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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Couples Tip of the Month

Make time to have fun together. Couples who laugh and play feel closer and more connected.

- Barbara Fontana, PhD

Marijuana: It’s Not All Good

by Erica Schulz, Psy.D., CADC


One vote that got a big YES in the November elections was marijuana. As the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana use is on the rise and the positive uses for marijuana are suggested, it is easy to forget about the risk factors related to marijuana use. No matter your political and personal views on the legalization of marijuana, we have to also be cautious of the negative effects of marijuana. In my experience in working with adolescents and adults who use marijuana recreationally, their marijuana use is downplayed. It is often thought of as being a way to relax, helpful with sleep, or, at least, not harmful. However, just because marijuana laws are changing across the country does not mean that the impact of its use is no longer a factor to be explored. For more click here.

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.