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560 people sought depression counseling help at Portage in the last year

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

Meet with a provider as soon as this week

7 therapists available at Portage
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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +19 more
Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Self Harm, Domestic Abuse, LGBTQIA+, +19 more

As an identified woman of color, I understand that there are many challenges that people face. I will utilize any resources necessary to improve the m... As an identified woman of color, I understand that there are many challenges that people face. I will utilize any resources necessary to improve the mental health and quality of my clients' lives. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +23 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, +9 more

My aim is to offer you a therapeutic alliance through which you can heal from past wounds and embrace imperfections so that you may cultivate and enri... My aim is to offer you a therapeutic alliance through which you can heal from past wounds and embrace imperfections so that you may cultivate and enrich the best aspects of you. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +24 more
Military / Veteran, Stress, Women’s Issues, ADHD, Sexual Abuse, +8 more

As a female Veteran who has worked in mental health over 13 years, I understand the vast spectrum of life experiences that challenge clients.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +19 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, +12 more

As the wife of a United States Marine, and the daughter of parents who fostered teenage girls, I am able to understand the struggles of trauma/PTSD, a... As the wife of a United States Marine, and the daughter of parents who fostered teenage girls, I am able to understand the struggles of trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression and self-doubt. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +19 more
Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, Anxiety, +1 more

My goal is meet you with compassion and understanding while helping you to challenge negative thinking and behavior.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO), +19 more
Domestic Abuse, Anger, Women’s Issues, Sexual Abuse, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, +4 more

My passion is to help people feel heard and empowered to live their best lives.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +18 more
Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, Stress, +10 more

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 Portage, MI 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 Portage, MI 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.

Need more help deciding?

Living with Depression

It’s not uncommon to hear someone comment that they are “depressed.” And while indeed they may be, what they are often really referring to are feelings of “bleh” or vague sadness after a rough day or week. Those feelings are normal. Stressful events definitely take their toll; our increasingly busy schedules and the resulting lack of downtime are difficult on the psyche.

But a bad day isn’t depression. Depression lingers. It eats into the ability to enjoy everyday life, and it causes the person suffering to struggle with finding pleasure in moments that would, in other circumstances, be pleasant and happy. While it’s not uncommon to go through a brief period of depression after a traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one, these feelings usually lessen with time.

However, if feelings of sadness or emotional numbness persist for longer than a few weeks, the individual might have an underlying condition. If feelings of depression are causing problems personally, at school, or at work, consider talking with a depression therapist at Thriveworks Portage.

Causes of Depression

Depression is a complex set of disorders. There are many common symptoms and applicable reasons for why it occurs. Some people experience depression because of chronic physical or other medical conditions. Others may suffer depression after dealing with the loss of a loved one, a major life event like losing a job, or a traumatic event. Still others experience depression and feel overwhelmed with sadness and loneliness for no clear reason.

It’s also interesting to note that anxiety and depression often occur together, in which case therapy becomes even more valuable a tool.

There are a number of factors that contribute to depression, including the following:

Abuse – Past physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can increase the vulnerability to clinical depression later in life.

Chronic Health Concerns – Sometimes depression co-exists with a major illness or may be triggered by another medical condition.

Genetics – A family history of depression may increase the risk. It’s thought that depression is a complex trait, meaning that there are probably many different genes that each exert small effects, rather than a single gene that contributes to disease risk. However, depression in genetics is complex and no one genetic factor has been linked to depression.

Social Anxiety – Social isolation that occurs either due to anxiety or voluntary withdrawal due to other mental illnesses can contribute to the risk of developing clinical depression. Social anxiety can also occur after voluntary or involuntary withdrawal from a family or friend group.

Substance Abuse – Alcohol and drug abuse are often misunderstood. Sometimes the people surrounding the person abusing the substance may attribute a moral failing to the person—and sometimes, the person themselves may make a moral judgement about their addiction. It’s important to realize that in neither case is the judgement accurate. Many people with a history of substance abuse problems develop major or clinical depression or other undiagnosed mental health issues that cause them to seek an escape from dealing with reality.

Types of Depression

Common symptoms associated with all types of depression can include:

  • loss or increased appetite
  • weight fluctuations
  • sleep changes
  • loss of energy
  • hopelessness
  • feelings of emotional numbness
  • loss of interest in regular activities

Each diagnosis has different qualifications and factors that determine the more exact nature of the person’s depression. A few possible disorders include:

Major Depression

The specific symptoms that qualify major depression have changed over the years, but currently included symptoms are: prolonged moods of sadness and loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, and can have other common depression symptoms. The symptoms are present consistently during most days and the diagnosis is usually only made when the symptoms last for at least two weeks. Symptoms of major depression can be detrimental to a person’s life, especially to relationships either personal or professional.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder consists of periods of mania followed by periods of depression. The mania side of bipolar disorder is the opposite of depression and can vary in intensity. Symptoms include feeling great, having lots of energy, irritability, etc.. However, alongside periods of mania, bipolar also comes with depressive mood periods that come with the same possible symptoms of lethargy, sadness, and hopelessness associated with many other forms of depression. The experiences of mania and depression are not short-lived and can trigger without warning or explanation. Sometimes the person loses touch with reality in psychotic episodes. The exact symptoms vary from person to person.

Psychotic Depression

Sometimes people with a depressive disorder can lose touch with reality and experience psychosis. This can involve hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there) or delusions (false beliefs that aren’t shared by others), such as believing they are bad or evil, or that they’re being watched or followed. They can also be paranoid, feeling as though everyone is against them or that they are the cause of illness or bad events occurring around them.

How Therapy Can Help

Depression is painful to live with. But if you are suffering, you’re not alone, and therapy can help. There is no way to just “snap out” of a depression disorder or clinical depression any more than you can an iron deficiency or asthma. There are multiple treatments for handling depression that can with the right therapist, can improve your quality of life and help you work towards your own happiness.

We welcome patients to our new location, where they will meet with Starr Bull, a licensed professional counselor who specializes in several areas, including therapy for depression.

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 Portage therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • ASR

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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Self-pay costs at Portage
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 Portage reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Read more This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Portage Jun 2022
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★★★★★
Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Read more Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Portage Feb 2022
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★★★★★
Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Read more Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Portage Feb 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The best
Portage Jul 2020
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★★★★★
The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Read more The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Portage Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Read more Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Read more Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Read more The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Portage Jun 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Portage is off of Milham Avenue and New Port Road. We are somewhat near a Chick-fil-A, and in the same shopping area as DICK’s, off of Gladys.

Phone number

(269) 264-4920

Languages spoken by MI providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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