Overview

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

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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. 

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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. 


Clinical Director & Office Manager

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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: She loves playing games: computer games, card games, board games, outdoor games.  She has a collection of over 30 board games. 

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Lainey Emmons-Topping, Business Development and Operations 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: Lainey is a dedicated crafter and sells custom crafts through her small business.

Interesting Fact: 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.

 
 

Therapists

***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.


 

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Colleen Aziz, LCPC
✓ Champaign
    Tuscola
    Campus
    children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR

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Leigh Bell, LCPC
    Champaign   
    Tuscola
Campus

    children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR

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Sharon Benekohal, LCSW
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
✓ EMDR

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Shelby Brewer, LSW
✓ Champaign    
    Tuscola
    Campus
 children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR

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Lindsay Brooks,
Intern, Therapist
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
children
adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR 

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Olivia Buttram, LPC
✓ Champaign   
 Tuscola
    Campus
children
adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR 

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 Jolie Carsten, LCSW
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
✓ EMDR

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Monica Cherry, LCSW
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
   children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR

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Phil Chmielewski, LCPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR

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Carla Cravens, LCSW
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
    children
    adolescents
✓ adults
    family
    couples
✓ EMDR

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Sharon DeCelle, LPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
    children
    adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
✓ EMDR

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Jamie Donsbach, LCSW
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR

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Lindsay Ennis, LPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR

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Kim Greenlee, LCSW
    Champaign   
    Tuscola
Campus

   children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
✓ EMDR

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Valerie Groves, LCSW
 Champaign    
 Tuscola
    Campus

  children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR

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Janelle Hall, LCPC
Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus

    children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR

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Steve Higgins, LCSW
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
   Campus
children
adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR

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Yi-Chien "Itch" Hung
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
    children
    adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples  
✓ EMDR

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David Hunter, LCPC
    Champaign   
✓ Tuscola
    Campus
    children
adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
✓ EMDR  

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Doris Jenkins, LPC
    Champaign   
    Tuscola
Campus
    children
    adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples  
✓ EMDR

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Marilee Johnson, LPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
✓ children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
✓ EMDR

 
 
 

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Brandy Kruse, LCPC
✓ Champaign    

✓ Tuscola
    Campus
children
adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
✓ EMDR

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Molly McLay, LCSW
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
children
adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR

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Dana Miller, LPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
children
adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
✓ EMDR

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Dirk Mol, LPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
    children
    adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
✓ EMDR

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Keri Offenstein, LPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
   Campus
   children
adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
✓ EMDR

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Shayla Parker, LCPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
    children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR

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Angela Patton, LPC
    Champaign   
✓ Tuscola
    Campus
    children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR

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Staci Poe, LCPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
 Campus
✓ children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
✓ EMDR

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Chris Ray, LCPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
    children
    adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR 

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Sarah Reynertson, LCPC
    Champaign   
    Tuscola
 Campus
    children
    adolescents
adults
✓ family
couples
    EMDR

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Elaine Schlorff, LSW
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
    children
    adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR 

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Karen Shepard, LCSW
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
✓ children
✓ adolescents
    adults
✓ family
   couples
   EMDR

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Kevin Shepherd, LCSW
Champaign   
    Tuscola
Campus
    children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
✓ EMDR

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Tammie Roedl, LCSW
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
children
✓ adolescents
adults
✓ family
couples
    EMDR

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Paige Spangler, LCPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
children
✓ adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
✓ EMDR

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Beth Tabbert, LPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
children
✓ adolescents
adults
✓ family
couples
    EMDR

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Carolyn Truelove, LCPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
    children
adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples 
    EMDR

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Kathleen Wirth-Couch, LPC
✓ Champaign   
    Tuscola
    Campus
children
adolescents
✓ adults
✓ family
✓ couples
    EMDR 


Mediators

 
 
 

Office Staff

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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: Most of his experience has been in outdoor settings, including landscape and construction. Office chairs are really comfortable.
Interesting fact #2: He'd rather be fishing.

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Holly Clabeaux, Billing Specialist
Holly handles billing insurance companies and making sure that all patient accounts are up to date.
Interesting Fact #1: Attended the same High School that was filmed in the Original Movie 'Karate Kid' when I lived in California. - Reseda High School
Interesting Fact #2: My fiance and I together have 4 Black Cats (Brudder, Thea, Seis and Bruce Wayne). Those are our kids (for now...)
Interesting Fact #3:  I love learning NEW words that I have never heard before! Such as PETRICORE - the smell of rain

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Stephanie Rausch, Client Care Specialist
Stephanie is in charge of our intake department. She makes sure that all clients that call in or email for appointments are answered and paired with the right counselors that fit their needs. 
Interesting Fact #1: Stephanie is completely devoted to her adorable family and is a photographer and maker in her "free time."

 

 

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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!

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Candyce Neil, Receptionist
Candyce greets our clients, schedules appointments, and answers phones. She also assists therapists and admin with daily tasks.
Interesting Fact #1: She has a guilty pleasure of watching the Bachelorette...
Interesting Fact #2: She is the oldest of seven children.
Interesting Fact #3: She loves writing in her spare time, and is a part of a writing group on Facebook called
Wordsmithereens.

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Melissa Lyke, Receptionist
Melissa greets our clients, schedules appointments, and answers phones. She also assists admin with daily tasks.
Interesting fact #1: She participates in an adult kickball league.
Interesting fact #2: Her favorite TV show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.