Who We Are

How We Started

Founded in 2019 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Evergreen Coaching & Counseling is a growing premier group practice promoting psychological wellness and helping our clients become the best versions of themselves.

With branches in Champaign-Urbana, Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, and Springfield, we offer mental health counseling, academic coaching, wellness coaching, and psychological evaluation, provided by our team of licensed professionals and interns in person and via telehealth.

Meet Our Team

Champaign-Urbana

Jonathan Thomas-Stagg, Ph.D., LCP

Trese McLaughlin, MS, LCPC

Brittney Homann, MSW, MS Ed, LCSW

Daniel K. Sheff, AA, RSA, Coach

Ashley Masengale, MSW, LSW

Tashana Turner, photo by Studio Elevn Elevn

Tashana Turner, MA, LPC

Angela Jancola, MSW, LCSW

Sara Lacox, BS, LSW

Peoria

Jessa Carlson, MA, LPC, NCC

John Westerberg, MA, LPC

Laura Gibbs, MA, LCPC

Lou Reyes, MSW, LSW, CADC

Bloomington-Normal

Angi Chasensky, MA

Coming Soon! Kristyn Nichols

Sharon Lindsey, MSW, LSW, MCLC

Carrie Company MS Ed, MA, LPC, NBC-HWC

Tashana Turner, photo by Studio Elevn Elevn

Tashana Turner, MA, LPC

Jen Walbridge, MSW, LSW

Luis Figueroa Jr., MA, LPC

Tara Valentine, MS, LPC

Liz Fultz, MA, LPC

Springfield

Ashti Dawson, MSW, LSW, CADC

Coming Soon!

Administrative & Support Staff

Denise Robinson, Finance & Human Resource Manager

Daniel K. Sheff, Office Manager

Joey Ramp-Adams, Operations Manager

Jonathan Thomas-Stagg, Ph.D., LCP
Psychologist & President

“You are uniquely you. There is no one else quite like you, and this world needs a variety of minds and hearts. What’s more is that despite your failings, you don’t have to experience yourself with the enormity of shame, doubt, and self-persecution that you are currently experiencing. I have always held dear to Jon Kabat-Zinn’s assurance that, ‘as long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you.’ I am honored to walk your path with you.” – Jonathan

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Dr. Thomas-Stagg has over 12 years of professional practice experience in Illinois, working in public school systems, University settings, and in private practice. He has special expertise in working with college-age students and working professionals. He is a graduate of the School Psychology program at Illinois State University where he earned his Ph.D. in 2008. Since that time, he has worked hard to help learners of all ages maximize their academic potential while caring for their well-being and promoting psychological balance. He uses a blend of cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, insight-oriented, and solution-focused approaches in the coaching and counseling process.

Trese McLaughlin, MS, LCPC
Champaign

“Because we cannot clearly see our mental health it is easy to overlook. Coming to the conclusion to seek counseling can be scary, but it is also a very important decision. The only person who can make meaningful long-lasting changes in your life is you and seeking guidance to make those changes is a big first step. Some changes happen quickly while others may take a while, but with all change it can be beneficial to have someone on the outside for support. Mental health looks different for everyone and therefore should be treated uniquely for each individual.” -Trese

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Trese graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Central Washington University and continued on to earn a Master of Science in Psychology with a Clinical emphasis from Eastern Washington University. She moved to Central Illinois in 2018 and spent a year serving individuals experiencing a mental health crisis in the Champaign/Urbana community. She has experience providing counseling to adults of all ages with the goal of achieving and maintaining psychological well-being. Trese uses techniques based in cognitive behavioral therapy, insight-oriented, and solution-focused. Trese values personal growth and enjoys going through that process with each individual.

Brittney Homann, MSW, MS Ed, LCSW
Counselor & Clinical Director
Champaign

“It is my sincere belief that we are all just trying to do the best we can to make it through this thing called life, and life is hard. Sometimes life’s hardships result in trauma to you or your child, which can negatively impact emotions and behaviors.  If your child is having difficulty managing their emotions or behavior, or if you are an adult who is experiencing emotional or behavioral dysregulation, I can help. I’m here to help guide the journey towards healing, whether it’s healing for yourself, your child, or your whole family.”

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Brittney has over 15 years of experience working with children and their families in Central Illinois. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BS in Special Education in 2004 and a MS in Education in 2013. Brittney completed the MSW program at UIUC in 2019 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Brittney has extensive training and experience in treating childhood and family-based trauma, anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, and other psychiatric disorders. Brittney is LBGTQ+ affirming and welcomes children and adolescents with co-occurring Autistic or cognitive disorders, as well as parents/caregivers and young adults. 

Daniel K. Sheff, AA, RSA
BSW Intern
Coach & Office Manager
Champaign

“If you’re anything like me, the gap between where you are and where you want to be can be stressful, overwhelming, and sometimes downright scary. The trick is figuring out how to break your goal down into smaller pieces, then using those pieces to build the life and success you want. I will help you look at things from different angles, build your schedule to get things done, and help you find ways to remove obstacles keeping you from accomplishing what you want. We can work together to help you improve your experience attending high school or college, or developing your professional career.”

 

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Daniel has an Associate in Arts with a focus on social sciences from Parkland College. He is pursuing his Bachelor’s in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Daniel is an Illinois native who has worked for over two decades in the retail and restaurant industries in management and training roles. His coaching uses a combination of strengths-based, task-centered, solution-focused, and cognitive strategies, with an emphasis on organization, time management, study skills, and writing and composition review. He is currently completing his BSW Internship at Evergreen, and serving as the company’s Office Manager, in addition to his coaching role.

Ashley Masengale, MSW, LSW
Champaign

“Life is full of ups and downs. It can be hard to face ourselves, our lives and our experiences, but I believe it’s even harder to continue to ignore, or delay, our own desire for change. I will meet you where you’re at and help you get to where, and who, you want to be. I’m passionate about helping people lead fulfilling, meaningful lives, and would be honored to support you on this journey. I’m here as we figure out how to help you cope, heal, and/or grow!” 

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Ashley has a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a concentration in clinical mental health. She is a Licensed Social Worker with counseling experience in University settings and private practice. She is certified in Integrated Behavioral Health and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Her clinical strengths include working with adolescents, college students and young adults struggling with anxiety, stress, trauma/PTSD, depression, relational/interpersonal concerns, and life transitions. She utilizes an integrative blend of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused approaches in the counseling process. 

Angela Jancola, MSW, LCSW
Champaign

“I believe that each of us has the ability to make the changes necessary in order to live the life we want. I work to partner with clients to establish a collaborative, honest, caring, and nonjudgmental therapeutic relationship which helps foster change. My approach draws on different therapeutic models to target specific needs whether clinical in nature or addressing life strategies. The focus is to help each client determine the necessary steps in moving forward in making the desired changes they want for their life.”

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Angela is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty years counseling experience primarily working with adult clients of all ages to address issues such as (but not limited to): anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, self-esteem, and trauma. She draws on individual’s strengths and is solution focused, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and other similar approaches and techniques to assist clients. Angela has a Bachelor’s of Science, majors in Psychology (Clinical) and Sociology, and a Masters of Social Work (Community Mental Health), each degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Sara Lacox, BS, LSW
Champaign

“I believe everyone, for different reasons, could use a safe place absent of judgment to discuss their worries, anger, setbacks, and successes. I believe the client/counselor relationship is integral to the success of the client/clients. I work with my clients through communication, encouragement, learning to accept our challenges, and finding solutions or new skills to resolve the issues. I believe in meeting the client where they are emotionally, and working with them to meet their goals.”

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Sara has more than 10 years of experience working with individuals with learning disabilities and ADHD, and their families. Sara has more than 5 years experience with caregiver and grief counseling. Sara has extensive training and experience in treating childhood and family-based trauma, anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, and other psychiatric disorders. Sara is LBGTQ+ affirming, welcomes children and adolescents with co-occurring Autistic or cognitive disorders, as well as parents/caregivers and young adults. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology in 2013. She has been a Licensed Social Worker since 2022. Sara has worked with the aging population through nursing homes and adult protective services, and has worked with families involved in the child welfare system. 

Jessa Carlson, MA, LPC, NBCC
Peoria

“Thank you for making the courageous first step in your healing process. I recognize that finding the right counselor to embark on this journey with you can be a difficult first step, especially when you feel as though you are doing it all on your own. My hope is to walk this path of recovery with you and together, we can work in partnership to enhance coping and decision-making skills, improve social connections, work through past or present trauma, and facilitate your potential. My overall goal is to empower and cater my treatment to meet the individual needs of each one of my clients. I look forward to learning more about you and your story.”

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Jessa is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Evergreen’s Peoria office. She received a B.S. in Biology from Illinois State University and a M.A. in professional counseling from Bradley University. Jessa has worked as a counselor since graduating in May 2020 and has gained experience working with children of all ages and adults who have experienced symptoms of depression, anxiety, past-trauma, and suicidal ideations. She is passionate about mental health wellness, suicide prevention, and facilitating positive change in individuals through providing hope, resources, and a safe environment to foster personal growth. Jessa believes in the power of listening and her clinical strengths encompass inclusiveness, compassion, and empathy. She uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a foundation to her counseling style. Additional techniques that she incorporates into her sessions can vary from, but are not limited to, solution-focused therapy, person-centered therapy, narrative therapy, play-therapy, and mindfulness.

John Westerberg, MA, LPC
Peoria

“I believe we all experience moments in life where living life on life’s terms presents challenges that we did not anticipate. Sometimes people get stuck while trying to navigate these challenges and find it hard to make the changes needed to live their best life. I work with clients to figure out what obstacles and challenges they face, what matters most to them, and learn what skills they will need to overcome those challenges. I focus on teaching you the emotional regulation skills you will need to tolerate the emotions that get in the way of getting where you want to go. I pride myself on honoring the uniqueness of each individual client and providing a non-judgmental and therapeutic place for you to make the changes in your life you need to be successful.”

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John is a licensed professional counselor in Evergreen’s Peoria office. He holds a Master of Arts from Bradley University in clinical mental health counseling and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Wisconsin. His work on the subject of brain based peak performance training has been published in Counseling Today, the monthly publication of the American Counseling Association. John works from a therapeutic style that combines behavioral activation with mindfulness, using a cognitive and behavioral therapy known as acceptance and commitment therapy. John works with clients of all ages and from all walks of life. He specializes in treating depression, anxiety, and helping people navigate changes in their life including grief, marriage, divorce, parenting, academic challenges and career changes.

Laura Gibbs, MA, LCPC
Peoria

“In today’s fast-paced world, who isn’t familiar with the feeling life is simply moving too fast to manage?  I believe one of many powerful aspects of counseling is that it allows people to build space into their lives to pause, explore their inner and outer world, and embrace their own humanity.  I’m passionate about helping people improve their mental health as I strongly believe it is the bedrock of a fulfilling life.  As such, my priority as a counselor is to facilitate a warm, compassionate space where we can collaborate to achieve your goals.  Congratulations on taking steps to find a counselor who can support you on your path to wellness!”

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Laura Gibbs is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who received her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University in 2013.  Laura received a B.S in Psychology from Western IL University in 2007.  Laura has worked in several settings and has experience with Child Welfare, Palliative Care and Pediatrics.  Laura has expertise in the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief and loss/life transitions, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum related concerns.  Laura is passionate about providing parent and caretaker support as she believes care for caregivers is one of the most special ways to support the lives of children.  Laura practices through a trauma-informed lens with a philosophy of counseling that is humanistic and person-centered.  Laura is skilled with using interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Lou Reyes, MSW, LSW, CADC
Peoria

“Where do I start? I seem to root for the underdog as I was just one myself. My desire to become a
social worker started with the passion I seem to have for Vietnam Veterans. I was intrigued and inspired
to help those reach their potential and what seemed impossible into possibilities. I love this quote
‘Never set limits. Go after your dreams. Don’t be afraid and push the boundaries and laugh a lot it’s
good for you’ by Paula Radcliffe.”

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Lourdes, aka Lou, served in the United States Navy for 14 years while continuing her studies. Lou graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services Counseling with a Minor in Addictions Treatment from The University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 2014 and continued to earn a Master of Social Work with the emphasis of Social Work Practice of Hispanic Children and Families from Our Lady of The Lake University in 2019 at San Antonio, Texas. Lou has experience providing counseling to adults of all ages with involvement in the legal system  and addiction. She has worked as a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor for a Drug Court Program in Las Vegas for two years and a Case Manager for Medical Assistance Treatment Program based out of the Peoria County Jail for one year with Gateway Foundation Treatment Services. After graduating from Our Lady of the Lake in 2019, Lou was able to obtain a position as a Behavioral Health Therapist providing clients needing mental health and substance abuse services.

Angi Chasensky, MA
Bloomington

“The golden rule is based on treating others as you want to be treated. We need to change our perspective on this adage and ask or observe how people want to be treated, so they feel seen, heard, and respected. A goal of therapy should be to facilitate awareness about how different experiences during various stages of life can cause a range of emotional and behavioral responses. Our responses are the keys to unlocking the cultivation of an authentic relationship with ourselves. How we perceive, process, and interact within our worlds; impacts our psychological, emotional, physiological, and behavioral systems. We all experience transitions and seasons that cause more disruption than others. You are not alone; I will walk this journey with you in a safe space, free from moralistic judgment. When you can process and navigate your layers of experience in a guilt and shame-free environment, motivation to replace maladaptive thoughts and feelings becomes the baseline for positive behavior change. Together, we will develop adaptive problem-solving skills to decrease the impact of your defined stressors and increase your resiliency to connect or reconnect with your authentic self.”

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Jen is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Human Services from Capella University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Illinois, with over 20 years of therapeutic experience working with families and individuals of all ages who have struggled with a wide range of challenges including attachment and relationship issues, complex developmental trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and the unique needs of individuals with autism. Jen has provided therapy to adoptive families for over 10 years and has a deep understanding of adoption-specific issues that individuals and families can face. Jen is a Trust-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) Educator and Practitioner, a certified Trauma Affect Regulation Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) facilitator, and a certified Safe and Sound Protocol provider. Jen utilizes a blend of cognitive and somatic interventions to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals and has been trained in the ARC model, Theraplay, EMDR, and nutritional and integrative interventions for mental health issues.

Sharon Lindsey, MSW, LSW, MCLC
Bloomington

“Are you ready break free of the stress and silent struggle within so you can feel happier, shine brighter, and live life to your fullest potential? Everyone faces challenges and has difficult times in their lives. You don’t have to face them alone. I know how anxiety, depression, and past trauma can create the feelings of not being good enough and can hold many people back from living life to their fullest potential. I utilize an integrative, holistic, and strengths-based approach to therapy in which the client is an active participant in their own healing. Therapy should not just address the symptoms, but the whole person mind, body, and spirit. I provide a safe, healing space with no judgements. You will be seen. You will be heard. You will be supported.  I look forward to connecting with you soon!”

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Sharon has over 12 years of experience working with adolescent and their families in Bloomington-Normal. She graduated from Illinois State University with her BS in Social Work in 2010 and proceeded to work in the school system with children on the Autism Spectrum. She completed her MSW at Illinois State University in 2020 and is a Licensed Social Worker. Sharon completed her internship at ABC Counseling where she worked with children and teens who had a history of sexual abuse. Sharon has training and experience in treating childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, self-harm, suicidal ideations, Autism, and other disorders. Sharon is LGBTQ+ affirming and welcomes all individuals with co-occurring developmental disorders as well as caregivers, teens and young adults.

Carrie Company MS Ed, MA, LPC, NBC-HWC, CCTP
Bloomington

“I believe that life should be about thriving and living your best life possible.  Those are the goals that I set for each person I work with.  As a board-certified health/wellness coach and a licensed professional counselor, we will work together on optimizing who you are with both physical and mental health interventions.  I will actively engage with you to provide support, therapeutic tools, and lifestyle interventions aimed at weight management, chronic disease management, trauma, and improving focus along with decreasing symptoms associated with anxiety and depression while improving overall wellbeing.  As a certified trauma professional trained in EMDR, I have worked with clients who have come from difficult situations to reduce distress and work towards healing.  Through support, guidance, and compassion my goal is to help you be the best version of you. I look forward to working with you and welcoming you to Evergreen Coaching and Counseling” 

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Carrie is an EMDR-trained Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Missouri, a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from the University of the Cumberlands, and a Master of Science in Education, Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas.  Her clinical strengths are in chronic care management, weight management, trauma, adoption issues, and stress management. She has experience working with youth, adolescents and adults.

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Tashana Turner, MA, LPC
Bloomington

“I am so proud of you for taking the chance on YOU and getting the help you need and deserve! You matter and you are enough right where you are, and I am here to help you remember that, even through life’s toughest days. You deserve to work on being your absolute best self holistically (mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually etc), as self care is vital to your existence. Thank you for giving me the privilege to be a part of your journey through transparency, healing and self love because you’re worth it!”

 

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Tashana is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a B.S. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Master’s of Art, in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University-Belleville. She specializes in using an integrative approach to therapy and prides herself on active listening, empathy, compassion and the continued use of unconditional positive regard. Tashana has worked with children, adolescents and adults who have had challenges with behavioral and emotional disorders, learning disabilities, stress, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma/PTSD and time management (just to name a few).

Jen Walbridge, MSW, LSW
Bloomington

“I approach therapy from an integrative, holistic and strengths-based perspective. I strongly believe that the best healing occurs in the presence of mutual respect, emotional safety and acceptance. I take a comprehensive approach that integrates focus on healthy lifestyle behaviors, physical health, and mental health as well as the development of healthy trusting relationships and a support network that you can rely on even when therapy has finished. A favorite of mine, Brené Brown has said that “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” Reaching out for help during a time of struggle requires strength and courage. I invite you to reach out and allow me to help you feel more successful and confident in your ability to manage whatever challenges you face.”
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Jen is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Human Services from Capella University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Illinois, with over 20 years of therapeutic experience working with families and individuals of all ages who have struggled with a wide range of challenges including attachment and relationship issues, complex developmental trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and the unique needs of individuals with autism. Jen has provided therapy to adoptive families for over 10 years and has a deep understanding of adoption-specific issues that individuals and families can face. Jen is a Trust-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) Educator and Practitioner, a certified Trauma Affect Regulation Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) facilitator, and a certified Safe and Sound Protocol provider. Jen utilizes a blend of cognitive and somatic interventions to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals and has been trained in the ARC model, Theraplay, EMDR, and nutritional and integrative interventions for mental health issues.

Luis Figueroa Jr., MA, LPC
Bloomington

“I am interested in joining alongside you as you uncover what the best version of yourself looks like. I believe that change is possible for everyone, but it is also one of the most terrifying things you can choose to do; my approach to therapy focuses on those changes – which are different for every individual, or couple – and systematically work towards improved mental health and well-being. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your journey.”

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Luis is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lincoln Christian University. He has worked with adults and couples in the Bloomington-Normal area since 2019.  Luis is experienced with individuals facing grief, relationships, careers, depression, and anxiety. Luis’ therapeutic approach blends Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Gestalt therapy, emphasizing awareness and authenticity.

Tara Valentine, MS, LPC
Bloomington

“I want to start by saying I’m proud of you. It takes a lot of bravery to seek help. It may not feel that way, and your brain may be saying ‘yeah, but…’ However, you cannot have bravery without being afraid. Courage is being scared and doing it anyway, because you believe it is the right thing to do. I believe that everyone is always doing their best with what tools they have. It’s when those tools aren’t working that it’s important to seek support from a therapist who can help you find new tools and new ways of approaching challenges. I see therapy as a tool much like GPS. In an unfamiliar city, you may know where you want to go but don’t know the best way to get there and you can’t see your options as clearly from street view. As a therapist, I can help you find routes to success, to growth, to healing. It’s okay to feel lost. You aren’t alone.”
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Tara (she/her/hers) graduated with a BS in psychology from Illinois State University and continued her education with a MS in psychology from Western Illinois University with a concentration in Clinical and Community Mental Health. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been practicing since 2020. Tara has a background in working in community mental health agencies working with marginalized and underinsured clients of all ages. Tara’s therapeutic approach has a foundation of person-centered therapy. She incorporates additional techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, and solution-focused therapy. Tara is LGBTQ+ affirming and strongly believes in utilizing a multicultural, intersectional, perspective. Her clinical strengths include working with anxiety, gender identity, self-esteem, communication and boundaries, and domestic violence.

Liz Fultz, MA, LPC, NCC
Bloomington

“Contrary to what many people believe, not all adversity is bad. Through a concentrated effort, I believe that we can change our strivings into strengths. Trauma occurs when our challenges outweigh our available resources and supports. That’s why it’s vital for us to counter the most difficult things in life by increasing our resources. I enjoy being able to come along side people who refuse to give up and push forth with resilience in spite of adversity and setbacks. I have had extensive training in trauma and attachment since entering the field in 2009. As an EMDR, Theraplay, and Safe and Sound Protocol (Polyvagal Theory) trained therapist, I understand how healing from the past to be more fully present also requires paying attention to the memories storied in our bodies. I would love to help you learn and grow from your past setbacks, trauma, or current struggles. My goal is to help you see your challenges as they were truly meant to be seen: as the catalyst that transforms you into the unique and amazing person you are. “

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Liz is an EMDR and Theraplay-trained Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board Certified Counselor, and Safe and Sound Protocol certified practioner with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois at Springfield, a Master of Arts in Human Services also from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from the University of the Cumberlands. Her clinical strengths are in trauma, adoption and attachment issues. She has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults.

Joey Ramp-Adams

Operations Manager

“My ultimate goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I strongly believe that understanding and diversity are what make the academic and scientific community great, as well as society overall. As the first point of contact for Evergreen Coaching and Counseling, it is always my hope that I can answer any questions, assist with any needs, and make everyone feel welcome, heard, and understood.”

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Joey Ramp holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biocognitive Neuroscience and is a Neuroscience Research Affiliate at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Joey is the Founder and CEO of Empower Ability Consulting, LLC (EAC), a firm that advocates for people with disabilities in STEM, she is also the Co-founder and Vice President of the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization International Alliance for Ability in Science (IAFAIS), a non-profit organization that provides resources, financial aid, and scholarships for student scientists with disabilities. Joey has been an advocate for the disability community since 2008 volunteering time to community and veteran organizations. She mentors people in academics and the workplace who are service dog handlers, people living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental illness, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and people with trauma backgrounds. She is passionate about securing equal opportunities and equal rights for all people in academics and the workplace and breaking down institutional, physical, and societal barriers that prevent people with disabilities from living their lives to the fullest.