A Community of Support, Health,
and Growth

At Personal Growth Associates, we are committed to helping you develop the life and relationships you want. We strive to create a safe and comfortable atmosphere to address the issues and challenges you face. Accordingly, we make an effort to select the therapist with the most appropriate style and expertise to match your individual needs. Often, our therapists and psychiatrists will use their collective experience to develop therapy goals. This comprehensive care may also include the combination of therapy and medication if appropriate to your situation.
Personal Growth Associates welcomes:
Emily Frey, PsyD, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Individual Psychotherapy
Schaumburg Location

Emily Frey is a Licensed Clinical Professional counselor, who is completing her doctoral degree in psychology and graduating in the fall of 2016.  She provides a warm, genuine, empathic environment for clients, while fostering sensitivity and vulnerability by encouraging clients to focus inward.  During therapy, she assists clients in transforming their pain into positive change in order for them to push through their struggle and shift from a state of feeling stuck to a state of feeling empowered.  This includes developing the capacity for emotion regulation, learning to self-soothe, assertiveness training, and building insight into the self. To read more about Emily, click here.

Family Caregivers

It’s not uncommon for today’s American family to have at least one family member in their 80s or 90s. Perhaps you are in your 40s and started accompanying your parents to their doctor’s appointments or taking them shopping. Or, you are in your 20s and being asked to drive your grandparents to the Thanksgiving gathering because “grandpa doesn’t drive at night anymore.”  Maybe you are older yourself and caring for an ill spouse.  If this sounds familiar, then you are a family caregiver….providing assistance to someone who needs it. A “caregiver” cares for people whereas a “caretaker” takes care of things or situations.

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Do you sometimes feel:
  • That you don’t matter? 
  • That all you do is try to make everyone else happy, while never feeling happy yourself? 
  • That you can’t get past the disappointments and hurt you’ve experienced?
  • That life is overwhelming? 
  • Your relationships aren’t what you want them to be?
  • That you want more out of life?

 If so, please join our support group for women who want to be in charge of their own happiness and create the life they really want.  Having the support of other women will help you become stronger and more empowered.  You will learn how to:

  • Increase your self-esteem by learning to love and accept yourself.
  • Replace negative thinking with a positive attitude.
  • Grieve losses and disappointments.
  • Create and keep boundaries in your life.
  • Improve current relationships and create healthy new ones.
  • Set achievable and fulfilling goals.


Facilitated by Fonda Lewis, MS, LCPC, NCC

Saturdays from 10:00 - 11:15 am

Beginning on 1/28/17

Commitment to 6 sessions over a 10-week period is required

BCBS and Aetna Insurance accepted, or Self-pay of $45 per session


To register please contact Fonda Lewis at (847) 413-9700, ext. 336

Personal Growth Associates welcomes a new addition:

Barbara Howard, LCPC. CADC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Schaumburg Location

Ext. 408

Barbara Howard is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couple, and family sessions as well as in group settings. Barb has worked with a diverse population and has helped people of all ages struggling with a variety of issues including stress and anxiety, AD/HD, loss and grief, depression, Bipolar, trauma, substance abuse issues, eating disorders, self-injury, parenting and relational issues. To read more about Barbara, click here.

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Meet Steve Wodka, Psy.D., one of the partners at Personal Growth Associates!
Steve Wodka, Psy.D. was featured in this CBS local article.
Couples Tip of the Month
Differentiation and togetherness are both important in a relationship. You need time as a couple and you need tome as an individual. There will be activities you do together and ones you do separately. There will be values you share and values that are important to one of you but not the other. Learn to accept and respect both.
-Barbara Fontanta, PhD