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. 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.
Tyler Koontz, LSW, Office Manager
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.
Clinical Leadership Team
James Warren, Jr., LCSW, Clinical Coordinator- Project Manager
James is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, where he graduated from the University of Illinois. He has been a member of the Champaign-Urbana community for over two decades, gaining experience in multiple local institutions. James will be working with our therapist staff, as well as our Executive and Administrative team to manage and develop projects, support, and cultivate growth of the business.
Olivia Gray, LCPC, Clinical Coordinator- Trainer
Olivia Gray, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, is taking on the role of Clinical Coordinator, with an emphasis on Training and IT. This position trains and guides new therapists in the onboarding process, while supporting and participating in team projects. With past experience in IT, Olivia will help with the technical and software aspects of onboarding, as well as manage onboarding protocols.
Erica Aina, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor
Erica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is a well established therapist here at Elliott Counseling Group, while also playing a dual role as Clinical Supervisor: managing clinical happenings, coaching and supporting therapists through monitoring, mentoring, and supervising. She also participated in team projects.
Sheerine Bazargani, LPC, CMHIMP, Wellness Coordinator
Sheerine is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has many years in the field of mental health and holistic wellness. Sheerine is also a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). As the Wellness Coordinator, Sheerine will conceptualize, develop, and curate our wellness center. This will be in the form of facilitating workshops, writing articles, preparing videos, and much more.
Behavioral Medication Management
Sarah Schulze, Nurse Practitioner
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.
***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.
Mack In Awe, "Mack",
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.
Kyle Ahten, Operations Support & Client Care Specialist
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 and Credentialing Associate
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. She spends part of her day with credentialing therapists with insurances, and a is a huge help in whatever way she can!
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.
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 manages daily transactions and client accounts as a part of our Billing Team.
Maggie White, Business Development Associate
Maggie works with the Business Manager on marketing and advertising hiring campaigns, promoting groups and workshops, and engaging with potential clients. She also creates content, manages social medias, and caters to external and internal business relationships.
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.
Allison Jones, Billing Specialist
Allison works in our Billing department, assisting with claim denials, client accounts, refund checks, and more! She has a wealth of experience and knowledge in Billing, specifically in health-care Billing.
Interesting Fact #1: Allison has a one-year-old who keeps her busy and on her toes-- of course, when she's not at work.
Interesting Fact #2: She has been to nearly all 50 states.. in fact, she has traveled to 48/50! The exceptions to no surprise are Hawaii and Alaska.
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.
Lori Smith, Urbana Receptionist
Lori is a receptionist at our Urbana-Campus location. She greets and checks-in clients, answers phone calls, organizes paperwork, and various other clerical duties. She is a welcoming face at the front desk!
Interesting Fact #1: Lori is a die-hard, life-long Cubs baseball fan!
Interesting Fact #2: In her spare time, Lori loves to travel and loves to vacation-- especially when it comes to cruises!
Brea Wickert, Clark St. Receptionist
Brea is at our front desk at our Clark Street location, where she warmly welcomes clients and tends to any needs or questions they have. She also answers the phones, emails, and assists in helping therapists with administrative duties. She is a friendly face around the office and is always eager to help with any pending tasks.
Interesting Fact #1: Brea is an enthusiast and advocate for mental health-- so much though that she has two jobs in the mental health field. Her goal is to become a substance abuse counselor, once finished with school.
Interesting Fact #2: She and her brother have a pretty large gap in ages... in fact, 20 years age difference, but that doesn't hinder their relationship. Brea loves to spend time with him, when not at work.