JoyAnn Huizar
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Additional areas of focus include anxiety, crisis intervention, depression, domestic violence, grief and loss, interpersonal communication, relationship struggles, sexual assault, and trauma.
My passion is to assist my clients in identifying and building upon their own strengths throughout the treatment process. Together we can create a safe, welcoming, confidential, and supportive environment. In doing so, we are better able to prepare for and overcome times of crisis. My wide array of experience comes from a variety of inpatient, outpatient, non-profit, childcare, and educational settings. I am heavily involved in the McHenry County Suicide Prevention Task Force and take a special interest in working with those struggling with self-injurious behaviors, suicidal ideation, and/or suicide bereavement.
Bipolar Disorder
(224) 218-5035
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Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
Additional areas of focus include anxiety, crisis intervention, depression, domestic violence, grief and loss, interpersonal communication, relationship struggles, sexual assault, and trauma.
My passion is to assist my clients in identifying and building upon their own strengths throughout the treatment process. Together we can create a safe, welcoming, confidential, and supportive environment. In doing so, we are better able to prepare for and overcome times of crisis. My wide array of experience comes from a variety of inpatient, outpatient, non-profit, childcare, and educational settings. I am heavily involved in the McHenry County Suicide Prevention Task Force and take a special interest in working with those struggling with self-injurious behaviors, suicidal ideation, and/or suicide bereavement.
Keith V Bjorge
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
I love what I do. I deeply respect and value working with you to change your life, to resolve your problems or achieve your goals. Whether your problem is a broken relationship, anxiety, depression and/or other problems, I have the passion and competence to help. I work to rebuild broken relationships in a manner that mends and strengthens bonds. I work to help the anxious and depressed manage emotional struggles, to live an emotionally surviving and thriving life. So, I would like to help you reconcile a broken relationship, recover from infidelity, or overcome the pain of anxiety and/or depression. Thank you for looking me up!
Bipolar Disorder
(847) 416-2872 x13
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Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
I love what I do. I deeply respect and value working with you to change your life, to resolve your problems or achieve your goals. Whether your problem is a broken relationship, anxiety, depression and/or other problems, I have the passion and competence to help. I work to rebuild broken relationships in a manner that mends and strengthens bonds. I work to help the anxious and depressed manage emotional struggles, to live an emotionally surviving and thriving life. So, I would like to help you reconcile a broken relationship, recover from infidelity, or overcome the pain of anxiety and/or depression. Thank you for looking me up!
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Jason B Ness
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
An integrative approach can be used to treat individuals struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, and other emotional struggles that interfere with their potential.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a lifelong passion of working with children, adolescents, and adults improve their levels of social and emotional well-being. I have over 20 years of extensive experience working in private practice and in the public schools as a school psychologist and school administrator. I also provide individual therapy, cognitive and academic assessments, and school consultations. Over the span of my career, I have treated ADHD, substance abuse, bipolar, psychotic and personality disorders.
Bipolar Disorder
(224) 479-0389
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Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
An integrative approach can be used to treat individuals struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, and other emotional struggles that interfere with their potential.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a lifelong passion of working with children, adolescents, and adults improve their levels of social and emotional well-being. I have over 20 years of extensive experience working in private practice and in the public schools as a school psychologist and school administrator. I also provide individual therapy, cognitive and academic assessments, and school consultations. Over the span of my career, I have treated ADHD, substance abuse, bipolar, psychotic and personality disorders.
Kathleen Kenney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Today many people struggle with anxiety and depression as they cope with life's uncertainties. We are all trying to piece together a "new normal." My training in CBT, EMDR, Strengths Centered, and Person Centered Therapy with men, women, children, elders, and caregivers is well rounded. People are dealing with trauma, abuse, grief, mental illness, addiction, co-dependency, physical illness, parenting, divorce, and loss of identity. Everyone wants to know they have a "purpose." I specialize in helping clients with their journey. Most people want to feel safe, loved, understood, and appreciated. I can help with that.
Bipolar Disorder
(847) 713-1261
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Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
Today many people struggle with anxiety and depression as they cope with life's uncertainties. We are all trying to piece together a "new normal." My training in CBT, EMDR, Strengths Centered, and Person Centered Therapy with men, women, children, elders, and caregivers is well rounded. People are dealing with trauma, abuse, grief, mental illness, addiction, co-dependency, physical illness, parenting, divorce, and loss of identity. Everyone wants to know they have a "purpose." I specialize in helping clients with their journey. Most people want to feel safe, loved, understood, and appreciated. I can help with that.
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Foundations 4 Life Counseling & Wellness Center
Counselor Verified
Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Hello & thank you for visiting our group counseling page. How can we help? Would you like to feel healthier, happier, more fulfilled in your personal and/or professional life? Are you living your best life or are you regularly overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, unhappy, unmotivated or feeling depressed? Do you worry about things you are unsure how to solve or change? While challenging, know if you answered yes to any of these questions there are clinically proven solutions available that can help. We are provide expert knowledge, tools, skills & resources for strengthened mental, physical, emotional, social & occupational health.
Bipolar Disorder
(847) 558-7734
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Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
Hello & thank you for visiting our group counseling page. How can we help? Would you like to feel healthier, happier, more fulfilled in your personal and/or professional life? Are you living your best life or are you regularly overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, unhappy, unmotivated or feeling depressed? Do you worry about things you are unsure how to solve or change? While challenging, know if you answered yes to any of these questions there are clinically proven solutions available that can help. We are provide expert knowledge, tools, skills & resources for strengthened mental, physical, emotional, social & occupational health.
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Holistic Behavioral Health and Counseling
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, MA Verified
Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Social interaction is a necessity in our lives, but is becoming more and more rare because of technology and our society. Many people could benefit so greatly from working with one of our clinicians about life, relationships, family, friends, and/or work. We have a vast experience dealing with adolescents and adults involving depression, anxiety, conflict resolution, self-esteem, college/career, motivation, relationships, and parenting styles. Our practice has many clinicians who also specialize in young adults and adolescents with different substance abuse and addiction.
Bipolar Disorder
(847) 416-2321
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Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
Social interaction is a necessity in our lives, but is becoming more and more rare because of technology and our society. Many people could benefit so greatly from working with one of our clinicians about life, relationships, family, friends, and/or work. We have a vast experience dealing with adolescents and adults involving depression, anxiety, conflict resolution, self-esteem, college/career, motivation, relationships, and parenting styles. Our practice has many clinicians who also specialize in young adults and adolescents with different substance abuse and addiction.
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Norma Vilchis
MS Verified
Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
**Offering both in-person and/or telehealth sessions to all Medicaid plans** I have a wide array of experience with individuals, emerging adults, and youth. I specialize in treating trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and low self-esteem. I utilize Person-Centered, Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused, and Trauma-Informed approaches. As a therapist, I strive to create a safe-space where clients are able to share, explore, and implement solutions to meet their goals. I operate from a holistic viewpoint, with consideration of clients’ biological, psychological, cultural, and environmental make-up.
Bipolar Disorder
(224) 385-0173
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Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
**Offering both in-person and/or telehealth sessions to all Medicaid plans** I have a wide array of experience with individuals, emerging adults, and youth. I specialize in treating trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and low self-esteem. I utilize Person-Centered, Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused, and Trauma-Informed approaches. As a therapist, I strive to create a safe-space where clients are able to share, explore, and implement solutions to meet their goals. I operate from a holistic viewpoint, with consideration of clients’ biological, psychological, cultural, and environmental make-up.
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Stefanie Schanaberger
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC Verified
Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in counseling adults with anxiety, depression, mood instability, trauma, eating disorders, relationship conflict, life transitions, and other related challenges.
Life is a journey with unexpected challenges and changes, but it is also full of opportunities for growth and self-discovery. While some people struggle with fear and anxiety related to life transitions, others may struggle with feeling stuck in their lives, permanently on "autopilot" and feeling powerless to make a change. I am here to join you on a path of self-reflection and positive change, so that you can discover your inner strengths and build a life more congruent with your true values and goals.
Bipolar Disorder
(847) 241-1544
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Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Not accepting new clients
Bipolar Disorder
I specialize in counseling adults with anxiety, depression, mood instability, trauma, eating disorders, relationship conflict, life transitions, and other related challenges.
Life is a journey with unexpected challenges and changes, but it is also full of opportunities for growth and self-discovery. While some people struggle with fear and anxiety related to life transitions, others may struggle with feeling stuck in their lives, permanently on "autopilot" and feeling powerless to make a change. I am here to join you on a path of self-reflection and positive change, so that you can discover your inner strengths and build a life more congruent with your true values and goals.
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Sonya Kontorovich
Counselor, MA, LCPC Verified
Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
I specialize in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, infertility/prenatal/postpartum, interpersonal problem, trauma, LGBTQ issues, codependency, communication, and parenting/family dynamics.
Are you overwhelmed, anxious, sad, frustrated or uncertain? These feelings are common human experiences that can leave you disconnected from your best self. I help my clients bridge the gap between where they ARE and where they WANT TO BE by understanding their priorities through a collaborative identification of barriers, fears and hopes. We then design a treatment plan to develop insight about how internal thoughts and belief systems have evolved from unique life experiences and how they influence current interactions and behaviors. Effective strategies to cope with limitations are built upon a foundation self-awareness.
Bipolar Disorder
(847) 973-7321
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Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
I specialize in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, infertility/prenatal/postpartum, interpersonal problem, trauma, LGBTQ issues, codependency, communication, and parenting/family dynamics.
Are you overwhelmed, anxious, sad, frustrated or uncertain? These feelings are common human experiences that can leave you disconnected from your best self. I help my clients bridge the gap between where they ARE and where they WANT TO BE by understanding their priorities through a collaborative identification of barriers, fears and hopes. We then design a treatment plan to develop insight about how internal thoughts and belief systems have evolved from unique life experiences and how they influence current interactions and behaviors. Effective strategies to cope with limitations are built upon a foundation self-awareness.
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Affective Counseling
Counselor Verified
Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
All therapists at Affective Counseling have an emphasis in treating affective (mood) disorders, including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Dysthymia, and Cyclothymia.
Affective Counseling provides tailored counseling for adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff realize that you face unique life challenges and it is our goal to understand how you see the world, yourself and others so that we can better help you navigate life’s journey. Building on personal strengths, recognizing and challenging negative thoughts and developing tangible coping skills are some of the interventions our staff utilizes to assist you in reaching your personal goals.
Bipolar Disorder
(224) 228-3656
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Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
All therapists at Affective Counseling have an emphasis in treating affective (mood) disorders, including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Dysthymia, and Cyclothymia.
Affective Counseling provides tailored counseling for adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff realize that you face unique life challenges and it is our goal to understand how you see the world, yourself and others so that we can better help you navigate life’s journey. Building on personal strengths, recognizing and challenging negative thoughts and developing tangible coping skills are some of the interventions our staff utilizes to assist you in reaching your personal goals.
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Danielle Sturm
Counselor, BS Verified
Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
I specialize in working with children, teens, and adults who are experiencing ADHD, anxiety, depression, self-injury, and trauma.
Everyone deserves to be the best version of themselves. I help clients identify the obstacles that are preventing them from being the best version of themselves and help them find ways to make meaningful changes to live the most fulfilling life they want to live. Life can be difficult, but I am here to help support you to make life better!
Bipolar Disorder
(224) 334-3696
Verified
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Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
I specialize in working with children, teens, and adults who are experiencing ADHD, anxiety, depression, self-injury, and trauma.
Everyone deserves to be the best version of themselves. I help clients identify the obstacles that are preventing them from being the best version of themselves and help them find ways to make meaningful changes to live the most fulfilling life they want to live. Life can be difficult, but I am here to help support you to make life better!
Samaritan Counseling Center of the NW Suburbs
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, ACSW, LCSW Verified
Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Samaritan is a nonprofit, client-centered practice with 4 locations in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Excellent, seasoned, compassionate, state-licensed therapists will help you through emotional, mental, relationship, behavioral or situational challenges. If you're depressed, anxious, overwhelmed or are coping with difficult circumstances Samaritan is a place of hope and healing. CBT, DBT, EMDR, positive psychology, strength-based, solution focused, TheraPlay, mindfulness and other evidence-based therapies are combined for an individualized treatment approach. No matter what life's journey holds, we can help you through the tough times.
Bipolar Disorder
(847) 382-4673
Verified
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Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Bipolar Disorder
Samaritan is a nonprofit, client-centered practice with 4 locations in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Excellent, seasoned, compassionate, state-licensed therapists will help you through emotional, mental, relationship, behavioral or situational challenges. If you're depressed, anxious, overwhelmed or are coping with difficult circumstances Samaritan is a place of hope and healing. CBT, DBT, EMDR, positive psychology, strength-based, solution focused, TheraPlay, mindfulness and other evidence-based therapies are combined for an individualized treatment approach. No matter what life's journey holds, we can help you through the tough times.
Nicki Lis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Relationships are complicated. Some relationships take so much energy that you start to wonder if they're even worth the effort. This may apply to a spouse, significant other, or even a parent. A relationship that once felt love, now feels painful and exhausting. Maybe you're finding yourself full of anxiety or feelings of depression, and it all seems to lead back to this one person. . . Who you love. It's time to get therapy for yourself, so you can get a handle on these feelings, figure out what to do next, and start healing.
Bipolar Disorder
(847) 719-6539
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Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
Relationships are complicated. Some relationships take so much energy that you start to wonder if they're even worth the effort. This may apply to a spouse, significant other, or even a parent. A relationship that once felt love, now feels painful and exhausting. Maybe you're finding yourself full of anxiety or feelings of depression, and it all seems to lead back to this one person. . . Who you love. It's time to get therapy for yourself, so you can get a handle on these feelings, figure out what to do next, and start healing.
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Angelica Newton
Counselor, LCPC Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
The areas that I specialize in include women's wellness, effective communication, negative feelings related to adjustments in life, relational conflict, depression & anxiety, and mood management.
I would love to see each individual experiencing life at their full potential. I also understand that there are many things that can get in the way of that. I strive to create a safe, comfortable, empowering and creative environment in which my clients can work towards their individual goals. My commitment is to come along side you by providing skills, knowledge, reflection, support, and encouragement.
Bipolar Disorder
(847) 558-7783
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Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
The areas that I specialize in include women's wellness, effective communication, negative feelings related to adjustments in life, relational conflict, depression & anxiety, and mood management.
I would love to see each individual experiencing life at their full potential. I also understand that there are many things that can get in the way of that. I strive to create a safe, comfortable, empowering and creative environment in which my clients can work towards their individual goals. My commitment is to come along side you by providing skills, knowledge, reflection, support, and encouragement.
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Amy Bash
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
My specialties include grief and loss, divorce, anxiety, depression, addiction, living with chronic illness, and trauma recovery.
My private practice incorporates an integrative approach to health and wellness. I help clients build on their strengths, release negative beliefs, and develop healthy coping skills. Depression, anxiety, coping with chronic illness and relationship issues are areas of focus for many of my clients. Exploring ways to develop resiliency, joy, and self-compassion are common goals.
Bipolar Disorder
(847) 807-4832
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Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
My specialties include grief and loss, divorce, anxiety, depression, addiction, living with chronic illness, and trauma recovery.
My private practice incorporates an integrative approach to health and wellness. I help clients build on their strengths, release negative beliefs, and develop healthy coping skills. Depression, anxiety, coping with chronic illness and relationship issues are areas of focus for many of my clients. Exploring ways to develop resiliency, joy, and self-compassion are common goals.
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Richard Damiani
Counselor, LCPC Verified
Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
We were designed for connection; marriage and relationships should be a delight - a life giving connection with the one you love above all others. We marry or are in a relationship with that one person with whom we hope that we will find happiness, joy and peace. We bring ourselves with all our differing personalities, history, baggage, wounds, and family of origin issues to each other and our lives together, and these things can make it very hard to find what we long for.emotional issues that come from trauma, as well as depression, anxiety, and low self worth.
Bipolar Disorder
(331) 225-1645
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Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
We were designed for connection; marriage and relationships should be a delight - a life giving connection with the one you love above all others. We marry or are in a relationship with that one person with whom we hope that we will find happiness, joy and peace. We bring ourselves with all our differing personalities, history, baggage, wounds, and family of origin issues to each other and our lives together, and these things can make it very hard to find what we long for.emotional issues that come from trauma, as well as depression, anxiety, and low self worth.
Douglas N Neal
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
For 39 years, I have been passionate about helping people find freedom from personal struggles of depression, anxiety and marriage/ family problems. I treat first with natural alternatives rather than medications. I also specialize in Attention Deficit Disorder and I am a parent of an adult child with ADHD. I personally know the challenges and victory in helping someone with ADHD live their life successfully. I am viewed as the Sherlock Holmes doctor since I work with the most difficult to diagnose cases and help to crack the case of what is causing a person to struggle.
Bipolar Disorder
(815) 828-4356
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Office is near:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
For 39 years, I have been passionate about helping people find freedom from personal struggles of depression, anxiety and marriage/ family problems. I treat first with natural alternatives rather than medications. I also specialize in Attention Deficit Disorder and I am a parent of an adult child with ADHD. I personally know the challenges and victory in helping someone with ADHD live their life successfully. I am viewed as the Sherlock Holmes doctor since I work with the most difficult to diagnose cases and help to crack the case of what is causing a person to struggle.
Karen Robbins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW Verified
Hosts group in:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Not accepting new clients
Life can be difficult and overwhelming at times. I am passionate about helping you where you're at within the context of a safe therapeutic environment. Have you had feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, or depression? Or are feeling stuck, wondering about life and where you fit in? Maybe you're struggling in a relationship or marriage? I enjoy working with young adults, adults, couples and families. I have extra training treating couples conflict, anxiety, social anxiety, depression, Self Injury, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) I also enjoy working with couples who are struggling in their marriage or relationship.
Bipolar Disorder
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Hosts group in:
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Not accepting new clients
Bipolar Disorder
Life can be difficult and overwhelming at times. I am passionate about helping you where you're at within the context of a safe therapeutic environment. Have you had feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, or depression? Or are feeling stuck, wondering about life and where you fit in? Maybe you're struggling in a relationship or marriage? I enjoy working with young adults, adults, couples and families. I have extra training treating couples conflict, anxiety, social anxiety, depression, Self Injury, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) I also enjoy working with couples who are struggling in their marriage or relationship.
Restorative Healing Counseling & Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Life sure has a way of hijacking our plans. That unexpected event that turned your whole world upside down in the blink of an eye. The relationship that felt absolutely perfect in the beginning. The anxiety that seems to follow you everywhere you go. Sleepless nights are becoming the norm, and it wasn’t supposed to be this way. As messy as life gets at times, none of us are equipped to do this alone. We all go through times when we need a safe place to figure things out, get a handle on life, and even allow ourselves to be vulnerable.
Bipolar Disorder
(224) 470-7683
Verified
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Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Offers online therapy
Bipolar Disorder
Life sure has a way of hijacking our plans. That unexpected event that turned your whole world upside down in the blink of an eye. The relationship that felt absolutely perfect in the beginning. The anxiety that seems to follow you everywhere you go. Sleepless nights are becoming the norm, and it wasn’t supposed to be this way. As messy as life gets at times, none of us are equipped to do this alone. We all go through times when we need a safe place to figure things out, get a handle on life, and even allow ourselves to be vulnerable.
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Tony Lis
Counselor, Ms Ed, LCPC Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Relationships of any kind can cause pain and confusion. It's hard to know what went wrong or why cycles of toxic relationships keep happening. People are drawn to loved ones for caring support. When these relationships become hurtful, it is common to feel isolated, trapped in your own home, and desperately needing clarity and peaceful stability. While the pain is real, there is great joy in taking steps towards healthier relationships. You deserve all the trust, encouragement, and companionship that positive people can bring to your life.
Bipolar Disorder
(224) 228-3825
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Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Bipolar Disorder
Relationships of any kind can cause pain and confusion. It's hard to know what went wrong or why cycles of toxic relationships keep happening. People are drawn to loved ones for caring support. When these relationships become hurtful, it is common to feel isolated, trapped in your own home, and desperately needing clarity and peaceful stability. While the pain is real, there is great joy in taking steps towards healthier relationships. You deserve all the trust, encouragement, and companionship that positive people can bring to your life.

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Depression Therapists
Depressive disorders are characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and worthlessness and a lack of desire to engage in formerly pleasurable activities. Depression is not a passing blue mood, which almost everyone experiences from time to time, but a complex mind/body illness that interferes with everyday functioning. It not only darkens one's outlook, it is commonly marked by sleep problems and changes in energy levels and appetite. It alters the structure and function of nerve cells so that it disrupts the way the brain processes information and interprets experience.

Despite feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, depression is a treatable condition. It can be treated with psychotherapy by depression therapists in Lake Zurich. As with many illnesses, the earlier treatment begins, the more effective it can be and the greater the likelihood that recurrence can be prevented.

Psychotherapy addresses the thinking patterns that precipitate depression, and studies show that it prevents recurrence. Drug therapy is often helpful in relieving symptoms, such as severe anxiety, so that people can engage in meaningful psychotherapy.