Online Therapy in Illinois

Whether you live in the heart of Chicago’s loop, a little further out like Evanston or even in the burbs of Springfield, Joliet or Rockford, making time to get to therapy appointments is hard to do!

The state of Illinois offers many options for therapists who provide mental health services. However, the therapist you may want to see, the one who provides the kind of treatment you need and fits your personality style best is not in driving distance. Or, maybe you work in the city of Chicago but live in the suburbs and there isn’t time for anything in between work and family life. These challenges can make it difficult to go to counseling as often as you’d like. With Synergy eTherapy, now you can get the mental health services you deserve with out all the overwhelm. 

You can receive personalized, online mental health counseling.

Focused young woman online providing online therapy in Illinois | Online Counseling in Illinois | Synergy eTheapy

Finding a therapist that you feel comfortable enables you to move forward in your mental health goals with ease. Online counseling can offer a personalized approach to care! It’s important to do your research, however, as not all online counseling clinics are the same. You are unique and deserve to feel attended to from your first consult call all the way to successful discharge!
You need a therapist who understands you and cares about the work you are putting in to improving your health and wellness. Finding high-quality, personalized counseling services is important. But, you also need therapy that fits in your life, not the other way around. We understand. At Synergy eTherapy , online Counseling (otherwise known as eTherapy/tele-mental health therapy) may be the mode of mental health support you’ve been looking for.

Online counseling is an option in a way it never was before!

Online medical and mental health services are gaining traction because it is extremely easy, convenient and flexible to fit your needs. Think about it: What’s different, from a treatment approach standpoint, if we are in the same room together or in a different room together over video, in real time? Research shows evidence that online therapy is similar to in person therapy.

Let’s face it, life gets busy. During online therapy, you and your therapist login to a secure website and use video chat to have a counseling session. It’s as easy of a click of a link to receive high-quality mental health care from the comfort of your surroundings!

Something to know about online mental health services

One thing people might not know about online therapy is that you have to see a counselor who has a license to practice therapy in the state you live in. For example, if you live in Illinois you need to see a therapist who has an Illinois license. At Synergy eTherapy, we have therapists who have an Illinois license and are comfortable seeing patients online.


Online therapy has many of the same benefits as in person counseling.  Studies have compared online counseling and in person counseling and found that you can get similar benefits from each!  However, there are som additional benefits to attending counseling online.


Photo of a busy Chicago street to demonstrate how online therapy in Illinois with a psychologist can save you time traveling to counseling sessions during rush hour

You lead a busy life.  It often feels like you are torn in many different directions, and the hour or longer it can take to get to and from in person counseling sessions is sometimes impractical.  Online therapy will save you more time so that you can do what you love with who you love. You don’t have to worry about whether your train is running late or if you get stuck on the I-90 traffic jam. You won’t be late for your session, because you literally need 2 minutes before your online therapy session to find a secure area, put your headphones on, and login!

You can log in to our secure video platform on your phone, computer, or tablet, and have a counseling session where you are comfortable. You can see an online therapist in your home, office, or even in your car! Therapy appointments can fit into your busy day because you only need a few minutes to log in to your computer. No more commutes to an office or waiting in a crowded waiting room!


African American man wearing headphones taking to therapist online | Online therapy in Illinois | Synergy eTherapy

Evidence shows that the connection between you and your therapist is THE most important factor in whether or not therapy is helpful. If you are going to invest your time and energy in counseling, you want to work with a therapist who is a good match for you. You need to see someone who you like and trust. Likewise, you need to talk to a therapist who can help with the specific mental health concerns you have.

Some parts of Illinois, especially big cities like Chicago, have more therapists to choose from. But, finding someone who specializes in PTSD or trauma like Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), or someone who can provide couples counseling, etc. in smaller cities in Illinois could be difficult. It’s important to find someone that specializes in the specific issue you are having. Additionally, it is important to find a therapist that you connect with.  In a smaller city, you might not be able to reach one or both of those goals.

That’s where online counseling makes all the difference.  Online counseling gives you more options to find a therapist who is a good fit for you.

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Access to therapy is one of the biggest barriers towards people getting mental health care. Online counseling is especially helpful for those with debilitating anxiety, new moms or new families, traveling and busy professionals, and those with medical conditions. Regardless of why in-person therapy is not for you, our online therapists can provide you counseling in the state of Illinois.


Your privacy is important to use. With Synergy eTherapy, you can take part in counseling with a clinical psychologist or licensed therapist in the state of Illinois. Since you can be in the comfort of your home, office or even on the go, you can participate in online counseling without worrying about risking your privacy. This can be important in a small town or business community. With etherapy you don’t have to worry about seeing someone you know in the waiting room or in the parking lot.


Online therapy is very similar to FaceTime or Skype with a friend, except you are talking to your therapist! And, most importantly, we put your privacy and confidentiality as a priority and all of our video apps are HIPAA compliant and secure. Research has shown that online counseling can be just as effective in treating many mental health concerns as in-person counseling. Through video chat technology, you can form a connection with your online therapist.


Mom kissing baby outside in Chicago, IL | Online Therapy in Illinois | Synergy eTherapy

Being a new mom or new parent, rather it is your first or your fifth child, can be exhausting. At Synergy eTherapy, we have therapists who have trained in maternal mental health. Maternal mental health care meets the psychological needs of a woman before and after she gives birth. The birth of a baby is a big life change. Women may feel overwhelmed by these changes. They may experience depression or anxiety for an extended time.

Also, counseling is helpful for women who have had a hard time getting pregnant, have had a miscarriage, or experienced the loss of a child. Treatment includes talking about the negative thoughts that may come up during pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood. It also may include grief counseling. This is helpful for those who are coping with infertility, miscarriage, or loss of a child. Synergy eTherapy’s Illinois counselors can provide this care.
Having access to online counseling as a new parent can be valuable. Etherapy allows clients to meet with a therapist in the comfort of their own home during a time that works with their family’s schedule.



One of our Synergy eTherapists who offers therapy sessions to people living in Illinois, Dr. Elizabeth Merrill, trained at the VA in Cognitive Processing Therapy. Cognitive Processing Therapy, or CPT, is an evidence-based, short-term treatment that can lessen or even eliminate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms by using cognitive behavioral techniques.
During counseling, the therapist educates you about PTSD symptoms. After that, they help you change your any unhelpful beliefs or “stuck points” associated with the traumatic event.
The therapist gives you exercises to help you get in touch with your thoughts and emotions. You will be encouraged to write a summary of the trauma. But, in therapy, you will develop cognitive tools that will help you think about the event and overcome the trauma you experienced
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ONLINE COUNSELING FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS IN ILLINOIScollege student working with an online psychologist in Illinois

Moving away to college is an exciting, but difficult transition in a young adult’s life. You might feel nervous, anxious or even depressed as you deal with new social and academic demands.  Everything in your life changes when you go away to college.  If you or someone you know is struggling with the transition to college, please know that you/they are not alone. It’s normal to go through a period of transition and to feel overwhelmed. In fact, both depression and anxiety are very common in college students. Some college students put on a happy face while feeling anxious or scared inside.  However, counseling can help.
Individual etherapy or online group therapy sessions for college students in Illinois can be particularly helpful. Online therapy sessions will allow you to process this new experience.  Furthermore, you’ll learn how to cope with this new and exciting life change in a positive way. College teaches us a lot more about ourselves than we realize. Getting extra support for mental health should be like getting extra support for math!  Online therapy sessions take away the difficulty of needing to off campus or the privacy issues that can come up when you seek counseling on campus. In fact, online counseling even takes away some. of that motivation issue on days when you can’t seem to get yourself even to leave the dorm room.  Online therapy sessions fit perfectly into a college student’s life and schedule!


You may worry so much and this makes it difficult to pay attention and accomplish your daily to-do list.  Maybe you feel shaky and you experience your heart race, sweaty palms, or a dry mouth.  Perhaps, you find yourself feeling anxious during social situations. You fear you might be judged by others.  
Anxiety disorders are very real AND very treatable.  After months of counseling for anxiety, you will be able to reduce or eliminate symptoms.  Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety focuses on helping you re-think your anxious thoughts and then teaches you to cope with negative feelings.  Therapy will encourage you to set goals and move forward in your life without as much anxiety.

COUPLES AND MARRIAGE COUNSELINGPhoto of happy latino couple who have attended online marriage counseling with a Spanish speaking e-therapist in Chicago, IL.

In addition to individual counseling, our e-therapists are able to offer online couples and marriage counseling in the state of Illinois. This means that if you and your partner are struggling in your relationship, you can both attend counseling sessions without having to din a time you are both available to make it to a counseling office.Online couples counseling can help you rebuild your relationship, improve communication and feel close to one another again!


Woman in a white sweater on a computer in IL during an online therapy session with a Synergy Etherapy counselor.

Are you ready to begin online counseling and are physically located in the state of Illinois?  We’d love to connect with you.  You can begin online therapy with three simple steps:

  1. Visit our FAQ page for more information about telehealth
  2. Make a free consultation appointment with a member of our Illinois therapy team
  3. Begin working on the issues that matter most to you!


As an online mental health counseling practice, our mission is to offer a variety of online therapy services to help you focus on your wellbeing. We take the stress out of getting the treatment you deserve. Synergy eTherapists provide flexible, convenient, and easy to use mental health services.

In addition to online counseling in Illinois, we offer online therapy in several states including Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Carolina, North Dakota,New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Kansas, California, Florida, Colorado, Vermont, Maine, Maryland and Georgia. We add new states to this list regularly.

Our online therapists can treat anxiety, trauma, depression, substance abuse, maternal mental health concerns, grief and loss, and more.

Our therapists help teens, college students, adults, couples, and people with health conditions and chronic pain during online therapy. Additionally, we can offer psychiatric medication management in certain states.

Learn more about our online therapy group practice and the cost of online therapy here.

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