Life is a trip down the river. When the river is calm, the ride can feel relaxing and easy to do. However, when the river is overflowing, journeying down it can be overwhelming and you can feel like your boat is about to crash at any second. Luckily, a counselor based in Des Plaines can help you. 

Des Plaines is named after the Des Plaines river. As it flows through the suburb, you can flow through your life with ease. A counselor can be that boat that helps you. Speak to a counselor today and see how they can help. 

This is Amy Bareiter's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LPC,LCPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Depression, ADHD
Years of Experience: 8

Hello! My name is Amy. I am a professional counselor with years of experience working with adults, families and adolescents. I have had the pleasure of working with youth and families with a range of concerns including parenting problems, family conflict, anxiety, depression, ADHD and career counseling. I have had specialized training to work with individuals who have experienced trauma. My counseling style is one of compassion and respect. I believe it is important to build a rapport with my clients and demonstrate respect, empathy and encouragement. I offer ...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): Psy.D.,Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Therapy Specialties: Relationship issues, Grief, Depression, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 30

Hello my name is Jim. I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has been working in the counseling field for the past thirty years. I have been privileged to provide counseling and therapy services to individual, couples and families and use an approach that empathizes collaboration and measurable results. My counseling style creates a warm and accepting environment in which people learn to identify and express their feelings so that we can work together to deepen your understanding of feelings and the thoughts that typically accompany them. Once we lear...

This is Janice Nass's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW,LNHA
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 40

For those of us experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic illness/disability, grief and loss, relationship issues, and work/life balance difficulties, trying to adapt to the changes these issues inevitably bring is a common thread that binds us all together. Change is a natural part of life, but it has ways of bringing up feelings of fear, uncertainty, doubt, and sometimes even apathy and pessimism. Since we cannot control change – we can only control how we respond to it – we often feel “stuck”. Together, we can work to address these feelings and adjust our mi...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

Hi there! Welcome to the BetterHelp community. *I am only taking short term clients on Fridays currently.* My name is Riley Dean and I am a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois and Michigan. I have been trained in psychodynamic therapy, and I typically practice using an integrative psychodynamic framework combined with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Prior to becoming a therapist, I have 5 years in crisis counseling with young adults and families, assisting with a large variety of issues su...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Relationship issues, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 3

Hello! Welcome to BetterHelp, my name is Anna! I am a mental health counselor licensed in Illinois with around five years of experience working with clients from a wide range of ages and life experiences. In this time, I have worked with people to address issues of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family tension, and many other struggles. I have specific experience with LGBTQ+ clients, including sexuality and gender identity concerns. As a humanist counselor, I believe the most important part of therapy is the client feeling heard and understood, s...

This is Anthony Solano's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 21

My name is Anthony Solano and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has worked with college student populations since 1992. I specialize in young adults dealing with life transitions, educational planning, gender identity, choosing career paths, dealing with an unfulfilling job or a difficult boss as well as, difficulties with relationships (parents, friends, or significant others). I specialize in working with young adults to help them explore how to make decisions for themselves that lead to increased happiness and peace of mind. I bring an educ...

This is Jessica (Jessi) West's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression, ADHD
Years of Experience: 3

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Illinois. I have experience working with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, and ADHD. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and solution-focused therapies. Please know that I do not believe that any one of us is perfect - least of all me, so there is no judgment in sessions on what you say. I am here to wa...

This is Gaby Gurtz's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 20

Congratulations on taking the first step to get counseling! This is often the hardest is often filled with mixed emotions. I encourage you to approach counseling as a journey through self-awareness and self-fulfillment. With over 18 years of experience working in the mental health field, I have helped numerous individuals, couples and families struggling to cope with a range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues and stress management. I aim to meet each client where they are and assist them in working towards their personal ...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): ATR,LCPC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

As a licensed professional counselor, I believe every individual has the power to make long-lasting change in their life. With a whole-person approach, my clinical work focuses on individual strengths as I work with each client to set personal goals, focusing on what is most relevant to you. I am a compassionate and supportive listener with a reality-based approach. As a registered Art Therapist, I bring creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to my sessions. As a working therapist for over 15 years, I earned a M.A. from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oreg...

This is Melinda Osborn's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LCPC
Therapy Specialties: Family conflicts, Grief, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 3

Melinda Osborn is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor based in Springfield, IL. Melinda has earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Sociology from Illinois State University in Normal, IL, and later went on to earn a Master of Arts in Community Agency Counseling from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. She developed a particular interest in healthcare casework and counseled the sick, dying, and bereaved in a hospice facility. Other areas of experience include life stage transitions, self worth / value, general anxiety, and situation...

This is Deanne Bajaj's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW, LCSW, CADC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 12

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor in Illinois. I have been a social worker for over 12 years and have worked with individuals with a variety of concerns, including mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, addictions, chronic medical conditions, homelessness, financial difficulties, and relationship/boundary issues. I earned my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and CADC certification from Loyola University Chicago in 2010. I love helping people, and I feel it is a gift to journey through triumphs and challenges with i...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMSW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 5

It is my highest priority to make sure each person feels welcomed and safe in an un-biased environment. My passion involves helping each individual reach their moment of empowerment through the therapeutic journey. If you have been struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, loss, navigating through major life changes, familial or interpersonal relationships etc., this is the perfect opportunity to gain back control of your life! I am a Licensed Clinician in the state of Illinois and Michigan. I have my Bachelors and Masters in Social Work and have been a...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LCPC,LICDC-CS
Therapy Specialties: Addictions, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 30

ABOUT ME (I've been told that I'm "different" and "straightforward") Much gratitude from Mary Brahm, for checking out my profile. I am a seasoned Licensed Counselor who has experience in, Behavioral Health, and substance use disorders. My personal and professional experience has blessed me to travel and live around the world. What I quickly learned from the diverse populations I worked with, is that flexibility is the key to change and success. I use an “eclectic “approach, “meeting you where you are at”, while encouraging you to reach your potential. I bel...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 24

Navigating through the paths of life can be challenging. You don't have to journey them alone. My name is Leslie Scott aka the Esteem Counselor. I am here to support you along your journey with a clinical road map and conversation to make your journey easier to endure. I am a licensed clinical social worker with 24 years of experience specializing in Culturally Based Therapy, Christian Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Loss, Life Transitions, Relationships, Family, Couples, Trauma, Veterans, Diversity, Inclusion, and Narcissistic Abuse. I work with a div...

This is Jessica Mayhew's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 14

I am licensed in Illinois with 14 years of professional work experience in mental health . I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, depression, anger management, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

This is Courtney Howell's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 6

I am licensed in Illinois with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

This is Marcus Jack's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,LCPC,CRC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Career difficulties, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

I am licensed in Illinois with over 10 years of professional work experience. I assist clients with concerns relating to stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, family, career, and more. I work with clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support and empower you in that journey.

This is Zachary (Zach) Wittmann's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Grief, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 10

I have been a licensed therapist in Illinois since 2012. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, coping with grief and loss, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

This is Darwin Allen's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 10

I am licensed in Illinois with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma, and abuse, & as motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I believe in finding the root issues behind the problems and resolving them. The first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life is courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Des Plaines, Illinois (Des Plaines, IL)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW,LCAC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 18

I'm John Horsley and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor both in the state of Indiana. I graduated from Indiana University with a Master's Degree in Social Work. I have worked extensively with individuals and families who have dealt with substance use disorders and complications from substance use disorders. I've also focused on working with individuals who have experienced trauma and secondary trauma. I've practiced in a variety of settings and seeing a variety of clients with various struggles. I believe that ...

Having A Hard Time Selecting A Mental Health Professional In Des Plaines?

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating. However, there are a few methods you can try to narrow your search for a counselor in the Des Plaines area if you find it challenging to find therapists accepting new clients.

First, research what type of therapy you'd like to pursue before finding a therapist or psychologist. You might be interested in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, marriage and family therapy, or couples therapy. Each therapy can offer various benefits. If you're still unsure, consider asking your prospective therapists which methods they practice.

When you're ready to search, search for 'therapist near me in Des Plaines and scroll through the options. Next, consider your goals for the gender of your therapist, the type of therapy they're most experienced with, and their specialty. Finally, choose a therapist located near you in the city of Des Plaines or elsewhere in Cook or the state of Illinois.

Mental health professionals working through private practice or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships and communication skills, working through life's obstacles, or changing negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a listening ear and validation. Verified Des Plaines therapists can provide licensed marriage and compassionate counseling, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

What Is The Cost Difference Between Conventional Therapy And BetterHelp? 

Forbes reports that the average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Des Plaines due to a higher cost of living.

Some therapists in the state of Illinois may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp therapists serving the city of Des Plaines and elsewhere throughout the state of Illinois you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $60 to $90 per week (billed every four weeks).


Did You Know BetterHelp Therapists Are Not Limited To In-Person Visits?

Online therapists, including the US-based therapists above, can work with people like you in or around Des Plaines to offer creative forms of communication and treatment. You do not have to commute to a therapist's office to meet with one of these counselors.

Through BetterHelp, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, receive worksheets, and sign up for mental health webinars. Additionally, the BetterHelp app offers a journaling feature.

Suppose you're struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists specializing in behavioral health and relationships. You can also try a provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. Look through the available therapists above and consider which might work for you.

San Jose has many professionals who provide client-centered individual counseling in person and through online therapy. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with therapists all over the US. Many individuals gain further insight into their lives through internet-based counseling. In Des Plaines, therapy can be easily accessible and a click away.


How To Know If Therapy Is Right For You?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but they may struggle to provide objective guidance as a therapist can. Therapists are also professionals trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A therapist may support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health or life concerns. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another benefit of therapy is having a safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A San Jose therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With almost one million people in Des Plaines, IL, finding a therapist can be costly, and therapists may be booked out with clients. Through the list of therapists above and others through BetterHelp, you may be able to find a therapist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching for a nearby therapist close to 60019 or the surrounding zip codes, consider other available therapists through the BetterHelp therapist page.

Stay Up To Date With The Leading Online Therapy Platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and FacebookFor mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time to learn more about BetterHelp therapists and counselors to understand the services available to you clearly. If you have any questions, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online counseling, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched with a counselor within 24 to 48 hours.

Emergency Situations

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

·      National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

·      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

·      Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

·      Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 (and press 1) or text 838255. For support for the deaf and hard of hearing community, please use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.

·      Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ Lifeline): (866)488-7386 

·      SAMHSA National Helpline (Substance Use): (800)662-4357

·      National Eating Disorder Association Helpline:1-800-931-2237 (M-Th: 9 AM-9 PM EST, Fri 9 AM - 5 PM EST)

·      Child Help Hotline: Call 1-800-422-4453 or use the online chat feature

·      National Anti-Hazing Hotline: 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293) 

·      Physician Crisis Support Line: Call 1-888-409-0141 if you are a first responder or medical provider experiencing crises related to Covid-19

·      Sexual Assault Hotline: Call RAINN at 1-800-656-4673

Zip Codes Served By BetterHelp Therapists

Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Des Plaines:

60016, 60017, 60018, 60019

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy and BetterHelp can be found below:

How Do I See A Therapist For The First Time? 

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading about the counseling process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your therapist. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and why you're attending therapy.

Should I Attend Therapy If I Feel Fine? 

If you don't feel the need to see a therapist, you don't have to. However, some people may avoid attending counseling due to preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although therapists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general advice. A therapist may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is Crying In Therapy A Breakthrough?

Crying can be a breakthrough for some individuals who struggle to express emotions. Others might find that they often cry during sessions. Crying can be normal and healthy, so whether you cry or not may be a personal aspect of sessions.

Are Therapists Worth It?

We may all be on different paths in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, and goals. A therapist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities. Unlike advice from a friend, family member, or non-professional, therapists are trained to meet you where you're at. Therapy can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy each year, showing it's a popular option and may be often effective.

Do Therapists Judge You? 

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to protect you and them from ethical concerns. Therapists are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. Their job is to support you and make you feel safe and respected. You might consider changing therapists if you don't feel safe or respected.