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Alisa Cates, LCPC

Stress, Anxiety Parenting issues Anger management Self esteem, Motivation Depression
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About me

Do you find yourself struggling with something you feel like no one else will understand, or perhaps there is no one you can confide in for fear of being judged? Keeping things bottled up creates interpersonal conflict, affects our relationships, and hinders the ability to change.  I believe that individuals want to be heard and understood, all the while respecting their unique differences. 

My name is Alisa Cates, LCPC and I have been licensed in the State of Illinois since 2013.  I have worked in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies, inpatient hospitalization, intensive outpatient programming, corrections, and private practice treating a broad range of issues such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief, life transitions, relationship and family issues, self-esteem, anger management, stress management, interpersonal conflict, and career planning.  

I would appreciate the opportunity to assist you as you move forward in this ever- changing life and believe that building a strong rapport with my clients is the fundamental aspect which promotes growth and change.  I practice from a person-centered approach and integrate treatment modalities most beneficial to each client including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical-Behavior Therapy.
I look forward to meeting you and discussing what's on your mind!

Professional experience

11yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Parenting issues Anger management Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Forgiveness, Impulsivity, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Women's Issues, Workplace Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

IL LCPC 180.012524


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Alisa Cates. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Alisa has a lot of experience working with mental health in various settings. She brings this experience to our sessions. She listens well and asks questions that help one really focus on the underlying issue.

Written on Oct 26, 2023 after therapy with Alisa for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Alisa offers valuable insight on family dynamics and makes it easier to see the other side of conflict. She provides tools and resources to help establish boundaries.

Written on Sep 10, 2022 after therapy with Alisa for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

very friendly and understanding is able to help you understand ways of controlling the issues you are going throw. after only 3 sessions i am already feeling a difference with the issues i am having and have methods to help me control my issues.

Written on Mar 16, 2022 after therapy with Alisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Alisa is a great listener who, without pressure, offers guidance and perspective on anything you share with her.

Written on Jan 21, 2022 after therapy with Alisa for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and self esteem

Alisa is a kind, thoughtful, and careful listener who gives you space to be yourself without judgement.

Written on Oct 08, 2021 after therapy with Alisa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Alicia is very personable and offers down-to-earth and usable insights. I can tell she truly wants to help. She's there to listen when I need support, she asks tough questions that help me change for the better, and she helps me stay on course on the road to better mental health.

Written on Sep 28, 2021 after therapy with Alisa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd