Crisis Line in King County: 206-461-3222

These days, we are more likely to know someone with a mental health illness, or know someone who may be suffering with symptoms that resemble a mental health crisis. What is troubling is that those who are at risk, or who feel like they are on the edge, are still afraid to seek help or they feel completely deflated by the process. It can be daunting. First, if you or a loved one feel like you are in a crisis situation or you aren’t sure how you’ll make it through the next day, then please don’t wait. Call the Crisis Line in King County. They are open 24 hours per day: 206-461-3222. This is also the number to call for children and teens who may be going through a crisis. When needed, a mobile response team will come to where you are for assistance and evaluation.

Below is not a comprehensive list, but a starting point for those who may want to learn more about mental health services in the King county region.

Psychology Today, the American Art Therapy Association
There are many counselors and art therapists in private practice, and you may research them here.

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
The local chapter of NAMI is a helpful resource for families and those who have a mental illness. Seattle has a very active local chapter and calendar of events. Please visit their website to view what is happening, how you can be involved, and/or how you can get more help.

Although I do think art therapy is a very beneficial and empowering way to cope with and overcome a variety of challenges and illnesses facing youth and adults, some may not be ready to try this approach or have the resources to afford my services. Below are a few links to mental health providers that offer different services at discounted rates. Please remember too, that if you have insurance, the mental health parity law states that you must have some coverage for mental health benefits. Good luck in your search and if you have questions, feel free to email me.

King County Mental Health (Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services)
King County Mental Health Services FAQ’s
This site provides information on referral agencies, how to get mental health services to treat specific illnesses, trainings, and information on ombuds services.

Teen Link 
Staffed by teen volunteers trained by the Crisis Clinic staff. This is a confidential, free service.

Jewish Family Services
Counseling for individuals and families.

Samaritan Center for Puget Sound
Twenty locations in Seattle and Bellevue, Pierce County, and Kitsap County. Christian based therapy for individuals, couples, and families.

Seattle Counseling Service
Counseling for LGBT community-—adults and youth.

Wellspring Family Services Counseling Services
Offices in Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond. Individuals, families, couples, and child therapy.