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

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?

Food for Thought Luncheon Kicks Off Mental Health Awareness Month

Our May 5th Food for Thought Luncheon was a terrific success! Guests were inspired by the message of our keynote speaker, Kelly O'Brien of the Kennedy Forum - Illinois, and enjoyed the Knollwood Club's lovely amenties and cuisine. The luncheon celebrated the start of Mental Health Awareness Month, and raised more than $35,000 to provide mental health counseling to low income, underinsured families in our community. Click here to see photos from this event.

Many thanks to all who attended the luncheon and donated to our Open Door Fund. We are grateful to Bob and Mary Brown for serving as our member sponsors at Knollwood, and to those who couldn't attend the event but sent contributions to support our mission.

Stellar Stars, a Summer Workshop for Girls Entering Grades 6-8

The middle school years are an important time for girls. They are exploring new relationships and figuring out how they fit in, often against a backdrop of changing bodies and new environments. This summer, YFC will offer a self esteem and emotional skills workshop for girls entering grades 6-8. This fun and interactive 8-session program, led by group facilitator Katie Papierniak, MA, LCPC, will help girls build self-esteem, assertiveness, empathy and more.

Healthy Sleep Patterns Improve Your Teen's Mental Health

Sleep Teen with Alarm Clock

By Cassie D’Addeo, LMFT

Teenagers often complain—or simply display by their behavior—that they did not get enough sleep the previous night. But, according to the National Sleep Foundation, “sleep is food for the brain.” No sleep or a lack of enough sleep can cause disturbances to a person’s overall functioning at home and work, and “overall functioning” includes your child’s or your teen’s mood.

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