Therapists

Jeff Miller, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Co-owner of Glen Manor Counseling


I graduated from Taylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Systems Analysis and continued my education with a Masters Degree in Human Development Counseling from Bradley University.
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I have over thirty years experience in counseling adolescents, individuals, and families. I began my career as a counselor in the inpatient mental health unit at Methodist Medical Center and worked in this capacity for six years, until transitioning to Associates in Psychiatry specializing in outpatient mental health. In 2003, I opened Glen Manor Counseling with Julie Ray. I have extensive experience with corporate employee assistance programs and enjoy helping companies work together as a team. I am an accomplished speaker on a wide variety of mental health and training topics.

As an elder at Northwoods Community Church, I am involved in spiritual leadership and facilitating church decisions. Interestingly, I am also a farmer who operates the family farm, which includes corn, soybeans, and a cattle business. I have been married for over twenty-six years and have three adult children. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and doing outdoor activities.

I specialize in serving clients with:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety – Mood Disorders
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Marital Conflict
  • Family issues
  • Stress Management
  • Self-Esteem
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Darin Hoffmire, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Independent Contractor


I earned my Bachelor and Master Degrees from the University of Illinois. I began my career as a residential clinician at the Children’s Home Association of Illinois and worked in this capacity for several years before becoming the director of residential services.
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I went into private practice in 2004 when I joined Glen Manor Counseling.

I work with clients (children, adolescents and adults) from a strength-based approach, in order to assist them in learning to reduce stress, resolve conflicts, improve relationships and increase healthy coping skills. In addition to providing counseling for individuals and families, I am also an experienced marriage counselor.

My wife and I were married in 1993. We raised three children and are now transitioning to the “empty nest” season of life. I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my family, keeping up with the activities of our children and being involved in my church. Additionally, I enjoy helping to care for the several animals that inhabit our small farm.

One of the reasons I chose counseling as a career was my genuine love of people, as well as the great satisfaction I feel from walking with them through some of life's difficulties.

My areas of experience include but are not limited to:
  • Stress management
  • Family conflict
  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Marital conflict
  • ADD / ADHD
  • Divorce
  • Anger management
  • Parenting skills
  • Self-esteem
Clients express appreciation for my “warm and friendly personality” as well as my efforts to make them feel valued throughout the counseling process.

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Rebekah Eckhardt, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Independent Contractor


I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Pre-Art Therapy at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. I later pursued my Masters in Counseling & Counselor Education at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
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I interned at Butler University's Counseling and Consultation Services office in Indianapolis, IN where I enjoyed working with young adult college students. I then gained post-degree experience as a Home-based Therapist in the Child Specialty Department of Centerstone of Indiana. In this position, I worked with adults, children, adolescents, and families displaying a variety of concerns such as mood disorders, behavioral issues, parental concerns, substance abuse, PTSD, suicidality and self-harm. I also led treatment teams providing intensive services for many of these clients. I later worked in a Youth Shelter where I provided interventions for homeless youth, family conflict, and probation cases.

Previously having practiced in Indiana, it's been an adventure for my family to have relocated to Peoria back in 2016. Though an Ohio native myself, my husband grew up in Peoria and together we have a heart for this city. We are approaching 10 years of marriage, and we have two small children that keep our lives FULL and FUN. I enjoy coming alongside my husband, a local pastor, in connecting with our church community. I like being outdoors, running, painting, and discovering a new restaurant. I love reading, laughter, and a strong cup of coffee.

I went into this field because I greatly value emotional and mental health. I also believe we need connection; we weren't meant to go through life's hurts and challenges alone. Oftentimes we get this connection through friends and family, but sometimes, some seasons, we need a little more than that. Sometimes it feels as though we are stuck in the spot we are in without hope of things changing. I understand that it's difficult to take that step towards counseling. My heart is to create a space to feel heard, understood, and to gain hope as we walk through those stuck points together.

I work with youth age 6-18 and adults who may be struggling in the following areas: 
  • Depression, including Post-Partum Depression
  • Anxiety-Mood Disorder
  • Stress management
  • Family conflict
  • Parenting skills
  • Coping skills
  • Trauma Focused CBT, for youth & adults
  • Marital conflict
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Body Image/Eating Disorder
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Julie Eaton, LCPC, CADC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Independent Contractor


I graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and then went on to earn my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Illinois University.
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While earning my graduate degree, I worked in a residential home assisting those with severe mental illness. Additionally, I interned at a community mental health clinic working individually with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of presenting issues. Upon graduating, I worked in a group recovery home for adolescents diagnosed with Substance Use Disorders at Chestnut Health Systems. After moving back to Peoria, I began working at Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery first running groups in the Intensive Outpatient Program, then working with individuals, groups, and families in the inpatient program as well as running groups for outpatient process addiction disorders. I moved on to work with adolescents and families at Children’s Home in the crisis mental health, community-based mental health, and Substance Use Disorders programs. Additionally, I supervised clinicians in the community-based mental health and Substance Use Disorder programs, as well as managing the Substance Use Disorder, parenting, and Mental Health and Juvenile Justice programs. Most recently I worked with individuals (adolescents and adults) and couples at True North Solutions.

My husband and I have been married for 7 years and counting. We are in the exciting (albeit exhausting) phase of life raising two small children. I enjoy rediscovering the world through their eyes: camping, hiking, canoeing, homemade backyard slip-n-slides, revisiting old childhood books, and the wonderful world of LEGO. When I am not spending time with family, I enjoy reading, being outside, and trying new recipes with varying degrees of success!

I prefer a collaborative, strengths-based approach that empowers each client to make positive changes one day at a time.

I work with children (age 12 and older), adolescents, adults, and couples on a variety of issues including:
  • Substance use disorders
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Stress management
  • Marital conflict
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Boundary issues and concerns
  • Assertiveness training
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Julie Ray, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Co-Owner of Glen Manor Counseling


I graduated with honors in 1991 with a Masters Degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. I started my career at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center as the psychiatric social worker on the mental health unit.
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I spent three years in that role providing individual, group, and family counseling. In 1994 I developed the Partial Hospitalization Program at OSF and coordinated a multi-disciplinary team in providing individual and group therapy to adults experiencing mood anxiety, personality and substance abuse disorders.

I joined Associates in Psychiatry at Methodist Medical Center in 1999 in order to broaden my practice to include adolescents and their families in addition to adults. In 2003 Jeff and I decided to open our own practice and Glen Manor Counseling was born. We will be celebrating 15 years this September and feel very blessed to have established a safe haven for children, adolescents and adults to receive compassion and excellent clinical care. We are proud to be partnered with independent contractors who are wonderful clinicians and kind people.

My husband and I are both from large families and are in a season of life where we are now enjoying adult children and our grandson! We enjoy spending time with our families and friends, church and volunteer activities, outdoor sports and travel. I love puzzles, playing the piano, cooking, gardening and I never met a book I didn’t like.

I feel thankful to be able to “do what I love and love what I do.” I enjoy being a part of the journey to improved mental health, more fulfilling relationships and increased self-confidence.

I work with adolescents 13 and older and adults who are experiencing difficulties with:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety – Panic Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self-Injury
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Grief and Loss
  • Parent – Child conflict
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Marital Conflict
  • Stress Management
  • Self-Esteem
My goal is to help clients identify their concerns and develop coping skills in order to resolve conflicts and issues.

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Curt Meiss, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Independent Contractor


I began professional counseling in 2008 and started at Glen Manor in September of 2012. I graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University with a bachelor's degree in Math Education in 1989.
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I then spent over 17 years working in the Systems Department at State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington, Illinois where I did application programming and design, led project teams, served as a project manager, and coordinated the training of application programmers and designers. In 2003 I started pursuing my passion for helping people by starting coursework on my Master's Degree in Counseling at Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois while continuing my job at State Farm. In 2008 I graduated with honors from Lincoln with my Master's Degree in Counseling after doing my counseling internship at the Antioch Group in Peoria. I received over 2,000 hours of counseling experience at ACCFS under the supervision of a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of OCD and Anxiety disorders. I have created and presented men’s seminars and marriage seminars. I'm a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

My wife and I have been married over 30 years and have four children. In 2016, we helped to start and currently serve on the board of a private Christian, tuition-free school called South Side Christian Academy (SSCA) to primarily serve the 61605-zip code of South Peoria. We are active in our church where I’ve served as a deacon and an elder. In my free time I enjoy music, playing tennis or disc golf, watching sports (especially baseball, basketball, and tennis), and spending time with my family and friends. I also love riding my Honda Silvering 600 motor bike.

I serve teens, adults, married and engaged couples, families, and also provide team-building activities for business settings. 
  • Individual, Marital, Pre-marital, and Family Counseling
  • Depression including Bipolar Depression
  • Anxiety including OCD, Panic Attacks, and Stress Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Recovering from Trauma including abuse
  • Identity and Self-Worth Issues and Concerns
  • Communication and Conflict Management skills
  • EMDR therapy
  • Relationship boundary issues and concerns
  • Assertiveness training
  • Phone and video-conference sessions are available where appropriate
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Timberly Miller, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Independent Contractor


I graduated from Illinois State University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and French and subsequently earned a Masters Degree in Human Development Counseling from Bradley University.
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I began my career as a counselor in 1988 at an adolescent psychiatric hospital in Arizona before returning to Illinois and working at Pekin Hospital Mental Health inpatient unit. From there I worked at Methodist Medical Center on the inpatient adolescent mental health unit. I completed an internship at John R. Day and Associates and transitioned to The Children's Home Association of Illinois as a mental health clinician in residential treatment, foster care, and independent living. During my time at the Children’s Home, I concurrently worked at The Antioch Group, Inc. as a mental health therapist. After years at The Antioch Group and the Children’s Home, I put my professional career on hold to focus on homeschooling my three children.

I have been married since 1992 and assist in operating the family farm. I also continue to operate a home-based business which I began in 2001. My experience with education, small business enterprises, communication, parenting, family dynamics, marriage, and life transitions can assist individuals and families in various life seasons.

If you desire freedom from internal struggles and destructive life choices, or healing from life's hurts, my mission and passion is to assist you on that journey. Combining years of experience working with hurting individuals and families, parenting struggles, trauma, and mood issues, I offer a counseling process focused on assisting, motivating, encouraging, challenging, and guiding clients to a place of inner healing and freedom.

I consider the therapeutic process a journey of discovery, learning to make wise and prudent life choices, exploring root causes of current struggles, increasing emotional intelligence, and focusing on the elements of physical, relational, emotional, and spiritual components to develop a plan for improvement.

If you want to address relational and family issues, abuse and trauma issues, anxiety, depression, stress, fear, or adjustment issues, I welcome the opportunity to earn your trust. While encouraging growth and healing, my approach is always truthful, compassionate, and direct.

I specialize in serving clients with:
  • Depression/Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety/Fear
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Marital Conflict
  • Family issues
  • Stress Management
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Melissa Dessert, LCPC, CADC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Independent Practitioner


I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1992 with a Masters Degree in Counseling and Counselor Education. I joined Glen Manor in May of 2020.
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I have worked in many disciplines. I started as the Director and Counselor at Rape Crisis Center in Champaign-Urbana, IL. I provided direct services and was a legal and medical advocate for clients and assisted in training volunteers to work the 24 hour hotline. I then relocated to Peoria and began working at The Human Service Center where I worked for over 20 years. I worked in the women's residential treatment program, the men's dual diagnosis partial hospitalization program and for the last 10 years was a therapist at True North Solutions and worked with families, couples, and individuals. I am also employed at Bradley University as a Mental Health Provider for the student body and have been there for 10 years. I enjoy working with the young emerging adult and helping them navigate their path and journey.

I have two young adult daughters and they are both actively pursuing their dreams and careers and I enjoy being their mom. I am very close with family and spend a lot of my free time with my family and friends. I stay active, enjoy yard work, reading, dancing and traveling as time allows.

I work with teenagers and adults who are working through and dealing with difficulties in these areas:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Addiction
  • Emerging Young Adult Issues
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Couples
  • Grief/loss
  • Relationship Issues
  • Work Challenges
  • Stress Management
  • Divorce

My hope and goal is to meet people where they are and together work towards making positive and challenging changes.
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