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Gail Mills, LCSW began a Social Work career providing counseling and case management to adults, children and families in public mental health agencies. She has worked in corporate Employee Assistance Programs and provided clinical training and consulting with Professionals in the Illinois child welfare system.
Honoring a dream to practice therapy independently, in 2003 Gail Mills founded Hope Counseling Inc., a group practice now with 20+ years of service to the Central Illinois-Indiana area.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, Gail holds two Masters Degrees, an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and a Masters in Social Work. Ms. Mills is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She has trained in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy. Her background also includes helping trauma survivors and those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ms. Mills offers Christian counseling upon client request, as an active and practicing Christian.
“My strength as a therapist is being able to connect with people of all ages, and I care deeply that each person finds joy, purpose, and meaning in life. I want to understand where people are in their life journey, and what seems to be missing or what is blocking their progress. We share ideas and methods for moving toward their goals. This process can mean changing old behavior patterns and examining or redefining personal beliefs. Personal growth often involves learning to manage fears, to cope with change, to be vulnerable yet strong, and to simply trust yourself.'
'Working in the field of mental health is where I am meant to be. I feel fortunate to have the role of therapist. Each day, as I see evidence of growth in my clients, I am deeply grateful that I can be a part of that process.”
Gail Mills LCSW has experience with adult mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anger and emotional regulation, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, identity and career issues, relationship issues, and personality disorders. She has experience working as a family therapist and couples therapist. Her work with children includes attachment issues, oppositional and defiant behavior, adoption adjustment, anxiety, divorce adjustment, grief and loss.
Brittany Morris, LCPC, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor.
She uses a holistic approach in therapy, pulling from a mindfulness perspective, and using solution focused, cognitive behavioral, and internal family systems treatment modalities. Brittany’s approach is integrative and direct, tailoring treatment to meet the collaboratively defined goals and needs of the client. Brittany utilizes play as a means for emotional exploration for children and adolescents and provides a safe and supportive space to explore concerns.
Brittany received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and her Master’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University where she is dual-certified in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Brittany has attained a PEL, Professional Educator Licensure for the state of Illinois and has practiced as a school counselor for 5+ years.
Brittany actively participates in community mental health incentives. “Advocacy is a passion of mine that is near and dear to my heart. I believe that the mental health care should be just as accessible to everyone as going to a primary care doctor or seeing a dentist.'
Brittany Morris, LCPC, offers individual and family therapy to clients of all ages. She also has several years of experience working with at-risk youth and families in a variety of settings. Brittany has experience with individuals managing depression, anxiety, life transitions, trauma, ADHD, and relationship issues
“My goal is to help you help you! I want to be an ally as you tackle life’s challenges, free yourself from past traumas and unhelpful mindsets and cultivate the life you desire.'
Katlyn Dines, MSW, LSW is a Licensed Social Worker with ten years of Social Work experience with children and adults. Katlyn began her career as a case manager for various child welfare agencies in both Illinois and Indiana. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Illinois-Urbana.
Katlyn Dines, LSW has experience providing treatment for adult mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anger, personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her work with children includes helping with anger, oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, attachment disorder, autism, past and current sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
“My strength is being able to connect with individuals of all ages, various difficulties and mental health diagnoses. I am a very caring therapist and I always want the best for every client I see. I am an honest and creative therapist and will provide various therapeutic approaches that best fit your needs. My role as a therapist is to help you discover your strengths and provide you with a more positive outlook on life and its challenges.'
'We all experience challenges and difficulties in our lives and, at times, we need help building ourselves back up and finding joy in life again. Seeking counseling can be the first step in getting the help you need, and I am more than happy to provide a safe and secure environment to discuss those challenges.”
Janet Greene has been a Billing Specialist with Hope Counseling since its humble beginnings in 2003. She has grown and adapted to changes within the business and now manages all aspects of insurance filing and payments. Her years of experience make her shine!
Natasha Marietta utilizes her many years of experience and education working behind the scenes at Hope Counseling Inc. Natasha applies her organizational and analytical skills in areas of professional credentialing, payroll, and data management/analysis. She manages multiple administrative tasks essential to the success of Hope Counseling.
Katie Pearman is the professional, patient, and friendly
voice you hear during your first call to Hope! Katie comes to Hope Counseling with twenty years’ experience in various aspects of office
administration, healthcare management, and benefit eligibility. She is experienced with individuals from diverse backgrounds and familiar with the
many challenges we navigate in life. Katie has previously served in roles as Benefit Eligibility Consultant with BMT, a division of Christian Brothers
Services, Local Office Manager for Indiana Family & Social Services Administration, and Residential Technician with Hamilton Center, Inc.
Katie will conduct a screening for your individual orfamily needs, help you access online forms to get started, assign you to a therapistwho is the “right fit” for you, and help you to understand your healthinsurance benefits. If you do not have insurance, Katie will explain thevarious payment options available and assist with finding a solution that worksbest for you!