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Professionals in the Central Illinois Area

Counseling, PTSD Treatment

Lauren Auer, LCPC

It is an incredible privilege to be trusted with the stories of brave souls as they work through some of the most difficult parts of life. 

In therapy, I will meet you where you are, and get a sense for where you would prefer to be. My approach is not “one size fits all.” I strive to get a full picture of how each of my clients experience their roadblocks and will work with them to think outside the box, approach things from various viewpoints, and expand their capacity to reclaim their positive control. Therapy should be effective and enjoyable.

My area of expertise is centered in trauma. Trauma comes in many forms including medical trauma, interpersonal trauma, religious trauma, abuse, complicated grief, preverbal trauma, and complex long-term trauma.

I also have experience working with anxiety and panic, difficult life transitions, shame and self-worth, postpartum difficulties, and phobias. I am trained in EMDR and certified in Brainspotting and hold certifications in telehealth interventions and a certification in compassion fatigue.

I have training in Complex PTSD, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Polyvagal Therapies, and somatic processing.

Before opening my own private practice I worked in a variety of therapeutic settings that focused on traumatic abuse therapy. I have served as a Clinical Director of a rape crisis agency which allowed me to supervise a staff of eleven therapists and interns. 

Contact Lauren at: 

Steadfast Counseling


Gary Chatham, M.A.

Hi, I’m Gary Chatham.  Maybe you have been to counselors before who just listen to you, and don’t say much. I am NOT that kind! I work with my clients to not just DEAL with issues, but work THROUGH them, and transform their lives.

I currently have a private practice, with offices in Peoria and Chillicothe, Illinois. I also help clients from anywhere through secure video appointments.

I have previously worked at a community counseling agency, and have taught psychology at two community colleges. In addition, I also have experience in a university counseling center, and a dual diagnosis inpatient unit – addictions and personality disorders.

I am passionate about helping my clients gain clarity, and create healing in their lives. I create a safe space for my clients to share, and work through issues with me. These issues could involve relationships, trauma, grief, PTSD, or the emotional effects of chronic illness.

By helping you release patterns that do not serve you, I can assist you in creating more inner freedom. Then, this inner healing allows you to start creating your life the way you desire it.

Contact Gary at:

Gary Chatham, M.A.


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Pain Management, Acupuncture

Laughing Tao Acupuncture

Glenn and Genevieve Salazar-Werry are a husband and wife team, both licensed acupuncturists and are board certified. Together, they co-founded Laughing Tao Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, a wellness center focused on providing accessible, holistic Chinese medicine and acupuncture in Central Illinois. Laughing Tao’s mission is to provide care that empowers people to walk their own unique path towards health and healing.

Glenn served as an infantryman for over 10 years, where he partnered with intelligence, became staff sergeant, and taught hand-to-hand combat to hundreds of soldiers. His service included four deployments, spanning 37 months, to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and he spent an additional 18 months supporting injured and wounded soldiers in their transition back to civilian life. Glenn practiced and taught martial arts for over 25 years, and is the co-founder of and a fifth degree blackbelt in Elemental Jujutsu. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition, a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine, and a Doctorate in Acupuncture.

He specializes in supporting the healing of issues stemming from chronic pain and PTSD.

Genevieve has worked for healthcare organizations for over 15 years. She specializes in women’s health and reproductive health.  She also supports the relief of many mental health conditions including PTSD, bipolar disorder, PMS, premenstrual dysphoria, depression, and anxiety. Genevieve holds a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition, and a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine.

Glenn and Genevieve specialize in the treatment of chronic pain, mood imbalance, PTSD, fertility, hormonal irregularity, as well as sleep disorders, digestive issues, and migraines. 

Contact Glenn and Genevieve at:

Laughing Tao


Mobility, Pain Management

Dr. Chad Walker, DC

Dr. Chad Walker is a Peoria chiropractor, who graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in October 2005. He specialized in physiotherapy and rehabilitation during his time there. This is a soft-tissue diagnosis and management system focusing on resolving chronic repetitive injuries such as those encountered in cycling, running, and repetitive work movements.

Post graduate studies after becoming a chiropractor included Cox flexion distraction technique, an upper cervical specific technique (NUCCA procedure), and several courses in specific nutritional analysis and treatment.

His special interest is in chronic disorders and pain. These conditions involve the nervous, hormonal, and gastrointestinal systems and create complex pain patterns and symptoms.

His purpose as a chiropractor, is to help patients by getting to the root cause of their problems, and giving them hope through healing, education and inspiration, through knowledge that they were created with a specific design, and special purpose.

Contact Dr. Chad at:

Benningfield and Associates