The FCS counseling staff is made up of licensed clinical social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists. Many have special areas of to help with teens – or depression – or anger management as well as most of the challenges that can make life difficult. An intake session will place you with a therapist will help you address your specific needs.
And, if you don’t “click” with your therapist, there is no need to start over with another counseling center. We can simply reassign you to another therapist in our practice.
Alvaro Encinas-Rios, MA
Alvaro has 16 years of experience working in the field of mental health. He has done clinical work with those whose issues have included anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and divorce. He works with adults, families and couples. His specialties include treating matters such as domestic violence, anger management, crisis intervention, partner relationship enhancement, as well as multi-cultural issues in relationships. Alvaro has served as an out-patient therapist at Streamwood Behavioral Health, Psychiatric Emergencies and Mobile Crisis Unit at South County Mental Health Center in Florida, and Emergency Intake at Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin, IL.
William “Bill” Evans, LCPC
Bill has been counseling for more than 35 years. He specializes in child, adolescent and family therapy. ADHD is his specialty, but he also works on anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and behavior issues.
He has a master’s and educational specialist degrees from Northern Illinois University. Supportive Interactive, Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are just some of the therapies he uses to teach coping skills.
Bill’s work experience includes providing therapy in the children and adolescent program at Singer Mental Health Center; serving as outreach therapist at Family Life Center, as an outpatient therapist at SwedishAmerican Hospital and as a tutor with RPS District 205. He also has a private therapy practice at Aspen Counseling.
Barbara Dolan Kiefer, LCPC
Barbara Dolan Kiefer is a licensed clinical counselor. She received an undergraduate degree at Elmhurst College, IL, followed by a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. She has subsequently earned a Master of Science in Applied Family and Child studies, as well as a Master of Arts in Community Counseling.
Barbara has served as a family preservation therapist for Children’s Home and Aid Society and later as a youth worker for adolescent girls with conduct disorder and mental health issues for Maryville Youth Academy. She has served as a grief counselor for Northern Illinois Hospice, as a psychiatric behavioral assessor for Rockford Memorial Hospital and as a child and adolescent therapist for the Pioneer Center for Human Services. Barbara specializes in counseling for all ages for complicated grief, anxiety and mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, anger management and adolescent issues.
Patricia “Patti” Kroll, MSW, LCSW
Patti has been working in social work for almost 15 years. Patti has a variety of experience, including drug/alcohol education and treatment, work with children and teens, as well as, short term, solution focused therapy. Patti enjoys working with teens and specializes in issues of anxiety and depression. Although Patti enjoys working with teens a great deal, she works with clients of any age. Patti currently supervises the Masters level internship students who are in the final preparation to earn their degrees.