Mercedes Compton


Mercedes Compton


Telehealth Available
Professions: Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LPC, NCC
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Health Alliance
  • Healthlink
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • MHNet
  • Multiplan PHCS
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
  • ValueOptions
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1790 Nations Drive
Ste 214
Gurnee, Illinois 60031

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My Approach to Helping

I believe every person of any age will experience some kind of emotional and psychological strains resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances in life at some point or another. Matters of mental and physical health states, healthy relationships, communications of all kinds are inevitable in our life journey as they determine one’s growth and functionality. Hence, when the path to a happy, secured life is interrupted due to conflicts -- emotional turmoil, a stressful transition, grief and loss, relationship challenges, or simple desire for personal growth, a therapeutic alliance between client and counselor can unruffle the way and puts the client ahead of the game.

My passion and aspiration in counseling is to work with children and adolescents and adults of different ages and culture. As a therapist, my priority is to build strong alliance with clients, provide a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients can feel safe to challenge and express their deepest fears, self-doubt, shame, faith and trust issues, and interpersonal relationship issues. By utilizing empathic dialogue, I help the individual identify problematic thoughts and behaviors or self-limiting beliefs that interfere with living their best life. As well as help set realistic and achievable goals and treatment. I believe the fundamental principle of a therapeutic relationship includes a balance of support and challenge for growth and change to achieve.

My therapeutic approach is tailored to fit the needs of each individual client as each person carries a unique history, personality, and set of goals. There is no one theory or modality that fits all. In general, I employ practical, results-oriented treatments and integrated approach that are consistent with my clients’ core values. Therapy is a team effort, so I encourage collaboration in developing strategies and evaluating progress. It is a fulfilling yet humbling endeavor to work alongside each client.

More Info About My Practice

I graduated from Trinity International University with a BA degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. I also bring to the team an additional and unique asset. I have, before changing field, 30+years of experience within the business arena. As well as my own experiences and journey of healing and growth of which cultivated my passion for counseling -hence, devout to live my life fully by connecting with others intentionally and deeply. Not to skip, in my spare time, I enjoy gardening, cooking, listening to good stories and music, joining humanitarian missions, and exploring and enjoying nature’s beauty.

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Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English
  • Tagalog

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

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