Emotional Health and Wellness
Mental health underlies everything about our bodies health. In fact, we really cannot separate our mental health from our physical health. Our family practice providers are very familiar with chronic mental health issues including anxiety, depression, panic disorders, post-traumatic stress and ADD. We do our best to help patients understand that treatment is often a team approach. Utilization of counseling/therapy, as well as self-care and lifestyle changes, are paramount to successful treatment of mental health conditions. While we are not therapists, family practice providers do some low level of counseling and really take the time to listen to our patients who come in for mental health treatment. It often takes courage to present to your doctor with these concerns, and we are sensitive to that.
Chris Gaynor, MD, MA, FAAFP holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in addition to his MD degree, and has a special interest in emotional health issues from ‘tweens’ through death and dying. In addition, Risa Cole, ARNP has experience working in mental health and particularly enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults with mood and behavioral disorders. She will also complete her doctorate of nursing in psychiatric mental health at the University of of Washington in early 2022.