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As a long-term career therapist, I have a passion for my work and feel privileged to work with those who share their heartfelt challenges with me.

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As someone who has worked with children for over 17 years in a variety of settings and now have become a mother more recently I have a well rounded pe... As someone who has worked with children for over 17 years in a variety of settings and now have become a mother more recently I have a well rounded perspective of the struggles that face our children and caregivers in today's world. Read more

Stephen Medina

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What is your go-to approach for depression counseling?

My go-to approach for helping people in online therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). I usually start my sessions with a check-in to see how the week was, including the highs and lows, which usually dovetails into discussing what we need to in the session. I find the best benefit with CBT because it helps connect thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Additionally, by being more attuned to negative thinking patterns, you can start to challenge them over time and reduce symptoms.

What tools do you teach in depression counseling?

In depression counseling, I teach the following tools:

  • Cognitive restructuring: Challenging negative thinking patterns and putting them to the test to create space for a more balanced way of thinking.
  • Behavioral activation: Creating a schedule to assist with motivation while monitoring mood and pleasure levels.
  • Coping skills identification.
  • Problem-solving skills.

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

I know a client is making meaningful progress in depression counseling when they report symptom reduction and an increase in positive mood.

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

Clients can supplement their time in depression counseling with:

  • Finding additional activities they can get involved with.
  • Problem-solving to reduce overall symptoms.
  • Increasing their social supports.

What should someone do to prepare for starting depression counseling?

To prepare for your first therapy session, you can think about what you wish to accomplish in treatment and set your goals. The first few sessions are more about information gathering and goal setting to figure out where you want to go in and out of treatment.

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 Salem, MA 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 Salem, MA 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.

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Depression Therapy and Counseling in Salem, MA—Salem Depression Counselors

We know that depression can be exhausting, defeating, and overwhelmingly unpleasant. But we also know that depression can be treated and you can be helped. If you are experiencing depressive thoughts and feelings, please talking to a professional about your symptoms.

The depression therapists at Thriveworks Salem Counseling would be happy to hear from you and help you navigate this tough season of life. They also have specific skills, training, and experience pertinent to the healing process for those with depression. So, if you think that you could benefit from starting a relationship with a depression therapist at Thriveworks Salem Counseling, please contact us. This call will kickstart your journey to greater health and happiness for many years to come.

What Is It Like to Be Depressed? Common Depression Symptoms

Depression is known for its undying despair. Those who enter a depressed state also experience a loss of interest in day to day activities, from going to work to talking to loved ones. Aside from these two staples, depression can vary greatly from one individual to the next. That said, here are common symptoms, of which victims of depression are likely to experience:

  1. Feelings of hopelessness: Common among people with depression are feelings of hopelessness. This pairs dangerously well with one’s loss or lack of interest in life.
  2. Sleep disturbances: It is also common for people with depression to experience sleep disturbances, such as insomnia and hypersomnia.
  3. Fatigue: Additionally, one might feel fatigued or depleted of all energy—even those who aren’t struggling to sleep at night. A depressed individual can sleep for 12 hours and still feel exhausted.
  4. Irritability: Also common among those with depression is irritability. The depressed individual might feel irritable or encounter mood swings on a daily basis.
  5. Lack of concentration: It’s also often difficult for people with depression to focus on anything outside of their depressive thoughts. This makes keeping a job difficult.

These are just a few symptoms of depression. One might also experience restlessness, weight gain or loss, changes in appetite, apathy, anxiety and agitation. The specifics often make a difference when it comes to receiving help for depression. All of the symptoms we have so far mentioned are harmful and need to be managed properly, in order to keep one’s health and happiness intact.

A depression therapist at Thriveworks Salem Counseling can help you manage your depression symptoms. This is one of their many important jobs, in guiding you and supporting you during this tough time in your life. They’ll want to know exactly how you’re feeling and what you’re experiencing so that they can design a treatment plan that will support your managing and healing from depression.

Start a Relationship with a Thriveworks Salem Depression Therapist Today

Guess what? You can start healing as soon as today. The first step is to reach out for help. After that, your Thriveworks Salem depression therapist will be there to walk alongside you every step of your journey. Like we said earlier, your provider will design a plan that’s tailored to treat your specific depression symptoms. This is just one small piece of the dedicated, compassionate care you will experience at Thriveworks Salem Counseling.

Thriveworks Salem Counseling wants to help the people of Salem, MA live happier lives. Depression is a huge roadblock. We’ll work with you to overcome this roadblock and become the happier, healthier individual you yearn to be. To schedule your depression therapy session, just call our office. We’re here to help.

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 Salem therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

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

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Harvard Pilgrim

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Self-pay costs at Salem
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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The therapist at Thriveworks ( Stephen Medina) is absolutely fantastic. He is very well educated and is able to get me to open up.
Read more The therapist at Thriveworks ( Stephen Medina) is absolutely fantastic. He is very well educated and is able to get me to open up.
Sharron Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Outstanding from first call to assigning me a therapist for my particular needs. I would recommend them to anyone. My therapist is top notch!
Read more Outstanding from first call to assigning me a therapist for my particular needs. I would recommend them to anyone. My therapist is top notch!
Sharron Feb 2024
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★★★★★
My therapist, Stephen Medina is professional, caring, smart and is very good at gaining my trust. He is highly skilled in PTSD. I am starting to feel whole again.
Read more My therapist, Stephen Medina is professional, caring, smart and is very good at gaining my trust. He is highly skilled in PTSD. I am starting to feel whole again.
Sharron Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Celine is very compassionate and professional
Debra Dec 2023
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Salem is located in McIntire Historic District on Washington St. where it intersects with Lynde St. We share a building with MassHire North Shore Career Center - Salem, Koto Grill & Sushi, and other businesses.

Phone number

(978) 637-8213

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • English
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