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 an evangelist.
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 and couples. 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.
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.”
LCPC, Certified TFCBT
Sarah has obtained 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, couples, 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 pastor’s 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.
Dr. Clarice Burchell
BSW, Th. D., Th. M., Mental Health Counselor
Dr. Clarice is 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 immediately understand why we love her so much.
Dr. Clarice has a heart for those who are hurting. She combines her no-nonsense approach to life and her grasp of scriptural wisdom, a chain-breaking combination that 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.”
QMHP, MAPC, MPH
Ray has training and experience in individual, family, and group counseling, focusing on individual, relationships, family, marriage, crisis and trauma counseling, and is trained and experienced in faith-based counseling. He also has been trained and is experienced in career counseling to help people explore and develop a career pathway for a satisfying career.
Ray provides counseling services in the CCM office and also has experience counseling in homes, schools, public places, a juvenile detention center and several prisons in the US and Uganda, Africa. Ray values accepting all people as being made in God’s image and thus sacred to God and works with clients to help meet the goals they set. Although Ray attended church regularly as a child and teenager, he believes he was a nominal Christian (in name only) with moral standards for many years. After his 15-yo son passed away in 2003 and he lost his marriage and career, he realized that he was in need of salvation and began to follow God’s way for life.
His approach is a non-judgmental approach that assists with skills for urgent symptoms and searches for the reasons why people feel, think, and do what they do to find healing and closure. Outside of work, Ray loves to spend time with family and friends, hike, fish, kayak, travel and attend a weekly Bible study. He has traveled to every state except Alaska multiple times and loves to travel internationally. Ray loves people, just the way they are.
Dr. Rachel Dawkins
Rachel was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She lived there with her military parents and her younger sister until she was 14 years old. Rachel grew up in church and attended a Christian school until she graduated from high school. She has had a relationship with Jesus since the age of 7, when a Sunday school teacher helped her to accept Jesus into her life.
She moved to Illinois in 1991 to begin highschool at Ezra Christian School in West Frankfort, IL. Rachel has two teenage children from a previous marriage and has been married to Ken Dawkins since 2013. Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree from SIU in Social Work in 2013, and her Master’s degree from Arizona State University in Social Work in 2019. She received her Doctorate in Social Work from Capella in 2023.
Rachel has been trained in Trauma Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Eye Movement
Desensitation Reprocessing (EMDR), and has a background in case management and
addiction disorders. She specializes in trauma therapy, personality disorders, substance use,
and dissociative disorders, along with family and couples therapy. Rachel earned her LCSW in
2022. Rachel has a passion for the homeless, the incarcerated, and veterans.
Rachel identifies her life verse as “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Philippians 4:13. This verse has helped to empower her to follow her dreams of helping others.
Amy is a qualified mental health counselor trained in EMDR therapy. She is a mental health counselor at Egyptian Health Department where she works with adolescence who experience childhood trauma and abuse. During her internships in her master’s program, she interned at Caring Counseling Ministries and the Marion VA Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program. She worked with a variety of individuals and veterans who suffer from depression, anxiety, OCD, and trauma. She was influenced by her own experience with childhood trauma to start the journey as a counselor
She attended Southern Illinois University where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology and minor in criminology and criminal justice. She continued at SIU for her graduate degree where she completed her Masters of Social Work program. During her time in her master’s program, she focused on trauma-informed behavioral health treatment. She is an alumnus of SIU School of Medicine Trauma-Based Behavioral Health Fellowship.
In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her two adult children. She enjoys being outdoors, her cats, and enjoying time with her powerful group of friends. She is motivated by her own experiences and her relationship with Jesus to see individuals free from the bondages of trauma, anxiety, and depression. She believes that God loves ALL and it is through our relationship with Jesus that transforms us into the people HE meant for us to be.