Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Decatur, Illinois

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


Diane Bailey Yoder

MS, LCPC, NCC
7 years experience
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 PTSD in both individual and group... Read More
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Patricia Stern

LCSW, MBA
30 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years

Terra Ogle

LCSW
15 years experience
I have been working in this field for 15 years. I received my undergraduate degree and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois. Since then I have primarily treated issues such as suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, and trauma history. My style is warm and supportive. I see myself as your tour guide as we navigate through the issues you want to work on. Being a social worker, I believe that... Read More
I have been working in this field for 15 years. I received my undergraduate degree and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois. Since then I have primarily treated issues such as suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Kathleen Monroe

LCSW, CADC
5 years experience
Hello and Welcome! My name is Kathleen Monroe and I possess a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and am licensed in Clinical Social Work in the state of Illinois. In addition; I hold a Certification as an Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Counselor. I have been working in a counseling field since 2014. Clients that I have worked with struggled in areas of mental health and substance abuse ranging in diagnosis’s... Read More
Hello and Welcome! My name is Kathleen Monroe and I possess a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and am licensed in Clinical Social Work in the state of Illinois. In addition; I hold a Certification as... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Merissa Pryor

MSW, LCSW
7 years experience
Sometimes in the journey of life we could all benefit from someone to journey with us during the difficult times. My name is Merissa and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have over seven years experience in counseling as well as advocacy, mental health and substance abuse treatment experience. I specialize in empowering individuals that may be struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, mood disorders or relationship issues. My main therapeutic approach includes Cognitive... Read More
Sometimes in the journey of life we could all benefit from someone to journey with us during the difficult times. My name is Merissa and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have over seven years experience in counseling... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Colleen Martinez

LCSW
11 years experience
Hi! My name is Colleen. I have my Masters in Social Work with a specialization in schools. I am currently working on completing a certification to be a certified drug and alcohol counselor as I feel that is a problem that affects many students. I have been working in alternative schools for most of my career but also worked in private practice for many years. I have worked with children and... Read More
Hi! My name is Colleen. I have my Masters in Social Work with a specialization in schools. I am currently working on completing a certification to be a certified drug and alcohol counselor as I feel that is... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Kimberleigh Hagar

LCSW
6 years experience
Hello! Thank you for visiting my profile! I am a clinical social worker licensed in North Carolina and Illinois and have been working with individuals and families in therapy for over 6 years. I earned my Master of Social Work degree through the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a focus in mental health. I believe that therapy is such a beneficial service that gives individuals the opportunity to feel a genuine, authentic connection with another human.... Read More
Hello! Thank you for visiting my profile! I am a clinical social worker licensed in North Carolina and Illinois and have been working with individuals and families in therapy for over 6 years. I earned my Master of Social Work degree... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Wayne Hill

MS, LPC
15 years experience
Hi, my name is Wayne Hill and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have over 15 years experience in mental health and behavioral counseling. I specialize in working with individuals struggling with relationship problems, depression, anxiety, grief, social issues, and compulsive behaviors. My goal has always been to give hope to people who feel stuck, lost or overwhelmed. I have had the pleasure of assisting countless individuals, couples and families improve their... Read More
Hi, my name is Wayne Hill and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have over 15 years experience in mental health and behavioral counseling. I specialize in working with individuals struggling with relationship problems, depression, anxiety, grief, social... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Harry R Gilley

LCSW, MS, Rehab, Admin, Certified, Anger, Management, Specialist
25 years experience
Hello! My name is Harry Gilley and I am a BeterHelp therapist! Thanks for taking the time to review my Bio. I have over 25 years experience in mental health, substance abuse, and medical social work experience while living in South Carolina, Illinois, Georgia, and Tennessee. I currently live in TN and teach at the University of Tennessee at Martin. I teach Social Work (SW) and specialize in SW and Health... Read More
Hello! My name is Harry Gilley and I am a BeterHelp therapist! Thanks for taking the time to review my Bio. I have over 25 years experience in mental health, substance abuse, and medical social work experience while... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Krista Klund

LCSW
18 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois and I have been practicing for 16 years. I received my Master of Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago in 2002 with a specialty in Children and Families. I have worked a variety of different venues such as agencies, schools and residential treatment facilities and have experience in both individual and systems therapy. Treatment modalities that... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois and I have been practicing for 16 years. I received my Master of Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago in 2002 with a specialty in Children... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Decatur, Illinois

The city of Decatur, Illinois is located on the edge of Lake Decatur and notably was the home of Abraham Lincoln in his early 20s. The city is located in Macon County, and its main industries include agriculture and education. Milliken University provides educational opportunities to its residents and others who travel to attend this university. 72,174 people reside in Decatur as the city continues to grow and develop new innovate ways to practice sustainable, green farming.

Despite this new growth, many of the residents of the city of Decatur struggle with mental health issues that are not always addressed as they should be. Although over 44 million adults living in America struggle with a mental illness, only half of them receive treatment for their conditions. There are many barriers that keep people from getting the help they need, and severe consequences can result from residents not connecting with a mental health provider in their area. Residents of Decatur experience unique issues when it comes to mental health:

  • Poverty: Decatur’s poverty rate is almost double the national average at 22 percent. Living in poverty can negatively impact the mental health of both children and adults due to several factors including the stress is causes.
  • Minorities: There are many residents in Decatur that identify as a minority race including 19.9 percent of the population being African Americans. Poverty levels are especially high among minorities in the city with 66.83 percent of Natives, 41.30 percent of African Americans, and 34.97 percent of Hispanics living below the poverty line.
  • Low Educational Attainment: Despite being a college town, very few of Decatur’s residents pursue an education after high school which can greatly limit their choices in a career and often result in an increased chance of poverty. Only 21.7 percent of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher. The rates are even lower for the African American community with only 10.24 percent having attained a bachelor’s degree.
  • Suicide: Between 2006 and 2015, Macon County had a suicide rate of 11.5 with a total of 127 deaths by suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teenagers and young adults, including college students.
  • Substance Abuse: Substance abuse continues to be a problem in Macon County and attributes to a higher number of overdose deaths. The drug overdose mortality rate in the county increased by 3 percent since 2017 with a total of 48 deaths.
  • Divorce: The overall divorce rate for Decatur, Illinois is 15 percent, which is higher than the national divorce rate of 9 percent. There is evidence that suggests those who struggle with a mental illness are more likely to go through a divorce in their lifetime. Additionally, divorce can lead to mental health conditions like depression or anxiety.

The Impact of Not Receiving Treatment in Decatur

Even though 12.5 percent of people living under the age of 65 in Decatur are living with a disability, 8.2 percent of residents do not have insurance. This can have a serious impact on whether or not a person seeks help for their mental illness due to difficulties paying for treatment. Additionally, individuals may have a hard time finding a provider due to a low number of available therapists and mental health providers. In the state of Illinois, there are approximately 530 residents for every mental health provider, and 262,507 people adults stated they could not receive treatment due to the cost.

There are several consequences that can result as an effect of not receiving treatment including:

  • Homelessness
  • Suicide
  • Substance abuse disorders and addiction
  • Incarceration
  • Unemployment
  • Dropping out of high school or college

Unfortunately, since so many mentally ill people can’t access care or choose not to seek help, many people suffer these consequences. It is essential that people are made aware of resources available in their area and are educated on the benefits of receiving treatment. Additionally, making treatment for mental health care more accessible for people with low incomes and increasing the number of providers and organizations in the city will help Decatur’s residents know where to find help when they need it.

Find a Therapist in Decatur

E-Counseling is a great resource for people who want to find treatment but don’t know where to start. They include a directory of therapists so that people in Decatur can choose a mental health provider that can best address their needs.