Life can be very difficult even when you are surrounded by a loving community. If you are having problems with depression and anxiety, then it can feel like the world is crumbling underneath you. You may have trouble focusing on the good things that surround you when you're feeling negative emotions so strongly. It is possible to seek the help of a dedicated counselor in Palos Heights in order to deal with your depression issues.

With the help of a Palos Heights counselor, you will be able to make progress. Life may seem overwhelming right now but it can get better. Having someone to talk to can make a big difference and you will never have to feel alone in the fight against depression or anxiety. Make contact with a counselor in or around Palos Heights today to get started.

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Marie-Pierre Sernatinger

Offering therapy in IL
License: MA,LCPC
AddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

Hello! my name is Marie-Pierre. I’m a native of France. I am bilingual but I have lived my entire adult life in the US. I have also raised a family here and have adult children. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a Minor in Women’s Studies, and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. I have been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois since 2003. Before starting Private Practice, I worked for many years in programs for Chronically Mentally Ill, Chemically Dependent or Dually Diagnosed individuals. These were adults and young adults, men and women both, who, typically, struggled with many other issues as well: chaotic lifestyle or upbringing, traumatic experiences, and often significant health and/or legal problems. No one needs to reach such extremes before seeking help. Pain and suffering come in different forms and degrees, but all are worthy of attention. In my private practice I have been seeing clients for issues such as relationships, family, parenting, work, and stages of life (from the newly graduated to the soon to retire...) Anxiety and depression are often present, as may be AOD use. Whether you feel overburdened, isolated, face difficult decisions, or lack support — There is no need to go it alone. I am Client-Centered in orientation: Establishing a climate in which you feel comfortable and safe, and where trust can develop, is essential to me. But depending on the issues we’re dealing with, I am likely to use a variety of approaches, whether cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, or perhaps insight-oriented, to help you some resolution. You are in charge: At a concert, if you were the conductor, holding the baton, and I the instrument, I would follow your lead attentively to help express the music — as many variations are possible. Likewise, in therapy, it is crucial that I attend to you with care and mindfulness. I may be mirror, validator, support, resource... But the course is yours to mark. Would you tell me no what's going on in your life? Should we get started? Let me accompany you a bit... I would be honored to work with you!

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Jack Richey

Offering therapy in IL
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

Welcome to Better Help! You may be wondering how this works and whether it would be right for you. My name is Jack Richey. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois. I earned my Master of Social Work degree, specializing in Interpersonal Communication and Change from the University of Iowa. I founded and directed an outpatient mental health clinic. I have worked on an inpatient behavioral healthcare unit. I had a private mental health counseling practice. I retired in August of 2021 after thirteen years of providing out patient mental health counseling services in a psychiatric wing of a local clinic under the direct supervision of a psychiatrist. I've worked with individuals, couples, and families who have had to address a variety of issues. These have included employment difficulties, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, family and relationship issues, self-esteem, divorce recovery, and parenting problems. My counseling style combines Cognitive Behavioral, Family Systems, and Solution focused approaches. I do not have a “cookie cutter” or “one size fits all” approach. Each person is unique with specific needs. I try meet clients "where they are". I believe we can all grow through challenging experiences by increasing self-awareness. Sometimes another person who isn't directly involved can offer a new perspective. Having additional support can guide people through a difficult situation when they feel stuck. People all want to be able to share their personal experiences, be accepted, and feel understood. I believe it's very important to be open-minded and non-judgmental when people share their personal stories or experiences. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life. Your life and your goals are important. If you are ready to take that step toward change, I am here to support, encourage, and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Joshua "Josh" Jouza

Offering therapy in IL
License: MS,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
8 years of experience

Joshua (Josh) Jouza earned his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Sociology and Political Science in 2011 from Lewis University where he achieved the highest of honors. Josh furthered his education, earning his Master’s of Science degree in Counseling from National Louis University in 2014. Josh embarked on a one year internship at the Counseling Center of Illinois. During this time Josh worked with the substance abuse population facilitating State mandated groups and counseling to DUI offenders in addition to running anger management groups. Post intern Josh has been working within the mental health field for the last four years, doing community outreach and crisis work. Currently Josh is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor where he works with the population aged thirteen (13) and up specializing in the treatment of Depression and Anxiety, including, BiPolar, Schizoaffective Disorder and Schizophrenia, among others. Josh prides himself on having a passion for his work and treating all individuals suffering from mental health afflictions with the utmost empathy. Josh continues to pursue opportunities that allow him to bring awareness to others of mental health issues and the opportunities for treatment that are available to all.

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Deborah Beard

Offering therapy in IL
License: MSFT, LCPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
25 years of experience

My name is Deborah Beard. I am trained in Marriage & Family Therapy and have served as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for over 25 years. I graduated in 1996 with a Masters degree in Science: Family Therapy from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. My previous work experience as a Human Resource Manager and a Professor of Education bring relatable life skill experiences into each of my sessions. I have served as a counselor in both public and private mental health agencies, primarily for those seeking help with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma and abuse recovery, relationships, and parenting skills. Any client who has the courage to seek counseling is someone worth celebrating. With gentleness and warmth, I try to focus on each of my clients' strengths to help them in the areas they desire to change. I utilize counseling tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Systemic Therapy as appropriate. Each client's faith and moral values are recognized as a wonderful foundation for their desired growth. I look forward to meeting you!

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Larcetta Linear

Offering therapy in IL
License: MS,LCPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois with over 25 years of experience in the counseling field. I have worked with individuals with varying mental health challenges such as stress, anxiety, and depression as well relationship, self-esteem and work/career challenges. I have also worked with individuals dealing with a combination of physical and mental health challenges such as chronic pain with depression. My approached is person-centered and solution focused; I meet you where you are and tailor my approach to suit your needs. We will set goals that focus on you, your needs, and growth. You will find me to be an authentic, empathetic and empowering therapist invested in your health and well-being. I look forward to working with you.

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Christina White

Offering therapy in IL
License: LCSW,MSW,MA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
16 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Illinois with over 18 years of experience working as a counselor. I specialize in toxic relationships and narcissistic abuse recovery, relationship conflicts, communication issues, family problems, significant life changes, and finding a life purpose. I also have significant experience in other areas, as I have worked with clients with various concerns, including, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, dual diagnosis, self-esteem, ADHD, OCD, and vocational issues. I have helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, juvenile justice programs, corrections, mental health, and crisis centers. I have worked with a wide range of individuals, from teenagers to seniors. I have a master’s degree in human services, with a concentration in substance abuse, and a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in mental health. I am currently working on my doctorate in psychoanalysis. My counseling style is friendly and relaxed. I believe in treating anyone with respect, understanding, and empathy. I have several approaches I use and believe every individual is unique. I tailor my approach to the individual and their needs. These approaches could be motivational interviewing, psychodynamic, strengths-based, Jungian reality therapy, rational-emotive therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy. I will tailor our dialogue and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I look forward to working with you!

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Julie Marks

Offering therapy in IL
Relationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesSleeping disordersSelf esteemCareer difficulties
3 years of experience

Hello! I am a licensed therapist in Illinois that specializes in individual work with clients struggling with intimate partner relationships, career fulfillment, sleep disorders, addiction, and self-esteem. My mission is for clients to gain clarity and perspective on their needs, explore parts of self, and develop strengths and skills that align with their values and purpose.

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Brianna Butler

Offering therapy in IL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Illinois with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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. This is a journey and growth does not happen over night! I am here to support you as you become the best version of yourself.

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Elif "April" Ilkmen

Offering therapy in IL
Relationship issuesGriefIntimacy-related issuesParenting issuesAnger management
6 years of experience

Nisan Ilkmen, Ph. D., LMFT is the Clinical Training Director of Northern Illinois University department of Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Ilkmen’s teaching and clinical interests are related to attachment in romantic relationships and issues of social justice in the field of psychotherapy. Dr. Ilkmen grew up in Turkey, has lived in Canada, and now resides in the U.S. Her immigration experience, and multi-cultural background allowed her to become a culturally sensitive clinician and professor. Her clinical approach is the attachment-based model, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a model that permeates her clinical practice as well as her teaching and supervision methods. Her approach to therapy is informed by psychodynamic models, helping each individual to understand their unique struggles in the past and present in order to facilitate internal change. Dr. Ilkmen practices in Turkish, French and English.

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Carla Brown

Offering therapy in IL
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesDepression
12 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Arkansas with over 10 years of experience providing therapy to adults. I began my career working in a community mental health center and currently I have my own practice. I spend most of my time working with client's who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues. I most enjoy working with couples. I take a straight forward, practical approach in order to do the most work in the least amount of time so you can get back to enjoying your life as soon as possible. I use a mix of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I meet you where you are and help you to get where you want to be. I know beginning therapy can be anxiety provoking and I strive to make the therapeutic process as comfortable as possible. So try to relax and let's get started! I look forward to talking to you.

How to find counseling in Palos Heights

Finding the best therapist close by in Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights. 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 Palos Heights, 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 Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights, elsewhere in Cook, 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 Palos Heights area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights, 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 Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights 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 60463 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 Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights, 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.

Palos Heights 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.

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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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