Gary L. Phillips

550 Sunset Ridge Road
Northfield, Illinois, US

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Practice Specialties

  • Career Counseling
  • Christian Divorce Counseling
  • Chronic or Terminal Illness Counseling
  • Church Conflict Christian Counseling
  • Counseling for Families Affected by Disability
  • Couples Christian Counseling
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Grief and Bereavement Christian Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Christian Counseling
  • Personality Disorders
  • Sex and Intimacy Christian Counseling
  • Stress Anxiety Depression Christian Counseling
  • Substance Abuse and Addictions Christian Counseling
  • Teen Christian Counseling


I am a Pastoral Counselor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been in practice of psychotherapy for 48 years. Clients I work with are children, adolescents, young adults, families, couples, and the elderly, e.g., my current caseload includes children 8 and 13, a client 78 years of age and all ages in between. Types of problems I work with are depression, anxiety, couple conflicts, anger issues, communication struggles and family conflict as well as growth needs. Central to my therapeutic work is the utilization of spiritual/religious resources that focus on prayer, scripture, meditation, guided religious imagery and various other resources specific to the needs of clients.

Why I Became a Professional Christian Therapist

I grew up in the church. In my high school years I began to strongly feel a pull in the direction of working with people, seeking to help people. I took this to mean I was being called by God in this direction. After a detour into medical school, I then went to seminary to prepare myself for my calling, helping people with their problems. i became more and more convinced that the best way I could fulfill my call from God in Christ was to train to be a pastoral counselor, a Christian therapist. I became convicted that, in comparison to other ways to serve God in Christ in helping others, the way in which I could make the most difference in people's lives, helping them with their problems, was to serve God in Christ in making this difference. I believed and continue to believe that in both helping people with their problems and doing this in the context of the faith of being a Christian I could most fully serve God in Christ: this, then, was my calling to become a Christian therapist.

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