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Our Counselors

Our Independent, Licensed Clinical Counselors offer professional, confidential counseling to help make your next change a good one. Please call us at 815-501-2088 to make an appointment.

Linda Brose, MS, LCPC

Linda has over 20 years' experience as a mental health therapist.  She has worked in several mental health clinics, social service agencies and hospitals throughout her career.  Linda has a warm personality, fun sense of humor, and is comfortable with a wide range of clients.  Linda is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and a graduate of Northern Illinois University where she earned her MS in Mental Health.  She works well with individuals and family members dealing with addictions.  She has additional training and experience working with those with domestic violence and sexual abuse.  When asked what clients she works well with, Linda answered with a smile, "A better question might be, Which clients haven't I worked with?"  We are pleased that Linda has joined us in our Oregon office.


Lisa Jensen, MS.ED, LCPC

Lisa has a wealth of experience working with children, teens and adults.  Lisa has a relaxed, down to earth personality that helps her connect easily to clients.  Lisa graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2005 with an MS. ED. in Counseling.  She has extensive training and experience in helping those who have experienced sexual and physical trauma and domestic violence.  She also has worked with youth and adults with special needs.  She is interested in working with those in the LGBTQ community.  Lisa joined Changes Counseling in 2015 and currently works in our Rochelle office.

Kathleen McGuire, MS.ED., LCPC

Kathy has over thirty years' experience as a licensed counselor, school counselor, and professional educator.  She has a heart for helping others and a positive attitude that shows with people of all ages.  Kathy has not only been effective as an individual, youth and family counselor, she has also applied her counseling and communication skills to helping schools, organizations, and businesses become more positive and healthy places to work.  Kathy enjoys using Love and Logic Parenting strategies to help empower parents.  Kathy has been building a professional network and seeing clients in our Oregon office since 2017.

Victor Mendoza, M.S., Ed., LCPC

We are pleased that Victor has joined our group in our Mendota and Rochelle offices in 2018!  Victor is a 2014 graduate of NIU's Counseling Program focused on Clinical Mental Health and has over five years' experience working with children, couples, individuals and families.  Victor has an easy going personality and works well with individuals of all ages.  He has experience helping youth and families in crisis and counseling survivors of trauma.  He has a passion for working with the Latino community and speaks Spanish fluently.  Victor's experience and abilities as a bi-lingual counselor will be an excellent resource for families in our community.


Christine Novak, MA, LCPC

Christine has worked with youth and families since the start of her career in 2000.  She has additional training in working with those who have experienced anxiety, depression, trauma, autism spectrum disorders, divorce and domestic violence. As a 2001 graduate of Loyola University's Pastoral Counseling Program, Christine learned to support people in their faith as part of the counseling process.  As a mother of three, she brings personal as well as professional experience to counseling individuals, couples, families and children. She lead the Rochelle Parent Group for parents of Special Needs Children for six years.  Christine practices in our Rochelle office.

Melissa Sallee, MS.ED., LCPC 

Melissa joined Changes Counseling in 2018 in our Mendota and Rochelle Offices.  She earned her Master's in Community and Mental Health Counseling from Western Illinois University in 2012.  Melissa has worked with people of all ages, and has a passion for Counseling as well as Teaching.  Melissa enjoys helping others and uses humor and creativity as well as research-based practices to help people with a range of anxiety, depression, and life issues.  She is currently a teacher at Mendota High School. 




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