Meet the Therapist

Clifton G. Burns Jr, MS, L.C.P.C., C.S.O.T.S., C.C.T.P., C.A.T.P.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Certified Adolescent Trauma Professional

My first career includes 17 years of retail management. I worked in multiple divisions, environments, and roles within the retail management industry. Most of my experiences were in the Big-Box retail environments or within the corporate office environment, so I understand the expectations and stressors of P&L management, marketing, staff performance/recruitment/training & development, shrinkage, O.S.H.A. compliance, and merchandising. I transitioned from the retail management industry to the human services industry in March of 2010 after receiving my master’s degree in Human Services with a specialty in Mental Health Counseling.

This information is pertinent for adults who need assistance to cope with work-life balance, corporate industry standards, stressful work environments, conflict management with co-workers, and work-performance due to compassion fatigue or inappropriate time management.

Since my career transition, I have worked in the following environments:
Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital Programs
Outpatient & Intensive Outpatient Programs
Sexually Reactive Residential Program
Therapeutic Day Treatment School Program
IEP U46 Liaison
Assessment & Referral
Private Practice – Intact Programs, Mobile (In-Home Therapy),
Emergency Department Consultative Liaison
Behavioral Health Case Coordinator (Government Programs)

Insurances accepted:

Illinois Medicaid MCOs

  • Meridian
  • BCCHP (Blue Cross Community Health Plan)
  • Youthcare Healthchoice


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield


  • BCBS (Blue Cross Blue Shield)
  • Cigna
  • UHC (United Health Care)
  • UMR (United Medical Resources)

E.A.P.s (Employee Assistance Plans)

  • United Health Care
  • Cigna

My Approach


My role as the therapist is not as “The expert” or “The fixer.” I facilitate the client’s therapy goals and empower the client to be the leader. I utilize a solutions-focused approach within therapy to identify problems, develop plans, and create paths on how to obtain the goals.

I ensure that each client feels empowered to be the leader of their journey, as I assist each client in achieving goals by using the S.M.A.R.T. model. The expert of my client’s life is the client.

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Practice Areas

Symptoms of ADHD
Anger Management
Inappropriate Coping strategies
Symptoms of depressiveness or depression
Symptoms of Anxiety
Divorce or severing of a long-term relationship
Family conflict
Marital and Premarital conflicts

Men’s Issues
Peer Relationships
Self Esteem
Suicidal Ideations
Domestic Violence
Teen topics
Unproductive Thinking Errors

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