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.

Personal Growth Associates is Beginning to Re-open


As the State of Illinois begins to loosen restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have begun preparations for the re-opening of our office for in-person client sessions. While we will continue to offer and encourage teletherapy sessions, we plan to gradually re-open the office to staff and clients beginning July 1. In-person appointments will be available on a limited basis so please talk with your clinician about their availability. Not all providers will be returning to the office at this time. 

 

We intend to follow guidelines regarding social distancing and thorough cleaning and sanitizing. To ensure the safety of you and our staff, there will be some new policies procedures put in place. These include:

      Asking you to take your temperature prior to arriving at the office

      Closing the waiting room. We will ask clients to remain in their car until they are contacted          to enter the building

      Wearing a mask/face covering at all times in the office, including during sessions


      Following hand-washing guidelines


      Sanitizing the office between sessions


      Accepting only credit card payments when in person


      Mailing all prescriptions (no in-person pick-up)


You will be asked to sign a consent form before resuming in-person sessions. Please read this carefully as it outlines additional safety precautions. That form will be available via the client portal and our website. 

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
Should I Try Teletherapy During These Hard Times?
Erica Schulz, Psy.D., CADC

Teletherapy is the use of telecommunications including phone or video to provide therapy. It is a useful modality for many reasons but especially in the current environment when it is important to prevent the spread of a virus. It is unclear when and how therapy will return to in-person meetings, but teletherapy allows clinicians and clients to continue meeting during all of this uncertainty. To read more, click here.
Personal Growth Associates Welcomes A New Addition...

Rhiannon Seward, Psy.D., is a clinical therapist. She received her master’s in Community Counseling from Loyola University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University.   Her clinical areas of interest include identity development, depression, body image, anxiety, domestic violence, self-injury, relationship/couples counseling, student concerns, and social skills training. She also enjoys working with student-athletes at all different competitive levels.  To read more about Rhiannon, please go to About Us.


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