Aili Wachtel

Therapist Aili Wachtel Photo

About Me

Hello and welcome - I appreciate your visit to my page!

While my counseling approach is not specifically or exclusively Christian or pastoral, my faith informs everything in my life, including my work. I see counseling as a collaboration between client and counselor - clients want to feel their best and function at full potential, and my role is to provide quality, customized care to help them do that. I am a big believer that even small changes can significantly impact internal well-being and external influence. I partner with clients to identify and build on strengths so they can face challenges, create solutions, and feel better. Licensed in Illinois and Connecticut for 20 years, I have worked as counselor, consultant, coach, and advisor in both higher education and private practice.

Much of my work has been with clients transitioning from one of life's phases or roles to another. Change can be hard, and people who ask for help as they face it are brave. With an approach specific to each individual, consisting of a personalized set of strategies drawn largely from humanistic, cognitive, acceptance and commitment, and solution focused therapies, I support and encourage clients as they work to adjust to new roles, situations, expectations, and realities and help them cope with the resulting symptoms and feelings.

Small groups of faithful women have been integral to my faith development, as has learning from authors like Beth Moore, Kristi McClelland, and Priscilla Shirer. I am not a biblical scholar and I have had little formal biblical or theological education, but I do pray for my clients often and I regularly ask for the Lord’s presence in my work, which I enter into with a humble and grateful heart.

Two of my favorite verses are Isaiah 46:4 and Philippians 4:6-7:

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. - Isaiah 46:4

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7

Paul's message is not that challenging experiences are or ever will be easy; but, I find comfort in his reassurance of God’s protection and peace through Christ. It is a blessing to get to help clients work through a difficult time as they progress through life’s inevitable changes, and I would be honored to work with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Parenting issues
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coaching
Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCPC #180.004420 (Expires: 2023-03-31)

LPC #000677 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Written by L.I. on Aug 24, 2021 after counseling with Aili for 2 years and 7 months

I’ve been working with Aili for a few years now and her support has been so valuable for me. She is flexible in meeting my needs of communication and she has just the right words to help me under how I’m feeling. Highly recommend working with her!