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 a full list of our many outreach locations, click here.

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, Clinical Director, LCPC

Lauren Auer is the Clinical Director at CFPA and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who 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.

Misti Cave, Therapy Intern, MAC

Misti Cave is a Master of Arts Candidate at Bradley University and completing her clinical hours at CFPA until her May 2020 graduation. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in business management with a concentration in legal studies and is working toward her master’s in clinical mental health counseling. She specializes in working with children and adult survivors of sexual assault. Misti received training through CFPA and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault and is a medical advocate and a co-facilitator of CFPA’s Family Violence Intervention Project.

Carolee Coleman, LCPC

Carolee Coleman is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with five years’ experience in counseling and therapy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Webster University with a double major in studio art and psychology and received an art therapy certificate. She received a Master of Arts in teaching from Southern Illinois University and her Master of Science in counseling psychology from Troy University. She specializes in working with children ages 0-5 exposed to violence, including domestic violence in the home, child abuse/neglect, or those affected by community violence. She provides therapy services through the Safe From the Start program.

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 in sociology and her master’s degree in social work from Illinois State University. She specializes in working with adult 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).

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).

Sarah Johnson, MPA, MSW

Sarah Johnson is a domestic violence and sexual assault therapist who completed her bachelor’s degree in public service and administration at Iowa State University and has two master’s degrees, one in public administration from Roosevelt University and one in social work from Illinois State University. She has a background in child welfare and education and worked with homeless youth through Project Oz. She also participates in youth-focused summer programs. She is passionate about creating a safe and peaceful world and provides therapy services for all those impacted by violence. As CFPA’s outreach therapist, she travels to locations that are more convenient or closer to the home of the survivor. For a full list of locations, click here. She also facilitates CFPA’s Family Violence Intervention Project classes for offenders.

Teresa Markum, Therapy Supervisor, LCPC

Teresa Markum is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and is the Therapy Supervisor. She 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).

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, as well as survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking.

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