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What We Do

Counseling Services

Community Counseling Services

COVID-19 Notice: New Clients Welcome!

As a COVID-19 precaution, this program has temporarily limited in-person counseling sessions. Community Counseling continues to be available to new and current clients by offering both video sessions (through doxy.me) and phone sessions, depending on the client's preference. The video platform is secure and can be used with a computer that has a webcam or a phone. Interested clients can contact Megan Denton-Gillette directly at mdenton@callforhelpinc.org to set up an appointment. 

Do you need someone to talk to?

Call for Help is now offering Mental Health Counseling Services open to the community.   

Our counselors work with adults, adolescents, and couples.   We help individuals develop insight and acquire tools that will enable you to lead a more fulfilled and balanced life.  In a confidential, comfortable, and safe atmosphere, we offer a highly personalized approach tailored to your individual needs.  Our mental health counselors will provide you competent, professional, and compassionate care.   

Concerns addressed in counseling can include:

  • Stress, Anxiety, or Depression
  • Anger
  • Transitions
  • Grief
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Identity Development
  • Trauma

Meet Our Counselors

  • Timothy J. Kelly, MA
     Timothy J. Kelly, MA

    Throughout my time in this field, I have developed a passion for working with people to help them feel powerful about their lives and the choices that they make. My clinical approach focuses primarily on cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, person-centered, and existential frameworks.

    I believe in the potential of each person that I work with to better understand their individual voice and what they ‘bring to the table’. It is my hope that by providing this space for exploration, my clients are able to take back control in areas of their lives where they feel stuck or uncertain, to define for themselves what it means to ‘bring something to the table’. We have to know who we are, who we truly are without judgment before we guide ourselves toward who we want to become

    I am not here to change you, to tell you what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ – I’m here to help you feel more comfortable with making the decisions that will help you reach your goals. It is a collaborative process that I believe in, and I hope you will allow me to accompany you in that journey.

    I received my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from McKendree University and went on to receive my Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

    I have worked primarily in outpatient settings, providing individual and group counseling to a wide variety of clients. My areas of interest include: depression, anxiety, identity development (broadly defined), grief processing, and working with survivors of trauma. I am currently under clinical supervision with Megan Denton-Gillette.

Throughout my time in this field, I have developed a passion for working with people to help them feel powerful about their lives and the choices that they make. My clinical approach focuses primarily on cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, person-centered, and existential frameworks.

I believe in the potential of each person that I work with to better understand their individual voice and what they ‘bring to the table’. It is my hope that by providing this space for exploration, my clients are able to take back control in areas of their lives where they feel stuck or uncertain, to define for themselves what it means to ‘bring something to the table’. We have to know who we are, who we truly are without judgment, before we guide ourselves toward who we want to become

I am not here to change you, to tell you what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ – I’m here to help you feel more comfortable with making the decisions that will help you reach your goals. It is a collaborative process that I believe in, and I hope you will allow me to accompany you in that journey.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from McKendree University and went on to receive my Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

I have worked primarily in outpatient settings, providing individual and group counseling to a wide variety of clients. My areas of interest include: depression, anxiety, identity development (broadly defined), grief processing, and working with survivors of trauma. I am currently under clinical supervision with Megan Denton-Gillette.

  • Marilyn Holmes, MA
    Marilyn Holmes, MA

    I began pursuing my Master’s in art therapy counseling at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2017 and graduated in May 2020. Currently, I work as an outpatient counselor at Call For Help, Inc in East Saint Louis.

    Throughout my career, my clients have described my approach to treatment as non-judgmental, empathetic, and direct. When working with clients, I approach therapy through the Gestalt, Person-Centered, and Empowerment-Focused modalities. It is my belief that treatment works best when clients are approached as whole individuals – through both body and mind. I accomplish this by using both traditional talk therapy techniques alongside my specialized Art Therapy training. Art therapy can be a unique way for you to explore your lived experience, gain insight, and make meaning.
    I am committed to providing services for all people. I wish to extend an area of safety especially to those members of the LGBTIA+ community and persons of color whose experience of oppression only adds to and compounds existing trauma. My experience with trauma treatment has centered specifically on working with people experiencing substance use and domestic violence. I have previous experience working with children, adults, families, and individuals.
    We all have stories. For some of us, the story we carry can cause us pain. Living with untreated trauma can be debilitating and interfere with our overall pursuit of wellness. It is my ultimate goal to help you unload, to walk alongside you and help you carry your burden while also helping you learn how to either set down your burden entirely or carry it in a way so that it does not weigh you down. It is my belief that we all possess the innate ability to heal. Sometimes we just don’t know how without help. I hope I can be the one to help you.

I began pursuing my Master’s in art therapy counseling at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2017 and graduated in May 2020. Currently, I work as an outpatient counselor at Call For Help, Inc in East Saint Louis.

Throughout my career, my clients have described my approach to treatment as non-judgmental, empathetic, and direct. When working with clients, I approach therapy through the Gestalt, Person-Centered, and Empowerment-Focused modalities. It is my belief that treatment works best when clients are approached as whole individuals – through both body and mind. I accomplish this by using both traditional talk therapy techniques alongside my specialized Art Therapy training. Art therapy can be a unique way for you to explore your lived experience, gain insight, and make meaning.

I am committed to providing services for all people. I wish to extend an area of safety especially to those members of the LGBTIA+ community and persons of color whose experience of oppression only adds to and compounds existing trauma. My experience with trauma treatment has centered specifically on working with people experiencing substance use and domestic violence. I have previous experience working with children, adults, families, and individuals.

We all have stories. For some of us, the story we carry can cause us pain. Living with untreated trauma can be debilitating and interfere with our overall pursuit of wellness. It is my ultimate goal to help you unload, to walk alongside you and help you carry your burden while also helping you learn how to either set down your burden entirely or carry it in a way so that it does not weigh you down. It is my belief that we all possess the innate ability to heal. Sometimes we just don’t know how without help. I hope I can be the one to help you. 

  • Brittany Perrotta, MA, MHP Practicum Student
    Brittany Perrotta, MA, MHP Practicum Student

    Prior to moving to St. Louis to further my education, I worked with the city of Atlanta’s largest non-profit service provider for persons experiencing homelessness, personally overseeing our emergency day center for women and children. Throughout my time with this agency, I developed a passion for working with people whose struggle with mental illness and or substance use has negatively impacted their social, financial, vocational, and spiritual wellbeing. My clinical approach is client-centered, and strengths-based drawing on cognitive-behavioral, and person-centered frameworks.

    I believe that every person is the expert of their own life and experience. It is my desire that anyone who is feeling marginalized, oppressed, vulnerable, or hopeless find a safe place in my office. I believe in the inherent dignity of all people and seek to offer unconditional positive regard towards all exchanging shame and fear with safety and transparency. It is my hope that by providing quality and creative counseling, my clients feel empowered to overcome obstacles in both their mental and physical health.

    I received my Bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina and went on to receive a Master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago. I am currently completing my master’s in social work with a concentration in mental health from Washington University in St. Louis.

    I spent close to a decade working with college students within higher education and student affairs, before making a career shift to focus on serving community and mental health concerns. I have experience working with a wide variety of clients from different backgrounds and experiences. My areas of interest include: substance use, serious mental illness, depression, trauma survivors, homelessness and housing insecurity. I am currently a practicum student under the clinical supervision of Megan Denton-Gillette.

Prior to moving to St. Louis to further my education, I worked with the city of Atlanta’s largest non-profit service provider for persons experiencing homelessness, personally overseeing our emergency day center for women and children. Throughout my time with this agency, I developed a passion for working with people whose struggle with mental illness and or substance use has negatively impacted their social, financial, vocational, and spiritual wellbeing. My clinical approach is client-centered, and strengths-based drawing on cognitive-behavioral, and person-centered frameworks.

I believe that every person is the expert of their own life and experience. It is my desire that anyone who is feeling marginalized, oppressed, vulnerable, or hopeless find a safe place in my office. I believe in the inherent dignity of all people and seek to offer unconditional positive regard towards all exchanging shame and fear with safety and transparency. It is my hope that by providing quality and creative counseling, my clients feel empowered to overcome obstacles in both their mental and physical health.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina and went on to receive a Master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago. I am currently completing my master’s in social work with a concentration in mental health from Washington University in St. Louis.

I spent close to a decade working with college students within higher education and student affairs, before making a career shift to focus on serving community and mental health concerns. I have experience working with a wide variety of clients from different backgrounds and experiences. My areas of interest include: substance use, serious mental illness, depression, trauma survivors, homelessness and housing insecurity. I am currently a practicum student under the clinical supervision of Megan Denton-Gillette.

  • Megan Denton-Gillette, MA, LCPC
    Megan Denton-Gillette, MA, LCPC

    As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 12 years of experience in the mental health field, I am passionate about helping clients to create the lives they want for themselves. My clinical training has focused on a range of modalities, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, dialectical behavioral, solution focused and person-centered therapies. As a counselor, I would describe myself integrative, as I utilize a number of different approaches based on the person I am working with and their individual goals. I believe the therapeutic process is collaborative and I place an emphasis on developing rapport within my relationships with clients throughout the counseling process. I strive to create an empowering, safe, nonjudgmental space for every person I work with.

    My educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Master’s degree in clinical adult psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

    My work experience has been diverse and has included inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings. I have many areas of clinical interest, but some include: working with survivors of trauma (e.g., power-based personal violence including intimate partner violence, sexual trauma, harassment and stalking, and PTSD), health psychology, women’s issues, emotional dysregulation, identity development, disordered eating and body image concerns, identity development (broadly defined) and romantic relationship issues. In addition to individual counseling, I am also skilled in providing group therapy, crisis intervention, and clinical supervision. I obtained my LPC in 2012, LCPC in 2014, and recently became a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).

As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 12 years of experience in the mental health field, I am passionate about helping clients to create the lives they want for themselves. My clinical training has focused on a range of modalities, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, dialectical behavioral, solution focused and person-centered therapies. As a counselor, I would describe myself integrative, as I utilize a number of different approaches based on the person I am working with and their individual goals. I believe the therapeutic process is collaborative and I place an emphasis on developing rapport within my relationships with clients throughout the counseling process. I strive to create an empowering, safe, nonjudgmental space for every person I work with.

My educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Master’s degree in clinical adult psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

My work experience has been diverse and has included inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings. I have many areas of clinical interest, but some include: working with survivors of trauma (e.g., power-based personal violence including intimate partner violence, sexual trauma, harassment and stalking, and PTSD), health psychology, women’s issues, emotional dysregulation, identity development, disordered eating and body image concerns, identity development (broadly defined) and romantic relationship issues. In addition to individual counseling, I am also skilled in providing group therapy, crisis intervention, and clinical supervision. I obtained my LPC in 2012, LCPC in 2014, and recently became a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).

Crisis Care

If you are in crisis, please utilize one of the following emergency resources 24 hours a day:

  • Call 911
  • Call Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Call Provident Life Crisis Services:  314-647-4357
  • Text HOME to 741741 for a text crisis service
  • Go to your nearest emergency room. 
Request an Appointment

To request an appointment, call 618-397-0968 or submit the form below and a staff member will reach out to schedule.