Evanston, Illinois Therapists

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Dr. Tonya Battle
LCPC, Psy.D.
In-Person Sessions:

Joliet, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

With over 15 years of experience, Dr Battle treats children, adolescents, and adults. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Children and Adolescents, from Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Schaumburg,...
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

I’ve been working in this field since 2005. As both a therapist and a therapy client myself, I know how important it is to work with a counselor who is down to earth and easy to talk to. Your sense of trust in me is essential in order for you to...
Ashley Nolan
LMFT, MA
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

My name is Ashley Nolan and I have an online therapy practice, Present Space for Illinois residents. I am wired to speak truth in a loving and safe way. I invite you to join me in Present Space and experience new ways of relating to your thoughts...
Jane Pinsof
LCSW, MSW
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I have a Bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Social Work from the Jane Addams school of social work at UIC Chicago. I have practiced in the Chicagoland area for 30 years and now also offer Telehealth. I take a...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

With a special interest in the LGBTQ community, I help clients manage anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Members of the LGBTQ community face unique challenges and bring amazing strengths, and it's my privilege to work with these clients....
Carroll Cradock
Ph.D Psychology
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

Whether you’re an adult, adolescent, or child, everyone has the same goal: to navigate through life’s obstacles to a better life. You can feel sure that Dr. Carroll Cradock’s counseling services are not only individualized and cutting edge,...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

Hi, my name is Erica Sokol, LCPC, clinical therapist with Forward Emotion. I graduated from Benedictine Unversity, earning a Masters’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Working with a wide range of concerns and age groups, I have learned, individuals...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

A proven track record that speaks volumes. Why working with Danyell leads to long-lasting success: A diversely educated advisor, Danyell’s unquenchable thirst for personal development is rooted in a diverse and accomplished education. She received...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I offer a relaxing, nonjudgmental environment where we can begin to develop rapport and build the therapeutic relationship. I am aware that clients have a choice of clinician and without rapport, clients may have a difficult time finding the comfort...
Malory Dahl
LPC, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I completed my Masters of Arts in Counseling, Specializing in Forensic Psychology, from Adler University and have a variety of clinical experiences that have crystallized a passion for providing personalized mental health services to a diverse...
In-Person Sessions:

Naperville, Illinois

Joe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who enjoys collaborating with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Having worked closely with Veterans, families experiencing crisis, and individuals managing severe and persistent mental...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I graduated from Benedictine University in 2018 with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. Specializing in children and adolescent therapy, I have experience working with individuals experiencing symptoms related to anxiety, depression, life...
Megan Zerfahs
LPC, NCC, MSc Clinical Mental Health Counseling
In-Person Sessions:

Schaumburg, Illinois

I work alongside clients to define the needs or goals to their therapy. Together we explore what is hindering them from achieving their goals or having their needs met. Once we know what is stopping a client from reaching goals, we can start putting...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

Aren't you tired of being told to "relax", "stop overthinking", "you are too sensitive" and "you worry too much"? People tell you this as if you don't want to relax, stop overthinking, let things get you upset and worry! If you could, you would!...
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Oak Park, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I have been working in the mental health field for over a decade with a diverse array of clients: adults, adolescents, children, families, couples, groups, foster care, substance abuse, mental illness and more. My office is conveniently located near...
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I was drawn to social work and therapeutic practice through both a commitment to social justice and a genuine curiosity for the stories and narratives of others. I grew up listening to my grandparents recount their early lives, often spending hours...
Erin Austin
LCPC, Certified Licensed School Counselor
In-Person Sessions:

Bloomingdale, Illinois

I have a passion for helping others feel less stuck and more motivated to face life's challenges. With 13 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, couples, families and individuals in a variety of settings including hospitals, community...
Betsy Gilpin
L.P.C, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Huntley, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

I believe that a positive client/therapist relationship is the foundation of success in therapy. My role as a therapist is to create a safe and supportive environment, where clients feel comfortable to process the challenges they are facing. To do...
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

You may have come here needing help, or perhaps feeling a little hopeless. The truth is, all of your answers are within you. Together, we can support you in accessing those answers. We are all here to evolve into more conscious, responsible...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

Our lives are forever changed when someone we love dies. We are the bereaved, the mourning, the vulnerable. We are hit by waves of painful emotions-grief, anger, depression, guilt, fear, anxiety and a longing for our loved ones. Sometimes, we are...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

Rebecca Castro is a bilingual and bicultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 11 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults in the Chicagoland area. Rebecca aims at providing a calm, unbiased, and safe space...
Julie Torrence
MS, OTR/L, LCSW
In-Person Sessions:

Evanston, Illinois

Feeling anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed by life's challenges? By focusing on the root cause of these issues, you can begin to feel better quickly. I begin by teaching my clients practical tools they can start using - right away - to relieve their...
In-Person Sessions:

Chicago, Illinois

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois, New York

It is an honor to work with every one of my clients. I don't have a specific "type" of person, and enjoy working with most anyone bothered by an issue or problem they would like resolved but have not been able to resolve on their own. It might be an...
Philip Osborne
Ph.D., MS
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Illinois

My office is a comfortable sanctuary, where you are treated with dignity and respect, and where you can openly explore your concerns. What we talk about will be kept confidential and not be judged. As I get to know you, I will seek to understand...

An Overview of Mental Health in Evanston, Illinois

A suburb north of Chicago, Evanston is a city of 75,472 people located in Cook County, Illinois. Residents of Evanston are relatively young, with a median age of 35.4 compared to 37.9 years for the entire state. Female residents notably outnumber male residents in Evanston, 54.1 and 45.9 percent, respectively.

There is an economic disparity in Evanston; the median household income is anywhere between $66,000 and $72,000 per year, far exceeding the averages for the United States, Illinois, and Cook County, but a significant percentage of the population (13.7 percent) lives in poverty, bringing the per capita income to $43,705 in 2016.

A study conducted in suburban Cook County in or around 2011 indicated that 12.8 percent of respondents reported eight or more mentally unhealthy days per month and 26.4 percent reported one to seven mentally unhealthy days per month, for a total of 39.2 percent of respondents in suburban Cook County reporting at least one mentally unhealth day per month, compared with 60.8 percent of respondents reporting zero mentally unhealthy days.

When it comes to mental health in and around the Chicago area, including Evanston, young people are of particular concern:

  • Percentage of Chicago adolescents reporting depression symptoms, which prevented them from doing usual activities, for two or more weeks: 34 percent
  • Percentage of children likely to screen positive for mental health concerns: 35 to 40 percent
  • Percentage of the juvenile justice population with mental health problems: 70 percent
  • Percentage of children who die by suicide that have a mental health condition: 90-plus percent

It is between the years of 16 and 25 when mental illness often first emerges.

Mental Health Resources in or Near Evanston

The city of Evanston provides mental health services in the form of case management and short-term services for people in crisis, information and referrals about local agency services and other mental health programs, as well as individual assistance in finding services.

Evanston residents seeking treatment on the north side of Chicago can find help at the Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, which provides inpatient and outpatient services, including substance abuse treatment, to adults, adolescents, and children.

The Challenge of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Evanston

Within the last 10 years, the state of Illinois has experienced a mental health crisis precipitated by budget cuts of $113.7 million from mental health services at the state level that has resulted in numerous mental health providers throughout the state closing their doors, including six mental health clinics in Chicago alone; suburban mental treatment centers laying off psychiatrists due to cost concerns; increased emergency room visits for people in psychiatric crisis; increased numbers of nights spent in homeless shelters; and approximately two-thirds of the Cook County Jail population consisting of people with a mental illness.

The Affordable Care Act has helped to provide health insurance to those who would not be able to afford it otherwise, so that people who were previously denied coverage now have the resources available to seek mental health treatment. However, the ACA does not, and was not intended to, do anything to address the funding and staffing problems caused by Illinois’ budget cuts. The situation has recently improved somewhat for people on Medicaid, as Illinois was recently granted a waiver that allows them to restructure services to focus more on preventive care.

Factors Affecting Mental Health in Evanston

Violent crime and homicide are a significant problem in Cook County, with 10.7 homicide deaths annually per 100,000 people. However, the statistics are not quite that high for Evanston proper. The highest murder rate per 100,000 people in Evanston in the past 10 years was 7.8 in 2010. Victims of violent crime and their family members are more likely to suffer from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Risky Behaviors: Cook County diagnoses of HIV and chlamydia are among the most prevalent in the state of Illinois. Not only can a diagnosis of HIV cause an emotional shock but mental illness may be a symptom of the virus itself.

Poverty: The largest demographic to live in poverty in Evanston is women age 18 to 24. Given the high female population and relatively young median age in Evanston, this is significant. Poverty can have negative health effects on both the body and the mind.