Depression Counseling Washington DC

Local resource for depression counseling in Washington. 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.

Loren T. Wilkenfeld
(202) 461-7350
VA Central, Mental Health Serv
Washington, DC
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: New York University
Credentialed Since: 1990-04-16

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Seda S³mer-Richards
(202) 285-5486
910 17th St, NW, Ste 306
Washington, DC
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Cultural Diversity Issues
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Languages Spoken
Turkish
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Georgia State University
Credentialed Since: 2011-05-10

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Mr. Darryl Webster
Webster Stress, Anxiety, & Fitness Center
(202) 207-4964
1313 Q Street NW
Washington, DC
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Michael J. Stiers
(202) 328-0600
1616 18th St., NW, Ste 112
Washington, DC
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Group 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: American University
Credentialed Since: 1982-12-27

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John C. Parkhurst
(202) 234-7738
1755 S Street, N.W.
Washington, DC
Services
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Issues, 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.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Southern Mississippi
Credentialed Since: 1999-09-27

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Juliet M. Francis
(202) 638-6942
601 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Ste 900
Washington, DC
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Group Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Wright St U
Credentialed Since: 1995-01-10

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Patrick J. Mahoney
(202) 639-4960
1634 Eye St NW, Ste 700
Washington, DC
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Biofeedback, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Primary Care
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Tennessee
Credentialed Since: 1985-04-29

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Ms. Ronda Bresnick Hauss
(202) 544-5050
1308 Constitution Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in DC
8 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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James R. Striker
(202) 458-4456
The World Bank, MSN-MC2-203
Washington, DC
Services
Health Services Consultation to Business or Organizations, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Crisis Intervention or Disaster Intervention, Cultural Diversity Issues
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: George Washington University
Credentialed Since: 1985-02-28

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Ms. Randy Thurman
Randy Beck Thurman, Inc.
(202) 496-1818
1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Suite 806
Washington, DC
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in DC
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Stress, Life Transitions, Sexuality Is
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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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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