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Mental Health Therapists and Counselors in Illinois

Mental Health Crisis Response in Illinois

Illinois offers crisis response local hotlines to help you meet your urgent mental health needs. You can find the number for the hotline nearest you by visiting this link. No matter where in Illinois you may be located, you can call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The State of Mental Health in Illinois

Illinois currently ranks 19th in the United States for mental healthcare, and the Illinois Department of Human Services - Division of Mental Health (DMH), and the Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA) are working together to continually improve their ranking. The state has been divided into five regions with their own, publicly-funded services that are made available to adults and children with mental illnesses or emotional disturbances. These are community based and operated, intended to uniquely cater to the local communities which they serve.

With Illinois’s diverse population, cultural sensitivity and a person-centered approach to therapeutic services is absolutely vital. The State of Illinois is working to make recovery-oriented care accessible in every community. Therapists, counselors, and psychologists are developing their skills and incorporating best practices from the always-evolving field of mental healthcare, in hopes of the best outcomes for their clients. DMH is shifting from the model of institutional care to one of community-based care, allowing for flexibility in practices and care based on needs within that specific community. Like many other states, Illinois is aware of the increasing importance of integrative care. Seamless communication between providers at various institutions, public and private, will ensure a more uniform approach to care.

For assistance in navigating treatment for substance abuse in Illinois, call the Illinois Helpline at 1-833-234-6343.

NAMI Illinois

The National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI, is open to anyone struggling with mental illness. NAMI is an inclusive and community-based resource geared towards raising awareness and supporting group members on their journey to recovery. With group counseling sessions led by a trained member with a diagnosis (past or present), meetings follow a set of 12 principles for support. NAMI meetings are meant to complement your existing treatment plan with your counselor or psychologist. There are many chapters of NAMI that meet in Illinois, including virtual meet-ups. Find yours here. 

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Therapists and Counselors in Illinois

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Felicia Houston
Together, we will:

Explore thoughts, feelings, & behaviors. Then develop a plan to move forward.


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Together, we will:

Explore thoughts, feelings, & behaviors. Then develop a plan to move forward.

Something to know about my approach is:

People will experience growth if they are active participants in the process.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Self care
  • Stress Management
  • Women's Issues
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Felicia Houston remote and phone therapy in Illinois
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Debra Alper
Together, we will:

We will uncover old narratives that no longer fit and learn how to replace them with stories about who you are today. We will look at unconscious repetitions that interfere in your relational health. We will look at your relationship with yourself.


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Together, we will:

We will uncover old narratives that no longer fit and learn how to replace them with stories about who you are today. We will look at unconscious repetitions that interfere in your relational health. We will look at your relationship with yourself.

Something to know about my approach is:

I am not your judge or jury. My job is not to tell you what my truth is, but to help you recognize your truth and learnimg the obstacles that are keeping you from living it.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Communication Issues
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Emotional abuse
  • Infidelity
  • Narcissism
  • Repetitive relational issues
  • Self Esteem & Confidence Issues
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Debra Alper remote and phone therapy in Illinois
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Arielle Drescher
Together, we will:

We’ll start by creating a plan based around your primary concerns, and identify everyday problems that have feeling stuck and unsatisfied. Together, we can explore how to develop narratives and utilize tools to help you shift and reach your goals.


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Together, we will:

We’ll start by creating a plan based around your primary concerns, and identify everyday problems that have feeling stuck and unsatisfied. Together, we can explore how to develop narratives and utilize tools to help you shift and reach your goals.

Something to know about my approach is:

I am passionate about helping you pivot. It’s OKAY to want to step out of old patterns that have you experiencing unsatisfying outcomes. Together, we can work to acknowledge the pain and discomfort without becoming it.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Adolescents
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Chronic Illness
  • College Students
  • Communication Issues
  • Emotional Intimacy
  • family dynamics
  • Identity Issues
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Stress
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationship Distress
  • Relationship Patterns
  • School issues
  • Self-acceptance
  • Self Esteem & Confidence Issues
  • Self-Worth
  • Stress Management
  • Teen issues
  • Women’s health
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Arielle Drescher remote and phone therapy in Illinois
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Gail Gabbert
Together, we will:

Together we will devise a plan that is both attainable and understandable for your unique needs. Treatment concludes as soon as your goals are met.


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Together, we will:

Together we will devise a plan that is both attainable and understandable for your unique needs. Treatment concludes as soon as your goals are met.

Something to know about my approach is:

If you've tried your best but it's not getting better, let me help. I have specific techniques to improve your situation. I may provide education, assign homework or suggest behavioral tasks to help you reach your goals. Let's work it out together.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress Management
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Gail Gabbert remote and phone therapy in Illinois, Iowa
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Dr. Robin S. Shultz
Together, we will:

Work towards not only the concerns that you bring to therapy, but also the development of your thinking and of your "self" so that you might begin to look at ways of dealing with situations in a different way. Our main focus is on lasting change.


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Together, we will:

Work towards not only the concerns that you bring to therapy, but also the development of your thinking and of your "self" so that you might begin to look at ways of dealing with situations in a different way. Our main focus is on lasting change.

Something to know about my approach is:

I work from a systems approach which means we look at how outside factors (the environment, significant others, work systems, etc.) are impacting you as well as how your actions, behaviors, and thinking are impacting your relationships.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Anxiety
  • Couples Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Parenting Skills
  • Relationship issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Workplace Issues
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Dr. Robin S. Shultz remote and phone therapy in Illinois