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Cindy A Stear

Cindy A. Stear, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Licensed Medical Psychologist
Clinical Hypnotherapist

IL & LA Licensed Clinical Psychologist, LA Licensed Medical Psychologist, PsyPact Authority to practice telehealth to individuals in AL, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WA, WI, WY; PsyD in Clinical Psychology, MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology, Hypnosis.

Dr. Stear has 29 years of experience, compassionately serving all ages: children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens. Her specialty services are health psychology, including chronic pain, weight loss, smoking cessation, depression and anxiety related to medical conditions, and healthy aging. Additional areas of expertise include play therapy, executive coaching, and meditation.

Dr. Stear incorporates the science and art of therapy to best meet your individualized needs. In addition, Dr. Stear has completed a Postdoctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology and is available to consult on supplements and medications. She can prescribe psychotropic medication in Louisiana, the Public Health Sector, and Indian Health Services. She is pursuing Illinois prescription authority.

It is her highest honor to serve you and your loved ones. Dr. Stear accepts Medicaid, Medicare, Sliding Scale, private pay and insurance.

Call 815-957-0115 or

Paul Fairbanks

Paul Fairbanks MA, NCC, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Paul is a Nationally Certified, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and received his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Argosy University. His clinical training included Marriage and Couples counseling, Family therapy, Adolescents, and Individual therapy. Whether you are experiencing marital, couple, family, or personal challenges, together he will work to provide meaningful solutions to your unique situation. His areas of work include Marriage and Couples counseling, Family therapy, Individual therapy, Adolescents, Anxiety and Depression. Paul`s client centered approach is one of acceptance, understanding and empathetic connection. Positive change is always possible with the right atmosphere and mutual commitment. Paul looks forward to partnering with you on your journey. Meridian Medicaid accepted along with most insurance. Sliding Scale Fees Accepted.
Call 815-566-0466 or


Jodi Fourt, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Jodi Fourt received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She has a variety of clinical experiences in individual and couples therapy, testing, as well as counseling with children and adolescents. Her areas of specialty include working with mood disorders and anxiety, women’s psychology, self esteem, autism spectrum disorder, and meditation/relaxation. She also does psychological testing. Dr. Fourt’s philosophy for treatment is a person centered, experiential approach based on the compassionate exploration of painful emotions with the goal of transformation and healing. She encourages you to take that first step toward a more complete and peaceful self. SLIDING SCALE FEES ACCEPTED.
Call 224-703-5595 or

In addition to independently licensed professionals we also have licensed students working under supervision available to help.

Nan Hill

Nan Hill, MS, LMFT

Individual, Couple and Family Counselor
Nan received her Master Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University. She understands that all of us need help from time to time to develop new ways of living richer, fuller lives. Nan’s focus is working with individuals, couples and families in how they perceive and navigate through past traumas, life’s present challenges, transitions and personal or professional relationships. She will work with her clients to develop new skills to create the life they want, to enhance their relationships and to move toward greater self-empowerment, understanding and joy in their lives. She will work with individuals, couples and families in a respectful, honest and empathic way integrating different approaches to suit each of their needs. New clients are always welcomed! Select insurances, private pay and sliding scale fees accepted.
Call: 815-957-0115 or 815-979-2448
Cassie Stear

Cassie Stear, MSW, LSW

Licensed Social Worker

Cassie obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Aurora University. Her areas of interest and experience include trauma, anxiety, grief and loss, meditation and mindfulness, and expressive and cognitive behavioral therapies. Cassie enjoys working with people of all ages and strives to create a comfortable, supportive environment for every person who steps into her office. She works with the help of her therapy dog, Petey.

Cassie accepts several insurances and offers sliding scale fees. Please email for information about availability and scheduling or any other questions you may have.


Cassie Stear

Josh Vos, MA, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Josh is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Connections Therapy Center and obtained his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. He has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children. His specialty areas include depression, anxiety, and self-esteem. Josh previously worked as an engineer and program manager for twelve years prior to pursuing a career in counseling. His interests and hobbies include spending time with his wife and kids and all things sports related. Josh looks forward to walking beside you through your unique individual journey and helping you overcome life’s challenges. Call 866-813-6462 ext. 5 or email


No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay, and there is a discounted/sliding fee schedule available based on family size and income.

Connections Therapy Center will not discriminate in the provision of health care services to an individual:

  1. Because the individual is unable to pay for the health care services;
  2. Because payment for those services would be made under Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); or
  3. Based upon the individual’s race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Connections Therapy Center

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Rockton, IL 61072

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