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Our Counselors

David Sommer - Director and Counselor

Sommer webDavid is a former pastor and has been providing pastoral care and counseling for over 15 years as a pastor, elder, and counselor in churches in Illinois and Kentucky. In addition to degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Kentucky, David received his formal counseling education from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) at Westminster Theological Seminary. Through CCEF, he completed the certificate in Advanced Biblical Counseling. As the Director of Cross Care, David works as an extension of the pastoral staff at a growing number of suburban Chicago churches. David has had the privilege of working with individuals, couples, children, adolescents, and families on a wide variety of counseling issues including marriage and family issues, anxiety, anger, addictions, sexual abuse, marital abuse, pornography, depression, and grief. In his free time, David enjoys reading, music, movies, playing tennis, following his favorite baseball and basketball teams, getting together with friends, and most of all, spending time with his wife, Kris. David and Kris have one adult son.

You may contact David at david@crosscarecounseling.com or (847) 440-4655. 

Rebecca Meyer - Counselor

MeyerSmallRebecca holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wheaton College (IL). Rebecca studied extensively with faculty at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) with a specific focus on healing from trauma. After five years counseling on behalf of Chicago area churches, The Field School, and Wheaton College, Rebecca and her family moved to Kansas City. Rebecca welcomes the chance to work with counselees through virtual sessions or in-person in the Kansas City area. Areas of experience: trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, life transitions (college and after graduation), spiritual abuse, self-harm, same-sex attraction, gender dysphoria, and pre-marital and marriage counseling. Rebecca takes great care to avoid spiritual jargon or "catch all" Scripture application when counselees seek to process their relationship with Christ and spiritual journey.

You may contact Rebecca at rebecca@crosscarecounseling.com or (512) 898-9138.

Pey Chu - Counselor

Pey1Pey has worked in ministry for over 20 years. Following graduation from Vanderbilt University as an East Asian studies major, Pey served overseas with CRU in East Asia where she met her husband, Davy. They moved to Philadelphia to attend Westminster Theological Seminary where Pey earned a Master of Divinity in Biblical Counseling. During that time, Pey also interned at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). After seminary and after having their first child, the family moved to East Asia to work with indigenous churches. While there, Pey spent time informally counseling cross culturally as well as helping fellow expats in a variety of issues from personal adjustment to marriage issues. Seven years later and shortly after having their fourth child, the family moved back to Charlotte, NC to work with international students. The family now lives in Naperville where Pey’s husband serves as an Associate Pastor and where Pey has the privilege of being involved in the women’s ministry at her church. Pey delights in adventuring, reading, crafting, cooking, and welcoming others with her four very active and rowdy children.

You may contact Pey at pey@crosscarecounseling.com or (331) 305-4351. 

Dean Galemb - Counselor

DeanLovesJuliaDean holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dean has interned with Harvest USA as a Men’s Ministry leader and St.Mary’s Medical Center as a hospital chaplain. He has also studied under the faculty at CCEF and remains in contact with them. Dean lives and practices biblical counseling in the far south suburbs of Chicago. He excited to work alongside churches in the area that he grew up in. Some areas of experience and interest are men’s ministry, sexual sin, same sex attraction, addiction, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, abuse, and anger.

Dean enjoys taking dance lessons with his wife Julia, roasting and drinking coffee, reading, live music, and spending time around a campfire.

You may contact Dean at dean@crosscarecounseling.com or (312) 841-7447.

Anna Carini - Counselor

AnnaCAnna Carini holds an M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary, where she focused her studies on counseling. Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, Anna Carini studied music and philosophy at Wheaton College, IL. After meeting her husband Joel at college, they then moved to Philadelphia to attend Westminster Theological Seminary where they both earned Masters of Divinity degrees. While in seminary, Anna worked at Harvest USA, a ministry for sexual brokenness. For two years there, she discipled women, lead biblical support groups, and helped training and teaching churches around the country. 

Anna lives in Wheaton with Joel and their son Thomas and daughter Maria. Anna continues playing cello and piano with her trumpet-playing husband and they both enjoy reading, discussing philosophy and theology, and their dog Hobbes. Areas of counseling interest/experience include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, abuse, same-sex attraction, and sexual addiction. 

You may contact Anna at anna@crosscarecounseling.com or (630) 384-9891.

Donald Burnett, Ph.D. – Counselor

DBurnettDr. Burnett has been serving in ministry for more than 35 years, mentoring, counseling, teaching, and caring for others in a variety of ways through the church. He is a leader of Stephen Ministry in his own local church, and he teaches and trains others to become Stephen Ministers in other local churches. Donald received his formal training in biblical counseling from the Christian Counseling & Education Foundation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate degree in Pharmacology from the University of Colorado School of Health Sciences and is board certified by the American Board of Toxicology. Donald has been married for >35 years, has three grown children, and is a grandfather. He lives, works, and attends church in Naperville. His faith, counseling training, medical education, and life experience equip him to help others understand themselves, relate to others, and respond to life circumstances more wisely. His counseling experience includes working with single adults, couples, parents, teens, and children on a variety of counseling issues, including marriage and family problems (including abuse), parenting concerns, men’s struggles, relating to troubled or difficult others, understanding mental health problems, a diagnosis, or medication use better; addressing and healing negative emotions like anxiety, fear, panic, anger, and depression; resolving problems caused by victimization and trauma; and, responding to other life challenges with practical wisdom. Personally, Donald enjoys spending time with his family and friends, brewing his own latte, reading, and spending time outdoors gardening, hiking, and riding his bicycle.

You may contact Donald at donald@crosscarecounseling.com or 630-447-8071.   

Erin Owens - Counselor     

Erin Owens holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Indiana University (IN). After graduating Westminster she served as a counseling intern at the Christian Counseling Educational Foundation (CCEF). She and her husband Nick then moved to Delaware where they did college ministry (RUF) for 5 years at the University of Delaware. During that time, Erin also worked part-time as a biblical counselor at their local church. Chicago natives, Erin, Nick, and their 2 children have returned to Illinois where Nick serves as the Associate Pastor of a church in the western suburbs. They live in Downers Grove.

Erin and her family are English Premiere League Football (Soccer) enthusiasts! They spend their Saturday mornings making waffles and watching European Soccer. Go Reds!

Areas of experience include anxiety, depression, grief, loss, anger, addiction, eating disorders, sexual abuse, self-harm, same-sex attraction, and marriage counseling.

You may contact Erin at erin@crosscarecounseling.com or 630-216-9799.

Carey Beth Patterson - Counselor       

CareyBeth1Carey Beth holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University.  After six years of teaching and counseling in the United Arab Emirates, Carey Beth moved to the South Side of Chicago in the South Loop.  She is passionate about learning new recipes from Bon Appetit, gathering and feeding her friends, and being outdoors. Some areas of counseling experience and/or interests are abuse, trauma, self-harm, addiction, depression, anxiety, grief, anger, eating disorders, same-sex attraction, church hurt, life transition, and marriage counseling.

You may contact Carey Beth at careybeth@crosscarecounseling.com or 708-613-0516.


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