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    If you or someone you know needs help or wants to discuss mental health concerns, contact:​
    • Dial 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
    • Text HOME to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line
    • Contact Safe2Help Illinois: Dial 844-4-SAFEIL, Text SAFE2 (72332), email HELP@Safe2HelpIL.com


    Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. It is important to know that mental health is more than just the absence of a mental disorder or disability. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. 


    Overall health is composed of not only physical health, but mental health too. These two components are both especially important and can influence one another. Physical health problems significantly increase the risk of developing mental health problems, and vice versa. Studies show that positive mental health can reduce the risks of heart attacks, strokes, and other health conditions.
    The Illinois State Board of Education recognizes that supporting the mental/emotional well-being of our educators and our students is vitally important to supporting the vision, mission, and goals of our agency.



    Everyone experiences feelings of stress, anxiety, grief, and worry and these are normal. When these feelings become overwhelming and start to impact one’s ability to learn, work, carry out daily activities, or engage in healthy and satisfying personal relationships, this can suggest that there may be a mental illness.




    The following is a list of counseling professionals in the area. Please remember that you may wish to interview or speak on the phone with the potential therapist prior to making an appointment with your child.  (** = Uninsured, Allkids, Medicaid, and Managed Medicaid Insurance Accepted)


    Arbor Counseling Center
    850 S. McHenry Ave. Suite A, Crystal Lake,IL 60014

    Other locations in Gurnee, Buffalo Grove, and Hoffman Estates
    Phone: (847) 913-0393

    Email: officemanager@arborcounselingcenter.com

    Website: www.arborcounselingcenter.com

    *counselors fluent in Spanish, Italian and ASL available

    • Provides services in: Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, child/adolescent disorders, marriage and family counseling, school counseling, LGBT counseling, Christian counseling, sports counseling, weight management, women’s issues (pregnancy and post-partum), addictions, & trauma. 

    • Insurance Accepted: Aetna, American Behavioral Health, Aurora EAP, Beacon Health Options,  Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), First Health/Coventry, Humana, Managed Health Network (MHN), Mental Health Network (MHNet), Morneau Shepell EAP, Perspectives EAP, Unicare/Healthlink, United Health Care/United Behavioral Health (UHC/UBH), Value  Options

      • *This is only a partial list of companies. Call Office manager for additional information


    Associates for Counseling and Psychotherapy

    7009 Crystal Springs Road, Bull Valley, IL 60012

    Phone: (815) 455-7333

    Website: www.edwardrusin.com

    • Insurance Accepted: United Healthcare, Cigna, BCBS, Aetna, Optum, MultiPlan, ComPsych, Medicare, Humana

    • Offer services in counseling and psychotherapy including: ADHD, Anxiety & OCD, Adolescent & Childhood Issues, Depression, Anger Management, Marriage and Family Counseling, Women’s Issues, Men’s Issues, Special Needs Issues/Counseling, Grief & Bereavement


    **Association for Individual Development (AID)

    5342 West Elm St.  McHenry, IL 60050

    Phone: (847) 931- 2340

    Email: info@AIDcares.org

    Website: www.aidcares.org

    • Outpatient Counseling and Therapy. Services available in Spanish

    • Family Therapy and Child and Adolescent services available to assist the family unit with problem solving and communication barriers

    • Psychiatry is available as an adjunct service to Therapy (including Family Therapy) at the McHenry location

    • Scheduled intakes and assessment appointments are available Monday-Friday

    • Insurance Accepted: Medicaid, Medicare/Medicaid (dual eligible), Medicaid  Managed Care Organizations, Unfunded and Undocumented Services Available


    Blair Counseling & Mediation

    600 Dakota St., Suite B Crystal Lake, IL 60012

    Phone: (815) 276-3947

    Website: www.blaircounselingandmediation.com

    Email: marcie@blaircounseling.com *fluent in ASL

    Email: Dan@Blaircounseling.com *marriage and divorce mediator

    • Psychotherapists working with ages 5 and up seeking referrals- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor- Family and Individual Therapy- experience working with students with disabilities. 

    • Insurance Accepted: Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Health Care, various EAPs

    • COVID-19 Update: Both telehealth and in-person options available


    Sheri Bland Solutions, Ltd. 

    2200 Huntington Dr. North Algonquin, IL 60102

    Phone: (815) 355-1116 

    Email: sheribland.sbs@gmail.com

    Website: www.SheriBlandSolutions.com

    • Individual, couples and family counseling for teens through adults. 

    • Insurance Accepted: BCBS PPO, Blue Choice, traditional Medicare, Aetna (PPO, EPO, HMO and Managed Care), and United Health Care


    **Bradley Counseling Center- Allendale Association

    5465 W. Grand Avenue, Suite 101 Gurnee, IL 60031

    420 W.  Grand Avenue, Lake Villa, IL 60046

    Phone: (847) 356-3322

    Website: https://allendale4kids.org/programs-services/bradley-counseling-center/

    • Bradley Counseling Center therapists have a broad range of experience and are able to help you with many of life’s challenges including: Depression, anxiety, ADHD/Attention Issues, Anger Management, Trauma, Adjustment Disorder (i.e. divorce, job loss, etc.), Grief and Loss, Family Conflict, Stress Management, and Behavior Challenges (home/school)

    • Services provided to children, adolescents and adults include: Individual, family or couples therapy, psychological  testing, diagnostic assessment, anger management evaluations, anger management skill  building program, therapeutic mentoring

    • *In-home or In-School Therapy is also available for youth with Medicaid who are unable to meet in the office. 

    • All therapy services are available via video or  phone during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


    **CARE Center: A Satellite of Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault

    4508 Prime Parkway McHenry, IL 60050

    Phone: (815) 671-4004

    Hotline: (800) 892-8900

    Website: www.nwcasa.org

    • Rape Crisis Center serving the McHenry area. All services are FREE. Provide 24/7 crisis intervention through the McHenry County Crisis Line, provide 24/7 medical advocacy at local hospitals as well as 24/7 legal advocacy at McHenry County Police departments. Legal advocacy also includes court accompaniment and support and assistance in obtaining protective orders. Provide counseling services in English and Spanish for ages 3 and up. Counseling services are provided for  both survivors and significant others, as well as individuals, couples and families. 


    Center for Creative Expressions

    4310 W Crystal Lake Rd, McHenry, IL 60050

    Phone: (815) 344-0395

    Website:  http://www.thecenterforcreativeexpressions.com/home.html

    • Insurance Accepted: Blue Cross PPO, Aetna, United Healthcare, Allied, and Private Health Care Insurance

    • Primary Focus on Depression and Trauma using art therapy and sand play therapy. Also specializes in: Child Behavior Issues, Divorce, Loss and Grief, Domestic Violence. Serving Children ages 3 & up, adolescents, and adults. 


    Center for Emotional Wellness of the Northwest Suburbs

    800 McHenry Ave., Suite F Crystal Lake, IL 60014

    3275 N. Arlington Heights, Suite 405 Arlington Heights, IL 60004

    (p): 815-526-3750 (f): 815-526-3440


    • Provide services for youth through adulthood. 

    • Insurance Accepted: BCBS, EAP, sliding scale, other insurance accepted as out of network provider (no Medicaid)


    Center for Therapeutic Services and Psychodiagnostics

    4209 W. Shamrock Lane Unit C McHenry, IL 60050

    Phone: (815) 344-9443 

    Website: https://cftsap.com/

    • The Center provides comprehensive psychodiagnostic testing to individuals of all ages who present with a wide range of problems. The center also treats issues such as: academic underachievement, anxiety or fears, anger management, ADD/ADHD, behavioral issues, depression, bipolar, domestic violence, emotional disturbance, internet addiction, learning disabilities, loss or grief, mood disorders, family conflict, sexual abuse, teen violence, sexuality gender, trauma and PTSD, and more. 

    • Insurance Accepted: Aetna, Allied Benefit System, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, Magellan, Tricare, United Behavioral Healthcare, United Healthcare, Value Options. A sliding scale is available for those who can prove financial need. 


    Cherry Hill Counseling

    5435 Bull Valley Road, Suite 230 McHenry, IL 60050

    Phone: (847) 438-4222

    Website: www.cherryhillcounseling.com

    • Services Provided at McHenry Location: Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Marital/Premarital Therapy, Counseling for Adolescents and Children, Play Therapy, & Group Therapy. 

    • Insurance Accepted: Private Insurance-call for details


    Crossroads Counseling

    3510 Chapel Hill Road, Johnsburg, IL 60051

    Phone: (877) 375-3484

    Website: http://www.crossroadscounselingcenter.net/index.html

    • Services provided: Individual Counseling/Psychotherapy, Marital and Family Therapy, Group Counseling, Online Consultations. 

    • Areas of Treatment: Marital and Relational Problems, Mood Disorders (Depression and Anxiety), Child/Teen Problems, Parenting Issues, ADHD, Addictions, Personality Disorders, Trauma and Abuse. 

    • Insurance Accepted: Private Insurance Only

    Ken Gates & Associates Professional Counseling Services

    8600 U.S. Rt. 14, Suite 110, Crystal Lake, IL  60012

    Phone: (815) 861-9424

    Website: https://kgacounseling.com/

    • Anxiety, Depression, Marital Issues, ADHD, Childhood Depression/Anxiety, Developmental Disorders, Women’s Issues, Faith-Based Counseling, Rape and Sexual Abuse Recovery, Grief and Loss, EMDR, & Eating Disorders. 

    • Insurance Accepted: In-Network providers for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Multiplan. Regardless of network status, however, they’ll submit to all insurance companies on the client’s behalf. 


    Lakeview Counseling & Consulting

    Phone: (224) 456-9356

    Website: www.lakeviewcounselingservices.com

    • Insurance Accepted: BCBS, Cigna

    • Specialize in postpartum & motherhood, women’s mental health, teens and children. Now offering Telehealth services as well.


    **Lantern Therapy Services

    457 Coventry Lane Suite 118 Crystal Lake, IL 61114

    Phone: (815) 564-8633

    Website: www.lanterntherapy.com

    • *Spanish speaking counselors available

    • Focuses on play therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, marriage therapy, EMDR. Offers individual, group, family, and marriage therapies. Specialties include: Depression, ADHD, Asperger’s, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Parenting Issues, Relationship Struggles, Separation/Divorce, self-injury, Borderline Personality Disorder, Emotional struggles related to physical disability, vocational needs, and trauma. Offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

    • Insurance Accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, ComPsych, Military, One Source, Beacon, Medicare, Magellan, Some Medicaid, Sliding Scale Offered


    Main Stay Therapeutic Farm

    6919 Keystone Rd., Richmond, IL 60071

    Phone: (815) 653-9374

    Website: www.mainstayfarm.org

    • Main Stay provides  equine and animal-assisted therapeutic activities including therapeutic horseback riding

    • - Main Stay serves individuals of all ages with physical, developmental, emotional and social challenges. 

    • Fees vary by program; insurance not accepted. Scholarships available to those that qualify


    Mathers Clinic: Center for Counseling Services

    145 South Virginia Street, Suite C, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
    Phone: (815) 444-9999

    Website: https://themathersclinic.com/

    • Services offered include: Abuse and Trauma, Anger and Stress Management, Anxiety Spectrum, Attention Deficit Disorders, Bipolar and Unipolar Disorders, Communication Enhancement, Conflict Resolution Therapy, Counseling for Individual, group and more, Depression, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Grief and Bereavement, Mindfulness and Medication, Mood Disorders, Self Esteem Enhancements, Substance Abuse and more. 

    • Insurance Accepted: Private/Commercial Insurance


    **McHenry County Health Center

    3901 Mercy Drive, McHenry, IL 60050

    Phone: (815) 363-9900 to schedule an appointment

    Website: https://gefcc.org/find-a-health-center/mchenry-community-health-center/

    • Adolescent and Adult Services: Psychiatry for patients 13 years and older, Psychiatric Evaluation, Medication Education, Medication Monitoring, Individual, couples and family counseling

    • Child Services: Pediatric telepsychiatry for children 0-18 years old, Psychiatric evaluations, medication education, medication monitoring, individual counseling

    • Insurance plans accepted: Medicaid- Healthchoice Illinois Plans & ALLKids, Aetna Better Health of Illinois, Blue Cross Community Health Plan, CountyCare, Meridian Health Plan (GEFCC’s preferred plan), Molina Healthcare, YouthCare, Private/Commercial Insurance, and more.

    • Virtual Visits now available


    Myers Counseling Group

    300 Memorial Drive Suite 200, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

    Phone: (815) 308-3368

    Website: www.myerscounseling.com

    • Some services provided are: Depression and Mood Disorders, Chemical Dependency Services, Substance Abuse Education/Prevention Programs, Couple Counseling, Children/Adolescent Services, Anger Management, Anxiety and Panic Disorders. 

    • Insurance Accepted: Aetna, American Administrative Health, APS, Beech Street, Behavioral Health Direct, Benefit Administrative System, Behavioral Health Direct, BCBS HMO (some plans), BCBS PPO, Cigna Behavioral Health, Compsych, CorpHealth, First Health, Great West, Humana HMO, Humana Choice Care, Humana PPO, Integrated Health, Magellan Behavioral Health, Managed Health Network, Medicare, Multiplan Options, Preferred Health Network, Perspectives, Personal Support Systems, Private Health Care Systems, United Behavioral Health, Tricare, Value Option, Workplace Solutions → Telehealth services available


    Neal Psychological Specialties, LTD & The NPS Center for ADHD

    185-1 Heritage Drive, Crystal Lake, IL  60014

    Phone: (815) 477-4727

    Website: https://nealps.com/

    • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO

    • Serves children, adolescents, and adults in areas such as: ADHD, Anxiety & OCD, Christian Counseling, Childhood Disorders, Depression, Marriage & Family, Men’s & Male Teen’s Issues, Special Needs. 


    New Beginnings Counseling

    814 North Mill Street, McHenry, IL 60050
    Phone: (815) 385-6004

    Website: http://newbeginningsmchenry.com/

    • Services include: Counseling (individual, family, children, adolescents, and couples), mediation, therapeutic visitation/reunification, psychological testing & ADD/ADHD testing

    • Accepts Private Insurance


    Owens & Associates Counseling and Therapy Center

    214 N Main Street, Algonquin, IL 60102

    Phone: (815) 854-4333

    Website: https://www.owenscounseling.com/

    • Insurance Accepted: BCBS PPO & EAP, United Health PPO & EAP, Tri Care, Cigna, Aetna EAP & PPO, Optum Health, Cigna EAP, Health Partners, Humana, Military OneSource, ASR Health Benefits, Value Options (Beacon Health), Assurance

    • Serves children & adolescents struggling with: unhappiness, irritability, verbal aggression, lack of interest in school, isolating behavior, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, detachment, and more. 

    • Individual therapy and group therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, parent support groups, pre-teen and teen groups (for ages 11-18) focused on areas such as: healthy coping skills, dialectical behavioral therapy, healthy relationships, non-suicidal self-injury

    • *Spanish speaking therapists available


    Personal Growth Associates

    820 East Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
    Phone: (847) 413-9700

    Website: https://personalgrowthassoc.com/

    • Services offered include: Individual therapy with adults, seniors, children and adolescents, couples therapy, family therapy and parent coaching, psychological testing and substance abuse counseling

    • Insurance Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicare, Value Options, Various Employee Assistance Programs

    • Telehealth appointments available


    **Pioneer Center for Human Services

    4031 W. Dayton Street McHenry, IL 60050

    Phone: (815) 344-1230

    Website:  www.pioneercenter.org

    • Insurance Accepted: sliding scale; Medicaid, Medicare, Private Insurance, & private pay accepted. 

    • Services include: behavioral issues, healthy relationships, family conflict, school problems, police/court involvement, anxiety & depression, sexual or physical abuse, suicide attempt or threat.

    • ---Intensive Home Therapy (IHT): for children 3-18 years old experiencing significant mental health issues- for more information contact Elizabeth Quijada (815) 759-7049

    • ---Mentoring: for children ages 6-18- for more information contact Elizabeth Quijada (815) 759-7049

    • ---Child and Family Therapy Center: For children ages 3-18 experiencing mental health symptoms. For more information contact Elizabeth Quijada (815) 759- 7049

    • ---Teenage Mother Initiative (TAMI): for adolescents up to age 25 that are pregnant or parenting- for more information contact Elizabeth Quijada (815) 759-7049

    • ---Runaway/Homeless Youth: for ages 10-17 year old runaway youth and 18-24 year old homeless youth. For more information call Susan Keller (815) 790-3792


    **Pivotal Counseling Center

    134 Cass St. Ste. 3 Woodstock, IL 60098

    Phone: (815) 345-3400

    Website: https://pivotalcounselingcenter.com/locations/counseling-in-woodstock-il/

    • At the Woodstock office, offer: couples counseling, counseling for depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder and more

    • Due to the recent COVID-19 virus outbreak, all insurances cover online and phone counseling. All counselors are available for phone or online sessions. 



    145 South Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

    Phone: (815) 527-7300

    Website: https://psychexpress.com/

    • PsychExpress is a community health practice for individuals on Medicaid, MCO’s and Public Aid. Their wide range of services include: Depression, Anxiety, Medication Management, Care after hospital discharge, addiction, anger and stress management, assessment and neuro-psych testing, abuse trauma. 

    • PsychExpress offers telehealth, phone and face-to-face services for their patients. 


    Radiant Art Therapy Studio LLC

    600 Dakota St., Suite B, Crystal Lake, IL 60012

    Phone: (847) 721-7970

    Website: www.RadiantArtTherapyStudio.com

    • Provide targeted art therapy and counseling techniques to help people process thoughts and feelings, find solutions and coping strategies, set goals, and promote healing. Also offer  faith-based art therapy to those interested. 

    • Self-Pay $70-$120/Hour: no insurance is taken as ATR credentials are not accepted on insurance panels in Illinois as of now. Please ask for an adjusted rate if in need. 

    • Call/Text for a free consultation


    **Rosecrance- McHenry Satellite

    422 Tracy Court, Crystal Lake IL, 60014

    Phone: (866) 330-8729

    Website: https://rosecrance.org/locations/rosecrance-crystal-lake/

    • Rosecrance Crystal Lake provides evidence-based outpatient mental health (IOP) and substance abuse treatment in an environment that fosters  lasting recovery. Our programs are family-centered and focus on helping clients and their loved ones develop the  tools needed to rebuild their lives and reclaim what has been lost. 

    • Services offered include adult and adolescent substance abuse, IOP/intensive outpatient and individual treatment, case management services and more. 


    Samaritan Counseling Center

    Main Office: 1146 N. Main Street Algonquin, IL 60102

    Other Location: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church- 404 N. Green St., McHenry, IL 60050

    Other Location: The Pointe Christian Outreach Center- 5650 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

    Phone: (847) 382-HOPE (4673)

    Website:  https://sccnw.org/

    • Available counseling to all ages needing professional outpatient counseling for behavioral health services. Serves children, adolescents, adults, family counseling, marital counseling. 

    • Insurance Accepted: Private insurance such as BCBS PPO, Aetna, Cigna, United, Magellan, etc. IL Public Aid: accepts Meridian only. Standard Fee: $145- sliding scale application available

    • Other Languages: French


    The Tabor Therapy Group, Inc.

    5404 W. Elm Street Suite H. McHenry, IL 60050

    Phone: (815) 331-8768

    Website: www.tabortherapygroup.com

    • Offer services around: anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, grief and loss, OCD, childhood behavioral issues, co-parenting challenges, attachment issues, family conflict, and more. 

    • Insurance accepted: Aetna, American Behavioral, Anthem, Behavioral Health Systems, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Advocate HMO (NOT Centegra HMO), Ceridian, Cigna, ComPsych, Core Source, HFM, Humana, LifeSynch, Magellan Behavioral Health, Medicare, Meritain, Multiplan, Tricare, United Health Care, Value Options, Well Point

    • *offer services in English, Spanish, and Polish


    Crisis Services


    If your child or adolescent is experiencing a psychiatric emergency, crisis service agencies provide intensive mental health services for those who may need hospitalization or community based mental health care. These crisis services are available by calling the phone numbers below and will come directly to your home if needed. 


    McHenry County Crisis Line

    Emergency services for child who is a McHenry County resident and has mental health insurance benefits

    Phone: 1-800-892-8900 (24 hours / day)

    CARES: Crisis and Referral Entry Service

    Emergency services for child who has Medicaid, All Kids, Meridian HMO, no mental health insurance benefits, or is a ward of DCFS

    Phone: 1-800-345-9049 (24 hours / day)