Jamie Leech, M.S.Ed, LCPC, NCC is a Nationally Board Certified and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She earned her master’s degree in counseling from Western Illinois University, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Illinois University. Jamie also currently maintains a Type 73 certificate and works full-time as a school counselor at a local high school. Jamie holds a Certificate in Maternal Mental Health, specializing in perinatal mental health, postpartum mental health, infertility and loss. Also, Jamie specializes in supporting dads and partners through the perinatal and postpartum periods.
Jamie has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and adults both individually and in a group setting. Jamie is a strong believer in the client-counselor relationship, utilizing a strength-based and client-centered perspective. Although very flexible, Jamie draws from a solution-focused, person-centered, and humanistic framework. Jamie is experienced in several areas, including: depression, anxiety, loss and grief, school, communication, divorce, self-image, college and career, and stress management.
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DUSTIN MERRILL | MSW, LCSW, CADC
MARY ALICE WENTLING | MSED, LCPC, NCC
NATALIE J MOELLER | MSW, LCSW
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Mary Alice Wentling, MSEd, is an LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor), NCC (Nationally Board-Certified Counselor) and Registered Play Therapist. She has an extensive history of counseling children, teens, adults and families. Since each individual is unique, Mary Alice recognizes that it is helpful to use personalized counseling approaches, including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness. She specializes in counseling people with symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment/relationship issues, ADHD, and grief and loss. As a Registered Play Therapist, Mary Alice uses scientifically based expressive & playful approaches to help children resolve difficulties. She is strength based and focuses on each person’s ability to achieve success over problems. By using EMDR to specifically focus on resolving trauma and anxiety, Mary Alice is able to help people make connections between thoughts, memories and feelings and resolve the issues and messages that have occurred as a result of the trauma and/or intense anxiety. From birth through retirement years, Mary Alice combines foundational knowledge with practical strategies and techniques to help individuals disentangle from the confusing web of negative thoughts and emotions and then take action to move in the direction each person values most.
Mary Alice has achieved certification as a Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) Provider. SSP was developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, who proposed the Polyvagal Theory which emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. SSP is a means to exercise neural pathways via the use of 5-10 auditory sessions. Currently, SSP is used by more that 1400 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, to improve language processing and state regulation. Adults, teens and children who may benefit from SSP are struggling with:
Natalie J. Moeller, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has counseled children, adolescents and adults for over 25 years. Natalie graduated with her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Illinois State University with a major in Psychology. She then went on to earn her Master of Social Work Degree from George Williams College of Aurora University. Natalie has been licensed to practice Social Work since 1993. She provides individual, couple, and family counseling for a variety of issues. Her areas of expertise include: depression, anxiety, trauma, divorce/separation, parenting, children/adolescents, communication issues, stress management, grief & loss, alcohol and drug assessment & services. Natalie recognizes each client is a unique individual possessing their own strengths, so she provides a comprehensive and thorough clinical assessment to help determine the client or family's needs and more importantly- their strengths. Her counseling services come from a client-centered perspective and strength-based perspective. Natalie utilizes many therapy modalities such as Trauma-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy & Play Therapy, just to name a few. Natalie is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and is trained to utilize the latest, research-based trauma treatment modality called EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing. EMDR is an efficient and effective tool for treating clients who have had traumatic experiences and continue to suffer from the aftereffects. EMDR is touted as the #1 tool for Trauma Treatment. Natalie works to assist clients to identify their overall thought processes and change their negative thoughts and beliefs into more positive, motivating thoughts which will create the change the client desires. Overall, Natalie's therapeutic approach is flexible and changes based on the clients needs.
ANDREA WRIGHT | MS, LCPC
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The staff at MMA- Moeller, Myers & Associates, PC are professional, thorough, caring, compassionate and dedicated to assisting people through life’s difficulties. We have over nine decades of experience providing assessment and counseling services to individuals, couples and families covering many issues. We have a Registered Play Therapist who is also a Certified Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) Provider, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Counselor on staff. We can provide comprehensive care to you and your family. Let us help.
ERIN DESUTTER | MS, LCPC, CADC
Erin DeSutter, MS, LCPC, CADC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. Erin is a graduate of Illinois State University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology and has been working with individuals with identified goals of improved mental health or change in their relationship with substances for over 10 years. She has a passion for partnering with and empowering individuals to recognize and achieve their personal potential for wellness by assisting development of self-awareness, acceptance, authenticity, and resilience. She employs a strength-based, empathic therapy, utilizing models of Solution-Based, Cognitive-Behavioral, Motivational Enhancement, and Mindfulness to confront issues of Depression, Anxiety, Transition, Chemical Dependency, Relationship Impasses, and Trauma. She believes in the importance of building upon the strength and hope within the present to provide resolve and decreased connection to the challenges of the past. She specializes in working with individuals, young adults, and couples.
Dustin Merrill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), as well as a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC). He has earned his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Aurora University with emphases in clinical and school social work, along with his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Illinois State University. He maintains an Illinois Professional License (PEL) with an endorsement in School Social Work, is a full-time School Social Worker, and is also an adjunct instructor teaching college level courses.
As a dedicated therapist, Dustin provides counseling services for individuals, couples, families, and groups. He believes in utilizing a strengths perspective, while working collaboratively with his clients to help them reach their full potential. He uses a variety of therapy approaches to best suit the treatment needs of his clients which include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Humanistic, and Psychodynamic. He is experienced in the treatment areas of: depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, stress, anger management, substance abuse/relapse prevention, school, career, communication, marriage, divorce, relationships, and parenting.
JAMIE LEECH | MSED, LCPC, NCC
Andrea is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and member of the American Counseling Association who has been practicing in the field for over 8 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Science Degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University.
Andrea’s professional goal is to help empower individuals and families to overcome personal challenges in order to live their healthiest life both mentally and physically. Andrea believes the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in creating change, and her fun sense of humor, warm smile, and understanding personality help to strengthen that relationship.
Andrea has experience treating children, teens, adults, and families. She has worked in community mental health, school-based counseling, and in crisis services to help treat a variety of disorders such as mood, anxiety, trauma-related, neurodevelopmental, and personality disorders. Andrea comes from an eclectic therapeutic framework in that she uses different techniques and interventions from a wide range of therapies to help develop a plan of care that best suits your individual needs.
Andrea is eager to partner with you on any challenge you face, and together will work to improve your quality of life and start your journey on a path to wellness!
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