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.


Danielle Hamilton

MA, LCPC
5 years experience
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I really enjoy being a therapist and working with clients. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults. I believe the relationship between the client and therapist is one of the most important parts to make progress. I have been a therapist for over 7 years and love what I do. I have a lot of experience with trauma with emotional, physical, and sexual... Read More
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I really enjoy being a therapist and working with clients. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults. I believe the relationship between the client and therapist is one... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Dr. Meredith Hayes

Psy.D, L.C.P.C.
13 years experience
I'm a licensed therapist in the state of Illinois. I have been in the field for 13 years working together with people to better their lives. I've been honored to work with many different people going through many different things. My clients have presented with issues such as: Depression; Anxiety/OCD; Addiction; Trauma and Abuse; Eating Disorders; Self-Injury: Bi-Polar; Couples Issues; Life transitions and many more more. I would describe myself as an interactive therapist,... Read More
I'm a licensed therapist in the state of Illinois. I have been in the field for 13 years working together with people to better their lives. I've been honored to work with many different people going through many different... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

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

Monae Weathington

MA, LCPC, LMHC
8 years experience
Hello, thanks for taking a moment to get to know me better! My name is Monaé and I am a licensed mental health therapist in Illinois and New York with over 8 years of clinical experience. I have worked in several settings including private practice, hospitals, schools, online support, and community mental health organizations. Throughout my practice, I have worked with diverse populations such as at risk youth, adults, disadvantaged families, and LGBTQ. I specialize... Read More
Hello, thanks for taking a moment to get to know me better! My name is Monaé and I am a licensed mental health therapist in Illinois and New York with over 8 years of clinical experience. I have worked in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Dr. John Cooley

Ph.D, LCPC
25 years experience
My name is Dr. John Cooley. I have a Master of Arts Degree in Psychological Counseling from Southeast Missouri State University and Ph.D in Psychology from California Southern University. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. I have 25 years of counseling experience working with Adults and Families who present with a variety of mental health and substance abuse problems. I... Read More
My name is Dr. John Cooley. I have a Master of Arts Degree in Psychological Counseling from Southeast Missouri State University and Ph.D in Psychology from California Southern University. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 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

Monique Smith

LCSW
3 years experience
First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to read my profile and for seeking help as you progress through this time in your life. A little about me, I am a licensed clinical social worker in Indiana and Illinois. I have 3 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with many different people with many different concerns. I have aided in progress with individuals that are depressed, anxious... Read More
First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to read my profile and for seeking help as you progress through this time in your life. A little about me, I am a licensed clinical social worker in Indiana and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 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

Lovea Smith

M.A., LCPC
12 years experience
I am a licensed clinical professional counselor by the state of Illinois with roughly 12 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 12 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: 12 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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