Along the Kankakee River and the historic Route 66, you can find the small town of Wilmington, Illinois. The city was founded by Thomas Cox in 1834, who built a gristmill, carding machine facility, corn cracker, and sawmill powered by the river. It wasn’t until 18 years later, in 1854, when the town was officially incorporated.

You can find some of the best mental health care professionals in and around Wilmington who are able to help you if you need it. Whether you need advice, have a question, or have some real concerns about your mental health or that of a loved one, you can find the right therapist or counselor for you in the Wilmington area.

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Jose Baltazar

Offering therapy in IL
License: MSW/LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesDepression
3 years of experience

Hello and thank you for taking time to review my information. I am a therapist and an educator with over 20 years of experience. My formal training is as a social worker. This is a role I take great pride in. I have had the honor of having clients from the age of 5 to 95. Also, I have had clients from all walks of life and from every color of the rainbow. A key aspect of how I practice, is what I nurture with a client while we work together. What I mean by this, is that I strive to have a safe, non-judgmental, environment where important work can be done. In doing this, I hope to work toward my client's acceptance and peace that they may require for their lives to better flourish. They style in which I work with clients is best described as eclectic. Meaning that I draw skills from psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical behavioral therapeutic approaches. No doubt you have your reasons for seeking support. My humble advice for you during this time is to not let anything keep you from reaching your highest of human potential and growth. Again, thank you for reviewing my information, Areas of Focus: Anxiety Depression Trauma Family/relationship issues Life Transitions

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Scott Heise

Offering therapy in IL
License: LCPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
10 years of experience

Hello, My name is Scott Heise and I am a Licensed mental Health Therapist located in Freeport, Illinois. I have over ten years experience as a therapist, in the Community Mental Health model. I earned my Master's degree in Counseling Psychology Trinity International University on Deerfield Illinois in 2009. My experience includes working with individuals with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, career challenges, mood disorders, post traumatic stress, personality disorders, substance use issues, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I have also worked with clients who struggle with stress, loss, abuse/neglect, and the frustrations of life. I would describe my approach as empathetic, goal oriented, and client centered. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing and Logo Therapy to help my clients set goals and objectives, work through their traumas, and feel empowered once they have met their goals. I enjoy helping people though their challenges in life. If you so desire, I can can provide counseling from a Christian perspective helping people and encouraging them to go deeper with God. I provide a warm and non-judgmental environment, using humor and prayer to work together and reach your goals. Everyone deserves to have someone they can trust and talk to; let me be that person for you. I look forward to working with you to help you meet your therapeutic goals.

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Nicole Kough

Offering therapy in IL
License: LCPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemDepression
14 years of experience

Hi and welcome! My name is Nicole Kough and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been in the field since 2009. I live in the southern/central area of Illinois. I graduated from Lindenwood University in 2014. I have worked with clients with a range of symptoms which include depression, anxiety, marriage counseling and relationship issues. My counseling style is supportive and non-judgmental. I use a mixture of cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy which will help you work through thought processes and come up with solutions to your issues. I will listen to you and bring understanding and compassion to the therapy process, allowing healing to begin. I will personalize therapy to fit your needs.

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Charlotte Newsom

Offering therapy in IL
License: MA,LCPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsAnger managementDepression
20 years of experience

Hello, my name is Charlotte D. Newsom. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). I have thirty years of progressive experience in the field of mental health. Twenty of those years, I functioned as a psychotherapist working with individuals, specifically veterans who have chronic mental illnesses such as PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Substance Use Disorder, and many other disorders. I have an extensive background working with clients with symptomatic issues such as suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, and child abuse/neglect. Besides, interpersonal matters, couples relationship issues, parenting problems, child neglect/abuse, and emotional/physical abuse. My professional history includes having a Master's Degree in Clinical Professional Psychology, and as stated above, I am a Licensed Clinical Profession Counselor (LCPC). I have an honorary membership with Roosevelt University Psi Chi Honor Society. And most recently, and for many years that past was awarded an Outstanding Performance Appraisal from the Jesse Brown VA Hospital for my exceptional clinical skills, dedication to excellence, and having a professional and compassionate relationship with patients and staff. My counseling techniques consist of being a good listener and fully understanding your emotions and reasoning. I have a flair for counseling that requires flexibility and attentiveness to develop coping skills to strengthen your abilities to succeed. I approach therapy by combining short-term and long-term treatment planning to meet your specific need. Your treatment plan will include integrating evidence-based treatment using the best available data with clinical knowledge and expertise while considering your personal needs and preferences. For example, short-term therapy consists of cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior therapy, reality therapy for problem-solving, motivational enhancement therapy for addiction-related issues, and psychoeducation to improve insight into multiple problems. At the same time, long-term treatment may combine client-centered treatment that focuses on empathy and positive regard, psychodynamic therapy, and free association techniques to engage the client to talk. It takes courage to attend therapy, and it takes dedication to see it through. Just remember each day brings about new opportunities for change. So, let's work together to explore your goals for therapy; thank you.

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Erica Tonn

Offering therapy in IL
License: LCSW
Self esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
3 years of experience

I am a social worker and therapist from Illinois with just over 7 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and career challenges. With my work as a medical social worker, I have also helped those cope with health crises, caregiver stress, burnout, and adjustment disorder. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic, rational-emotive therapy, and client-centered. I am here for you to be your sounding board through life's challenges. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Douglas Cater

Offering therapy in IL
License: LCPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefAnger managementDepression
30 years of experience

I have been doing counseling and psychotherapy for many years. I am also a retired Presbyterian minister. Much of the time before official retirement I was working full-time for a counseling agency and part-time for a church. Because I greatly enjoy working with people, I have continued to maintain a private counseling practice, working with both individuals and families. I have a MA degree from the University of Texas and another from the University of Chicago. I make use of several therapy styles, including client-centered, Imago, "emotionally focused," and cognitive/behavioral. I am a widower with three sons and three grandchildren.

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Ana Maroon

Offering therapy in IL
License: LCPC
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has experience assisting adults with issues such as anger management, anxiety, depression, parenting difficulties, and trauma. I also have experience in counseling those who are specifically experiencing trauma as a result of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and narcissistic abuse. I work with my clients using Strengths Based, Trauma Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral approaches. I chose to become a counselor in order to give back to my community and to assist others in building resilience. I find joy in helping others identify and utilize their strengths. I strongly believe in the importance of healthy interpersonal relationships in one’s life as well as strengthening self-esteem!

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Tamela Polanin

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

Hello, Thank you for taking the first step in better living. Our mental health is very important. My name is Tamela, I would love to be your therapist. I look forward to working with you. Just a little about me to help break the ice, I am a mom of 3 boys, one is grown and moved out the other 2 are 12 and 13. I am married to my second husband now for 14 years. We live in the country and raise registered pygmy goats. I have worked in mental health for 17 years. We all want to live our best life. I know trauma on a personal level and treating trauma has become my passion. I use a client centered approach where you are the master of your own life; I am merely here to walk beside you as a guide. My hope is to empower you to work through your trauma and life’s challenges. I provide trauma-focused, client-centered therapy to all ages and all backgrounds. I am well versed in EMDR, TF-CBT, and Reproductive loss Counseling. I believe that trauma is a journey and not one person’s journey will be the same as the next. You are not alone. I will traverse this journey beside you.

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Shannon Keleher

Offering therapy in IL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

In a world where women are expected to "have it all," sometimes society's unrealistic demands and expectations lead to unfathomable levels of stress. You start to wonder how others manage to do it all, and whether you're doing something wrong if you don't live up to those expectations. You even start to question whether you are enough. When I was younger, anxiety ruled my life. I know on a very personal level how it affects everything from relationships with the people you love, to your self-confidence, and even to the goals you hope to achieve. After my undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for two years. I worked with so many people who were suffering from anxiety like myself, and learned that I was not alone in my struggles. After working with the amazing people in that community, I knew that therapy was my calling in life, that it really always had been, and so I went to graduate school at Boston University and earned my Master's degree in Social Work. Since then, I have worked with women, children, and families in various settings. After a number of years, I realized I could make the greatest impact working with individuals in a telehealth setting, where people would have greater access to care. Every day I go to work I am excited and inspired by the people that I partner with. I absolutely love collaborating with people who struggle with anxiety because they tend to be insightful, caring, and ambitious. They can move mountains once their anxiety is managed. I find myself growing as much as those I serve, because they teach me so much about courage, resilience, and grit. I know how difficult the road to change can be—I've been there myself. That's why I became a therapist: to empower others to rebuild their confidence and to live a full and meaningful life. The areas I'm most experienced in include stress and anxiety, parenting issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & career difficulties. You're ready to move beyond a life consumed by anxiety, and you are prepared to make big changes. You deserve to feel strong and live a vibrant life. **Please note: I currently only have times available Monday-Friday 10:00-1:00 (last session starting at 12:00). ***

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Kleah Fernandez

Offering therapy in IL
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

Hi there! My name is Kleah and I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Illinois with 4 years of clinical experience. I have a master's degree from the University of Chicago with a concentration in clinical social work. I have provided therapy for clients with various concerns, including mood and anxiety disorders, interpersonal challenges, self-esteem and more. Choosing to start therapy can be a daunting task, and I commend you for even making it this far. In our sessions, I will strive to foster a warm, non-judgemental space with you. I believe in the healing ability of strong relationships throughout life's many challenges and, together, we can work to create a space that is safe for you to show up as you are. Life's challenges can be very hard to hold alone, and I want to make sure that you don't have to. Finding a therapist that you feel comfortable with can also be difficult. I am a queer, first generation Filipina-American with a passion for helping folks lead the lives they would like to lead. If you're ready, we can work together to create meaningful change. I look forward to hearing from you!

How to find counseling in Wilmington

Finding the best therapist close by in Wilmington 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 Wilmington. 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 Wilmington, 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington, elsewhere in Will, 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 Wilmington area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington, 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 60481 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington, 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.

Wilmington 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

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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