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.


Berit Gemar

LCSW
3 years experience
Hello! If you have found your way to this page it is likely that you are struggling with something significant in your life. It can be a relationship, personal concern, or professional issue, and sometimes it's all of those things at once. No matter what brought you to this page, I'm so glad it did. Finding the right counselor can sometimes be the thing that stops someone from seeking help to begin with, and I... Read More
Hello! If you have found your way to this page it is likely that you are struggling with something significant in your life. It can be a relationship, personal concern, or professional issue, and sometimes it's all of those things... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Amelia Lambert

MSW,LCSW
16 years experience
• 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 insight... Read More
• 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... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 years

Jennifer Morris

LCSW
10 years experience
Hi! I have been a social worker for 10 years now and I feel privileged everyday that people allow me into their lives on such a personal level. If you are reading this, you have made a HUGE step in deciding to focus on yourself and give yourself some time and attention which is brave and scary. Social workers, therapist, counselors all receive training to do what we do and many are extremely skillful... Read More
Hi! I have been a social worker for 10 years now and I feel privileged everyday that people allow me into their lives on such a personal level. If you are reading this, you have made a HUGE step... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Kristin Bailey

MSW,LCSW
6 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over five years experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including community mental health, nursing homes, hospitals, and private practice. My focus is to help you believe in yourself, overcome obstacles, and work on being the best version of you. Together, we can work to make this happen. I believe in a holistic approach, in looking at the whole person. I specialize in... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over five years experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including community mental health, nursing homes, hospitals, and private practice. My focus is to help you believe... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Dr. James English

Psy.D.,Licensed,Clinical,Psychologist
30 years experience
Hello my name is Jim. I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has been working in the counseling field for the past thirty years. I have been privileged to provide counseling and therapy services to individual, couples and families and use an approach that empathizes collaboration and measurable results. My counseling style creates a warm and accepting environment in which people learn to identify and express their feelings so that we... Read More
Hello my name is Jim. I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has been working in the counseling field for the past thirty years. I have been privileged to provide counseling and therapy services to individual, couples... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:30 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

Rebecca Paruszkiewicz

LCPC
5 years experience
Hello! Thanks for checking out my profile! I have been a practicing psychotherapist for 5 years, working in a community mental health agency in Chicago. I'm originally from Wisconsin, but have an adventurous spirit that keeps taking me elsewhere!! I'm happy to have the chance to provide therapy to those that may not have the time or energy to go sit in someone's office for an hour a week! Working in community mental health, I've helped... Read More
Hello! Thanks for checking out my profile! I have been a practicing psychotherapist for 5 years, working in a community mental health agency in Chicago. I'm originally from Wisconsin, but have an adventurous spirit that keeps taking me elsewhere!! I'm... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Christine Savas

NCC,LCPC,CMHIMP
4 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and earned my M.Ed. in Counseling from DePaul University. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in Psychology and Human Relations. I have experience working in non-profits with at-risk young adults in the city of Chicago as well as experience in private practice working with a myriad of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, adjustment, ADHD, among several others. However, I am... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and earned my M.Ed. in Counseling from DePaul University. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in Psychology and Human Relations. I have experience working... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

Amy Cabbage

MSW,LCSW
19 years experience
Hi there! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois with nearly 20 years of experience working as a individual and family counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, mood disorders, parenting problems, and ADHD just to name a few. I also have helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I... Read More
Hi there! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois with nearly 20 years of experience working as a individual and family counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:19 years

Dr. Julia Kogan

PsyD
8 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:8 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.