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About Carbondale Counseling Associates

Carbondale Counseling Associates was founded in 2014 by Katherine Schwartz and Valerie Kasten. CCA is a private group counseling practice that seeks to provide highly individualized services to clients with a wide range of clinical concerns. CCA staff is composed of Counselors, Social Workers, Art Therapists, and Play Therapists. Art Therapy and Play Therapy are innovative and progressive approaches to treatment with a growing body of evidence to support their effectiveness.


Carbonale Counseling Associates | Therapists

Katherine Schwartz


Katherine Schwartz is an Owner/Managing Partner at Carbondale Counseling Associates LLC and the Owner of Southern Illinois Center for Art & Play Therapy LLC. Katherine is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist, Registered Play Therapist, and National Certified Counselor with 15 years of experience. Katherine specializes in individual counseling, art therapy, and play therapy with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with issues related to addiction and trauma. Katherine also works extensively with singles and couples dealing marital and relationship issues as well mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. Katherine is a client-centered therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and understanding while the client engages in personal self-exploration and experiences the healing power of creative expression. Katherine works with each individual to help them build on their own strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
  • Master’s in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY
  • Master’s in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ
Licenses & Certifications
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)
  • Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
“I provide counseling using art therapy, play therapy and traditional verbal therapy. Using art and play to explore any areas of concerns can make therapy an enjoyable and non-threatening experience.”
Carbonale Counseling Associates | Therapists

Valerie Kasten


Valerie Kasten in an Owner/Managing Partner of Carbondale Counseling Associates LLC and the Owner of Kids’ Cornerstone LLC. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois, Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri, Registered Play Therapist, and a National Certified Counselor. She has been in private practice since 1997. Valerie specializes in working with children ages 3 years old and up who have experienced trauma and abuse including physical and sexual abuse. She has testified over 30 times in 12 counties in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa as an expert witness. Valerie also works with children and families struggling with issues related to divorce, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, self-injury, eating disorders, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and ADHD. Valerie utilizes a variety of modalities including expressive arts, sand, play and talk therapy, as well as EMDR.
  • Master’s in Education from University of Missouri
Licenses & Certifications
  • Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (Missouri)
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) (Illinois)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
“I believe the most important aspect of counseling is the therapeutic relationship, and for the past 19 years I have strived to provide a safe and trusting environment where my clients feel free to express their pain and heartache during the healing process. I am joined in my work with my miniature Australian Shepherd, Kippy.”


Providing individual, family, and couples counseling for children, adolescents, and adults. Carbondale Counseling Associates utilizes creative, innovative, and individualized approaches to therapy which makes therapy a fun and relaxing experiencing, while still contributing to personal growth and change.
Treatment specializations include:
Addiction & Recovery
Anger Management
Anxiety and Depression
Austism, Asperger’s, and Sensory Processing Disorder
Behavioral Disorders
Domestic Violence
Eating Disorders
Physical and Sexual Abuse
Stress Management
Trauma and PTSD

Rates & Insurance

$150 per 50-minute session.
A complete fee schedule is available on request. Exact costs and fees vary based on service type and insurance coverage.
Reduced Fee
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis for those that qualify. Verification of income and family size is required.
Cancellation Policy
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be charged a $25 cancelation fee. If you cancel or fail to show up for two consecutive appointments, you will be asked to keep a credit card number on file. If you cancel or fail to show up for three consecutive appointments, services will be terminated and we will refer you to someone else.
Confidentiality & Privacy Policy
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, we are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, we must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, we will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, we will take further measures without their permission that are provided to us by law in order to ensure their safety.
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Accepted Insurance Companies
Behavioral Health Systems
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Health Alliance
Health Link
Land of Lincoln
United Healthcare
Value Options (Beacon)
Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment.

Schedule an Appointment

Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment today!

Phone:  (618) 351-9700 *
Fax:  (618) 351-9701 
Cell:  (618) 534-0425

*Please make sure to leave a message to ensure that your call is returned.

Carbondale Counseling Associates LLC 
PO Box 2625, Carbondale, IL 62902 
1257 E. Walnut, Suite 1, Carbondale, IL 62901

Carbondale Counseling Associates

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