Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Peoria, Illinois

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

Jill Early

Jill Early, LCSW

Welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of counseling experience. I have counseled hundreds of clients who are in need of assistance coping through a life crisis or change, as well as clients who suffer from Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders or Addictions. I have experience working in multiple settings, including hospital emergency rooms as a crisis worker, and as a psychotherapist in a private practice. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years


Dr. Sue Denk

Dr. Sue Denk, Psy.D., LCPC

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years


Sophia Burke

Sophia Burke, LCPC

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Chicago, IL with years of experience working with adults facing a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and the symptoms associated with trauma and/or PTSD. As a clinician I thrive on the power of an authentic therapeutic relationship and work from a holistic and strengths-based approach. I strive to create a safe and accepting space wherein clients can begin to build Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Hannah Noel

Hannah Noel, LCSW

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years


Kelly Borghi

Kelly Borghi, LCSW, CADC, CODP, I

About Me I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), and Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder Professional (CODP I). I was born and raised in the suburbs of Illinois. I eventually ventured to the city of Chicago where I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Roosevelt University. I continued my education at Aurora University where I earned my masters degree in social work, with concentrations in mental Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years


Dr. Julia Kogan

Dr. Julia Kogan, PsyD

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Lori Melhart

Lori Melhart, LCSW

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years


Patricia Stern

Patricia Stern, LCSW, MBA

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years


Joan French

Joan French, MA, LCPC

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 0 years


Christine Kohut

Christine Kohut, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with over 10 years of experience. I have worked in variety of settings: private practice, community mental health, inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse treatment. I have experience working with individuals with Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Family and Relationship Issues, and Substance Use Disorders. I provide individual counseling, family therapy and couples counseling. I use an eclectic approach to therapy, with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years


Finding Mental and Behavioral Health Care in Peoria, Illinois

Peoria is located in central Illinois and is the largest city on the Illinois River. According to the U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2017, it has a population of 112,883 residents, which makes it the seventh most populous city in the state. Peoria’s population actually decreased slightly as compared to the 2010 census counts. The city is also the county seat for the namesake county of Peoria.

The median household income in Peoria is estimated at $46,547 by the U.S. Census Bureau. In comparison, the median income in the state of Illinois is much higher at $59,196. Furthermore, 21.7% of the city’s population lives below the poverty line, a percentage higher than the state and national averages of just over 12%. On the positive side, the percentage of Peoria residents under 65 years of age with no health insurance is only 9.4%, which is in close proximity to the national average of 10.2%.

Looking at these socioeconomic statistics is important when discussing mental health and access to health care in general. Individuals with low income and no medical insurance coverage in the United States are usually less likely to seek health care due to its high cost. This is especially true for preventative services and mental health care as they are often looked upon as non-essential. Poor mental health however can be very detrimental to one’s quality of life and wellbeing. Feelings of depression, stress and other emotional problems can hinder everyday activities such as work, school, hobbies, and even social interactions. As a matter of fact, in the Community Health Needs Assessment 2016 published by OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, respondents identified some of the top socioeconomic and environmental factors affecting their wellbeing as employment options, poverty and access to health care.

The State of Mental Health in Peoria, Illinois

The Community Health Needs Assessment also named healthy behaviors and mental health as the top two health priorities in this community. According to the Assessment, 20.7% of Peoria County residents reported having 1 to 7 days of poor mental health in the past month, and 17.8% reported experiencing more than 8 unhealthy mental days. The term “poor mental health” references conditions such as depression, stress and anxiety rather than serious mental disorders as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Peoria County also had a higher suicide rate than the state of Illinois with approximately 12.2 incidents per 100,000 people compared to 10.05 deaths per 100,000 statewide.

The Assessment also raised concerns regarding the level of substance abuse among high school students. In Peoria County 25% of 8th graders reported drinking alcohol, 5% reported cigarette use and 15% reported smoking marijuana. These percentages rise drastically among 12th graders with 53% consuming alcohol, 16% smoking cigarettes and 38% using marijuana. As a matter of fact, drug abuse and alcohol consumption were identified by the Assessment respondents as two of the most troubling unhealthy behaviors in this community.

Available Mental Health Resources in Peoria, Illinois

Unlike many underserved communities, Peoria residents have quite a few options when it comes to mental and behavioral health care. Some of the local organizations and facilities providing such services include UnityPoint Health – Methodist/Proctor, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Human Service Center, Hult Center for Healthy Living, FamilyCore, and NAMI Tri-County Illinois.

In addition to these resources, you can reach out for mental and behavioral health help to any of the therapists and counselors listed in our professional directory. We strive to feature only the top service providers in the area in order to better assist you in your search for mental health care for yourself or a loved one.