Located in Libertyville, Illinois, Youth & Family Counseling has been providing professional counseling services to Lake County residents since 1962. Our experienced staff of licensed psychotherapists provides caring, confidential, personalized counseling in a private office environment. We offer services for adults of all ages, children/teens, couples, and families, including military/veteran families.

Our services are affordable and are covered by most major insurance plans. We use a sliding scale to ensure that quality care is available to all, regardless of their ability to pay. We offer convenient, flexible hours, including day and evening appointments.

News from YFC

Save The Date – Food For Thought Luncheon Slated for Thursday, May 4

May is Mental Health Awareness month  - and the perfect time to call attention to the many mental health challenges facing our community.  Join YFC on Thursday, May 4 at the exclusive Knollwood Club in Lake Forest as we welcome renowned WBEZ journalist Shannon Heffernan.  Shannon is seasoned reporter with a special passion for mental health topics.  She will share with us the “Story Behind the Story,”  and discuss the realities of the behavioral healthcare system in Illinois.  For more information, or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, please click here

Marginalized Children and Mental Health

Hatred Xenophobia Racism

Growing up is tough, no matter who you are. But for children who are marginalized – those who are refugees, immigrants, undocumented, LGBTQ, or in a religious/racial minority – life stressors have become even more onerous due, in part, to recent political developments. According to a joint report from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition, there is evidence that bullying is on the rise, as some students have interpreted current political rhetoric as permission to mistreat students of color and minority status.  Fear of deportation and separation from family trigger feelings of hopelessness and helplessness in refugee and immigrant children.

Considering Psychotherapy

By Gina Tober, LCPC

Okay. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Hold it. Now let it out through your mouth. Good. We are going to talk about your mental health.

What is it that makes us uncomfortable talking about our own mental health? Is it the cultural stigma? Is it a desire for self-reliance?  Or is it our tendency to underestimate our own need for help?  Often people sense that mental healthcare is for people who “really need it”  with “real issues,” people who have gone through “real trauma,” and for those in “real crisis.”  Well, that concept is really bad for us.

Marijuana Use and Misuse

By Jim Shackelford, PhD LCP CADC

The controversy continues about who should have access to marijuana for “medicinal” or for “recreational” purposes and about the decriminalization of marijuana use in general. Some want the right to use marijuana as they choose without the risk of arrest. Others feel that it’s unfair for states to choose who can and cannot legally use marijuana. Others believe that the risks of using marijuana are so great that it requires legislation, supervision, and restriction. I’ve based this overview about marijuana on information from trustworthy sources (see the list at the end of this article), and I offer my own reflections on this debate.

What is marijuana?

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