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Nina Koen, MSW, LCSW

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Title: Executive Director & Therapist

Location: Herrin, IL, Telehealth 

Payment: Private pay, BCBS, Cigna, Atena, UHC

 

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. At the end of 2021, I decided to open my own private practice to help fill the need of long waitlists for counseling services and that was the beginning of Koen Counseling and Wellness Center. 

 

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, LCSW

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Title: Clinical Director/Therapist

Location: Jerseyville, IL and Telehealth 

Payment: Private pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna

 

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 have recently grown my techniques by taking extensive training in CBT and EMDR.

  

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 person's 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. I can see you out of our Jerseyville location as well through telehealth.

Breauna Kaluza, MSW, LCSW

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Title: Therapist

Location: Edwardsville, IL and Telehealth 

Payment: Private Pay, BCBS, Cigna 


Hi there! My name is Breauna Hurd, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been in the clinical field for almost 3 years. I absolutely love that I can make a difference in people's lives by simply providing a safe space for clients. It is my goal to support, listen, advocate, and help you work through tough situations life can bring.

I obtain a master's degree in social work and a clinical license. I have experience in treating substance use, anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma. I offer in-person services along with telehealth.

It is not always easy reaching out for guidance, and I assure you that this is the next best step to feeling and being the best version of yourself. 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, LCSW

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Title: Therapist

Location: Edwardsville, IL and Telehealth 

Payment: Private Pay, BCBS, Cigna 


Hello! I’m thrilled you are looking for a therapist for yourself or a loved one. Therapy 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 therapeutic  process of advocating for my clients but also teaching my clients to become their own advocate. I enjoy incorporating manipulatives, stories, and activities into my therapy 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 achieved my LCSW in 2022. 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 adolescents in person at our Edwardsville office.

Travis Dobrey, MSW, LSW

Title: TherapistLocation: Herrin, IL and Telehealth Payment: Private pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CignaHi and welcome, I am so excited to be here. I am a mental health therapist who specializes in trauma-informed care and I am a LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist. I am a member of the National Association of Social Work and a member of Phi Kappa Phi. I was accepted into SIU’s School of Medicine Trauma Based Behavioral Health Fellowship. As a fellow, I received extensive trauma informed training that I bring to my practice every day. I am also trained in EMDR and I am currently working toward EMDR certification, which means I have gone through additional extensive training.​I view therapy as a partnership. I am currently accepting new patients and I look forward to helping you on your wellness journey. I can see you at our Herrin location or virtually through telehealth.

KateLynn Snell, MSW, LSW

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Title: Therapist

Location: Jerseyville, IL and Telehealth

Payment: Private pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna.

 

Hello and Welcome! My name is KateLynn. I graduated with my master’s degree in Social Work from SIUE in 2020. I am currently a Licensed Social Worker and am working toward my LCSW. I have several years of experience working with children, adolescents, couples and young adults in various settings. I have experience working with individuals struggling with substance use, depression, anxiety, trauma, and more. 

 

I have a passion for seeing my clients become the best and most confident version of themselves. I believe each session is individual and unique, as I implement a variety of treatment interventions to tend to specific needs. I strive to create a safe and healthy environment for each person to share their experiences, while identifying goals and coping mechanisms to work through on their journey. 

 

I look forward to working together! I can see you at our Jerseyville location and am also available virtually through telehealth.

Brooke Ridenbark, MSW, LSW

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Title: Therapist

Location: Edwardsville, IL and Telehealth

Payment: Private pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna.


Hello, I’m Brooke! I’ve always had a passion for helping others and my journey began as a medical assistant working in various settings. Since then, my passion grew for advocating and empowering individuals to help them be the best version of themselves. 


I graduated with my Master’s degree in Social Work from SIUE in 2022. I am currently working toward my LCSW! I have gained experience working as a recovery specialist/ therapist at Centerstone of Alton, specializing in substance use addiction, mental health, and parenting skills/education. It is my goal to make sure all clients have a safe, supportive environment when sharing their experiences, goals, and challenges.


Nikki Jeters, LCPC

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Title: Therapist

Location: Herrin, IL

Payment: Private pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna.

 

My name is Nikki Jeters. I’m a wife and mother and love being active. I have my Master’s in Educational Psychology and graduated from Southern Illinois University. I have over 10 yrs of providing mental health and substance use therapy.

I am client centered and also use other treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral and solution focused therapies. I really enjoy helping my clients navigate through life and assist with problem solving and accomplishing goals. I believe you are the expert in your life and I am here to assist you in indentifying your needs and gaining confidence in executing tasks.

Tali Myers, LCSW

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Title: Therapist

Location: Herrin, IL

Payment: Private pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna.

 

Hello, my name is Talitha (Tali) Fisher. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. I also specialize in LGBTQI-related concerns. I have experience in many platforms, including group homework, child custody concerns, LGBTQI, corrections, and community counseling. I hold a master’s degree and completed research at the School of Medicine while attending. I moved on to accept two fellowships where I was trained in research, teaching, and trauma. Currently, I hold a National Certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy along with my clinical license.

Twenty years ago, I was anxious and battled with anger, which I later realized was a symptom of depression. I realized that often, anger is fear’s bodyguard. I had experienced a devastating loss in my life and had no clue where to turn. I worked hard through my symptoms and made a simple promise that I would always help people. I believe everyone is entitled to live the best life they can, free from anxiety, worry, and depression. While this is a difficult task, the first step is reaching out when you know you need help managing difficult symptoms. My practice style is client-centered and goal-oriented. I want my clients to feel heard and understood, but also not lose sight of the goals that they have set for themselves. I like to utilize motivational interviewing with self-reflective practice to challenge negative thinking patterns and inappropriate boundaries. I offer evening hours to accommodate work schedules that may have been a barrier to participating in therapy. I look forward to assisting you on your healing journey!

Katie Nicoloff, MSW

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Title: Therapist

Location: Edwardsville, IL

Payment: Private pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna.

 

Greetings! My name is Katie Nicoloff and I'm a master's level social worker specializing in helping children and adolescents. I have seven years of experience working with children and families in a variety of social work settings. I have helped many clients overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, and behavioral issues.

 

My approach to therapy is warm, caring, and nonjudgmental, and I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where my clients can feel comfortable expressing themselves. Through evidence-based techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and play therapy, I help clients develop coping skills, improve communication, and build resilience.

If you're seeking therapy services for your child or adolescent, I'm here to help. Please feel free to reach out and schedule a session.

Steve White, LSW

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Title: Therapist

Location: Jerseyville, IL

Payment: Private pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna.

 

I'm Steve, a school social worker with a passion for working with children and pre-adolescent youth. My goal is to offer support and build strong relationships with my clients through various activities. I have experience working with diverse emotions, genders, sexual identities, traumas, and family, peer, or school issues.

My approach is to meet my clients where they are, providing a safe space for them to process their feelings and express themselves comfortably. I believe in building trust through mediums that resonate with children, such as playing sports, engaging in arts and crafts, or enjoying board games. I am well-versed in trauma, the foster care system, and the unique stressors faced by today's youth, including social media, high expectations, bullying, and everyday challenges.

During sessions, I offer support and help youth process complex emotions, thoughts, and feelings. I empower them to develop de-escalation, coping, strategy-building, and goal-setting skills. I firmly believe that teaching children appropriate coping mechanisms at an early stage allows them to build higher self-esteem and maintain a positive outlook in their everyday lives. Once a trusting relationship is established, I involve important individuals in my clients' lives in the healing process. This may include sessions with the youth to discuss progress and goals. Engaging others clinically enhances the family dynamic and promotes open communication within the youth's everyday life.

As a caregiver, seeking support for your child is a crucial step in fostering open communication. I value your feedback and input and incorporate them into my assessments and sessions with your child. Together, we can explore ways to strengthen your relationship with your child and support their overall well-being.

Patrick Brown, LCSW

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Title: Therapist

Location: Virtual Only

Payment: Private pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna

 

I'm Patrick, and I am dedicated to helping individuals recognize and optimize themselves to their full potential through self-empowerment.

I am a highly accomplished Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and obtained my Master's in Social Work from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. My professional journey includes serving as a Trauma Fellow at the SIUC School of Medicine, where I honed a comprehensive repertoire of trauma-informed approaches. As the former clinical director at Brehm Preparatory School, I supported individuals facing complex learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, social/emotional issues, and other learning challenges. Furthermore, my tenure at Pasadena Villa Smoky Mountain Lodge has equipped me with invaluable experience catering to patients with high acuity needs and a wide array of complex diagnoses.

I am deeply committed to meeting clients' needs through a comprehensive, evidence-based approach that yields positive outcomes. Guided by client-centered philosophy, I implement a range of best practice therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing. By utilizing these approaches, I strive to empower individuals on their path to growth and well-being.

Outside of my professional pursuits, I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and daughter. I also embrace outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, and playing sports.

Amy Creek Koehn, LCPC

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Title: Counselor 

Location: Benton School District/ Herrin, IL

Payment: Private pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna

 

Hello, I'm a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a passion for helping others find their
path to emotional well-being and personal growth. Over the past 13 years, I've dedicated myself
to serving the child welfare population working with children, adolescents, and adults facing
various challenges.
My journey into the field of counseling began at Mckendree University, where I pursued my
Master's in professional counseling and graduated in December 2010. Throughout my career,
I've honed my skills and expertise in various areas of practice. I specialize in assisting
individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, and adjustment challenges. Guiding
them through the healing process, fostering a sense of security and hope, and empowering them
to lead fulfilling lives has been immensely rewarding.
As a counselor, I firmly believe in the power of self-growth and lifelong learning. I remain
committed to my personal and professional development, constantly seeking new knowledge and
therapeutic approaches to enhance the effectiveness of my skills. I am humbled by the
opportunity to be a part of peoples healing journeys, and I look forward to continuing to make a
difference in the lives of individuals seeking support, guidance, and transformation.

Donna Burroughs, MSW

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Title: Counselor 

Location: Benton School District/ Herrin, IL

Payment: Private pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna

 

I am so excited to be joining the Koen Counseling and Wellness Center family. I recently graduated with my Masters degree in Social Work along with SIU’s School of Medicine Trauma-Based Behavioral Health Fellowship. 

 

I enjoy advocating for children and assisting them to process their emotions and learn coping mechanisms for various life circumstances through trauma-informed techniques. I encourage children with positive affirmations to help motivate them and build their self-esteem. In addition to ensuring the clients are mentally and emotionally prepared for any additional obstacles. 

Rachel Taylor, LCSW, ASOP, MSW

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Title: Counselor

Location: Herrin and Virtual

Payment: Private Pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Aetna

Hi there, I admire you for recognizing your courage and seeking mindful transformation! What does this mean for you? It's as simple as learning to modify your current situation and apply new skills learned through our individualized sessions. My counseling style is centered around YOU as you are the key that can unlock your desired destiny. Change is something most of us shy from, resist or perhaps is too difficult to fathom.

 

Since 2019, I have applied empowerment, resiliency techniques adapted from Evidence Based Practices within my counseling practices. I use blended therapeutic techniques to 'unwind' the tangled twine we all feel we've created. I focus on strategies to alter hopelessness into hopeful; deprivation into abundance and victim to champion.

 

I specialize with disorders such as, Traumatic experiences, devastation, grief, anxiety, depression, addiction, and so much more. If you are contemplating how to get out of the hole you feel you are in, or no longer want the repetition of being the proverbial 'hamster on the wheel' then, let's devise a plan of action together. How do you envision becoming your 'best self'? How soon would you like to make this happen? Reach out to discuss to make this your reality!

Megan Pence

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Title: Administrative Assistant & Billing Specialist

Location: Virtual 


Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be here and joining this team.  I will be working as the administrative assistant with my main focus of helping clients with billing services and questions. Prior to taking on this position, I was working as a licensed occupational therapy assistant in which I’ve worked for the past 4 years in pediatrics and geriatrics. I look forward to applying my knowledge of the medical field to this position to best assist clients and our team! 

Lily Burkhart

Title: Administrative Assistant & Receptionist

Hi all! I am so excited to be a part of the team. If you visit the Herrin office, you might see me at the front desk. As an assistant, my role includes billing, record keeping, taking calls, and a focus on maintaining a warm and welcoming environment throughout the office. 
Outside of my role as an assistant, I am also a graduate student. I am currently working towards a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grace College: Graduate Program for Counseling. Upon completing this degree, I will begin the licensure process of becoming an LCPC. Part my academic requirements includes an internship, which I will start this Spring here at Koen Counseling.
I look forward to furthering my experience through my time here at Koen Counseling as an Assistant and future Intern.
I also enjoy being outside, going for long walks, and spending time with my husband and our two cats. 

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