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Ingrid Wheeler, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Anger management Self esteem Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

Hi! I’m Ingrid Wheeler. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. More specifically, I am a listener, advocate, supporter, and helper.

About me:
I have been in the field of Social Work for over 10 years, working in inpatient/outpatient mental health clinics, rural health clinics, outpatient therapy, and therapy services in higher education settings. My experiences in the field have led me to working with a variety of people facing different challenges in different setting in a spectrum of age, gender, and races. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree for Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a specialization in mental health, from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. I have extensive experience helping individuals with a variety of challenges, from mental health challenges such as psychosis, substance abuse/dependence, personality disorders, suicidal ideation, relationship conflicts, behavioral issues, and stress management. Through individual, couples, family and group therapy, I have worked with a variety of ages in settings such as inpatient, outpatient, and dual diagnosis and addiction treatment centers, rural health clinics, and students in higher education.

I have always been a “helper”. As a “military brat” growing up I constantly faced change and transitions, some easier than others. As the oldest child in a bi-racial (Latino/White) and military family, I was always helping someone. Whether it was advocating for my mother experiencing challenges related to her race or deescalating siblings, I was always helping. The advocacy and support I practiced led me to my desire to pursue Social Work. Being able to help someone cope with their life experience(s) and to make a lasting impact with someone fuels my work in this field.

I help individuals and couples who are looking to support their overall mental health. I support my clients by exploring their stressors, improving a person’s insight into themselves and their challenges, and begin to manage emotions in the ways that work for them. My approach in therapy is client-centered and includes a variety of evidence-based approaches that fit my client’s needs, from interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to general life skills building. The needs of my clients are important and heard in session. I use their feedback on what interventions may be most useful to them as we constantly work together to figure out what will work for them to achieve their goals.

When I’m not working with clients, I am spending time with my family. I am married to my high school sweet heart, a self-employed business owner. Together, we have three kids between 16-4 year’s old and two dogs. We like to have movie marathons, go camping, and enjoy outdoor warm weather activities.

Professional experience

11yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Visually Impaired, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues

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

License information

IL LCSW 149.017207


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

Ingrid does a great job, not only listening but in reciprocating my concerns but also takes time in trying understanding them if unsure or my explanation is not quite clear. I feel like the communication between us so far, has provided a solid path towards achieving my mental health goals.

Written on Mar 08, 2023 after therapy with Ingrid for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

Ingrid is amazing. She really listens to me and finds ways to help.

Written on Oct 17, 2022 after therapy with Ingrid for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Ingrid is great and easy to talk to.

Written on Sep 19, 2022 after therapy with Ingrid for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Thank you for your help!

Written on May 18, 2022 after therapy with Ingrid for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, anger management, and adhd

She is an amazing therapist! She listens to what I’m saying and makes a true and conscious effort to help me be a better me. She is actually the reason I will be continuing my BetterHelp membership. Just having support like that is so beneficial especially to people who feel like they don’t know what to do or where to go next.

Written on Apr 28, 2022 after therapy with Ingrid for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Always feel better after every season.

Written on Apr 12, 2022 after therapy with Ingrid for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and eating disorders