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.

Dana Hall

LCPC, MA, CTT, Trauma, DBTtherapist
15 years experience
Hi, I am so glad you are here. This is a 'judgement-free zone' to express and process. It is important for me to create a space where my clients feel safe and comfortable. I truly feel the therapeutic relationship is one of the most powerful and unique opportunities we have to bring about lasting change; I respect the integrity of each client's process. I want for you to feel like you can be transparent... Read More
Hi, I am so glad you are here. This is a 'judgement-free zone' to express and process. It is important for me to create a space where my clients feel safe and comfortable. I truly feel the therapeutic relationship... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Marsha Perfetti-McIntosh

LCPC, MA, MS
6 years experience
Your personal growth and your well-being are important! I am so glad that you are willing to take the first step by seeking out a licensed therapist to help you on this journey! I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a MS in Health and an MA in Counseling. In addition, I am a Certified Health Coach with more than twenty years teaching experience in the areas of women’s health and human sexuality. For nearly... Read More
Your personal growth and your well-being are important! I am so glad that you are willing to take the first step by seeking out a licensed therapist to help you on this journey! I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 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

Hannah Noel

LCSW
7 years experience
Hello! I’m Hannah, a clinical social worker licensed in Illinois with 7 years of experience. I have worked with clients of all ages in individual, family, and group settings. I believe that forming a secure therapeutic relationship is essential for the client’s success. Some specialties I work with are: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, interpersonal relationships, abuse, and trauma. My counseling style is friendly, open, and collaborative. I recognize that it... Read More
Hello! I’m Hannah, a clinical social worker licensed in Illinois with 7 years of experience. I have worked with clients of all ages in individual, family, and group settings. I believe that forming a secure therapeutic relationship... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 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

Joan French

MA, LCPC
0 years experience
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 my clients... Read More
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 0 years

Kristen Kasperek

MA, LPC
7 years experience
Hi, my name is Kristen Kasperek and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and a National Certified Counselor. I have 7 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples in individual and group settings. I worked as a Psycho Social Rehabilitation Therapist for quite some time where I became certified in OCD as well as PTSD. I have vast experience working with those who suffer from chronic... Read More
Hi, my name is Kristen Kasperek and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and a National Certified Counselor. I have 7 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples in individual and... 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

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

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.