Patricia Stern


About Me

Hi. I’m Patricia Stern, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois, with over 25 years of experience as a therapist. I see older adolescents and adults of all ages. They may be anxious, depressed, grieving a loss or trying to cope with stress. They may have health or medical concerns; or just be looking to improve their life skills and to make decisions and plans that are helpful for them.

I see myself as a resource and a tool in the arsenal of my clients’ self-care skill set. I’m responsive (“talky”) for a therapist. I engage with and care about my clients, have a wide acceptance of ambiguity and an ambition to help people arrive at a more fulfilling and satisfactory life. I’m a strong ally; protective of my clients when they’re feeling vulnerable and challenging when they need to take initiative. I comfort my clients when they’re sad and help them to clarify their thinking when they feel cloudy about what choices to make. I ask clients to set their goals and I help them to achieve those. If you’re ready to make changes in your life and need emotional tools and resources to do that, reach out and let’s work together to move you forward.

Oh and just so I seem like a human – I live in an old house, have a cat that sleeps next to my keyboard, and have a boyfriend who plays Blues and Jazz. I love the outdoors; great music (right now I’m listening to Julian Bream); birds at my birdfeeder, good friends and great food.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #149-005888 (Expires: 2019-11-30)


Written by S.A. on Dec 30, 2018 after counseling with Patricia for 5 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and sleeping disorders

Patricia has a heart of gold and kindness. When life was hopeless she brought like to the darkness. She gave me hope to go on and care, concern, advice, warmth. She is a dream clinician. I deeply recommend her for anyone struggling with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She is so incredibly wonderful and I will miss her terribly

Written by D.A. on Dec 24, 2018 after counseling with Patricia for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and self esteem

Patricia answers me in a timely matter and if I go rogue and don’t write in a few days she reaches out to me to check on how things are, most days I feel like I am talking to an old friend

Written by K.E. on Oct 15, 2018 after counseling with Patricia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

I have been with Patricia for only a short time and I am so glad I was matched with her. She always responds within a timely manner and sends me encouraging messages throughout the week. I feel like she understands and always knows what to say to get me back on track.

Written by A.M. on Aug 06, 2018 after counseling with Patricia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and trauma and abuse

Patricia is really responsive. I think she cares and has given me real insight into family issues I have been dealing with. I like her a lot and I do like using the Betterhelp platform. I think it really makes my life easier because I don't have to drive anywhere. Patricia has good availability for scheduled sessions. I've only been using Betterhelp for a few weeks but so far so good.

Written by E.F. on Jul 16, 2018 after counseling with Patricia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping, and career

I started using BetterHelp because I have a very stressful job and I had some family health issues that were occurring. I was matched with Patricia Stern to which I am so grateful for. I could not imagine a more caring therapist who is completely non-judgmental. She sent me breathing exercises and was readily available for when I needed to vent. I would highly recommend Patricia Stern as a counselor.

Written by J.A. on Jul 14, 2018 after counseling with Patricia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, grief, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, and anger

Thank you for being there for me and giving me guidance to a better life.