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Deborah Levinson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IL
Counselor License Type(s): M.S.,L.M.F.T.
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesDepression
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello and Welcome, My name is Debbie and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist with 25 years experience working as a therapist. I have provided counseling to individuals, couples, adolescents, and families since 1995. I provide therapy for Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional families, blended families, codependency, communication problems, depression/anxiety, family counseling, couples/marital counseling, infidelity, parenting issues, self-esteem and stress management. I am an active, directive, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused therapist who has worked successfully with diverse cultures, ethnicities, and religions. I have worked in schools, psychiatric hospitals (inpatient and outpatient) and in the social service arena with foster care, family reunification and child abuse. I have worked extensively in private practice. I am down to earth, genuine and frank. I will challenge you, assign homework and suggest YouTube videos, Ted Talks, articles and books and workbooks.

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Roy Buggee

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IL
Counselor License Type(s): LMHC,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsDepression
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

My name is Roy Buggee and I have been working for twenty-five years with clients who have substance abuse and mental health issues. My career has taken me to different health care facility such as psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, mental health agencies, and substance abuse programs. My passion has been working with clients who have both mental health and substance abuse issues. Also, I am knowledgeable in twelve steps programs such as Alcoholic Anonymous, Al-Anon, Narcotic Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and Adult Children of Alcoholics. I am easy going and enjoyed helping others. My counseling style is being respectful to my clients and treating you as an equal. I will be your advocate and facilitate a safe and supportive environment. My approach is client centered and you are the most important in the therapeutic relationship. I specialize in in the following therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Family System Therapy, Person-center therapy and Rational Emotive Therapy. Also, I have experience with clients who have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, psychotic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, borderline disorder, and anti-social disorder. In 2006, I graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a master’s degree in educational counseling. My concentration of study was mental health counseling. Since that time, I obtained my license in Mental Health Counseling in the state of Florida and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. I am looking forward in assisting in your recovery.

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Alanna Goestenkors

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IL
Counselor License Type(s): M.S, Ed.S., LCPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

My name is Alanna Goestenkors and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 22 years licensed experience in the medical and mental health field providing services for children, adolescents and adults. I have worked in the fields of medical and community mental health. Some of my experience includes treating issues relating to grief and loss, end of life issues, depression, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders and stage of life transitions. My counseling style is warm and empathetic with roots based in trust and respect. I utilize a client centered, strength based, and solution focused approach to promote a positive therapeutic climate and build trust. I use an integrative perspective, utilizing cognitive behavioral and psycho-dynamic therapies, tailored to your particular needs and goals of counseling. I believe the goal of therapy is to see your own goals met and therefore I individualize treatment planning to meet your specific needs. Choosing to involve oneself in the counseling process is a step toward growth and reaching your full potential in life and I look forward to assisting you in this important journey.

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Keilyn Goatley

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IL
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
4 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a clinical mental health counselor working full time here at Betterhelp. I previously worked at a non-for-profit agency that provides services to children and families involved in foster care. I had been with this organization for a little over 2.5 years and am still passionate about that field. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns like trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, BPD, bipolar disorder, relationship and attachment issues, parenting struggles, and struggles with motivation. My counseling style is laid back, interactive, and warm. I want individuals to have a safe space to take off their mask and relax into who they are during our time together. I treat my clients with respect and compassion. I utilize cognitive-behavioral techniques, person-centered, and a psychodynamic approach. Also, since I have worked with individuals who have experienced physical and emotional trauma, I am trained with a trauma-informed approach that I use in many areas of my life. Many of my clients also enjoy doing art therapy with me! I am told I have an approach that is comfortable, unique, and effective. I tailor treatment to YOUR individual needs. We collaborate together and I will help you gain insight and healing during our time together. Seeking counseling is the first step (and not always an easy one -kudos!) and I am so excited to know you are here to do the work and take steps towards inner personal freedom and a happier, healthier you. If you are ready to take that step, let's walk the path together. I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with you!

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Marina Garavaglia

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IL
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issues
14 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a caring and compassionate therapist who works with a variety of treatment modalities including client-centered, psychodynamic, attachment-based, and CBT. I am non-judging and believe in establishing a trusting and collaborative relationship where we work together to help solve your issues. I have 14 years of experience working with a variety of individuals in various settings including runaway teens, HIV infected individuals and their children, elementary school children, individuals with severe mental illness, individuals in crisis, job coaching, and therapy with depression and anxiety clients. I am open to and interested in learning about various cultures through the lens of mental health. Although I have experience in a variety of settings with various individuals, my main interest is therapy with adults. I specialize in assisting those with general anxiety, ocd, and depression as well as those struggling with various issues including relationships, self-esteem, abuse, codependency, abandonment, and family issues.

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Lola Ladimir

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IL
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Illinois and Idaho certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Thanatology (CT). I practice a client-centered strength-based approach, incorporating a focus on mindfulness to promote mental well-being and strength of Self. This approach encourages a collaborative therapeutic relationship to facilitate healing and growth. Through my work as a therapist, I am reminded daily of the resilient nature of the human spirit. From experiences with disappointment to unimaginable trauma, people find the courage to ask for help and to move forward. It is the greatest privilege to, for a time, join someone on their path to healing. My clients allow me to meet them with support when they struggle and to celebrate their joy when they persevere. I am acknowledging that tragedy happens every day, and so does triumph. Our days vary, but don’t we all know what it’s like to have a really bad day and also an amazing day? Therapy is an outlet. A seed of change. Know that no matter what intrudes into - or shatters - our assumptions of this imperfect world, we don’t have to be in it alone. There is nothing more encouraging than a conversation about the possibilities of the life a person can create. Allow yourself to make space for that conversation and for subsequent change. My clinical experience includes therapy with adolescents and adults, specializing in trauma, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, life transitions, and grief and loss. Informed by continuing education and experience in psychotherapy and counseling, I base my interventions on unique presented needs, providing supportive guidance toward identified goals.

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Doriece Choy

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IL
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionADHD
13 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello, my name is Dori Choy and am a licensed clinical social worker. I have been in the social work field for 20 years, have been a therapist for the past 12 years. My approach is realistic, strengths based and confidence building. I believe that there is value in every life and that hope can be found in any situation. My preference is to work alongside my clients, allowing them to explore their own thoughts and feelings week to week. Feeling heard, supported and understood is the foundation needed to build healthy habits and work through difficult seasons in life.

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Dr. Ashley Mitich

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
14 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Illinois with 13 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 that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Andrea Engelkens

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IL
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
16 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Illinois with 16 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Amanda Strobel

Clinical therapist offering therapy in IL
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changesCoaching
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed clinician in Illinois with over 20 years of experience. I have experience helping clients with stress, depression, anxiety, family conflicts, motivation, self esteem, confidence and coping with life changes and or stressors. I have worked closely with young adults, teens, adolescents as well as the family unit. I have also worked closely with clients that are experiencing significant life changes such as parenting, divorce, career changes and also widows. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. 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 your journey and look forward to meeting with you.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Sheldon

Finding the best therapist close by in Sheldon 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 in Sheldon that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Sheldon. 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 Sheldon, 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 in the Sheldon region and in the state of Illinois. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Sheldon or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 Sheldon area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Sheldon 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 Sheldon, elsewhere in Iroquois, or in the greater state of Illinois.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Sheldon 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 Sheldon 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 Sheldon 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

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

Therapists in Sheldon, 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 Sheldon psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional 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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in Sheldon 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 Sheldon helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified Sheldon 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:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

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 Sheldon 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 in Sheldon?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Sheldon 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.

Sheldon therapists 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 Sheldon 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 Sheldon 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in IL, therapists 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 60966 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

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

Before seeing your Sheldon 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Sheldon.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy 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 from a therapist. A Sheldon 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 with a Sheldon counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy with a therapist worth it?

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 therapist 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 Sheldon, 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.

Sheldon 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 during telehealth appointments?

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 to customer service 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.

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