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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 San Jose, 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 San Jose, 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?

Consider reaching out to Thriveworks Counseling in San Jose, CA. Our licensed therapists, counselors, and board-certified psychiatrists can help you manage your depression. Call our office or use our convenient online scheduling tool to set up your first appointment at (669) 238-4947.

Depression: Most Common Symptoms

Depression typically causes symptoms such as:

  • Prolonged sadness
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Intense pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • Self-harm or suicidal thoughts
  • Substance abuse
  • Restlessness
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Difficulty sleeping, oversleeping, or waking up too early
  • A sense of isolation

If you find yourself living with any of these symptoms, consider working with a mental health professional.

Should I Work With a Mental Health Professional?

Depression doesn’t have to control your life. It may feel overwhelming or daunting at first, but asking for help is an incredibly courageous first step. The process generally involves a licensed mental health professional getting to know you better. This involves asking questions, listening compassionately, and discussing what you want from treatment.

Because there are many forms of depression, like major depressive disorder and postpartum depression, there are many forms that your treatment can take. Common therapies for depressive disorders include:

  • Behavioral activation: Based on the idea that positive interactions and activities improve your mood, behavioral activation asks that a client form new emotional ties and participate in new adventures. This might look like joining a cooking club, planning a special vacation, or finding a pen pal.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT is a relatively short-term therapy that aims to change the thought and behavior patterns that worsen your depression. It combines talk therapy with coping strategies to help you rethink your responses to specific stimuli.
  • Interpersonal therapy: Interpersonal therapy focuses on improving communication skills and conflict resolution techniques to help you improve your personal relationships.
  • Family therapy: Depression can affect everyone in a household. Inviting others to a joint therapy session to reassess your role in a family may improve your depression. This practice also helps people be more open about the ways depression manifests in their lives.
  • Supportive counseling: Supportive counseling often makes appearances on film and TV. Less structured than most therapies, it allows you to share whatever is on your mind with a therapist in a safe and judgment-free environment.

Some depressive disorders also respond well to medication, especially when used in tandem with talk therapy.

Thriveworks CA: Meet a Therapist for Depression in San Jose

Depression counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists in San Jose, CA, can help with the concerns you’re facing. At Thriveworks Counseling, we offer sessions at convenient times, including weekend and evening appointments.

If you’re ready to take the first step on the road to recovery, consider contacting us today at Thriveworks Counseling in San Jose, CA, to schedule your first appointment.

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 San Jose therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan Medicare Advantage

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Magellan

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry San Jose is located in Bascom - Forest on Forest Ave where it intersects with Clarmar Way. We are in the same building as Peninsula Oral Surgery San Jose. And just before you reach us, in a separate building, is Communications Workers-America. There are also houses behind us.

Phone number

(669) 238-4947

Languages spoken by CA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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