Crest Ink - Volume 29 - Number 04

New EAP Counselor at Crest Foods

Back in February, Crest Foods partenered with KSB Hospital and Sinnis- sippi Centers to offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for our employees in Ashton. This free , convenient and confidential counseling service is something that we hope can be a positive benefit for employees should they choose to utilize it. This July, Sinnissippi Centers introduced us to our new EAP Counselor, TJ Schoonover. While we were sad to see our old counselor go, we think that TJ is going to be great for our employees and the program. TJ is available for appointments at the Ashton Clinic on Tuesdays from 12:00pm - 4:00pm. Feel free to call and set up an appointment at 815- 284-6611. Here’s a little more info on TJ:

TJ Schoonover EAP Counselor

What is your professional background? I graduated from Northern Illinois University in May 2017 with my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While completing my graduate program, I had the opportu- nity to have multiple internships in teaching and counseling. I spent a year and half interning at NIU’s Community Counseling Training Center working with college students with multiple mental health concerns. In addition to that, I spent a year interning at the Kendall County Health Department working with adults, children, and families. I enjoy working with children and adolescents, as well as working with adults. I have experience working with a wide range of mental health issues from anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, and much more. I have a strong pas- sion for counseling and working with clients to work towards their goals. Where are you from? I spent the first 25 years of my life living in Sterling. I graduated from Sterling High School in 2004 and attended Sauk Valley Community College after that. After I left Sterling, I have moved around to a few different places, but I have now settled in Sycamore. I am passionate about working with the people in the Sauk Val- ley area. I know how special this area is. How long have you worked for Sinnissippi Centers Inc? I have been working with SCI for almost two months now! Each day has been better than the last and I can’t wait to see what the future holds with this agency. What do you enjoy about your job? I enjoy being able to see a person come in at their first appointment and then see the progress they make towards their goal. I feel lucky that I am in a position where I get to go on a journey with so many great people. I enjoy being able to hear people’s stories and being able to assist them in setting and reaching their goals. What are some of your interests outside of work? Outside of work I enjoy running and hiking. In addition to this, I like to read and build with Legos. I also enjoy spending time with my wife and binge watching something on Netflix.

If you feel like counseling might benefit you, please give TJ a call: 815-284-6611 Hours: Tuesdays 12:00pm - 4:00pm at the Ashton Clinic.

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