James Wachtel

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with about 20 total years’ experience working with people in various settings and with varying needs (including over 40 years’ experience dealing with myself).

I have experience with all varieties of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, personality disorder, self-management, psychosis, and substance abuse. I’m skilled with short-term life stressors, life transitions and adjustments, and I can help your family find common ground again in working through conflicts. I enjoy working with adults, families, and adolescents.

My approach is centered in the idea that we are equals with different skill sets. We’ll borrow from Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused (Brief) Therapy, and 12-Step principles, on a foundation of Person-Centered (Rogerian) Therapy. We can stay in the present or reframe your childhood, up to you. You’re walking the path. I’m the guide.

I believe we are all attempting to become our freest and truest selves. It is my honor and privilege to help you take the next steps.


James practices at our Champaign location.