Mental Health

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

The mental health and wellness of our community is just as important to us as physical health and wellness. At St. Margaret’s, we strive to help people to live their healthiest life. That sometimes means helping people to heal and restore their hearts and minds – not just their body. To help meet these needs in our community, St. Margaret’s Center for Family Health & St. Margaret’s Center for Holistic Health & Wellness in Princeton have a dedicated team of providers who offer mental health and substance abuse services and treatment.

Our team of providers includes a physician board certified in psychiatry and family medicine, two certified mental health nurse practitioners and additional clinicians, including licensed clinical social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors and behavioral health care coordinators. While our primary locations for mental health and substance abuse services are in Princeton, some of our clinicians will be embedded in our larger primary care clinics. Having clinicians in more locations will not only enhance timely access to services, but it should also improves mental health services and assists physicians in attending to the patient population in our core service areas of LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall Counties in North Central Illinois.

In Partnership with Arukah Institute of Healing

Arukah, which is also located in Princeton, has partnered with St. Margaret’s to provide high-quality, community-based care and to help break down the barriers people often encounter when they try to seek help. In addition to counseling, Arukah brings a strong wellness component through complementary therapies and other approaches, which are daily activities that all people can do to stay well. Arukah Institute of Healing will be relocating to the same location as St. Margaret’s Center for Holistic Health & Wellness once renovation is completed.


We can’t control everything around us, but we do have some control over how we spend our time and energy. It is crucial, however, to reach out to your healthcare provider if there are mental or physical health issues that need to be addressed.”

– Benjamin Shepherd, MD

Together, our team at Center for Family Health, Center for Holistic Health & Wellness and Arukah Institute of Healing are equipped to provide a full array of mental health and substance abuse services:​

  • Counseling

  • Psychiatry

  • Primary Care

  • Crisis Therapy

  • Group/Family Therapy

  • and More

    Providing quality, compassionate care and treatment for conditions such as:

    • Depressive Disorders

    • Anxiety Disorders

    • Bipolar Disorder

    • Alcohol/Substance Abuse Disorders

    • Forms of Psychosis (Including Schizophrenia)

    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    • Forms of Neurocognitive Disorders

    • Care of Pregnant, Breastfeeding and Postpartum Women Struggling with Mental Health Conditions

    • And More

To deliver a fast response in a crisis, Center for Holistic Health & Wellness will also provide on-demand mobile services 24/7 to help individuals in mental health or substance abuse crisis in their homes, schools, places of work or other public spaces.

St. Margaret’s Center for Holistic Health & Wellness will also provide peer support services by partnering with Perfectly Flawed Foundation, Freedom House and other community partners.

  • Increase or decrease in your energy and activity levels.
  • Having trouble sleeping or relaxing.
  • Inability to feel pleasure or have fun.
  • Increased irritability with outbursts of anger.
  • Feeling overwhelmed by sadness.
  • Having trouble thinking clearly and concentrating.

Mental health conditions and disorders are becoming more prevalent every day. You are not alone. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

If you’re feeling suicidal or thinking of hurting yourself, seek help. Contact your primary care provider or a mental health professional. In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK(8255) or use its webchat at Contact organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for help and guidance. The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline can be reached at (800) 985-5990.

SOURCES: Mayo Clinic, CDC, SAMHSA, APA, Catholic Healthcare Association.