I am an African American female Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and I started my career in the counseling field in 2001, as a group home counselor for at-risk male youths, homeless young male adults, and their families, where we worked on family reunification, substance abuse, LGBTQ+ Issues, job skills, life skills, and independent living. From there I moved more into the substance abuse field working with DUI offenders, court mandated persons ordered to do anger management, and as an interventionist for families, and individuals who struggle with all forms of addiction and co-dependency. Since then, I returned to school to obtain my masters in Clinical Mental Health, during which time I worked with individuals who struggled with family issues, depression, suicide, grief and loss, schizophrenia disorder, bi-polar disorder, anxiety disorder, PTSD, dually diagnosed individuals, and those with other co-occurring disorders in an outpatient hospital clinic setting. I then furthered my career and obtained a second master's degree in School Counseling, where I enveloped experience in working with students in an inner-city school setting who struggled with body image, depression, suicide, self-harm, substance abuse, LGBTQ+ issues, ADHD, ADD, OCD, neighborhood trauma, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
My primary therapeutic orientations are cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy; however, I strongly believe that it is essential to meet a person "where they are at" and establish a therapeutic alliance using my developed professional skills and eclectic abilities to provide each individual with a therapeutic orientation is necessary to move them toward a place of peace and healing. I believe in the purpose of counseling and I believe that even the most skeptical can become a believer!
METAMORPHOSIS is the process of change into something adult, mature and breathtaking. I would like to think that I've been entrusted by clients to help them transition into living a better life, so that they may spread their wings and fly! My goal is to uplift, empower, teach, and motivate those who struggle to work toward living a healthy and happy lifestyle. My commitment is to provide the best clinical services each person deserves with dignity and respect and there has been no greater pleasure for me other than to be blessed with the opportunities to work with individuals in this field of healing and the transformation of lives.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
LGBT , Relationship issues , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Avoidant Personality , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , 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 , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Military and Veterans Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Post-traumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Prejudice and Discrimination , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sex Addiction , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexual Dysfunction , Sexuality , Smoking/Vaping Cessation , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Visually Impaired , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
ME LCPC CC6915
IL LCPC 180013366
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Latechia is the best !
She’s amazing !
I have only had one session with Latechia so far so I'm not qualified to speak in depth about her expertise - but I will say I learned a lot about myself from that first session and she has a really effective way of understanding and reflecting back what I have been questioning - I think the simple act of her clearly articulating what I try to explain in simpler terms is super affective and puts things into the perspective I usually lack.
I am grateful to Latechia for guiding me to reach my goals. I always gain clarity and compassion from Latechia. She is amazing, and I trust her.
Latechia is such an amazing active listener. Her point to reiterate what we’ve talked about at the end of our sessions is greatly appreciated. Her homework is very effective to have me make self-realizations I’ve never thought I’d be able to get to on my own. I tell everyone in my close life about how much I love having her! I’m so lucky.
I feel heard, understood and helped by Latechia. She sees where I am coming from and helps me navigate my own feelings and confusions. She is given me tools to apply in my day to day life and overall I think she’s a great therapist!
Very caring and educated
Latechia is a very understanding and knowledgeable individual. She is great at listening and has helped me through so much. I am so glad to that she was there for me in the hardest parts of my life.
I absolutely adore Latechia! She is so helpful, attentive, and respectful. She pushes me to answer my own questions before I can even ask them and it has truly changed my life.
Latechia has been an amazing person to lean on. I am so thankful for her!!
Latechia Hester is wonderfully open, honest, and caring. She gets to know you, understand you, while being utterly respectful. Give her the time and opportunity to help you. She sees behind what you are outwardly saying, sometimes before you admit what is wrong yourself.
Really makes me feel like I can improve
Her words are like a warm bowl of soup. I feel so good after talking to her.
Latechia has been an amazing sounding board. She gets me, respects me, and isn't afraid to point out when I should look at something from a few different angles. I’d highly recommend her expertise!
She's an amazing therapist. She's there for me. She listens and is very patient and understanding. Thank you and I appreciate all that you do for me. I highly recommend Dr. L. Hester
This is my first time trying therapy, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Latechia has gone above and beyond to make the experience a positive one. She makes me feel heard and understood without judgement. Very professional and kind. Exceeded all my expectations.
Latechia meets you where you're at and nowhere else. She is kind and compassionate and extremely adept when it comes to zeroing in on solutions that can help you progress week over week. I really recommend her and appreciate the help she has given me and the care she has shown me.
She really loves her job and actually cares for her patients. She never leaves you feeling unheard and knows how to pace her practices with how fast/slow youre progressing. Thank you mrs. Hester :)
I've been through a few different therapists and I didn't think therapy could help. My wife urged me to try one last time, so I did. Latechia has shown me that my prior therapists had no clue how to do their job. She has given me hope that I can finally begin to heal. The genuine care she has for me has given me hope I can make it through my hardships and shortcomings.
I truly felt heard and hopeful that we could work together as a team. She really understood me without me having to explain myself so much.
Very professional & helpful thank u
She is so amazing, she has helped me through some really tough times. I feel like I grow more and more after every sessions with her.
Latechia has directly impacted my ability to get through a very challenging year.
She easy to understand and that helps
Latechia is friendly, thoughtful, timely, and a great counselor. She will hold you accountable in every way. Her training, experience, and expertise is both refreshing and awe-inspiring. And after talking with Latechia, I always feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. I’d totally recommend her to my friends and family.
Latechia is professional, respectful, and works collaboratively with me. She supports my goals and gives me useful feedback.
Latechia is an amazing therapist! She really listens to my concerns and helps me work through them. I love her attention to detail and how she refers back to her notes from previous sessions. She has provided me with a variety of techniques that have been very helpful! Truly the best!
Having healthy relationships was the primary for desiring help. So facing my mental illness & trauma was key in order to do so. The best thing I have done for my life is open up to and participate in the sessions with Latechia Hester. My family dynamic is all the better for it. Parenting has even become more successful as a result of our sessions together. Thank you Latechia! And thank you for this BetterHelp platform. As it’s the method in which I was introduced to her.
She is phenomenal great feedback listening skills and strategical input that gives a broader perspective
I couldn't have asked for a better counselor. Latechia knows her stuff! She is soothing, caring, supportive and professional. She is an adept listener and I love how she's been able to get to the root of issues in a non-judgemental way. She is also graceful and easily puts me at ease. Overall, she is excellent.
She’s been very attentive and understanding.
Latecia is very professional and caring. She listens and asks questions that make you think
Latechia's great! She's sweet and understanding while also being non-judgemental and being able to focus on the root of your problems and concerns.
Latechia is a great counselor, she really understood what I needed and was able to help me talk about events in my life I couldn't talk about with anyone else. She provided a safe space for me and I am truly grateful to have met her. She is a wonderful counselor.
She’s very insightful and has helped me a lot. Puts me at ease and makes me feel like there is someone in my corner. She speaks her mind too—which I greatly appreciate. Thanks for everything.
She makes me feel seen. I haven’t had many sessions with her but I feel very comfortable with her. I’m looking forward to continuing counseling with her!
Best counselor. Hands down
Latechia is a wonderful counselor she is very good at making her clients feel validated, heard and giving them real tools on how to approach obstacles they face in their life.
Latechia is very easy to talk to! I feel like she genuinely cares and enjoys what she does. She asks questions I’ve never thought about, which I appreciate. I would recommend her to anyone!
Latechia is amazing for 2 very simple reasons. She realizes I need therapy more than me. I come to her when I think yeah today I need it but she's pushing for more. 2 goes along with 1. I tried to set my own precedence of what I thought I needed I tried to make my own rules but she has been there to truly let me vent and I cannot wait to see where things continue to go for me because of how comfortable I feel.