Our mission:

Help improve the world by supporting people in times of crisis and need for mental health. One person at a time.

Inspire Change for Mental Health is a 501C3 non-profit group offering local mental health support in times of crisis, for those without insurance or ability to pay for services. Mental health is just as important as physical health. We don’t want anyone to go without support when it is needed. Mental health doesn’t just impact one individual — it impacts our families, friends, loved ones, the entire community and world.

Our story:

Inspire Counseling Center was founded in 2015 by Lauren Schifferdecker, a local (and native) North Shore mom. She started in a humble, small storage closet as her office (a lot like Harry Potter!). After seeing firsthand the needs and benefits of counseling in the community, she expanded to help other communities in Northbrook, Kenilworth, Lake Forest and Evanston.

Today, Inspire has nearly 70 employees offering counseling and psychiatry services. Lauren has been named a Power Woman in Sheridan Road magazine’s 2023 roundup– as well as the “Most Influential Women Entrepreneurs Thriving in the Healthcare Ecosystem in 2023” by Healthcare Insights magazine.

Inspire has a fresh approach to helping kids, adolescents, adults, parents, couples and families and has already served more than 50,000 individual therapy sessions to help support the community.

Inspire is founded on the belief that mental health should be affordable— all while providing world-class service with top professionals in beautiful offices conveniently located in the heart of the community. As part of that effort, Inspire accepts several insurances to help make services easily accessible and affordable.

Unfortunately, many people do not have insurance or the ability to pay out of pocket for services. Many of the local nonprofit or public aid centers are overwhelmed with demand. They often have incredibly long waitlists, and it can take months to be receive services.

After the horrific shooting incident in a local community, during the Highland Park Fourth of July parade, many of Inspire therapists volunteered their time and service to help. Serendipitously, Jen Eisen, a fellow local North Shore mom and owner of House 406 restaurant, offered to host a fundraiser to help Inspire Counseling Center offer pro-bono services to those desperately in need.

It was in that moment that Inspire Change for Mental Health was born.

How is Inspire Change 501c3 Different?

While there are several wonderful non-profit centers in the community, Inspire Change for Mental Health is different because it is an additional supplement to the founding business, Inspire Counseling Center. Inspire already has offices, therapists, psychiatrists and administrative staff in place. That means any funds raised go directly go to people in need, and don’t have to be used primarily for overhead, like rent, utilities and supplies.

If you support Inspire Change for Mental Health — you are doing just that. You are making a change for someone’s mental health, which changes the world, one person at a time.

Inspire Change for Mental Health’s First  Fundraiser — Celebrity Chef event

Thanks to the generous (and delicious!) support of Jen Eisen, the celebrity chefs Stephanie Izard, Joe Flamm and Eryn Cisneros along with the entire community, Inspire was able to help many more people in need, regardless of their insurance or ability to pay for services — in Inspire’s multiple locations across the North Shore.

“She’s Not Crazy” book — coming soon!

All proceeds will benefit Inspire Change for Mental Health. This book will be sold on Amazon and Kindle.

Inside the book: If you’ve ever felt lost or confused by your feelings, you’re not crazy. More importantly, you’re not alone. “She’s Not Crazy” is an act of love. Lauren is a seasoned psychotherapist sharing heartfelt, relatable and vulnerable stories and professional tools to harness your feminine power. Feminine power is for all humans. Feminine power is in all humans. Society openly celebrates masculine power, but often overlooks the feminine gifts in power. The truth is we need both for balance. In this book, you’ll gain realistic and easy steps to harness your divine feminine power to enhance your relationships, success and life.

“Masquerade Ball” celebrating the power of taking off your mask!

Celebrate a night of magic, fun, and connection –all while supporting the mental health needs of the community!

Don your favorite masquerade attire, to celebrate the power of taking off your “mask” through counseling.

For sponsorship opportunities or to donate silent/live auction items, please contact [email protected]

Registration opening soon!

When someone reaches out for counseling support, every minute counts. Can you imagine going to the Emergency Room and waiting months, if not longer, for help? We believe no one should have to wait for mental health help, either. Mental health is as important as physical health–it’s just not as visible.

During times of crisis, like the Highland Park 4th of July incident, Inspire therapists raised their hands to volunteer, accepting pro-bono clients and host free support groups. However, they are limited to what they can do, while keeping the practice open.

All proceeds are put 100% toward Inspire’s ability to support people in crisis, or people in need of counseling services, but unable to pay for services.

Any investment in people’s mental health is an investment in the future–making the world a better place to live, not only for ourselves, but for future generations to come.

Inspire is unbelievably grateful for any dollar raised to help make the world a better place.

For more information or to make a donation, contact [email protected] or (847) 919-9096 x1