Depression Counseling Alabaster AL

Local resource for depression counseling in Alabaster. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to analysis and treatment for depression, including psychoanalytic or psychodynamic approaches, anti depressants, behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy and more. Read on for more advice and content on mental health.

Dr. Gayle Janzen
Cahaba Psychology Center
(205) 403-0955
2 Riverchase Office Plaza Suite115
Birmingham, AL
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D.
Licensed in Alabama
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Phobias, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mrs. Margie Gilbert
GILBERT & BROWN Counseling and Consulting Services, LLC
(205) 823-8449
3565 Lorna Ridge Drive
Birmingham, AL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, PIP
Licensed in Alabama
13 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Elder Abu
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Julie Erin McDonald
(205) 822-7348
400 Vestavia Parkway
Birmingham, AL
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Couples Psychotherapy, Psychoeducational Evaluation
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Alabama - Birmingham
Credentialed Since: 2005-07-12

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Ruth Ann Lyman
(205) 912-2000
3 Office Park Circle
Mountain Brook, AL
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-24

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Jesse B. Milby
(205) 934-8723
172 Peachtree Circle
Birmingham, AL
Services
Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Credentialed Since: 1996-08-30

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Richard Edison Beth
(205) 871-3919
1800 Providence Park
Birmingham, AL
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Individual Psychotherapy, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Alabama - Birmingham
Credentialed Since: 2001-04-23

Data Provided By:
Catherine Clayton Prince
(205) 329-7992
Grayson & Associates, PC. Meadowbrook
Birmingham, AL
Services
Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Cultural Diversity Issues, Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Georgia
Credentialed Since: 2003-07-08

Data Provided By:
Mollie K. Thomas
(205) 874-7844
Grayson & Assoc.
Birmingham, AL
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Arkansas
Credentialed Since: 2005-07-13

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Dr. DAVID MYERS
DAVID E. MYERS, PHD
(205) 252-8808
2112 11TH AVE S, STE 340
BIRMINGHAM, AL
Credentials
Credentials: PHD
Licensed in Alabama
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Mrs. Wendy Nace
(205) 282-9153
Grayson and Associates100 Concourse Parkway
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Child or Adolescent, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$90 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

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Rain, Rain, Go Away – 5 Ways to Battle the Blues

May 6, 2011
Kristen Harding M.D.
Rain, Rain, Go Away – 5 Ways to Battle the Blues

I am feeling downright soggy these days. Like many parts of the nation, we have had more than our fair share of rain this past month. Along with the rain come dark, gloomy days that really start to dampen you soul after a while. My daughter told me the other morning that it wasn’t time to get up because it was still dark outside (she also uses the opposite theory at bedtime.) No, it wasn’t still night, it was just raining again.

Our moods can be impacted greatly by the weather. I chose the location of my residency training not only by where there was a strong program, but also by where I might experience 300+ days of sunshine a year. I figured that if I was working long hours it would be critical for me to be in a place that would also charge my solar batteries. I found that sun and weather were powerful motivators.

Do you find you just want to crawl back in bed on gloomy days? It may be due to the sleep-related hormone, melatonin. The body produces more melatonin when our eyes detect darkness. But when our eyes detect light, our body makes more serotonin. Many of us have heard about the importance of good serotonin levels to keep us feeling happy.

A 2002 study done in Germany looked at the impact of ultraviolet light on mood. The group that was exposed to UVA twice a week for three weeks reported feeling more balanced, less nervous, and more strengthened than the other group. They also showed an increase in their serum serotonin level and a decrease in their serum melatonin level compared to baseline. The control group showed no change.
So how do we battle these dreary days?

1. Find a creative outlet. Make a craft with your child, re-arrange a room, write a real handwritten letter (not email or text!), or visit with friends (set a ground rule that no one can complain about the weather.)

2. Listen to music. Pick something upbeat. Dance!

3. Exercise. Rainy days can be good days for using your Wii or find an exercise show on TV and imagine you are on that gorgeous beach exercising with the host.

4. Go outside, even when the weather isn’t great. Remember when you were a kid and you would put on boots and a raincoat and go puddle-jumping? We still need fresh air, even on rainy days.

5. Eat healthy food. Turkey, fish, chicken, nuts, eggs, and beans all contain good amounts of tryptophan which is a precursor to serotonin. Try to avoid the comfort foods that you crave on days like th...

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