Faculty & Counselors
With over 35 highly-regarded therapists on staff, your specific needs will be met. Whether you’re seeking individual, couples, family, or group therapy, we have the right therapist for you.
Better . . .
Established. Compassionate. Genuine. Since 2002, Elliott Counseling Group has been impacting the lives in our community by providing quality mental health and wellness care. We address the entire range of emotional and mental health issues, whether it be anxiety and depression, substance abuse and eating disorders, marital/family issues and trauma, and more. From pre-school-aged children, to adolescents and teenagers, to adulthood and beyond, we utilize a variety of approaches and skills (such as Play Therapy or Animal Assisted Therapy) to create a unique experience for each client. We work to match you and your needs to your best-fit therapist, so that you are set up for success. Our team brings diversity in personal characteristics and culture, in style and orientation, and in experiences and areas of specialization. For additional services, please see our Services page!
From Our Founder
“When I started my counseling practice in 2002, it was with help from friends and little in the way of planning… just trust in intuition, effort, and willingness to learn. I never imagined what this modest idea would become, a genuine community asset. I’m grateful for our clients, employees, and so many others… especially my wife and partner, Sandra, for building the structure to house and sustain the good work we do.
From Our CEO
Buried beneath depression, addiction or relationship issues I, like others, sought therapy to be seen and heard as a uniquely valued individual. To be able to provide this light to our clients; to be able to show our employees that they matter; to be able to bring health to the community is why I show up and do what I do as the CEO of Elliott Counseling Group. The good ripples out — and that matters. Thank you all for giving us the chance to make a difference in the world.
OUR PRESIDENT & CEO
We’re Better Together.
PRESIDENT & FOUNDER
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 (Kevin Elliott Music); producing a folk music show that has national acclaim (heard on WEFT); and loving his role as a grandpa and family man.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO)
Sandra Ahten, is a serial entrepreneur, who in 2012 stepped in to the business her husband founded. Today she is the CEO. In addition she is an accomplished artist 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. 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.
OUR CAREFULLY SELECTED LEADERSHIP TEAM
We Are Here To Help.
“Acceptance rests on letting go of the illusion of control and a willingness to notice and accept things as they are right now, without judging.”
~Marsha Linehan, Founder of DBT
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO)
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.
Tyler Koontz, Lsw
As Office manager, Tyler oversees Reception, Billing, and Client Care departments, and also acts as the liaison between our I.T. third-party. He works directly with the Business Manager by assisting with daily tasks, managing projects, and keeping our protocols up-to-date. Tyler also assists with answering to client questions.
Interesting Fact #1: Tyler considers himself to be an expert on all things ‘Harry Potter’ after reading each novel over 10 times.”
Interesting Fact #2: He has a history in rocket science.
ERICA AINA, LCSW
Erica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who doubles as a therapist and a Clinical Supervisor: managing clinical happenings, coaching and supporting therapists through monitoring, mentoring, and supervising. She participates in team projects and aids in company direction regarding Clinical growth. She assists with reviewing and revising protocols, and ensuring they are applied company-wide.
Fact #1: Erica has a pet cat, Scout, to honor her favorite book, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’
Fact #2: She loves to be connected with nature by gardening and hiking.
James Warren, Jr., LCSW
CLINICAL COORDINATOR-PROJECT MANAGER
James is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who sees both clients and works as our Clinical Coordinator and Project Manager. He provides Group Supervision to therapists, and works with our Executive and Administrative team to manage and develop projects, support, and cultivate growth of the business. James helps lead the way towards company direction and development.
Fact #1: James and his Dad have the same name and same birthday (his mom didn’t have to get him anything that year.)
Fact #2: His favorite number is 72 and he sees it pop up in all kinds of places.
BEHAVIORAL MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
Whole Body Healing.
Sarah is a certified Nurse Practitioner, specializing in Behavioral Mental Health medication management for children, teenagers, and young adults. Her mission is to establish effective and lasting health practices, so that a client can optimize their quality of life. Sarah is well equipped to work with children who have behavioral issues and troubles in school; in addition, college students with similar challenges
Crystal is a certified Nurse Practitioner and supports adults 23+.She specializes in behavioral mental health care, as well as prescription and medication support for adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and more.
It’s okay to not be okay. We are here for you. We are Better . . . Together.
Even on the hardest days that you may face, there are better days coming. Sometimes, it takes exploring our emotions and confiding in others to see the light inside ourselves… and that is perfectly okay.
We have a trained staff of therapists and coaches who can work with you to help process your feelings, transform those feelings into words, and provide tools to turn thoughts into action. We want to help you recognize the empowerment that lies within yourself, so that you are able to make the changes you desire most in life.