Therapists in Columbia, IL

Photo of Alisa Cates, Counselor in Columbia, IL
Alisa Cates
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbia, IL 62236
Do you find yourself struggling with something you feel like no one else will understand, or perhaps there is no one you can confide in for fear of being judged? Keeping things bottled up creates interpersonal conflict, affects our relationships, and hinders the ability to change. I believe that individuals want to be heard and understood, all the while respecting their unique differences.
Do you find yourself struggling with something you feel like no one else will understand, or perhaps there is no one you can confide in for fear of being judged? Keeping things bottled up creates interpersonal conflict, affects our relationships, and hinders the ability to change. I believe that individuals want to be heard and understood, all the while respecting their unique differences.
(618) 226-2353 View (618) 226-2353
Photo of Becky Miles, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Columbia, IL
Becky Miles
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Columbia, IL 62236
I have immediate openings. If you are like most of us, sometimes life gets tough and throws us some curve balls. During these times it is often helpful to talk with someone who can help you navigate these difficult time and allow us to get back to a state of balance. Through some of my own personal journeys, I find it easy to relate to my clients. I will meet you where you are at and work with you to achieve your personal goals, improve relationships, heal from emotional hurt and make positive life choices. I have over ten years of experience working with both Veterans and military issues.
I have immediate openings. If you are like most of us, sometimes life gets tough and throws us some curve balls. During these times it is often helpful to talk with someone who can help you navigate these difficult time and allow us to get back to a state of balance. Through some of my own personal journeys, I find it easy to relate to my clients. I will meet you where you are at and work with you to achieve your personal goals, improve relationships, heal from emotional hurt and make positive life choices. I have over ten years of experience working with both Veterans and military issues.
(618) 851-1391 View (618) 851-1391
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Shawn Forbes
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC, NCC
Verified
Columbia, IL 62236
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor providing services to address anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, and relationship issues. Carl Jung asserted, "I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." This concept is a key principle of my philosophy for change. We all possess the ability to heal, grow, and overcome adversity; though, we are not created to do it alone, and choosing a better path isn't always simple or easy. It requires wisdom, courage, willpower, commitment, and skill. Cultivating these is a process and journey. I want to help you to journey well.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor providing services to address anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, and relationship issues. Carl Jung asserted, "I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." This concept is a key principle of my philosophy for change. We all possess the ability to heal, grow, and overcome adversity; though, we are not created to do it alone, and choosing a better path isn't always simple or easy. It requires wisdom, courage, willpower, commitment, and skill. Cultivating these is a process and journey. I want to help you to journey well.
(618) 753-4219 View (618) 753-4219
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Kati Michalas
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Columbia, IL 62236
My personal belief is that when situations in life are thrown at us we can ignore them or try to accept and work through them. Each thing we go through in life impacts who we are as a person. We can either let them make us bitter or make us better. My goal for clients is to help you on your journey by providing tools, education, and support so you can find positive solutions to your problems by creating a comfortable, non-judgmental environment by demonstrating unconditional positive regard.
My personal belief is that when situations in life are thrown at us we can ignore them or try to accept and work through them. Each thing we go through in life impacts who we are as a person. We can either let them make us bitter or make us better. My goal for clients is to help you on your journey by providing tools, education, and support so you can find positive solutions to your problems by creating a comfortable, non-judgmental environment by demonstrating unconditional positive regard.
(618) 388-3536 View (618) 388-3536
Photo of Ellen M. Emmerich, Counselor in Columbia, IL
Ellen M. Emmerich
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Columbia, IL 62236  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I will help you work on and manage your anger, anxiety, depression, stress and relationship troubles. I want you to feel comfortable and cared for in a relaxed setting. I have experience with many different types of people who are seeking help with issues including: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, stress management, low self-esteem, life transitions and relationship issues.
I will help you work on and manage your anger, anxiety, depression, stress and relationship troubles. I want you to feel comfortable and cared for in a relaxed setting. I have experience with many different types of people who are seeking help with issues including: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, stress management, low self-esteem, life transitions and relationship issues.
(618) 230-3156 View (618) 230-3156
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Michelle Tullis
Counselor, L, P, C
Verified
Columbia, IL 62236
I enjoy working with children and families, as well as teenagers and adults. My experience and background is attachment therapy; fostering relationships between children and their parents. I love working with clients who are willing to have a therapeutic relationship with me, in order to improve themselves and their own lives. My clients have had success using CBT, DBT, mindfulness training, family therapy, and play therapy.
I enjoy working with children and families, as well as teenagers and adults. My experience and background is attachment therapy; fostering relationships between children and their parents. I love working with clients who are willing to have a therapeutic relationship with me, in order to improve themselves and their own lives. My clients have had success using CBT, DBT, mindfulness training, family therapy, and play therapy.
(833) 956-8102 View (833) 956-8102
Photo of Heidi Donald, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Columbia, IL
Heidi Donald
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, IL 62236
Not accepting new clients
Do you ever feel stressed, overwhelmed, alone, confused or just not sure which way to turn or what to do? I aim to provide a non-judgmental, safe space where we can work together to meet your needs and empower you to make changes in your life so you have more control and peace of mind. My goal is to help clients to discover what they already have and build upon those strengths to be the best version of themselves.
Do you ever feel stressed, overwhelmed, alone, confused or just not sure which way to turn or what to do? I aim to provide a non-judgmental, safe space where we can work together to meet your needs and empower you to make changes in your life so you have more control and peace of mind. My goal is to help clients to discover what they already have and build upon those strengths to be the best version of themselves.
(833) 298-9396 View (833) 298-9396
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Laurie Watkins
Counselor, LCPC, LPC
Verified
Columbia, IL 62236
I am interested in helping people find their way along their personal journey. I work well with adults, couples an adolescents. My approach is gentle and supportive.
I am interested in helping people find their way along their personal journey. I work well with adults, couples an adolescents. My approach is gentle and supportive.
(618) 936-4166 View (618) 936-4166
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David Juelfs
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbia, IL 62236
I am here to help you find balance in life. I view the counseling relationship as collaborative where we work together toward achieving your personal goals, making positive life choices, improving relationships, and healing from emotional hurt. I also understand that mental, physical, and spiritual health are all intertwined. I strive to provide a safe environment where clients can explore their feelings and talk about their life circumstances. I am up-front and candid with my clients, providing a judgment free environment where strength, wisdom, and change can be achieved.
I am here to help you find balance in life. I view the counseling relationship as collaborative where we work together toward achieving your personal goals, making positive life choices, improving relationships, and healing from emotional hurt. I also understand that mental, physical, and spiritual health are all intertwined. I strive to provide a safe environment where clients can explore their feelings and talk about their life circumstances. I am up-front and candid with my clients, providing a judgment free environment where strength, wisdom, and change can be achieved.
(618) 496-6525 View (618) 496-6525
Photo of Erin Frailey, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Columbia, IL
Erin Frailey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, IL 62236
It is important for individuals to feel empowered in their everyday lives, feeling confident they can move forward working towards their goals. Each individual is different. I aid in helping identify strengths and positive qualities that make each individual unique. I encourage individuals to be the best version of themselves, providing support when barriers present themselves. Life cannot always be perfect, but the right attitude and outlook can go a long way. I work primarily with adults 18 and older addressing issues including depression, anxiety, life adjustment issues, marital issues, grief, stress management, self-esteem, and overall balance and wellness.
It is important for individuals to feel empowered in their everyday lives, feeling confident they can move forward working towards their goals. Each individual is different. I aid in helping identify strengths and positive qualities that make each individual unique. I encourage individuals to be the best version of themselves, providing support when barriers present themselves. Life cannot always be perfect, but the right attitude and outlook can go a long way. I work primarily with adults 18 and older addressing issues including depression, anxiety, life adjustment issues, marital issues, grief, stress management, self-esteem, and overall balance and wellness.
(618) 281-9355 View (618) 281-9355
Photo of Lori Grabe, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Columbia, IL
Lori Grabe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Columbia, IL 62236
I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20+ years of experience. I have been practicing in Columbia/Monroe County for 12 years. Prior to my private practice I was employed with Hyland Behavior Health Systems. At Hyland Behavioral Health I was a Dual Diagnosis Case Manager and worked with individuals diagnosed with a chemical dependency and psychiatric diagnosis. I was involved in case management, group therapy, treatment planning and discharge planning. I also worked on the sexual trauma unit, eating disorder unit and Psychiatric ICU.
I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20+ years of experience. I have been practicing in Columbia/Monroe County for 12 years. Prior to my private practice I was employed with Hyland Behavior Health Systems. At Hyland Behavioral Health I was a Dual Diagnosis Case Manager and worked with individuals diagnosed with a chemical dependency and psychiatric diagnosis. I was involved in case management, group therapy, treatment planning and discharge planning. I also worked on the sexual trauma unit, eating disorder unit and Psychiatric ICU.
(618) 281-9355 View (618) 281-9355
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Lori Beckwith
Counselor, EdD, LCPC, NCC
Verified
Columbia, IL 62236  (Online Only)
Life is difficult. This is the first line from the book, The Road Less Travelled, by M. Scott Peck. Each of us is all too aware of this basic truth. Sometimes we need help navigating our journey, and therapy is great place to start! I believe building strong relationships with my clients provides a safe space to explore their life experiences, thoughts, and feelings. It is my goal to create an understanding and respectful environment where together we can discover the most effective means for positive change.
Life is difficult. This is the first line from the book, The Road Less Travelled, by M. Scott Peck. Each of us is all too aware of this basic truth. Sometimes we need help navigating our journey, and therapy is great place to start! I believe building strong relationships with my clients provides a safe space to explore their life experiences, thoughts, and feelings. It is my goal to create an understanding and respectful environment where together we can discover the most effective means for positive change.
(618) 391-0076 View (618) 391-0076
Photo of Sabrina Gummersheimer, Counselor in Columbia, IL
Sabrina Gummersheimer
Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Columbia, IL 62236
Life isn't always easy and sometimes we need help finding our way. I am passionate about helping people along their journey in life and believe that counseling is a safe platform where people can make positive changes. I have years of experience providing counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples.
Life isn't always easy and sometimes we need help finding our way. I am passionate about helping people along their journey in life and believe that counseling is a safe platform where people can make positive changes. I have years of experience providing counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples.
(618) 328-3119 View (618) 328-3119
Photo of Sarah Linker, Licensed Professional Counselor in Columbia, IL
Sarah Linker
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Columbia, IL 62236
Waitlist for new clients
We’ve all encountered times when life felt arduous, emotions overwhelming, and stress daunting. The good news? You are not alone. I am committed to honoring your experiences in a safe, nonjudgmental space. In individual sessions: we’ll uncover strengths, consider challenges, and deepen self-awareness. We’ll help you manage emotions, build resilience, and develop strategies for a more balanced life. Together, we’ll nurture self-compassion, navigate transitions, and empower decisions. Through our collaboration, we’ll explore deeply held beliefs, relational patterns, and behavioral habits, paving the way for sustainable change.
We’ve all encountered times when life felt arduous, emotions overwhelming, and stress daunting. The good news? You are not alone. I am committed to honoring your experiences in a safe, nonjudgmental space. In individual sessions: we’ll uncover strengths, consider challenges, and deepen self-awareness. We’ll help you manage emotions, build resilience, and develop strategies for a more balanced life. Together, we’ll nurture self-compassion, navigate transitions, and empower decisions. Through our collaboration, we’ll explore deeply held beliefs, relational patterns, and behavioral habits, paving the way for sustainable change.
(314) 501-9079 View (314) 501-9079
Photo of Patty Roosevelt, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Columbia, IL
Patty Roosevelt
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MAC, LCPC, LPC
Verified
Columbia, IL 62236
Pain. It finds us. Whether it's the result of the loss of love, health, or security, pain finds us, and it can be overwhelming. Licensed in Illinois and Missouri, I offer support to hurting children, adults, and families by providing emotional safety, sharing compassion, and helping my clients to learn and apply new skills as needed. Passionate about issues that have resulted from attachment and relational wounding I have specialized in treating issues of attachment and trauma.
Pain. It finds us. Whether it's the result of the loss of love, health, or security, pain finds us, and it can be overwhelming. Licensed in Illinois and Missouri, I offer support to hurting children, adults, and families by providing emotional safety, sharing compassion, and helping my clients to learn and apply new skills as needed. Passionate about issues that have resulted from attachment and relational wounding I have specialized in treating issues of attachment and trauma.
(618) 221-5341 View (618) 221-5341
Photo of Jessica Biffar, Counselor in Columbia, IL
Jessica Biffar
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbia, IL 62236
Are you experiencing fear, anxiety, overwhelming despair or uncertainty? Are you struggling with navigating life after experiencing trauma, life transitions, or unhealthy relationships? I want you to feel safe and seen, and learn to trust your instincts/ body to know how to heal.
Are you experiencing fear, anxiety, overwhelming despair or uncertainty? Are you struggling with navigating life after experiencing trauma, life transitions, or unhealthy relationships? I want you to feel safe and seen, and learn to trust your instincts/ body to know how to heal.
(708) 295-3803 View (708) 295-3803
Photo of Patricia M Mosbacher, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Columbia, IL
Patricia M Mosbacher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Columbia, IL 62236  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Do you run away from things you are afraid of or shut down? I can help you gain confidence and courage. Ruminating on what causes anxiety doesn't help, it just makes it worse. Feeling like there is no hope is immobilizing and it tears down your ability to feel good about what is happening in life. Disturbing events or traumas can be so devastating that it makes one feel like there is constant danger ahead or like there must be something wrong with them for allowing such things to happen. Let me help you feel less depressed, anxious, obsessed, or afraid and give you the boost that you need to create the life you want.
Do you run away from things you are afraid of or shut down? I can help you gain confidence and courage. Ruminating on what causes anxiety doesn't help, it just makes it worse. Feeling like there is no hope is immobilizing and it tears down your ability to feel good about what is happening in life. Disturbing events or traumas can be so devastating that it makes one feel like there is constant danger ahead or like there must be something wrong with them for allowing such things to happen. Let me help you feel less depressed, anxious, obsessed, or afraid and give you the boost that you need to create the life you want.
(618) 623-4354 View (618) 623-4354
Photo of Carol A Long, Licensed Professional Counselor in Columbia, IL
Carol A Long
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, IL 62236
As a trained EMDR therapist, my focus is to help you find relief from many types of psychological distress that impact your daily living. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a form of psychotherapy that has been empirically tested and proven effective on a variety of psychological issues and all ages. We will meet in a safe, warm, and secure environment to discuss your concerns, develop an individualized care plan designed to meet those concerns, and begin treatment focused on targeting the most important issues. You are supported through the entire process and given tools to assist yourself outside of therapy.
As a trained EMDR therapist, my focus is to help you find relief from many types of psychological distress that impact your daily living. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a form of psychotherapy that has been empirically tested and proven effective on a variety of psychological issues and all ages. We will meet in a safe, warm, and secure environment to discuss your concerns, develop an individualized care plan designed to meet those concerns, and begin treatment focused on targeting the most important issues. You are supported through the entire process and given tools to assist yourself outside of therapy.
(314) 549-8767 View (314) 549-8767
Photo of Dana L Barrows, Counselor in Columbia, IL
Dana L Barrows
Counselor, MA, LCPC, LPHA
Verified
Columbia, IL 62236
We believe in "real solutions" not "mm-hmm", head nodding therapy. We are not your friends or your mother. We are professional, non-judgmental listeners. We provide feedback to the issues that you may be struggling with. We will help guide you through evidence based practice to reach your TRUE feelings...to find answers & concrete solutions. We want you to be at peace, no matter what the situation. We believe that behavioral therapy is just like physical therapy. When you work an area that has been injured, at first you may hurt, but then you get stronger. You recover, you heal.
We believe in "real solutions" not "mm-hmm", head nodding therapy. We are not your friends or your mother. We are professional, non-judgmental listeners. We provide feedback to the issues that you may be struggling with. We will help guide you through evidence based practice to reach your TRUE feelings...to find answers & concrete solutions. We want you to be at peace, no matter what the situation. We believe that behavioral therapy is just like physical therapy. When you work an area that has been injured, at first you may hurt, but then you get stronger. You recover, you heal.
(618) 352-5791 View (618) 352-5791
Photo of Geoff Schaefer, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Columbia, IL
Geoff Schaefer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Columbia, IL 62236
I practice Cognitive Behavior Therapy with the emphasis on Mindfulness, Happiness and Self-Care. I am experienced in working with individuals and couples. I also am experienced with Exposure Therapy to help those who suffer from phobias. I understand the physical and mental effects of aging and I help people transition to become a happier and productive older adult. I offer a non-judgmental support and understanding with compassion. I use a strength based approach in my practice. I am a well-versed life coach who helps people discover their potential. I also have anger management modules for those who need help with their anger.
I practice Cognitive Behavior Therapy with the emphasis on Mindfulness, Happiness and Self-Care. I am experienced in working with individuals and couples. I also am experienced with Exposure Therapy to help those who suffer from phobias. I understand the physical and mental effects of aging and I help people transition to become a happier and productive older adult. I offer a non-judgmental support and understanding with compassion. I use a strength based approach in my practice. I am a well-versed life coach who helps people discover their potential. I also have anger management modules for those who need help with their anger.
(636) 202-1079 View (636) 202-1079

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What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

What type of therapist is right for me?

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors. Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.