Nina Koen, MSW, LCSW
Hi! Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I have approximately 15 years of experience in social work, providing counseling to adolescents and adults. My areas of practice are with clients struggling with trauma, substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. I opened this private practice because there is a need for more counseling providers to help those looking for new ways to cope. I am trained in EMDR techniques as well.
In August 2021, I started attending Barry University to obtain my doctorate in Social Work. This has been my long-term goal, and I will complete my doctorate in the summer of 2024. During my doctorate classes, I have learned so much about how the brain functions and the body responds to stress. My passion for social work increases when I help people during trying times in their lives.
Emily Iman, MSW, LSW
Hello, I am so happy you are here and have decided to seek counseling. I know personally and professionally how scary it can be to take that first step towards help. Helping others has always been a passion of mine, I strive to assist others in setting goals and gaining coping skills for themselves. I have experience working with mostly individuals and small groups. I have spent the last two years working in the school setting as a social worker. I helped adolescents K-8 navigate life stressors such as: divorce, anxiety, depression, bullying, stress, grief, self-esteem, gender identity/confusion and more. Before I worked in a school district, I worked in the mental health field as a crisis clinician. Life can be very stressful at times and become overwhelming, I helped individuals who were experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts. I currently have my MSW and working towards my LCSW.
I believe in treating each person with compassion, and respect. I want every client to feel relaxed and that they are in a caring environment. Every persons journey in life is unique to them and if you find yourself needing some relief then I am here to help. I am here to tell you that you do not have to do it all on your own. Make the first step to making your mental health a priority.
Breauna Hurd, MSW
Hello! My name is Breauna Hurd. Helping individuals work through a life full of adversity has always been my passion. Life can bring many challenges and bumps in the road. I believe everyone deserves the support while working through a variety of life situations.
I obtained a Master of Social Work in 2020. Since then, I have been able to gain experience working as a therapist at Centerstone of Alton, specializing in substance use addiction, mental health and even parenting skills/education. It is my goal to make sure you have the support and resources to be your best self!
“Out of the mountain of despair, A stone of hope.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Victoria Magruder, MSW
Hello! I’m thrilled you are looking for a counselor for yourself or a loved one. Counseling is a safe place to process difficult life transitions, improve coping skills for healthy self care, and be a non-judgemental space to unload those bottled up thoughts and feelings. I believe in the counseling process of advocating for my clients but also teaching my clients to become their own advocate. I enjoy incorporating manitulates, stories, and activities into my counseling sessions for children to express themselves and practice healthy coping skills. I find it most rewarding when a child can reflect on their social emotional progress and are proud of the skills they have gained.
I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois Champaign- Urbana in 2019 and am currently working towards my LCSW. Since 2018, I have been working in public schools with children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade with disabilities, anxiety, depression, poor social skills, self-esteem, and trauma. Currently, I prefer working with children and early adolescents for in person counseling.
Lauryn Brown, MSW
Hi, I’m Lauryn Brown! I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University in 2018. I have experience in Child Welfare for over six years working with children who have been abused and neglected. I have worked alongside countless agencies in the area to ensure each child gets the services and care they need. I currently work with children ages K-8th grade in a school setting. I enjoy advocating for children and teaching important skills to live a fun and healthy life.
I offer a range of coping skills, calming mechanisms, and lots of fun activities. I hope that each child leaves with a smile on their face and looks forward to each session!