Pandemic triggers push for new mental health counseling business in Elgin
In response to an increase of mental health needs spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic, an Elgin Community College wellness professional plans to open a new counseling business catering to Elgin residents.
Coresair Mack is an Illinois licensed clinical professional counselor. He seeks permission from the city to open his business in a suite inside the eight-story 164 Division St. property, commonly known as The Professional Building. The other offices in the building are occupied by attorneys and accountants.
Mack presented his business plans for Mack's Empowerment Counseling to the city's planning and zoning commission Monday night. He said he spent the last year helping students navigate the stress of the pandemic and the problems their parents faced because of COVID-19's impact on health and the economy.
"Due to the pandemic, there has been a lot of mental health and substance use issues that have arisen with people not only being laid off from their jobs but also due to the stress of their lives turning upside down," Mack said. "We're looking to help our clients with not only just any crises or traumas they have experienced or are currently experiencing but also helping them improve their lives in ways that will help with their mental health so they become less stressed, less overwhelmed, and they'll have a more positive outlook on life and become more productive in society."
Mack told commissioners he expects 100% of his clients will be based in Elgin. The commission voted 4-0 to recommend approval of the plans to the city council. Council members must also take a vote before the proposal is final and Mack can open for business.