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542 people sought anxiety & depression counseling help at Newark in the last year

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

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What is your go-to approach for anxiety/depression therapy?

Alexander: My go-to approach for treating anxiety is to empower you with the tools you need to manage your worries and feel more in control. We'll work together to identify the root causes of your anxiety and develop coping mechanisms that work for you. I find the most benefit in learning techniques like cognitive reframing to challenge negative thought patterns or mindfulness exercises to help you stay present and manage difficult emotions. My go-to approach for treating depression is to empower clients to build self-compassion and resilience. This includes validating their emotions and fostering self-acceptance. I find the best benefit in teaching techniques like mindfulness-based self-care and learning how to live in the present can be instrumental in managing difficult emotions in a healthy way. Additionally, teaching distress tolerance and cognitive reframing equips clients with tools to navigate negative thought patterns and cultivate a more positive outlook by learning how to look at different outcomes from multiple perspectives while challenging their own negative self-talk.

Manuel: My go-to approaches for helping people in anxiety and depression therapy are existential therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I find the benefit of existential therapy is that existential therapy focuses on free will, self-determination, and the search for meaning, which can help people confront the existential questions in life and find their own path. On the other hand, CBT is a more structured approach that helps people identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviors. It’s widely recognized for its effectiveness in treating a variety of conditions, including anxiety and depression.

What tools do you teach in anxiety/depression therapy?

Alexander: In anxiety therapy, we'll work to equip you with a toolbox to manage those worries that can feel overwhelming. One tool we might explore is called cognitive reframing. This helps you identify negative thought patterns that fuel your anxiety. Think of it like this: sometimes, our brains get stuck on a channel playing scary movies on repeat. Reframing helps us switch the channel. Another tool you might learn is mindfulness. These are exercises that help you stay present in the moment, rather than getting caught up in “what-ifs” about the future or dwelling on the past. We can also explore relaxation techniques like deep breathing, which can help calm your body and mind when anxiety strikes. Think of it as a handy stress-reduction button you can press whenever you need it. By learning these tools and practicing them regularly, you'll be better equipped to manage your anxiety and feel more in control of your emotions. I teach the following tools in depression counseling:

  • Mindfulness-based self-care: This involves practices like meditation and deep breathing to cultivate greater self-awareness and manage stress in a healthy way.
  • Distress tolerance: These are techniques to help you manage difficult emotions and urges in a healthy way, promoting emotional regulation.
  • Cognitive reframing: This skill helps you identify and challenge unhelpful thought patterns that contribute to negative emotions. You'll learn to develop more balanced and realistic perspectives on situations.
  • Radical acceptance: This teaches you to accept aspects of your life that are outside your control, such as past events or certain aspects of the present situation. This allows you to move forward without getting stuck in rumination or negativity.
  • Self-validation: This involves acknowledging and accepting your emotions as valid, without judgment. This fosters self-compassion and can be a powerful tool for managing difficult emotions.

Manuel: I teach the following tools in anxiety and depression therapy:

  • Cognitive defusion: This technique is used in cognitive therapies, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). It helps people become more flexible in their thinking, especially when their thoughts get in the way of enjoying life or living by their values.
  • Decatastrophizing: This is a cognitive restructuring technique used to reduce or challenge catastrophic thinking. It was coined by Albert Ellis who developed REBT, but as a technique, it is equally at home within a CBT model.
  • Self-care wheel: This is a comprehensive, sustainable, wide-ranging, six-dimensional well-being tool. It covers six major areas of our lives: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, personal, and professional.
  • DEAR MAN skills: This is a set of skills from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) that can help you communicate your needs effectively while allowing you to maintain your relationships.
  • SMART goals: SMART goals are an effective tool for goal-setting in therapy. By creating specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals, therapists can help clients achieve success and improve their lives.
  • Anchor memories: This technique involves establishing triggers for states and behavior. You can learn how to establish triggers for selected responses that are desired both in yourself and others.
  • Evidence-based thought challenging: This technique involves gathering evidence for and against the accuracy of our thoughts, much like in a court case. By gathering evidence both for and against the thought, we are able to assess whether the thought is realistic and/or helpful.
  • Positive thinking thought challenging: This technique is used to challenge negative automatic thoughts and replace them with positive ones. It’s based on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  • Cognitive restructuring thought challenging: Cognitive restructuring is a technique that helps people change the way they think. It is part of numerous types of psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Cognitive restructuring involves adjusting unhelpful beliefs by identifying and challenging them.
  • Mindfulness: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), is a modified form of cognitive therapy that incorporates mindfulness practices that include present moment awareness, meditation, and breathing exercises.

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

Alexander: Meaningful progress in anxiety therapy often becomes evident when clients demonstrate a shift in how they manage their worries. They begin to independently challenge negative thought patterns, a skill known as cognitive reframing. This allows them to view situations from a more balanced perspective, reducing anxiety's hold. Additionally, clients may stop ruminating on the past or dwelling on the future, choosing to focus on the present moment. This shift towards mindfulness fosters a sense of calm and control. Finally, accepting what's outside their control and focusing on what they can manage empowers clients to navigate challenges with greater ease. I know a client is making meaningful progress when working on their depression when clients start experiencing more positive emotions and a greater sense of hope in managing their condition. They may report feeling less overwhelmed by sadness or despair. They begin to re-engage in hobbies or activities they once enjoyed but had withdrawn from due to depression, showing a renewed interest in life. Clients will begin to demonstrate the ability to manage difficult emotions and situations more effectively using the tools learned in therapy. They might report better sleep patterns, increased energy levels, and a greater ability to take care of themselves. Finally, clients start to view themselves and their situations in more balanced and realistic ways, expressing a sense of empowerment and control over their lives.

Manuel: As a therapist, recognizing meaningful progress in anxiety therapy can be multifaceted and often depends on the client’s unique goals and circumstances. I know a client is making meaningful progress in anxiety therapy when there are:

  • Changes in thought patterns: Cognitive therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), aim to help clients identify and challenge unhelpful thought patterns. Progress might be seen in a client’s ability to recognize these patterns and use techniques to challenge them.
  • Improved self-awareness: Clients often gain a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as therapy progresses. They may start to notice patterns or triggers that they weren’t aware of before.
  • Behavioral changes: Clients may start to make different choices in their daily lives, such as employing new coping strategies during stressful situations or reaching out to their support network more often.
  • Achievement of therapy goals: Whether it’s improving relationships, reducing symptoms of anxiety or depression, or achieving other personal goals, progress can often be measured by how closely a client is meeting their therapy goals.
  • Improved quality of life: Ultimately, the goal of therapy is to improve the client’s quality of life. This could mean different things for different people, but it might include improved relationships, increased satisfaction with work or hobbies, or improved overall well-being.

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

Alexander: Clients can significantly boost their progress in anxiety therapy by actively practicing the tools learned in sessions between appointments. This could involve regularly challenging negative thoughts with reframing techniques or using mindfulness exercises to stay present and manage worries. Additionally, prioritizing a healthy lifestyle with enough sleep, nutritious meals, and regular exercise creates a strong foundation for managing anxiety. Taking an active role in your depression recovery journey is essential. This means regularly practicing the tools and strategies learned in therapy, even when motivation feels low. These skills, like mindfulness exercises or cognitive reframing, become your allies in managing difficult emotions. Remember, self-care is also key. Aim for a consistent sleep schedule, nutritious meals, and activities you can still enjoy, even if on a modified level. These healthy habits become the foundation for building resilience and managing your depression more effectively.

Manuel: Clients can supplement their time in anxiety therapy by consistently practicing the skills acquired during sessions, even outside of emotionally triggering situations. The principle of repetition serves as a fundamental mechanism for skill acquisition, and this holds true for mental health as well. Regular practice aids in the internalization of these skills, thereby enhancing their effectiveness and utility in managing mental health challenges.

What should someone do to prepare for starting anxiety/depression therapy?

Alexander: To prepare for your first anxiety or depression therapy session, take a deep breath and know this is a safe space to explore your worries. There's no pressure to have all the answers. Coming with an open mind and a willingness to participate is key. If you'd like, jot down some thoughts or questions beforehand about what's been causing you anxiety. This can help guide the conversation and get the most out of your first session.

Manuel: To prepare for your first anxiety or depression therapy session, you can:

  • Identify your goals: Think about what you want to achieve from therapy. It could be managing anxiety, improving relationships, or working through past trauma. Having a clear goal can help guide the therapy process.
  • Find a comfortable space: Choose a quiet, private space where you won’t be interrupted. This will help you focus on the session and speak freely about your feelings.
  • Test your tech: Make sure your internet connection is stable and your device is charged. Test your camera and microphone to ensure they’re working properly.
  • Prepare mentally: Take a few minutes before the session to calm your mind. Deep breathing or mindfulness exercises can help reduce any initial anxiety.
  • Have a backup plan: Technology can sometimes fail, so have a backup plan in place with your therapist. This could be switching to a phone call or rescheduling the session.
  • Be open and honest: The more honest you are, the more you’ll benefit from therapy. Remember, I am here to offer help, not to judge.

Starting Anxiety & depression counseling

What is anxiety & depression counseling?

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

Need more help deciding?

Depression and anxiety can strike anyone—regardless of age, race, socio-economic status, or gender. The 2010 Academy Award winning movie, The King’s Speech, chronicles how anxiety can even plague one of the most powerful men in the world. King George IV’s anxiety manifested in the form of a speech impediment. One of the many reasons for the movie’s success may be that approximately 40 million average, normal people in America also suffer from anxiety. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses. King George IV’s story gave people a peek into what it looks like to struggle, reach out for help, and overcome that anxiety.

In a particularly moving scene, the king is working with a therapist who asked, “why should I spend my time listening?” Yelling his response, King George says, “because I have a voice.” Smiling, the therapist responds, “Yes, you do.” The king found his voice in more ways than one. His speech impediment faded, but he also gained the confidence and skills to overcome anxiety that had plagued him since he was a child. The movie inspired many people and showed how healing can take place.

Just as anxiety kept the king from fulfilling his duties, so anxiety and depression keep many people from living the lives they want to lead. As many as 15 percent of adults in the US will struggle with depression at some point in their lives, and the numbers are higher for anxiety: 25 percent. The mental health professionals at Thriveworks Newark Counseling understand the obstacles that anxiety and depression throw into people’s lives. We also know what the path toward healing and growth looks like. We have walked step-by-step with many clients as they found the right treatment options for them.

What Are Anxiety and Depression?

Many stereotypes minimize anxiety and depression as the jitters or the blues, but the truth is that they are serious mental illnesses. People who are afflicted with them often struggle to carry on with their normal lives as they can make work and home life immensely difficult. The following are just a few of the ways anxiety and depression can manifest, making life harder.

“I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.”
– Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

Depression is not a singular diagnosis. It comes in a variety of forms, including…

  1. Major Depressive Disorder – This illness is what most people simply call depression. It includes difficult and dark emotions like despair, emptiness, hopelessness, and sadness. People often experience changes in their appetite. They may want to eat all the time or have difficulty eating. They may also experience sleep disruptions like hypersomnia or insomnia. In many cases, Major Depressive Disorder causes thoughts of suicide or death. These symptoms will persist for at least two weeks, but they can last for longer.
  2. Postpartum Depression – Depression can strike expecting and new mothers in the form of Postpartum Depression. The symptoms of Postpartum Depression usually show themselves during the pregnancy’s last trimester or within four weeks of the birth. Those symptoms include Major Depressive Disorder’s symptoms with a few additions. Often, a mother who is experiencing Postpartum Depression will fear being alone with the baby, be unable to care for the baby or herself, experience negative emotions about the baby, consider harming the baby, worry incessantly about the baby, or even ignore the baby.

“A crust eaten in peace is better than
a banquet partaken in anxiety.” —Aesop

Anxiety, as with depression, has many different forms that can be displayed in people’s lives, including…

  • Panic Disorder – Some people experience anxiety as a panic attack where they may feel like they are dying. A panic attack can arise without warning, and it often lasts several minutes before subsiding. During the attack, people’s hearts may race, they may experience abdominal pain, their limbs may feel numb, or they may feel chilly or hot. When these attacks are recurring, they may be Panic Disorder.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder – Social interactions can fill certain people with extreme fear and worry. When people struggle with Social Anxiety Disorder, they often feel embarrassed and judged. They may avoid any social interactions. They often avoid meeting new people.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Traumatic events are not always resolves, and the effects of trauma can linger in a person’s life. In these cases, people may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. They may experience flashback and nightmares where they relive the events. They may also continue to feel the stress from the event.

Appointments at Thriveworks Newark for Depression or Anxiety

If you recognized any of the signs of anxiety or depression, it may be time to reach out to a mental health professional for help. What is happening in your life right now? Is it time to reach out? Thriveworks Newark is ready to help. We have worked with many clients are battling anxiety and depression, and helped them find the treatment they needed.

When you call our office, know that you will not be put on a waitlist, but many new clients have their first appointment within 24 hours. We accept many forms of insurance, and we offer weekend and evening session.

Let’s work together. Contact Thriveworks Newark today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Newark therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • EmblemHealth

  • First Health Network

  • Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey | BCBS

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Self-pay costs at Newark
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Talk therapy

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Psychiatry

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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.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Newark is located off of Chestnut St, just west of Independence Park. Our building is neighbored by No Pão at Café Caffé and Ibituruna Insurance Agency, and is across the street from Maria’s. Parking is available on the west side of the building, and the closest bus stop is Pacific St. at Chestnut St.

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(862) 500-4813

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