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.

Maiah Merino

LMHC
20 years experience
Hello! I am Maiah Merino and I am a licensed mental health counselor. I was trained as a Family Systems Therapist, meaning, I acknowledge the familial stories that were passed down and look at how those may be shaping your current narrative. I am Person-Centered, listening and following your lead as we develop goals and practices together that support your Counseling experience. I also utilize Creative Arts, Mindfulness, Narrative (stories and... Read More
Hello! I am Maiah Merino and I am a licensed mental health counselor. I was trained as a Family Systems Therapist, meaning, I acknowledge the familial stories that were passed down and look at how those may be... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Michael Lombard

MS, LMFT
6 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist residing in the beautiful state of Washington. I received a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University in 2012. After that, I began my career working in a community mental health setting providing mental health services for clients who may not have been able to afford counseling in a traditional private practice setting. Once my time ended there, I started working in... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist residing in the beautiful state of Washington. I received a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University in 2012. After that, I began my career working in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Dr. Emily Mayfield

PhD
12 years experience
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and how we can work together to make the changes you are looking for. I believe therapy is collaborative. When you make the decision to engage in treatment, you are the expert on what you are experiencing. Your voice and opinion is important to the treatment process and we will work together to develop a plan that will lead to desired... Read More
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and how we can work together to make the changes you are looking for. I believe therapy is collaborative. When you make the decision to engage in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Cindy Watson

MSW, LMHC
3 years experience
I am a Licensed mental health counselor in Washington state. My mission is to provide a safe environment in which you can grow, come to know yourself more deeply, and find ways to relieve your suffering. My counseling style is both educational and therapeutic; warm and interactive yet can also be blunt and to the point when needed. I believe that each person is fundamentally healthy and good, and that by finding out... Read More
I am a Licensed mental health counselor in Washington state. My mission is to provide a safe environment in which you can grow, come to know yourself more deeply, and find ways to relieve your suffering. My counseling... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Kristina Durene

MA, LMHC
5 years experience
Hello! My name is Kristina Durene. I am a mental health counselor licensed in the state of Washington with approximately 11 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, interpersonal and relationship issues, parenting and family problems, career challenges, and health and wellness challenges. I have worked with many individuals who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. In... Read More
Hello! My name is Kristina Durene. I am a mental health counselor licensed in the state of Washington with approximately 11 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked with clients with a wide range... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 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.