Meet Our Therapists
Gail Mills LCSW
Gail Mills, LCSW began her Social Work career in 1993 providing counseling and case management to adults, children and families in public not-for-profit mental health agencies. She has experience in corporate Employee Assistance Programs and also as UIUC Field Instructor and Clinical Consultant for employees in the state child welfare system. In 2003, Gail Mills founded Hope Counseling Inc., a counseling group practice that is now in its 17th year of service to the Central Illinois-Indiana area.
A graduate of University of Illinois, Gail earned two Masters Degrees, an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and an M.S.W. in Social Work. She is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently training to become a Certified Gottman Method Therapist for Couples Therapy. Gail Mills has also studied and practices RRT, Rapid Resolution Therapy, a treatment for trauma survivors and those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“My strength is being able to connect with people of all ages, and the fact that I care deeply that each person finds joy, purpose and meaning in life. I start by meeting with each person to learn where they are in life and what seems missing or blocking their progress. We explore ideas about how to move toward their goals. Sometimes this involves breaking out of old behavior patterns and examining or redefining your beliefs. Personal growth often involves learning to manage fears, to be vulnerable, cope with change, and to trust yourself.
Although working in the field of mental health can be stressful, this is where I am meant to be. I feel fortunate to be a therapist. Each day as I see evidence of growth in my clients, I just can’t help but feel inside me a sense of deep gratitude that I can be a small part of that process.”
Angela Peregud-Aksimentyeva LCPC
Angela Peregud-Aksimentyeva, LCPC, CADC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) with 14+ years of counseling experience with adults, children, couples and families. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Clinical Psychology in 2002 from the University of Social Psychology in Warsaw, Poland. Angela Peregud, LCPC continued her post-graduate education at the Chicago Center for Family Health and American Public University.
Angela Peregud, LCPC offers individual, couples, and family therapy at the Hope Counseling office, and she offers this statement of her philosophy of clinical practice:
“People are my passion. I strongly believe that human lives are built through experiences and that every difficult situation is part of the learning process toward our well-being. Critical situations do have solutions. To reach that solution, we need to recognize and accept our own power to make changes. I can help you accept yourself as you are, and become passionate about your life. My role as therapist is to help you to discover your strengths, and to improve and expand your current view of yourself. I am an authentic, honest, and creative therapist, willing to meet with you and help you to grow.”
Angela Peregud, LCPC has specialty skills for working with clients who have addictions, codependence, past sexual abuse or domestic violence, trauma, grief and loss issues, depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders. She is a skilled therapist with family and relationship issues, career issues, anger management, stress management, parenting difficulties, adoption issues, and family conflict. Angela has therapy experience with clients who have a dual-diagnosis or personality disorder, and also has experience with children’s play therapy methods.
Terry Ditchfield LCSW
Terry Ditchfield, LCSW has worked in the mental health field for thirty years in a variety of community agency settings in the Midwest and Southeastern US.
She has helped clients with a range of mental health concerns including ordinary life stressors and more complex issues such as post-traumatic stress. Individuals, families, and soldiers returning from military deployment have benefitted from her counseling and care. Working for many years in the addictions field, she has helped many adults and adolescents to succeed in outpatient and inpatient treatment. Terry particularly enjoys working with adolescents who struggle with day-to-day pressures and teen developmental issues. She has great respect for those who wish to make changes and transform their lives, becoming their best self.
If you are ready for a change for the better, I invite you to take a step forward on a healthy path to personal well-being and life balance. I would love to assist you.
Years in Practice: 30
Masters of Social Work, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana 1991
Licensed in the State of Illinois
Expertise and skill in the following areas
* ADHD (children and adults)
* Anger Management
* Bipolar Disorder
* Career Counseling
* Child or Adolescent
* Chronic Impulsivity
* Chronic Pain
* Coping Skills
* Depression and Anxiety
* Domestic Abuse & Violence
* Dual Diagnosis
* Eating Disorders
* Emotional Disturbance
* Family Conflict
* Life Coaching
* Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
* Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
* Self Esteem
Melanie Easton LCPC
Melanie Easton, LCPC has dedicated the last 15 years to the study and practice of professional counseling. She has counseled individuals during the most difficult circumstances of life. Teens and children experiencing behavior challenges, learning disabilities, trauma, and sexual abuse have found great comfort as Melanie has journeyed together with them in the counseling relationship.
Melanie has counseled women and men who struggle with acute and lifelong anxiety and depression and helped them to manage their symptoms more effectively on a day to day basis. Melanie also has experience working with individuals who are coping with mental health concerns such as psychosis, auditory hallucinations, and paranoia, assisting them with their daily functioning.
Melanie obtained her Master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2012 with a concentration in relationships and sexuality. She has continued her training since that time to focus on trauma and sexuality for individuals and within the marital relationship. As a result of continued training, she is an Associate Member of the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists.
“We all experience difficulties in our lives. Some may struggle with chronic mental illness such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia; others may struggle when life throws them a curve ball. It can be helpful during those times to have an outsider to walk the journey with you. Counseling can provide a safe, secure environment to take that journey, to talk about the difficulties you are facing, and begin to articulate what it is you most desire for your future.”
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