Mental Health Services

Emergency Services

The Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic offers 24-hour crisis support, evaluation and intervention by highly trained mental health professionals. Specific emergency services include:

Crisis Stabilization Counseling: Individual and family-oriented crisis resolution is provided as needed at the Clinic or in the community.
Involuntary Detention Investigation: The Clinic offers evaluations for involuntary hospitalization of individuals in danger of harming themselves or others.
Walk-In Emergency and Next-Day Appointments:  Individuals are provided with immediate crisis intervention followed by next-day counseling.
Crisis Respite Care: Short-term accommodation and support is provided for people needing a protected environment.
Jail Services: The Clinic offers on-site mental health services at the Whatcom County Jail, which are linked to post-release, outpatient care.
Emergency Medical Services: Clinic mental health professionals provide prescriptions and monitoring of psychotropic medication.

Adult Services

The Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic offers mental health services for adults whose problems interfere with daily life, e.g. depression, anxiety, phobias, impulsiveness and the consequences of chronic physical illness, as well as the treatment of severe and persistent mental illness. Specific services include:

Therapy:  Immediate counseling for individuals and families for emotional issues such as loss, grief, depression, trauma and anxiety.
Community Support: Care managers provide planned, coordinated treatment and assistance in securing services and entitlements.
Intensive Outpatient Program:  A multi-disciplinary team approach for those individuals with complex service needs.  Team members provide services in multiple settings including community locations and patient homes.
Vocational Services: Support for clients in seeking and maintaining employment.

Services for the Elderly

The Clinic provides mental health services for older adults experiencing mental health issues such as depression, grief, family conflict, difficulty in coping, or dementia. Specific programs include:

Outreach & Engagement Services: In cooperation with community partners, the Clinic works to identify seniors at risk of deterioration or in need of hospitalization. Staff provides in-home assessment and case management services that support independent living.
Therapy:  Immediate counseling for seniors for emotional issues such as loss, grief, depression, trauma and anxiety.  Services can be provided in the home or nursing care facilities.
Community Support:  Care managers provide planned, coordinated treatment and assistance in securing services and entitlements. Individual and family counseling is offered as required.

Child and Family Services

At the Clinic, we provide mental health services for children, adolescents, and their families who are experiencing mental health difficulties, including behavioral problems, emotional distress and adjustment disorders. Specific programs include:

Individual and Family Therapy: Clinic staff members offer counseling for children, adolescents and their families.
Case Management: Case managers work to coordinate mental health services with family, physicians, school personnel, and other relevant agencies.

Group Services

A range of therapeutic and educational group sessions are offered through the Clinic. Programs include:

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: A psycho-educational program empowering clients experiencing long-term mental illness.
Symptom Management: Clients work together to understand, minimize and manage symptoms of mental illness.
Self-Empowerment and Recovery:  Clients learn to build and communicate a strong sense of self-worth and understanding, and acquire skills for lifelong recovery.
Support Groups: Group support for people experiencing emotional distress.

Medical Services

In cooperation with primary care physicians, the Clinic’s team of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and registered nurses provide psychiatric assessment, medication, treatment and coordination of care. Services are available on a timely basis and include:

Psychiatric Evaluation: Clinical assessment to determine an individual’s mental status and to identify medication requirements.
Consultation with Primary Care Physicians: Evaluation and consultation to support the client’s physicians in prescribing psychotropic medications.
Patient Education: Educational opportunities to help clients learn about their illness and treatment options. Specific training for self-medication is offered as necessary.
Medication Management: Prescription of psychotropic medication and management of side effects for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness.

Accessing Services

To inquire about our services or to schedule an initial appointment, please call the Clinic at (360) 752-4542. A staff member will help you determine your needs and walk you through the steps to obtain assistance.  

If you are experiencing a crisis and would like help immediately, please call the 24-hour Crisis Line:

TTY: 1-425-339-3301

The Clinic offers equal opportunity treatment and nondiscrimination in its clinical and employment practices. No one will be denied opportunities for treatment, volunteerism or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, Vietnam-era veteran, HIV/AIDS status or disability.

Language translation services, including American Sign Language, are arranged as needed.

Paying for Services

The Clinic accepts nearly all forms of payment for mental health services including most private insurance plans, such as Regence and Group Health, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, Healthy Options, and Basic Health.

The Clinic receives financial support through Federal, State, County and United Way funds for those individuals who are eligible for services supported through these sources. Financial assistance may be available, for a limited duration, to clients who have no insurance or who have limited financial resources. This support service is intended to assist with payments for therapeutically necessary mental health services. These individuals must meet the therapeutic needs requirements and the financial criteria set forth by the Clinic. (Financial assistance is also dependent upon funding availability.)

A staff member at the Clinic will be able to provide you with information on payment options and securing financial assistance as needed.

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For mental health counseling, call Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic at (360) 676-2220 or e-mail, or simply go the main clinic at 3645 E. McLeod. Whatcom Counseling offers limited walk-in mental health evaluations, call ahead for times and days.

Whatcom Counseling also offers drug, alcohol, chemical or substance abuse services, call for an appointment.


If you fear for your safety or the safety of others, call 911.

If you are in crisis and need to talk to someone right away, call the Crisis Line:
TTY 1-425-339-3301


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