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 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.
Lainey Emmons-Topping, Business Manager
Lainey oversees all marketing design and content as well as community relations. She oversees the building operations and works with IT consultants and other contractors with regard to the infrastructure of all locations. She works with the CEO on budget and company direction.
Interesting Fact #1: Lainey is a dedicated crafter and sells custom crafts through her small business.
Interesting Fact #2: She is a animal rescue advocate and is always adding a little chaos to the mix of her already busy home that includes a husband and two toddlers.
Jenny Smith, Office Manager
Jenny is our Office Manager, working diligently to ensure the company runs seamlessly throughout departments and locations. She is dedicated to our client's happiness and experience here with Elliott Counseling Group.
Interesting Fact #1: Jenny has two dogs, Bo and Roxy.
Interesting Fact #2: Jenny is a self proclaimed, video game nerd.
George Cook, LCSW/LCPC, Clinical Supervisor
George is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed clinical professional counselor. He holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. He has been providing mental health services for over 20 years and is considered an expert in the field of counseling. He will be working closely with over 30 professional therapists to ensure a high standard of education for them as well as quality service for our clients.
Interesting Fact #2: Traveling makes his soul happy.
Mack In Awe, "Mack", Therapy Dog-in-Training, Alliance of Therapy Dogs Association
Mack is a happy and affectionate Brittany Spaniel pup who is currently working on his Therapy Dog certification. He is embarking on this journey with his trainer, who is also a member of the Elliott Counseling Group team. Mack will be an expert at providing extra comfort, affection, and security during sessions, and will be available to all clients at no additional cost.
For more information on Animal-Assisted Therapy, check out the tab on our Community Wellness page.
***The issues listed under each therapist are not inclusive of all the issues and modalities they are experienced with. Elliott Counseling Group's Client Care team will work with you to select a therapist who is most appropriate for your needs. All therapists with Elliott Counseling Group are highly experienced and able to see clients with anxiety and depression.
Kyle Ahten, Operations Support
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: Kyle has work experience in outdoor settings including landscaping and construction.
Interesting Fact #2:Though Kyle thinks office chairs are really comfortable, he'd rather be fishing.
Christine Bailey, Billing Specialist
Christine is an all-star member of our Billing Team. She genuinely enjoys advocating for clients with insurance companies in an effort to gain approval for denied claims. She thrives on solving the puzzle of Billing issues!
Interesting Fact #1: Christine challenged traditional good luck and was married on a Friday the 13th, no spookiness there.
Interesting Fact #2: Christine is an avid crafter! She enjoys any project that requires creativity.
Mindy Cunningham, Client Care Specialist
Mindy is our client care specialist who works directly with clients to select the best therapist for their needs and helps schedule their first appointment.
Interesting Fact #2: Mindy loves dark chocolate!
Melanie Hoogstraat, Client Care Specialist
Like Mindy, Melanie is our client care specialist. She works hard with clients to select the best therapist for their needs and helps schedule their first appointment.
Interesting Fact #1: Melanie is a very proud dog mom! She has three dogs and one cat who thinks he's a dog.
Interesting Fact #2: Melanie also has a Bachelors in Psychology and a strong passion for Mental Health Awareness and Education.
Renee Johnson, Executive Assistant
Renee is our Executive Assistant, lending a helping hand to CEO Sandra Ahten, Business Manager Lainey Emmons, and Clinical Supervisor George Cook. She assists with administrative assignments, scheduling and sitting in on meetings, and other various, but crucial tasks.
Interesting Fact #1:Renee is 3 credits away from earning her Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Illinois University in Organizational Development.
Interesting Fact #2: She enjoys a daily crossword to keep her brain fresh!
Anna McCormick, Accounting Specialist
Anna is highly experienced in the accounting field. She works with various aspects of recording and reporting financial transactions, such as accounts payable and payroll.
Interesting Fact #1: Anna lived in St. Louis, Missouri for 4 years. Ironically enough she is a die hard Cardinal fan.
Interesting Fact #2: Anna also has a black and white Shih Tzu named Sadie. Anna has had her since she was 3 months old. Sadie is now 12.
Farron Velles, Billing Specialist
Farron tackles the dailies for all three locations at Elliott Counseling Group. She also is a huge help on the billing team
Interesting Fact #1: Farron was born in Hawaii.
Melissa Lyke, Urbana-Campus Receptionist & Credentialing
Melissa holds the Urbana-Campus fort down-- greeting our clients, scheduling appointments, and answering phone calls. She also handles our therapist's credentialing.
Interesting Fact #1: Melissa has the cutest 12-year-old chihuahua, named Fido.
Interesting Fact #2: Her favorite TV show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Maggie White, Business Development Associate
Maggie works on the Business Development team where she creates content, manages social medias, and caters to external and internal business relationships. She also does part-time reception at the Urbana-Campus location.
Interesting Fact #1: She lived in Paris, France for a year working as an au-pair.
Interesting Fact #2: Maggie was a previous Health & Wellness Coach, and loves helping others achieve their personal best.
Stephanie White, HR Generalist
Stephanie brings a passion for Human Resources to our team, earning her degree from Franklin University. Her positive and willing attitude is uncanny, and she offers a helping hand wherever she can. You'll often find her checking in appointments, answering phones, or assisting the admin team.
Interesting Fact #1: Stephanie has a happy little Yorkie name Ly. He was born on Leap Year!
Interesting Fact #2: Stephanie enjoys starting her day before the sun to allow extra time to focus on self care. This allows her to prepare for her day with a calm demeanor.
Keara Browne, Billing Specialist
Keara is on our billing team and works with our partnered insurance companies to ensure all claims are met. She has an eye for detail and enjoys debunking insurance questions.
Interesting Fact #1: Keara has a little boy who she is obsessed with--- truly! She takes over 100 pictures of him each month, every month. Interesting Fact #2: She really values consistency and shows this by ordering chicken fingers and french fries nearly at every restaurant.
April Nave, Tuscola Receptionist
April is our receptionist at our Tuscola location! She welcomes each client, answers phone calls, and is a liaison between the Tuscola office and our administrative team back in Champaign.
Interesting Fact #1: April loves all things sunflower! Interesting Fact #2: She is a die-hard Colts fan.
Tareva Schwanke, Clark St. Receptionist
Tareva is a receptionist at our Clark St. location. From phone calls, to client questions, to softwares and appointments, she is excited to help make our clients' experiences the best!
Interesting Fact #1: Tareva is a mom to a two-year-old, who keeps her very happy and busy! Interesting Fact #2: Apart from Elliott Counseling Group, Tareva does direct sales through a third-party vendor.