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Jeff Kelly, MA

I deeply desire to help you grow, whether through insight about yourself, or in finding emotional, spiritual, or relational health. One of my therapeutic goals is to provide you with the space and freedom to be authentic and vulnerable. I believe there is power in being present with someone, sitting with them in the heaviest of moments. I hope to provide an environment and presence where you can share and process your disappointments and pain, while also making room to explore your hopes and dreams for the future.

My clinical interests include mood disorders, trauma and substance abuse, grief, and men’s issues. In addition, I enjoy integrating faith in the therapy process when invited by you, the client. Through assessment or intervention, I seek to assist people from all walks of life find a way to be seen, heard, known, and loved.

My previous professional experiences include being a cancer hospital chaplain, crisis worker, university counselor, community mental health, and inpatient substance use facility therapist. I am a married, father of 2 young children who passionately enjoys attending and serving at my local church.

630-752-9750 ext 20

 

Education:

PsyD candidate, George Fox University
Master of Arts, clinical psychology
, George Fox University
Master of Arts, biblical counseling,  Westminster Theological Seminary

Gabrielle Oechsle, MA

I strive to create a space for you to feel supported and heard as you share your experiences and feelings. My goal in therapy is to provide encouragement, resources, and a listening ear as you learn more about yourself or work through the challenges that bring you to counseling. If you are open to doing so, I enjoy integrating faith into our conversations as well.

I work primarily from a client-centered perspective while drawing from psycho-dynamic theories and techniques. I am particularly passionate about working with clients who are facing bereavement, religious or spiritual struggle, depression, or anxiety. I am available for child, adolescent, adult, and group therapy.

I am privileged to be working alongside the therapists and counselors at CDPCC this year (2021-2022) while training under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Francis, OP.

Education:
Master of Arts, clinical psychology, (Wheaton College)
Bachelor of Arts, psychology, (Lee University)

630-752-9750 ext. 25

 

Tom Pierick, MA

The stresses and complexities of our modern world often leave us feeling powerless against our daily struggles. As a therapist, I seek to create a welcoming therapeutic space where you can safely share and explore your thoughts, emotions, and personal stories. Through empathy, collaboration, and a smidge of humor, I strive to promote greater self-understanding, meaning, and empowerment in all my clients.

I often draw upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Existential Therapy to assist those struggling with a variety of concerns, including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, family conflicts, identity formation, and major life transitions. When invited by a client, I also enjoy exploring spirituality and integrating faith into therapy.

I am honored to join the CDPCC team while serving under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Francis.  I am available for individual (child, adolescent, adult) and family therapy.

 

630-752-9750 ext 28

 

Education:

Master of Arts, clinical psychology, Wheaton College
Bachelor of Arts, psychology, University of Dallas

Tessa Walk, BS

I am excited to administer psychological and neuro-psychological testing to children and adults for a variety of issues such as learning disabilities, social/emotional concerns, and career aptitude concerns. I hope to establish a place for you where you can feel free to come as you are, be seen and heard, and grow into believing there is a hopeful tomorrow. My goal is to provide compassionate care, a listening ear as you learn more about yourself, and resources that will allow you to be all you were made to be.

I am privileged to be able to work alongside the therapists and counselors at CDPCC this year (2022-2023) while training under the supervision of Dr. Elissa McGovern, PsyD.

 

630-752-9750 ext 13

 

Education:

Master of Arts, clinical psychology, Wheaton College
Bachelor of Science, psychology, Palm Beach Atlantic University

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