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1,398 people sought depression counseling help at Media in the last year

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

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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Cigna | Evernorth, United Healthcare | Optum, +2 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +10 more

Congratulations on the decision to find a therapist to walk with you through one of the more difficult parts of being human.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Cigna | Evernorth, United Healthcare | Optum, +2 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +10 more

Therapy is an incredible journey of self-discovery and healing. It is my honor to be a part of your journey and support you in identifying and reachin... Therapy is an incredible journey of self-discovery and healing. It is my honor to be a part of your journey and support you in identifying and reaching all of your goals. Read more

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Addiction, Anxiety, Grief / Loss, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

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Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, +9 more

When life’s journey takes twists and turns, I believe that navigating the path with reflection, kindness and self-compassion makes all the differenc... When life’s journey takes twists and turns, I believe that navigating the path with reflection, kindness and self-compassion makes all the difference. Read more

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I would love to work with you to allow you to live a more meaningful and valuable life.

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I am here to guide you, listen to you, and be there for you on your journey to work on yourself and to help you learn new skills and ways to cope with... I am here to guide you, listen to you, and be there for you on your journey to work on yourself and to help you learn new skills and ways to cope with daily life stressors. Read more

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Aetna, Amerihealth Pennsylvania, Carelon, +24 more
Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Sexual Abuse, Bipolar Disorder, +7 more

Are you experiencing sadness, grief or anxiety? Do you experience emotional pain from the traumatic events in your life? If so, I can help.

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Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +22 more
Coping Skills, Addiction, Life Transition, Anxiety, Grief / Loss, +1 more

As a clinician, I strive to provide my clients with a warm and supportive atmosphere to learn, navigate, and grow.

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Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +25 more
LGBTQIA+, Stress, Women’s Issues, Addiction, Anxiety, +2 more

As a health provider and social justice advocate, my work is informed by providing a safe space for healing.

Hear from our clinicians

What is your go-to approach for depression counseling?

Evan: My go to approach for working with clients who are coping with depression is person centered techniques, dialectical behavior therapy techniques, behavior therapy techniques, and solution focused techniques. I find them helpful with teaching clients how to manage their symptoms effectively as well as helping clients feel that they are being supported.Depending on the age of the client, the parents may need to be involved so they learn how to best to support their child. I also encourage clients who are coping with depression to discuss the role of medication with a psychiatrist / nurse practitioner / primary care doctor as that may help improve life and make using the skills learned in therapy easier to use.

Andrew: My general approaches to addressing a client’s needs in therapy are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). CBT provides a more traditional approach for exploring the impact of thoughts on feelings and behaviors and working to process and manage those thoughts to reduce the impact on our decision-making. ACT utilized these skills and implements more mindfulness-based strategies to reduce experiential avoidance of uncomfortable emotions and focused on increasing values-based actions.

What tools do you teach in depression counseling?

Evan: When it comes to working on depression, I focus on teaching the following skills which may include:

  • Learning to identify triggers and bodily sensations that are associated with a depression attack.
  • Scaling the depression on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst depression ever. This also includes identifying steps the client can take to help themselves feel better to reduce the depression.
  • Prescribing the problem /Restricting the symptom: This is telling the person to allow themselves to be as depressed as they want for a set period of time each day and then ignoring it the rest of the day. A variation of this is setting aside a period of time each day that the person ignores the depression and engages in other activities instead of ruminating on how the client is feeling.
  • Identifying coping strategies to use when they feel depressed to help them manage their symptoms.
  • Happiness triggers: this is having environmental cues in the environment that can boost the client's mood. It can be pictures of their favorite vacation spot, favorite pictures, and being able to look at a bird feeder.
  • Communication skills: learning how to comm

Andrew: I assist clients in building the following skills to meet their treatment goals:

  • Emotional regulation techniques: To better manage physical symptoms of emotions to promote values-based action as opposed to emotional reaction. Examples include preventative strategies, physical coping skills, and grounding techniques.
  • Cognitive coping skills: To assist with managing automatic thoughts that impact our emotions and to process core beliefs that impact our perception of the world we interact with. Examples include diffusion and the use of a thought record.
  • Acceptance: Working with clients to identify what is outside of their control in the moment and working to shift focus to action on things that they can control.
  • Mindfulness: Helps a client to be better grounded in the present moment, build observation skills of clients' internal and external experiences, and move past their judgments to see things and situations as they are.
  • Communication skill: Promotes appropriate verbalization and reception of needs before they become larger issues.

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

Evan: I know therapy is progressing a positive direction in therapy when clients start to report a reduction in the intensity of their depression, and they report they are starting to effectively manage their symptoms when it is elevated.

Andrew: I know clients are making progress in therapy when they are less often moving away from uncomfortable situations and emotions and are more often moving toward their values and goals through actions. Clients are typically utilizing the skills learned in therapy outside of the therapy office to increase the likelihood of these values-based actions. Clients also tend to demonstrate a greater level of insight into their emotions and report a decreased impact of these emotions on their decision-making.

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

Evan: I encourage clients to spend their spare time practicing skills as well as tracking their mood to see if any patterns emerge.

Andrew: To supplement therapy, clients can practice and implement the skills learned in therapy in their day-to-day lives. It is also important to engage in preventative strategies, such as a regular sleep schedule, healthy diet, appropriate work-life balance, engagement with positive social support, and hobbies, as they can improve our overall emotional well-being throughout the day. While these are not possible all the time, the more we engage with them, the more benefits we receive from that action.

What should someone do to prepare for starting depression counseling?

Evan: To prepare for the initial session, clients can generate a list of challenges that they want to work on. I also encourage clients to come with an open mind as change takes time.

Andrew: To prepare for their first therapy session, all an individual needs to bring with them is an attitude that is honest and open to alternative perspectives, as well as a willingness to try the interventions suggested in the session. It also can be helpful to have a general idea of what the client’s goals for therapy may be. The client should be prepared to answer some general questions about themselves to give the therapist a clearer picture of who they are.

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 Media, PA 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 Media, PA 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?

“Do I have Depression?”

It’s normal to feel sad or even mildly depressed at times, particularly if it is in reaction to a difficult life situation, such as difficulties with a relationship, a significant loss, a life transition, or a professional or academic disappointment. However, when symptoms of intense sadness persist and begin to affect your ability to function at work, in school, or in other important areas of functioning, you could have clinical depression.

“What is Depression?”

According to the DSM-5, a manual used by Physicians and Mental Health Professionals to diagnose mental health disorders, you are experiencing a Depressive Episode and qualify for a diagnosis of Depression if you experience five (5) or more of the following symptoms for at least a two (2) week period:

  1. Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day. For example, feeling sad, empty, or hopeless, or others observing that you appear tearful. Adolescents may exhibit an irritable mood.
  2. Reduced interest or pleasure in most activities, most of the day, on an ongoing basis
  3. Decrease or increase in appetite, or weight loss or weight gain of at least 5% of body weight in a month, when not dieting or trying to lose or gain weight
  4. Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, restless sleep, or sleeping too much without feeling refreshed
  5. Psychomotor agitation or retardation, meaning a slowing down of cognitive functioning or speech, leading to difficulty carrying out normal daily tasks
  6. Fatigue or reduced energy nearly every day
  7. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
  8. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness
  9. Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide

“How do I get help?”

If you, or someone you love, is experiencing any of these symptoms Thriveworks Counseling and Life Coaching can help. At Thriveworks, qualified Licensed Therapists, Counselors, Psychologists, and Life Coaches with extensive training and experience are skilled in both diagnosing and treating individuals experiencing Depression and depressive symptoms.

First and foremost, Thriveworks clinicians truly care and take the time necessary to get to know and understand their clients. Thriveworks counselors are non-judgmental, non-critical, highly empathic, and very understanding. Once a problem has been determined, together the counselor will work with you to determine what is going on, what your goals are, and create a treatment plan together.

“What are the treatments?”

Commonly, treatment for Depression may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT for short, which is a type of talk therapy that can help you to understand the connection between your thoughts, feeling, physical sensations, and behaviors. CBT is all about recognizing that sometimes what we do in order to help ourselves feel better, can also be a part of what is keeping us stuck. CBT teaches you how to make changes in the way that you think and in your actions and behaviors, in order to improve the way that you feel. It is a collaborative approach and requires your active participation in order to be successful.

Treatment may also include exploring whether any past hurts, trauma, or un-met childhood needs may be affecting you and contributing to Depression. Through a trusting relationship with a highly skilled and experienced Thriveworks counselor, it may be possible for you to achieve a full recovery from Depression. You do not have to suffer alone or in silence. Thriveworks is here and we truly do care.

“How do I get a counseling appointment?”

We also know how difficult it can be to get an appointment with a qualified therapist who accepts your health insurance. At Thriveworks, we accept most major insurance plans and typically offer appointments within 24 hours of your initial call.

We are conveniently located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, at 600 N Jackson St, Suite 300, Media, PA, 19063, and are accessible by public transportation via SEPTA Regional Rail, Trolley, and bus. We also offer ample free parking.

Call 610-808-9923 to schedule an appointment, or fill out a contact form and we’ll call you!

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 Media therapists and counselors accept 40 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey

  • Amerihealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Media
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

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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.
Anonymous Thriveworks Client
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Media is located off of N Jackson St, and our building is in the center of Cooper St., W 6th St., W 7th St., and N Jackson St.

Phone number

(610) 557-1991

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • English
  • Japanese
  • Korean
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