Mercedes Compton

MA, LAC, NCC

Mercedes Compton

MA, LAC, NCC

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional 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
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • United Behavioral Health
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Evening Availability

Offices

1790 Nations Drive, Suite 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.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Including but not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, Domestic Violence, Abuse, Children and Adolescents, TraumaComplex Trauma, MarriageFamily Conflicts, CrisisStress and Coping, Codependency, Impulse ControlCompulsive Behaviors, other Behavioral Issues, Bullying, Peer Conflicts, AngerStress Management, Suicidal IdeationSelf-harm Behaviors, Emotional DisturbanceInternal Issues, Self-Esteem, Loss and Grief, Personality Disorders, Parenting, Cultural Issues, Communication Conflicts, Life Coaching, Life Transition Issues, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality, Sexuality and Gender Issues, Dissociative Disorder, Mood Disorder

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Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English
  • Tagalog

Groups I Work With

    Including but not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, Domestic Violence, Abuse, Children and Adolescents, TraumaComplex Trauma, MarriageFamily Conflicts, CrisisStress and Coping, Codependency, Impulse ControlCompulsive Behaviors, other Behavioral Issues, Bullying, Peer Conflicts, AngerStress Management, Suicidal IdeationSelf-harm Behaviors, Emotional DisturbanceInternal Issues, Self-Esteem, Loss and Grief, Personality Disorders, Parenting, Cultural Issues, Communication Conflicts, Life Coaching, Life Transition Issues, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality, Sexuality and Gender Issues, Dissociative Disorder, Mood Disorder

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • 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
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • School issues
  • 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
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Terminal Illness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

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