Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Evanston, Illinois

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


Monique Smith

LCSW
3 years experience
First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to read my profile and for seeking help as you progress through this time in your life. A little about me, I am a licensed clinical social worker in Indiana and Illinois. I have 3 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with many different people with many different concerns. I have aided in progress with individuals that are depressed, anxious... Read More
First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to read my profile and for seeking help as you progress through this time in your life. A little about me, I am a licensed clinical social worker in Indiana and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Kristy Hemmele

MA,LCPC
20 years experience
Hello, my name is Kristy. I have been a licensed clinical professional counselor for over 15 years. Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone also has encountered struggle of some type.. I use primarily solution focused techniques and my faith to help individuals, couples and families find help and feel empowered. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity,... Read More
Hello, my name is Kristy. I have been a licensed clinical professional counselor for over 15 years. Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone also has encountered struggle of some type.. I ... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Donald Shawler

MA,LCPC
3 years experience
Donald (Don) Shawler ia a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) who uses an integrative approach to working with adults dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. This integrative approach involves a person centered technique to help clients identify and address issues in an accepting, non-judgmental and safe environment. Using Cognitive based techniques, clients are taught to re-frame thoughts that hold them back and impact emotional and mental well being. ... Read More
Donald (Don) Shawler ia a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) who uses an integrative approach to working with adults dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. This integrative approach involves a person centered technique to help clients... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Dr. Shelia Williamson Collins

PhD,LCMHC,CCMHC
14 years experience
Hello, I am Dr. Shelia Williamson Collins, PhD, NCC, LCMHC, CCMHC, LCAS, CCS, a board certified clinical mental health counselor with 14 years of experience in behavioral health. I am licensed as a clinical counselor in the states of North Carolina and Illinois. I have a PhD in General Psychology from Northcentral University. I also have a Master's degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Chicago State University. . I... Read More
Hello, I am Dr. Shelia Williamson Collins, PhD, NCC, LCMHC, CCMHC, LCAS, CCS, a board certified clinical mental health counselor with 14 years of experience in behavioral health. I am licensed as a clinical counselor in the states of... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:14 years

Dr. Galina Buckhout

PsyD,LCPC,LPCC
13 years experience
Hello and welcome to Better Help! My name is Galina and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the States of Illinois and California. I received a MA in Counseling from NEIU in 2006 and a PsyD in Counseling Psychology from California Southern University in 2019. I have had over 14 years of experience working in various mental health settings including hospital, partial care, outpatient and addiction centers while helping individuals and families with a variety... Read More
Hello and welcome to Better Help! My name is Galina and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the States of Illinois and California. I received a MA in Counseling from NEIU in 2006 and a PsyD in Counseling Psychology... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Bulgarian
  • Experience:13 years

Sarah Ostrum

MSW,LCSW
3 years experience
Welcome and thanks for considering me as your therapist. I would like to start out by sharing a little bit about myself. I completed my Master's Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Mental Health and Medical social work. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been providing therapy for about 4 years now in a clinic setting for individuals and couples. I have also facilitated grief, caregiver,... Read More
Welcome and thanks for considering me as your therapist. I would like to start out by sharing a little bit about myself. I completed my Master's Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Mental Health and Medical... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Jessica Townsend

LCSW
3 years experience
Hello there! My name is Jessica Townsend and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I hold over 6 years of clinical social work experience in a wide variety of settings, ranging from working with survivors of domestic violence to providing support to residents within a long-term care facility/nursing home. Other areas of practice have included hospice, community mental health and working in a medical clinic for individuals with severe, chronic health conditions. I have... Read More
Hello there! My name is Jessica Townsend and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I hold over 6 years of clinical social work experience in a wide variety of settings, ranging from working with survivors of domestic violence to... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Alexandra Parker

3 years experience
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller Hi , my name is Alexandra Parker, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about providing therapeutic services to men and women of all races, backgrounds, and sexual orientations. I hold confidentiality in high regard and will always offer a safe place to share thoughts , feelings, values and emotions. I specializes in depression, stress management, trauma and anxiety.... Read More
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller Hi , my name is Alexandra Parker, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about providing therapeutic services to men and women of... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Russian
  • Experience:3 years

Julie Torrence

MS, OTR/L, LCSW
25 years experience
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 pain and discomfort. Mind-body tools like biofeedback are proven to relieve anxiety,... Read More
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 pain and discomfort. Mind-body tools like biofeedback are proven to relieve anxiety,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

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.

An Overview of Mental Health in Evanston

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.