Evanston, Illinois Therapists

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Arizona, Illinois

Dr. Helmholdt is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in individual and couples therapy. She has extensive training and experience in numerous modes of therapy. Her specialties include the treatment of: depression, anxiety, post-trauma...
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Oak Park, Illinois

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Illinois

My life's work is helping clients achieve a better sense of self and happiness...more recently I've recognized that without good mental health providers finding this balance in life can be more difficult and stressful. However, through therapy our...
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Lombard, Illinois

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Illinois

Open for new clients aged 12-25! I'm all about helping youth and young adults who've been through tough times or faced stressful situations. I'm here to be their voice and provide exceptional care. I truly believe that getting help early on is the...
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Schaumburg, Illinois

Jordan is a contracted Licensed Social Worker and graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Dominican University in River Forest. Jordan believes in working with his clients where they are at and building on the skills they already have to be...
Janet Reckard
LCSW, ACSW
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Bloomington, Illinois

I specialize in minimizing the interference and distress caused by  chronic pain or anxiety disorders (especially OCD, GAD, panic) across the age span. My hours flexible on an individual basis. I offer Christian-based counseling but can remain...
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Illinois

Are you familiar with the saying, “Life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows”? As much as we wish it weren’t, it is true! Life isn’t always comfortable and happy. Sometimes we are faced with loss, pain, sadness, and worry. Life can sometimes...
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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...
Darci Bloss
L.P.C, LCPC
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Pennsylvania, Illinois

Fresh and Hope Therapy freshhopetherapy.com More than 20 years of experience in the field, specializing in helping people better manage their stress and anxiety and improve the relationships that matter most to them. My approach is client-centered,...
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Indiana, Illinois

Wendy is one of the pre-eminent online therapists in the nation. She was one of the first counselors to introduce online therapy services in the US and has expanded her practice through the addition of other online-based therapists to reach more...
Erin Austin
LCPC, Certified Licensed School Counselor
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Bloomingdale, Illinois

I have a passion for helping others feel less stuck and more motivated to face life's challenges. With 13 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, couples, families and individuals in a variety of settings including hospitals, community...
Dipa Patel
LPC, MA
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Crystal Lake, Illinois

Many children, adolescents, and adults face stressors leading to psychosis, depression, anxiety, anger, conflicts with others, occupational problems, academic challenges, behavioral changes, emotional regulation. I work with individuals using...
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Chicago, Illinois

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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...
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Joliet, Illinois

Dr. Pagan-Romney has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She obtained a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, and prior, a Master’s degree in Counseling...
John Levitt
LCSW, Ph.D.
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Illinois

Dr. Levitt has more than 40 years’ experience in working with clients who suffer from self-harm, eating disorders and symptoms related to histories of trauma and abuse; he has also been instrumental in developing practice-based models of treatment...
Philip Osborne
Ph.D., MS
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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...
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Chicago, Illinois

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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...
Rod Hoevet
Psy.D.
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St. Louis, Missouri

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Missouri, Illinois

In my clinical practice, I provide a range of services: Counseling/therapy Diagnostic assessments Clinical consultations Psychological testing Professional supervision My counseling approach avoids superficial, symptom-management based approaches,...
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Georgia, Illinois

This is a very difficult time for many individuals, couples and families. At this time our communities are being forced to practice social distancing. Our routines, habits and lives are being disrupted. If you need counseling support to manage the...
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Chicago, Illinois

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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...
Kreszentia Snyder
LCPC, Ph.D.
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Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois

We all want the everyday person we can relate and connect too. Therapy in about being crazy but having a space that belongs to you and is never threatened. I bring that space to you. I fully align with LGBTQIA+, my black and brown people, and those...
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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...
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Indiana, Illinois

Julie Brandenburg, Ph.D.; HSPP “Wherever you go, there you are.” Jon Kabat-Zinn Everyone experiences difficulties and stress in life. How people manage this is unique to the individual and impacts quality of life. Without the benefit of therapy,...
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Illinois, Ohio

When we experience difficult times in our lives, it is not uncommon for us to feel like our lives are unraveling. My passion is bringing a helping hand to individuals during this time who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, & relationship...
Todd Burd
LPC, MA
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Illinois

Our life's work is helping clients achieve a better sense of self and happiness. More recently we've recognized that without good mental health providers this balance in life can be more difficult and stressful. However, through therapy our...

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.