Evanston, Illinois Therapists

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Tonya Battle
LCPC, Psy.D.
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Joliet, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

With over 15 years of experience, Dr Battle treats children, adolescents, and adults. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Children and Adolescents, from Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Schaumburg,...
Julie Torrence
MS, OTR/L, LCSW
In-Person Sessions:

Evanston, Illinois

Feeling anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed by life's challenges? By focusing on the root cause of these issues, you can begin to feel better quickly. I begin by teaching my clients practical tools they can start using - right away - to relieve their...
Philip Osborne
Ph.D., MS
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

My office is a comfortable sanctuary, where you are treated with dignity and respect, and where you can openly explore your concerns. What we talk about will be kept confidential and not be judged. As I get to know you, I will seek to understand...
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I am a solution focused therapist with 35 years of experience. My therapy style is cognitive, interactive, compassionate, and, if need be, challenging. I believe effective therapy should produce change, not just insight. I will listen to you deeply,...
Malory Dahl
LPC, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I completed my Masters of Arts in Counseling, Specializing in Forensic Psychology, from Adler University and have a variety of clinical experiences that have crystallized a passion for providing personalized mental health services to a diverse...
Dyanne Bresler
LCPC, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Park Ridge, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

"No one comes to adulthood totally unscathed by the experience of growing up" is one of my favorite sayings, and I think a task I often encounter in therapy is to help others discard some of the rules and beliefs formed when they were growing up,...
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I was drawn to social work and therapeutic practice through both a commitment to social justice and a genuine curiosity for the stories and narratives of others. I grew up listening to my grandparents recount their early lives, often spending hours...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

Matthew believes in building a strong therapeutic relationship in which clients come to appreciate the complexity and nuance in their lives as well as their own innate ability to heal from pain and dysfunction. Matthew views the role of the...
Carroll Cradock
Ph.D Psychology
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

Whether you’re an adult, adolescent, or child, everyone has the same goal: to navigate through life’s obstacles to a better life. You can feel sure that Dr. Carroll Cradock’s counseling services are not only individualized and cutting edge,...
Sonja Seglin
MA, LCPC, CBT-I
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

You know you're able to accomplish more, get farther, achieve your dreams. There's just something standing in the way, and being in that situation makes you feel horrible and overwhelmed. I can help you get past that "something." I'm trained in...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

With a special interest in the LGBTQ community, I help clients manage anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Members of the LGBTQ community face unique challenges and bring amazing strengths, and it's my privilege to work with these clients....
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

I’ve been working in this field since 2005. As both a therapist and a therapy client myself, I know how important it is to work with a counselor who is down to earth and easy to talk to. Your sense of trust in me is essential in order for you to...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

Our lives are forever changed when someone we love dies. We are the bereaved, the mourning, the vulnerable. We are hit by waves of painful emotions-grief, anger, depression, guilt, fear, anxiety and a longing for our loved ones. Sometimes, we are...
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

You may have come here needing help, or perhaps feeling a little hopeless. The truth is, all of your answers are within you. Together, we can support you in accessing those answers. We are all here to evolve into more conscious, responsible...
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

For over 20 years I've had the privilege of helping individuals recognize their emotional needs and develop the skills to achieve wellness. I offer clients a specialized setting where they can develop an understanding of how their past/current...
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois, New York

It is an honor to work with every one of my clients. I don't have a specific "type" of person, and enjoy working with most anyone bothered by an issue or problem they would like resolved but have not been able to resolve on their own. It might be an...
Jane Pinsof
LCSW, MSW
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I have a Bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Social Work from the Jane Addams school of social work at UIC Chicago. I have practiced in the Chicagoland area for 30 years and now also offer Telehealth. I take a...
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I believe in using an integrative and collaborative approach to help young professionals and adults overcome excessive worry, feeling overwhelmed, hopelessness, and a lack of motivation in order to accomplish their full potential. Through our work...
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

Feeling overwhelmed, like you’re being pulled in a million different directions? Experiencing loneliness, even if you’re surrounded by people? Maybe it feels like something is missing from your life, and you’re not quite sure what. No matter...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

A proven track record that speaks volumes. Why working with Danyell leads to long-lasting success: A diversely educated advisor, Danyell’s unquenchable thirst for personal development is rooted in a diverse and accomplished education. She received...
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Illinois

I am an experienced Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist who focuses on a person-centered therapy approach, teaching clients to develop tools to work through challenges by identifying strengths and developing...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I offer a relaxing, nonjudgmental environment where we can begin to develop rapport and build the therapeutic relationship. I am aware that clients have a choice of clinician and without rapport, clients may have a difficult time finding the comfort...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) and bicultural licensed clinical social worker. I received a Masters Degree in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. I value...

An Overview of Mental Health in Evanston, Illinois

A suburb north of Chicago, Evanston is a city of 75,472 people located in Cook County, Illinois. Residents of Evanston are relatively young, with a median age of 35.4 compared to 37.9 years for the entire state. Female residents notably outnumber male residents in Evanston, 54.1 and 45.9 percent, respectively.

There is an economic disparity in Evanston; the median household income is anywhere between $66,000 and $72,000 per year, far exceeding the averages for the United States, Illinois, and Cook County, but a significant percentage of the population (13.7 percent) lives in poverty, bringing the per capita income to $43,705 in 2016.

A study conducted in suburban Cook County in or around 2011 indicated that 12.8 percent of respondents reported eight or more mentally unhealthy days per month and 26.4 percent reported one to seven mentally unhealthy days per month, for a total of 39.2 percent of respondents in suburban Cook County reporting at least one mentally unhealth day per month, compared with 60.8 percent of respondents reporting zero mentally unhealthy days.

When it comes to mental health in and around the Chicago area, including Evanston, young people are of particular concern:

  • Percentage of Chicago adolescents reporting depression symptoms, which prevented them from doing usual activities, for two or more weeks: 34 percent
  • Percentage of children likely to screen positive for mental health concerns: 35 to 40 percent
  • Percentage of the juvenile justice population with mental health problems: 70 percent
  • Percentage of children who die by suicide that have a mental health condition: 90-plus percent

It is between the years of 16 and 25 when mental illness often first emerges.

Mental Health Resources in or Near Evanston

The city of Evanston provides mental health services in the form of case management and short-term services for people in crisis, information and referrals about local agency services and other mental health programs, as well as individual assistance in finding services.

Evanston residents seeking treatment on the north side of Chicago can find help at the Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, which provides inpatient and outpatient services, including substance abuse treatment, to adults, adolescents, and children.

The Challenge of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Evanston

Within the last 10 years, the state of Illinois has experienced a mental health crisis precipitated by budget cuts of $113.7 million from mental health services at the state level that has resulted in numerous mental health providers throughout the state closing their doors, including six mental health clinics in Chicago alone; suburban mental treatment centers laying off psychiatrists due to cost concerns; increased emergency room visits for people in psychiatric crisis; increased numbers of nights spent in homeless shelters; and approximately two-thirds of the Cook County Jail population consisting of people with a mental illness.

The Affordable Care Act has helped to provide health insurance to those who would not be able to afford it otherwise, so that people who were previously denied coverage now have the resources available to seek mental health treatment. However, the ACA does not, and was not intended to, do anything to address the funding and staffing problems caused by Illinois’ budget cuts. The situation has recently improved somewhat for people on Medicaid, as Illinois was recently granted a waiver that allows them to restructure services to focus more on preventive care.

Factors Affecting Mental Health in Evanston

Violent crime and homicide are a significant problem in Cook County, with 10.7 homicide deaths annually per 100,000 people. However, the statistics are not quite that high for Evanston proper. The highest murder rate per 100,000 people in Evanston in the past 10 years was 7.8 in 2010. Victims of violent crime and their family members are more likely to suffer from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Risky Behaviors: Cook County diagnoses of HIV and chlamydia are among the most prevalent in the state of Illinois. Not only can a diagnosis of HIV cause an emotional shock but mental illness may be a symptom of the virus itself.

Poverty: The largest demographic to live in poverty in Evanston is women age 18 to 24. Given the high female population and relatively young median age in Evanston, this is significant. Poverty can have negative health effects on both the body and the mind.