Top Addiction Counselors in Aurora, IL

Addiction is marked by compulsive substance abuse, cravings, trying to quit but being unable to, a growing tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop. It tends to interfere with one’s life, causing one to avoid or neglect important activities or responsibilities, sometimes resulting in trouble with the law or worsening health. In overcoming a substance use disorder (or a mental health disorder, or both), counseling is an integral part of the process. Individually, counselors work with patients to stop abusing substances to help them learn and develop healthier coping strategies. That can include helping you work through emotions surrounding your substance abuse, finding patterns that trigger the desire to use drugs or abuse alcohol, and teaching you ways to cope in healthier ways. Counselors can work one-on-one with patients or in group or family therapy sessions. Below are several Aurora, Illinois-area addiction counselors who can provide the help you are seeking.

1. Rob Castillo, LCSW, CAADC, CODP

Rob Castillo is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with more than 20 years of experience in the field. He also is a state of Illinois Certified Advanced Alcohol and other Drug Counselor (CADC) and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorder professional (CODP). Castillo specializes in addiction, anger management, depression, anxiety, and grief. He has a master’s in Social Work from Aurora University. He is based out of Creative Counseling Connections, LLC.

Address: 28 South Water St., Suite 206, Batavia, IL, 60510

Phone: (630).426.6344


2. Kathleen Ryan Fuhs, LCSW

Kathleen Ryan Fuhs is a licensed psychotherapist with more than 20 years of experience. One of her approaches is Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), which aims to help people recover from past trauma or destructive behaviors by swiftly eliminating the influence of past painful events. She also helps patients with addictions and trauma. Fuhs also works with individuals and couples. She can incorporate prayer into sessions for those seeking a spiritual aspect to therapy. Fuhs has a master’s in Social Work from Loyola University.

Address: 75 Executive Drive, Suite 429, Aurora, IL 60504

Phone: (630).527.7070


3. Julia Guest, LCSW, CADC

Julia Guest is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC). She is fluent in Spanish and English and has worked with both families and individuals experiencing trauma, depression, addiction, anxiety, and more. In addition to providing culturally competent care, Guest’s specialties are trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral health therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy. She is a clinician at Oasis Mental Health.

Address: 1900 Ogden Ave., Suite 106, Aurora, IL, 60504

Phone: (630).256.8007


4. Monika Leja, LCPC, CADC, PCGC

Monika Leja is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), certified alcohol and other drug abuse counselor (CADC), and a problem and compulsive gambling counselor (PCGC). She is a therapist with Waterford Counseling Services, working with people who have substance use disorders and individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar, panic, and adjustment difficulties. Leja received her Master of Arts from Lewis University.

Address: 1256 Waterford Drive, Suite 140, Aurora IL 60504

Phone: (630).354.0346


5. Kim Milton, LCSW, CADC

Kim Milton is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC). She specializes in treating anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, particularly through solution-based therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. Milton is also the owner of Connect Clinical Group, which has a team of therapists who are qualified to address a variety of mental health challenges, including trauma, depression, and more. Counseling is provided online only.

Address: 4320 Winfield Road, Warrenville, IL 60555

Phone: (847).999.4170


6. Sandy Petersen, LCPC

Sandy Petersen is a licensed clinical practice counselor (LCPC) with Oasis Mental Health. She has a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Lewis University. She uses a wellness approach in her counseling to help the whole person. Petersen also incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy in treating her clients. She helps patients with trauma, self-esteem issues, mood disorders, and anxiety.

Address: 1900 Ogden Ave., Suite 106, Aurora, IL 60504

Phone: (331).321.4072


7. Amber Nikkol Reed, LCSW, CADC

Amber Nikkol Reed is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and certified alcohol and other drug abuse counselor (CADC). Reed has worked with patients who have substance use disorders, including at an addiction center. She currently is at Willis Counseling & Consulting and helps patients with substance abuse issues, depression, trauma, anxiety, and more by using cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness approaches. Reed has a master’s in Social Work from Aurora University. She is also a registered yoga teacher and can incorporate the practice to reinforce the mind-body connection.

Address: 1754 North Washington St., Suite 120, Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: (312).476.9064


8. Willam H. Utz, LCPC

William H. Utz is a pastoral counselor with Gateway Psychological Services, Ltd. He is a licensed clinical practice counselor (LCPC) with a master’s in counseling from Loyola University Chicago. He specializes in couples counseling, addiction, anxiety, relational trauma, and men’s issues.

Address: 412 N. Lake St., Suite 204, Aurora, IL 60506

Phone: (630).318.4920


9. Lisa Wiersema, LPC

Lisa Wiersema is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) at KM Institute LLC. She has worked with patients experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and more. Wiersema utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and other approaches to help her patients build resiliency and regain confidence. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Address: 1444 N. Farnsworth Ave., Suite 204, Aurora, IL 60505

Phone: (331).305.6699


10. Don Zeidlhack, Psychologist, PsyD, ABPP

Don Zeidlhack is a board-certified psychologist who specializes in helping families. He works with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents alike. He also has provided outpatient substance abuse therapy and can counsel individuals struggling not only with substance abuse issues but also related concerns like depression, self-esteem, stress, and trauma. Dr. Zeidlhack received his doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He’s also worked with multinational companies and is experienced with helping working professionals. Dr. Zeidlhack is a therapist at McDougald & Associates, Ltd.

Address: 608 S. Washington St., Suite 308, Naperville, IL 60540

Phone: (630).414.1050, (630).557.6809



Addiction, or substance use disorders, frequently co-occur among people with mental illness. (When a person has both a substance use disorder and a form of mental illness like anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia, that’s called a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder.) An estimated 17 million U.S. adults had both substance use and mental health disorders in 2020. Some people will take drugs or alcohol to self-medicate an underlying condition, but a mental health issue could also result from addiction. The best approach is to treat both conditions. In terms of treating drug addiction, detoxification and inpatient treatment may be necessary, but psychotherapy is also a critical part of recovery. Working with a counselor or therapist can help the patient better understand what led to the addiction, but it also helps the patient learn healthier ways to of coping.


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