Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Waukegan, Illinois

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


Jeanne Malone

LCPC,CAADC
28 years experience
Since graduating in 1991 from the University of Illinois with a Masters of Arts degree in Children, Family, and Community Services, I have worked 28 years with individuals, children, and families in my field . For 14 years ,I have been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois. In addition, I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Plus, I have been serving... Read More
Since graduating in 1991 from the University of Illinois with a Masters of Arts degree in Children, Family, and Community Services, I have worked 28 years with individuals, children, and families in my field . For 14... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:28 years

Sarah Hire

LCSW
8 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of community mental health in Chicago for the past 8 years. I received my B.S.W from Northeastern Illinois University in 2008 and went on to complete my Masters in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009 with a concentration in Community Health and Urban Development. Some of my areas of focus are dual diagnosis treatment, general anxiety... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of community mental health in Chicago for the past 8 years. I received my B.S.W from Northeastern Illinois University in 2008 and went on to complete... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:8 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

Samantha Prague

M.A.,LCPC
6 years experience
About my worldview: Our worlds are chaotic, messy and sometimes cruel. As a result it is easy to unknowingly repeat that disorganization in our own lives. My goal to challenge these patterns of behaviors and relationships that may be keeping people feeling stuck. Many people ask "why do I keep attracting bad people?" or " why do bad things always happens to me?". I work with my clients to identify... Read More
About my worldview: Our worlds are chaotic, messy and sometimes cruel. As a result it is easy to unknowingly repeat that disorganization in our own lives. My goal to challenge these patterns of behaviors and relationships that may be... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 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

Marta Pocurull-Stein

MSW,LCSW
3 years experience
I'm a Bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the field of Mental Health. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Roosevelt University, Chicago, and a Master's Degree in Social Work with a minor in Military Mental Health from the University of Southern California. I have worked in various areas of social services, including crisis intervention, physical and emotional abuse, LGBT community, Latinx, foster care, Autism, ADHD, eating... Read More
I'm a Bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the field of Mental Health. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Roosevelt University, Chicago, and a Master's Degree in Social Work with a... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:3 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

An Overview of Mental Health in Waukegan, Illinois

A suburb of Chicago, Waukegan, Illinois is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. 2017 estimates place the population at approximately 87,729 people, making it the ninth largest city in the state of Illinois. Once an important industrial hub of the Chicago metropolitan area, Waukegan is known as a blue-collar town. It is the largest city in and county seat of Lake County, Illinois.

When it comes to racial demographics, most people in Waukegan identify as Hispanic at 57.1 percent; 20.5 percent identify as white alone, 15.2 percent identify as black alone, 5.5 percent identify as Asian alone, and the other 2.89 percent identify as one or more other race. When it comes to gender, residents of Waukegan are approximately 49.9 percent female and 50.1 percent male

An Overview of Mental Health in Waukegan

The Health Department and Community Health Center of Lake County has published data collected over a period from 2010 to 2014 asking Lake County residents to quantify how many days over the course of a month they felt their mental health was not good, i.e., days on which the respondents experienced emotional problems, depression, stress, etc. Once the data had been compiled, the Health Department published their findings in three different charts: one according to race, one according to gender, and one including all respondents.

Overall, 14 percent of Lake County residents reported 8 to 30 days when their mental health was not good, 24.7 percent reported 1 to 7 days, and 58.7 percent reported no days over the course of a month when mental health was not good.

The findings demonstrate that, compared to whites, non-white populations reported a higher percentage of days when their mental health was not good:

  • Eighteen percent of non-white respondents reported 8 to 30 days when mental health was not good, compared with 12.9 percent of whites.
  • Fewer whites reported 1 to 7 days in which mental health was not good, at 25.2 percent, than non-white respondents at 35.3 percent.

The percentage of male versus female respondents who reported mental health not good for 8 to 30 days was approximately even at 14.8 and 13.2 percent, respectively. More males than females, 68.1 percent versus 49.5 percent, reported no days that mental health was not good. Over twice as many females, 37.3 percent, reported 1-7 days that mental health was not good than males, at only 17.1 percent.

Factors Affecting Mental Health in Waukegan, Illinois

The following factors may have a negative effect on mental health in Waukegan and/or prevent people in Waukegan for seeking help for mental health problems.

  • Economics: Approximately 20 percent of persons in Waukegan live in poverty, which can contribute to mental health issues like depression and stress. In 2016, the estimated median household income in Waukegan was $43,546, significantly lower than the statewide median of $60,960.
  • Education: While 72 percent of Waukegan residents have at least a high school diploma, that number drops to 18.5 percent of residents who have a bachelor’s degree or higher. This discrepancy may affect the ability of Waukegan residents to acquire high-paying jobs that offer employer-paid health insurance.
  • Health Insurance: The percentage of people under the age of 65 who lack health insurance is 22.9 percent. The cost of mental health treatment may be prohibitive for those without insurance coverage.
  • Divorce Rate: From 2012 to 2013, there was a big jump in the divorce rate in Lake County from 1,042 to 1,531. During the same timeframe, the divorce rate for the entire state actually decreased from 31,385 to 29,331. With a divorce rate consistently over 1,000 per year, many couples in Waukegan would probably benefit from marriage counseling.

Mental Health Resources in the Waukegan Area

Mental health resources in Waukegan proper include Lake County Behavioral Health Services. NorthPointe Resources in nearby Zion is a non-profit organization that has a division called SOARR that offers cost-effective counseling and therapy. For family members of an individual with a neurobiological brain disorder, such as anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD, or bipolar disorder, there is the Lake County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Waukegan, which offers education, support, and advocacy. There are also private practice therapists, community mental health centers, crisis lines and emergency services located throughout the greater Chicago area.

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