Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Elgin, Illinois

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


Dr. Sue Denk

Psy.D., LCPC
25 years experience
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
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,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

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

Sarah Reynertson

MA, LCPC
7 years experience
My name is Sarah Reynertson. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). I absolutely love being a counselor and it is such an honor to be given the privilege of supporting others in their journey of life. I obtained my bachelors degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University in 2008 and obtained my graduate degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012 and began my counseling journey as an... Read More
My name is Sarah Reynertson. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). I absolutely love being a counselor and it is such an honor to be given the privilege of supporting others in their journey of life. I obtained... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 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

Lori Streator

LCPC
11 years experience
I'm a Licensed Therapist & Professional Life Coach specializing in confidence, anxiety, weight loss and whole-body wellness. I believe feeling good about yourself is NOT impossible; but I understand your struggle, because feeling stuck & overwhelmed is where many of my clients start. I have been a licensed therapist for over 10 years, and I have realized over time that our mental health is just as important as our physical health! I have a background in child... Read More
I'm a Licensed Therapist & Professional Life Coach specializing in confidence, anxiety, weight loss and whole-body wellness. I believe feeling good about yourself is NOT impossible; but I understand your struggle, because feeling stuck & overwhelmed is where many of my... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Shannon Franco

BSW, MA, LCPC
4 years experience
I am a counselor licensed in Illinois and have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, substance abuse, and anger issues. I have also helped many people who have experienced domestic violence, both victim and perpetrator. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and... Read More
I am a counselor licensed in Illinois and have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, substance abuse, and anger issues. I have also helped many people who have experienced domestic... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 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

Mental and Behavioral Health Concerns and Care Options in Elgin, Illinois

Located approximately 35 miles northwest of Chicago on the Fox River, Elgin is the eighth largest city in the state of Illinois with a population of 112,456 residents as per the U.S. Census Bureau 2017 estimates. The majority of the city is located in Kane County with a small part also lying within Cook County’s boundaries. Its population increased by 4% since the 2010 census counts. It is also worth noting that Elgin has a large Hispanic population with nearly half (45.1%) of its residents identifying as Hispanic or Latino as per the U.S. Census Bureau data. These individuals experience a unique set of difficulties when it comes to access to health care.

According to the Census Bureau, Elgin has an estimated median household income of $60,375, which is slightly higher than both the median income in the state of Illinois and the United States. The percentage of Elgin residents living in poverty (14.6%) however is higher than the state and national percentages, both of which are around 12.5%. The city also has a high percentage of residents under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance (15.6%) compared to 7.8%  in the state of Illinois and 10.2% nationally.

Persons with limited income and no health insurance are a lot more susceptible to chronic and untreated mental health conditions as in most cases they cannot afford paying for health care out of pocket. While there are state and governmental organizations that provide free or sliding scale fee mental and behavioral health care services to such individuals, many of them are still unable to receive the treatment they need as they are unaware of these options, unsure where to look for help, or simply find the system too confusing to navigate.

An Overview of the Elgin Community’s Mental Health

According to CDC’s 500 Cities Project: Local Data for Better Health, 12.1% of Elgin’s adult residents reported having poor mental health for 14 or more days in the past month. Poor mental health is defined as experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or other emotional problems, however it does not include serious mental disorders as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Furthermore, the 2016-2019 Kane County Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan has identified behavioral health as one of the top health needs in this community and it specifically highlighted services for Spanish-speaking residents and affordable services as two of the top unmet mental health needs in Kane County. As a matter of fact, 84.6% of the Assessment participants pointed out mental health as a major problem and 15.4% identified it as a moderate problem.

The Assessment further reports that 12% of Kane County residents have been diagnosed with depression, with the condition being more prevalent among women, low income residents and those between the ages of 40 and 64. Mental disorders were also the highest cause for hospitalizations in Kane County with 75.45 cases per 10,000 residents, surpassing such conditions as heart disease, injuries, the flu, diabetes, and asthma.

Mental Health Care Organizations and Facilities in Elgin, Illinois

The Elgin Police Department and Kane County Guide both provide extensive lists of mental health community resources offering such services as substance abuse treatment, individual and family counseling, psychiatric services, job seeking support, and 24-hour suicide prevention hotline access. Some of the more notable organizations include Renz Addiction Counseling Center, Ecker Center for Mental Health, Family Service Association of Greater Elgin, Community Crisis Center, Open Door Health Center, and the Latino Treatment Center.

While finding mental health help is not an easy task, it is important to take the time to research and get to know the provider you are thinking about working with. Some of the questions you need to consider include:

  • What conditions does the provider specialize in?
  • What is their reputation in the community?
  • What do past patients say about them?
  • Do they accept your insurance or offer sliding scale fee services?
  • Do they accept new patients and have available appointments?

If you prefer to work with a private mental health service provider, you can start your search in our professional directory, where you can find detailed information on the top counselors and therapists serving the Elgin community.