Depression Counseling Alameda CA

Local resource for depression counseling in Alameda. 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.

Robert Perl
(510) 595-4609
Argosy University
Alameda, CA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Issues
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: The Wright Institute
Credentialed Since: 2003-03-28

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Erica Bressler Meyers
(510) 832-0991
445 Bellevue Ave, Ste 201
Oakland, CA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of California - Berkeley
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-22

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Scott Alvarez
(510) 654-1881
5655 College Avenue
Oakland, CA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, 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: California Institute of Integral Studies
Credentialed Since: 1996-02-08

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Mr. Mordechai Mitnick
Mordechai Mitnick, LCSW
(510) 420-0753
17 Armanino Ct
Oakland, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in California
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions,
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Lois A. Armstrong
(415) 608-6135
4096 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA
Services
Psychological Assessment, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Miami
Credentialed Since: 1991-10-28

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Ms. Karen Pernet
Karen Pernet LCSW
(510) 923-0520
154 Santa Clara Ave
Oakland, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in California
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Wome
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Diane Cohen
(510) 653-1464
5835 College Ave, #D
Oakland, CA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: The Wright Institute
Credentialed Since: 1995-08-14

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Anne-Marie A. Bloch
(415) 931-0500
6176 Acacia Avenue
Oakland, CA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues), Cultural Diversity Issues
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Languages Spoken
French
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Teachers College, Columbia University
Credentialed Since: 1975-03-04

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Diane S. Santas
(510) 834-4848
5625 College Avenue
Oakland, CA
Services
Psychological Assessment, Psychoeducational Evaluation, Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), School-based Consultation
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Alliant International University - San Francisco Bay
Credentialed Since: 1995-08-25

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Christina M. Halsey
(510) 658-1211
3873 Howe St
Oakland, CA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: The Wright Institute
Credentialed Since: 1997-01-27

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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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