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, and Bloomington-Normal, 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

Jonathan Thomas-Stagg, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Imani Harrison MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

Trese McLaughlin, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor

Jessa Carlson, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor

John Westerberg, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

Carolyn Johnson, MSW

Carrie Company MA, LPC, NBC-HWC

Ellen Zimmerman, MS, LCPC, NCC

Tashana Turner, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

Kyle Ryan, Ph.D.

Christina Whitaker, M.S.

Emily Phillips, MA

Daniel K. Sheff, AA

Joey Ramp, Operations Manager

Jonathan Thomas-Stagg, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

“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.

Imani Harrison MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

“The choice to reach out for help is often a difficult choice to make. But, when our life’s journey presents us with challenges and obstacles, it can be difficult to face this journey alone. My clients are individuals in need of clinical or emotional support, who need assistance with identifying and working through life’s stressors. My clients are also individuals who may not need clinical support, but want to learn skills and strategies, which promote their well-being and assist in maximizing their personal and professional potential. My goal is to create a safe, empowering environment, and to develop a strong, therapeutic relationship. You and l will work together to develop attainable treatment goals, during sessions that are tailored and structured based on your individual wants and needs. I look forward to meeting you and working together in the future.” – Imani

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Imani is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University. She has experience working with adolescents and young adults with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stress management, and anger management. She uses an integrated approach to therapy using techniques from a variety of counseling approaches, including (but not limited to) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness.

Trese McLaughlin, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor

“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.

Jessa Carlson, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor

“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, Licensed Professional Counselor

“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.

Carolyn Johnson, MSW

Carolyn is a therapist with over 18 years of experience in assisting individuals that have acute and chronic mental health and substance abuse diagnosis. She received a master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in community mental health from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2004. Carolyn has a special place in her heart for mental health.

Carolyn specializes in working with all age ranges from children to adults. She also specializes in couples family therapy, and parent coaching. She is currently working with post adoption families and with children who have experienced significant trauma. In the past Carolyn has worked with individuals that present with suicidal ideations, Bi-Polar, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD, and several other challenges.

Carolyn believes that healthy relationships, and healthy minds are the main ingredients for a healthy life.

Carrie Company MA, LPC, NBC-HWC, CCTP

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. She believes in the power of counseling and coaching as a way of optimizing well-being. 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.

 

Ellen Zimmerman, MS, LCPC, NCC

“The development of a trusting relationship that promotes healing and growth is at the core of the work that I do. Life is a journey that is full of challenges and I am passionate about helping people with situational or chronic mental health needs as they face these challenges. I believe that the therapeutic alliance is the key to helping clients heal. Acceptance, meeting the client where they are, and partnering with the client are my goals. I would be honored to be a part of your journey.”

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Ellen is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over twenty years of clinical experience working with clients that range in age from 5 to 75 years old. She has worked in private, educational and community mental health systems which have been a rich source of knowledge and wisdom for her. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and components of polyvagal theory.

Tashana Turner, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

“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).

Kyle Ryan, Ph.D.

“I love working with anyone who has the goal of understanding themself better. Both evaluation and counseling can be significant events in a person’s life that could affect their outlook on themselves and those around them, and I take that responsibility seriously. Because of this, I spend time with all of my clients working to understand their perspectives and goals so that my delivery of services can best fit their stated needs. I also consider myself to be an open-minded individual who is capable of recognizing the multiple perspectives that can be viewed as correct in different contexts. I believe that all of these thoughts are worthy of consideration, and that choosing which one is the most genuine and honest representation of a person’s feeling is a process that requires time and benefits from guidance.”

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Dr. Kyle Ryan is in his first year of professional practice after completing a year-long internship with Evergreen last year. He has previous working experience in public schools, residential group homes, and in private practice. Kyle is a graduate of the School Psychology program at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he earned his Ph.D. in 2021. He considers his primary area of interest to be evaluation, but Kyle is also experienced in providing counseling and consultation services as well. He prefers to use a cognitive-behavioral approach for his counseling services and he prefers a pure behavioral approach for direct interventions.

Christina Whitaker, M.S.

“I am looking forward to getting to know you, including learning about your interests, your environments, and those with which you surround yourself. I am here to better understand your goals, empathize with you, and help you gain the tools you need to be your best self. I truly believe that individuals are doing the best they can at any given time, and I hope that you will feel confident and safe in sharing your background with me!”

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Christina Whitaker is a newer clinician who is currently working at Evergreen as a clinical intern. She is a doctoral candidate at Illinois State University in the Doctoral Program in School Psychology. Christina has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in both individual and group settings. She has worked with individuals who have experienced
various traumas, and diagnosed with various mental, and medical health conditions. She uses a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, combined with mindfulness practices, and has experience in applied behavior analysis.

Emily Phillips, MA

“As a clinician, I strive to listen and understand, to support and help, and to challenge you to grow. Dr. Seuss once said, “You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” I am excited to get to know you and walk with you on that journey.”

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Emily is a Master’s level Mental Health Provider who is currently working on her doctorate degree in School Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. She previously received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University ~ San Luis Obispo. Her master’s program focused on the foundational knowledge for counseling, therapy, and other psychological services. Her experiences range from working with youth and young adults with Autism, ADHD, LGBT populations, anger management, parent training, and mentoring youth who have committed crimes of a sexual nature. Her current training focuses on childhood and adolescence, assessment, educational psychology, Autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, learning disorders, trauma, systems work. Emily is currently completing her doctoral internship with Evergreen.

Daniel K. Sheff, AA

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 a native and lifelong resident of Illinois who has worked for over two decades in the retail and restaurant industries in management and training roles. His coaching combines approaches he has learned over this time, with an emphasis on organization, time management, study skills, and writing and composition review.

Daniel is also supporting Evergreen as our Office Manager.

 

Joey Ramp, 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.