Elliott Counseling Group has been serving individuals, couples and families in the community since 2002, addressing the entire range of emotional and mental health issues. Whether it is to assist in addressing anxiety or depression, to find answers to chemical dependency problems or eating disorders, to help to resolve marital or family conflict, to facilitate healing from the effects of trauma and loss, to aid in dealing with grief or coping with stress, or to provide support and direction for any number of other issues arising from interpersonal relationships, the workplace, school, or self-exploration and personal growth, we are here for you. Elliott Counseling Group currently employs a select group of the best and most well-regarded therapists in the community, bringing diversity in personal characteristics and culture, in style and orientation, and in experience and areas of specialization.
We work with all age groups, from pre-school-aged children (utilizing play therapy), through adolescence and adulthood, to elders.
In addition to providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy, we provide many additional services. Please see the services page for those details.
President & CEO
Kevin Elliott, LCPC founded the company in 2002. His vision allowed the company to thrive, growing from one counselor to where we are today. The model is a unique hybrid between a private practice and a clinic with each counselor managing their own schedule and attending to their own clients while being fully supported by full staff who manage behind the scene details. Kevin now attends to the financial management of the company and provides clinical oversite. He spends the rest of his days bike riding (he managed a cross country trip in 2014!); creating music (www.kevinelliottmusic.com); producing a folk music show that has national acclaim (heard on www.weft.org); and loving his role as a grandpa and family man.
Sandra Ahten, is a serial entrepreneur, who in 2012 stepped in to the business her husband founded. Today she is the CEO and business manager. In addition she is an accomplished artist (www.sandraahten.com) and an agent for social justice in the community primarily through involvement in independent media. She is on the board of directors of WEFT community radio and contributes to various shows and efforts there. She was a founding member of the Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center, Public i newspaper, and Books to Prisoners http://books2prisoners.org/. For seven years she had a diet and life coaching business with a top rated iTunes podcast. She enjoys bike riding, creative cooking, growing her own greens and rooting for the underdog.
Clinical Director & Office Manager
Jolie Carsten, Clinical Director
Jolie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the counseling field for over 20 years and has been providing clinical supervision and program direction for over 10 years. Her approach to therapy is strength-based and client-driven. It includes CBT, play therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, DBT, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Jolie provides mentoring, supervision and over-site to the entire clinical staff. She works closely with the CEO on business development and as part of the management team provides direction on the areas where business and clinical decisions intersect.
Interesting Fact 1: I love playing games: computer games, card games, board games, outdoor games. I have a collection of over 30 board games.
Nicole Bash, Office Manager
Nicole has been with Elliott Counseling Group since 2013. She plans, directs, supports, and manages all administrative services in the office. She also oversees insurance and third party contracts and manages client records and relations. As part of the managerial team she participates in strategic planning and budget development.
Interesting Fact: Nicole is working to complete her degree in Business Management.
Phil Chmielewski, LCPC
Theresa Adams, Billing and Client Care Specialist
Theresa assists in both billing and client care for all the ECG locations.
Interesting Fact #1: Theresa was born and raised on the island of Oahu.
Interesting Fact #2: She recently graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kyle Ahten, Client Care
Kyle brings a life long interest in psychology and spirituality with a strong desire to understand motivation and what makes people "tick". He graduated from Urbana High and attended Parkland College. In addition to being Client Care specialist he is the the Building Operation manager for all 3 offices.
Interesting fact #1: Most of my experience has been in outdoor settings, including landscape and construction. Office chairs are really comfortable.
Interesting fact #2: I'd rather be fishing.
Christine Green, Receptionist
Christine greets our clients, schedules appointments, and answers phones. She also handles many of the miscellaneous tasks that the rest of the team may have.
Interesting Fact #1: I love BBQ; I love live music and plays.
Interesting Fact #2: I am a Licensed Minister.
Interesting Fact #3: I enjoy word puzzles and games.
Chelsey Hutmacher, Client Care Specialist
Chelsey is a client care specialist who enjoys working with both clients and therapists to help find the best therapeutic fit for those interested in therapy.
Interesting fact #1: Chelsey enjoys singing and playing my guitar at weddings, coffee shops, etc.
Jenny Kinney, Billing Specialist
Jenny handles the majority of billing insurance companies and making sure that all patient accounts are up to date.
Interesting Fact #1: Jenny is a self proclaimed video game nerd and an avid reader.
Melissa Lyke, Receptionist
Melissa greets our clients, schedules appointments, and answers phones. She also assists admin with daily tasks.
Interesting fact #1: I participate in an adult kickball league.
Interesting fact #2: My favorite TV show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Candyce Neil, Receptionist
Candyce greets our clients, schedules appointments, and answers phones. She also assists therapists and admin with daily tasks.
Interesting Fact #1: I have a guilty pleasure of watching the Bachelorette...
Interesting Fact #2: I am the oldest of seven children.
Interesting Fact #3: I love writing in my spare time, and I'm a part of a writing group on Facebook called Wordsmithereens.
Amanda Norvell, Business Development/Tech Liaison
Amanda works closely with the CEO in business development, maintaining web content, promotions and marketing, and coordinating our groups and workshops. She also works as our in-house IT Specialist.
Interesting Fact #1: Amanda went to Eastern Illinois University where she received a BA in Communication Studies and discovered a love for reading, but not for reading textbooks.
Cassie Proulx, Accounts Payable and Graphic Design
As our accounts payable specialist, Cassie handles all of the businesses finances as well as assists in making financial decisions with the business manager. Cassie assists in Business Development utilizing her graphic design skills.
Interesting Fact #1: I'm a competitive ballroom dancer. I travel all over the country with my partner (my husband) to compete.
Farron Velles, Lead Receptionist & Credentialing
As our lead receptionist, Farron greets our clients, schedules appointments, and answers phones. She also handles all therapist's credentialing.
Interesting Fact #1: Farron was born in Hawaii. Her bumper sticker reads Happa Girl, meaning half and half. Her mother is full blooded Hawaiian.
Interesting Fact #2: Farron's partner is the son of Kevin and Sandra and she is mother to their grandson Eli. Keeping it in the family!