His hobbies include golf, gardening, woodworking and travel. He and his wife Kathy have three married children and three grandchildren. He welcomes the opportunity to speak about the work of the center with pastors, congregations, or people interested in opportunities to support CCCC. Email Mel or call ext During that time he was also a full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. He was also, part of that time, the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program.
As a part of Chicago Christian Counseling Center he is committed to establishing mental health counseling offices in communities wherever God shows a need for a Christian, professionally skilled, loving therapist. Along with the whole professional staff, Duane is working to provide mental health services from a Christian perspective.
In addition to serving in the counseling field for several years, she also has prior experience working with youth service programs. Her background with teen programs renders her the ability to work with students dealing with academic issues, study skills, and school adjustment concerns.
Darlene also has a Certification in Stress Management and recognizes a true connection between the mind, body, and spirit when helping individuals and families heal. Darlene combines a holistic approach to treatment with a cognitive based perspective to aid clients in examining how their thoughts affect their actions and outcomes. She is a firm believer that it takes faith in God plus works to ensure that clients stay on track with their goals and development in order to create long lasting change.
Daniella supports people in finding healing and hope from various life issues, including anxiety, cultural and adjustment issues, relationship problems, life and work stress, grief and loss. She has worked in the community setting for a few years, EAP support and the foster care system. Daniella has also provided counseling support internationally. Joy has a holistic approach to helping clients find healing and wholeness. Passionate about group work, she has facilitated groups on several topics including depression, body image, caring for aging parents, spiritual growth, and help for women whose partners have a sex addiction.
She also enjoys working with individuals, families, and groups. Her approach is encouraging, strengths-based and goal-oriented. Charlene has experience and interest in working with clients facing a variety of issues including grief, addiction, sexual struggles, codependency, parenting concerns, ministry issues, anxiety and depression.
She is the author of the Recovery Journey program — A day home study resource for those whose loved one struggles with the use of pornography. Charlene is available to speak to your group or organization on any of the topics listed above. Learning alternate ways of thinking and adjusting unhealthy behaviors, along with learning effective coping skills are specific techniques that Mary employs to help clients work through struggles and challenges.
Faith is an important part of life and is integrated in the healing and growing process. Mary has counseled clients through many areas including bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, self-worth, oppositional defiant disorder, relationship issues, self-harm, grief and loss, and adjustment to life changes.
Her therapeutic approach includes family systems and holistic approaches as well as other interventions that engage individuals and families as co-facilitators of emotional healing. Debra has conflict resolution, parenting, trauma, and domestic violence training. She chairs the domestic violence sub-committee in her police district. Debra has been actively involved with her faith community for many years; she believes faith is foundational to emotional healing.
Her faith and community engagement has afforded her the opportunity to interact across the social spectrum. Debra is available to speak on several topics including stress management, relationships, grief and loss, conflict resolution, chronic illness, depression, and domestic violence.
Most of Erin's post-graduate study has been in trauma-informed techniques that approach each person from a holistic perspective taking into account the interweaving of the body, mind and spirit.
She is passionate about partnering with clients in their pursuit of wellness and strives to create an environment where people feel heard, valued, and safe. Erin draws on a variety of treatment modalities, recognizing that each person and situation is unique and requires to be treated as so.
Her previous work setting involved the provision of counseling within a Christian non-profit organization, which included facilitating group sessions for adult woman who experienced sexual abuse. As a result of her Christian education and biblical work environment, Katie seeks to find ways in which she can incorporate biblical truth into the counseling session. Katie has experience working with a variety of ages, ranging from children to adults in the context of individual, family or couples counseling.
She specializes in working with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, loss, parenting and relationship issues. Caitlin has experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life.
She believes in a comprehensive therapeutic approach integrating faith-based counsel to promote healthy living that includes physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. Our histories influence who we are, our relationships, and how we make sense of life. Gaining awareness and understanding into our struggles is part of the dynamic process toward change that can unfold in therapy.
Whether working with individuals, families, or couples it is of the utmost importance that the therapy experience be one that is safe, supportive and encouraging.
The therapy experience is about learning to transcend our circumstances in order to find hope in the journey through life. Ultimately, therapy is a place where people move forward in their life; goals are achieved, individuals thrive, and relationships are restored. E has received specialized training in Prolonged Exposure for persons who have experienced trauma and Exposure and Response prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
She believes in the importance of counseling, and having an outside source of encouragement, empowerment, and support through the trials, and transitions of life. She also believes that God never gives up, works good in all situations, and can change our lives in ways that are far beyond what we can imagine. Melinda Hammond is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults as individuals and families.
Melinda also has a strong background working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum while providing coping skills to their families. Melinda has previously taught classes and group seminars on parenting plans, anger management, parenting through divorce, stress and anxiety, test taking, study skills, and transitioning to college.
She provides services based in mindfulness and values-driven therapy, allowing clients to integrate their faith into personal and psychological growth and healing.
Hammond is available to speak on a variety of topics including coping skills for stress and anxiety, eating disorders, parenting skills, and academic skills such as test taking and transitioning to college. Jeannine Harris, MSW, LCSW Young Adult - Adult Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy As a caring and compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Jeannine seeks to provide a range of therapeutic services to adults, couples, families and young adults who are experiencing emotional and behavioral conditions such as depression, anxiety and other mood disorders as well as vocational, social and environmental stress.
She has worked in the field of Behavioral Health, Case Management and Child Welfare Counseling for over 10 years, concentrating in the treatment of childhood and adult trauma, peer relations, couple and marital problems, family conflict such as parent-child relationships, adjustment and anxiety disorders and conditions associated with grief, loss and aging.
As a Clinical Therapist, Jeannine recognizes the need to provide relevant approaches that are specifically designed to meet the particular needs of clients and use the therapeutic process to work collaboratively with clients to help them establish and achieve their goals. In addition to his academic training, Doug has completed an Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Level 1 and 2 training in the Gottman method. Doug believes that at the core of each human being is the need to form safe emotional connections with the significant others in our lives.
But due to our frail human nature, our unmet emotional needs often lead to negative patterns of interaction that bring pain to our relationships. Doug works with couples and individuals to identify these negative interaction patterns and replace them with positive ones. Doug is excited to work with clients in ways that integrate what he has learned from the science of psychology with what his faith has taught him about God's grand design for his people, especially within the dynamic of marriage and family life.
Diane and her husband, also an LMFT, offer marriage seminars designed to either address specific requested needs or focus on more general issues such as enrichment.
Helping her clients learn to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and loss while maintaining intimacy in their significant relationships is a focus of Diane's work. She has also worked with families whose lives have been touched by severe and persistent mental illness. Having lived in the Southwest as well as the Southeast, Diane is now returning to the Chicago area where she was born and raised. Diane earned her M. Kelsee is committed to providing a supportive and empathic therapeutic environment in which she and clients can work collaboratively toward growth and healing, drawing upon both clinical techniques and faith.
Kelsee is available to speak on suicide prevention and bullying prevention. Kelsee received her B. She has a rich clinical background in outpatient, residential and church-based counseling. She is experienced in working with various issues, and most enjoys emotionally focused work, tempered with behavioral strategies. She often treats individual who are working on finding balance between their feelings and thoughts, making choices that honor their values and the ones they love, identifying, establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries, and healing old wounds and hurts, including replacing lies believed with truth.
Her ability to connect with individuals and to facilitate insight makes her a highly qualified therapist for adolescents, adults, and couples. Kathy believes that moving through life involves moments where reflection and care for the soul are not only necessary but pertinent. At times, stressors cause problems that indicate there is something deeper going on that needs to be addressed.
During these times, outside help and therapy may help to bring needed insight, healing, and recovery. Using a framework that values individual healing and growth, honors the therapeutic relationship, processes life experiences, and believes that healing is taking place when God is welcomed in, Kathy helps clients take an honest look at their life, identify areas of struggle, and heal from past or present hurts, so that they might know their worth, value and identity, and live in a way that reflects wholeness and freedom.
With a strengths based perspective, she enjoys walking with people through a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders, trauma in children, adjustment to illness, and changing family dynamics. She is passionate about partnering with people in difficult moments to create positive change and promote wellbeing. She has received training in postpartum mood disorders. Vilma Matthews is a counselor educator and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has been working in a counseling capacity for over 25 years.
She has many years of experience in working in ministries as a counselor, mentor, and DV support group facilitator at various churches with individuals of diverse backgrounds. Her approach to counseling is from a psychodynamic perspective, which recognizes the influences of early childhood family experiences that might be impacting current behaviors and relationships as well as hindering the ability to move forward and complete life tasks.
Accordingly, she incorporates a biopsychosocial holistic model into therapy, which recognizes the influences of biological, psychological, and social factors that may be contributing to difficulties. The goal is to effectively promote wellness. Matthews is an experienced presenter on the subject of domestic violence and its impact on the church.
With certification as a Clinical Transplant Social Worker, Sara has worked with individuals and families struggling with adjustment to illness, anxiety and depressive disorders, substance abuse, anger management, grief and loss, and co-occurring illness.
Sara enjoys facilitating change and empowering individuals to become the person they desire to be. Sara is available to speak and enjoys presenting on topics related to depression, chronic illness, and substance abuse.
She received her Bachelor's Degree B. Her focus within this process is to provide an environment in which children, adolescents, and adults can be encouraged to acquire a fuller understanding of themselves, take steps toward gaining a new perspective on their past and current circumstances, and engage in the process of change, adjustment, and healing.
Anne focuses on the strengths and unique qualities of each of her clients as catalysts for change and healing. Anne is also trained in the use of play-therapy, which is ideal for children seeking recovery from behavioral and emotional difficulties.
Her professional experience has included work at multiple community mental health agencies, a domestic violence and sexual assault counseling agency, and a child-and-adolescent treatment facility.
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