Forward Counseling Care by Hoyleton

Team

Our passionate team walks with clients hand-in-hand

With different experiences, cultural backgrounds and expertise, our care team is able to understand and address the unique needs of each client. We leverage our staff’s institutional knowledge and local understanding to best support our clients and match them with the therapist most appropriate for their unique situation. All Forward therapists have a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, social work or a related helping field, with most specializing in trauma.

Managers

Ashley Duffie, MAPC | Clinical Manager - Community Counseling

Service Speciality: Dialectic Behavioral Therapy

Ashley Duffie is the manager of our Wraparound Program. She has five years of experience in the healthcare field. During this time, she has received specialized training in Dialectic Behavioral Health. As manager of Wraparound services, Ashley has experience working with adults and youth with severe mental illness, personality disorders, trauma, anxiety and problems with adjustment. Her preferred approaches to therapy include utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and applying an overall holistic lens to treatment.

Ashley attended McKendree University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is the proud mother of two young daughters and enjoys spending her free time with her family, riding horses and spending time with their animals.

Kaitlin Kent, MA, LPC | Clinical Manager - Evidence Based Practices

Service Specialty: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Care

Kaitlin is one of the Clinical Managers. Kaitlin supervises therapists in the Evidence-Based Intervention programs which include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Nurturing Parenting Program and Child Parent Psychotherapy. Kaitlin also supervises therapists in the Southern Illinois Violence Prevention Program and DCFS counseling contract. Kaitlin has six years of professional experience including working with children, teens, adults and families experiencing trauma, substance use, depression, anxiety and behavioral concerns.

Kaitlin has her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Kaitlin loves spending time with family, Netflix, doing activities outside, gardening, continuing learning experiences and loving on her pet cat.

Therapists

Federico Parola, ALMFT | Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Service Specialty: Family-Focused Therapy

Federico Parola is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with three years of professional experience. He works with children, families and couples utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and believes in the importance of helping an individual by acknowledging and addressing problems within the family structure.

Federico graduated from St. Louis University with a master’s degree in Medical Marriage and Family Therapy. He enjoys playing volleyball, soccer and biking. Federico loves spending time with family and friends while barbecuing.

Abigail Nedved, MA | Therapist

Service Specialty: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Care

Abigail Nedved has six years of professional experience and is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). She enjoys working with individuals, as well as families and couples. She specializes in treating eating disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Abigail’s treatment approach includes using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

Abigail has her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is a sports fan and loves going to St. Louis Blues and Cardinals games. She enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as quiet time reading a good book.

Nicholas Hepler, ALMFT | Therapist

Service Specialty: Dialectic Behavioral Therapy

Nicholas Hepler enjoys working with adolescents, couples and families. His treatment approach includes utilizing Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy and Attachment-Focused Therapy. Nicholas believes in the importance of self-care and regularly practices mindfulness meditation

Nicholas has recently graduated from St. Louis University with his master’s degree in Couples and Family Counseling. He is married and a soon-to-be father. He enjoys cooking, gardening, sports and traveling.

Julie Evans, MA - Therapist

Service Specialty: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Julie Evans is a therapist who enjoys working with all ages and has experience treating substance use, depression and anxiety. Her treatment approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy.

Julie graduated from Lindenwood University in 2019 with her Master’s in Professional Counseling. She is the wife of a pastor and enjoys utilizing her time and talents within the community. In her free time she enjoys creating music, reading a good book or painting.

Haley Simpson, MSW, LCSW - Wraparound Supervisor

Service Specialty: Trauma-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Haley Simpson has four years of professional experience and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker. She has expertise working with children, youth and families with serious mental illness, trauma, anxiety and depression using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Haley has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Social Work, from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and Washington University Saint Louis respectively. Outside of work, she loves her family, yoga, reading and cuddling her pets.

Rachel Meyer, MA, ALMFT - Therapist

Service Specialty: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Rachel Meyer is an Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has three years of professional experience. Rachel enjoys working with couples, families, teenagers and youth. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy and Systemic Therapy to address concerns with depression and anxiety.

Rachel graduated from St. Louis University.

Mark Schillinger, MSW, LCSW | Community Counseling Therapist

Service Specialty: Evidence-Based Practice, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Attachment-based Family Therapy

Mark Schillinger has ten years of professional experience. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a background in Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Attachment-based Family Therapy (ABFT). His areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use disorders, family issues, suicidality and non-suicidal self-injurious behavior.

Mark has a Master of Social Work from University of Missouri, St. Louis. He loves to learn and strives to use that knowledge to improve himself and his ability to help others. When not at work, he likes to read, watch British television and spend time with friends and family.

Wyndi Allen-Todd | Community Counseling Therapist

Service Specialty: Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Family Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Wyndi Allen-Todd specializes in working with individuals who have experienced abuse and other traumatic events. Her experience ranges from working with clients in the community, incarcerated, and homeless with severe mental health and substance use diagnoses, at risk children and families, victims of domestic violence, victims of human trafficking, and nonprofit community mental health. Her work with individuals from a wide range of experiences has given her a unique perspective when providing counseling.

Wyndi attended Liberty University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in in Human Service Counseling with cognate in Marriage and Family. Wyndi also obtained an associate of science degree in Criminal Justice. She is a member of the American Association for Christian Counselors (AACC) and certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator.

Ciara McMillan | Community Counseling Therapist

Service Specialty: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Care

Ciara McMillan has nine years of professional experience. She has training in TF-CBT. Ciara specializes in working with children and adolescents that struggle with trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction and self-esteem related issues. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strength-Based Therapy (SBT) as well as Trauma-Focused Therapy. Ciara is dedicated to implementing empathy into each session and utilizing a person-centered approach.

Ciara has her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University. She loves spending time with her family including her husband and daughters. Ciara also enjoys hiking, spending quality time with friends, and participating in her home church.

Stephanie Weis | Parent Educators – Nurturing Parent Program

Stephanie is a Parent Educator who works with parents who have an open placement or intact case with DCFS to provide group and individual education and coaching as well as in-home support services. She believes in the importance of raising happy children by acknowledging and addressing problems within the family structure.


Stephanie has a variety of social work experience including working with children and working with the public sector. Stephanie is a certified Nurturing Parent Program facilitator. She also holds a bachelor`s degree in Social Work from Greenville College.

Program Coordinators

Haili Loftin, BA | Care Coordinator – Wraparound

Haili Loftin currently works as a Wraparound Service Coordinator within the Wraparound Program. She has three years of professional experience. She enjoys working in community mental health and working with various age groups and the LGBTQIA population.

Haili graduated from Lindenwood University with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is currently working on a master’s degree in Professional Counseling and hopes to work as a therapist in the future. She enjoys watching horror movies, reading thriller sci-fi novels and annoying her cats as they try to sleep.

Cristal Campocasso, BA | Care Coordinator

Service Specialty: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Psychotherapy

Cristal Campocasso is a Care Coordinator. She has two years of experience and works primarily with children and adolescents dealing with issues such as anxiety and depression. Her treatment approach centers around Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and person-centered therapy.

Cristal has her bachelor’s degree in psychology and is working toward getting her master’s degree in Social Work. Outside of work, she enjoys swimming as she was a synchronized swimmer for 15 years. She also enjoys hiking, running, reading, painting and making ceramic pieces.

Devorlette Fisher | Counseling Team Care Coordinator

Devorlette Fisher is a Counseling Coordinator. She has 11 years of experience working in the social service field and enjoys working with youth and families in the community.

When not at work, Devorlette loves spending time with her two adult children, friends and family. Her greatest joys are praising the Lord, skating, listening to music, laughing and having peace of mind.

Jasmine Ferrer, BS | Care Coordinator – Wraparound

Jasmine Ferrer is a Wraparound Service Coordinator within the Wraparound Program. She has seven years of experience in the social service field.

Jasmine graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Services. She enjoys working with youth and families in need and helping them reach their family goals.

Margaret Samson, MA | Intake Specialist

Margaret Samson is the Clinical Intake Specialist. She has a variety of experience to include working with children and working with the public sector. She plans to bring these talents to her current position. Margaret is excited to be a part of the Counseling CARE team and is enthusiastic about her new journey.

Margaret has her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Education from Dominican University. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her son, friends and family. Margaret loves to try out new recipes, being outside, is a DIY crafter and a yoga enthusiast.

Chyniece Lewis | Wraparound Care Coordinator

Chyniece is a Wraparound Care Coordinator who enjoys thoroughly engaging with her clients and working towards obtaining and sustaining stability. Chyniece has three years of experience in the field of community mental health and has worked in several different communities addressing and assisting the needs of families and individuals with underlying mental illnesses.

Chyniece has earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and will be working towards her master’s degree in clinical Mental Health starting this August.

Our uniquely immersive approach meets clients where they are.

We’re able to fully understand their life’s dynamics, gaining valuable insight on their challenges and providing real, practical solutions.

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