Depression Counseling Springfield IL

Local resource for depression counseling in Springfield. 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.

Mrs. Julie Tucker
Psychiatric Assoc. of Central Illinois
(217) 523-3143
1124 S. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CADC
14 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Eating Disorders, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Cynthia Wadsworth
(217) 744-3525
1124 South 5th Street
Springfield, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Grief/Loss, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Attachment Disorders, Infant Mental Health
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adults (26-59)

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Helen Pugacz Appleton
(217) 793-3949
Springfield Psychol Ctr
Springfield, IL
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Child Custody Evaluation, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Loyola University of Chicago
Credentialed Since: 1996-03-07

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Ms. Virginia L Thompson
(217) 917-4009
Killian and Associates1020 S. 5th. St.
Springfield, IL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Iowa, School of Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1988
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 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Dr. Michael Schwartz
(217) 303-8914
Central Illinois1733 W. Ash St.
Springfield, IL
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Loss or Grief, Depression, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Tulane Univ.
Year of Graduation: 1971
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$40 - $40
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Eva C. Muller
(217) 744-3525
1124 S. Fifth Street
Springfield, IL
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Languages Spoken
Hungarian,Spanish
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Indiana University - Bloomington
Credentialed Since: 1980-09-30

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Steven L. Fritz
(217) 544-3143
1020 South Fifth St.
Springfield, IL
Services
Psychological Assessment, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Adler School of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 2000-11-24

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Norine E. Ashley
(217) 671-2175
P.O. Box 9197
Springfield, IL
Services
Family Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Play Therapy, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Chicago
Credentialed Since: 2005-09-21

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Sandy Mc Dermott
(217) 619-0961
Tranquility Counseling
Springfield, IL
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Health & Wellness Coaching
Qualification
School: University of Illinois Springfield
Year of Graduation: 1992
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$90 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Ms. Kristal Perry- Gutierrez
(217) 814-0113
Healing Pathways
Springfield, IL
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Illinois
Year of Graduation: 1998
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
$100 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

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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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