Our Therapists

  • Gail Mills LCSW

    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 done brief therapy within corporate Employee Assistance Programs and provided clinical training as a Field Instructor and Consultant with professionals in the Illinois child welfare system. 

    In 2003, Gail Mills founded Hope Counseling Inc., a group practice now in its 18th year serving 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 is training to become a Certified Gottman Method Therapist for Couples. She practices Rapid Resolution Therapy, a treatment to help trauma survivors and those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    “My strength is being able to connect with people of all ages, and I care deeply that each person finds some joy, purpose, and meaning in life. I listen to learn where people are in their lives, and what seems to be missing or may be blocking their progress. We explore ideas about how to move toward their goals. This can mean changing old behavior patterns and examining or redefining personal beliefs.  A person's growth often involves learning to manage fears, to be vulnerable, to cope with change, and to simply trust yourself.'

    'Working in the field of mental health can be stressful, but this is where I am meant to be. I feel fortunate to be a therapist. Each day as I see evidence of growth in my clients, I feel a sense of deep gratitude 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, and personality disorders. Her work with children includes attachment issues, oppositional and defiant behavior, anxiety, divorce adjustment, grief and loss. She has experience working as a family therapist and couples therapist.

  • Angela Peregud-Aksimentyeva LCPC

    Angela Peregud-Aksimentyeva, LCPC, CADC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) with 14+ years of counseling experience with adults, children, couples and families. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Clinical Psychology in 2002 from the University of Social Psychology in Warsaw, Poland. Angela Peregud, LCPC continued her post-graduate education at the Chicago Center for Family Health and American Public University.

    Angela Peregud, LCPC offers individual, couples, and family therapy at the Hope Counseling office, and she offers this statement of her philosophy of clinical practice:

    “People are my passion. I strongly believe that human lives are built through experiences and that every difficult situation is part of the learning process toward our well-being. Critical situations do have solutions. To reach that solution, we need to recognize and accept our own power to make changes. I can help you accept yourself as you are, and become passionate about your life. My role as therapist is to help you to discover your strengths, and to improve and expand your current view of yourself. I am an authentic, honest, and creative therapist, willing to meet with you and help you to grow.”

    Angela Peregud, LCPC has specialty skills for working with clients who have addictions, codependence, past sexual abuse or domestic violence, trauma, grief and loss issues, depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders. She is a skilled therapist with family and relationship issues, career issues, anger management, stress management, parenting difficulties, adoption issues, and family conflict. Angela has therapy experience with clients who have a dual-diagnosis or personality disorder, and also has experience with children’s play therapy methods.

  • Melanie Easton LCPC

    Melanie Easton, LCPC has dedicated the last 15 years to the study and practice of professional counseling. She has counseled individuals during the most difficult circumstances of life. Teens and children experiencing behavior challenges, learning disabilities, trauma, and sexual abuse have found great comfort as Melanie has journeyed together with them in the counseling relationship.

    Melanie has counseled women and men who struggle with acute and lifelong anxiety and depression and helped them to manage their symptoms more effectively on a day to day basis. Melanie also has experience working with individuals who are coping with mental health concerns such as psychosis, auditory hallucinations, and paranoia, assisting them with their daily functioning.

    Melanie obtained her Master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2012 with a concentration in relationships and sexuality. She has continued her training since that time to focus on trauma and sexuality for individuals and within the marital relationship. As a result of continued training, she is an Associate Member of the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists.

    “We all experience difficulties in our lives. Some may struggle with chronic mental illness such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia; others may struggle when life throws them a curveball. It can be helpful during those times to have an outsider to walk the journey with you. Counseling can provide a safe, secure environment to take that journey, to talk about the difficulties you are facing, and begin to articulate what it is you most desire for your future.”

  • Rhonda Johnson - Administrative Assistant

    Rhonda Johnson utilizes her organizational and health care administrative skills at Hope Counseling.  She has been the 'first-contact' person taking intake phone calls, quoting client benefits, and managing many other functions essential to the business' success.

  • Alicia Snook - Administrative Assistant/Intake

    Alicia Snook brings her years of health care administrative experience to Hope Counseling in the Intake Specialist role. Alicia's professionalism is evident as she manages client calls, assigns each client to the therapist who will be the 'best fit' for them, and helps callers to understand their insurance benefits.  She is the friendly voice you hear in your first call to Hope.

  • Janet Greene - Billing Specialist

    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!