About Me

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My name is Jack Richey. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois. I earned my Master of Social Work degree, specializing in Interpersonal Communication and Change from the University of Iowa.

I founded and directed an outpatient mental health clinic. I have worked on an inpatient behavioral healthcare unit. I had a private mental health counseling practice. I retired in August of 2021 after thirteen years of providing out patient mental health counseling services in a psychiatric wing of a local clinic under the direct supervision of a psychiatrist.

I've worked with individuals, couples, and families who have had to address a variety of issues. These have included employment difficulties, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, family and relationship issues, self-esteem, divorce recovery, and parenting problems.

My counseling style combines Cognitive Behavioral, Family Systems, and Solution focused approaches. I do not have a “cookie cutter” or “one size fits all” approach. Each person is unique with specific needs. I try meet clients "where they are".

I believe we can all grow through challenging experiences by increasing self-awareness. Sometimes another person who isn't directly involved can offer a new perspective. Having additional support can guide people through a difficult situation when they feel stuck.

People all want to be able to share their personal experiences, be accepted, and feel understood. I believe it's very important to be open-minded and non-judgmental when people share their personal stories or experiences.

It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life. Your life and your goals are important. If you are ready to take that step toward change, I am here to support, encourage, and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

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

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

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

IL LCSW 149-004431


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Jack Richey. 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 Nov 22, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Jack is kind, thoughtful, funny, and never judges. He is an incredible listener and is fully engaged. He knows when to step in with just a suggestion, or when to share an example from his own journey. I came to Jack with a long list of therapy goals and my life is so different today than just a few months ago. If you match with Jack, count your blessings.

Written on Nov 03, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Great Therapist

Written on Oct 11, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Jack has been a great and reliable therapist for the four sessions I had him for. I would highly recommend him to anyone who hasn’t done therapy.

Written on Oct 11, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Jack is a great person, and the most caring and positive counselor I have ever worked with. When I began seeing him two months ago, I was in a deep, dark hole of anxiety and depression. His encouragement and practical advice helped me climb out of that, and I am now on a path to enjoying life again.

Written on Oct 05, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Jack is awesome. He supports what I say with helpful insights. He is humorous at times, which I find comforting. I would recommend him to anyone that needs help.

Written on Sep 14, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and relationship issues

Jack is a great listener and supporter. In 3 sessions he’s helped me work through some tough issues and I have felt those things ‘lift’ from me. Can’t thank him enough

Written on Sep 10, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 3 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Excellent therapist

Written on Aug 21, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

I have absolutely loved my sessions with Jack. It’s his calmness and understanding, but most importantly his religious approach to the sessions that made me open up. I loved that he sometimes shares elements of his life experiences that I could relate to and gain some insight from. It’s definitely helped seeing things from a different perspective. He has a beautiful aura and I saw that in our first session. I am so thankful for his help!

Written on Jun 10, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I appreciate Jack. He truly cares!

Written on Jun 10, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and relationship issues

Jack really cares and helps work out problems. I feel that I can be very honest to him and he supports me. He feels like a friend vs a therapist.

Written on Jun 10, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

He’s a good therapist

Written on Jun 01, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Jack is an extraordinary person, he goes above and beyond to make sure you understand and gives you ways on how to deal with what you are personally dealing with. His faith and knowledge is very encouraging .

Written on Jun 01, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Jack is an incredible listener and I really appreciate his warm mannerisms and practical advice.

Written on May 03, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I want my identity and my views to be kept confidential.

Written on Apr 12, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Jack is Great!! Highly Recommend

Written on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

When I finally took the step to reach out for help with my mental health, Jack was there to help me take things one step at a time. In just the first few sessions, I've learned a lot and have felt supported. I'm impressed with Betterhelp and my therapist match so far.

Written on Mar 21, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Very understanding and easy to talk to.

Written on Jan 15, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Jack is great guy and an even better therapist. He is patient and understanding. He truly understands people with anxiety and depression. He has taught me that I am important and how to create new pathways in my thinking to help me become a better person! Thank You Jack!

Written on Jan 11, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd

Jack is an experienced therapist who brings a sense of humor along with his interpretations and insights He is comfortable with confrontation when needed and there for validation and support

Written on Jan 11, 2022 after therapy with Jack for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Jack is able to balance listening and providing guidance. He is able to adapt to my way of problem-solving.

Written on Oct 12, 2021 after therapy with Jack for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Effective. Understanding.

Written on Aug 22, 2021 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Felt instantly better after speaking with him, even my family noticed i was different after our first session. Looking forward to more sessions

Written on Jul 15, 2021 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Great great man. He Loves and follows Jesus Christ. He is very practical and helpful when situations get difficult. I would recommend him to anyone who needs metal help of any kind. He is also a good friend as well as counselor.

Written on Apr 14, 2021 after therapy with Jack for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Jack has been such a great help to me. He listens and understands, but he goes beyond that by helping you set up a plan of action and helping you create goals to better yourself. He is compassionate and knowledgeable. Therapy/counseling was new to me and Jack made it not intimidating, and really encouraged me to open up and dive deep into my life and the things I was dealing with. I can't speak highly enough about Jack

Written on Apr 03, 2021 after therapy with Jack for 8 months on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I have found Jack to be a very empathetic and effective counselor. He totally understands my concerns and provides helpful perspectives and insights to my situation. I am very thankful to have him as a therapist and would recommend him and BetterHelp in general for their counseling services.

Written on Apr 02, 2021 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Jack is a great counselor with amazing recommendations. He a great listener and offers expert advice with personal experiences. 10/10 recommend his services.

Written on Mar 29, 2021 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, coping with life changes, and adhd

Jack is great...the number of times I'm asked for feedback from Better Help is not. If someone is not doing their job, trust me they will let you know about it. People don't want their therapy to feel and operate like a Best Buy or a customer service survey after a lengthy call to AT&T might. And if they do, they are wrong.

Written on Mar 27, 2021 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Overall Great counselor

Written on Jan 09, 2021 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

I like working with Jack! Jack is highly responsive, active listener, easy to talk to, has good and healthy humor, gives suggestions on books to read as well as worksheets also updates me on current Groupinar sessions. I just started my journey with Jack and I look forward to more great sessions in the future!

Written on Dec 30, 2020 after therapy with Jack for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Jack is a good person and a fantastic counselor.

Written on Dec 21, 2020 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

I would like to thank Jack for reaching out and making me feel as though
I matter .
He is kind, encouraging and empowering . I have been learning new skills.
He is optimistic in helping me move forward in my life journey.
I am Thankful and would highly recommend him as a counselor.
Linda A.

Written on Dec 19, 2020 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

Very kind, counselor. Jack is very versatile and engaging.

Written on Dec 18, 2020 after therapy with Jack for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

An excellent and compassionate therapist

Written on Sep 30, 2020 after therapy with Jack for 1 month on issues concerning intimacy-related issues

Great person and counselor to discuss your life with. Easy going, thought provoking and overall a good time I've had discussing topics with him.

Written on Sep 24, 2020 after therapy with Jack for 1 month on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

Jack is the greatest! It’s an open and honest environment. He doesn’t tell you how to feel but he provides the tools to help you explore it.

Written on Sep 06, 2020 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Jack's a great guy, very down to earth and approachable. He's been more honest and candid than any other counselor I've talked to.

Written on Aug 16, 2020 after therapy with Jack for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief, and coping with life changes

Jack was extremely helpful to my wife and me as we learn how to deal with an aging parent with health issues. Jack was able to draw from his expertise and personal experiences to provide us valuable guidance and perspective. He is a very effective listener and communicator.

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