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Debbie Hayes, LCPC

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Grief Depression
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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

Professional experience

10yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Grief Depression

Additional areas of focus: 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, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Cancer, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Men's issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

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

Services offered

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License information

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.

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

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

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

Debbie has been great, never pushy and always stressing that I need to be totally honest with her. She is always very encouraging! I have had counseling in my hometown and I always seemed to walk away discouraged. Debbie has help me see so many things differently and to realize I am not a bad person.

Written on Jul 25, 2018 after therapy with Debbie for 2 weeks

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

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

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 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