Meet Our Therapists
MSW, LCSW & Agency Director
Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the University of Central FL, Master’s in Social Work from SIUC, Cris has been at Caring Counseling Ministries since 2008, with previous experience as a Rape Crisis Counselor, and student of the School of Hard Knocks. She is also a Speaker and Evangelist for Stonecroft Ministries as well as a volunteer Chaplain at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
Cris is not your typical Christian counselor. (Read her story.) She had a rough start in life and came to Christ after years of drug addiction, and was healed from that addiction when she reached out to Christ. She believes that since she was what society would have considered a hopeless case, there is no such thing as hopeless cases if Christ is involved. She is passionate about the gospel of grace, and believes that freedom comes through understanding our identity in Christ and the love of God.
Cris works with individuals, adolescent girls, couples, and families. She also has experience working with eating disorders and addictions. She specializes in childhood assault recovery. She believes that God has caused all of her past to work together for the good (Romans 8:28) as it helps her empathize with her clients.
Recently married, she can usually be found in her off-duty time enjoying her husband and their pack of unruly dogs.
Scripture that best encapsulates her life is Romans 5:20-21 from the Message translation: “Sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.”
QMHP, Certified TFCBT, Crisis Specialist
Bachelor Degree in Social Work from SIUC, Masters Degree in Human Services Counseling: Crisis Response & Trauma from Liberty University, and member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Tina has been working in the human services, social work, and counseling field for more than 18 years.
On top of that, she is also a ministry leader at Southern Illinois Worship Center, and has been involved in various ministry endeavors for nearly 17 years. Clearly, this has been one busy lady, and we feel extraordinarily blessed to have her on staff. Tina’s training and experience in trauma-focused therapy and crisis counseling make her ideal for situations such as grief, loss, marital crisis, PTSD, all kinds of assault and abuse and bullying. She has also had experience working with chronic illness and currently also works as a Rape Crisis Counselor for the Women’s Center.
Moving away from all seriousness, Tina is a fun-loving, cheerful and optimistic person who absolutely loves people and enjoys encouraging others to live, laugh and love. She loves life and is enjoys adventure. Tina is also very transparent and not afraid to share her testimony of how God has healed and restored her life after walking through multiple crisis and traumas of her own.
Tina’s motto in life is “keeping it real!” When not working, Tina is busy enjoying her family. She has been married for 20 years and has four beautiful children and a grandchild. Tina lives by the scriptures and enjoys giving “simple inspirations.” She also lives by the scripture Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Lakeidra R. McBride, MSW
QMHP, Addiction & Mental Health Counselor
Bachelor’s in Social Work from SIUC and Master’s Degree in Social Work from SIUC in 2016. At 32, Lakeidra is the youngest member of the Caring Counseling Ministries staff. However, don’t let her age fool you, Lakeidra comes to us with a background in both addictions and mental health counseling, so she is bringing talent and experience with her.
Lakeidra is from the southwest side of Chicago, and although she was raised in the church, she has had a painful childhood. After recovering from childhood trauma and seeing the impact of having a close family member addicted to drugs, she developed a passion for helping others. She began to see her life as a testimony of God’s grace that helped her survive a painful past, and that prompted her to go into the field of addiction and mental health counseling.
The scripture that has most defined her life is Romans 8:31-37. It simply states that if God is for us who or what will have the audacity to stand against us. She feels that though many trials and storms come your way you must stand firm on God’s word knowing He will never leave you nor forsake you.
On a lighter note, Lakeidra if full of life, laughter, and fun. She has the gift of humor and believes it is good for the soul. She also says that you must be able to smile and laugh through the storms because if you can’t laugh at yourself, someone else will. Not only does she bless Caring Counseling Ministries with her infectious spirit, but she is also a praise and worship leader at Hopewell Missionary Baptist in Carbondale.
Dr. Clarice Burchell
BSW, Th. D., Th. M., Mental Health Counselor
A graduate of SIUC with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. Master’s and Doctorate in Theology in 2007 and 2009 respectively. Dr. Clarice has rejoined the staff at Caring Counseling Ministries after a 5+ year sabbatical, and we could not be happier about that! Just one introduction to this little peace carrying power-house and you will understand why we love her so much.
Dr. Clarice has a heart for hurting people that she combines with her no-nonsense approach to life and her grasp of scriptural wisdom. This chain-breaking combination makes her quite the addition the CCM staff. While she will work with any population, she specializes in pre-marital/marital issues, depression, anxiety, grief, abuse recovery as well as spiritual needs.
Her favorite scripture is Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
LCPC, Certified TFCBT
Sarah has attained her Bachelor of Arts in Bible from FWBBC in 1981 and Master of Arts in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University in 2016. Sarah is also a pastor’s wife and a certified life coach. She claims Isaiah 43:19 as confirmation of God’s calling and placement in the counseling profession.
Before joining the CCM team, Sarah worked in community mental health. Her skill includes DBT, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, CBT and TF-CBT and recently completed training in EMDR. She works with children, adults, marriage, and family counseling.
Sarah is a mother of three, and will soon celebrate 40 years of marriage which she says has been more a roller coaster ride than an interstate trip. She claims God’s grace as the glue and His Word as the staying power of their relationship. Her marital experience and background as a pastors wife have given her a wide range of experiences, and she understands the challenges of caregiving and the conflict in families facing addiction. Ministry wives hold a special place in her heart and her practice. Sarah is an avid supporter of Celebrate Recovery, a Christian 12-step program she says God used to change her life.