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Brian Wortel , LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Trauma and abuse Grief Depression
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Illinois with over twenty years of experience working with people making changes in their life. I have worked with people challenged by depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, intellectual disabilities, social/emotional, and life-changing situations. I am also an Army veteran with a passion for working with those with PTSD. My approach is solution-focused, client-centered, and strengths-based drawing heavily from Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Rational Emotive Therapy.

When working with clients I strive to make the therapy experience genuine, positive, respectful, and safe. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in doing great things and overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started! I am excited to meet you and work together to identify your goals and make plans to achieve them. I prefer the first session to be video chat and after that phone or messaging.

Professional experience

15yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Antisocial Personality, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, First Responder Issues, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Traumatic Brain Injury, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

IL LCSW 149.021832


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Brian Wortel . 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.

Wonderful guy, put up with my evasive crap. Wasn’t exactly what I needed personally for this time in my life but I’m really glad I had him to talk to.

Written on Apr 16, 2022 after therapy with Brian for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Brian has been very helpful to me, we've only had three sessions so far but therapy is working and I'm starting to feel better.

Written on Aug 08, 2021 after therapy with Brian for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes