Top Addiction Counselors in Chicago

People drink alcohol or use drugs for a number of reasons. Feeling good or feeling better are two of them. When someone suffers from trauma, depression, or anxiety, they might resort to substances as a form of self-medication. Continued use, especially in greater amounts, can result in addiction. That can harm your work or school performance, your personal relationships, get you in trouble with the law, and even cost you your health. Your life, even. In treating addiction, it’s crucial to get clean of drugs (detoxification) and to get into better health through medical care and a healthy diet. It’s also important to address underlying factors contributing to your substance use disorder. For many people, substance use accompanies some sort of mental illness. It can be anxiety, trauma, stress, bipolar disorder, or something else. It could be that using a particular drug made you feel less mental anguish and became your go-to. And while you feel better in the short-term, you find yourself needing more, putting your life at risk. That’s where psychotherapy can help. For example, a counselor who is qualified to help patients with mental disorders, especially if they focus on substance use disorders or other linked factors, can help their clients understand what led to their drug or alcohol abuse and develop healthier coping methods. Below are several Chicago addiction and mental health counselors who can offer you the help you seek.

1. Derek Bylsma, LCPC

Derek Bylsma is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), a nationally board-certified counselor, and Millennium Counseling Center’s executive director. Bylsma is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and he specializes in helping people with addictions, mood disorders, and co-occurring disorders. His passions are helping others and athletics. Bylsma has a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Roosevelt University.

Address: Millennium Counseling Center, 65 East Wacker Place, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60601

Phone number: (312).757.7509


2. Emily Ehrens, LMSW, CADC

Emily Ehrens is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) and a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor (CADC). Her specialty is mental health, dual diagnosis, and addiction counseling for both adolescents and adults. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and trauma-informed therapy to help her patients. Ehrens has a master’s with a concentration in mental health from the Loyola University of Chicago. She fulfilled her clinical practicum at Amita Health and Foundations Recovery Network. She is currently with Symmetry Counseling.

Address: Symmetry Counseling, 300 West Adams St., Suite 514, Chicago, IL 60606

Phone number: (224).296.0192


3. Jason Hacker, Ph.D.

Jason Hacker, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and a master’s degree in community counseling from Loyal University Chicago. He is in private practice and utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, integrative, mindfulness-based, acceptance, and commitment therapies to help his patients work through addiction, anxiety, and mood disorders. In addition, Dr. Hacker works with both adolescent and adult populations.

Address: 30 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2015, Chicago, IL 60602

Phone number: (312).763.8174


4. Keiko Izumi, MA, LPC, EMDR-T

Keiko Izumi is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) treatment. She specializes in treating addiction and trauma and can help patients with anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions. Izumi is fluent in both English and Japanese. Though she can work with any age, race, or sexual orientation, she is uniquely equipped to help people make the transition into American culture.

Address: Chicago Counseling, LLC, Chicago, IL (online and telehealth counseling only)

Phone number: (872).219.0551


5. Jessica Love Jordan-Banks, MHS, LPC, CADC

Jessica Love Jordan-Banks is a counselor with Cultivate Your Essence. She has a master of health science (MHS) and is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor (CADC). Jordan-Banks works primarily with adults to help them through addiction, trauma, recovery, anxiety, co-occurring disorders, stress, emotional regulation, and more. Her approach to life and therapy is shaped by the African proverb, “When there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do you no harm.” She is a graduate of Governors State University.

Address: Cultivate Your Essence, 1136 South Delano Court, Suite B201, Chicago, IL 60605

Phone number: (312).374.6459


6. Colleen Kempner, LCSW, CADC

Colleen Kempner is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor (CADC). She is also the clinical director and staff psychotherapist with Catalyst Clinical Group. She has a master’s in social work from Loyola University-Chicago and a master’s of arts in addiction therapy from Hazelden Graduate School for Addiction Studies. Kempner specializes in trauma, addiction, and LGBTQ issues. She has worked with at-risk adolescents and LGBTQ youth and adults. She’s also trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDT) practices.

Address: Catalyst Clinical Group, 4433 N. Ravenswood Ave., Suite 210, Chicago, IL 60640

Phone number: (952).260.1687 or (773).876.8763


7. Alexis Kreashko, LPC

Alexis Kreashko is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with Sage Therapy Colorado. She works with adults who struggle with substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. Kreashko utilizes evidence-based approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness to help her patients. Kreashko has master’s degrees in psychology from Oxford Brooks University in the United Kingdom and in forensic psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Address: Sage Therapy, 155 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60601

Phone number: (773).207.2113


8. Ingrid Lopez, LCSW, CADC

Ingrid Lopez is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC). She is a therapist with Urban Balance. Lopez specializes in treating adults with addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, and anger management. She has also worked in outpatient settings for both behavioral health and substance abuse treatment facilities. To help her patients, she utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused brief therapy. Lopez has a master’s in social work from Loyola University-Chicago. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Address: Urban Balance, 1945 West Wilson Ave., Suite 5108, Chicago, IL 60625

Phone number: (847).423.6854


9. Shawntrell Moore, LPC, CADC

Shawntrell Moore is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC), and a Monarch Counseling and Consulting therapist. He works with patients with addiction, anxiety, depression, dual diagnosis, self-esteem, and other issues, utilizing cognitive-behavioral, dialectical, mindfulness-based, multicultural, and person-centered therapies. Moore has a master’s in human services from the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Address: Monarch Counseling & Consulting, 401 W. Ontario St., Suite 150, Chicago, IL 60654

Phone number: (833).444.2883


10. Ashley Smith (Guerrero), LSW, CADC

Ashley Smith is a licensed social worker (LSW) and certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC) with Concentric Counseling & Consulting. She is Latina and has worked closely with Latino children and families struggling with trauma and mental health issues by combining culturally competent care with proven treatment modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Previously she was with the Lake County Health Department, serving as an addiction therapist. Smith has a master’s in social work with a concentration in mental health from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Address: Concentric Counseling & Consulting, 6232 North Pulaski Road, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60646

Phone: (872).250.5542


Because substance use frequently co-occurs with some kinds of mental illness, counseling is an essential part of recovery. The right therapist can help you uncover why you use drugs or alcohol and guide you toward healthier ways to handle stress or triggers.


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