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Latechia Hester, LCMHC, LCPC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Depression
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About me

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.

Professional experience

23yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Depression

Additional areas of focus: 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

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

Services offered

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License information

NC LCMHC 19916

IL LCPC 180013366



These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Latechia Hester. 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 therapist listens and redirects me every week. She holds me accountable to myself, my wants, and my needs - even when I told her that I have none. I'm more self aware and my confidence is building because of her care. Thank you.

Written on Jul 08, 2024 after therapy with Latechia for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Latechia is amazing! She is such a wonderful therapist and has helped me enormously, from learning how to challenge negative thoughts, challenging anxious thoughts and examining codependent behaviours. I cannot recommend her enough!

Written on Jun 27, 2024 after therapy with Latechia for 10 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

This has been my first experience with therapy. Latechia's support, guidance and expertise has been invaluable. Looking forward to continuing working with her.

Written on May 10, 2024 after therapy with Latechia for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief

I have only been with Latechia but i feel she listens to me and also calls me out when need be. I like the fact that she is real with me and doesn't beat around the bush.

Written on Apr 15, 2024 after therapy with Latechia for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and anger management

My therapist is a great listener and the homework she gives me after each session is extremely helpful and my healing process

Written on Mar 27, 2024 after therapy with Latechia for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and adhd

I had low expectations but tried betterhelp anyway, because I finally admitted to myself that I really needed to talk to someone.
From the first session I began to feel better and I was never going to go to an actually location for therapy, i just would never have done that. I did phone therapy and had no problem fitting that in and it was way more comfortable for me, talking on the phone from my own space.
I'm taking the time to leave this review because Latichia deserves it, she's been really good for me.

Written on Jan 12, 2024 after therapy with Latechia for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues