Bipolar Disorder Therapists in Lake Bluff, IL

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Ryan T Porter
Counselor, LCPC, CADC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am an LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) therapist who has been serving clients in Lake County for over 20 years. I have worked with families, children, adolescents, couples and adults with varying diagnoses and issues (i.e. major depression, bipolar disorder , self-mutilation, ADHD, trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, chemical abuse and dependency).
(847) 892-1398
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Sarah Christian
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Life brings many stressors and we can all benefit from having a confidential place to sort out our concerns. I have been in practice for over 30 years helping clients with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues and stress management. I have worked with individuals, adolescents and couples in a relationally based, psychodynamic format. I was also the director of, and involved with, a psycho-educational parenting program for over 12 years. I enjoy working with individuals, couples and with adolescents as they grow through facing the challenges of life.
(847) 979-4339
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Kris Girdaukas
Counselor, MS, LCPC, NCC
We provide a broad range of psychological and diagnostic services to children, adolescents, families and adults. Trained in the assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder, clinical and legal issues related to neuropsychological, emotional and intellectual deficits.
(847) 943-3931
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Lake Bluff, IL 60044
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Amy Carnow
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, LCSW
Verified
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Selecting a therapist and beginning therapy can be intimidating things to do. I want to help you make the decision that is right for you. I specialize in individual therapy with adolescents and adults. While anxiety and mood disorders are common in my practice, I also handle a variety of other disorders, problems, and issues. I believe that the relationship between client and therapist is the most important aspect of therapy. Using my knowledge, training, and expertise, I will work together with you to help you through your whatever you may be facing, make positive changes, and achieve your goals.
(224) 377-1481
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Lake Bluff, IL 60044
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Donna Oldenburg
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC
Verified
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Are you living the life you envisioned? Has grief, a difficult relationship, chronic illness, or life transition left you feeling anxious or depressed and unable to move forward with your life? I can help. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and National Certified Counselor, who strives to help adults 18 years and older cultivate the self-awareness and coping skills necessary to create the positive changes they seek in their life.
(847) 905-9846
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Alice Virgil
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Compassion-focused psychological care is available to you, now. I am committed to strengthening your psychological health, and believe it is a critical part of your overall wellness. As a guardian of your psychological wellness, I listen to you and partner in your care to address psychological and relationship challenges using science-based approaches to therapy that are accessible for your life, and bring about real, lasting change.
(773) 919-9170
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David Hanson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I offer comprehensive psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults as the primary focus of my practice. I believe in using well researched methods of assessment, restricting their interpretation to the scope for which they were designed and in providing well constructed, detailed and informative conclusions and feedback designed to help guide the client with succinct and thoughtful recommendations generated from the evaluation. I chose to maintain a small therapy practice in addition to my primary evaluation focus working with children and adults experiencing challenges with mood, anxiety, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders.
(224) 676-3968
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Lake Bluff, IL 60044
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Wendy L McCarty
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CHT, MA-SP
Verified
Verified
I use a combination of Marriage and Family therapy, Hypnotherapy and Spiritual psychology to understand and heal faulty negative self conclusions from the past. Once we understand,( sometimes through buried memories,) that our value as human beings cannot be "unworthy, or "not good enough", we can repair mental, emotional and spiritual wounds from the past. My goal is for you to live in freedom and fulfillment from finding your passion in, and for life.
(847) 457-0279
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Martin McCarthy Jr.
Psychologist
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
All of us -- women and men, young and old, poor, middle class and upscale folks, minorities and majorities -- have to deal with complexity. As a therapist I help heal hurts from the past, assist clients in managing present challenges, and work collaboratively to create more satisfying future lives. The people who see me for individual, couples and family therapy represent a culturally diverse group. Their difficulties range from anxiety and depression, to stress disorders, OCD/OCPD, relationship problems, employment issues, and bereavement. Many of these women and men report quick progress in better managing their personal, family, academic, and work lives.
(847) 562-5895
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Lake Bluff, IL 60044
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Tracy Steinmetz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Asking for help when you are having emotional difficulties may not be easy. Whether you are depressed or anxious, dealing with a recent loss, coping with past or present trauma, have low self-esteem, interpersonal difficulties, or facing the challenges of everyday living and/or negotiating life transitions, you hope to find a compassionate and caring person who will understand. In my practice providing psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and couples, I offer a comfortable and confidential place where clients can explore feelings and concerns safely, while also addressing their most difficult problems or life challenges.
(847) 550-3573
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Jill Kreller
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
I am a therapist with over ten years of experience providing assessment, crisis intervention and psychotherapy to individuals in the community. I assist individuals as they find the best solutions to dealing with mental health concerns, life transitions and accomplishment of goals.I believe that all individuals have within them the skills needed to lead an actualized, fulfilling and meaningful life.I will tailor therapy to your individual characteristics and work with you to find interventions that best suit your needs, goals and skill set.
(847) 978-4500
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360 Degrees Wellness and Coaching
Counselor, LCSW, LCPC, MSW, CRADC, CADC
Verified
Verified
We are a group of board certified psychotherapists and executive coaches specializing in behavioral health. Our highly experienced staff averages more than 18 years experience in their respective fields: Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Solution- Focused, Collaborative and Health-Oriented Therapies. We can help you with: Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Low self-esteem, Postpartum depression, Martial or family issues, School problems, Parenting issues, Chronic pain, Grief, Trauma and managing negative feelings.
(847) 807-1012
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Tracy H. Burns
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Are you are having difficulty connecting to yourself or to others? Sometimes the solutions we've used in the past no longer work for us in the present. I work collaboratively with individuals and couples who struggle with low self esteem, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma to find answers in a safe and supportive environment.
(847) 558-7622
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Family Service of Lake County
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
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Family Service of Lake County is a vibrant community agency that provides clinical counseling to youth, families, couples, adults and seniors in a safe, supportive and caring environment. We are able to help you with difficult life circumstances such as: marital or family challenges, anxiety, depression, self-harm, trauma, guilt, grief/loss, school-related concerns, anger, and worry. Our professional, licensed clinical team have a passion for their work and value collaboration- we partner with schools, physicians and other family members as needed.
(847) 457-1710
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Brittany Baker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, LCDC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are your relationships suffering? Has your job or school performance declined? Maybe life feels overwhelming, or you feel anxious and down. Pulling yourself out of these struggles can seem impossible. I can help. As a therapist, I provide a safe, supportive space where I help you better understand your experiences, explore your emotions, draw on your inner strengths, and change your environment to improve your coping ability. I strive to create a partnership and collaborate with you to help bring about the lasting changes you desire. My ultimate goal is to empower you to live more authentically and positively.
(224) 404-2444
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Paul Smiley
Psychologist, PsyD, ABPP
Verified
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Dr. Paul Smiley is a board certified psychologist who has been independently licensed in the State of Illinois since 2008. He is on staff at Lake Forest Hospital, and manages Parkside Psychological Services, which is dedicated to serving people of all ages and needs. The team of talented providers is committed to understanding the root of client’s concerns and working with them to bring about effective changes for recovery. We are currently accepting patients with a wide spectrum of symptoms, with flexible hours from Monday-Saturday including day and evening appointments. We look forward to being a trusted provider with you!
(224) 706-1196
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Gurnee Counseling Center
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Our goal is simple. To offer people a center that is dedicated to the wellness of the mind, body and spirit. We are focused on solutions that build healthy skills to last a lifetime.
(847) 641-2217
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Scott Hamilton
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Scott’s clinical interests include: depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, life transitions, relationship difficulties, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, stress management, self-esteem challenges, substance use and abuse, psychosis, bipolar disorder , school or academic difficulties, behavioral challenges, and social skill struggles.
It can be difficult to ask for support, especially when you aren't sure how it all works. I will work with you to create a treatment plan that makes sense to you and meets your unique goals. I believe in developing genuine connections with his patients, fostering self-awareness, offering psychoeducation, and practicing compassion toward others and self in a safe environment. We will work toward self-acceptance and self-forgiveness, allowing you to find hidden areas of strength. I enjoy using humor and positivity in treatment.
(224) 723-5772
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Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Laura Ebach
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Laura’s clinical interests include: anxiety, trauma, depression, bipolar , substance use, eating disorders, identity development, relationship difficulties, stress management, self-esteem challenges, career issues, ADHD, executive functioning, behavioral challenges, parent coaching, family conflict, school issues, social skills, and life transitions.
It can be difficult to ask for support, especially when you aren't sure how it all works. I will work with you to create a treatment plan that makes sense to you and meets your unique goals. I believe in creating a comfortable and safe space where patients can feel free to be their authentic selves. I value establishing a strong therapeutic rapport and working together to develop a ‘roadmap’ for change. I use both verbal and creative treatment approaches for patients to best express themselves, whichever method feels right to them.
(847) 750-5668
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Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Brighter Pathways, PLLC
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1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
In-person & telehealth available: Brighter Pathways, PLLC is a small group practice currently offering individual, couples, family, and group therapies. Our therapists value collaboration, education, and transparency because treatment should make sense to you. In order to best meet your needs, your therapist will strive to understand your unique circumstances. We believe in a team approach to treatment. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your personal goals and struggles. We offer a safe, supportive, and open environment for you to explore your struggles and strive for personal growth.
(224) 723-5772
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Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Bipolar Disorder Therapists

What is the most successful approach to treating bipolar disorder?

Living with bipolar disorder can be challenging, and a number of therapies have been found effective in providing support to patients as they gain the skills to understand and manage the disorder. Family-focused therapy is often helpful for children and teens (the majority of cases develop before age 19); it aims to minimize mood cycling by improving family communication and reducing conflict. It also helps young people navigate the developmental challenges the disorder can create. Cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT) and variants such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) help patients manage the thoughts and feelings that influence bipolar mood swings as well as develop specific behavioral strategies to counteract them.

What happens in therapy for bipolar disorder?

Because the patterns of mood switching and its triggers differ for each person and can change over time, mood tracking or monitoring becomes a basic way patients learn about the nature of their condition. One of the most common features of therapy is finding a workable method of mood monitoring, in which patients track their daily activities and rate their moods, then use the findings to adjust routines accordingly. Patients learn ways of handling the many stresses that arise in life so that they do not trigger mood swings.

What kinds of problems does therapy help with?

Like many other mental health disorders, BPD is heavily influenced by stress; therapy provides skills for coping with stressors of all kinds. Therapy is extremely important for helping individuals identify the situations that may trigger mood switching, so that mood swings can be prevented. Therapy may especially target recognition of the early stages of mood change so that they can be managed. In addition, therapy helps patients deal with the significant amount of turbulence the disorder can create in relationships and in work life.

What is the goal of therapy for bipolar disorder?

Therapy helps patients set up their lives to maintain stability so that their mood isn’t constantly threatened by daily events. Perhaps the first task of therapy is to educate people about the nature of the disorder. At the same time, a primary goal of therapy is to enhance adherence to drug treatment. Extended periods of mood stability can prompt patients to discontinue medication, triggering relapse, while the early phases of manic episodes can feel so energizing that patients stop medication, ushering in full-blown mania and the altered self-perception that can lead to destructive behaviors. Another major goal of therapy is to understand one’s mood patterns so as to minimize both the frequency and intensity of mood cycling.