Christian Counseling and Family Services
Counseling with a distinctively Christian perspective


 Paula Clouse,  Agency Director

Licensed Professional Counselor


Paula is the CCFS Agency Director and a Professional Counselor licensed with the state of Illinois.  Paula earned her Bachelor's in Psychology with a Religious Studies minor at McKendree University and has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Lincoln Christian Seminary. Paula is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and has been an administrator and counselor for over 20 years. 


Paula brings a diversity of personal and clinical experience to every counseling relationship. Her interactive style affords clients relationship and accountability as she gently guides them through life's difficult and often painful situations.  Paula reads and stays current on recent breakthroughs in mental health treatments as well as innovations in holistic approaches to healing.  Paula believes that spirituality and faith can enhance the healing process. She interacts and is friends with an eclectic group of people from all kinds of faith backgrounds, and is respectful and caring and believes we function best when treated mind, body and spirit. 


Paula's counseling practice includes but is not limited to:


  • Individual and Family Therapy

  • Child and Adolescent Therapy

  • Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder

  • Personality Disorders

  • Marriage and Couples Therapy

  • Stress Management

  • Prepare/Enrich Facilitator (Premarital and Marital Counseling)

  • Spiritual Guidance/Direction


Paula is a strong proponent of local, national and international missions. She goes annually  to  Haiti where she and her team bring and install water purification systems and repair hand pumps, bringing clean water to an estimated 10,000 people (including  schools, churches, and orphanages.) Paula has been to Egypt, where she worked alongside American educators.  In the summer, Paula leads teams to provide summer Bible camp for children in the inner city and on Indian Reservations across the United States.