Ella M Duncan Phd Bc Dlc Swr Pts


Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Worker

Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

  • Master of Social Work, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

  • PhD, Marriage & Family Therapy, St. Louis University

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Illinois License #149.011508

  • Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, November 2013-present

  • Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

  • Member, National Association of Social Workers (National & State of IL)

  • Member, Association for Play Therapy (National & State of IL)

  • Member, Board of Directors, Children First Foundation, St. Clair County

  • Certified PREPARE-ENRICH Facilitator (premarital & marital assessments)

  • Certified AUTPLAY® Therapy Provider

  • Certified Prevention Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP)™ Facilitator

  • Certified Boystown™ Common Sense Parenting™ Facilitator

  • Certified Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (S.T.E.P.) Facilitator (since 1988)

  • Trained Facilitator for “7 Habits of Highly Effective Families” & “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”

I specialize in therapy for healthy marriage, couple, and family relationships; separation and divorce; parenting and behavioral issues; and trauma/PTSD. I work with adults, children, couples, and families. I have more than 25 years of experience working with military families specializing in domestic violence, child abuse, and family relationships. In working with you, your children, your spouse, your intimate partner, or your family, I am collaborative, client-centered, strengths-oriented, and solution-focused. I believe that the most important part of therapy occurs outside my office, so I will frequently ask you for a commitment to change and give you homework to complete between sessions. I hope to assist you, your children, or your family to find or re-establish a strong and secure anchor to improve your life, marriage, and/or family.


  • Average Cost (per session): $80 - $180

  • Accepts Insurance: Yes

Accepted Payment Methods:

American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem

  • Beacon

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • Cigna

  • Coventry

  • GEHA

  • Health Net

  • HealthLink

  • MHN

  • MHNet Behavioral Health

  • Medicare


  • United Health Care/Optum

  • Value Options

Treatment Orientation

  • Art Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

  • Family/Marital

  • Family Systems

  • Gottman Method

  • Integrative

  • Interpersonal

  • Multicultural

  • Play Therapy

  • Psychodynamic

  • Relational

  • Sand Play

  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)

  • Trauma Focused


  • Individuals

  • Couples

  • Family


  • Marital and Premarital

  • Child or Adolescent

  • Family Conflict


  • ADHD

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Depression

  • Divorce

  • Grief

  • Parenting

  • Racial Identity

  • Relationship Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Self-Harming

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Spirituality

  • Trauma and PTSD

Mental Health

  • Impulse Control Disorders

  • Mood Disorders

Client Focus

  • Toddlers/Preschoolers

  • Children

  • Preteens/Tweens

  • Adolescents/Teenagers

  • Adults