About Me

Hello and welcome! My name is Janell McBoom (she/her or they/them). I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois. I’m really glad that you’ve taken the first step toward getting help. It takes a lot of courage to take that first step.

My goal is to offer you a safe space to be open and honest, without fear of judgment. My approach to therapy is laid-back, person-centered, and strengths based. Meaning, I like to get to know you, learn what is important to you, and learn about the challenges you’re facing in your life. My goal is to focus on your strengths and help you learn to maximize them to overcome your obstacles.

I have experience working with many mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship issues, anticipatory grief, grief and loss, acute and chronic illness, terminal illness, living with chronic pain, and crisis intervention. I’m also here to work with you through the general life stressors that everyone experiences.

I believe that the most powerful tool in counseling is a supportive and honest therapeutic relationship between you and me. No one should have to face life’s challenges alone. It takes courage to reach out and ask for help. I am honored to work with you and to help you navigate the next steps in your life. Let’s get started!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Compassion fatigue , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


IL LCSW 149.019813


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Janell McBoom. 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 by K.E. on Jan 03, 2022 after therapy with Janell for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Janelle is so calm and supportive and makes even difficult topics flow easily. I'm sure it's hard to keep up with just how many topics my brain throws during each session, but she does and somehow remembers all the little things. She makes me feel seen and that's such a huge thing for me. I can't say enough good things about this wonderful person.

Written by K.A. on Sep 20, 2021 after therapy with Janell for 2 weeks on issues concerning intimacy-related issues

very easy to talk to, has good advice, and is great at sharing resources.

Written by L.U. on May 19, 2021 after therapy with Janell for 4 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Janell has helped me through one of the roughest seasons of my life and really helped me turn myself into a better person. Thank you so much !

Written by L.O. on Mar 24, 2021 after therapy with Janell for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

I look forward to talking to Janell every week!

Written by J.U. on Jan 19, 2021 after therapy with Janell for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

I’ve only been with Janell for a week or so, but they have been great. They are patient, responsive, inquisitive and respectful. I am doing better already and looking forward to continuing working w them.

Work with me!