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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, LPC
     Timothy J. Kelly, MA, LPC

    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, LPC
    Marilyn Holmes, MA, LPC

    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. 

  • Elizabeth FrancoKopec, M.Ed, MPH, LPC
    Elizabeth FrancoKopec, M.Ed, MPH, LPC

    It is my goal to provide a safe space to explore vulnerabilities and provide unconditional positive regard. I strive to create a non-judgmental, empathetic experience with clients. I take an integrative approach to therapy and work alongside clients to combine different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of individuals and the work they would like to accomplish, in addition to their strengths, preferences and experiences. Most frequently, I work within the frameworks for person-centered therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused/Motivational Interviewing, and Psychoeducational therapy. I am flexible and committed to working with clients to meet individual needs and provide a supportive environment to enhance mental health and well-being, self-efficacy, and personal empowerment for everyone so that clients can pursue the healing, insight, and skills they desire. I believe that you are the expert on you and I’d like to collaborate with you to find a way to make the things that feel hard easier to sit with.

    I have work experience in diverse settings including hospitals, schools, outpatient centers, and shelters/residential facilities. I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in Public Health - Maternal and Child Health from Boston University and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University. I am currently under clinical supervision with Megan Denton-Gillette. I have most experience working with children, adolescents and young adults. My experience and clinical interests include: working with survivors of trauma (intimate partner violence, sexual assault, abuse, etc.), adjustment and acute stress, family conflict, and relationship issues. 

It is my goal to provide a safe space to explore vulnerabilities and provide unconditional positive regard. I strive to create a non-judgmental, empathetic experience with clients. I take an integrative approach to therapy and work alongside clients to combine different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of individuals and the work they would like to accomplish, in addition to their strengths, preferences and experiences. Most frequently, I work within the frameworks for person-centered therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused/Motivational Interviewing, and Psychoeducational therapy. I am flexible and committed to working with clients to meet individual needs and provide a supportive environment to enhance mental health and well-being, self-efficacy, and personal empowerment for everyone so that clients can pursue the healing, insight, and skills they desire. I believe that you are the expert on you and I’d like to collaborate with you to find a way to make the things that feel hard easier to sit with.

I have work experience in diverse settings including hospitals, schools, outpatient centers, and shelters/residential facilities. I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in Public Health - Maternal and Child Health from Boston University and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University. I am currently under clinical supervision with Megan Denton-Gillette. I have most experience working with children, adolescents and young adults. My experience and clinical interests include: working with survivors of trauma (intimate partner violence, sexual assault, abuse, etc.), adjustment and acute stress, family conflict, and relationship issues.

  • Libby Fisher, MA, ATR-P
    Libby Fisher, MA, ATR-P

    Libby’s philosophy is that each client should be approached with respect, compassion, and non-judgement. The client-therapist relationship is at the core of her work. The support of a strong therapeutic relationship provides space to heal and change. Mutual trust and understanding helps us to work through issues that are brought to therapy. Libby treats each client as an individual who will bring their own unique experience to the therapeutic relationship.

    Her therapeutic approach combines art therapy counseling training with client-centered theory, while incorporating relational cultural theory. Art therapy is an excellent way to help navigate through trauma safely and address other life issues. It is used to help people of all ages, from children to adults. Often feelings may be hard to label with words, in these cases art-making can be incredibly beneficial. Art therapy can enhance emotional self-efficacy and improve self-esteem.

    Libby feels it is a privilege to be a part of your therapeutic process. She is devoted to helping her clients heal and work toward the life they want in whatever way she can. By holding a safe space that is judgement-free, receptive and reflective, Libby hopes to help clients find a way to healing.

    Licensure and Education

    • M. A. in Art Therapy Counseling, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    • B. S. in Psychology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

    Specialties: Art Therapy, Behavioral Issues, Trauma, Anxiety & Depression, Self-Esteem

Libby’s philosophy is that each client should be approached with respect, compassion, and non-judgement. The client-therapist relationship is at the core of her work. The support of a strong therapeutic relationship provides space to heal and change. Mutual trust and understanding helps us to work through issues that are brought to therapy. Libby treats each client as an individual who will bring their own unique experience to the therapeutic relationship.

Her therapeutic approach combines art therapy counseling training with client-centered theory, while incorporating relational cultural theory. Art therapy is an excellent way to help navigate through trauma safely and address other life issues. It is used to help people of all ages, from children to adults. Often feelings may be hard to label with words, in these cases art-making can be incredibly beneficial. Art therapy can enhance emotional self-efficacy and improve self-esteem.

Libby feels it is a privilege to be a part of your therapeutic process. She is devoted to helping her clients heal and work toward the life they want in whatever way she can. By holding a safe space that is judgement-free, receptive and reflective, Libby hopes to help clients find a way to healing.

Licensure and Education: M. A. in Art Therapy Counseling, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and B. S. in Psychology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Specialties: Art Therapy, Behavioral Issues, Trauma, Anxiety & Depression, Self-Esteem

  • Brittany Perrotta, MA, MHP Counselor in Training
    Brittany Perrotta, MA, MHP Counselor in Training

    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.

  • Alyssa Walker BS, MHP Counselor in Training
    Alyssa Walker BS, MHP Counselor in Training

    Throughout my undergraduate degree, I developed a passion for mental health counseling which has led me to where I am today. I graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I am currently in my third year of my Master’s degree for Clinical Mental Health Counseling at McKendree University and am set to graduate in May of 2021.  

    I value building strong therapeutic relationships and though I tend to use cognitive-behavioral and person-centered approaches, I feel it is important to be flexible in order to match what each individual client needs. Once that relationship is built, I utilize ideas and interventions of theories that will best fit the need of the client. My belief is that it is important to be flexible in therapeutic interventions to match what each person needs individually.   

    I have experience mostly with individuals and groups. I have worked with a wide variety of presenting problems including; anxiety, depression, trauma, domestic violence, trouble with identity, social difficulties, relational problems, ect. I have seen clients aging 18 to 66 from different backgrounds, cultures, and communities.  

    I am passionate about mental health and ending the stigma surrounding it. My goal is to provide a safe, supportive, empathetic environment for all people and to assist them in finding their path and leading a full life on their terms.  I am currently an intern in the outpatient community counseling program and am under the supervision of TJ Kelly and Megan Denton-Gillette.  

Throughout my undergraduate degree, I developed a passion for mental health counseling which has led me to where I am today. I graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I am currently in my third year of my Master’s degree for Clinical Mental Health Counseling at McKendree University and am set to graduate in May of 2021.  

I value building strong therapeutic relationships and though I tend to use cognitive-behavioral and person-centered approaches, I feel it is important to be flexible in order to match what each individual client needs. Once that relationship is built, I utilize ideas and interventions of theories that will best fit the need of the client. My belief is that it is important to be flexible in therapeutic interventions to match what each person needs individually.   

I have experience mostly with individuals and groups. I have worked with a wide variety of presenting problems including; anxiety, depression, trauma, domestic violence, trouble with identity, social difficulties, relational problems, ect. I have seen clients aging 18 to 66 from different backgrounds, cultures, and communities.  

I am passionate about mental health and ending the stigma surrounding it. My goal is to provide a safe, supportive, empathetic environment for all people and to assist them in finding their path and leading a full life on their terms.  I am currently an intern in the outpatient community counseling program and am under the supervision of TJ Kelly and 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 experiencing a crisis and need immediate assistance, please contact one of the following emergency resources:

  • Living Room Mental Health & Crisis Support: 618-397-0968 ext.109 (Free walk-in crisis services open Mon/Wed/Fri 8:30 am-5 pm and Tue/Thur 12pm-8pm)
  • 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

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