Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Bloomington, Illinois

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


Kristy Hemmele

MA, LCPC
20 years experience
Hello, my name is Kristy. I have been a licensed clinical professional counselor for over 15 years. Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone also has encountered struggle of some type.. I use primarily solution focused techniques and my faith to help individuals, couples and families find help and feel empowered. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity,... Read More
Hello, my name is Kristy. I have been a licensed clinical professional counselor for over 15 years. Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone also has encountered struggle of some type.. I ... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Lori Melhart

LCSW
18 years experience
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
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.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years

Traci Wilt

MSW, LCSW
20 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of social work experience. I received my Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois. My life's work has been focused on assisting young people to find their voice, advocate for themselves, work on coping skills when they are struggling with anxiety, depression or difficult life situations as well as assist with ADHD and focusing. I am client centered and use an eclectic... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of social work experience. I received my Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois. My life's work has been focused on assisting young people to find their... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Stormy Harrison

LCSW
9 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois with 9 years experience providing individual and group substance and mental health counseling. I also hold a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate (CADC) and a Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Certificate (MISA I). I have worked in both adult and juvenile prison settings. I completed my practicum at a local community-based mental health and substance use treatment facility. ... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois with 9 years experience providing individual and group substance and mental health counseling. I also hold a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate (CADC) and a Mental... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Thomas Mattison

LCSW
5 years experience
Greeting and Salutations, I came to clinical social work later in my adult life journey. For the first three decades as a working professional I was a licensed mason and a senior partner in a small, but successful, independent family contracting firm. I spent my days working in the public and private sector of business smashing and repairing brickwork, dealing with contracts, customers, and architects. My change of career path occurred on a clear summer day... Read More
Greeting and Salutations, I came to clinical social work later in my adult life journey. For the first three decades as a working professional I was a licensed mason and a senior partner in a small, but successful, independent family contracting... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Karen Armstrong

LMHC, LCPC, LCPP
25 years experience
My name is Karen F Armstrong. I am licensed in three states as a behavioral health and relationship therapist along with certification in two states as an addiction professional. I am also a certified employee assistance professional/career coach. I have worked for over twenty years in the field of behavioral health/relationships/addictions. In each area I counsel I provide good listening skills, I am nonjudgmental, insightful and supportive. Through the years I have... Read More
My name is Karen F Armstrong. I am licensed in three states as a behavioral health and relationship therapist along with certification in two states as an addiction professional. I am also a certified employee assistance professional/career coach. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Veronica Walker-Douglas

LCSW
25 years experience
Greetings, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Indiana/Illinois with 25 years of experience providing therapy services to clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-image and physical/mental/emotional well-being. My counseling style is warm, reflective and interactive. I believe in the client’s right to self-determination with the innate ability to navigate their own live in a meaningful manner. I see you as the “expert” and my role as a supportive... Read More
Greetings, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Indiana/Illinois with 25 years of experience providing therapy services to clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-image and physical/mental/emotional well-being. My counseling style is warm, reflective... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Barbara Havens

LMHC, LCPC
25 years experience
Hello, welcome, and thank you for reading this brief note of introduction. I know these things about you already: you have courage, you have done some hard work to get here, and you carry hope that life can be better. Whether a pebble in your shoe or a boulder in your heart, there are times for all of us when it is difficult just to stand upright. A compassionate companion, another perspective,... Read More
Hello, welcome, and thank you for reading this brief note of introduction. I know these things about you already: you have courage, you have done some hard work to get here, and you carry hope that life can... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Renee Rogers

MA, LCPC, NCC, BCC
3 years experience
The Journey Hello, my name is Renee Rogers, and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Board Certified Counselor (BCC) in the State of Illinois. I have over 15 years of professional experience working in the helping field. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Illinois State University in Child Development and my Master's Degree from Chicago State University in Counseling Psychology. ... Read More
The Journey Hello, my name is Renee Rogers, and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Board Certified Counselor (BCC) in the State of Illinois. I have over 15 years of... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Linda Gonzalez

LCSW
12 years experience
Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience counseling individuals and groups in residential and community-based settings. If you are struggling to cope with addiction, anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, stress, or new or worsening health issues - I can help. I will provide a safe space for you to express your needs and desires, work with you to examine, explore and expand your understanding of your situation and help... Read More
Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience counseling individuals and groups in residential and community-based settings. If you are struggling to cope with addiction, anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, stress, or new or worsening health... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Bloomington, Illinois

Bloomington, Illinois, not to be confused with the other 15 cities in the United States with the name Bloomington, is a large metropolitan city located in the center of Illinois. It is a part of McLean County along with its twin city Normal, Illinois and is easily accessible since it converges with several large highways and interstates. Residents of Bloomington are also able to enjoy tours of the David Davis Mansion, the former home of Supreme Court Justice David Davis who was a close friend and mentor to Abraham Lincoln.

Bloomington’s 77,934 citizens certainly have much to benefit from with plenty of recreational activities to enjoy, a variety of employment opportunities, and a growing downtown area. Yet, they also face many challenges. For instance, the city’s poverty rate is higher than the national average with 13.3 percent of the population living below the poverty line. African Americans are much more likely to live in poverty than their white counterparts with a poverty rate of 36.07 percent. Since poverty and mental health issues are closely linked to one another, these statistics indicate that there are individuals living in Bloomington with mental illnesses that are in need of treatment.

Mental Health Concerns in Bloomington

According to Mental Health in America, 15.73 percent of adults living in Illinois are struggling with some sort of mental illness. Compared to the rest of the nation, Illinois ranks third and has some of the lowest rates of mental health prevalence in the country. Overall, this is good news for the residents of Illinois, including those living in Bloomington. However, there are specific mental health issues that still a major concern.

Substance Abuse

A major mental health issue in Bloomington and the rest of McLean County is the prevalence of substance abuse disorders amongst both adults and youths. 7.8 percent of adults and 5.21 percent of youths living in Illinois struggled with a substance abuse disorder in the last year. McLean County specifically is experiencing growing rates of drug overdose deaths with a 150 percent increase from 2016 to 2017. This is mostly due to the introduction of fentanyl mixed with heroin in the county. The Bloomington-Normal area has also experienced at least one death due to an even more fatal mixture containing Carfentanyl.

Incarceration

Mclean County has experienced rising rates of mental illness amongst incarcerated individuals since 2002. Statistics gathered by the Illinois State University’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development found that 25.6 percent of inmates within the county had an apparent mental health concern of some sort in 2017. From 2002 to 2017, there were an estimated 7000 mental individuals who were booked into the jail at least one time. On average, each of these 7000 people were jailed four times.

Homelessness

In 2017, numbers indicated that approximately 250 homeless people were living in the Bloomington-Normal area. Mental illness and substance abuse issues are prevalent and ongoing amongst the homeless, which can make it increasingly difficult for people to change their situation and find the help they need. A significant issue for the homeless in Bloomington specifically is a lack of shelters in the city. There are only two emergency shelters serving the Bloomington-Normal area, and they are almost always full. This results in many people resorting to sleeping unsheltered on the streets, even when temperatures reach well below average in the winter months.

Impact of Not Receiving Treatment in Bloomington

Although there are many people in Illinois suffering from mental illnesses, less than half of these individuals receive treatment. There are several reasons those with mental health concerns don’t get the care they need, including not being able to access care. In Illinois, there are 530 mentally ill individuals in need of treatment per mental provider in the state. Also, 5.4 percent of adults under the age of 65 living in Bloomington don’t have health insurance, which can prevent them from seeking out help.

Find a Therapist in Bloomington, Illinois

Connecting with a mental health provider in Bloomington is essential for starting the recovery process. E-Counseling’s therapist directory is a great resource for locating a provider in your area. Make your mental health a priority and find the help you need today.