Female Therapists in Galena, IL

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Stephanie Cocagne
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Galena, IL 61036
Thank you for looking at my profile. As a counselor I try to get know each person who enters my office. We will work together to identify your goals and develop a plan to achieve them.
Thank you for looking at my profile. As a counselor I try to get know each person who enters my office. We will work together to identify your goals and develop a plan to achieve them.
(815) 402-3238 View (815) 402-3238
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Gail L. Gabbert
Marriage & Family Therapist, DMin, LMFT, CRADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Galena, IL 61036
Is your relationship struggling? Do you think it is too good to leave but too bad to stay? Or, are you struggling with an excessive use of alcohol or drugs? When this happens, it's easy for well meaning friends to give opinions that may not be right for you. Sometimes an unbiased party can help. If you've tried your best but it's not getting better, let me help. I have specific techniques to improve your situation. I may provide education, assign homework or suggest behavioral tasks to help you reach your goals. Let's work it out together.r,
Is your relationship struggling? Do you think it is too good to leave but too bad to stay? Or, are you struggling with an excessive use of alcohol or drugs? When this happens, it's easy for well meaning friends to give opinions that may not be right for you. Sometimes an unbiased party can help. If you've tried your best but it's not getting better, let me help. I have specific techniques to improve your situation. I may provide education, assign homework or suggest behavioral tasks to help you reach your goals. Let's work it out together.r,
(815) 661-2889 View (815) 661-2889
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Sharon Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Galena, IL 61036  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Sharon Walker. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have a passion for walking alongside others who are struggling with challenges that life can bring for us all. My goal is to offer you a safe and non-judgmental space where you can begin to heal and achieve your goals. Many of the clients I serve present with Anxiety, Trauma-Related Outcomes, and Family/Relationship Issues as primary concerns. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is my favorite method of approach. I also favor Eclectic Therapy, which allows me to integrate multiple approaches and tailor them to your unique needs.
Welcome! My name is Sharon Walker. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have a passion for walking alongside others who are struggling with challenges that life can bring for us all. My goal is to offer you a safe and non-judgmental space where you can begin to heal and achieve your goals. Many of the clients I serve present with Anxiety, Trauma-Related Outcomes, and Family/Relationship Issues as primary concerns. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is my favorite method of approach. I also favor Eclectic Therapy, which allows me to integrate multiple approaches and tailor them to your unique needs.
(773) 741-9631 View (773) 741-9631
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Dieunn S Musser
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Galena, IL 61036
There are many reasons you may be looking for a counselor. There doesn't need to be a specific reason, you may simply be looking for a perspective, a good listener or to gain insight. Common reasons people seek counseling: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma or Abuse, Grieving and Life Stressors. I can walk alongside you as you navigate a painful or difficult time in your life.
There are many reasons you may be looking for a counselor. There doesn't need to be a specific reason, you may simply be looking for a perspective, a good listener or to gain insight. Common reasons people seek counseling: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma or Abuse, Grieving and Life Stressors. I can walk alongside you as you navigate a painful or difficult time in your life.
(815) 209-0403 View (815) 209-0403
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Laura A Hoffmann
Counselor, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Galena, IL 61036
Waitlist for new clients
No matter where you are at on your therapy journey, I will provide you with unconditional positive regard and genuine encouragement. I promote an eclectic style and incorporate a person centered, strengths based approach. In addition to an appropriate blend of humor, my clients describe me as warm, empathetic, and very approachable about difficult subjects. I enjoy and pride myself on being a lifelong learner. I additionally have Iowa Board of Behavioral Sciences approval to provide clinical supervision/mentoring for therapists in the beginning stages of their career.
No matter where you are at on your therapy journey, I will provide you with unconditional positive regard and genuine encouragement. I promote an eclectic style and incorporate a person centered, strengths based approach. In addition to an appropriate blend of humor, my clients describe me as warm, empathetic, and very approachable about difficult subjects. I enjoy and pride myself on being a lifelong learner. I additionally have Iowa Board of Behavioral Sciences approval to provide clinical supervision/mentoring for therapists in the beginning stages of their career.
(563) 265-6893 View (563) 265-6893
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Teresa White
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Galena, IL 61036
Thursday availability only- I work with a variety of clients helping with growth, healing, and empowerment. The most important aspect of therapy is the connection between the therapist and the client. We all have struggles throughout our lives. I enjoying helping clients achieve their therapy goals through understanding, empathy, and genuine compassion for what is happening in their lives. I started my career in the helping field in 1999, working with teens as a youth counselor. I spent ten years working with young adults who have experienced foster care and adoption. I really enjoy seeing the growth in those I help.
Thursday availability only- I work with a variety of clients helping with growth, healing, and empowerment. The most important aspect of therapy is the connection between the therapist and the client. We all have struggles throughout our lives. I enjoying helping clients achieve their therapy goals through understanding, empathy, and genuine compassion for what is happening in their lives. I started my career in the helping field in 1999, working with teens as a youth counselor. I spent ten years working with young adults who have experienced foster care and adoption. I really enjoy seeing the growth in those I help.
(563) 239-3005 View (563) 239-3005
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Beth Garza
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
Galena, IL 61036
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, confused, or stuck in life? Together, we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root cause of your difficulties while improving your resiliency. Hi, I’m Beth Garza. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I returned to Eastern Iowa after living in many locations for more than 25 years as a military spouse. This has given me a diverse perspective on culture, the human condition, and what makes us unique as individuals. Interests are treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, moral injury, mood disorders, life transitions, grief/loss, self-esteem, and relationship issues.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, confused, or stuck in life? Together, we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root cause of your difficulties while improving your resiliency. Hi, I’m Beth Garza. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I returned to Eastern Iowa after living in many locations for more than 25 years as a military spouse. This has given me a diverse perspective on culture, the human condition, and what makes us unique as individuals. Interests are treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, moral injury, mood disorders, life transitions, grief/loss, self-esteem, and relationship issues.
(563) 239-5342 View (563) 239-5342
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Valerie Gill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, MSW
Verified Verified
Galena, IL 61036
With over 25 years of social work experience, my empathetic approach compassionately and openly builds upon client strengths to foster a collaborative working relationship. I am a strong advocate and go the extra mile for my clients. Together, we can create positive change for you to meet your life goals. My clients describe me as “skilled, experienced, direct, and caring”. I comfortably address trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, life transitions, LGBTQ+, grief, and loss. I work well with individuals, adolescents, families, and couples.
With over 25 years of social work experience, my empathetic approach compassionately and openly builds upon client strengths to foster a collaborative working relationship. I am a strong advocate and go the extra mile for my clients. Together, we can create positive change for you to meet your life goals. My clients describe me as “skilled, experienced, direct, and caring”. I comfortably address trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, life transitions, LGBTQ+, grief, and loss. I work well with individuals, adolescents, families, and couples.
(563) 235-2853 View (563) 235-2853
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Audrey DaMore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW , CADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Galena, IL 61036
Are you feeling low or anxious, but can’t sort out why? Would you like to better understand your emotional and physical reactions? Maybe you’re noticing themes in your relationships and wondering how childhood experiences challenge these connections? Focused on soothing the nervous system and recognizing the parts that form you, our work together will help you restore your sense of wholeness. By honoring self-energy, letting go of burdens, and learning to trust your internal wisdom, you can find calm in everyday life.
Are you feeling low or anxious, but can’t sort out why? Would you like to better understand your emotional and physical reactions? Maybe you’re noticing themes in your relationships and wondering how childhood experiences challenge these connections? Focused on soothing the nervous system and recognizing the parts that form you, our work together will help you restore your sense of wholeness. By honoring self-energy, letting go of burdens, and learning to trust your internal wisdom, you can find calm in everyday life.
(779) 209-0965 View (779) 209-0965

Online Therapists

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Willow Creek Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCPC
Verified Verified
Rockford, IL 61108
Willow Creek Counseling therapists have over 150 years of child welfare and mental health experience. We work with children, adults, couples and families to treat mental health and emotional health issues and we utilize a variety of treatment methods. We currently work closely with the family and juvenile courts in an attempt to assist families involved in the court systems. We have extensive experience providing Reunification Counseling and Therapeutic sessions, and provide Parental Capacity and Mental Health Assessments. We also provide Bariatric assessments and assist with ADHD assessments.
Willow Creek Counseling therapists have over 150 years of child welfare and mental health experience. We work with children, adults, couples and families to treat mental health and emotional health issues and we utilize a variety of treatment methods. We currently work closely with the family and juvenile courts in an attempt to assist families involved in the court systems. We have extensive experience providing Reunification Counseling and Therapeutic sessions, and provide Parental Capacity and Mental Health Assessments. We also provide Bariatric assessments and assist with ADHD assessments.
(815) 240-0685 View (815) 240-0685
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Stephanie Klewin
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Sycamore, IL 60178
Life is a journey. We have successes, trying times, and natural challenges to overcome. I feel passionate about being a positive agent of change in the lives of my clients. I recognize that an ideal client is simply one that desires change, and this drives me to view my career as a gift and privilege. I specialize in treating grief (life losses and non-life losses), chronic illness, and women's issues. I also treat anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, relationship concerns, divorce/separation, men's issues, self-esteem, and more. If you are thinking of change, you are capable and worthy of creating it.
Life is a journey. We have successes, trying times, and natural challenges to overcome. I feel passionate about being a positive agent of change in the lives of my clients. I recognize that an ideal client is simply one that desires change, and this drives me to view my career as a gift and privilege. I specialize in treating grief (life losses and non-life losses), chronic illness, and women's issues. I also treat anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, relationship concerns, divorce/separation, men's issues, self-esteem, and more. If you are thinking of change, you are capable and worthy of creating it.
(815) 362-1288 View (815) 362-1288
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Katherine Elizabeth Siembab
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dekalb, IL 60115
Most people are surviving life instead of learning how to live it with fulfillment and satisfaction. Stressful experiences accumulate over time and steal our sense of control and hope, which is not fair and not necessary. If you want to regain balance and clarity, we can do that. We will identify themes, triggers, and learn to cope and conquer. If you are willing to work hard and be authentic, you can really make some vast changes. Together we can create more compassion, acceptance, and space for yourself to feel grounded and make meaningful growth.
Most people are surviving life instead of learning how to live it with fulfillment and satisfaction. Stressful experiences accumulate over time and steal our sense of control and hope, which is not fair and not necessary. If you want to regain balance and clarity, we can do that. We will identify themes, triggers, and learn to cope and conquer. If you are willing to work hard and be authentic, you can really make some vast changes. Together we can create more compassion, acceptance, and space for yourself to feel grounded and make meaningful growth.
(779) 209-1875 View (779) 209-1875
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Julie Rylatt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EAP-s
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockford, IL 61108
Children/ teens and their parents are experiencing anxiety at an all time high level. We have developed a new program that treats both parties with a structured and successful approach. We will teach your children about their anxiety, why it occurs, how they can manage it and how they can succeed at home and school. The parents are taught how to manage their child's anxiety and not inadvertently reinforce it. Many parents feel helpless as they watch their child become more and more anxious, let us help you learn how to not only manage the anxiety, but help your family thrive in these difficult times.
Children/ teens and their parents are experiencing anxiety at an all time high level. We have developed a new program that treats both parties with a structured and successful approach. We will teach your children about their anxiety, why it occurs, how they can manage it and how they can succeed at home and school. The parents are taught how to manage their child's anxiety and not inadvertently reinforce it. Many parents feel helpless as they watch their child become more and more anxious, let us help you learn how to not only manage the anxiety, but help your family thrive in these difficult times.
(779) 939-0061 View (779) 939-0061
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Aneka Spencer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rockford, IL 61101  (Online Only)
Hello there, I'm Aneka. Are you looking for a place to learn new coping skills to help manage life's ups & downs? Do you need to learn how to be kinder to yourself and improve your self-esteem? I would like to partner with you to help you achieve your goals! I am a LCSW in the state of Illinois. I have worked with clients whose concerns range from mild to moderate anxiety, mild to moderate depression, & general stress. My experience includes community mental health, school social work, and Employee Assistance Programs.
Hello there, I'm Aneka. Are you looking for a place to learn new coping skills to help manage life's ups & downs? Do you need to learn how to be kinder to yourself and improve your self-esteem? I would like to partner with you to help you achieve your goals! I am a LCSW in the state of Illinois. I have worked with clients whose concerns range from mild to moderate anxiety, mild to moderate depression, & general stress. My experience includes community mental health, school social work, and Employee Assistance Programs.
(708) 725-0138 View (708) 725-0138
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Crystal Ann Williams
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MSEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Moline, IL 61266  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Coming to counseling can be very scary for some and taking that first step takes so much courage. If you are looking for a way to work through and heal from past trauma or current life circumstances, I am the right therapist for you. I have worked with many individuals battling depression, anxiety, PTSD, and clients who just want to break generational cycles, and build their self-esteem. If this sounds like something that you are struggling with, please reach out and get scheduled. You are worth it.
Coming to counseling can be very scary for some and taking that first step takes so much courage. If you are looking for a way to work through and heal from past trauma or current life circumstances, I am the right therapist for you. I have worked with many individuals battling depression, anxiety, PTSD, and clients who just want to break generational cycles, and build their self-esteem. If this sounds like something that you are struggling with, please reach out and get scheduled. You are worth it.
(618) 221-5284 View (618) 221-5284
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Halie Howells
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sycamore, IL 60178
Therapy is about gathering and understanding the pieces of your story. The themes of our story, the characters we've encountered, the obstacles we've faced, and the meaning we've made from our experiences, these are all complex things. It's my job (and joy!) to sort through these pieces and provide a new lens in order to challenge you, push you, and help you grow into the most healthy, authentic version of you. I love helping people understand themselves better and find courage to connect more with those around them.
Therapy is about gathering and understanding the pieces of your story. The themes of our story, the characters we've encountered, the obstacles we've faced, and the meaning we've made from our experiences, these are all complex things. It's my job (and joy!) to sort through these pieces and provide a new lens in order to challenge you, push you, and help you grow into the most healthy, authentic version of you. I love helping people understand themselves better and find courage to connect more with those around them.
(402) 858-7805 View (402) 858-7805
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Tiffany Williams-Velte
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rockford, IL 61114
Are you struggling with communicating at home, in the workplace, or in social settings? Do you often find yourself in a mental rut that you just can't seem to get out of? If you have difficulty understanding your emotions, asking for what you need, or putting yourself first as a priority, then finding an outlet through talk therapy with me may be just what you need to make a change in your life.
Are you struggling with communicating at home, in the workplace, or in social settings? Do you often find yourself in a mental rut that you just can't seem to get out of? If you have difficulty understanding your emotions, asking for what you need, or putting yourself first as a priority, then finding an outlet through talk therapy with me may be just what you need to make a change in your life.
(815) 472-8261 View (815) 472-8261
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Jennifer L Vandigo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Apple River, IL 61001  (Online Only)
My goal is to support you on your journey of self-discovery and help you create a peaceful and fulfilling life. I am deeply committed to assisting you in embracing your true power and understanding your inherent worth. With my compassionate and loving nature, I derive great joy from helping individuals enhance their lives. As a clinician, I have come to recognize that the most crucial aspect of counseling is the establishment of a strong connection and a sense of comfort between the therapist and the individual seeking support. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment for those I assist.
My goal is to support you on your journey of self-discovery and help you create a peaceful and fulfilling life. I am deeply committed to assisting you in embracing your true power and understanding your inherent worth. With my compassionate and loving nature, I derive great joy from helping individuals enhance their lives. As a clinician, I have come to recognize that the most crucial aspect of counseling is the establishment of a strong connection and a sense of comfort between the therapist and the individual seeking support. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment for those I assist.
(815) 595-8156 View (815) 595-8156
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Carolyn Franklin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Geneseo, IL 61254
I am Carolyn Franklin, a licensed clinical social worker. I am a skilled therapist with over 30 years in the profession, working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have conducted individual, group, couples, and family therapies. I have worked with clients challenged with anxiety, depression, relationship/family issue, and many other concerns. I welcome the opportunity to work with you. I truly enjoy my work, and my clients have been successful. I worked with clients challenged with anxiety, depression, relationship/family adjustments, and even individuals having difficulty making decisions.
I am Carolyn Franklin, a licensed clinical social worker. I am a skilled therapist with over 30 years in the profession, working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have conducted individual, group, couples, and family therapies. I have worked with clients challenged with anxiety, depression, relationship/family issue, and many other concerns. I welcome the opportunity to work with you. I truly enjoy my work, and my clients have been successful. I worked with clients challenged with anxiety, depression, relationship/family adjustments, and even individuals having difficulty making decisions.
(773) 985-7436 View (773) 985-7436
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Carli Recker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Loves Park, IL 61111
I believe deeply in the ability we all have to grow and create an engaged and meaningful life. My role as a therapist involves a steadfast commitment to developing an understanding of my client’s perspective. Self-empowerment, radical acceptance, and authentic human connection will be the cornerstone of our work. I utilize strength-based, affirmative, and neuroscientific theory to guide us... but healing doesn’t happen via theory. It lies in you—your hopes, hardships, successes, and infinite wisdom. Sometimes we’ll laugh. Often, we’ll cry. But either way... You won’t walk this path alone.
I believe deeply in the ability we all have to grow and create an engaged and meaningful life. My role as a therapist involves a steadfast commitment to developing an understanding of my client’s perspective. Self-empowerment, radical acceptance, and authentic human connection will be the cornerstone of our work. I utilize strength-based, affirmative, and neuroscientific theory to guide us... but healing doesn’t happen via theory. It lies in you—your hopes, hardships, successes, and infinite wisdom. Sometimes we’ll laugh. Often, we’ll cry. But either way... You won’t walk this path alone.
(779) 213-5108 View (779) 213-5108

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Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.