406 S First St., Suite 308
Mount Vernon, WA., 98273
Phone: (360) 424-0400
Fax: (360) 336-3270

Jocelyn Palmer, MSW

1015 6th St #104
Anacortes, WA 98221
Phone: (971) 319-1876
Fax: (360) 336-3270


Jocelyn Palmer is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a Master's Degree in Social Work, specializing in Children and Families, from the University of Washington School of Social Work in 1998. She received her B.A. from Western Washington University in Spanish, with a concentration in Latin American Studies. Jocelyn also has extensive training in geriatrics, trauma and cross cultural counseling.

Work Background

Jocelyn worked with a migrant health clinic and in the community mental health system, prior to going back to school for her Master's degree. She worked for 20 years with Skagit County's At-Risk Intervention Specialist program, working with children, adolescents and their families. In this role, she worked extensively with schools, Juvenile Court and community service agencies to coordinate care and develop programming to support families in our community. A primary emphasis was serving and developing programming with the Latino community. For the last 6 years, Jocelyn has worked with Island Hospital Psychiatry and Behavioral Health as a social worker and therapist. She provides counseling in coordination with psychiatric and medical providers. As part of Island Hospital, Jocelyn provides social work services at Anacortes High School one day per week, through a grant.

Practice Description

Jocelyn sees teens, adults and older adults in therapy, covering a range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, life transition, LGBTQ issues, grief and loss. She has extensive experience working with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and people with co-occurring medical and mental health issues.


Jocelyn uses a variety of approaches to match the patient's learning style and issues they are facing. Social workers are trained to look at the individual strengths and problems in the context of their environment and community, using a bio-psycho-social perspective. She uses cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior and educational approaches, among others. With older adults and their families, work often involves exploration of resources as people approach life changes.

Personal Information

Jocelyn loves outdoor activities including cross-country skiing, hiking and kayaking. She has traveled extensively and enjoys other languages and cultures, not to mention the food. Jocelyn enjoys time with her family, friends and her adorable dog.

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