David Welch

(M.A., LCPC)

About Me

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) licensed in Illinois with over 25 years of experience working in both mental health and addictions. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, substance abuse, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, PTSD, OCD, and ADHD. I have worked in a variety of levels of care including inpatient, intensive outpatient, and private practice.

My counseling style is client centered and strength based. I passionately believe that clients are not "sick" or have a disorder, but rather they are stuck in negative patterns and programming in their lives. It is my belief that all clients have within themselves the tools they need to transform themselves. My approach involves helping clients to become aware of and identify the negative patterns that stop them and utilizing new tools and strategies to create more successful and empowering patterns. I utilize tools and techniques from several different modalities like: CBT, DBT, Neuro-linguistic Programming, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology.

It takes courage to take that first step towards a new, more empowering life. Change does not have to be slow and painful. If you are ready to take that first step, then I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 25

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCPC #180-004424 (Expires: 2021-03-01)


Written by C.H. on Jul 18, 2020 after counseling with David for 6 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

I'm not sure what state I would be in without David's guidance and positive support! The best part is that I feel no pressure or judgment from him, and there are so many different tools I've learned to use to help me with my issues.

Written by H.U. on May 19, 2020 after counseling with David for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

Without doubt the best human in Illinois! His approach to therapy is warm and personable. He challenges me to break my life long negative patterns with easy to follow exercises. I'm excited to keep working with David and would highly recommend him to anyone ready to make a change. 5 Stars!!

Written by B.E. on May 04, 2020 after counseling with David for 6 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and anger management

David is a great counselor. He really listens and hears what it is I am saying. He does not try to push different methods of therapy that have not been effective in the past. He really sees who you are as a person and will talk your issues out with you directly and honestly. I appreciate the time I have spent talking with him and would recommend him to anyone looking for a great counselor!!

Written by A.M. on Nov 24, 2019 after counseling with David for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

I've had many therapists. Dave is the only one who gets it.

Written by M.A. on Oct 15, 2019 after counseling with David for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and relationship issues

I love how David gives me practical exercises that I can apply in my daily life to address my internal struggles and feelings. I've seen two therapists in person before and I think this has far and away been more productive because David pays attention to the underlying factors in the problems I have. Thanks!

Written by L.O. on Oct 03, 2019 after counseling with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

David is great! He’s a laid back person with a sense of humour. When he asks questions you know he genuinely cares and is actively listening. I think he really helped me with what I was most worried about when I signed up for BetterHelp. Thank you!!

Written by S.T. on May 17, 2019 after counseling with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I've used Better Help a couple of times and I've definitely found a great match for myself with David. He listens and understands and offers great insight and coping skills, things I've never thought of doing. He's also personable, which I find very helpful in my journey. He's not afraid to let his personality show through and that really helps me to see that I'm not dealing with a robot type of person. We're all human and that human connection is important in these situations. Thanks!

Written by S.O. on May 10, 2019 after counseling with David for 2 weeks

David has been someone who I feel I can rely on, even in such a short space of time. I have confidence in his abilities from the way in which he conducts himself and I’m looking forward to making progress with him as a guide.