Holly Johnson Pirtle, LCPC
Holly is a passionate counselor who has special interest in college-aged clients. Holly is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and is highly skilled with anxiety issues, particularly social anxiety. Additionally, Holly has a strong background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Holly provides a nurturing experience for those she meets with, while still addressing their needs in a professional manner. She uses an empathetic approach so that she can understand where a client is in their stage of change and collaborate with them on their personal goals. Holly has experience connecting with clients of various cultures and welcomes meeting with those of a multi‐cultural background. Holly primarily uses cognitive behavioral therapy, but also utilizes an integrative approach to address clients’ specific challenges.
Holly is a Clinical Professional Counselor licensed in the state of Illinois. She has worked as a counselor for children, adolescents, and families in the foster care system and also has has experience working at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Counseling Services where she provided mental health assessments, intake assessments, and group therapy for students. Prior to this, Holly worked in a crisis program to assist children, adolescents, and their families work towards mental health and environmental stability. Preceding this, Holly attended the Chicago School of Professional Psychology to obtain her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. While earning her degree,she interned in higher education settings providing counseling to traditional and non-traditional students. Additionally, she has served chronically mentally ill individuals as a direct support professional. Before earning a Master’s degree, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Phone: 618-248-2040 x18
Areas of Focus(Bold denotes Special Interest)
Adoption and Foster Care
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Individual, family, and group counseling in an agency and private-practice setting.
In-home counseling to children and families to promote cohesion and address problematic behaviors.
Office-based individual and group counseling with college students.
Education and Credentials
L.C.P.C. in Illinois (What's This?)
M.A. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
B.A. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale