Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Bellingham, Washington

Find a therapist in Bellingham, Washington that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Bellingham to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.


Amy Plumb

LMHC,MAC,CCTP
11 years experience
I work with you to identify how you want your life to look and feel like and then to address any blocks you might have to having the life you desire. I want to help you achieve your desired therapy goals as quickly as possible while giving you as much time as you need. I teach mindfulness skills to clients and skills to help them learn how to take control of their emotions... Read More
I work with you to identify how you want your life to look and feel like and then to address any blocks you might have to having the life you desire. I want to help you achieve your desired... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Dan Paulsen

MA,LMHC,PCC
11 years experience
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Life Coach who specializes in helping you overcome emotional and mental pain and to bring you out of the darkness into the light of hope, peace, and purpose. I have over 10 years experience in working with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, anger, OCD, disappointment, burnout, being stuck, out of balance, and being out of sync with yourself and others in your life. The therapy approaches... Read More
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Life Coach who specializes in helping you overcome emotional and mental pain and to bring you out of the darkness into the light of hope, peace, and purpose. I have... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Dr. Margaret Robertson

DMin,LPC,LMHC
13 years experience
I am a retired Navy Chaplain with 10 years of enlisted service and 8 years as a chaplain. I retired in 2008 and then worked as a mental health crisis worker and worked in private practice, then I housed homeless Veterans. I have a wide variety of experiences with many different types of people in many different situations. My expertise is in crisis and trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety and severe mental disorders.... Read More
I am a retired Navy Chaplain with 10 years of enlisted service and 8 years as a chaplain. I retired in 2008 and then worked as a mental health crisis worker and worked in private practice, then I housed... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

Wendy Henner

MA,LPC,LMHC
25 years experience
Greeting and welcome to Better Help! My name is Wendy Henner and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Arizona and Oregon, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University, and my Master of Arts degree, specializing in Applied Behavioral Science and Systems Counseling, from Bastyr University. For the past 20 years, I... Read More
Greeting and welcome to Better Help! My name is Wendy Henner and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Arizona and Oregon, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I received my Bachelor... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

Morgan Notel

LPC
11 years experience
My clientele has included military veterans, women, children, adolescents, and families with mental health, relational, and/or experience with trauma; and families, adolescents, and adults with substance abuse/dependence issues. Through my own experience, I have found a personal desire and need to work with women, mothers, and families that have Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorders. My theoretical approach involves integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT); Person-Centered Therapy; and Existential Therapy. I will meet you where... Read More
My clientele has included military veterans, women, children, adolescents, and families with mental health, relational, and/or experience with trauma; and families, adolescents, and adults with substance abuse/dependence issues. Through my own experience, I have found a personal desire and need... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Jolene Nell

LICSW,LCSW
20 years experience
I am a Clinical Social Worker (Therapist), licensed in Washington State and Oregon, with over 20 years’ experience working with diverse populations in a variety of settings. I have had a broad and dynamic range of professional experiences, with the primary focus in helping individuals living with depression, anxiety, managing life transitions, grief and loss, and trauma. I have also helped many people who have experienced physical or sexual trauma or emotional abuse.... Read More
I am a Clinical Social Worker (Therapist), licensed in Washington State and Oregon, with over 20 years’ experience working with diverse populations in a variety of settings. I have had a broad and dynamic range of professional experiences, with... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Jennifer Wolman

LMFT
10 years experience
I am honored to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington state and have a private practice, Beacon of Light Family Counseling in Yakima WA. I have over 10 years of experience working with children as young as 7 years old. I enjoy working with adolescents, couples, individuals and families. In 1999 I received my Bachelor of Arts at the University of Washington in Psychology and in 2002 I... Read More
I am honored to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington state and have a private practice, Beacon of Light Family Counseling in Yakima WA. I have over 10 years of experience working with children as... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Bellingham, Washington

The vibrant Bellingham community of 84,000 residents is home to excellent universities, pristine coastal homes and parks with views of Bellingham Bay and enjoys slightly higher employment rates than comparative cities. However, there remain a few significant challenges that can affect the mental health of residents in Bellingham and the rest of Whatcom County. If you or a loved one is experiencing mental health challenges, learn the factors that can contribute to mental illness and how you can connect with the variety of resources available in Bellingham.

Mental Illness Challenges in Whatcom County, Washington

Throughout the United States, one in five adults experience a mental health issue. There are many common mental challenges in the United States, but some of the common challenges include:

  • Anxiety: Approximately 18 percent of adults in the United States suffer from an anxiety disorder. These disorders can affect every area of your life and make it difficult to live, work and connect with friends and family.
  • Depression: Major depression affects almost 7 percent of adults nationwide. It’s also the number one cause of worldwide disability.
  • Bipolar Disorder: Although less common, bipolar still affects more than 2 percent of adults. This disorder can often be mistaken for depression, and can appear with many different symptoms.
  • Schizophrenia: While this mental illness only affects one percent of the population, that still means that 2.4 million Americans are living with schizophrenia.

In Whatcom County, these mental illnesses can be further complicated with a range of other challenges. 26 percent of Whatcom County residents report having limited activity due to mental or physical health, which is 2 percent more than the rest of Washington. 9 percent also reported having poor mental health for more than 14 days in the past 30 days.

Mental health can be affected by a range of factors. For example, there are clear links between excessive alcohol use and depression. Both of these issues together can also increase your risk of suicidal thoughts, eating disorders and substance abuse. Whatcom County had a prevalence of excessive drinking that included 19.7 percent of the adult population. This could also be linked with the opioid overdose rate throughout the state of Washington, which is 9.4 percent. Excessive use of both drugs and alcohol are not only signs that a person may be experiencing major depression, but they could also be linked with serious thoughts of self harm and other dangers.

The percentage of Bellingham residents that own a house is only 45 percent. This is far below the national average, which is over 63 percent. Combined with the slightly lower than average average income, this puts many residents as risk of becoming homeless. Not only is mental health and homelessness linked, but even having a lower income can increase your risk of having a mood disorder or other mental illness.

Divorce Statistics in Washington

Divorce can affect every aspect of your life. Whether it is unexpected or mutually recognized for years, separating from a spouse can have a major impact on your health, quality of life and environment. Even children, parents and friends of a couple going through a divorce are typically shaken by the event. If you or a loved one are going through a divorce, consider seeking marriage counseling and personal counseling to help you deal with the strong emotions and unexpected feelings that often go hand-in-hand with a divorce.

In 2016, there were 532 divorces in the county and 24,499 throughout the state. The number of divorces typically decreases when couples have more children, so the majority of divorces occur in marriages that don’t include children.

Mental Health Resources in Bellingham, Washington

While understanding the mental health issues throughout the city, county and state are important to understanding those around you, these statistics won’t help you find the path to healing. If you’re looking for a way to discuss your emotional state or live the life you had before your mental illness challenge, learn how a mental health professional can help you today.

Whether you’re looking for yourself, a friend or a family member, search through the E-Counseling directory today to find highly trained professionals in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County. From marriage counseling to individual therapy and rehabilitation, discover how you can find hope through this helpful resource.