Clinical Therapist

Craig Mead is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) practicing in Chicago Illinois with telehealth capability throughout the entire state of Illinois. He has degrees in Psychology and Clinical Social Work (M.S.W.) and has been providing mental health counseling, psychotherapy, and crisis services over a 25+ year career working with a wide variety of people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. He has provided services in local major health system's inpatient and outpatient treatment programs and has a wealth of experience working with mild to severe mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and even severe psychotic disorders. Craig is currently practicing exclusively through telehealth and specializes in working individually with adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, stress management, and adjustments to other major life transitions and problems using traditional therapy and a holistic wellness mind-body-spirit approach. 


Treatment specializations:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

Additional areas of focus:

  • Men's Health

  • Stress / Anger Management

  • Family / Relationship / Parenting issues

  • Caregiver Stress / Aging Parents

  • Career / Work / Burnout 

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions

  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance

  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition

  • Self-Care

  • Social Anxiety / Phobia


Therapeutic Approach

Craig uses an integrative therapeutic approach and maintains a goal-oriented and solution-focused style. He integrates mindfulness and holistic wellness approaches with common traditional therapies such as cognitive-behavioral (CBT/DBT), humanistic, positive psychology, and motivational approaches. Craig encourages honest self-reflection to reconnect with your true authentic self, building a better understanding and integration of past experiences, and challenging outdated unhelpful habits and belief systems. 


He believes in a more rounded holistic mind-body-spirit approach to wellness and health care that honors the important interconnection between mental, physical, and spiritual health. Craig teaches and encourages the use of diverse methods to improve symptoms such as nutritional balance, exercise and bodywork, and alternative practices such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness, guided imagery, breathing techniques, and self-hypnosis as easily usable skills to help relieve distress and promote wellness through deep relaxation and natural self-care.

Here's an article about me in holistic wellness magazine Natural Awakenings Chicago

Upside Counseling P.C. was founded in 2020 as a limited private practice clinic for adults with depression, anxiety, or other adjustments and transition difficulty.

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Chicago, IL 606xx

Telehealth Office Hours

by Appointment Only:

Monday through Friday 11:00am-7:00pm

Saturday 12-4