Illinois Valley Counseling Services

Illinois Valley Counseling Services


Illinois Valley Counseling Service (IVCS) has two offices in LaSalla County in northern Illinois: one in Ottawa and one in Mendota. Both offices offer outpatient-based counseling for individuals struggling with substance abuse or mental and emotional health disorders.


Programs at IVCS are personalized with a therapist to best serve the patient. Treatment offered includes individual, couples, family, and group counseling. Staff biographies indicate that the center is trained to provide evidence-based treatments, such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI).

IVCS offers same-day and next-day appointments, and appointments are available on evenings and weekends.


Most of the treatment staff are licensed clinical social workers. Licensed clinical professional counselors and certified addiction counselors are also on staff. The single individual polled by to date, a staff member, gave the facility five out of five stars for the overall quality of its mental health, addiction, and medical staff.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY has not yet received any reviews from alumni of IVCS. Secondary review sites yielded limited but positive feedback at the time of this writing. On Facebook, where the facility may have the ability to manage it’s own page, IVCS has received three perfect five out of five-star ratings.[1]

On Google reviews, three reviewers gave the facility perfect five star-ratings, while another only offered one star. “Helpful, compassionate and caring — I feel like my counselor truly cares about me and has done a great job of actually getting to know me versus providing me with the prefabricated responses I have received in the past” wrote representative reviewer Ashely. “I highly recommend them.”[2]


The single staffer polled by to date, Rebecca, reported she would recommend this facility. “Highly skilled and experienced clinicians . Evidenced based treatment modalities,” Rebecca wrote, giving the facility five stars in all evaluated treatment metrics, including the facility’s honesty in marketing, its willingness to put clients’ interests first, and the overall quality of its care.


IVCS accepts most major healthcare plans, as well as Medicare and TriCare. No information is available online regarding the cost of services.


[2] GoogleReviews

Reviews about Illinois Valley Counseling Services

  • Treatment Effectiveness
Strengths: Highly skilled and experienced clinicians . Evidenced based treatment modalities Weaknesses: Private pay or insurance only. Does not accept medicaid.