Our Staff

 

Melvin J. Jonkman,  MDiv

Executive Director

Melvin J. Jonkman

Having witnessed firsthand the healing power of God’s love in combination with the care of a professional Christian counselor, I am passionate about the work that is done here at the Chicago Christian Counseling Center. When good professional counseling is linked to the message of God’s grace, true healing can take place.

Mel received his BA from Calvin College and his MDiv from Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI.

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 708-845-5500 ext 101.


Duane Kapp,  MA, LMFT

Director of Operations

Duane Kapp

Duane has been involved in the development and management of professional counseling services for over 30 years. 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 Director of Operations, Duane has the ongoing opportunity to work with Christian professionals as they bring the knowledge, care, and therapy of God’s truth to a hurting community and world. 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.

Duane earned a BA in Psychology at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Duane has also completed PhD coursework in Human Behavior and Leadership at United States International University (Alliant), San Diego, CA.


Natalie Adair, MSW, LCSW

      Lombard Office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual Therapy

Natalie Adair

Natalie is an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker with prior experience in community mental health and working with individuals facing chronic illness. Natalie has experience working with children, adolescents and adults from a variety of backgrounds.

Natalie seeks to help individuals on their journey towards wholeness and healing. She believes this can best be done within the context of a supportive and empathic relationship where the individual feels deeply validated and heard. She is passionate about helping individuals find their voice and heal places of pain that have been holding them back.

Areas of interest and expertise include helping individuals with depression, post partum depression and anxiety, generalized anxiety, bipolar disorder, relationship concerns, women’s issues, spiritual issues, trauma and abuse, grief and loss, chronic medical conditions and life transitions. Natalie draws from a variety of therapeutic modalities and techniques to help individuals achieve their goals. She values the important role faith plays in each individual’s journey.

Natalie has specialized training in trauma therapy and crises assessment.

Natalie received a BA in Psychology from Taylor University, Upland, IN and earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.


Darlene Alexander, MA, LCPC

     Tinley Park Office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual and Couple Therapy

Darlene is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Darlene’s areas of clinical experience include, but are not limited to anxiety, depression, life adjustments, stress management, self-esteem, anger management, couples work, and women’s issues. 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.

She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Addictions Studies and a Masters of Arts Degree in Community Counseling from Governors State University, University Park, IL.


Daniella Appiagyei, MA, LCPC

     Chicago (South Loop) Office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Daniella Appiagyei

Daniella is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works with groups, adult individuals and couples as well as children and adolescents. 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.

Daniella received her Masters in Clinical Psychology and certificate in Group Therapy from Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL and her BA in Psychology from Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI.


Joy Bocanegra, MA, LCPC

      Orland Park Office
Adolescent and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Joy Bocanegra

Joy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who enjoys helping people work through various issues particularly anxiety, grief, codependency, relational difficulties, divorce recovery, and stepfamily concerns.  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.  Joy is also PREPARE/ENRICH certified, a program used in premarital and marriage enrichment counseling. A freelance writer, Joy has published several articles in the Single-Parent Edition of Focus on the Family.

Joy earned both her BS in Psychology and MA in Professional Counseling from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL.


Charlene Brouwer, MA, LMFT

      Chicago (Loop), Evergreen Park & Orland Park Offices

Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Charlene Brouwer

Charlene is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has a particular passion for working with couples. She is certified in Prepare/Enrich and is available for pre-marital and marital counseling. 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.

Charlene earned her MA in Adlerian Counseling & Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Adler Graduate School in Minneapolis, MN. Her final Master’s project was on the topic of sustaining emotional health in the context of ministry. She is the author of the Recovery Journey program – A 90-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.


Mary Margaret Carnahan, MS, LCPC

      Melrose Park and South Holland Offices
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Mary Carnahan

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has been privileged to help many struggling people make positive changes in their lives. 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.

Mary earned her MS in Counseling Psychology from University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas and a BA in Psychology and Youth Leadership from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois.


Debra A. Crockett, MSW, LSW

     South Holland Office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Debra A. Crockett, MSW, LSW

Debra is a Licensed Social Worker and has had extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families.  Debra has worked in community as well as school settings, with intact, foster, and adoptive parents.  Debra has trauma and domestic violence training and co-chairs the domestic violence sub-committee in her police district.

Debra is available to speak on several topics including relationships, singles, grief and loss, conflict resolution, and domestic violence.

Debra received her Master of Social Work degree from Chicago State University, Chicago, IL and her B.A. in Psychology from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. Debra is supervised by Doug VanTil, MSW, LCSW.


Vanessa Cruz, MA, LPC

      Chicago (North Park) Office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Vanessa Cruz

Vanessa Cruz believes counseling is a conduit toward freedom when psychology, theology, and spiritual growth are combined. She values the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship and aims to walk alongside you on your road to wellness.

Vanessa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and enjoys working with individuals, children, young adults, couples, and families. God has blessed her with a burden for those with trauma related stress including childhood physical and sexual trauma, rape, domestic violence and the effects that follow. Consequently, Vanessa is trained and experienced in trauma therapy. Vanessa is also PREPARE-ENRICH certified to provide pre-martial & couples counseling.

Vanessa served in the United States Marine Corps and as a veteran, is familiar with the rigors of a military lifestyle. She has 7+ years of church ministry and is a church planter’s wife. Vanessa is also the founder of Live Revolution [LiveRev.org], an organization set on bringing awareness and assistance to Chicago communities through workshops and education on spiritual and mental health.

Vanessa received her BA in Criminology from Saint Leo University in St. Leo, FL and her MA in Professional Counseling from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL. Vanessa is supervised by Anne Mirza, MSW, LCSW.


Erin Davis, MSW, LCSW

      Oak Park Office
Adolescent and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Erin Davis

Erin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples in social service and ministry settings specializing in women’s issues, difficult life transitions, crisis intervention, spiritual issues, and relational challenges. She is passionate about partnering with clients in their pursuit of wholeness—body, soul, and spirit 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.

Erin earned her Master in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BA from Bradley University, Peoria, IL.


Katherine (Aardsma) DeYoung, MA, LCPC, LMHC

     Evergreen Park and Orland Park Office
Child, Adolescent and Adult
Individual and Family Therapy

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Katie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana. She has experience working with a variety of ages, ranging from children to adults in the context of individual, family or couples counseling. She believes in the power of change and has a passion to share God’s love with those who are hurting. Katie’s interests include helping clients overcome life problems, such as: anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, stress, low self-esteem, and life transitions.

Katie earned both her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and her BA in Counseling/Sociology from Grace College in Winona Lake, IN.


Caitlin Dickinson, MA, LAMFT

      Chicago (Edgewater) & Lombard Offices
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Caitlin Dickinson

Caitlin is a Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist who enjoys working with couples, families, adults and adolescents. 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. Caitlin is also PREPARE-ENRICH certified to provide premarital and couples counseling. Caitlin’s professional interests include women's issues, eating disorders, grief and loss and emotionally focused couples therapy.

Caitlin is supervised by Diane Kapp, MA, LMFT. Caitlin earned her BS in Psychology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL and her MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL.


Aimee' Echevarria, PsyD

      Orland Park Office
Adolescent and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Aimee Echevarria

Dr. Echevarria, better known to her clients as “Dr. E,” is a bilingual (Spanish), bicultural licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. E’s perspective is that our behavior and perception of ourselves is influenced by our experiences. 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. Through therapy we discover that joy can be found even in the midst of life’s greatest challenges. Ultimately, therapy is a place where people move forward in their life; goals are achieved, individuals thrive, and relationships are restored.

Dr. E has received specialized training in Prolonged Exposure for persons who have experienced trauma and Exposure and Response prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She is also a Gottman educator for Bringing Baby Home and The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

Dr. E earned her PsyD and MA in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL and her BS in Psychology from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA.


Stephanie Gonzalez, MSW, LCSW

      Orland Park & South Holland Offices
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Stephanie Gonzalez

Stephanie is an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience working with individuals with an intellectual disability. Stephanie has experience working with children, adolescents and adults from a variety of backgrounds.

Stephanie seeks to help individuals on their journey towards wholeness and healing. Her greatest reward as a therapist is to empower her clients to find their strengths and move their lives in the direction they desire. She believes in a holistic approach to health; that all components of ones' life are interrelated. She provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment where clients can be themselves without fear of rejection.

Areas of interest and expertise include helping individuals with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship concerns, divorce care, women’s issues, spiritual issues, life and work stress, trauma and abuse, grief and loss, and life transitions.

Stephanie is available to speak on mental health topics including Team Building, Coping with Stress, Diet and its Effect on Mental Health, Communication, and Intimate Partner Violence.

Stephanie received a Bachelors of Social Work from Olivet Nazarene University and earned a Masters in Social Work from Governor’s State University. She plans to complete her PhD in Health Psychology Summer 2017.


Laura Goossens, MSW, LCSW

      New Lenox & Tinley Park Offices
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Laura Goossens

Laura is an Illinois Clinical Social Worker who has spent several years working with a variety of different age ranges in the medical and counseling fields. 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. Her experience and interests include helping individuals with anxiety, depression, spiritual issues, relationship and marital issues, grief, women’s issues, low self-esteem, stress, chronic disease, and life transitions and conflicts.

Laura earned her Master's in Social Work from Governor's State University, University Park, IL and her BA in Social Work from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL.

 


Melinda Hammond, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

     Orland Park Office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual and Family Therapy

Melinda Hammond

Dr. Melinda Hammond is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults as individuals and families. Her specialties include life changes, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, childhood behavior disorders, anger management, and child/adolescent adjustment to parental divorce. Melinda also has a strong background working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum while providing coping skills to their families. She also offers assessment services for ADHD, Autism, and learning disabilities.

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.

Melinda received a BA in Psychology from North Central College, Naperville, IL and an MA in Psychology and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

Dr. 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.


Doug Hinderer, MA

     Chicago (Loop) and Tinley Park Offices
Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Doug Hinderer

Doug is a Staff Therapist who especially enjoys working with couples. 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.

Doug received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Illinois State University, Normal, IL and will complete his Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University, Phoenix, AZ. Doug is supervised by Diane Kapp, MA, LMFT.


Diane Kapp,  MA, LMFT

     Orland Park Office
Adolescent and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Diane Kapp

For over 20 years, Diane has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with individuals, couples, and families in professional, church, and hospital settings. 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.A. in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA and received her B.A. in Psychology from Biola University in La Mirada, CA.


Kathy Konrath,  MA, LCPC, LMHC

     Evergreen Park, IL & Schererville, IN Offices
Adolescent and Adult
Individual and Couple Therapy

Kathy Konrath

Kathy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana and has a rich clinical background in residential, church, and outpatient settings, working with adolescents and adults. Kathy is skilled at integrating spiritual-based counseling and psychotherapy. She spent several years providing Christian counseling services within churches.

Kathy is able to meet each client where they are currently and to help each gain perspective on what is happening in his/her emotional, mental, physical, social and/or spiritual life. Her ability to connect individually and to facilitate insight makes her a qualified therapist for adolescents, adults and couples. She is also available to speak on Boundary Setting, Self-Care, Tools to Address Anxiety/Depression, and 12 Step Recovery.

Kathy enjoys helping people find healing in issues related to recovery from trauma and addictions, boundaries and communication in relationships, as well as depression, anxiety and self-esteem. She is comfortable using many therapeutic tools, such as prayer, scripture, dialogue and the twelve step model to facilitate individual growth in various areas.
Kathy believes that the process of moving through life involves moments where reflection and care for the soul are not only necessary, but pertinent. At times, stressors cause problems that require outside help, and therapy is often a tool used to bring insight, healing, and recovery needed to move forward. Kathy believes that each person is on a journey in this life and was not meant to walk alone. With a framework that values the therapeutic relationship, processes life experiences, and believes that healing is taking place, Kathy helps clients not only to become aware of that which hinders growth, but to awaken to the process of growth and change, while taking committed steps towards achieving their goals.

Kathy received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL.


Karen Krygsheld,  MSW, LCSW

     Schererville, IN Office
Child, Adolescent and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Karen Krygsheld

Karen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couple and family settings.  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.
 
Karen enjoys speaking on a variety of topics including anxiety, depression, perinatal mood disorders, and behavior/trauma in children.  She has received training in postpartum mood disorders.
 
Karen received her MSW from Indiana University, Gary, IN and her BSW from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN.


Josephine Martinez, MSW, LCSW

      Chicago (South Loop) Office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Josephine Martinez

Josephine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults to navigate through difficult times of life toward hope and healing.

Her professional experience includes areas of crisis management, life transitions, life goals, anxiety/depression, foster care and adoption work, in-patient child and adolescent mental health facilities, family counseling, pregnancy counseling, HIV testing counseling, individual counseling and couples counseling.

Josephine believes that each individual is unique and valuable. She enjoys working with clients to provide a safe environment with them to have their voice heard, to face challenges and to discover strengths in their journey through life. Josephine applies an integrative therapy approach to assist clients to effectively work towards holistic healing – emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.

Josephine earned her Master in Social Work from Michigan State University and her Clinical Psychology BA from University of Michigan.

Josephine is available to speak on a variety of issues including Crisis Management, Self Esteem, Grief/Loss, Parenting, Child Development, Family Systems, Community Issues (e.g. poverty/anti-human sex trafficking/homelessness), and Ministry Goals/Leadership/Self Development.


Vilma R. Matthews, EdD, LPC

     Orland Park and South Holland, IL Offices
Child, Adolescent and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Vilma Matthews

Dr. Vilma Matthews is a counselor educator and Licensed Professional Counselor and has been working in a counseling capacity for over 25 years. Her clinical experiences are in premarital/marital couples’ counseling, individual counseling, mentoring at-risk youths, and working with men and women in domestic violence (DV) situations. 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.

Dr. Matthews is passionate about helping hurting people who feel hopeless, misunderstood and/or are experiencing “pains of the soul.” She is also passionate about seeing people realize their worth to God as well as their value and potential as citizens of the human race and, ultimately, the kingdom of God. 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.

Dr. Matthews believes each individual/family is unique. 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. This allows Dr. Matthews to customize her intervention techniques based on what is best suited for each individual/family she serves. The goal is to effectively promote wellness. She believes that true “wellness” is conceptualized based on biblical truths and principles consistent with the Word of God.

She earned both her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Governors State University, University Park, IL. Dr. Matthews is supervised by Joy Bocanegra, MA, LCPC.

Dr. Matthews is an experienced presenter on the subject of domestic violence and its impact on the church.


Sara Miller MSW, LCSW

      Chicago (South Loop) Office
Adolescent and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Sara Miller

Sara Miller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 24+ years working in a hospital setting. 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 believes in the therapeutic process utilizing various approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Crisis Intervention and Strength Based Counseling. 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.A.) and Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Anne Mirza, MSW, LCSW

      Chicago (South Loop) Office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Anne Lockwood

Anne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who partners with the Holy Spirit to offer individuals, couples, and families hope, renewal, understanding, and change in their lives by providing holistic and comprehensive counseling. She values the integration of both professional counseling techniques and Christian principles in the therapeutic process, as directed by each individual’s personal preference and faith journey. 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. She utilizes an integrative approach to her therapeutic interventions and caters her use of evidence-based practices to the individual’s needs, set of beliefs, and desires. 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.

She has experience and interest in supporting people facing a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, ADHD, life transition, relational and familial discord/transition, grief, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, abuse/trauma (Including survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence), parenting, low self-esteem, anger management, and severe mental illness.

Anne received her Master’s in Social Work from the accredited program at Loyola University, Chicago, IL and her BA in Social Work from Hope College, Holland, MI.


Debi Mitchell, MS, LMFT

     Schererville Office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Debi Mitchell

Debi’s previous experience includes individual, couples, and family counseling. Debi has extensive experience working with adolescent behavioral and emotional issues, family counseling, grief/loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, and working through difficult adjustments to life changes. Her greatest desire is to reflect the light of Christ in the midst of life’s dark moments.

Debi earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN.


Heather Mulcahy, MSW, LSW

     Schererville and South Holland Offices
Child, Adolescent and Adult
Individual, Couple and Family Therapy

Heather Mulcahy

Heather is a Licensed Social Worker in both Illinois and Indiana. She has a passion for restoring hope, facilitating healing and offering support to her clients. She believes in developing a strong therapeutic relationship built on trust, empathy and respect in a safe and supportive environment. She approaches therapy from a Christ-centered perspective that includes mind, body and spirit to promote health and wholeness. Areas of interest include depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship concerns, women’s issues, spiritual issues, grief and loss, life transitions, trauma and abuse.

Heather earned her MSW from Governors State University, University Park, IL with an emphasis in children and family services and her BA in Criminal Justice from Governors State University. She is currently supervised by Doug VanTil, MSW, LCSW.


Jessica Parks, MSW, LCSW

     Lombard and Orland Park Offices
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Jessica Parks

Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about working with adolescents and adults during times of struggle, change, and growth. Jessica has worked for years with adults and adolescents with chronic mental health disorders, as well as adjustment and grief issues. She meets with families, couples, and individuals. Jessica is passionate about assisting adolescents in navigating the transitional teenage years, and has experience treating teens struggling with self-injury. She also enjoys working with children and adults with profound trauma experiences.

Jessica’s focus in therapy is on assisting clients to develop personal strengths and supports to enhance quality of life. She believes that faith and family systems profoundly impact ability to heal, and walks with clients in their journeys toward fostering growth within these systems. Her work as a therapist is as witness to pain, supporter, educator, and collaborator.

Jessica graduated from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, with a BSW degree. She completed her Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis on mental health at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jessica is available to speak on a variety of topics, including bipolar disorder, interpersonal effectiveness, and supporting family members with chronic mental illness.


Matthew A. Potter,  MEd, LCPC, NCC

     Lombard and Orland Park offices
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy
Matthew A. Potter

Matthew is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor working with pre-adolescents, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He has over 25 years in the mental health field including doing outpatient therapy, school-based counseling, case-management, residential and care within acute psychiatric hospital settings. His diversity has allowed him to understand a broad range of issues.

His most typical interventions are grounded in cognitive and behavioral techniques, systemic thinking model, strength based approach and faith based principles. His past successes include working with clients of all ages who primarily struggle with anxiety, stress, depression, adult and childhood ADHD/ADD symptoms, couples and family related issues and concerns.

Matthew approaches counseling from the perspective that life is a personal, and at times, painful journey. What a person encounters in life helps to shape them, and it’s the message from these experiences, where therapy can be useful. How one perceives and bridges the gap between what is expected or wished for and the reality of the actual outcome is what therapy addresses and where it can be very beneficial.

Romans 5:3-5 speaks to one’s personal struggle. It focuses on the role of suffering in one’s life and how persevering leads to character and character leads to hope, and then through guidance and support eventually to transformation.

Counseling for Matthew involves a partnership between a client and therapist in facing one’s life events and finding ways to utilize faith, hope, and skills and in overcoming and growing from pain and brokenness of spirit to healing and wholeness.

Matthew received his BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana and his M.Ed. from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.


Kim T. Pronoitis,  MA, LCPC

     Tinley Park office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy
Kim T. Pronoitis

Kim is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works with individuals, couples and families. She is certified in psychiatric rehabilitation, has experience in residential and inpatient settings, and working with groups. Kim has worked with a wide variety of issues including, but not limited to, mood disorders (bi-polar disorders, depression), anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, trauma, and self-harm. Kim has life experiences working with women through ministry and mental health. She focuses on meeting the client where they are at the present time with a holistic approach that encompasses the body, mind and spirit. Kim's theory is based in the cognitive behavioral approach and draws from the theory of the dialectical behavioral paradigm. She believes that life is about having balance and through letting go and letting God one can live life to its fullest potential.

Kim earned her MA in Counseling/Psychology from Governors State University, University Park, IL and a BA from Lewis University and majored in Psychology and Criminal Social Justice. Kim has a passion to work with behavioral health advocates to remove the stigma of mental health.


Gregory Rodriguez, MA, LCPC

Adolescent and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy
     New Lenox, Orland Park and Shorewood Offices

Gregory Rodriguez

Greg is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families on a variety of issues. He is experienced working with a diversity of people and issues in the context of both private practice and the community mental health system.  Expertise and interests include helping individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, sexuality concerns, life transitions, parenting, marriage, family (particularly with teens) and couples counseling.

Greg values the important role faith plays in an individual's journey towards wholeness and attempts to integrate the spiritual whenever possible. He also has a heart for helping men and their families who are hurting and seeks to provide them with the tools necessary to have a healthier and more enjoyable marriage/family.  Greg has extensive men’s ministry experience within the church as well.

He received his BA in Psychology and earned his MA in Professional Counseling from Governors State University in University Park, IL.

Greg is also available to make presentations to schools, church groups, and other organizations on a variety of topics.


Shawna M. Sapp, MSW, LCSW

     Schererville and South Holland Offices
Adolescent and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Shawna M Sapp

Shawna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose experience stems from working with adults in residential settings to individuals and families suffering grief and loss. Shawna takes a collaborative and supportive approach with her clients while allowing the Holy Spirit to guide her in her work. Shawna is passionate about working with individuals and families on a variety of issues including grief, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and caregiver distress. Shawna has extensive experience working with individuals and families affected by PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder). She also enjoys working with caregivers and the elderly.

Shawna received her MSW from Governors State University with an emphasis in children and families and is a Kott Gerontology Scholar recipient for her passion for working with older adult populations.


Lynne Scherschel, MS, LMFT

     Schererville Office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Lynne Scherschel

For over thirty years Lynne has been working as a marriage and family therapist to facilitate God's healing of individuals, families, and marriages. She has considerable experience working with people who have experienced childhood trauma and those who are encountering issues of death and loss, parenting, divorce, step-families, and counseling for post-abortive women. Lynne is available for pre-marital as well as marital and family counseling.

Lynne earned her BA in Psychology and French from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and her MS in counseling from Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN. Additionally, she completed a two-year postgraduate training program in marriage and family therapy.


Cicely Silva, MA, LPC

      Chicago (Edgewater & South Loop), IL Offices
Adolescent and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Cicely Silva

Cicely is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a passion for seeing others understand their worth and for reaching those who feel forgotten. As a leader at her church she has met many people who are lonely, hopeless, and hurting. They are the reason she pursued an education and a career in counseling. She wanted to be better equipped to help them and bring them a sense of hope.

She has been in church ministry for seven years, and being a pastor’s wife, is familiar with the issues and stresses of leadership. It is her hope that she can help church leaders avoid burn out and guide them through any pain or confusion that has settled in.

Cicely is supervised by Daniella Appiagyei, MA, LCPC. Cicely received her MA in School Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, and her BA in both Social Justice and Civic Engagement and The Study of Women and Gender from Dominican University, River Forest, IL.

She welcomes opportunities to speak to groups on worth and self-esteem, appropriate boundaries for youth leaders/pastors, and the role of pastors.


Amy Stuart, MA, LCPC

     Plainfield Office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual and Family Therapy

Amy Stuart

Amy likes to work with individuals and families as well as children and adolescents dealing with a variety of issues.  Some areas that she particularly enjoys working with include anxiety, anger management and depression.  She is also PREPARE-ENRICH certified to provide pre-marital and couples counseling.

Amy received her BS in Communicative Disorders from Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, IL and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.


Doug Van Til, MSW, LCSW

      South Holland Office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Doug Van Til

Doug is an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has extensive experience in providing counseling to students with significant social, emotional, and behavioral problems in the therapeutic special education setting. His experience includes working with students who present problems in the area of ADHD, Aspergers, various mood disorders, trauma, and aggression. Doug’s individual therapy focuses on areas of improving motivation, conflict resolution, and crisis management, and mediation all toward the goal of improving the student’s education experience. Family intervention with a collaborative perspective is a key component to Doug’s clinical work.

Doug has had the opportunity to train and supervise masters level students as well as L.C.S.W. applicants from various universities. Doug has experience in providing individual and family counseling in private practice. Doug also enjoys speaking on the topics of "Bullying" and "Christian Parenting".

Doug received a BA in Sociology from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, and earned a Masters of Social Work from George Williams School of Social Work in Downers Grove, Illinois.


Taunya Woods, MS, LCPC

     Tinley Park Office
Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Scott Smith

Taunya has a variety of clinical experience, which includes social services, community mental health, crisis intervention, working with DCFS clients, and counseling college students with a myriad of issues.  She has worked with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, couples, families and groups.

Taunya has extensive ministry experience in various areas within the church.  She has spent many years serving in the Married Couples Ministry, Youth Ministry, Women’s Ministry and Music & Arts Ministry.  This has afforded her the ability to connect with individuals spiritually, believers and non-believers.  She also has received training in spiritual counseling and is PREPARE/ENRICH certified.

Taunya has a heart for people, especially in their time of distress.  Her goal is to empower individuals to reach their highest potential, drawing from their strengths, while developing the areas in need of improvement.

Taunya received her BS in Community Health Education with an emphasis in Psychology, and a MS in Counseling with an emphasis in Human Services from Illinois State University, Normal, IL.  She obtained her licensure (LCPC) in 2000.


Ginnette (Jurgel) Yonkman,  MA, LCPC

     New Lenox and South Holland office
Adolescent and Adult
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy
Ginnette Jurgel

Ginnette is an Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has spent the last 7 years working in various capacities within the community counseling and residential treatment settings. Her background and experience includes working with individuals struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, self-injury, trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders, anger management, grief and loss, relational issues, and co-occurring illness. She is also passionate about teaching and lecturing at the collegiate level and enjoys speaking on a variety of topics including spirituality, relationships, family, boundaries, codependency, and mental illness.

She enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, and has experience working with adolescent, adult, and geriatric clients. She incorporates a holistic therapeutic approach to address each individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Ginnette received a BA in Psychology from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois and earned a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.