with t hwm as much so it’s ok.
Read more My therapist is great. The office staff rubbed me the wrong way, but I don’t have to communicate with t hwm as much so it’s ok.
Littleton Jun 2018
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★★★★★
Professional, caring, and supportive. Very pleased with my experience here.
Littleton Jun 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Littleton is located off of W Cross Dr., near Southwest Plaza We are near other major health centers including Centura Health, and we share a building with Integrated Physical Therapy of Colorado.

Phone number

(720) 358-7560

Languages spoken by CO providers

  • English
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