Deborah Perry is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Deborah graduated from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and received a B.S. in Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She is a Collaborating Clinician Investigator in the Field Trials for the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
Deborah has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families faced with a variety of life stresses such as attention deficit disorder, phobias, anger issues, parenting, depression, anxiety, bereavement, marital problems, divorce, homelessness, incarcerated women, and financial strain. She also has received specialized training in sexual violence and crisis intervention, completed training in working with military families dealing with stress and the impacts of war-related trauma, is certified in reality therapy and has training and experience in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), she specializes in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as other traumas, anxiety, depression, and a variety of other disorders. She is also a Counseling Services for Fire Fighters Certified Clinician.
Before opening her own private practice in 2009 in West Dundee, Illinois, Deborah worked at a group practice, has worked in a community health center as a behavioral health therapist and served the under-resourced who were experiencing multiple difficult life issues. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). For three years, Deborah served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter (NASW IL) and was Chair of the Three Rivers District.
Keith Perry is an ordained pastor. He earned a master’s degree at Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO and served congregations in Minnesota and Illinois. He later received clinical training through the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, IL. In the early years of Keith’s work life, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and worked in broadcast journalism for 13 years.
Keith has a strong passion for working with people who are struggling with feelings of hopelessness. His style is authentic, engaged, and caring as he strives to help people find confidence, strength, and hope during times of adversity. He is a Christian; however he has the ability to look beyond a person’s lifestyle, culture, beliefs or values, and focus on the needs of the suffering person. He possesses excellent communication skills and the ability to listen effectively and provide feedback in a non-judgmental manner.
Keith’s work with you will help you along your path to spiritual growth, which might include finding a life purpose, working toward strengthening your faith, overcoming obstacles, or putting pain and grief into perspective. The path doesn’t look the same for everyone. His goal is to help you to find what works for you to gain a sense of purpose in your work and life. It is an interactive process of listening, talking and questioning. The purpose is to decrease pain and suffering, increase understanding and promote growth and change.
Keith’s approach is positive, building on your strengths while resolving the issues that repetitively cause difficulties in your life and have become barriers to your happiness. He’ll work with you in an active, collaborative manner which encourages and empowers you to change your life, helping you to grow to become the person you’ve always hoped you could be.
We all have weaknesses and trials. Maybe you’re angry with God. We all fall short at times and need help and understanding. There is still hope and Keith can help you find the path to feeling hope again. Don’t let your past stop you from seeking the help that you need.
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