Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Rockford, Illinois

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


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

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

Kathleen Monroe

LCSW, CADC
5 years experience
Hello and Welcome! My name is Kathleen Monroe and I possess a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and am licensed in Clinical Social Work in the state of Illinois. In addition; I hold a Certification as an Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Counselor. I have been working in a counseling field since 2014. Clients that I have worked with struggled in areas of mental health and substance abuse ranging in diagnosis’s... Read More
Hello and Welcome! My name is Kathleen Monroe and I possess a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and am licensed in Clinical Social Work in the state of Illinois. In addition; I hold a Certification as... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Merissa Pryor

MSW, LCSW
7 years experience
Sometimes in the journey of life we could all benefit from someone to journey with us during the difficult times. My name is Merissa and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have over seven years experience in counseling as well as advocacy, mental health and substance abuse treatment experience. I specialize in empowering individuals that may be struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, mood disorders or relationship issues. My main therapeutic approach includes Cognitive... Read More
Sometimes in the journey of life we could all benefit from someone to journey with us during the difficult times. My name is Merissa and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have over seven years experience in counseling... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Colleen Martinez

LCSW
11 years experience
Hi! My name is Colleen. I have my Masters in Social Work with a specialization in schools. I am currently working on completing a certification to be a certified drug and alcohol counselor as I feel that is a problem that affects many students. I have been working in alternative schools for most of my career but also worked in private practice for many years. I have worked with children and... Read More
Hi! My name is Colleen. I have my Masters in Social Work with a specialization in schools. I am currently working on completing a certification to be a certified drug and alcohol counselor as I feel that is... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Wayne Hill

MS, LPC
15 years experience
Hi, my name is Wayne Hill and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have over 15 years experience in mental health and behavioral counseling. I specialize in working with individuals struggling with relationship problems, depression, anxiety, grief, social issues, and compulsive behaviors. My goal has always been to give hope to people who feel stuck, lost or overwhelmed. I have had the pleasure of assisting countless individuals, couples and families improve their... Read More
Hi, my name is Wayne Hill and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have over 15 years experience in mental health and behavioral counseling. I specialize in working with individuals struggling with relationship problems, depression, anxiety, grief, social... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Krista Klund

LCSW
18 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois and I have been practicing for 16 years. I received my Master of Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago in 2002 with a specialty in Children and Families. I have worked a variety of different venues such as agencies, schools and residential treatment facilities and have experience in both individual and systems therapy. Treatment modalities that... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois and I have been practicing for 16 years. I received my Master of Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago in 2002 with a specialty in Children... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years

Harry R Gilley

LCSW, MS, Rehab, Admin, Certified, Anger, Management, Specialist
25 years experience
Hello! My name is Harry Gilley and I am a BeterHelp therapist! Thanks for taking the time to review my Bio. I have over 25 years experience in mental health, substance abuse, and medical social work experience while living in South Carolina, Illinois, Georgia, and Tennessee. I currently live in TN and teach at the University of Tennessee at Martin. I teach Social Work (SW) and specialize in SW and Health... Read More
Hello! My name is Harry Gilley and I am a BeterHelp therapist! Thanks for taking the time to review my Bio. I have over 25 years experience in mental health, substance abuse, and medical social work experience while... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Dayna Russo

MSW, LCSW
4 years experience
My name is Dayna Russo, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 11 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience in the social work field. I have a Master's of Social Work from Florida State University, and have experience working children, adolescents and adults through individual, family and couples counseling. My work focuses on mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma and PTSD, and personality disorders. I use a... Read More
My name is Dayna Russo, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 11 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience in the social work field. I have a Master's of Social Work from Florida State University, and have experience... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 4 years

Dr. Charmaine Jake-Matthews

LCPC
11 years experience
Hi, I am looking forward to getting to know you & the ways in which I can support and assist you. Prior to beginning my work as a counselor in the state of Illinois in 2007, I worked as a psychology professor (teaching & conducting research). Since 2007 I have used a variety of therapeutic techniques to help individuals, couples & families. I specialize in working with those dealing with anxiety, mood disorders... Read More
Hi, I am looking forward to getting to know you & the ways in which I can support and assist you. Prior to beginning my work as a counselor in the state of Illinois in 2007, I worked as a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Todd Burd

LPC, MA
2 years experience
We see the therapeutic process as ourselves guiding our clients through difficult situations to move forward in life, and feel more energized. Our clients say that we supportively nudge them along and that our therapeutic rapport is what helps them better find themselves. We are trained in doing EMDR for trauma issues. Read More
We see the therapeutic process as ourselves guiding our clients through difficult situations to move forward in life, and feel more energized. Our clients say that we supportively nudge them along and that our therapeutic rapport is what helps them better find themselves. We are trained in doing EMDR for trauma issues. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 2 years

Amy Riehle

LCSW
20 years experience
I have a broad base of experience working with a variety of problems. I believe that focusing on individual strengths allows my clients to meet their goals. I also believe that collaborating with other professionals is a key element in successful outcomes. Read More
I have a broad base of experience working with a variety of problems. I believe that focusing on individual strengths allows my clients to meet their goals. I also believe that collaborating with other professionals is a key element in successful outcomes. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Overview of Mental Health in Rockford, Illinois

Located in Winnebago County, Rockford, IL is the third largest city in the state and the largest outside of the Chicago Metropolitan area. With a population of nearly 148,000, the residents have access to an outstanding park system, Illinois’ largest water park, museums, theater among many other attractions in the city. Largest employers in the area include Fiat’s Belvidere Assembly Plant, Rockford Public School District, Mercy Health and SwedishAmerican Health System.

However, Rockford faces a multitude of issues as it was recently ranked again as the 16th among the 50 worst cities to live in the United State by 24/7 Wall Street. This is due to Rockford’s unemployment rate that is the highest in the state at 7.7% compared to the 4.9% national jobless rate. The city has “more than four times” the violent crime rate of 1,658 incidents per 100,000 residents. Recently, CBS News ranked the city among the Most Dangerous Cities in America due to its crime rate. Due to a weak job market and high crimes, Rockford is faced with struggling home values as a typical home in the area is worth half of the state’s median home value. All of these factors create a toxic environment for the city.

For the Rockford area, residents continued to combat the stigmatism associated with mental health. Half of those in the area are expected to meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime within their life and one in five are projected to have a diagnosis of a mental health condition within the year. Suicide is the leading cause of death for children 10-14 years old, and 90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness. More than 80% of the youth in Rockford with a diagnosed mental health issue does not receive the necessary treatment required.

With increased crime and a struggling job market in your area, you may struggle with feelings that seem out of your control. Or you may have experienced a traumatic event that affects your daily life. You could also feel anxious, sad or even guilty consistently during the day. There might even be times that you feel that you are capable of becoming so much more but can’t seem to navigate that correct path towards success. If these thoughts sound familiar, we are here to help by offering the most premier counseling and therapy services in the area. Regardless of your age or race, one in two people will experience mental illness in their lifetime.  Many mental health issues can affect you, how you think and feel on a daily basis. Whether it is you or someone you know that is afflicted with suicidal thoughts or trying to end an addiction, understands that you are not alone.

Let us take care of you. The first step in finding inner peace is recognizing that you need help. We are here as our community of Rockford medical professionals can help you discover your strengths and utilize your inner skill set to solve your problems.  Take a moment to determine the symptoms that affect your well-being as it will help you narrow down which therapist can help you properly. You will need to review potential therapist’s profiles and blogs to ensure that their specialties can meet your needs. While conducting your research, consider the following questions:

  • Why am I seeking help?
  • What are my goals in therapy?
  • Am I more comfortable with a man or a woman?
  • Are there any personal aspects I’m not willing to discuss?
  • Do I want to be able to lead the discussion, or have it led?
  • How long do I plan to attend therapy?
  • Does my problem need extra specialization?

Engaging in effective treatments from one of our licensed therapists in our directory ,will help you on the path to living a successful and productive life. Decide how often you need to visit your therapist and make sure that they are available when you are available. These sessions will help you build a relationship and it is helpful that your therapist is near where you live or work to keep your regular appointments. Make time to set-up a phone interview with them. It is important that you feel connected with your therapist. Learn their style during the phone call and gauge if they seem engaged in your conversation.

Mental health is a complicated issue. There are a number of factors to consider when deciding your treatment. Our therapist can provide the treatments needed to help you cope with issues that occur in your life. It will take time to find the right therapist to address your problems so plan to ask plenty of questions and to get to know your practitioner. Make sure that your potential therapist represents and reflects stability, professionalism, and warmth you deserve. Be kind to yourself. It is time to invest in yourself for a better you and future.