Highwood, Illinois was long occupied by the Pottawattomie Tribe. The Native Americans stayed on the land until the area was ceded to the United States, but a few Native Americans faithfully returned to their beloved hunting grounds. Highwood gets its name because it was the highest ground between Chicago and Milwaukee and it was covered with trees. We all want to live the high life, but we all have days where mental health drags us down.

You don’t have to feel like you’re living the low-life. Licensed treatment specialists in the Highwood area know just how to help you get back to enjoying your beloved friends and family. Match with a counselor today.

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Erin Gabehart

Offering therapy in IL
License: MA, LCPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefBipolar disorder
16 years of experience

Hello! I am an LCPC in the Chicago, IL area with over 20 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, family conflict, relationship issues, personality disorders, LGBT, self-harm, Asperger's and across all age groups. I have also helped many people who have experienced trauma and/or abuse. My counseling style is warm and honest. I believe in treating everyone with respect and sensitivity, and I don't believe in labels that perpetuate stigmas. My approach is cognitive-behavioral based, but I also take an eclectic approach to personalize needs based on the client. I use some aspects of a psychoanalytic approach as well. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I look forward to working with you!

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Dr. James Geidner

Offering therapy in IL
License: PhD,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
20 years of experience

Dr. Jim Geidner has over 20 years of clinical experience working in a wide variety of settings, including psychiatric rehabilitation, child treatment centers and universities. He is currently a Professor of Health and Counseling and also works in private practice. With vast experience as a Clinical Supervisor at a wide variety of institutions, including Rush Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, among others, Dr. Geidner is well versed in numerous modes of therapy. His approach to therapy emphasizes finding the right treatment modality to meet each client's unique needs.

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Dr. Doris Ayala

Offering therapy in IL
License: PhD,MJ,AM
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
40 years of experience

I provide the sensitivity and skill needed to work through difficult conflicts and interpersonal dynamics to help you create the life you want. With multiple certifications and degrees in law, social work, and psychology, I bring you a unique educational background and work experience. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. I provide a warm, empathic, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach to understanding who you are and what you would like to achieve. I work in developing a trusting alliance and work towards finding solutions to your problems. While pain, frustration, and sadness often bring people to therapy, I know that transformation happens when you take positive action. I think that I can help you on your personal and familial journey to greater mental health and stability!

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Patricia Breshears

Offering therapy in IL
License: LCPC,CAADC,CIP
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
32 years of experience

Pat is so kind and understanding. I feel heard and also received really helpful advice. She is so caring. With many years of experience she is very on track with her therapy skills and recommendations for each client she sees. Her treatment approach is set on the foundation of building a therapeutic relationship by establishing trust and rapport. She is eclectic in the theories and uses some of the therapeutic approaches including theory's such as solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness, ,and client centered approaches. She will focus on your strengths, abilities and skills to help you achieve your individualized goals.

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Dr. Nicole Maronde

Offering therapy in IL
License: LCSW
Relationship issuesParenting issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

As a seasoned Social Worker with a decade of experience, I bring a compassionate and insightful approach to therapy. I obtained my Clinical Social Work License in 2020 after completing my Masters in 2014. In 2023, I earned a Doctorate of Social Work from Aurora University. My therapeutic practice is diverse, catering to adults, parents, couples, teens, and youth. Over the years, I've developed a specialization in addressing various issues such as Neurodivergence, Attachment or Relationship Issues, Family Dynamics, Workplace Burnout, Racial Stress & Trauma, LGBTQ issues, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Life Transitions, Parent Coaching, and Childhood Trauma. In therapy, I firmly believe that you hold the keys to your own healing and growth. My role is that of a supportive guide, utilizing therapeutic techniques to unearth the answers within you. Drawing from a rich toolkit of therapeutic approaches including Narrative Therapy, Logotherapy, Existentialism, Client-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Rational Emotive Therapy, Self-Psychology, Bowen’s Family System, and Humor Psychology, I tailor my methods to suit your unique needs and preferences. Together, we embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation, where you are empowered to navigate life's challenges with resilience and insight.

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Dr. Susan Hanson

Offering therapy in IL
License: Doctorate Social Work,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesCoping with life changes
22 years of experience

Hello and welcome, My name is Dr. Susan Hanson. I’m a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. As a parent and a therapist, I understand the need for teens and adults to continue to seek counsel & guidance as they navigate challenges in life. This is the beginning of your journey, a safe place, for you to overcome complex behavioral concerns. A place where you can focus on successfully developing the skills needed to create the productive life that you want. I offer Premiere Telehealth Treatment & Behavioral Health in a supportive environment. I specialize in mood & anxiety disorders, trauma recovery, military & first responders, family & relationship topics; boundaries, family roles, healthy communication, and more. I refer out clients who have drug & alcohol addictions, and clients with suicidal thoughts, as their primary diagnosis or are a large part of their current lifestyle. Additionally, I do not provide any third parties or any of your information to third parties, nor can I write any letters to individuals on your behalf for any reason, court, custody, DUI, etc. For that, you need to be working with the courts and with an in-person therapist and with the therapist's consent. I have worked with thousands of clients over the years, and every one of them has had their own story to tell. No two people are in the same situation. The most important factor in effective therapy is when the therapist and client collaborate and create a sense of meaning and hope. I will help you learn how to successfully manage symptoms, overcome challenges, and develop the skills needed to return to the productive life that you want. I am here to help you through this difficult time. Start your journey now.

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Melissa Cauthen

Offering therapy in IL
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepression
16 years of experience

Blessings to you: I am licensed Social Worker in Illinois with 20+ years of professional work experience, with most of those years being in therapeutic situations. My extensive social work experience has allowed me to work with many walks of life, where I have advocated for their best qualities of their life, always. I have much experience working with diverse populations and have the ability to meet people where they are at. I believe my gift of being a minority helps a great deal in this ability. I thrive on positivity and mental wellness, with a clear understanding and vision of one's light. With this gift, I feel I am called to help others live their best lives, and give skills to help keep their light bright. I am a natural promoter of empowerment and hold a great deal of empathy. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, relationship issues, family conflicts, etc. 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.

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Rebecca Snow-Grimm

Offering therapy in IL
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepression
10 years of experience

Hello! My name is Rebecca and I am a licensed therapist with over ten years of clinical experience. My primary area of focus are adults with acute stress, depression or anxiety who are seeking support through challenging seasons of life. Additionally, I have completed work with those experiencing struggles surrounding body image, self-esteem and improving self-acceptance. I do not affiliate with any established religion and I support all humans in their existence of love, gender, and identity. I would be honored to work with you!

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Christopher McFarland

Offering therapy in IL
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Illinois with over 25 years of professional work experience in Child Welfare Services, Inpatient and Outpatient Substance Use Treatment, and Supportive Therapy in Private Practice. I like to use an eclectic approach which draws on techniques from more than one type of therapy. I use whatever is best suited to meet the patients’ needs, with a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychoanalysis, and Person-Centered Therapy. I use clinical expertise to guide my practice and tailor therapy to the individual client. I have extensive experience in helping clients with Substance Use Disorders, assisting clients to cope with problematic drinking and other substances, coping with family problems related to substance abuse, motivation to change, self-esteem, and self-confidence. I have 12 step experience and experience working with individuals with depression and anxiety. 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. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Almario Crawford

Offering therapy in IL
LGBTFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

I am licensed in Illinois with 9 years of professional work experience. As a seasoned social worker with nine years of rich and diverse experience, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my clients. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with a wide range of populations, each with their own unique needs and challenges. Whether it's vulnerable children and families, individuals facing homelessness, survivors of trauma, or seniors in need of support, I approach each client with compassion, empathy, and a commitment to helping them overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. My extensive experience has equipped me with a deep understanding of the complex social issues that impact our communities, as well as the resources and interventions available to address them. I am skilled in conducting assessments, developing personalized care plans, and connecting clients with essential services and support networks. Moreover, I pride myself on my ability to build trusting relationships with clients, empowering them to advocate for themselves and navigate through difficult situations. I am a strong communicator and collaborator, working closely with clients, colleagues, and other stakeholders to ensure holistic and culturally competent care. In addition to my direct client work, I am dedicated to continuous learning and professional development. I stay informed about the latest research, best practices, and emerging trends in the field of social work, always seeking to enhance my skills and stay abreast of new developments. Overall, my nine years of experience in social work have honed my ability to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those I serve. I am committed to promoting social justice, fostering resilience, and empowering individuals and communities to thrive. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Highwood

Finding the best therapist close by in Highwood can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Highwood. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Highwood, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Highwood or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Highwood area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Highwood, elsewhere in Lake, or in the greater state of Illinois.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Highwood area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Highwood therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Highwood due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Highwood may not take health insurance, some 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 or clinicians throughout the state of Illinois you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Highwood, Illinois working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Highwood above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Highwood helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Highwood therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Highwood therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

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 you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, 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 Highwood 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 may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in IL, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 60040 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Highwood counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. 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 learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists 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 feedback and advice. A Highwood licensed clinical social worker 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 mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Highwood, Illinois can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Highwood has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

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

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

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

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:

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