David J. Norton, Ph.D., LMFT, Founder

Dr. Norton has been in practice since 1980 and is the founder of Centennial Counseling Center. He is also currently Guest Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at the Wheaton College Graduate School. David received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in Child and Family Studies and has previous training at Taylor University, Houghton College, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Approved Supervisor for the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Dr Norton is the current Treasurer for the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) a national organization that serves state marriage and family therapy regulators from across the country. This organization also created and maintains the licensing exam for marriage and family therapists. For two terms he served as Chair of the Illinois Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing and Disciplinary Board, a total of 15 years (1993-2001, 2011-2016).  Previously he was also President of the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (1992-1994). He has received several national and state awards for his leadership in marriage and family therapy. He also is the former President of the Foundation for Educational Excellence for the West Chicago School District #33.

David has a wide range of clinical experience with special focus on work with couples, family and adolescent difficulties, work-related problems, and depression. In addition he supervises and consults with a number of therapists in the practice of marriage and family therapy. He has spoken to over a hundred different school, community, church, and professional groups on a wide range of relational, mental health, and family life issues. David works out of the St. Charles office.


He has posted many of his thoughts about starting and building a mental health practice and about being a therapist at his website: www.GrowingOurPractice.com.

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