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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, Aetna, 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. 

Travis Dobrey, MSW, LSW

Title: Director & Therapist

Location: Herrin, IL and Telehealth 

Payment: Private pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna

 

Hi 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.

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!

Rachel Taylor, LSW

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Title: Therapist

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!

Brenna Howerton, MSW

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Title: Therapist

Payment: Private pay, BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, & UHC

Location: Herrin, & Telehealth

Hello! I’m Brenna and I enjoy dancing, going on runs with my dog, and the occasional video game. In 2022, I proudly earned my master’s degree in social work from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC).

My journey in the behavioral health field is fueled by an unwavering passion to help individuals not just survive but thrive. I firmly believe that the path to healing is paved with the foundational stones of empathy, trust, and understanding. It’s a privilege to stand beside my clients on their transformative journeys.

At the heart of my practice lies a commitment to providing client-centered, trauma-informed services. I firmly believe that every person has the innate right to lead a meaningful, joyful life. My mission is to be your trusted companion, offering a listening ear and guidance to help you achieve your goals.

My professional experience extends across a wide spectrum, from working with young children to adolescents and adults. No matter your age or background, I’m here to tailor my approach to meet your unique needs and aspirations.

Let’s embark on this journey together toward a brighter and more fulfilling life.

Crystal Shulda, LSW

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Title: Therapist

Payment: Private pay, BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, & UHC

Location: Herrin

Crystal Shulda, LSW, is a dedicated and compassionate Licensed Social Worker. Crystal is passionate about strengthening family bonds and helping her clients navigate the challenges they face. With a deep commitment to healing and recovery, Crystal brings years of experience in providing trauma-informed therapy, substance use disorders counseling, crisis intervention, and parent and youth focused therapy.

One of Crystal's standout attributes is her proficiency in American Sign Language, which allows her to bridge communication gaps and offer therapy services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. This commitment to inclusivity and accessibility is a testament to her dedication to serving all individuals, regardless of their unique needs.

Crystal’s approach to therapy is deeply empathetic, creating a safe space for her clients to heal and grow.

Kyle Miller, PhD, LCSW

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Title: Therapist

Payment: Private pay, BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, & UHC

Location: Herrin 

 

My name is Kyle Miller and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated with my MSW from Southern Illinois University, as well as my PhD in Public Health. My passion is helping individuals identify their values, goals, and dreams, and then working together to create a life they want. My substance use work is grounded in harm reduction and moderation, recognizing that traditional recovery isn't the only option. Additionally, I work with adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma through TF-CBT, EMDR, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I am currently accepting new patients at the Herrin location and look forward to working with you.

Amy Creek Koehn, LCPC

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Title: Therapist 

Location: Benton School District/ Herrin, IL

 

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: Therapist

Location: Benton School District/ Herrin, IL

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. 

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.

Cathy Arbeiter

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Cathy is a native of Southern Illinois, mother of three children, and business owner of Willow Soul Healing. Growing up Cathy had a very traumatic childhood filled with verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse, abandonment, death, along with other traumatic events. After ending a 10 year marriage, she felt a complete loss of identity and found herself tired of taking medication to mask her lifelong battle against depression and anxiety. So, she decided to start her own healing journey. During this time, she discovered her true self-love and several different holistic healing modalities that didn't just cover up the issues, but provided a transformational change. At this point in her life, she knew she had to share these tools with others. She now teaches others how to live an authentic life and chase after their dreams while also healing from past traumas and wounds through connecting with their body, mind, and soul. Cathy teaches others how to let go of limiting beliefs and patterns so they can live a more fulfilled life and find their purpose. 

 

Cathy holds certifications in integrative healing arts practitioner, hypnotherapy, past life regression, sound healing, Gong Therapy, neuro-linguistic programming, master reiki practitioner, light body healing practitioner, and spiritual life coaching. 

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