We’re pleased to introduce you to the Family Service therapists who collectively offer a wide range of professional experience. Each therapist has provided her personal approach to therapy as well as her educational and professional experience.

Debra Tullis,  BCD, LCSW

Treating you with respect and caring is vital. I take an interactive approach in helping you address your challenges and I will listen deeply and encourage you. I believe that effective therapy and coaching needs to consider the whole person and life in context.

You function at your best when every area is maximized. If you are considering some important changes in your life, I would love to hear from you!

How I can help

For the last 28 years, I worked with children and families. Working for 22 of those years in the child welfare field gave me an expertise in working with survivors of childhood trauma. As a therapist who specializes in working with survivors of childhood abuse and neglect I will provide a safe and accepting place for you during the session.

Professional Experience

• Human Development
• Health and Wellness Issues
• Stress and Life Issues
• Childhood Abuse and Neglect


• BSW – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
• MSW – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


• Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work–American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
• Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Organizations/Affiliations

• International Coach Federation
• International Academy of Coaches

You may contact me at Family Service, (217) 352-0099 or by e-mail at

Phil Chmielewski, MA, LCPC

Every person is unique.  The life circumstances of each person are unique as well.  My approach reflects this perspective and so, in a sense, each person I meet with is “brand new” to me.  One size does not fit all when it comes to counseling, so I do my best to meet each person with flexibility in my approach.

How I can help

I have worked in the field of mental health in one capacity or another since 1987.  I have worked and done research on psychiatric units in Chicago and locally.  I have worked with the neuropsychology services of both local hospitals, and I was a Youth Services case manager at the Pavilion for 6.5 years.  I have worked with children and their adoptive families in a non-profit agency for over 8 years and have worked in two different private practices.

Having worked with children, adults and seniors has helped me learn to be flexible and well rounded, I believe.  If you or a loved one is in need of someone to talk to, we are here to help.

Professional Experience

Major Psychiatric Disorders
Neurologically related issues: (e.g., Head Injury, Stroke, Dementia)
Childhood Disorders: (e.g., ADHD, Learning Disorders)
Adoption related issues
Depression, Anxiety, and issues of everyday life


BA – University of Illinois at Chicago
MA – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

With the exception of the doctoral thesis, I have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (since 1999)

You may contact me at Family Service, (217) 352-0099 or by e-mail