Depression Counseling Boston MA

Although numerous trials attest to St. John’s wort's efficacy for mild depression, sometimes even prescription antidepressants lose their effectiveness and require a higher dose. Read on for more information.

Dr. Sid Mondell
Dr. Sid Mondell
(617) 338-9533
294 Washington Street #415
Boston, MA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD
Licensed in Massachusetts
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Wilson Woo
Dept. of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
(617) 855-2823
25 Shattuck Street
Boston, MA
Credentials
Credentials: MD
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Multicultural Issues, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Pain Management, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Self Abuse
Populations Served
Military/Veterans, Alzheimer's, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Emily A. Carey
(617) 868-7867
872 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues), 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.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
French
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Boston College
Credentialed Since: 1986-03-17

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Ms. Mimi Elmer
Focus Counseling and Consultation, Inc
(617) 876-4488
186 1/2 Hampshire St.
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Camille DiBenedetto
(617) 492-8775
49 Hancock St.
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: Psy.D.
Licensed in Massachusetts
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Toni Delisi
(617) 292-7792
Life Bridge Associates
Boston, MA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Stress Management or Pain Management, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Massachusetts School Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 1998-04-06

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Ms. Karen Schiff
Karen Schiff
(617) 354-1686
875 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 35
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, BCD
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Dr. Kalman Glantz
(617) 876-6253
12 Kinnaird Street
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D.
Licensed in Massachusetts
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Sexual Disorders, Stress, Trauma
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mr. Richard Colbath-Hess
(617) 354-6471
79 Amory Street
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transition
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Peter Gumpert
Peter Gumpert, Ph.D.
(617) 734-6500
1415 Beacon St Suite 200
Brookline, MA
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D., CGP
Licensed in Massachusetts
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Depression

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by Dan Lukaczer, ND

Q I’ve taken St. John’s wort for the past few years, and it seemed to help. But recently I’ve experienced the same issues with depression I was having before. The St. John’s wort seems to have lost effectiveness. Any suggestions?

A There is a lot we don’t know about St. John’s wort (Hypericum perfolatum).
Although numerous trials attest to its efficacy for mild depression, I’m not aware of any studies that have followed patients long term—as in years. So we are left a bit on our own. I do have a few suggestions. To begin, sometimes even prescription antidepressants lose their effectiveness and require a higher dose. How much St. John’s wort have you been taking? I generally recommend 900 mg of a standardized extract.

Next, have you changed your medication routine? A number of other medications such as many oral contraceptives and some antibiotics, notably tetracycline, can both influence and be influenced by St. John’s wort. In addition, interactions undoubtedly exist between St. John’s wort and other medications that researchers don’t know about. Make a careful check of other prescription and nonprescription medications you’ve changed recently.

Last, have you changed the brand? Sticking to a brand you trust that uses a standardized extract is important. If you’re still using the same brand, check a new bottle against an old one and see if the formulation has changed (or, if you don’t have an old bottle, contact the company and ask if it changed anything).

With the warnings hitting the news about prescription antidepressants, you should take a careful look at these issues and see if you can uncover some clue as to what went wrong. St. John’s wort seemed to work well for you, and it’s possible it could do so again.

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