I think psych ward does sound scary. But have you ever considered going to one that is more like a 'home?' There were a couple I looked into once when I was having a very hard time. They weren't part of the hospital, they were more places you admitted yourself to to rest. I reached a point once where it sounded nice, to potentially go away for a week or two and rest and have people focusing on me and helping me figure everything out. Not having to worry about any outside pressure.
How long have you been depressed? Did I read before, 8 months? I know it seems like such a long time but depression (especially severe) does take a long time to overcome. This is the first full year I haven't been on anti-depressants since 2004. It's taken a combination of meds and therapy and sometimes my meds needed to be changed or raised. I think with how severe you are your psychiatrist and therapist should probably be handling your care the most and just a GP every now and then to update your referrals. Have you not found your counsellor helpful, have you tried others? I only found a counsellor this past year that I really like, I've tried many on and off and finally found one that I feel really gets it and is helping. Battling depression is a constant trial and error of figuring out what works.