Hope For The Journey

Effective Depression Treatment

Counseling Openings in Round Rock, Austin and Online Across Texas

You are strong, but it takes a lot more effort these days.

You put on a smile and post something on social media. Sometimes you even feel like the smile is genuine.

But the longer you struggle with depression, the less often these moments of joy come.

Depression is robbing you of a life that is vibrant, alive, and full of love.

Does this sound familiar?

If so, we are here to help.

We provide individual, couples, family, and group counseling to help you win the fight against anxiety and depression.


Meet The Staff

Advanced Clinician Heather Hammock, LMFT, EFT, EMDR

Advanced Clinician Katy Harmon, LCSW, EMDR

Traci W. Pirri, LCSW-S, Owner/Executive Director

Maegan Woytek, LPC, EMDR

What Does Depression Look Like?

Everyone deals with sadness, too.

Depression, though, is more than regular sadness that comes and goes. Depression is being stuckand weighed down. You might feel sad or numb, but you struggle to remember the last time you felt happy. The spark of life is just…gone.

If you are suffering from depression, you might have noticed some of the following:

*you used to love doing ____ (fill in the blank), but now you wonder, What’s the point?
*eating is either a chore or never seems to fill you up
*sleep is an issue–you’re either always falling asleep or can’t get enough
*you don’t like the person you see in the mirror
*sometimes even getting out of bed takes all your energy
*ending it all starts to seem like your best option
*you feel achy all over

Does Depression Treatment Work?

All counseling needs three things for success:

  • A talented, well-trained therapist with depression treatment tools that are proven to work
  • Your openness and willingness to process through the pain and let go
  • A good fit between you and the therapist

At Hope For The Journey, we pride ourselves in pushing the envelope. Our team provides state-of-the-art depression counseling, anxiety treatment, and PTSD help. Our therapists love to learn and we always push ourselves to improve. 

Additionally, we see the beauty of a good therapeutic match. Are we a good match for everyone? No, of course not. But, we promise to help support you in making that decision with as little upfront investment of time and money as possible. We can help you with referrals if it looks like another counselor or group would meet your needs better

So, as long as you have the openness and willingness part squared away, we’d love to get to work!

Get Your Spark

Effective Depression Treatment Involves Three Steps

Manage Depression Symptoms

Heal What Hurts

Find Meaning, Self-Compassion, & Balance

Manage Depression Symptoms

We believe that if you aren’t at least starting to feel better within the first 1-3 sessions of counseling, it may not be a good fit. Or, we aren’t doing our jobs. You are coming to depression treatment to feel better. So, we’ll start by learning what works for you. Together, we will shift gears, restart, and spark hopefulness when you’re feeling down

Heal What Hurts


As trauma therapists, we believe depression arises from unresolved pain from the past. So, a big part of your depression treatment will involve figuring out what is left unresolved. Together, we will help you to move through that pain so you can let it go. You’ll start to understand yourself or what you went through from a place of compassion and calm

Find Meaning

We know. That sounds pretty granola and may even be a little naive. But, these are things proven to insulate you from depression and anxiety.

Finding something that makes your life feel purposeful and worthwhile is huge. It doesn’t have to be something huge either. Many people find meaning in nature or their families or in the simple task of making someone smile.

Practice Self Compassion

Self-compassion is not selfish and it will not make you lazy.

It is learning totreat yourself with respect and kindness in thought, body, and mind. Research shows self-compassion helps keep warriors from getting PTSD and moms of special needs kids from burning out. Self-compassion is powerful and can be learned.

Find Balance

Balance means keeping things in perspective. For each person, this might look different. For some, it might involve making time for exercise. For someone else, it might be having tricks to help you be more unbiased and stay out of “black and white thinking”. Your therapist will help you to explore what balance looks like for you and help you to install it.

How We Help

Living with depression or anxiety for a while can start to make people lose hope. We are here to help. Our therapists help kids, adults, parents, and partners to feel alive and whole again.

We always work to hone our skills. Our team offers the most up-to-date, effective treatment options available. 

Other Services Offered At Hope For The Journey

Depression treatment isn’t the only service offered by our Round Rock, TX-based therapy practiceOther mental health services include therapy for anxietydomestic violencesexual assaultanger managementPTSD, and EMDROur team also provides support for family members of all ages with counseling for teens and young adultsmenchildren and tweenscouples, and parents/partners. Contact us to learn more about our team and community involvement today!
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