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Specializes in Psychology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
642 S Alaska Street; Suite 218
Palmer, AK
 

Dr. Grace Long's specialty is psychology. Her clinical interests include depression, behavior therapy, and domestic abuse. Dr. Long is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. She welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Psychiatry
average rating 4.41 stars (3 ratings)
2250 S Woodworth Loop; Suite 202
Palmer, AK
 

Dr. Ellen Halverson is a medical specialist in psychiatry. She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Halverson is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Counseling, Addiction Therapy
2151 Hemmer Road
Palmer, AK
 

Specializes in Counseling
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
2250 S Woodworth Loop; Suite 202
Palmer, AK
 

Specializes in Counseling
average rating 4.5 stars (1 rating)
642 S Alaska Street; Suite 207
Palmer, AK
 

Specializes in Counseling, Addiction Therapy
2250 S Woodworth Loop; Suite 202
Palmer, AK
 

Ms. Amanda Wolfe works as a counselor and addiction therapist. She has a special interest in substance abuse, counselor education, and mental health agency services.

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Specializes in Psychiatry
425 E Dahlia Avenue; Ste Mb
Palmer, AK
 

Ms. Kathleen Hammaker's specialty is psychiatry. She honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Social Work
2250 S Woodworth Loop; Suite 202
Palmer, AK
 

Mr. Justin Shipowick specializes in social work. He is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Ms. Bobbi OKelley L.P.C., M.S.
Specializes in Counseling
642 S. Alaska Street; Suite 204a
Palmer, AK
 

Ms. Bobbi O'Kelley practices counseling in Palmer, AK and Anchorage, AK. Clinical interests for Ms. O'Kelley include anger management, person-centered therapy, and holistic therapy.

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Clinical interests: Person-Centered Therapy, Holistic Therapy, Couples Therapy, Anger Management, Solution-Focused ... (Read more)

Specializes in Psychiatry
2250 S Woodworth Loop; Suite 202
Palmer, AK
 

Ms. Gabriele Gerteisen practices psychiatry in Palmer, AK. She honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Psychiatry
16720 E Maud Road
Palmer, AK
 

Ms. Caryn Gonzales is a family medicine practitioner and psychiatrist in Palmer, AK. She honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Psychiatry
2250 S Woodworth Loop; Suite 202
Palmer, AK
 

Mr. Zan Whitman's specialty is psychiatry. Mr. Whitman takes Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Psychiatry
2250 S Woodworth Loop; Suite 202
Palmer, AK
 

Ms. Jennifer Byers specializes in psychiatry. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Psychiatry
634 S Bailey Street; Suite 207
Palmer, AK
 

Ms. Tracy Freer's specialty is psychiatry. Ms. Freer takes Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Neuropsychology
634 S Bailey Street; Suite 106
Palmer, AK
 

Dr. William Kerst is a neuropsychologist in Palmer, AK. He takes Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Social Work
349 E. Cottonwood Avenue
Palmer, AK
 

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What is Mental Health Care?

Mental health care refers to a broad group of professionals who work to keep people mentally well. Just as physical illness can cause unwanted aches and pains, mental illness can cause unwanted thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. Even people who are not dealing with a mental illness can suffer from the effects of a stressful situation and find it difficult to cope. Mental health care workers seek to improve the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of their clients, usually through therapy.

There are many kinds of mental health care providers. Some examples include psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, psychiatric nurses, substance abuse professionals, and social workers. Mental health workers treat patients at all stages of life and through many common problems, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and several others.

Some of the symptoms that occur with mental health issues and may cause a person to seek treatment include:
  • Changes in eating or sleeping
  • Decreased energy, fatigue
  • Numbness or a lack of interest in life
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Recurrent, persistent thoughts
  • Feeling unusually anxious, sad, angry, worried, or on edge
  • An inability to care for one’s self or perform daily tasks

Patients seeking mental health treatment have several options. The most widely used treatment is psychotherapy, also called talk therapy or simply ‘therapy’. In therapy, mental health workers guide patients as they talk about issues in their life and problem-solve ways to make positive, healthy changes. Some patients also take medication to treat mental illness. Medications are especially effective at treating the chemical imbalances behind more severe cases of depression, anxiety, and illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Many mental illnesses are treated with a combination of both medication and therapy. For example, in substance abuse care, medications to ease withdrawal symptoms are commonly used together with a specific kind of therapy called behavior therapy, which teaches patients how to handle challenging situations without drugs or alcohol. Mental health workers may also consult with physicians or use community resources to help patients function at their best.
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