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

YFC 2017 Food For Thought Luncheon Celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month

Our May 4th Food for Thought Luncheon was a terrific success! Guests were inspired by the message of our keynote speaker, Shannon Heffernan, mental health reporter for WBEZ radio, and enjoyed the Knollwood Club's lovely amenties and cuisine.  Our event was extra special this year, as friends and family gathered to recognize Jim Shackelford, YFC’s retiring Clinical Director, who is stepping down after seven years at the helm of our agency.  Jim shared highlights of his impressive 50 year career, and touched our hearts with his warm Southern storytelling.  

Food For Thought celebrated the start of Mental Health Awareness Month, and raised almost $25,000 to provide mental health counseling to low income, underinsured families in our community. 

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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