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8,909 people sought depression counseling help at Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach, VA 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 Virginia Beach, VA 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?

Are you experiencing symptoms of depression? Do you feel sad and generally uninterested in life on a regular basis? Depression is nothing short of frightening. And it’s important that you receive treatment, whether you have minor or major depression. So, if you are experiencing symptoms of depression or you feel depressed, reach out to Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck).

“Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there’s got to be a way through it.” –Michael J. Fox

Here at Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck), we have depression therapists and psychologists who specialize in helping people just like you. These professionals help their clients to manage depression symptoms, determine a potential cause of their depression, and ultimately live better. If you think you could benefit from working with one of our depression therapists, give us a call today at (757) 347-3155.

What Is Depression? Do I Have It?

Major depression is characterized by a state of despair and sudden loss of interest in day to day events as well as responsibilities. The diagnosis of major depression, or major depressive disorder, depends heavily on an individual’s recognition and report of their own symptoms. On that note, to be diagnosed with major depression, at least five symptoms below must be present for at least two weeks. Additionally, an individual must present a noticeable change in performance and activity. Consult the following:

  1. Depressed mood, most of the day and nearly every day. This is often seen as sadness, emptiness, and/or hopelessness.
  2. Diminished interest or desire in all (or most) activities. This may or may not be noticed by others.
  3. Significant weight loss or gain, a change of 5% or more in body weight in one month, or decrease/increase in appetite nearly every day.
  4. Insomnia or hypersomnia, or another disruption in sleep patterns, nearly every day.
  5. Changes in activity levels. For example, the individual stops going to the gym when they used to be an avid gym goer.
  6. Fatigue or loss of energy. For example, the individual doesn’t have energy to get out of bed.
  7. Feelings of worthlessness or self-hatred. For example, the individual says demeaning things like, “I never do anything right, I’m so useless.”
  8. Diminished ability to focus. The individual fails to concentrate at work or school.
  9. Suicidal thoughts and ideation.

If you are experiencing any combination of the above, it’s important that you meet with a medical professional who can evaluate your symptoms and offer treatment. Consider working with a depression therapist at Thriveworks Virginia Beach (Great Neck). Our depression therapists want to help you manage your depression symptoms and get back to your happy self.

What Causes Depression? Who Is at Risk?

Anything can lead to a depressive episode, from losing a loved one to getting fired from a job, breaking up with a significant other, or having a fight with a family member. There are also genetic factors involved. It is normal for an individual to enter a state of sadness after any one of these events (and others not listed); and sometimes, he or she experiences severe mental and emotional pain as a result.

It’s important to know and remember that being depressed is not the same as being sad, nor is it the same as grieving. There are distinct differences:

  • When someone is grieving, they experience it in waves. The negative feelings are intertwined with positive emotions and memories. When someone is depressed, they experience despair and/or loss of interest constantly for at least two weeks.
  • When an individual is grieving, they don’t usually take a hit to their self-esteem. When an individual is depressed, though, they experience feelings of self-loathing.
  • Sometimes, the death of a loved one or the loss of a job brings on feelings of depression. When someone experiences grief and depression at the same time, their grief will typically last longer than it normally would.

Distinguishing between normal sadness, depression, and grief can help you to best manage your emotions and bounce back from these difficult challenges. In any case, if you think you could benefit from working with a therapist or counselor, reach out to Thriveworks Virginia Beach (Great Neck).

Schedule Depression Therapy at Thriveworks Virginia Beach (Great Neck)

If you’re ready to begin depression therapy, we’re ready to work with you. Give Thriveworks Virginia Beach (Great Neck) a call at (757) 347-3155 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We have flexible scheduling options, including extended hours on the weekends as well as in the evenings. We also accept most major insurance plans, to best serve all of our clients.

We look forward to hearing from you and getting to work. Our depression therapists and psychologists will do everything they can to help you manage your depression symptoms and live happier.

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 Virginia Beach therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

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Self-pay costs at Virginia Beach
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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I really like my therapist Patricia Colby. She is so easy to talk to, and has a flexible schedule. She is understanding and really puts you at ease.
Read more I really like my therapist Patricia Colby. She is so easy to talk to, and has a flexible schedule. She is understanding and really puts you at ease.
Danielle Feb 2024
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★★★★★
John McAnulty is by far the best counselor that I have ever experienced. He is kind, compassionate and caring. He heard every word I would say and gave me so many tools that I use to this day to cope with my past struggles. He takes his time to not only listen, but to respond in the most caring way. I will forever be grateful for all he did for my family and I.
Read more John McAnulty is by far the best counselor that I have ever experienced. He is kind, compassionate and caring. He heard every word I would say and gave me so many tools that I use to this day to cope with my past struggles. He takes his time to not only listen, but to respond in the most caring way. I will forever be grateful for all he did for my family and I.
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
John McAnulty is a compassionate and caring counselor. Very understanding. I highly recommend him to anyone.
Read more John McAnulty is a compassionate and caring counselor. Very understanding. I highly recommend him to anyone.
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
I’ve known John McAnulty for several years now. He is a compassionate man and is extremely skilled in putting you at ease in the very first meeting. He helped my husband (and myself) through a very rough time. I am forever grateful to him
Read more I’ve known John McAnulty for several years now. He is a compassionate man and is extremely skilled in putting you at ease in the very first meeting. He helped my husband (and myself) through a very rough time. I am forever grateful to him
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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John was so kind and compassionate . He thoroughly helped me walk through my grief issues in a sensitive and kind manner . I was so grateful for his caring a and compassion at such a very trying Time
Read more John was so kind and compassionate . He thoroughly helped me walk through my grief issues in a sensitive and kind manner . I was so grateful for his caring a and compassion at such a very trying Time
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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John has not only been my counselor for many years but a true friend. He has great empathy for others especially people suffering from substance abuse. I have had hundreds of hours of counseling over the years and John would be my unequivocal top pick.
Read more John has not only been my counselor for many years but a true friend. He has great empathy for others especially people suffering from substance abuse. I have had hundreds of hours of counseling over the years and John would be my unequivocal top pick.
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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It is very easy communicating with John McAnulty. He is empathetic and nonjudgmental. His understanding nature allows a peaceful sense of gratification.
Read more It is very easy communicating with John McAnulty. He is empathetic and nonjudgmental. His understanding nature allows a peaceful sense of gratification.
Virginia Beach Sep 2021
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John McAnulty is extremely compassionate. I couldn't of asked for a better counselor. He really helped put my mind at ease. I just wanted to Thank him again.
Read more John McAnulty is extremely compassionate. I couldn't of asked for a better counselor. He really helped put my mind at ease. I just wanted to Thank him again.
Virginia Beach Sep 2021
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Virginia Beach is located at the intersection of Old Great Neck Rd and Kenstock Dr. We currently share the building with Chesapeake Bay Realty and across the street you will find Dominion Insurance Group and the Animal Vision Center of Virginia.

Phone number

(757) 520-1312

Languages spoken by VA providers

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