​12 W. Wilson Street ​

Batavia, IL 60510

T: 630-715-5740

​F: 630-388-0264 

info@prairiewellness.org

Rachel Bannor, MA, LCPC

Joshua Jouza, MA, LCPC

Kristin Balsamo, MA, LCPC, R-DMT

Carla pate, MA, LCPC

Karly bellich, MA, LCPC

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MattHEw Goles, Ma, LCPC

Amy Goles, MA, LCPC

​​​​​​​​​​​Thanks for visiting our site. Choosing a counselor can be a very difficult decision, this page is designed to help you to learn more about us. We hope to have the opportunity to learn more about you as well.  











I have been in the counseling field for about 15 years and have worked with adolescents, adults, groups, couples and families. I have worked with many different populations: children, adolescents, adults, veterans, individuals with substance abuse, individuals with special needs, and the dually diagnosed. I focus on understanding your perspective, to provide you with the best support in your current situation. 


I believe that the most important element in counseling is trust. The alliance between the client and clinician is paramount to a successful relationship. Each party in the therapeutic alliance has an important role. I need to be trustworthy, honest, supportive, caring, experienced, and at times challenging. The client needs to be honest with me (and themselves) about how they feel. I believe that with my experience, I can provide a space that allows for this healthy therapeutic alliance to grow. In addition, with a personal training background, I am able to draw connections between emotional health and physical health. When not at work or spending time with my family, I enjoy running and reading. 











It is important to feel like someone understands what you are going through and is there to help. I have been in the counseling field for over 10 years and have worked with a wide range of clients and issues. I have experience with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups. I have worked with people experiencing many different life struggles and have a speciality with anxiety. I have also worked with those experiencing depression, grief and loss, substance abuse issues and work and relationship problems.  I also have a great deal of experience dealing with parenting issues, helping children and families with special needs, and educational problems with children.  


As each person is different, I focus on incorporating creative treatment methods and alternative therapies. I am member of the Association of Creativity and Counseling through the American Counseling Association. I also understand that people need trust and communication, feeling like someone understands and is working with you to tackle the challenges life is giving you. Having the right support makes a difference. I can help. My aim is to provide an open and supportive environment where we share a collaborative goal of working together to help you obtain clarity and resolution. 



Find Amy on Psychology Today: http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/169925















​​The decision to start therapy can feel intimidating but can also lead to profound growth and benefits that can impact all aspects of your life. Choosing the right therapist is the first step in this process. It is essential to find someone who you feel you can trust and who provides you with the level of understanding and support you need. One of my goals as a therapist is to create a safe and collaborative environment in which you can explore and make meaning of a variety of life experiences and challenges.


I am an independent contractor at Prairie Wellness Counseling Center. I'm skilled in working with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families, and in running group counseling. Everyone is different and this is the lens through which I view therapy; we work together to determine the best approach for you.


My expertise covers a range of issues including symptoms related to anxiety, depression, relational challenges and anger management. I focus on traditional talk therapy but also incorporate techniques tailored to helping you reach your personal goals.

​Find Rachel on Psychology Today: https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/270037  

















Having a safe, supportive place to voice thoughts and concerns is the basis of our therapeutic process. I want to start your journey towards wellness where you are ready in a way that encourages collaboration towards your personal goals. I offer an individually tailored and direct, genuine human approach with the empathy and compassion to help clients find the courage to adapt and work through personal changes. After establishing a strong therapeutic relationship based in trust and understanding, I want to help shine a light on places that may have felt dark or ignored in your life.


I have spent years working with adolescents, adults, children, & families. I have experience in multiple levels of care, across various environments, including educational, in and out patient hospitalization settings, & one-on-one clinical care. I specialize in self-injury, family structures, eating disorders, anxiety/depression, mood stabilization, and behavioral issues.

Find Karly on Psychology Today: https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/282314















As in any life process, a supportive and trusting environment is necessary to encourage
change. I believe in establishing a trusting therapeutic relationship to assist in cultivating
and working toward goals of emotional health and wellness.


As a counselor and dance/movement therapist of 10 years, my philosophy is holistic in nature as I focus on developing the mind-body connection to increase self-awareness and foster self-
confidence. I utilize both verbal counseling skills and expressive arts modalities to
provide alternate methods for self-expression and development of coping skills.


Throughout the past decade, I have worked with children and adolescents and their
families in both residential treatment facilities and a community mental health agency. I
specialize in providing individual, group, and family counseling to address anxiety,
depression/mood issues, social skills, and self-esteem/body issues. I am also invested in
working with parents to develop the tools to offer support for their children.



















Joshua (Josh) Jouza earned his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Sociology and Political Science in 2011 from Lewis University where he achieved the highest of honors.  Josh furthered his education, earning his Master’s of Science degree in Counseling from National Louis University in 2014.  Josh embarked on a one year internship at the Counseling Center of Illinois. During this time Josh worked with the substance abuse population facilitating State mandated groups and counseling to DUI offenders in addition to running anger management groups.  Post intern Josh has been working within the mental health field for the last four years, doing community outreach and crisis work.  


Currently Josh is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor where he works with the population aged thirteen (13) and up specializing in the treatment of Depression and Anxiety, including, BiPolar, Schizoaffective Disorder and Schizophrenia, among others.  


Josh prides himself on having a passion for his work and treating all individuals suffering from mental health afflictions with the utmost empathy. Josh continues to pursue opportunities that allow him to bring awareness to others of mental health issues and the opportunities for treatment that are available to all. 


Josh can be found at Psychology Today












Carla has been in the counseling field for over ten years. She is a licensed clinician, having studied in downtown Chicago at Roosevelt University. She has worked in several different settings in behavioral health, including schools and private practice. She has primarily worked with adolescents and families, but has also worked with adults and couples.


She believes in that the strongest therapeutic relationship is one that is built on trust. The client needs to be heard during sessions, while the clinical needs to hear, but also challenge where appropriate. 


She believes that the best motivation to change comes internally, and with support, old behavior patterns can be altered to a more healthy choice.   


Carla enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with grief, mood disorders, ADHD, thought disorders, personality disorders, and cognitive/learning difficulties. 



​​Our counselors are approved providers for Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO. 


Prairie Wellness would also be able to provide a receipt for clients with other PPO insurance wishing to use out-of-network benefits. Check with your insurance provider for specifics on what your plan covers.