Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Aurora, Illinois

Find a therapist in Aurora, Illinois that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Aurora to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.

Jill Early

Jill Early, LCSW

Welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of counseling experience. I have counseled hundreds of clients who are in need of assistance coping through a life crisis or change, as well as clients who suffer from Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders or Addictions. I have experience working in multiple settings, including hospital emergency rooms as a crisis worker, and as a psychotherapist in a private practice. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Dr. Sue Denk

Dr. Sue Denk, Psy.D., LCPC

Each person is an individual and needs to have their treatment tailored to their individual needs. There is no such thing as "one-size-fits-all" therapy. Years of experience have made me an expert in both individual and relationship counseling. For me, the ideal client is motivated towards change and who will work just as hard between sessions as during them, who will explore the past and its effect on now and the future, and who will Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Sophia Burke

Sophia Burke, LCPC

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Chicago, IL with years of experience working with adults facing a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and the symptoms associated with trauma and/or PTSD. As a clinician I thrive on the power of an authentic therapeutic relationship and work from a holistic and strengths-based approach. I strive to create a safe and accepting space wherein clients can begin to build Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Hannah Noel

Hannah Noel, LCSW

Hello! I’m Hannah, a clinical social worker licensed in Illinois with 7 years of experience. I have worked with clients of all ages in individual, family, and group settings. I believe that forming a secure therapeutic relationship is essential for the client’s success. Some specialties I work with are: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, interpersonal relationships, abuse, and trauma. My counseling style is friendly, open, and collaborative. I recognize that it Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Kelly Borghi

Kelly Borghi, LCSW, CADC, CODP, I

About Me I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), and Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder Professional (CODP I). I was born and raised in the suburbs of Illinois. I eventually ventured to the city of Chicago where I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Roosevelt University. I continued my education at Aurora University where I earned my masters degree in social work, with concentrations in mental Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Dr. Julia Kogan

Dr. Julia Kogan, PsyD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 8 years of clinical experience. I have received training and supervision in university medical centers, state hospitals, college counseling centers, and private practice. I have specialized training in anxiety/stress, adjustment difficulties, sleep problems, relationship issues, career problems, and coping with chronic medical illness. I utilize a combination of cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, positive psychology, and interpersonal therapies. I am also a Triple P Parenting certified instructor. Triple P is Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Lori Melhart

Lori Melhart, LCSW

Hi! I am Lori A. Melhart, LCSW. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am a certified Life Coach, I am also certified in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I have recently earned my diploma in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. I have tools to help with chronic pain, anxiety and depression. I have over 18 years experience in helping people feel better about themselves and the roles they have. I specialize in local Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years

Patricia Stern

Patricia Stern, LCSW, MBA

Hi. I’m Patricia Stern, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois, with over 25 years of experience as a therapist. I see older adolescents and adults of all ages. They may be anxious, depressed, grieving a loss or trying to cope with stress. They may have health or medical concerns; or just be looking to improve their life skills and to make decisions and plans that are helpful for them. I see myself as Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years

Joan French

Joan French, MA, LCPC

I've met with many clients who say they don't feel really listened to or understood by others. As a result they can feel lonely, isolated, misunderstood, and hopeless. I believe that to feel a sense of personal wellness we must also feel heard, connected, and hopeful! Finding and connecting with a positive & affirming counselor is a valuable and courageous choice to move forward! It is important for me to create a space where my clients Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 0 years

Christine Kohut

Christine Kohut, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with over 10 years of experience. I have worked in variety of settings: private practice, community mental health, inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse treatment. I have experience working with individuals with Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Family and Relationship Issues, and Substance Use Disorders. I provide individual counseling, family therapy and couples counseling. I use an eclectic approach to therapy, with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Overview of Mental Health Resources in Aurora, Illinois

Aurora, Illinois is located at the outer edge of the Chicago metropolitan area. It is the second-most populous city in the state and the 114th largest in the United States with an estimated 199,963 residents. The city is located mostly within Kane County and DuPage County. Originally known as a mid-sized manufacturing epicenter, during the late 1980’s many of these manufacturers began to close and Aurora suffered from an unemployment rate that reached as high as 16%. The city has since expanded and redeveloped to include other industries which have helped turn the economy around and create new jobs. The type of adjustment the city has had to undergo as a result of this redevelopment can take a toll on residents who are unprepared for changes. The stresses related to economic uncertainty can often have an impact on the financial well-being and mental health of individuals and households.

Diagnosed Depression

Within Kane County, 11.8 percent of adults have been diagnosed with either a minor or major depressive disorder. Without social and emotional support to help someone through their depression, symptoms can worsen and lead to other behaviors such as self-medication and substance abuse.

The state of Illinois as a whole also faces challenges in dealing with the mental health of its residents. In one study it was found that 23.6 percent of adults indicated their mental health was not good for between 1-7 days out of a period of 30 days. These mental health concerns included stress, depression, and other problems with emotions.

If you feel that you are suffering from excessive stress, anxiety, depression, or other emotional problems you might have an easier time combating these issues with the help of a professional. Should you decide to seek help, we want to connect you with an Aurora mental help professional or therapist you can work with to improve your quality of life.

Recognizing that you need additional support is not always easy, but it is the first step in tackling your problem head-on. When you are ready to find a therapist in the Aurora area, we can provide some guidance on who to go about this process. Before starting your search, we suggest taking a self-reflective inventory of what your specific needs are.

Questions to Help Guide Your Search

Starting with what your needs and preferences are is a good way to focus your search for the types of treatment might be best-suited to you. The work that goes on in therapy and counseling sessions is not one-size-fits-all. It can be a highly personal process and requires that you have good communication with the person you have chosen as your care provider. For this reason, being as clear as you can about your needs is a good idea and can help focus your search for the right fit. Some questions you might want to think about are:

  • What specific issues or problems do you want to address in therapy?
  • What would be the ideal outcome of seeing a mental health professional?
  • How regularly can you make time to meet with the therapist?
  • Would you feel more comfortable speaking with a female or a male about your personal issues?
  • Are you suffering from problems that would best be addressed by a specialist (such as eating disorders, or substance abuse?)

There are many more questions you could ask yourself, but these are a good place to start. Remember, this process is about communication and finding a therapist with whom you have a good rapport is crucial to effective treatment.

Health Insurance Considerations

Not everyone can afford to pay for mental health services themselves, so if you have health insurance it is a good idea to contact them and find out what your policy covers. You may find that they charge lower out-of-pocket costs if you work with one of the mental health professionals within their chosen network. Be sure to find out from your insurer whether they cover the services you need- it may save you a lot of money and relieve some of the financial burdens.

How Can Help You Connect with an Aurora Mental Health Professional

On our site, you can connect with various Aurora therapists and mental health professionals to find out which ones might offer the services you need. We make it easy to compare services because you can find detailed bios and profiles through our search and narrow down your choices to a short list. Once you have selected those who might fit the criteria of what you are looking for, you can then reach out to each of them and find out the answers to remaining questions you may have. The ideal scenario is that you find a professional that understands you and understands your challenges. If you can do this you will be equipped with a great resource to go to whenever you may need some assistance in dealing with life’s problems.

Connecting with the right mental health professional could be the step you need toward achieving a better quality of life.