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.
Couples Tip
of the  Month
Good communication also helps love to grow. Set aside time each day to talk, just the two of you, use "I" sentences, listen to each other without judging, be supportive and respectful.
- Barbara Fontana, PhD

Depression does not discriminate.

Tracy Strepek, LCSW Ext. 351

Mental health illnesses can be daunting and unrelenting in their influences on all of us. We are forced to confront our misperceptions of mental health in the wake of tragic suicides by celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Depression leaves no stone unturned; male or female, rich or poor, married or single, parent or not…depression does not discriminate. At this pivotal moment, we must focus on the fact that depression is a treatable, medical illness. We must help people realize there are an array of available suicide prevention tools out there-hotlines, text lines, emergency rooms, doctors, and mental health clinicians. It is time to reach out to anyone you are concerned about; a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker. Be relentless; if they don’t answer a phone call or text, visit them in person. If you don’t have the means to check on someone in person, call the police and ask them to do a wellness check. Please utilize SuicidePreventionLifeline.org for further resources.



CRISIS TEXT LINE by texting 741741

Deaf and Hard of Hearing #1-800-799-4889

En Espanol #1-888-628-9454

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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

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

Psychological Testing-

For What??

What is psychological testing? 

The goal of psychological testing is to diagnose and guide treatment by utilizing tests and other assessment tools to measure and observe one's behavior. By using standardized and researched tests, we can take an objective look at someone's functioning. To read more, click here.

Interested in a career with the Personal Growth Associates?

Personal Growth Associates is interested in hiring both a full-time and part-time licensed outpatient therapist for our Schaumburg location. Ideal candidates are self-motivated, driven,  Licensed Psychologists, Social Workers or Master's level counselors (LCPC), who are hungry to learn and grow professionally within an outpatient private practice setting.  An ideal candidate welcomes supervision, ongoing learning, self-examination, and a team approach.  Please contact Joseph Ripp, Psy.D. at 847-413-9700 x 315 to set up an initial interview or e-mail your resume to josephripp1@comcast.net
Meet Steve Wodka, Psy.D., one of the partners at Personal Growth Associates!
Steve Wodka, Psy.D. was featured in this CBS local article.
Personal Growth Associates Welcomes a New Addition...

Meghan Scully, LCSW, CADC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Schaumburg and Crystal Lake
Ext. 338

For the past 10 years, Meghan has worked with a variety of age groups in individual and group settings, addressing addiction, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, relationship conflicts, and the effects of trauma. She has found growth, joy, and wisdom in joining clients in their journeys toward their own personal freedom and authentic happiness in life. To read more click here