“Counseling with Jillissa isn’t just a way to deal with the problems I brought in, but rather to see through the problems and face the future with confidence. I’m able to gather all my thoughts, learn how to think about them in a healthy way and how to talk to God about them too. When I leave each session, it’s like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders!” — anonymous client
“Jillissa has helped heal our marriage in so many ways. Sessions could be difficult as we look at things about each other and ourselves that are not always easy to look at, but in the end it brought us toward a better understanding of each other and of what marriage is in God’s eyes.” — marriage client
“I know God brought us specifically to Jillissa’s door. My husband and I prayed and prayed about where to send our daughter when we discovered she was self-harming. We could not be more pleased with how she was able to help us all in the process. She was sent to us from God.” — mother of self-harming client
Jillissa Cherepon completed her undergraduate degree with a concentration in Biblical Studies and Psychology at Dallas Baptist University and earned her Master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. Jillissa also attended the Focus on the Family Institute, where she completed further studies in marriage and family.
Counseling has been Jillissa’s passion for years, and she has a strong desire to provide hope, healing, clarity and joy to individuals. Her philosophy of counseling involves the integration of Christianity and psychology, and her counseling methods include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, integration, Family Systems Theory, and psychoeducation.
Jillissa also provides premarital counseling for couples of all ages who are considering marriage, and is a trained facilitator for Prepare/Enrich, an inventory for couples to discover compatibility in areas such as personality, communication, conflict resolution, family backgrounds, finances and spirituality. In addition to private practice work, Jillissa counsels at Texas Healthcare Neck & Back Clinic, where she conducts mental health assessments and counseling for those struggling with symptoms of anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder due to injury.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jillissa now lives in North Dallas. She is a covenant member of The Village Church, where she leads a home group and serves in several capacities. Her hobbies include music, time with friends and family, singing, road trips, photography, decorating and cooking.
Areas of Expertise
- Marriage and family
- Blended families
- Relationship dynamics
- Boundary issues and codependency
- Adolescent issues
- Women’s issues (including eating disorders, mood disorders, depression, anger, divorce care, singleness, grief, bitterness, identity and signifi ance)
- Anxiety disorders (including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, adjustment disorders and generalized anxiety disorder)