Clinical Training Program

Since 1995, the Chicago Christian Counseling Center has been involved in the clinical training of Christian therapists and psychologists. It is our commitment to the integration of faith with the field of professional counseling that challenges us to provide this unique training for Christian therapists, some of whom are in secular institutions.

To date Chicago Christian Counseling Center has provided clinical internships to masters and doctoral level students from the following schools: 

  • Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • Governor’s State University, University Park, IL
  • Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
  • Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  • Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
  • National-Louis University, Wheeling, IL
  • Northcentral University, Chicago, IL
  • Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
  • Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL
  • Suffolk University, Boston, MA
  • Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
  • Walden Unversity, Minneapolis, MN
  • Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Students in our clinical training program are able to provide services under professional supervision to under-resourced clients at greatly reduced fees.

  • individual, couple, and family counseling
  • groups and workshops
  • speaking engagements

Meet our graduate student clinical interns for the 2017 - 2018 term. They will serve clients at our locations in Chicago (South Loop), Orland Park, Schererville, and South Holland.

Call (800) 361-6880 or email us for an appointment.

 

Sophia H. Hong, BA

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
      Office Hours in Chicago (S Loop) & Orland Park, IL

Sophia H. Hong, BA

 

Sophia Hong received her B.A. in Psychology at University of Illinois at Chicago in May 2015. She is currently working on her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wheaton College. Sophia is interested in working with people of all ages and backgrounds. She is also interested in serving the clients who are socially oppressed and coming from underserved background. She has particular passion in helping clients who are affected by trauma, life transitions, and cultural related issues. She believes that integrating evidence-based psychological theories while fully depending on Christ for guidance and strength can impact positively to the counseling process. She is fluent in both Korean and English. Sophia is supervised by Diane Kapp, MA, LMFT.

 

Kelsee E. Kirk, BS

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student
National-Louis University, Chicago, IL
      Office Hours in Orland Park, IL & Schererville, IN

Kelsee Kirk BS

 

Kelsee Kirk received her B.S. in Psychology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. She is currently working on her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at National-Louis University in Chicago, IL. Kelsee’s clinical interests include crisis/trauma, depression and suicidal ideation, relationship problems, and stress management. She is committed to providing a supportive and empathic therapeutic environment in which she and clients can work collaboratively toward growth and healing. She believes in the redemptive and restorative power of Christ and is passionate about the integration of faith into the therapeutic process. Kelsee is supervised by Jessica Parks, MSW, LCSW.

 

Alfonzo Moore, BA

Master of Science in Marriage & Family Counseling Student
Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
      Office Hours in Schererville, IN & South Holland, IL

Alfonzo Moore BA

 

Alfonzo received his BA in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently pursuing his masters at Capella University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Alfonzo has a strong belief that a positive family structure and upbringing can correlate to a positive future and adult life. Alfonzo works with people of all ages and backgrounds and is particularly interested in working with people who are disenfranchised. He hopes to incorporate the spiritual practice of mindfulness into his life and into the life of his clients. Alfonzo believes wholeheartedly that what we think and believe about ourselves becomes our reality. His faith in God has carried him throughout his life. Alfonzo firmly believes that God is always guiding us. Alfonzo is supervised by Debi Mitchell, MS, LMFT.

 

Micere S. Oden, MS

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Candidate
Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
      Office Hours in Orland Park, IL
& Schererville, IN

Micere S. Oden, MS

 

Micere Oden received her B.S. in Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL; and M.S. in Applied Psychology, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Walden University. Micere is a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) with more than ten years of research, teaching, and service experience in human development and families of diverse populations. Micere has completed a therapy practicum externship at Trinity Services, Inc. Behavioral Health Department serving adults with mental illness and mild intellectual disability. She has acquired training in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in individual, group, and milieu therapy. Micere is excited about continued work with individuals across the lifespan, gaining experience in the integration of spirituality in psychotherapy, and providing assessment services. Micere is supervised by Melinda Hammond, Psy.D.

 

Matthew C. Riegel, BA

Education Specialist in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student
Loyola University, Chicago, IL
      Office Hours in Chicago (South Loop) & Orland Park, IL

Matthew C. Riegel, BA

 

Matthew Riegel received his B.A. in English Literature from Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, GA in 2014. He is currently completing his Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Loyola University Chicago. He believes deeply in the inherent goodness, kindness, and indomitability of the human spirit and that we all possess the ability to emerge from challenging situations stronger and more optimistic than before. His clinical interests range from bipolar spectrum, anxiety and depression, building healthy self-esteem, strengthening relationships, military veteran counseling, and assisting clients in navigating life transitions. He also believes that, when considering ourselves and our life challenges, we must begin with a deep understanding of God’s steadfast compassion and unconditional care for us and that it is here that our true identity, and the road to mental and emotional health, begin. Matthew is supervised by Melinda Hammond, Psy.D.