Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Chicago, Illinois

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

Amelia Lambert

Amelia Lambert, MSW, LCSW,

• B.A. in Human Services from National-Louis University • MSW from Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe Throughout our lives we are challenged by obstacles that can be difficult to manage on our own. Reaching out for help in those times can be incredibly difficult. Working with a therapist during those struggles in life can help find the insi Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 14 years


Diane Bailey Yoder

Diane Bailey Yoder, MS, LCPC, NCC,

I have been helping individuals over the years to overcome many challenges. I am here to help guide you no matter what you are going through whether it be relationship concerns, life changes and transitions, career changes, grief, trauma, feelings of depression and/or feeling anxious. I have experience working with parenting concerns whether as a couple, co-parenting situations, or as single parents. I spent several years helping veterans with P Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 7 years


Dr. Chelsea Dumas

Dr. Chelsea Dumas, PsyD, LCP,

My name is Chelsea and I am a clinical psychologist, licensed in the state of Illinois. I completed my doctoral training in clinical psychology and have a Doctor of Psychology degree. I have worked with a variety of clients in my six years of clinical work. My approach to therapy is a combination of Family-Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Client-Centered. This means that I like to understand how your environment (family, work, neighborhood, city, country, society) affect yo Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 6 years


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 prac Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 13 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-focus 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 and international clients. I am very u Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 18 years


Kimber Brightheart

Kimber Brightheart, LCSW,

I am a clinical social worker that has worked with adults, teenagers, and families licensed in Illinois with over 13 years of experience working as a counselor in clinical environments. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar, and other mental health disorders. The majority of my career has been focused on working with extremely vulnerable communities, and I work from a trauma informed framework in my client interactions Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 13 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 a resource and a tool in the arsenal of my clients’ self-care s 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 m Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 0 years


Karla White

Karla White, MS, LCPC,

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. I have been practicing mental health therapy for more than 13 YEARS. I have earned a Masters of Science in Community Counseling degree from Eastern Illinois University. I currently work in private practice in addition to working online with Betterhelp. I believe that ANIMALS are a great benefit to our mental health. I use ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY in my office location. I work with a certified facility dog named She Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 13 years


Guide to Finding Mental Health Professionals in Chicago

Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the United States with over 10 million people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey data estimates for 2008–2012, the median income for a household in the city was $47,408, and the median income for a family was $54,188. Male full-time workers had a median income of $47,074 versus $42,063 for females. About 18.3% of families and 22.1% of the population lived below the poverty line.  This socio-economic disparity leads to a higher rate of violence and crime.  This leads to trauma for those victimized by the crimes as well as depression, anxiety, and stress.  Substance abuse also increases as those that experienced the crime may be trying to cope with what happened in a manner that is not appropriate.

According to the CDC the divorce rate in Chicago is one of the lowest in the nation; however, even though it is statistically the bottom 10% does not mean that those who are dealing with marital issues should ignore their problems.  When communication breaks down in a relationship it is important to address it before the problem becomes more complicated.  Statistics show that couples who do not communicate and become distant have a higher probability of domestic violence or infidelity.  With the help of a marriage and family counselor at the beginning when there is distance and the start of lack of communication may greatly reduce the chances of domestic violence and cheating.

Currently, there are over 90 therapists in the Chicago metropolitan area who provide therapy for individuals, couples, family, as well as substance abuse counseling and psychotherapy and psychiatry.  There are also 140 treatment centers specializing in the areas of substance abuse treatment, individual and group/family therapy.  The treatment centers are nonprofits, which means that the costs are not as high as a private practice therapist.

 

How Can We Help You Find a Therapist?

The therapist directory listed above is a small sampling of therapists in the Chicago area.  In order to select a professional, it is important to know what you may be interested in addressing.  Here is a list of questions you should ask yourself prior to scheduling an appointment and once you read their profiles and choose the therapist; bring the list and ask them if they would be able to help you address those situations.

What is your main issue you need to address?

Is the provider accepting new patients?

How long are you looking to be in therapy for?

With these basic questions addressed it will be easier to choose who you would like to meet with to make sure they are a good match.  It is important to understand that the therapist you first meet is not the only therapist out there.  There are a lot of different types of therapy and therapists that specialize in different ways to treat mental health and substance abuse issues.  The Chicago mental health professionals are listed above to give you a glimpse at a large network of individuals and facilities that are willing to provide different forms of therapy and treatment.  So, if the first therapist is not what you were looking for then it is okay to look for another.  Remember, that it is important for you to feel comfortable so that you can focus on your situation and that should be the number one priority of the provider.  If it does not seem that the provider is helping then he/she may not have the correct technique to work with alleviating your situation, may it be PTSD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or any other mental health issue.