Latechia Hester

(LCPC, CRADC, NCC)
Therapist Latechia Hester Photo

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCPC #180013366 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

Written by R.I. on Jan 13, 2022 after therapy with Latechia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

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.

Written by P.E. on Jan 12, 2022 after therapy with Latechia for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

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 :)

Written by T.A. on Jan 03, 2022 after therapy with Latechia for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

She is wonderful. Very helpful and positive. I enjoy working with her.

Written by B.R. on Dec 29, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

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.

Written by C.L. on Dec 17, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by A.U. on Dec 15, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Very professional & helpful thank u

Written by A.L. on Dec 15, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coa

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.

Written by T.R. on Dec 15, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Latechia has directly impacted my ability to get through a very challenging year.

Written by R.O. on Nov 22, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief

She easy to understand and that helps

Written by B.R. on Nov 16, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

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.

Written by R.I. on Nov 08, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Latechia is professional, respectful, and works collaboratively with me. She supports my goals and gives me useful feedback.

Written by G.A. on Oct 19, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

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!

Written by W.Y. on Oct 03, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, compassion fatigue, and adhd

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.

Written by A.S. on Sep 30, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, career difficulties, and coaching

I have nothing but great things to say about Latechia. She’s warm, thoughtful, and well versed in her practice.

Written by M.I. on Sep 06, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life cha

She is phenomenal great feedback listening skills and strategical input that gives a broader perspective

Written by S.T. on Aug 04, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

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.

Written by A.L. on Aug 03, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

She’s been very attentive and understanding.

Written by A.R. on Jul 29, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Latecia is very professional and caring. She listens and asks questions that make you think

Written by A.L. on Jul 22, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

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.

Written by A.N. on Jul 21, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by B.O. on Jun 25, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

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.

Written by M.A. on Jun 11, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and career difficulties

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!

Written by Z.O. on Jun 10, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Best counselor. Hands down

Written by E.M. on Jun 02, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

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.

Written by S.H. on Jun 01, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

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!

Written by C.E. on May 31, 2021 after therapy with Latechia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

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.