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Meet our team.


Rebecca Freeman, MSW, LSW


Hello! I am Rebecca. Parenting is one of the most joyous and difficult ‘hats’ I have ever worn. I have had the privilege of working with children and parents in different capacities for most of my career. Every parent could use a space to process life and receive unconditional and nonjudgmental support.  Empathizing and encouraging are strengths I bring to the therapeutic relationship. I am especially passionate about working with parents and families who live the shift work or first responder life. I would love to walk alongside you and your family in this journey of parenting.

Ann Ambrose, MSW, LSW

Ann Ambrose, MSW, LSW


Hello! I'm Ann and I've spent the last 12 years serving women and their families in the Champaign-Urbana area in a range of capacities. My family and I are proud to call this area home. My abundant personal and professional experience informs my beliefs and practices in the therapeutic realm. I rely on honesty and authenticity in my work and I hold the therapeutic relationship in the highest regard. I would love to hold space for you as you navigate the growth of your family, starting wherever you are in the process. 

Ann is accepting new clients.

Cassie Bestor, LCSW

Cassie Bestor, LCSW

Therapist,  EMDR Trained

Hello! I'm Cassie and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to serve you as part of The Village. People of all walks of life are often told to "ask for help"...perhaps you're here because you know just the help you need or you are looking for guidance to define what "help" even means for you. I'm happy to meet you where you are and walk with you through the next steps, seasons, and beyond. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the CU area I have worked in both the medical and mental health realms. I witnessed great resilience of parents working through the myriad of situations and emotions, some expected, some not, that come with the journey. I look forward to talking with you!

Cassie has limited availability.

Allison Wiste Webb, LCSW

Allison Wiste Webb, LCSW

Therapist, EMDR Trained

Hello! I’m Allison and I’m so excited to be a part of the Village. Starting and raising a family presents many unique circumstances that can be challenging to navigate. We are here to help! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have spent most of my career working with women and children in different capacities. From clinical and home settings to ranch and outdoor settings, it’s been an honor getting to know each client and lending guidance and support. I know from experience that it can be hard to ask for help. I'm here to help explore your thoughts, feelings, and emotions and be a support for you and your family in whatever way I can.

Allison is accepting new clients.

Emily Lux, PhD, LSW

Dr. Emily Lux, PhD, LSW


Hello! I’m Emily. Parenthood and caregiving is monumental and life-changing! While there are many joyous and special occasions that come with growing your family, there can be some deeply somber times of exploration, redefinition, and reflection. We’ll work on meeting your goals through examining barriers and celebrating your successes. The therapist-client relationship is my priority, and I strive to be authentic and personable in our sessions. If you’re interested in gentle affirmation, confidence building, and working through the ups and downs of family-life together, be sure to contact me!


Emily is accepting new clients.

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Rachael McKinney

Support Group Leader

Hello! I'm Rachael... a Midwest transplant from California, I've lived in Champaign for 9 years. I've been serving families as a birth doula for 11 years, postpartum doula for 4 years and a home visitor at The Baby Fold for 2 years. I'm just starting the MSW program at the U of I and excited to learn about more support options. Parenting is hard work! I love to connect people to services and community resources. My goal is to make sure everyone feels secure in their role as a parent and that they know where to turn in a hard moment. I can't wait to get the next support group started!

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Shana Collins

Office Manager

Hello! I'm Shana, The Village's Office Manager. I was born and raised in central Illinois. I have many years of administrative and office support experience, and I love being a part of many facets of the business. I take so much pride in ensuring the most uplifting and positive experience possible. As a parent myself, I also understand the tremendous need for everyone to have access to approachable, understanding, and thoughtful individuals to turn to for support for wherever we are in our own journeys. The mission of The Village speaks deeply to my soul, and I truly believe it is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together. I am thrilled to be a part of a dynamic, inspiring team of therapists enthusiastically serving our community. 

Becca Richards, Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C

Becca Richards, LCSW, PMH-C

Owner & Therapist, EMDR Trained

Hello! I'm Becca, owner and psychotherapist at the Village. Building a family feels like building a boat while you are in the water sometimes, right? I have been walking alongside others in their parenting journey for many years, and I am delighted to offer a space that is dedicated to this very special time of life. Whether you are planning your family and having fertility struggles along the way, or you are having your children and need support to navigate all of the ups and downs, I am here to walk alongside you. Everyone needs a village, allow us to be that support system for you. 

Becca has limited availability.

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