Therapy / Counseling

We have teams of counselors and therapists ready to work with all victims of abuse, survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, and sexual abuse, to help begin the healing process of recent and past trauma. Counseling and therapy are also available for the survivor’s significant other and family members. To make an appointment with a counselor or therapist, please call 309-691-0551.

For immediate intervention, our Medical Advocates are on call 24/7 to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are receiving treatment in local hospital emergency departments. Advocates provide emotional support, information, transportation, and referrals to community services.

Our counselors focus on crisis intervention and case management, including safety planning, education about the cycle of violence and healthy relationships, legal and medical advocacy, assistance with employment, housing, transportation, and more.

Our master’s level therapists focus on long-term needs, specialized therapy, and assess current emotional symptoms and needs while exploring past trauma and abuse.

Our Therapists

Alexandra Araujo Gonzalez, AM

Alexandra Araujo Gonzalez received her Bachelor of Arts in biology with a French minor from Arcadia University and her Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago. She received her French Language and Culture Program Completion Certificate from Institut de Langue et Culture Français and has limited working proficiency in French and Spanish. She specializes in working with children, adolescent, and adult survivors of domestic violence. Alexandra completed a Trauma Informed Care Workshop hosted by the University of Chicago where she focused on working with youth and LGBTQ-identifying individuals.

Lauren Auer, LCPC

Lauren Auer is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has practiced for five years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in criminal justice and sociology and her master’s degree from Regent University in clinical mental health. She specializes in providing therapy for all ages of sexual assault survivors and their significant others, and domestic violence therapy for ages 2-18. She is certified in pet therapy and is available to see clients at CFPA’s main campus or in their school.

Shannon Erdmann, MA

Shannon Erdmann received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology and her master’s degree in community agency counseling from Bradley University. She provides therapy for children through adolescents who are survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. She is available to see clients at CFPA’s main campus or in their school.

Debra Hyde, LCSW

Deb Hyde is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has practiced for 13 years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor is sociology and her master’s degree in social work from Illinois State University. She specializes in working with adults survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, regardless of their age at the time of the abuse. Deb is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Angela Gilles, LCSW

Angela Gilles is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has practiced for five years. She received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Bradley University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois. Angela specializes in working with children exposed to violence, including domestic violence in the home, child abuse/neglect, or have witnessed an act of violence in the community or through media.

Karen Greene, LCPC

Karen Greene is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and received her master’s degree in clinical and community psychology. She specializes in working with children and adult survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Karen is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Teresa Markum, LCPC

Teresa Markum is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has practiced for six years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Illinois State University and her Master of Arts in human development counseling from Bradley University. She sees all ages of sexual abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence survivors and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Heidi Van Heuklon, LCPC, Clinical Director

Heidi Van Heuklon is the Clinical Director at the Center for Prevention of Abuse and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Western Illinois University and received her Master of Arts in human development counseling from Bradley University. She has practiced for 14 years and specializes in working with child sexual abuse and adult domestic violence survivors. Heidi is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has been with CFPA for 21 years.

Stephanie Weir, NCC

Stephanie Weir is a National Board Certified Counselor and a sexual assault outreach therapist at CFPA. She received her Bachelor of Science in speech pathology and audiology from Illinois State University and her Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling from Bradley University. She has practiced for two years and works with individuals 13 years of age and older who have experienced sexual abuse at any point in their life. She also provides therapy for survivors of sex trafficking. Stephanie works primarily with individuals in Peoria residing in the zip codes 61603 and 61605 and nearby rural communities. As CFPA’s outreach therapist, she travels to locations that are more convenient or closer to the home of the survivor.

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