Black and African American Therapists in Oak Park, IL

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Lafay Presberry
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Empowering individuals to make the changes they want to see in their lives by leveraging their strengths and resilience is my primary focus. Therapy is meant to be a collaboration between therapist and client which means both parties have an active role in identifying what is not working and making changes. Lafay has experience working with individuals, couples, and Black , Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); specifically, adolescents aged 16 - 19 and adults aged 20 - 55 years old, on life and career transitions, mental health, substance, and therapies for recently incarcerated individuals.
(708) 809-8412
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Kiara Poole
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Welcome! Congratulations on making strides to become a better you! As an African American woman, I understand how life challenges can directly impact mental health. We often face fear, self-doubt, shame, and trauma; although our strength is unmatched, even the toughest people need support and care. I am passionate about supporting and working with women seeking to overcome loneliness, depression, anxiety, overthinking, and low self-esteem. My experience has included working with individuals through life transitions, personal growth, parenting, family, and relational concerns.
(312) 847-1981
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Higher Ground Wellness Group
Licensed Professional Counselor, PsyD, MFT, LPC
Verified
Verified
Higher Ground Wellness Group’s mission is to provide a safe therapeutic space for all people, particularly Black , Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Our vision is to end stigma in BIPOC communities regarding seeking mental health services, by increasing awareness and access to mental health resources. It is a courageous choice to seek therapy and with over 50 years of combined experience, Higher Ground Wellness Group is committed to providing extensive, high quality therapeutic services for individuals, couples, families in a safe and non-judgmental environment that reinforces emotional, physical, and mental wellness.
(708) 340-0963
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Dennisah Dampeer
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have experience working with diverse sexualities, BIPOC individuals, different relationship structures, unique belief systems, and black women's experiences.
Are feelings of fear and overwhelm getting in the way of you making the changes you would like to see in your life? Do you want greater self-love, stronger relationships, and to meet the goals you have for yourself, but don't know how to cultivate these things? I bring a calming, empathic and confident energy into the room that can help you slow down your thoughts to understand yourself and what is keeping you from succeeding in the ways you desire. We will co-create a treatment plan that lays out a path for you. I will be by your side supporting you, giving my expertise, and challenging you in ways that will help you grow.
(708) 809-2994
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Rita Sussman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I'm an experienced,reliable and compassionate psychologist who works with clients to lessen depression and anxiety, gain emotional strength, and work through problems at home and at work. As people learn how their experience has impacted their lives, they gain insight that leads to understanding. As they gain control, they make changes in their relationships and quality of life. I work with children, adolescents and adults who are Caucasian, African-American , of diverse ethnicities nationalities and religions. My experience is that being in therapy with a person who is listening closely to what is happening and how you feel about it is empowering.
(312) 487-4672
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Jaida McDowell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Therapy is an incredible honor of journeying alongside clients as they work towards healing and empowerment in their everyday lives. I partner with my clients in a compassionate manner where they can feel heard, valued, and encouraged to create meaningful change. I believe all clients have a unique and complex story to tell and that all can benefit from taking time to focus on their emotional/mental well-being. I am committed to helping clients learn about themselves in new ways so as to be able to tap into their own unique abilities to overcome life’s obstacles and stressors.
(708) 578-5679
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Celeste Jackson
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
One of the greatest things about counseling is that you have everything you need to initiate the change you want to see in your life. I would love to help you navigate in uncovering those resources. I don't have the power to give you anything you don't already have but I can encourage you to empower yourself in discovering those tools you may have forgotten you had or never fully utilized.It is my personal belief that all of us have a purpose and our lives are most fulfilled when we walk in that purpose.
(872) 395-8091
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Lakeisha Banks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW, EMDR, BSP
Verified
Verified
We come from all walks of life and sometimes we come to a halt in the road where we feel defeated. There are so many challenges we are facing and it feels like we have no one to turn to. There are many different reasons people choose therapy, whether it is to find ways to cope with mental health issues, dealing with relationship issues, grief, or traumatic experiences. This road may be scary, but know that you are not alone. My goal as a therapist is to meet people where they are at in an empathetic way, build a collaborative relationship as you work through the challenges you are faced with.
(312) 300-2038
Oak Park, IL 60301
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Salimah N Turner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I provide culturally competent behavioral health services to children, adolescents and adults. My role is to empower you to achieve balance between your personal, mental and emotional well-being. Allow me to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. You can't change difficult situations of the past, however, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. In a collaborative space, we'll uncover long-standing behavior patterns and negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling life.
(708) 813-2703
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Sadaka Whitehead-Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified
Verified
***Offering both in-person and virtual appointments.****** Seeking psychotherapy is a courageous decision and may feel overwhelming, but you are not alone. I practice therapy with a holistic approach which is personalized to a person's unique goals. I have over 11 years of experience working with adults, families and adolescents who may be dealing with issues such as anxiety, identity, attention disorders, mood disorders, developmental transitions, trauma and grief/loss.
(708) 234-1432
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Khaliah R Marsh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a licensed social worker that, that has been in the field for over 7 years. I obtained my Masters of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago in 2018. I am well trained in helping all age ranges manage symptoms related to depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and past trauma's. I like to ensure therapy is a safe space and at the pace of my clients. My overall goal is to ensure my clients improve their overall mental health and build skills. Some of my favorite treatment approaches are mindfulness, CBT, DBT, narrative therapy, and expressive therapy.
(708) 998-4551
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Bertha Davis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is committed to partnering with clients to identify strategies that can help them work through life’s difficulties. I understand the complex relationship between thinking and emotions, as well as the impact it can have on mood. I treat issues of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and (sexual) trauma, substance use/abuse, grief/ loss and complex family dynamics. I have many years of experience of working with diverse populations and assisting them with developing and reaching their goals. I identify as a social work first focusing on life issues to mitigate mental health issues.
(708) 742-8571
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Pamela Price
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pam is a graduate of Governors State University With a Masters in Community Counseling, Pamela has a diverse background in working with people in Mental Health and also holds a full time position with as a Therapist and group facilitator at Ingalls Hospital. Pam specializes in working with adolescents, teens, adults and couples providing evidence based treatment to help assist with challenges you may face. She understands that like adults children, teen and adolescents have many challenges in life. She also is Gottman trained to assist couples with challenges in their relationships and marriages,
(708) 316-0865
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Tasha K Young
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Do you feel that you are “strong” because you have to be and not because you want to be? It seems like you got it all together because you work, can take care of yourself, your child or children, your partner, look out for others in your family and your work responsibilities. So from the outside, people see you as a strong with the ability to take care of yourself without help. However, you feel alone, exhausted, and stuck. Sometimes you feel like do people love me for me or what I can do for them. You're on this site because you don't know how much longer you can hold on.
(773) 207-3984
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Oak Park, IL 60302
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Ryan James Chandler
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Greetings, I am Ryan Chandler. I am passionate about helping others in therapeutic settings and in all walks of life. I am from the south side of Chicago but have lived in almost every major city in the U.S. My diverse background and experiences allow me to connect and create nourishing relationships with the people I meet. I understand the process of finding a therapist can be a daunting task. I congratulate you on taking the first major step. My calm, laid-back, interpersonal demeanor creates a safe and comfortable space.
(312) 465-4604
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Better Communities Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I focus on helping clients manage issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship conflict, compassion fatigue, anger, self-esteem, family conflict and work place stress. My approach is mostly laid back, nonjudgemental, and relationship-based. I focus on helping clients identify goals for treatment and support them in understanding their emotions, relationships, behaviors, and thoughts.
(708) 564-3352
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Sarah Hamza
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
We all deserve a space that is exclusively ours. A non-judgmental, accepting, and healing space where we can transform our minds, feelings, and experiences. A space to reflect and grow. I provide holistic therapy that is person-centered, strength-based, and trauma-informed. My approach to therapy is eclectic - I incorporate various treatment modalities and approaches into my work (mindfulness, CBT, DBT, etc.) and provide anti-oppressive, anti-racist and culturally responsive therapy. The identities you carry are seen, valued, and celebrated. I consider all aspects of your life, including the systems and environments that impact us.
(630) 593-7474
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Marvin Sanders
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
PROVIDING VIRTUAL THERAPY Your situation does not have to be your conclusion. No matter what’s going on in your life right now, you always get to decide your best way forward. Life can become very challenging at times and we find ourselves faced with difficult circumstances. Although these circumstances exist, we don’t have to let them define us or determine our destiny. So while we don’t always get to decide what happens to us, we do get to decide how we respond.
(708) 498-7868
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Whitney Christmas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with individuals, relationships, and families who present to therapy with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, couple/family conflicts, parenthood, and life transitions. I have a special interest in working with mothers/birthing individuals who are struggling with issues related to perinatal mental health such as infertility, pregnancy loss, and prenatal/ postpartum anxiety and depression. I have completed the Postpartum Support International and 2020 Mom Professional Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training course.
(312) 535-6502
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Oak Park, IL 60302
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Chevonne Toney
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
My services are completely client focused. Depending on the client's needs, my goal is to help my client address unresolved trauma that is currently affecting their daily life, provide brief symptom focused treatment, provide life coaching and assist client in setting life goals and setting them on the path to achievement. I see clients with commercial insurance as well as those with Illinois Medicaid (have to go through insurance provider for my contact information) so that everyone is able to receive quality mental health services.
(708) 840-8265
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What type of Oak Park mental health professional is right for me?
While most types of therapy have a lot in common, they also fall into clusters that share core features, such as cognitive therapies or psychodynamic approaches. It is important to seek someone who practices evidence-based therapy, meaning one or more forms of treatment that have been scientifically evaluated and tested, and demonstrate consistent improvement for a majority of patients.

If you are unsure about choosing the right therapist or psychologist, it might be useful to first learn more about therapy types and modalities.

How to find a therapist or counselor in Oak Park?
When looking to find a therapist, start by considering training and credentials. Studies also indicate that the therapeutic alliance, or the relationship the client develops with the therapist, is an important factor in their ability to work together to achieve the client’s goals.

What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.

How to use my insurance?
Understanding cost and insurance coverage is an important concern for many people. With some basic research and conversations with prospective therapists, you should be able to have a good understanding of the best way to afford therapy.