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Our Counselors

David Sommer - Director and Counselor

SommerHeadShot-MediumDavid 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. In addition to her work at Cross Care, she counsels students at The Field School in Chicago. Rebecca, her husband, Ben, and son, Caleb, live on the South Side of Chicago in Hyde Park. Areas of experience: trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, church hurt, self-harm, addiction, same-sex attraction, gender dysphoria, and marriage counseling.

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 (779) 324-0775.

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 young son and continues playing cello and piano with her trumpet-playing husband. Anna and Joel enjoy being new parents, reading and discussing philosophy and theology, and walking their dog Hobbes. Areas of counseling interest/experience include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, abuse, same-sex attraction, sexual addiction, and gender dysphoria. 

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.                

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