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Chris Dericks




I find joy in coming alongside individuals, couples, and families to help them grow to find peace in their emotional/mental health and relationships. I incorporate a family systems framework into my work with clients. We work together to create goals and achieve them so that they can thrive in their personally and in their relationships. My goal is to empower people to implement change and find their strengths to sustain positive progress long term. 

Life can present so many obstacles and challenges that sometimes can feel too big for us to handle on our own and I am honored to come alongside people and support them in their journey. I work with people of all ages and difficulties. I have extensive training, experience, and passion for conflict resolution with individuals, couples, and families. I believe any kind of relational distress is a core issue for many of us that truly affects our well-being. Other areas of strength and experience include supporting clients through trauma, grief, and loss. These experiences affect us deeply and can be confusing and difficult to navigate alone. I am currently Gottman Level 1 & 2 trained and have seen incredible success implementing this theory into my practice with couples. Upon obtaining my counseling license, I will become fully Gottman certified. 

As of December of 2023, I will obtain my Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Counseling from Geneva College. At this time I will be a Masters Level Pre-Licensed Therapist, though my experience counseling people professionally began in 2011 through my experience in education and ministry. Before pursuing my counseling career professionally, I was an Elementary Teacher, Youth Pastor, and Head Pastor, and currently serve as a full-time Associate Pastor. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education & American Studies, and a Master of Divinity.

​I can approach therapy from a Christian and non-Christian perspective and only will incorporate this perspective if it is welcomed by the client.

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