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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Lawson, MSW, LCSW
Beth is a licensed clinical social worker who enjoys working with individuals of all ages. Beth received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Illinois State University, a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Rockford University, and a Master’s of Social Work from Aurora University. With more than eighteen years of experience as an educator in the public schools, she has particular expertise in working with children, adolescents, and their parents. Many of the clients she works with are individuals coping with mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar. Helping individuals to recover from traumatic experiences and to deal with issues around grief and shame are areas in which Beth is also skilled.
Eileen Liezert, LCSW, ACSW
Eileen has over 40 years of experience working as a social worker and therapist in the mental health field. She has provided individual, group, and family therapy in many areas, with specific expertise working with children.
Eileen stepped into an administrative role at Children’s Home + Aid in 1985, where she initially worked as a supervisor, and then, director of CH+A foster care, adoption and guardianship, and mental health programs. In 2009, Liezert assumed the role of Regional Vice President of Children’s Home + Aid, providing leadership for programming within 10 counties of Northern Illinois, until her retirement in 2015. Eileen joined FCS in the Fall of 2015 as Executive Director and as an individual therapist.