Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Skokie, Illinois

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


Dr. James English

Psy.D.,Licensed,Clinical,Psychologist
30 years experience
Hello my name is Jim. I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has been working in the counseling field for the past thirty years. I have been privileged to provide counseling and therapy services to individual, couples and families and use an approach that empathizes collaboration and measurable results. My counseling style creates a warm and accepting environment in which people learn to identify and express their feelings so that we... Read More
Hello my name is Jim. I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has been working in the counseling field for the past thirty years. I have been privileged to provide counseling and therapy services to individual, couples... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:30 years

Rebecca Higgenbotham

MS,LCPC
7 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I have 7 years of experience working with many different clients. I have worked with clients struggling with many different issues including: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, stress-related issues, PTSD, trauma (including physical and emotional abuse), narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, addiction, and relationship issues. During my 7 years of experience I have provided individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, trauma-informed care, and addiction counseling. My counseling style... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I have 7 years of experience working with many different clients. I have worked with clients struggling with many different issues including: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, stress-related issues, PTSD, trauma (including physical and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

Aldo Hernandez

MSW,LCSW
25 years experience
I am Aldo P. Hernandez LCSW, a bilingual Spanish speaking, therapist with over 24 years of social work experience. I understand the range of emotions clients deal with when it comes to individual issues, parenting, and relationship issues. I can be direct at times to be effective and efficient. I am interested in understanding your perspective, so you can feel heard and understood. I look forward to working with you to address the issues... Read More
I am Aldo P. Hernandez LCSW, a bilingual Spanish speaking, therapist with over 24 years of social work experience. I understand the range of emotions clients deal with when it comes to individual issues, parenting, and relationship issues. I can... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:25 years

Jennifer Morris

LCSW
10 years experience
Hi! I have been a social worker for 10 years now and I feel privileged everyday that people allow me into their lives on such a personal level. If you are reading this, you have made a HUGE step in deciding to focus on yourself and give yourself some time and attention which is brave and scary. Social workers, therapist, counselors all receive training to do what we do and many are extremely skillful... Read More
Hi! I have been a social worker for 10 years now and I feel privileged everyday that people allow me into their lives on such a personal level. If you are reading this, you have made a HUGE step... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Angela Colville

LCSW,LMSW
6 years experience
Welcome! I am glad you are here. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Michigan. I have helped and supported people to cope with and effectively manage anxiety, depression, stress, life changes, aging and grief - improving and maintaining quality of life throughout the life spectrum. My professional experience has been in assisting individuals and families dealing with chronic and terminal illnesses – issues directly related to these situations – and separate... Read More
Welcome! I am glad you are here. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Michigan. I have helped and supported people to cope with and effectively manage anxiety, depression, stress, life changes, aging and grief - improving... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Lovea Smith

M.A.,LCPC
15 years experience
I am a licensed clinical professional counselor by the state of Illinois with roughly 15 years expertise. I have worked with various populations that have presented with a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, homelessness, suicidality, relationship difficulties, parenting issues and domestic violence. I have worked in clinical settings such as community centers, hospitals, clinics, shelters and correctional facilities. My therapeutic style is warm and interactive which allows me to meet... Read More
I am a licensed clinical professional counselor by the state of Illinois with roughly 15 years expertise. I have worked with various populations that have presented with a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, homelessness, suicidality, relationship difficulties,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:15 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

Jennifer Such

LCSW,CADC
3 years experience
Hello, if you have found yourself on BetterHelp’s website, you’re most likely experiencing a struggle in your life that you need assistance with. My name is Jenny Such and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of IL. I am also a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor. I have worked in many different types of settings with both adolescents and adults that have struggled with depression, anxiety, stress, BiPolar, trauma, addictions... Read More
Hello, if you have found yourself on BetterHelp’s website, you’re most likely experiencing a struggle in your life that you need assistance with. My name is Jenny Such and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Johanna Jameson

MA,LCPC
6 years experience
Please note that while I own an adult day center for people with Alzheimer's my counseling experience is vast and you can see the various things I am trained in if you read my full bio. If you are matched with me it means I have looked at your presenting issues and feel comfortable taking on your concerns. If I did not feel comfortable taking you on as a client I would not do this.... Read More
Please note that while I own an adult day center for people with Alzheimer's my counseling experience is vast and you can see the various things I am trained in if you read my full bio. If you are matched... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Sarah Anker

LCSW
7 years experience
Taking the first step in caring for ourselves can sometimes be the most challenging. Good for you for starting this process! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in working with individuals looking to making changes in their lives through therapy. I have working with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, addiction, and family conflict. I take a client focused, client centered, client driven approach. I use Mindfulness and talk therapy techniques. You are... Read More
Taking the first step in caring for ourselves can sometimes be the most challenging. Good for you for starting this process! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in working with individuals looking to making changes in their... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Skokie, Illinois

Once known as the “World’s Largest Village,” Skokie is a suburb just north of Chicago. It is located in Illinois’ Cook County and has a population of 64,873 people.

Economically speaking, Skokie is a study in contrasts. The median household income is estimated at $68,015 per year, higher than the medians for Cook County, Illinois, and the United States. However, the per capita income is nearly half that at $36,608. Skokie also has a fairly high poverty rate of 10.8 percent, which is lower than the nationwide rate of 12.3 percent, but not by much.

Over half the residents of Skokie, 53.2 percent, identify as white and more than a quarter, 26.5 percent, identify as Asian. Residents identifying as Hispanic and black represent 10.7 percent and 6.4 percent of the population, respectively.

Mental Health Resources in Skokie

In 2009, the state government of Illinois started cutting mental health service funding. By 2012, $113.7 million in mental health funding had been cut from the budget, precipitating a crisis. As a result, the number of Cook County jail inmates with a mental illness swelled to over half, the number of nights people spent in Illinois homeless shelters increased by one-third, six mental health clinics closed in Chicago alone, and people in psychiatric distress visiting emergency rooms increased by 19 percent.

While the effects of the budget cuts are still being felt, there are hopeful signs. In 2015, recognizing that sending people with mental illness to jail was not healthy for anyone, the sheriff’s office in Cook County launched a pilot program to evaluate people arrested for misdemeanors for mental health issues. If deemed by a mental health expert to have a potential problem, instead of going to jail, they would be sentenced to mandatory counseling and released on their own recognizance.

In Skokie itself, there is approximately one mental health provider for every 492 people in the population. Outpatient mental health providers in Skokie include Rogers Behavioral Health and Turning Point Outpatient Mental Health Center.

Substance Abuse: A Major Mental Health Concern

A study focusing on Chicago and its surrounding cities found that percentages of illicit drug use among persons aged 12 and older were higher in the Chicago Metro Area than the rest of the state of Illinois; 14.8 percent using any illicit drug compared to 13.6 percent statewide. When further broken down by the type of drug, 10.9 percent use marijuana compared to 10 percent statewide. Only 4.2 percent of Chicago area residents in the study use prescription-type pain relievers for nonmedical use, which is comparable to the statewide percentage of 4 percent and actually lower than the national percentage of 4.9 percent.

Alcohol abuse is also of particular concern. The prevalence of excessive drinking in Cook County is moderately high at 22.1 percent, and 26.5 percent of Chicago area residents report binge drinking at least once in the preceding month, quite a bit higher than the percentage across the United States, 23.2 percent.

Other Factors Affecting Mental Health in Skokie

Statistics show that 6.1 percent of Skokie residents aged 18 or older experienced a major depressive episode in the preceding year as of 2012. This was lower than 6.6 percent for the United States but slightly higher than 6 percent for the state of Illinois. A number of factors have the potential to either cause new mental health issues or exacerbate existing ones:

  • Physical Health/Risky Behaviors: Cook County has one of the highest rates of HIV diagnoses in the state of Illinois, with 601.9 per 100,000 people in 2017. Both the diagnosis and the disease have the potential to affect mental health in a negative way. Cook County also has a moderately high rate of chlamydia diagnoses, 713.1 per 100,000 people.
  • Violent Crime: On the whole, violent crime rates in Cook County are quite high, with 10.7 homicides and 586.7 other violent crimes per 100,000 people per year. Nevertheless, while Skokie residents may be affected by violent crime happening elsewhere in the county, crime rates within its city limits are relatively low in relation to comparable cities, although 2016 did see an increase after a three-year decline.
  • Poverty: When broken down by gender and age, the largest demographic living in poverty in Skokie is females aged 35-44.