Depression Counseling Ames IA

Local resource for depression counseling in Ames. 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.

Ms. Pamela Caviness
Pamela Caviness, LISW, ACSW, INC.
(515) 232-2051
600 5th Street Suite 200
Ames, IA
Credentials
Credentials: LISW, ACSW
Licensed in Iowa
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Self Abuse, Stress, Personality Disorders, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Gloria Billings
Fifth Street Mental Health Professionals
(515) 232-2051
600 5th Street Suite 200
Ames, IA
Credentials
Credentials: LISW, ACSW
Licensed in Iowa
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Sexuality Issues
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Martha Norton
(515) 462-0950
Compass Tree Counseling600 5th Street
Ames, IA
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Vermont
Year of Graduation: 1985
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$150+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Kazmierski Carole Dr
(515) 296-4869
2039 Indian Grass CT
Ames, IA
Industry
Psychologist

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Schrag Keith G Therapist
(515) 232-3482
233 S Walnut Ave
Ames, IA
Industry
Psychologist

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Arthur H. Konar
(515) 292-2703
113 Colorado
Ames, IA
Services
Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Columbia
Credentialed Since: 1987-05-18

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Ms. Anita Schlosser
Clinical Associates of Ames
(515) 292-2703
113 Colorado Ave.
Ames, IA
Credentials
Credentials: LISW
Licensed in Iowa
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Disabled, Cancer Patients, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Pamela Caviness, LISW, ACSW, INC.
(515) 232-2051 x13
Pamela Caviness, LISW, ACSW, INC.600 5th Street
Ames, IA
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Relationship Issues, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Arizona State University
Year of Graduation: 1991
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Central Iowa Psychological Services
(515) 233-1122
319 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
Industry
Psychologist

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Mills Kenneth R Phd
(515) 233-4200
1531 Airport Rd Ste 1
Ames, IA
Industry
Psychologist

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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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