Addiction counselors Champaign, IL

Champaign County has seen a rise in drug overdose deaths in recent years. In 2020, 52 county residents died due to overdose. That’s double 2016’s rate. Heroin is a culprit in many cases, but so is polysubstance abuse. A county community health survey found that:
  • 81.86% of participants were concerned about mental health
  • 38.17% worried about drug or alcohol abuse
  • 17.82% thought suicide was a major issue
Mental health and substance use disorders are no strangers to one another. They frequently co-occur. A lack of mental wellness is strongly linked to suicide and suicide attempts. (Champaign County’s suicide rate – 12.9 per 100,000 for 2018 – outpaced Illinois’ rate of 10.3 per 100,000; it was lower than the nationwide average of 13.4, however.) Alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the county have doubled from 2015 to 2018, outpacing national and statewide averages. One way to help mental health and substance abuse problems is through counseling and therapy. It can be part of rehab, including inpatient hospitalization and detoxification, or outpatient (intensive or otherwise) care, but psychotherapy (especially cognitive-behavioral therapy) is crucial for getting better. Working with a counselor, clients will discover the causes of their substance use, and they’ll learn how to live drug- and alcohol-free. Below is a selection of Champaign-area counselors who help clients with substance abuse and mental disorders. Many offer online therapy.

1. Fida Abdelrasoul, LCSW

Fida Abdelrasoul is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a master’s degree in clinical social work from Norfolk State University. She enjoys working with children but also counsels parents and adolescents. Abdelrasoul helps patients with trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, chronic illness, and more, using a multi-cultural approach as needed. Therapies she uses include cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused brief. Abdelrasoul is fluent in Arabic.

Address: Child & Family Counseling of Champaign, 505 West University Ave., Suite 202, 203, Champaign, IL 61820

Phone number: (779).218.9947


2. Daniel Applegate, LCPC

Daniel Applegate is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC). He uses cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment, mindfulness-based, and trauma-focused therapies to help his patients work through addiction, trauma, PTSD, depression, and anxiety. He also helps counsel law enforcement and first responders. Applegate is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

Address: True North Counseling Center, 201 W. Springfield Ave., Suite 210, Champaign, IL 61820

Phone number: (217) .215.5190

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3. Paula Barickman, LCPC, CADC

Paula Barickman is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and a certified alcohol and drug addiction counselor (CADC). She uses cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing to help her patients with anxiety, depression, and substance abuse issues. Barickman is also trained in the Gottman method to help couples.

Address: Creative Solutions Counseling, 100 North Chestnut St., Suite 225, Champaign, IL 61820

Phone number: (217).364.8373

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4. Cassie Bestor, LCSW

Cassie Bestor is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). She treats teens and adults and has worked in both the medical and mental health fields. Bestor’s specialties include parental and postpartum stress. She’s helped clients with anxiety, coping skills, depression, grief, infertility, and self-esteem issues. Bestor offers online therapy.

Address: The Village, Champaign, IL 61822

Phone number: (217) .262.1468


5. J.T. Brown, LCSW

J.T. Brown is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who works with patients who struggle with anxiety, trauma, PTSD, depression, and stress. He has a passion for working with healthcare professionals. Brown primarily uses acceptance and commitment therapy and is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy. Brown has a master’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Address: Champaign, IL 61820

Phone number: (217).689.0667

Website: jtbrowncounseling

6. Tasha Howard, LCSW

Tasha Howard is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a master’s in social work from the University of Southern California. Howard has worked in a number of settings, including residential group homes and in corrections. She primarily uses cognitive-behavioral and dialectical therapies to help patients dealing with anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, self-esteem, and trauma. Howard can provide a Christian faith-based approach when requested.

Address : Keri Powell Therapy, 41 East University Ave., Suite 3A, Champaign, IL 61820

Phone number: (833).622.0788

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7. Caitlin Lantz, LCSW

Caitlin Lantz is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a master’s in social work from George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services. Lantz uses a client-centered approach to working with individuals, couples, and families. She helps patients struggling with anxiety, codependency, coping skills, depression, self-esteem, substance use, and trauma. Therapies Lantz uses include cognitive-behavioral, dialectical, and mindfulness-based.

Address : Lantz Counseling and Coaching, LLC, 201 W. Springfield Ave., Champaign, IL 61820

Phone number: (217) .216.9157


8. Felicia Li, LCSW

Felicia Li is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. She specializes in school social work. Li helps patients with anxiety, depression, crisis management, acculturation, identity development, trauma, shame resilience, and multicultural issues. Li is also an adjunct at the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois. She is fluent in Mandarin.

Address: Two Roads Wellness Clinic, 3115 Village Office Place, Champaign, IL 61822

Phone number : (855) .383.3783


9. Shelby Murtagh, ALMFT

Shelby Murtagh is an associate licensed marriage and family therapist (ALMFT), which is a provisional license that requires her to work under the supervision of a clinically licensed therapist (Melanie Sivley, LCSW). Murtagh helps patients with anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, stress, and more through acceptance and commitment, art, cognitive-behavioral, experiential, and mindfulness-based therapies.

Address : Bodhi Counseling & Consulting, 206 North Randolph St., Champaign, IL 61820

Phone number: (217).863.1674

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10. Cheryl Zaabel, LCPC

Cheryl Zaabel is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC). She specializes in working with clients dealing with compulsive behaviors like gambling and hoarding. Zaabel also works with people who have dual diagnoses (like substance use and mental health disorders that co-occur). She uses cognitive-behavioral therapy to help her patients. Zaabel has a master’s degree in human services counseling from National Louis University and offers telehealth therapy.

Address: Elliott Counseling Group, Champaign, IL 61820

Phone number: (630) .360.8722


Counselors can play a key role in addiction recovery, providing a support system and helping patients understand patterns of abuse and overcome motivational hurdles.


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