Alternatives Counseling has been providing counseling, therapy, and evaluation services to individuals, groups and families throughout Southern Illinois since 1991. We have service locations in Glen Carbon and Alton.


Our skilled professional therapists know that every person has value and strengths, no matter what personal challenges they are facing. The education, specialized training and experience of our staff make a difference every day. Everyone can learn to make choices which bring greater happiness and contentment in their lives. It is our mission to assist you in bringing about these positive choices and changes in your own life.

About Us


Our highly trained and qualified evaluators provide specialized evaluations for issues of sexual or physical abuse perpetration or victimization, trauma, domestic violence, registry removal. Each evaluation concludes with a formal written report.



Alternatives Counseling provides opportunities for graduate student practicum in conjunction with local universities. Our organization has provided professional trainings and workshops throughout the country, including local community groups. Professional consultation services are also available.


We provide individual, couple, family and group counseling for adults, teens and children dealing with:

• Trauma

• Childhood or adult sexual abuse

• Domestic violence

• Partner Abuse Intervention

• Sexual offending

• Sexual behavior problems

• Anger management

• Relationship issues

• Parenting

• Anxiety

• Depression

• Self-harm

• Sex or porn addiction




Our highly trained therapists are committed to improving lives. We offer day, evening, and weekend hours. Call 618-288-8085 to schedule an appointment at any location.


Donya Adkerson, MA, LCPC, LSOE, LSOTP — Founder, Director of SOTP

Erin Harris, MA, LCPC, LPHA, RYT-KAY, TF-CBT — Executive Director

Jacki Knowles, Office Administrator

Tasha Dersch, BA, MHP — Therapist

Cyndee Dormans, MSW, QMHP — Child Therapist

Quinisa Grant, MA, LASOP, QMHP — Therapist

Mackenzie Harrison, MA, QMHP — Therapist

Cheryl Hennig, PsyD, LPC — Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Jillian McCammack, MA, QMHP, LASOP — Therapist

Sophie Munoz, BS, MHP — Mental Health Professional

Samantha Rowe, BSW, MHP — Lead Mental Health Professional

Danielle Schiebal, MA, QMHP — Child Therapist

Tiffany Somerville, PhD, QMHP — Child Therapist

Shelby Winn, MA, LPC, LASOP — Therapist



Reach Out

Call or email our office for more information and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We accept most insurance plans — please call for details.

Jacki Knowles, Office Manager

email: Office@achelps.org

phone: 618-288-8085

fax: 618-288-8959

post: 88 South Main, Glen Carbon, IL 62034


Glen Carbon map

88 South Main, Glen Carbon, IL 62034


Alton map

307 Henry Street, Suite 100, Alton, IL 62002

Alcoholics Anonymous

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National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers.


Child Help

(National Child Abuse Hotline)

ChildHelp is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.


Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.


Illinois Legal Aid

(Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation)

The mission of Illinois Legal Aid is to provide low income and senior residents of central and southern Illinois with high quality civil legal services in order to obtain and maintain their basic human needs. Help with legal aid related to housing, family safety, education, heath care, utilities, income security.


National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center

1-800-903-0111 (Prompt 1)

This site supports comprehensive implementation and enforcement of domestic violence firearm prohibitions at all levels of government. Explore this site to learn more about how to improve your community’s response to domestic violence-related gun violence.


The National Domestic
Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.


Domestic Shelters

Find a shelter near you to escape domestic violence.


Veteran’s Crisis Line


Connects veterans in crisis (and their families and friends) with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.


Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)


Illinois state child welfare agency. To report suspected child abuse or neglect:  1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873).


The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)

A national organization developing and disseminating professional standards and practices in the field of sex offender research, evaluation, and treatment.


National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth

Information concerning sexual development and youth with sexual behavior problems.


National Child Abuse Hotline

1-800-4-A-CHILD  (1-800-422-4453)

Provides a broad continuum of programs that directly serve abused children and their families. Adults and children can request local telephone numbers to report cases of abuse or access crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential.


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