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Meet the Owners

Mark A. Bakal, Psy.D.
Individual and Couples Therapist
Corporate Training and Consultation
Schaumburg Location
Ext. 314

Dr. Mark Bakal is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist whose passion is helping individuals, couples, employers and employees find ways to live a full and satisfying life. He has been providing Psychotherapy to individuals, couples and groups in various settings since 1987. In addition to his clinical work in the office, Dr. Bakal has been providing training and consultation for small and large businesses throughout the Chicago area for several years. He enjoys presenting in a down-to-earth and interactive fashion.


He realizes that we live in a fast paced culture where many of us feel overrun with anxiety, depression, relationship troubles and a general sense of unnecessary urgency. He enjoys helping people learn a method of tuning into their mind and body which allows them to slow the pace of their lives and make decisions from a clear and accepting place. This is a skill that can help a person go from putting out life’s fires to living to one’s fullest on a daily basis. This method of Psychotherapy can help people who have been suffering with depression, anxiety, difficulty making decisions, procrastination, couples issues as well as people who just want to live a better life.

Joseph M. Ripp, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
Individual, Couples, Family, and Group Psychotherapy
Glen Ellyn and Schaumburg Locations
Ext. 315

Dr. Ripp began his career in psychology in 1986, working with children and adolescents on an inpatient basis. Since 1994, he has been in private practice working primarily with adults. Dr. Ripp enjoys working with both individuals and couples. In his work with individuals, Dr. Ripp’s goal is to help them live with less anxiety and more freedom, to be free of limiting beliefs and be more open to new experiences. He works with his clients to identify how they got where they are and to understand the behaviors that are keeping them in that place. He then challenges his clients to adopt new ways of thinking about themselves by increasing their accountability and giving them tasks aimed specifically at creating a positive self-image. He loves seeing individuals take on new challenges and risks, which can lead them to a realization of what’s possible in their life.


Dr. Ripp finds that many couples fall into patterns of trying to get their partner to change – criticizing, withdrawing, and shaming. As a certified Imago Therapist since 1998, Dr. Ripp uses techniques to break the couple’s existing patterns of behavior, which allows them to slow down their reactions. This allows each person to see the world through the partner’s perspective. Dr. Ripp hopes that through therapy, couples can learn to view conflict as an opportunity for growth and change and that they will be able to connect in a new way, as a result. Dr. Ripp also specializes in working with pre-marital couples. He helps couples tackle important conversations to have before marriage with the goal of creating a true partnership that will get them started on the right path in marriage.


In general, Dr. Ripp recognizes the importance of maintaining a safe and genuine atmosphere within which his clients can focus on their personal growth.

Steven L. Wodka, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Individual, Couples, and Family Psychotherapy
Schaumburg and Crystal Lake Locations
Ext. 313

Dr. Wodka considers himself a "generalist," working with varied populations including adolescents, adults, and families.  He takes a "nuts and bolts" approach, utilizing an  interactive style contingent on the clients' needs. These individuals benefit from his compassionate, but straightforward approach.  He helps clients understand their emotional/behavioral "blue-print" and create new learning and choices in the future. Some of his treatment interests include Adult Children Of Alcoholics or family dysfunction,underachieving gifted adolescents, panic attacks and anxiety disorders, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and older adults with life transtions.   Dr. Wodka  works well with emotionally distant and repressed individuals, building better communication skills and a broader sense of self.  Lastly, Dr. Wodka conducts psychological evaluations for individuals having Bariatric Gastric Bypass Surgery.
Medication Management

Maria Luisa P. Estrada, M.D.
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist
Schaumburg Location
Ext. 350

Dr. Estrada completed her adult psychiatry training at Lutheran General Hospital and received her child fellowship training at Northwestern University, Children's Memorial Hospital. Thus far, her 10-year experience in biological psychiatry focuses on evaluation and treatment of common disorders including, clinical depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Emphasis is also placed on coordinating treatment with the client’s therapists, school authorities, and their families.

Maggie Hahn APN/CNS
Adolescent and Adult Psychiatric Evaluations and Medication Management
Schaumburg and Crystal Lake locations
Ext. 362

Maggie Hahn is a board certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and licensed advanced practice nurse. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois - Chicago and has training and experience with adults and adolescents, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Maggie has developed specialty programs for adolescents and provided both administrative and clinical oversight of these programs. She also has experience in teaching and research. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and has a certificate in psychopharmacology from the Neuroscience Education Institute, in association with the University of California - San Diego Department of Continuing Education.

In collaboration with Dr. Christopher Sinnappan, Maggie provides psychiatric evaluation and ongoing medication management. Her approach to prescribing includes education and support, to assist clients in using medication as one of the tools to alleviate symptoms and return to well-being.

Therapists

Susan Bennett, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Individual, Couples, Family, and Group Psychotherapy
Schaumburg Location
Ext. 320
Dr. Bennett has been working in the mental health field since 1988. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from St. Louis University in 1996. She believes in a respectful approach to therapy based on the individual's innate ability to grow and heal. She views therapy as a highly collaborative process in which the therapist and client strive together to fully understand the clients unique perspective and life difficulties. She and the client then use this understanding to problem-solve and help the client to create a richer and more fulfilling life. Dr. Bennett works with people with wide variety of concerns, but has particular interests in working with women's issues, couples/marital issues, abuse survivors, and individuals diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder
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Timothy Re, Psy.D., CADC
Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Site Director, Crystal Lake
Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor
Individual, Couples, & Family Psychotherapy
Crystal Lake and Schaumburg Locations
Ext. 317

Dr. Timothy Re has worked in the field since 1982. He has an extensive and varied background working with children and families in hospital settings, directing an outpatient substance abuse program, working in an adolescent intensive outpatient program, directing a multi-specialty outpatient clinic, developing and directing an anxiety disorders program, running an OCD program, and working in general practice for over 20 years. Personally, he has been a licensed foster parent and has adopted six children.

As a generalist, Dr. Re enjoys working with clients of all ages and treatment needs. He utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques within a holistic philosophy. In therapy, Dr. Re helps clients think and behave in new ways to address issues, look at things from a different perspective, and/or utilize strengths to to develop new coping skills. Clients report he is very caring and easy to talk to.

Mark Vogel, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Individual, Couples, and Family Psychotherapy
Crystal Lake and Schaumburg Locations
Ext. 318

Dr. Vogel has worked in the mental health field since 1980, with experience in a variety of treatment settings. His flexible approach to psychotherapy draws from various schools of psychological thought, and he views therapy as a collaborative enterprise between client and therapist, with the aim of improving quality of life.

In his work with clients, he values a gentle, accepting way of looking at life problems, where the emphasis is always on understanding rather than judging or condemning oneself and others. Dr. Vogel values curiosity as a valuable asset in the therapeutic process and enjoys working with clients who can be curious about themselves and their lives. He works with the client to identify new skills, behaviors, or attitudes, which will facilitate desired changes.

As a certified Imago therapist, Dr. Vogel works with couples who have become disconnected in their relationship. Here, he works to help each partner realize their emotional impact on the other, and then to facilitate a deeper understanding, acceptance, of their differences. This paves the way for each partner to view the other in a more empathetic way. Then, partners learn to communicate more clearly and without judgment, which in turn restores safety and connectedness to the relationship. Dr. Vogel's areas of interest include include marital/relationship issues, depression, anxiety disorders, grief/loss issues, parent coaching, and ADHD evaluations.

Allison Glore Salituro, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Individual and Group Psychotherapy
Schaumburg location
Ext. 321

Dr. Salituro has been working in the field of mental health since 1993. She has worked primarily in educational settings, including a high school, an alternative school, a community mental health center, a prison, and a probation program. She has also been involved in the training and supervision of master's and doctoral-level counselors. She received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Though Dr. Salituro has more extensive experience in the treatment of substance abuse/dependence, ACOA issues, and eating disorders, she enjoys working with individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, low self-esteem, life change issues, trauma, and problems related to cultural/ethnic identification and sexual orientation. She takes an integrative approach, focusing on the therapeutic relationship and the client's emotional needs. As both an individual and group therapist, she encourages clients to try new things and take risks to facilitate personal growth.

Mark R. Pumper, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Individual, couples & family psychotherapy
Psychological assessments & testing
Crystal Lake & Schaumburg offices
Ext. 324

Dr. Mark Pumper has been working in the mental health field since 1981. He has worked primarily in outpatient settings, providing psychotherapy and assessments. He believes that psychotherapy is a collaborative relationship involving client and therapist and that in an environment where one feels safe and free from judgment, there is a gradual openness to explore feelings and issues. Such openness leads to change. He has found this process particularly helpful when working with adolescents. Dr. Pumper uses a multi-disciplinary approach based on the needs of the client. He holds the belief that problems are at times resultant from learned and repeated behavior patterns, and can be metaphoric for other issues and concerns. Dr. Pumper has extensive experience with administration and interpretation of psychological testing to rule out ADHD and/or other psychological diagnoses. He has expertise working with older children, adolescents, adults and couples dealing with depression, grief, anxiety problems, obsessive compulsive disorder, co-dependency and relationship issues.

Kathleen Zachary, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Child, adolescent, adult and family psychotherapy

Schaumburg Location
Ext. 325

Dr. Kathleen Zachary is a licensed clinical psychologist and an educator. She brings over 20 years of experience to her work with children, adolescents, adults, parents and families. She has experience working with such concerns as behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, communication difficulties, parenting and relationship struggles, eating disorders, and stress management. She assists others in discovering individualized ways to improve general well-being and life satisfaction.

Her work with children embraces a family-focused path which empowers families to assist their children in overcoming obstacles so that optimal development may proceed.

Areas of interest include creative ways to manage anxiety, depression and limiting thoughts/beliefs; behavior modification; play therapy; communication skills training; parent coaching as well as relaxation, imagery and other quieting the mind techniques.

Tracy Strepek, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Individual and Family Psychotherapy
Crystal Lake Location
Ext. 351

Tracy received her masters in social work from the University of Illinois in 1997. She has been working in the mental health field in a variety of outpatient settings, primarily with children and adolescents. Tracy provides a nurturing and comfortable environment for clients to safely express their feelings and thoughts. Through a highly energetic and therapeutic process, children and adolescents are able to make long-term changes in their ability to identify and cope with daily life stressors. She currently specializes in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, low self-esteem, school phobia, ADHD, behavior disorders, and grief and loss issues. Tracy works primarily one-on-one with the client, but will provide family therapy services or parent coaching when deemed appropriate.

Joann Herman, MS, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Individual and Family Psychotherapy
Crystal Lake and Schaumburg Locations
Ext. 352

Joann earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 1997. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with extensive experience in providing individual, family, and group therapy to clients of multiple age groups whose difficulties cover a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. Her expertise includes treating family conflict, anxiety, depression, defiant behaviors, ADHD, and coping with general conflicts associated with life stressors.

Joann believes in providing a comfortable, supportive, and non-judgmental environment where clients feel safe to explore and resolve issues. She believes each client is unique and treatment should be customized to meet the specific needs and goals of each individual and his or her circumstances. While being supportive and understanding, Joann ultimately strives to assist others to utilize their strengths to identify and develop the skills and supports necessary to lead a more positive lifestyle. She views successful therapy as a collaborative effort between the therapist and the client to develop and implement strategies to resolve problems and cope with symptoms and daily life stressors. Overall, she draws upon a variety of treatment methods and approaches to achieve treatment goals and address the specific needs of each client.

Maureen McNichols, M.S. Ed. S LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Schaumburg Location
Ext. 319

Maureen is a licensed clinical professional counselor and school psychologist with 19 years experience in a variety of settings. Her background includes experience as a psychologist in the school systems working with both children and parents and advanced training in couples/relationship counseling and eating disorders. Maureen enjoys working with couples and individuals. In her work with couples, Maureen finds that couples often feel frustrated because they are stuck having the same fight over and over again. She helps couples break apart their fights to learn what’s really driving them. In doing so, couples are able to learn to communicate in a different, and more effective, way. Maureen also specializes in working with women undergoing life transitions (divorce, children leaving home, retirement, etc.). She helps women identify and break out from their self-critical patterns in order to give them a renewed zest for life and an ability to pursue their passions. Maureen has a subspecialty in working with children and parents and helping them to communicate more effectively with their children. Her 19 years of experience as a school psychologist allow her to understand family dynamics from both the parent and child perspective.

 

As a certified IFS therapist, Maureen creates a safe, collaborative place for clients to explore the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that have developed as a way to handle life’s difficult experiences. Maureen’s belief is that all clients have, at their core, a centered, confident place that, when accessed, frees them to lead their lives more courageously and peacefully.

Jen Schroeder, Psy.D., RYT, LCPC
Psychotherapy for Individuals and Families
Schaumburg Location

Ext. 327

Dr. Jen Schroeder, PsyD, RYT – 200, is a holistic, trauma-informed, relational, existential therapist who believes that the healing power of an empathic relationship provides a safe space for an individual to safely explore their values and the ways in which they make meaning out of their experiences and interact with the world. It is within the context of this exploration that individuals can begin to dislodge from stuck patterns of interacting and make choices that are in line with their values so they can live out their life in an intentional way.

Jen enjoys helping people not only through this healing relational experience but also through facilitating mindfulness and increased body awareness through yogic and breath techniques as well as through clinical hypnosis and various cognitive techniques. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and groups with a variety of presenting concerns. Her areas of specialization include complex issues related to abuse or neglect, grief, loss, separation, life transition, relationship difficulties, dissociation, emotional regulation, sexuality, eating disorders, body image concerns, and women’s issues. Jen also has significant experience working with cancer survivors and their families as well as in the areas of relational violence.

Fonda G. Lewis, MS, LCPC, NCC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

National Certified Counselor

Couples, Individual, Family, and Group Psychotherapy
Schaumburg and Crystal Lake Locations

Ext. 336

Fonda received her Masters of Science in Counseling from National Louis University, where she is now an Adjunct Professor teaching Advanced Human Development in their graduate school program. She is a dedicated, empathetic, and compassionate therapist, whose purpose is to help her clients recognize and become aware of their full potential and possibilities.
  
     

Her expertise in couples counseling is the result of extensive experience and training in both Imago Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).  She believes that through relationship therapy, couples are able to find new ways to understand and respond to each other’s emotions and behaviors.  They learn new communication skills, positive interaction, and have the opportunity to create a sense of safety, awareness, and compassion for themselves and each other.   The ultimate goal is a loving, and passionate friendship.

Fonda practices an integrative approach to therapy, tailored to meet the needs of each individual.  She is also experienced in implementing guided visualizations, relaxation, and centering techniques to supplement therapeutic insight and awareness.  Her main objective when working with individuals is that they are able to achieve personal growth and live their lives more successfully by learning to understand and accept themselves.

At a time when many baby boomers are caring for their aging parents, Fonda recognizes the stress and anxiety this creates for the entire family.  There is a vital need for support and counseling to make this time with loved ones fulfilling and gratifying.  Her professional and personal experience has given her a unique understanding and empathy for the elderly, as well as their families.       

Jan Hammer, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Individual, Family and Group Psychotherapy,
Psychological Assessments and Testing
Schaumburg Location
Ext. 338

Dr. Jan Hammer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with experience providing assessment, therapy, and psychological testing services to adults, children and adolescents with a wide range of difficulties including ADHD, depression, anxiety, temper tantrums, mood swings, defiance, anger management, grief, academic under achievement, and parent and child conflict and communication problems, as well as issues related with stressful life transitions (e.g. divorce, blended families), abuse, neglect, and traumatic events.  In addition to a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Hammer has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a rich history of working with kids and teenagers.

Dr. Hammer draws predominantly from a Person-Centered and Existential background that focuses on creating a judgment free understanding of individuals and their unique life experiences, while weaving in mindfulness-based, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques when appropriate. When working with families, Dr. Hammer supports parents in identifying how they can help meet their child's individual needs and family members are assisted to solve problems collaboratively. Dr. Hammer also provides ADHD evaluations and psychological testing to confirm diagnoses and give recommendations as needed for the therapy, home, and school environments.

Erica Schulz, Psy.D., LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Individual and family psychotherapy

Crystal Lake and Schaumburg Locations

Ext. 334

Dr. Erica Schulz is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her experience includes work in behavioral health hospitals, residential programs including substance abuse treatment programs, and outpatient settings including an adoption preservation program. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and concentrated in Adlerian Psychotherapy, which informs her work. Dr. Schulz finds importance in understanding individuals from their own perceptions and in the way individuals relate to others. Her approach is strength-based, encouraging the use of the multiple strengths each person possesses. This approach is helpful when working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, loss, trauma, body image, and addiction.

Dr. Schulz is also a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and uses the principles of Positive Discipline when working with children, adolescents, and families. This approach helps parents identify the motivation behind their child’s behavior, helps the child or adolescent feel heard and understood, and helps improve the parent’s relationship with their child.