A Community of Support, Health,
and Growth

Since 1999,  Personal Growth Associates has been a cornerstone in the Northwest suburbs in providing comprehensive care for all ages. Each therapist uses multiple approaches to meet the unique requirements of your situation.

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.

An Important Message from Personal Growth Associates

 

The unprecedented and uncertain nature of the Coronavirus epidemic has brought fear and stress into our lives. It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, and worry over threats to our health and well-being. Fear can cause us to be proactive and protect ourselves and our families, but it can also cause us to shut down and react in unproductive ways. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time.

At times like this, taking care of our emotional well-being, prioritizing self-care and staying engaged with the important people in your life are among the most critical things we can do. Taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family.

Our work with our clients is of utmost importance. We are committed to being flexible and creating a plan that will allow us to continue supporting our clients while also addressing client and therapist safety and health concerns. We will be offering all of our clients the option of HIPAA-compliant teletherapy sessions. For as long as we can, we are also continuing in-person sessions. We are regularly cleaning and disinfecting hand-touched surfaces in the office, per CDC guidelines.

In the event that you become ill, we ask that you contact your therapist and switch to phone or video sessions. If you have concerns or are unable to come to the office for your appointment, please contact your therapist directly. We will be waiving fees for missed appointments and late cancellations until further notice. 

Services offered at Personal Growth Associates:
Individual Therapy- Adults, Seniors, Child, and Adolescent
Couples Therapy
Family Therapy and Parent Coaching
Group Therapy- Adults and Adolescents
Psychiatric Diagnostic Assessments
Medication Management
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Psychological Testing
Gastric Bypass Pre-Surgical Evaluations
Couples Tip
of the  Month
Being vulnerable with each other increases feelings of emotional intimacy and attachment. We are vulnerable when we express how we truly feel, when we share secrets, when we show our weaknesses.
- Barbara Fontana, PhD
Personal Growth Associates Welcomes A New Addition...

Dr. Monica Saavedra is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who incorporates a Humanistic-Existential approach to working with clients.  She has experience working with individuals and couples across the lifespan utilizing various modalities including traditional talk therapy and experiential therapy modalities such as Play Therapy and Sandtray Therapy.  To read more about Dr. Saavedra, click here.


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.

Meet Steve Wodka, Psy.D., one of the partners at Personal Growth Associates!
Steve Wodka, Psy.D. was featured in this CBS local article.
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WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SUPPORT GROUP

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

Job Opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist

 

Personal Growth Associates is a multi-disciplinary practice that takes pride in its excellent team of therapists and medication managers. At PGA, we value teamwork and have created a supportive and nurturing culture, allowing our staff to continue learning and growing. We are a large, well-established private practice with over 20 clinicians in three different locations. We place a high value on collaboration, supervision, and self-examination. Our administrative staff and billing team are experienced and highly efficient, thus allowing clinicians to devote their focus to the client.


We are currently interviewing Clinical Psychologists for our Schaumburg, and potentially, Crystal Lake offices. Child and adolescent experience is preferred and an interest in psychological testing and assessment is also desirable. If you are a self-motivated and driven Clinical Psychologist looking to be part of a diverse team of behavioral health professionals, please contact:

 

Joseph Ripp, Psy.D.

Phone 847-413-9700, ext. 315  

Fax resume to 847-413-1701 or e-mail to josephripp1@comcast.net

Seeking Post-Doctoral Candidates

Personal Growth Associates is a multi-disciplinary practice that takes pride in its excellent team of therapists and medication managers. At PGA, we value teamwork and have created a supportive and nurturing culture, allowing our staff to continue learning and growing.  We are a large, well-established private practice with over 20 clinicians in three different locations.  We place a high value on collaboration, supervision, and self-examination. Our administrative staff and billing team are experienced and highly efficient, thus allowing clinicians to devote their focus to the client.

We are currently interviewing post-doctoral psychologist candidates, a license is not mandatory. Interest in psychological testing and assessment is also desirable. If you are a self-motivated and driven post-doctoral candidate looking to be part of a diverse team of behavioral health professionals, please contact us at:

Joseph Ripp, PsyD

Phone 847-413-9700, ext. 315   

Fax resume to 847-413-1701 or e-mail to josephripp1@comcast.net