Depression Counseling Irmo SC

Local resource for depression counseling in Irmo. 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.

Kevin W. King
(803) 256-7844
1820 Bull St
Columbia, SC
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Disability Determination or Worker Compensation Evaluation, Couples Psychotherapy, 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)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Tennessee
Credentialed Since: 1977-12-08

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Mr. Joseph Watterson
Joseph Watterson, LISW-CP
(803) 351-0146
3204 Millwood Avenue
Columbia, SC
Credentials
Credentials: LISW-CP
Licensed in South Carolina
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Gender Identity, Life Transitions, Anger Management,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. David LeMasters. Watkins
(803) 422-4306
Dr. Watkins & Associates: Counseling & Consulting518 E. Main Street
Lexington, SC
Specialties
Depression, abuse - emotional, verbal and physi, Loss or Grief, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio
Year of Graduation: 1984
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: African-American, Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$70 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Michelle Trask
(803) 380-8983
1821 Pickens Street
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: University of North Carolina
Year of Graduation: 1999
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Average Cost
$90 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Jim H. Hutcheson, Ph.D.
(803) 666-8147
Jim H. Hutcheson, Ph.D.1415 Richland St
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Depression, Loss or Grief, Spirituality
Qualification
School: USC
Year of Graduation: 1976
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Mrs. Susan Connolly-Nelson
(803) 256-9700
1898 Calhoun Street #8 Rainbow Row
Columbia, SC
Credentials
Credentials: LISW
Licensed in South Carolina
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Eating Disorders, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Joseph Patrick Boland
(803) 393-9939
Assessment & Counseling Services1 Harbison Way
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, ADHD, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University of South Carolina
Year of Graduation: 1987
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

My Therapy Center
(803) 675-5964
My Therapy Center3961 Southeastern Way
West Columbia, SC
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Mother child bonding, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$60 - $70
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: ComPsych

Elizabeth Sweat
(803) 692-1911
Carter Counseling, LLC914 Richland Street
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Depression, Addiction, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: University of South Carolina
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$70 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Mrs. Suzanne Snyder
(803) 339-9914
610 Holly St.
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Child or Adolescent, Thinking Disorders
Qualification
School: Lenoir-Rhyne University
Year of Graduation: 1998
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$70 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

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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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