About me

I am a counselor licensed in Illinois with over 10 years of combined experience working as a caseworker and as a counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including grief, depression, anxiety,anger issues, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I have also helped many people who have experienced bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. My education included a vast array of specialties, including multicultural counseling. I continue my education by completing additional trainings so that I can stay on top of the latest research and best practices. In this way, I can be a better support to you.

My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I don't believe in being judgemental. My approach combines client centered, strengths based, existential, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic approaches. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

I am happy to incorporate Christian based counseling into our sessions. As a Christian myself, I find utilizing a Christian based approach to be one of the most valuable and successful modes of therapy. If you are interested in Christian based counseling, please let me know and we will incorporate this approach into our sessions!

It takes great courage to seek assistance in order to have a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change! If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you and to embark upon that journey with you!

One step at a time, we can work towards making the changes you need to live a happier, more fulfilling life.

I look forward to working with you soon.

Debbie Hayes


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Trauma and abuse , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Antisocial Personality , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone


IL LCPC 180.010923


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

Written on Jun 03, 2019 after therapy with Debbie for 3 years and 7 months

My counselor, Debbie Hayes, was professional, kind, compassionate and very hard working. She answered my notes in a timely manner, and her replies always indicated to me she had thoroughly read what I had written to her. Knowing a counselor is "listening" (even if that occurs through written material) is crucial. I am very pleased and lucky I was paired with Ms. Hayes, and I think BH is fortunate to have her on the team.

Written on Sep 23, 2018 after therapy with Debbie for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem

She is a wonderful lady who is great at her job. She's very warm and supportive .

Written on Jul 11, 2018 after therapy with Debbie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and sleeping

I can honestly I am happy that I took the step to reach out and get someone to talk to. Debbie Hayes has been amazing thus far. She definitely listens, and offers great advice.

Written on May 12, 2016 after therapy with Debbie for 1 month on issues concerning relationship, family, and self esteem

Very caring, very insightful. Debbie gives you a sense of optimism and hope where you might not have had it with other counselors. She has lead me to believe in ME and that I can complete this journey with success.

Written on Mar 06, 2016 after therapy with Debbie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, anger, and depression

I only talked to Debbie for a week or so, she is a very good counselor. She is always on top of everything. Debbie is very caring, there are not very many counselors like her.

Written on Dec 08, 2015 after therapy with Debbie for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, parenting, self esteem, and depression

Debbie is so genuine. She really was tuned in and really helped me gain my confidence again after I abruptly lost my dad due to cancer. She didn't just help me with grief, but has helped me overall as I am a working mother with real challenges.

Written on Nov 24, 2015 after therapy with Debbie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and depression

Debbie Hayes blends professionalism with a sincere and caring attitude. She is very responsive to emails, and provides replies in a timely manner. Further her replies are written in a way that suggests she takes time reading and understanding the messages she receives. In short, she puts in a lot of effort, which speaks volumes to me. I am grateful for her kind assistance.

Written on Nov 17, 2015 after therapy with Debbie for 6 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, bipolar, and depression

She's great at what she does!

Written on Nov 13, 2015 after therapy with Debbie for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, grief, and depression

I'm just getting to know Debbie, but I feel blessed to be connected with her as my counselor. She listens and responds with proactive advice and gives you a lot to think about as you try to work through various issues. She is extremely attentive and quickly responds so that you know someone is out there and in your corner. I look forward to continuing to improve myself with her help!

Written on Nov 09, 2015 after therapy with Debbie for 3 weeks on issues concerning eating

Debbie has been very encouraging and provided multiple resources very early in the counseling sessions. She is excellent at following up on any concerns and in checking on progress based on prior suggestions and assignments, and has been very understanding through all of our interaction. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking to recover from an eating disorder.

Written on Nov 06, 2015 after therapy with Debbie for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, and depression

Debbie has been a wonderful counselor to me and I highly recommend her. Within just a few weeks she has helped me work my way out of a very long doom-and-gloom attitude, and is helping me learn to be mindful and present. Debbie is very knowledgeable and has given me exactly what I need, which is active and tangible things I can do to transform my thinking. I have loved working with her.

Work with me!