About Bluff’s Edge Counseling Services
Bluff’s Edge Counseling Services is located in the historic Woodridge Professional Building in West Peoria, Illinois. Founder Duane McKillip brings 30 years of experience providing quality behavioral, mental, and emotional health services for children, adults, and families to his Central Illinois private practice founded in 2014. Our specialties include:
- Spectrum disorders
Grounded in family systems theory, we offer comprehensive bio-psycho-social therapeutic services (i.e., biological, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual) focused on the whole person. Our intention is to enhance this functioning for everyone we serve.
We do this by incorporating the use of a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including object relations-oriented and cognitive behavioral treatment, coupled with art, play, and mind-body techniques.
We offer a safe, confidential, and homey atmosphere for addressing your and your family’s needs.
About Duane McKillip
Duane McKillip, LCSW, is the founder and therapist of Bluff’s Edge Counseling Services. Over the course of his 30 year career, Duane has developed a reputation across the state as an expert in working with challenging children and youth. Prior to starting Bluff’s Edge he was the clinical director for Guardian Angel Home.
You can learn more about his prior work experiences and connect with Duane on LinkedIn.
How He Got Here
When asked what inspired him to start his own therapy practice Duane smiles and says,“I think I was born to be a therapist”.
He has always felt like he is a person who has empathy for others and looked out for the underdog. He cites his parents as inspiration for and the model on which he formed his professional path, noting that despite raising ten children both of them always made time to help others who were struggling.
The very first magazine subscription Duane purchased for himself was at age 14 when he subscribed to Psychology Today. Of all the magazines he could have subscribed to at the time, he notes that this was not the magazine most young teens would have chosen back then. However the articles interested him and he found fascination with how thoughts, feelings, and behavior were intertwined, even then.
Experience, Training, and Certifications
- Duane is the only person in the state of Illinois who is currently involved in evaluation and treatment of children and youth who have misused fire and offers fire risk assessments for this population as well.
- He is trained in level I Theraplay ™ and integrates this training into services to children and families.
- He is certified to train parents in The Nurturing Parent ™ curriculum.
- He reports a wealth of experience working with children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum as well.
- Duane received his BA degree from the University of Iowa where he majored in Social Work. He completed his degree in 1982. He worked for some time before attending Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research where he received his Master’s degree in 1994. He has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1997.
- Duane worked with persons with developmental disabilities for twelve years before continuing his education and focusing on clinical social work.
- He was twice chosen as a delegate-expert in child welfare services for the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers International Activities Network; first serving as a delegate on an exchange to Hamburg Germany and later serving on a delegation to Durban South Africa.
- He has presented at professional conferences such as the Illinois Counseling Association, Illinois Chapter of NASW, Durban South Africa Child Welfare Summit, and trained and taught on a variety of subjects through his employment as clinical director for Guardian Angel Home, a residential treatment program serving traumatized children.