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

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.

(Cowboy) Hats Off to the YFC Auxiliary!

Over 225 guests gathered at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort to whoop it up at Youth & Family Counseling’s 2016 Boots & Bling Gala, held on October 22.  Thanks to the hard work of our Gala Committee, over $130,000 was raised in support of YFC’s work.

Cowboy boots and rhinestones were the attire of the evening, as guests enjoyed bourbon tastings, courtesy of the Beam Suntory Company, and hammed is up at the YFC photo booth.  The evening included cocktails, Live and Silent Auctions, elegant floral arrangements, dinner and dancing to the music of the lively western band Gone Country

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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