Our Owners

Luke R Dalfiume, PhD LCP

Luke's Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology is from the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He also has a Master's degree in Theology. Luke provides therapy services for children, adolescents, and adults. He treats Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders, and Trauma. Luke specializes in EMDR and hypnosis. Luke provides psychological evaluations for ADHD, Autism, Asperger's, Sensory Processing Disorders, Cognitive and Personality Functioning, Custody, and Learning Disorders. Luke does talks and trainings on a variety of mental health topics, including marriage, divorce recovery, depression/suicide, and childhood sexual abuse. Luke has been practicing since 1991. Luke is available in Peoria and Normal. 


In his spare time, Luke enjoys running, reading, gardening, attending the theatre, and baseball. His favorite team is the Phillies. He is involved  in a men's book group, and supports World Vision, missions, and Habitat for Humanity.

Phillip J Ladd, DMin MA LCPC

Phil received his M.A. at Ashland Theological Seminary, his MDiv equivalent at North Park Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary in Marriage and Family Therapy. Phil sees individuals, couples, and families. He treats anxiety, mood disorders, schizophrenic DO, and trauma, as well as provides psychological testing. He specializes in EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is certified in Forensic Counseling and Geriatrics. Phil has been seeing clients since 1984. He is available in Peoria. 


Phil is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is Vice President of Interfaith Alliance, a member of Peoria Rotary Club, a NAACP member, and teaches Sunday school. He enjoys spending time with wife, walking/running,  playing tennis, going to the movies, listening to music, and reading and  writing. Phil is currently writing his second book. His favorite activity right now is FaceTime with his grandchildren.

Our Therapists

Mikell Ehnle (formerly McCray), PsyD LCP

Mikell earned her Bachelor's degree from Eureka College and received her M.A. and PsyD from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She performs psychological testing and psychotherapy services with adolescents and adults. Since 2013, Mikell has been conducting psychological evaluations for disabled veterans seeking compensation and pension benefits. Since starting work with veterans, service men and women and their families have a special place in her heart. She is available in the Peoria and Normal locations. Mikell has been seeing clients since 2004 and has been with the practice since 2009. 


Mikell is married to Andrew. They love to eat and cook low-carb/Paleo and enjoy working in their garden. They have a cat named Marley and a Bernese mountain dog named Ebony. Mikell's favorite hobby is crochet. Her favorite book and movie obsession is The Wizard of Oz. 

Sarah Kate Holland, MA LCPC

Kate  received her master's degree from Bradley University. She sees children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has a heart for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Kate is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for treatment of trauma and other issues. Kate is available in Peoria and Eureka offices. She has been seeing clients since 2001. 


Kate loves music and likes to sing and dance. She believes laughter is truly the best medicine. She has a son who is precious to her. 

Donna Brooks, MA LCPC

Donna has been a therapist at John R. Day & Associates since 1997. She has an M.A. in Counseling from Bradley University. She is available at the Peoria office, providing services for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Donna focuses on Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, OCD and related disorders, Trauma and Stressor-Related  Disorders, Eating DO, and Marriage Counseling. 


Donna and her husband, Dave, and their son, Wes, love to lead worship at various venues. She is a published songwriter. She sees her work as a psychotherapist and a songwriter dovetailing perfectly toward the same goal of bringing encouragement, healing, wholeness and hope to individuals.

Bethany Vanne, MA LCPC

 

Beth received her M.A. from Wheaton 

College. She provides counseling for children, teenagers, adults, seniors, and couples. Beth is available in Peoria and Pekin. She has been practicing since 2008. 


Beth loves to spend time with her family and their dog, Roscoe. She works with the youth group at church and enjoys discipling students. Beth also likes to run and work in the garden.

Mary Jennifer Meister, MSW LCSW

Mary Jennifer received her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Divinity from Loyola University in 2006. She brings with her a wide range of experience including chaplaincy work, social work, foster care therapy, pastoral care, youth ministry, and community mental health. 


Mary Jennifer loves to bake, especially breads and cakes. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family, go hiking, and read. Mary Jennifer provides therapy for Children, Adolescents, Adults, Seniors and Couples. Mary Jennifer sees clients in Princeton, Eureka, and Peoria. She has been practicing since 2012.  

Jennifer Morrison, PsyD LCP

Jennifer's PsyD is from Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology in Pennsylvania. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Jennifer provides therapy services and psychological evaluations for adolescents and adults. She specializes in providing CBT, CPT, ACT, and DBT. As a trauma specialist, she carries certifications for working with adolescents with PTSD, military service members and veterans, and sexual assault victims. She also has significant experience working with substance abuse. Jennifer has been seeing clients since 2011. She is available in Peoria and Canton.


In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys running, reading, and attending the theatre. She also enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her two cats, Watson and Melanie.  

Our Founder

John R Day, PhD LCP

Dr. Day founded John R. Day & Associates in 1974. His doctorate is from the University of Illinois in Clinical Psychology. He provides therapy services for children, adolescents, and adults. He also administers psychological evaluations, forensic evaluations, and health and wellness evaluations. Dr. Day specializes in behavioral medicine, clinical hypnosis, sexual therapy, and addiction treatment. Dr. Day has been practicing since 1971 and is available in the Peoria office. 


Dr. Day is on the Board of Directors for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army. He is on the WTVP public television Board of Directors, and a member of the Rotary Club in Peoria. Dr. Day likes to cook, play the piano and organ for the Peoria First United Methodist Church, and sing in the choir. He is the proud grandfather of two girls. 

Our Intern

Every year we offer internships to Master's level graduates to provide them experience in seeing clients in a private practice setting and help them get their license. In turn, our interns provide us with the ability to provide services to sliding fee clients: those who do not have insurance or have insurance we do not accept. If you do not have insurance or have insurance that does not cover us or any of our providers, call us to see if this opportunity for sliding fee is available for you. Call (309) 692-7755 to speak with Jill or email her at jill@christianpsychological.org


If you have your Master's degree or will have it soon and are interested in interning with us, please forward your resume to jessica@christianpsychological.org