by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—After 11 years, the training clinic at Heartland Counseling in Elburn closed its doors, and two of the licensed therapists there have formed a new corporation to continue providing services in the area.
The new Heartland Counseling Center opened its offices in Campton Crossings in the Wasco/Campton Hills area on Aug. 1. President Dawn Zappitelli, LCSW, and Andi Reffett, Psy.D, are in the process of hiring another therapist to be able to serve the needs of the community.
“I’m very excited to be here,” Zappitelli said. “I’m a local in the Wasco area. We’ve taken advantage of being able to keep the clients in Elburn, which is an important part of our business.”
Heartland Counseling was originally a training clinic for graduate students wanting to go into the field of rural psychology. Heartland opened in 2000, along with the Center for Rural Psychology, by Drs. Michael Mangis and Don Preussler, and Bruce Conley, who saw a need for services in the area.
The Center for Rural Psychology is still owned and run by the Mangis family and continues as a nonprofit with its mission of doing research and advocacy.
“It’s (the closing) very bittersweet,” Mangis said. “It was a vision of mine and Bruce Conley’s, so it’s sad to see it go. “
Mangis said he is glad the new Heartland will continue to provide services in the area, even though it won’t provide a sliding scale anymore like CRP. He will continue to assist Zappitelli and Reffett during the next year.
“We want to use his vast experience running the agency,” Zappitelli said. “We’re really appreciative to the Conley family, who have been very supportive to our business.”
Zappitelli said Heartland Counseling Center will still be run as a Christian organization.
“Those values and ethics are very important to us, and our clients can still expect that,” she said.
The new office is at 40W131 Campton Crossings Drive, Unit A, at the corner of La Fox Road and Route 64. Phone is (630) 443-9100.