History

Established in 1962, Youth & Family Counseling (YFC) was formed by a local chapter of the American Association of University Women. After a community needs assessment identified a lack of affordable counseling services in central Lake County, the AAUW chapter established Youth & Family Counseling as a private, not-for-profit social service agency.

From the very beginning, YFC focused on serving those with limited income who could not afford the out-of-pocket cost of professional counseling services. Over 50 years later, we serve people of all income levels, including those with insurance and those without.

Throughout our history, we have been dedicated to serving the community with compassion and respect. Today, our clientele represents the rich diversity of our Lake County community: people of all cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, all gender identities and sexual orientations.

In serving our community we seek to achieve the following:

  • Client wellness: Assist all clients who are experiencing stress to remove barriers to functioning and enhance life satisfaction
  • Excellent service: Deliver quality counseling and client-centered treatment that results in an improved quality of life
  • Welcoming environment: Provide a convenient location and a safe, private, and confidential counseling environment that is conducive to sharing
  • Community resource: Serve as an educational resource to the community; to build awareness of the value of and the need for mental health services; and to spread the positive impact of the agency to diverse audiences

Originally operating from a one-room office at Winchester House, YFC is now located in the Forum Square office building on Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville. Because of our central location and accessibility by public transportation, YFC is well positioned to meet the needs of our community.