Dr. Anna Charbonneau

Therapy for people living with stress, depression, and medical conditions

Most Recent Articles by Dr. Anna Charbonneau


Six ways to outsmart depression during the Seattle winter -

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Right now it’s December in Seattle. I am looking out the window of my therapy office in Queen Anne. It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s rainy. It’s enough to dampen anyone’s mood. And I’m thinking about depression...

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Three strategies to cope with difficult people during holiday parties -

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Let’s face it, holiday gatherings can be tough. Sometimes, based on past experiences, we can come to dread parties because they come difficult people with questions like: “When are you going to have...

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Wondering how therapy can help with chronic pain? -

Therapy is about your mind and emotions, right? So how can therapy help with physical problems? This questions comes up so often, so today I wanted to take a look at how therapy can help with physical...

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What is the difference between a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and a therapist? Which one is right for you? -

These questions come up often when people are thinking about how to start therapy. This information applies to the US and Canada. In the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, the titles and training are a...

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Four Steps to Create Your Own Oasis in the Storm -

If you're in the US right now, there is a good chance you're dealing with a whirlwind of emotions in yourself and the people around you. If you are watching the news, looking at social media, or simply...

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Frustrated with your doctor? Five tips to get the most out of medical appointments and keep your sanity -

Have you ever left a doctor's appointment feeling totally defeated, frustrated, or even in tears? Dealing with the healthcare bureaucracy can be one of the single biggest sources of frustration for...

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What is depression? How to recognize depression and what to do about it. -

If you are feeling depressed, you're not alone. Research shows that nearly half of all people have experienced an episode of depression in their lives (58% for women, 46% for men) (Kessler et al 1993

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On feeling stuck, procrastination, perfection, and erasers. -

I have, you may have noticed, taken a break from writing for nearly eight weeks. When I imagined a writer taking a break, I imagined maybe a fun road trip, a breeze-ruffling-your-hair-carefree-with...

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How to Heal in a World Filled with Suffering -

I am taking a break from my usual style today and writing completely off the cuff. The past few days have been difficult. The recent shootings of citizens by police, by the very people who should be...

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How to find life balance when coping with chronic medical conditions -

This question came in from a friend I know well. She writes, "I seem to struggle with….balance! How to get all the projects I want to do done and still take care of my ailing body." And that's the focus...

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How to build real relationships -

Today I'm talking about relationships. I probably don't have to tell you this, but relationships can be tough. Do you tend to feel overwhelmed or taken advantage of by other people? Do you push people...

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What are options for low cost therapy? -

Many people find themselves wanting help, but unsure whether they can afford it. The cost of therapy can be high, even if you have insurance in the US. While it frustrates me that lack of money would...

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