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726 people sought depression counseling help at Waltham in the last year

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

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Good news! We have 52 therapists in Massachusetts available for an online or in-person session.

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 Waltham, 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 Waltham, 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.

Need more help deciding?

Mothers. Daughters. Fathers. Sons. Spouses. Friends. Parents. Grandparents. Aunts. Uncles. Bosses. Employees. Co-workers. Depression can strike anyone at any age. Depression can look like a woman forcing a smile despite the promotion she just earned. Depression can look like an eight-year-old boy who sits out of recess and will not finish his lunches. Depression can look like a man at the gym, trying to shake off that feeling. Depression strikes indiscriminately—men and women, young and old, rich and poor, every race and ethnicity.

While there are common characteristics, each individual experiences depression in a unique way. They may have good days, but there are far too many bad days. Because it is a unique mental illness, it can be hard to recognize. It can also be hard for loved ones to be supportive of their depressed friend, co-worker, or family member. But understanding is possible. So is treatment and healing. Many people are living more and more good days and less and less of the bad days by working with a mental health professional to treat their depression.

That is why Thriveworks Counseling in Waltham, MA offers depression counseling. Our counselors, psychologists, and therapists know that better days are possible, and we have helped many people find the help they needed for their depression. You can be one of those people.

More Than Just a Bad Day: What Is Depression?

When people have depression, sometimes they wish that they had physical symptoms, like a rash or a temperature—something that others could see and know how much pain they feel. The truth is that people may not be able to see depression, but it is real nonetheless. In fact, it is a mental illness in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).

“Sad hurts, but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel.
Depression is very different.”
–J.K. Rowling

The DSM-5 outlines specific criteria for Major Depressive Disorder—the clinical term for what most people call depression. Major Depressive Disorder is far from the regular sadness, disappointment, and discouragement that all people feel—feelings that come and go. Major Depressive Disorder is an illness that may need medical intervention. Here are the signs for it. Think about your own experiences as you read through the diagnostics. Do you recognize anything?

  • During a consecutive two-week period, you experience changes that include at least two of the following, one of which must be a loss of interested in regular activities or a depressed mood
    • You feel depression for the majority of the day, on more days than not—a feeling that you and your loved ones notice.
    • You are experiencing a loss of interest in your regular activities, for the majority of the day, on more days than not.
    • You have gained or lost a substantial amount of weight and have an accompanying increase or decrease in appetite.
    • You have developed hypersomnia (want to sleep all the time) or insomnia (have difficulty sleeping).
    • Your psychomotor skills (dexterity, speed, coordination, strength, et cetera) have deteriorated in a way that others observe.
    • You feel lethargic for much of the day, on more days than not.
    • You experience feelings of guilt and worthlessness on a daily basis.
    • Your ability to concentrate, make decisions, or think has been hindered.
    • You are plagued by frequent thoughts of suicide and/or death.
    • You have attempted suicide.
  • These symptoms will cause distress within your life and impair your ability to function in daily life.
  • The symptoms cannot be the result of the physiological effects of another medical condition or a substance.
  • The depressive episode cannot be more adequately explained by schizophrenia spectrum disorder or another psychotic disorder.
  • You have not had a hypomanic or manic episode.

Treating Depression

Depression is an unforgiving and ruthless illness, but there are ways to fight back. There are treatment options available for depression, and many people rediscover happiness and hope in their lives. No one has to fight alone. Mental health professionals can often lead the way and offer support.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
–Eleanor Roosevelt

Because depression manifests itself uniquely in each individual, people often need to work with a therapist to find the right diagnosis and the right treatment for them. In general, treatment plans for depression usually include a multi-faceted approach that involves medication and a form of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is a methodology that involves processing difficult feelings and learning coping mechanisms for them. Mental health professionals can lead clients through exercises that may allow depression’s symptoms to subside. Medication includes antidepressants, like SSRIs and SNRIs, are often used in treatment plans for depression. Different drugs have different effects on different people. It is important to work with a qualified mental health professional to find the right medication for you.

Scheduling Therapy for Depression at Thriveworks Counseling in Waltham, MA

If you are ready to work with a counselor or therapist about the symptoms of depression that you are experiencing, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Counseling in Waltham, MA. When you call our office, you may have your first appointment the following day (as long as that works for you!). We also accept many different insurances. Let’s work together. Call Thriveworks in Waltham today at (781) 309-9149.

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 Massachusetts therapists and counselors accept 28 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 Waltham
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

5.0 Thriveworks Waltham reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Brandon is a very kind and trustworthy counselor. He is dedicated to helping each person he sees and is very empathic to their needs. His caring and compassionate nature help put his clients at ease. He can help guide you through any difficulties you maybe facing.
Read more Brandon is a very kind and trustworthy counselor. He is dedicated to helping each person he sees and is very empathic to their needs. His caring and compassionate nature help put his clients at ease. He can help guide you through any difficulties you maybe facing.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
You can tell within a short time of meeting Brandon that he cares about people and has the experience to help others with various needs. His patience, listening ear, and knowledge make him an exceptional counselor and person. You can tell he loves his job of helping his clients.
Read more You can tell within a short time of meeting Brandon that he cares about people and has the experience to help others with various needs. His patience, listening ear, and knowledge make him an exceptional counselor and person. You can tell he loves his job of helping his clients.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Brandon Ellis is hands down the best counselor if you’re looking for someone who knows their stuff! His knowledge and expertise surpasses anyone I know. Brandon’s very approachable and easy to talk to. He cares about all of his clients and will work with you till you’re well. Please consider Brandon Ellis if you want a real expert.
Read more Brandon Ellis is hands down the best counselor if you’re looking for someone who knows their stuff! His knowledge and expertise surpasses anyone I know. Brandon’s very approachable and easy to talk to. He cares about all of his clients and will work with you till you’re well. Please consider Brandon Ellis if you want a real expert.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Janan is a wonderful compassionate therapist who makes you feel heard and respected. She offers many ways to help with your problems like anxiety and depression that you can use every day.
Read more Janan is a wonderful compassionate therapist who makes you feel heard and respected. She offers many ways to help with your problems like anxiety and depression that you can use every day.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Awesome/with 5 being the best.
Waltham May 2019
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★★★★★
Kristen is a knowledgeable and compassionate therapist. She is dedicated to her clients and she easily develops positive rapport with them.
Read more Kristen is a knowledgeable and compassionate therapist. She is dedicated to her clients and she easily develops positive rapport with them.
Waltham Apr 2019
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★★★★★
Kristen is an empathic and caring therapist. She really takes the time to understand her clients and her therapeutic style makes her clients feel validated and understood.
Read more Kristen is an empathic and caring therapist. She really takes the time to understand her clients and her therapeutic style makes her clients feel validated and understood.
Waltham Apr 2019
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★★★★★
I am really glad I attended my sessions under Janan! She is a very helpful therapist and every time our session was finished I would leave feeling better about myself and would look forward to the next one! Seeking help is a very important step and I highly recommend Janan as your therapist.
Read more I am really glad I attended my sessions under Janan! She is a very helpful therapist and every time our session was finished I would leave feeling better about myself and would look forward to the next one! Seeking help is a very important step and I highly recommend Janan as your therapist.
Waltham Mar 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Waltham can be reached by taking exit 43B on I-95, and following 2nd Ave to Bear Hill Road. We are located in the same complex as Eastport Real Estate Services. We are next door to Boston Engineering.

Phone number

(781) 905-8487

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