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11,186 people sought depression counseling help in California in the last year

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

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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 Palo Alto, CA 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 Palo Alto, CA 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?

Working with a mental health professional can help people with depression manage their symptoms and live their best life. If you’re dealing with depression like Jack, the mental health professionals at Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA are here to help. Call our office today or use our online scheduling tool to get started.

Signs of Depression

Depression can look different for everyone, but some signs are more common than others. Some signs that you might be dealing with depression include:

  • Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
  • Self-blame and guilt
  • Changes in appetite and sleeping patterns
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship problems
  • Decreased energy
  • Trouble concentrating and making decisions
  • Heightened sensitivity to failure or rejection
  • Thoughts of death, suicide, and self-harm

Common Depressive Disorders

There are different forms of depression, categorized by the type of symptoms you experience, when you experience these symptoms, and for how long you experience these symptoms. Some of these forms include:

  • Major depressive disorder: Major depressive disorder is characterized by a depressed mood and a significant loss of interest in activities, typically for a period of time longer than two weeks.
  • Persistent depressive disorder: This describes when you experience depression symptoms regularly for two years or more.
  • Postpartum depression: New mothers can experience this disorder which can include symptoms such as mood swings, crying spells, difficulty sleeping, or anxiety for two weeks or more.

How Therapy Can Help With Treating Depression

Working with a therapist or counselor can help you manage and cope with the symptoms of your depression. Diagnosing the disorder early can help in combating and alleviating the severity of depression symptoms. However, this doesn’t mean that people with long-term untreated depression should despair. Working with a mental health professional can help people with depression no matter how long they’ve dealt with the disorder.

One of the most common types of therapy for depression is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT helps people learn to rethink distorted thought patterns and beliefs about themselves, other people, and the world around them. Learning how to change these thought patterns can have a major impact on a person’s life.

Meet With a Therapist or Counselor at Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA

If you’re tired of dealing with depression, consider scheduling an appointment with us at Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA. Our mental health professionals can help you manage your depression and live a happier, healthier life.

When you call or click today, you can set up an in-person or online session with one of our expert providers — new clients are often seen as soon as the same week. We also accept most forms of insurance and offer affordable self-pay rates.

Call us today or use our online appointment scheduling tool if you think you could benefit from working with a mental health professional.

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 Palo Alto therapists and counselors accept 18 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan Medicare Advantage

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Magellan

  • Medicare CA

  • MHN

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Palo Alto is in the same building as Integrated Health Care, Bookshare, Heshmat Pain Management, Rea Laidler Chiropractor, Benetech, and Forbes Marshall Inc. On the other side of the building is New Mayfield Lane, and a parking garage. Nearby is Jin Sho, Terun, and Backyard Brew restaurants, as well as La Bodeguita del Medoi, Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels, Ramen Kowa, and Kali Greek Kitchen.

Phone number

(650) 885-9469

Languages spoken by CA providers

  • English
  • Tagalog
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