Debbie Shepard


Debbie Shepard


Professions: Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Allegiance Life and Health
  • Allied Insurance Group
  • Anthem
  • Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • ASR Health Benefits
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Care
  • Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • GEHA Health Plans
  • HealthPartners
  • Healthscope
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • Medicare
  • PBA (Patrolmen's Benefit Association)
Fees: Self pay rate is $135
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Evening Availability


4753 N. Broadway
Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60640

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My Approach to Helping

I provide a safe, supportive environment in which to collaborate on addressing what is not working for you in your life. Together we identify and build on your strengths, developing new problem-solving strategies and coping skills to help you navigate life more effectively and achieve your goals.

My approach is eclectic, drawing from a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities, to develop a holistic treatment approach individualized to your specific needs. I have a warm, interactive style.

My clinical focus includes anxiety, mood disorders, substance use disorders, life transitions, issues of emerging adulthood, work and relationship issues and trauma. I have experience working with adolescents, adults and couples.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Registered Dual Disorder Professional (RDDP). I have many years of clinical and supervisory experience in the behavioral health field, including serving as director of substance use treatment program. My prior experience also includes working as a psychiatric social worker, on an emergency department crisis team and in a community mental health program. I earned a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University of Chicago in 2011, where I was a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society. I am a subject matter expert for the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC & RC). In my previous career, I worked as a legal aid attorney.

More Info About My Practice

Uptown Psych was established in 2011 with a commitment to bring the best possible, evidence-based mental health services to the Chicago metropolitan area. The practice’s leading team of licensed psychiatrists and psychologists represent extensive and diverse expertise to facilitate superior and highly-personalized treatment plans for a full scope of mental health issues for children, adolescents, and adults.

Just about any mental health condition can be addressed at Uptown Psych, including: attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction, and all anxiety spectrum disorders.

At Uptown Psych, our specialists understand that episodes of these and other mental health issues require prompt attention. With that in mind, the entire team is dedicated to making treatment accessible as soon as possible. Often appointments can be scheduled for the same week.

The entire Uptown Psych team looks forward to providing you with the care you need and deserve at our Uptown offices in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    12 to Elderly

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Men's Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
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