Clinical Training Program

Since 1995, the Chicago Christian Counseling Center has been involved in the clinical training of Christian therapists and psychologists. It is our commitment to the integration of faith with the field of professional counseling that challenges us to provide this unique training for Christian therapists, some of whom are in secular institutions.

To date Chicago Christian Counseling Center has provided clinical internships to masters and doctoral level students from the following schools: 

  • Adler University, Chicago, IL
  • Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • Governor’s State University, University Park, IL
  • Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
  • Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  • Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
  • National Louis University, Wheeling, IL
  • North Park University, Chicago, IL
  • Northcentral University, Chicago, IL
  • Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
  • Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL
  • Suffolk University, Boston, MA
  • Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
  • Walden Unversity, Minneapolis, MN
  • Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Students in our clinical training program are able to provide services under professional supervision to under-resourced clients at greatly reduced fees.

  • individual, couple, and family counseling
  • groups and workshops
  • speaking engagements

Meet our graduate student clinical interns for the 2018 - 2019 term. They will serve clients at our locations in Chicago (South Loop), Orland Park, River Forest, Schererville, and South Holland.

Call (800) 361-6880 or email us for an appointment.

 

Gillian G. Haygood, BA

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Student
North Park University, Chicago, IL
      Office Hours in Orland Park, IL & Schererville, IN

Gillian G. Haygood, BA

 

Gillian received her BA in Biblical & Theological Studies from North Park University in 1994. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from North Park University. Her career has primarily been in child welfare, which has provided her with opportunities to work with people from a variety of ages, backgrounds and life circumstances. She has experience with addressing issues of trauma, depression, and anxiety in people of all ages. She has received extensive training in trauma, which she regularly incorporates in her practice. It is her passion to help clients obtain healing and growth so that their lives are not about surviving, but about thriving. For Gillian thriving in life means keeping a grateful heart, and trusting God to give her strength and joy for whatever comes her way. She is supervised by Debi Mitchell, MS, LMFT.

 

Colleen Jackson, BFA

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student
Adler University, Chicago, IL
      Office Hours in Schererville, IN & South Holland, IL

Colleen Jackson, BFA

 

Colleen Jackson is currently completing her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University in Chicago. Her clinical interests include working with parents, children, couples, and people struggling with anxiety, trauma, and depression. Colleen is committed to establishing relationships with clients that are non-judgmental, supportive, respectful, and rooted in the love of Christ. She believes there is endless hope and healing in the Lord and is passionate about partnering with Him in the therapeutic process. Colleen received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. She is supervised by Kathy Krentkowski, MA, LCPC, LMHC.

 

Lisa Kuban, BS

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student
Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
      Office Hours in South Holland,
& Tinley Park, IL

Lisa Kuban, BS

 

Lisa Kuban received her BA in Educational Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago. She is currently working towards her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights. Lisa is committed to providing supportive and empathetic faith based care to people of all ages. She has a passion for helping clients who struggle with chronic health issues, bullying, and anxiety/panic disorder. Lisa believes that a strong behavioral approach coupled with faith, prayer and the loving guidance of Christ will provide the life altering tools necessary to overcome one's struggles. Lisa is supervised by Joy Bocanegra, MA LCPC.

 

Micere S. Oden, MS

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Candidate
Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
      Office Hours in Orland Park, IL
& Schererville, IN

Micere S. Oden, MS

 

Micere S. Oden received the B.S. in Individual and Family Studies, Purdue University; M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and M.S. in Applied Psychology, Walden University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Walden University. Micere works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Her clinical interests include: anxiety, assessment, depression, self-esteem, self-care, and stress management.

Micere completed the therapy practicum externship at Trinity Services, Inc. Behavioral Health Department serving adults with mental illness and mild intellectual disability. She has acquired training in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in individual, group, and milieu therapy. Micere is in her second year as a doctoral intern providing assessment services and individual, couple, and family therapy. Micere is supervised by Melinda Hammond, Psy.D.

 

Jeannie Sytsma, BA

Master of Arts in Couple & Family Therapy Student
Adler University, Chicago, IL
      Office Hours in Chicago (South Loop), & Orland Park, IL

Jeannie Sytsma, BA

 

Jeannie Sytsma received her B.A. in Biblical Studies and Theology from Wheaton College in May 2015. She is currently working on her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Adler University. Jeannie works with people of all ages and backgrounds, and is particularly interested in helping couples navigate a number of relational issues such as relationship conflict, poor communication, work-life balance issues, life stage transitions, identity development and anxiety. She practices from a systemic lens, and finds great importance in understanding her client’s culture and family of origin. Jeannie approaches therapy with empathy and humor, and she believes that God has brought you to therapy and will carry you through the process. Jeannie is supervised by Diane Kapp, MA, LMFT.