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. You can also call the 24/7 crisis hotline at 1-800-559-SAFE (7233). For a full list of our many outreach locations, click here. 

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, LCSW

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 is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and 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.

Misti Cave, NCC

Misti Cave is a National Board Certified Counselor and received her Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling from Bradley University in 2020. She also obtained her bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in business management with a concentration in legal studies. 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.

Shannon Erdmann, LPC

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).

Kelli Kemnetz, MSW

Kelli Kemnetz received her Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Illinois University and is the Safe From the Start therapist at CFPA. She has 15 years of experience in social services, including child welfare counseling and she currently specializes in early childhood therapy services, trauma-informed intervention and practices, cognitive behavior, play, and holistic therapies. She previously worked at CFPA as a part-time domestic violence caseworker and is passionate about helping young children who have experienced trauma, exposure to violence, or abuse.

Sara Runyon, MSW, LCSW

Sara Runyon is the Clinical Director at CFPA, providing oversight and leadership to the team of therapists. She received her Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Illinois Wesleyan University and her Master of Social Work from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 11 years of clinical experience. She works with survivors of interpersonal violence of all ages, including children, teenagers, and adults and has experience in working with survivors of military sexual assault. She encourages survivors to approach their therapy with love and tenderness for themselves and their healing journey.

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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