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.

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


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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