Depression Counseling Bellingham WA

Local resource for depression counseling in Bellingham. 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.

Jason Prinster
(360) 927-6131
2110 Iron Street
Bellingham, WA
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Psychoeducational Evaluation
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Utah
Credentialed Since: 2009-06-10

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Carroll L. Meek
(360) 293-8176
1004 7th
Anacortes, WA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Idaho
Credentialed Since: 1977-08-15

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Northwest Behavioral Management, Inc
(360) 453-7956
Northwest Behavioral Management, Inc3031 ORLEANS ST
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Antioch
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Debra Young
(360) 464-1953
1116 Key St.
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Loss or Grief, Depression
Qualification
School: Antioch University
Year of Graduation: 1988
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Mr. Keith E Poynter
(360) 474-7983 x104
Northwestern Clinic of Naturopathic Medicine1903 D Street
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Depression, Trauma and PTSD, Child or Adolescent
Qualification
School: Naropa University
Year of Graduation: 2003
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Average Cost
$50 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Joseph W. Lenz
(360) 223-3777
119 N Commercial St
Bellingham, WA
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of British Columbia
Credentialed Since: 2009-05-18

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Marcia Joye
(360) 489-6228
Northwest Behavioral3031 Orleans St
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Trauma and PTSD
Qualification
School: University of Phoenix
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Sally J Harper
(360) 529-3649
Northwest Behavioral3031 Orleans Street
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Child or Adolescent, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: University of Washington School of Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1981
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$60 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Laura C Ellis PhD
(360) 320-6923
Laura C Ellis PhD
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Chronic Pain or Illness, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Pacific Graduate School
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$160 - $170
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Sarah Schmidt
(360) 329-2965
Bridgeworks Counseling103 East Holly Street
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Anxiety or Fears, Depression
Qualification
School: Western Seminary
Year of Graduation: 2003
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$60 - $70
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes

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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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