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Bloomington Providers

Rick Allen, LCPC

Rick received a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University.

He is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in the State of Illinois.

Rick has over 25 years of experience working in direct service and administration in the mental health and related fields. He started his professional career working in the area of substance abuse. He worked in both residential and outpatient settings, including 4 years with the DUI population. During this experience he worked with a substantial number of dual diagnosed clients. Following 9 years in substance abuse, Rick accepted a position in the field of Child Welfare working with children and adolescents in a private agency for 14 years. He has worked with a wide variety of clients including those who experience issues with addiction, alcohol and drug abuse as well as clients who are struggling with spirituality, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, self esteem, domestic violence, anger management, and life changes due to aging,  as well as caregivers of aging, cross cultural relationships, and personality disorders. Rick and his wife Garnet have one daughter and 5 grandchildren.

Amy Daum, MA, LPC, NCC, CADC, CSAT

Amy is a sliding scale therapist at the Bloomington and Morton offices.

Amy earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University. In 2008, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC), and a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT).

Amy started her professional career working as an inpatient and outpatient therapist at an addiction treatment center from 2014 – 2019. During this time she provided group therapy, counseling services to clients and their families, and educational groups for families to learn about the process of addiction and recovery. Her clients experienced a wide variety of issues, including multiple addictions, coping difficulties, anxiety, adjustment concerns, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, self-image issues, self-harming behaviors, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, difficulty with emotion recognition, trauma, and family dynamic issues.

Kiera Dymit, LCPC

Kiera earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Middle Level Education in 2007 and her Master’s of Science degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology in 2015. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois (LCPC). Kiera’s outpatient experiences include working with couples, children, adults, and families with a variety of issues. These issues include: ADHD, adjustment concerns, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-harming behaviors, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, anger management, trauma recovery, divorce recovery, pre-marital counseling, addiction recovery, and family dynamics, among others. Before coming to Agape, Kiera worked as a public school teacher for six years. She also completed an internship providing individual and family therapy for clients under the age of 18 as a part of her Master’s degree program. Additionally, she spent a year providing crisis assessments and inpatient liaison services as a part of a crisis team in McLean country. Kiera’s treatment methods range from person-centered and family systems approaches, mindfulness,  and cognitive-behavioral techniques, to dream analysis while utilizing the appropriate approach(es) for each individual. Her goal is to help her clients become their best selves.

Hallie Harmon, LCPC

Hallie earned her Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois (LCPC). Hallie started her professional career working in the child welfare field. She worked in both residential and outpatient settings in a private social service agency for ten years. She worked with a wide variety of clients including children, adolescents, adults, and families. Hallie has had the opportunity to work with parents and assist them in developing their parenting skills and techniques to meet their individual child’s needs. She has worked with clients who have issues with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, abuse/neglect, bi-polar disorder, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Reactive Attachment Disorder. Hallie is also trained in both EMDR and Theraplay.

Crystal L. Hiser, LCPC, LMFT, CSAT, CMAT

Crystal Hiser received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Illinois State University. She is both a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Illinois. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and a Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist (CMAT). Crystal has over 20 years experience working in the Mental Health field. Prior to joining Agape in 2006, she worked at PATH Crisis Center and Catholic Charities. Her experience includes marriage and couple counseling, individual counseling, family counseling, and parenting education. Crystal utilizes a strength based systemic framework. She specializes in marriage/couple counseling, sexual addiction, codependency, divorce adjustment, blended family issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, self esteem issues, and adjustment disorders. She also has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

Toya Johnson, LCSW

Toya received both her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Master of Social Work Degree in Child and Family Practice from Illinois State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has more than 10 years experience providing individual, family and group counseling to children and adolescents and their families in an inpatient setting. Ms. Johnson’s clinical experience encompasses a vast array of concerns that include: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Abuse/Neglect, Grief and Loss, Anger Management, Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Self-Esteem, Body Image, Stress, Parenting, Attachment, Academic and Behavioral Difficulties, Social Skills, and Conflict Resolution. Toya uses a variety of treatment methods ranging from expressive and experiential techniques to cognitive behavioral approaches with the intent to help individuals improve their level of functioning by becoming empowered to manage the complexities of their lives. Toya has a passion for assisting individuals in attaining a healthy life balance, both naturally and spiritually.

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Autumn Lloyd, LCPC

Autumn earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at Bradley University and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Lincoln Christian Seminary. Autumn is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). 

Prior to joining Agape Counseling in 2012, Autumn worked in the Student Counseling Center at Lincoln College, where she offered counseling services to undergraduate students. Autumn's work history includes over 6 years experience in working with Alzheimer’s and dementia clients and caregivers impacted by the disease. Persons impacted by this disease, as well as obesity-related mental health issues are of special interest to Autumn. Her involvement with the Obesity Action Coalition points to her interest in advocating for the health care benefits of persons affected by obesity and co-morbid conditions including: depression, eating disorders, distorted body image, and self-esteem issues.

Autumn enjoys working with adolescents and adults providing individual counseling.

Wilma McLaughlin, LCPC

Wilma earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University with a double major in psychology and philosophy. She attended Temple Theological Seminary and holds a Master of Arts in counseling from the University of Illinois at the Springfield campus. Wilma has trained with the Theraplay Institute in Chicago to work with attachment issues with children, has a certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, is a court approved mediator in child custody/visitation issues, and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

Wilma’s interest is in assisting individuals and families in the improvement of their interpersonal relationships, work place performance and overall satisfaction with life. This often includes addressing behaviors or perceptions that are self-defeating or limiting to attaining life goals. Wilma is trained as a Cognitive Behavior Therapist and in EMDR.

Wilma specifically works with mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, parenting and coupling issues. Wilma is experienced working with individuals from ages 4 to older adults. Coaching parents who are experiencing difficulties with their children is of special interest to Wilma, as well as family therapy and working towards mending couple relationships. Wilma is a wife, mother and grandmother, is active in her church as a teacher and group facilitator, and assists her husband who is the director of a local food pantry. Wilma’s counseling philosophy is: “Recognizing that we are created to be in relationships with others and with God, my goal is to provide Christian based, clinically sound counseling so that people may experience healthy change emotionally, mentally, relationally, and spiritually.”

Lisa Montgomery, LCPC

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Ohio Dominican College. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Agency Counseling from the University of Dayton. Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Lisa has more than 17 years of experience working in the mental health field. She began her career as a Therapist at the Sounding Board Counseling Center, where she provided services to individuals, couples, and court-ordered groups. During that time, she became the Coordinator for the agency’s Batterer Intervention Program. She has experience working with a wide variety of mental health issues including: Depression, anxiety, panic disorder, adjustment disorders, divorce recovery, sexual abuse, relationship issues, and trauma. She specializes in issues pertaining to domestic violence. Lisa uses a variety of treatment methods including cognitive behavioral, person centered, and psychodynamic with the intent to help individuals process their current issues and improve their coping skills. 

Lisa Novinska, LCPC

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University and her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois.

Lisa has over 25 years of clinical experience working with clients of all ages in a variety of settings. She began her career in community mental health where she provided intensive in-home and outpatient therapy to high risk children, adolescents and their parents. She has experience providing crisis intervention and working closely with residential and psychiatric hospital patients and staff. Lisa has worked for the University of Illinois as a trainer and consultant to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She has also worked as a counselor for Illinois Wesleyan University where she provided therapy to young adults and faculty on a wide range of mental health issues. Lisa joined Agape Counseling in 2008. She currently works with couples and individual clients age 16 and older. Her areas of interest and expertise include: Anxiety and panic disorders, depression and bipolar disorder, marital and relationship issues including affair and divorce recovery, codependency, parenting concerns, grief and loss, and women’s issues including post partum depression and adjustment. She has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has also completed Level II Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Michelle Rolley, LCPC

Michelle received her Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University (1993) majoring in Psychology, and received her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology (1996) from Illinois State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois.

Michelle has over 23 years of clinical experience as a therapist.  She has provided therapy in a broad range of clinical settings including: Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan University’s counseling centers, and at the Institute for Human Resources in Pontiac.  She has been at Agape Counseling since 2008.   She is passionate about providing relief and coping strategies to clients from all walks of life—couples, adults, teens, college students, and families.  Michelle has created and facilitated programs on various clinical issues, and has co-led a long-standing women’s self-compassion group. Michelle’s clinical areas of expertise and interest include: Working with relationship and marital concerns, anxiety, PTSD, depression, trauma, ADHD (particularly in teen girls), Autism, parenting concerns, divorce recovery, shame, grief/loss, self-compassion, and spirituality. In addition, Michelle has extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a leading treatment modality for trauma, anxiety, and PTSD recovery.

Michelle is also a Certified Brain Health Coach, through the world-renowned Amen Clinic.   Dr. Daniel Amen’s pioneering neuro-imaging research (on the world’s largest brain SPECT imaging database), has developed the Amen Clinics Method.  Through this extensive certification, Michelle has a unique understanding of the latest advances in brain health care, and how to assist others in getting to their optimal brain function.  Michelle guides others in recognizing that brain health is primary to achieving overall happiness and success in all areas of their lives—spiritual, social, physical, and psychological. Michelle and her husband have four teen children, and she stays very active within her family, community, and church.