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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. Joseph McNally, 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.


Ross Arneson, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Individual, Couple, Family, and Group Psychotherapy

Psychological Assessments and Testing

Schaumburg Location

Ext. 316

Dr. Ross Arneson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who utilizes a multicultural perspective when working with children, adolescents, families, and adults.   Dr. Arneson’s experiences providing psychological evaluations and therapy have included: ADHD, aggression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, chronic medical conditions, depression, familial conflict, identity issues, learning disabilities, mood disorders, opposition, parent-child bonding, school problems, substance abuse/dependence, and trauma. Dr. Arneson has a special interest in attachment related issues and is a registered Circle of Security (COS) parent educator, a relationship-based early intervention program designed to enhance the security between parents and children.

Dr. Arneson draws primarily from the principles of Object Relations Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Relationships are central to our lives and to these theories. By better understanding the manner and character of these connections, we can gain profound insight into the difficulties being experienced. Working collaboratively, Dr. Arneson aims to foster change for the individual, their family, friends, school/work, and community. 

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

Valerie Farmer Rausseo, MA, LCPC, NCC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Individual and Couples Psychotherapy
Schaumburg Location
Ext. 409
Valerie received her master’s degree in Human Development Counseling from University of Illinois at Springfield, and her bachelor’s degree from Trinity International University in Counseling Psychology. Valerie has worked with children, youth, families, couples and individuals both in outpatient, inpatient and community mental health settings. Valerie utilizes a holistic approach in counseling. Connecting the body, soul and mind for clients to work towards full integration of self. That process yields wisdom, self-acceptance and greater connection to self and others. Valerie specifically focuses on topics of faith and spirituality, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, adult children of alcoholic’s recovery, sexuality topics, and trauma and abuse. She empathetically works with clients through their healing journey by lifting shame, providing support, and helping clients understand internal patterns that keep them blocked from living their best life.

Valerie is an advanced level facilitator through Shadowwork ™ and is most passionate about that style of personal growth. She works with clients on an individual and group basis, and within couples, to explore patterns of behavior to further understand personal blocks and move towards growth, healing and freedom. Through experiential methods, and by connecting the mind and body, Valerie facilitates change through this intensive model.

Valerie is also endorsed in assessing the need of emotional support animal presence for housing and travel. Assessments can be provided upon request.

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.

Barbara Howard, LCPC, CADC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Individual and Family Psychotherapy

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.

Barb is experienced with multiple models of talk therapy and also experiential therapies such as play and sand tray therapy. She specializes in providing a warm, genuine, direct approach and creating a safe space so that it is easier for people to be open and honest about the issues that have brought them to counseling. Barb has great respect for the courage it takes to seek out counseling help and to develop trust in a therapist. She is committed to providing individualized care for people of all ages and helping them on their journey toward a better quality of life.

Donna Gardner Jacoby, MSW, MA, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Individual and Family Psychotherapy

Crystal Lake Location

Ext. 401

Donna has worked as a licensed clinical social worker for more than 20 years. She has provided therapy in a community mental health office and at a VA clinic, and has served as clinical director of a domestic violence resource agency, providing crisis intervention, clinical assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, and advocacy.  She has helped individuals cope with issues such as trauma recovery, anxiety, depression, impulse control and anger management.  She enjoys supporting individuals as they wrestle with developmental transitions and challenges associated with aging, resolving past trauma, and coping with grief & loss.

Using a positive, holistic perspective, Donna is warm, empathic, and non-judgmental, taking a very down-to-earth approach. She works with people to identify where they are, where they want to be, and how to get from here to there. She offers individual psychotherapy for older adolescents and adults of all ages in a safe and supportive environment in which to explore thoughts and feelings, helping clients as they make changes to improve their quality of life. She focuses on client strengths and enjoys integrating principles from a variety of treatment approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, and existential therapy.

Fonda G. Lewis, M.S., LCPC, NCC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

National Certified Counselor

Couples, Individual, Family and Group Therapy

Schaumburg Location
Ext. 336

Fonda 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 training in both Imago Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). She believe 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 have given her a unique understanding and empathy for the elderly, as well as their families.

Fonda is also an Adjunct Professor at National Louis University's graduate school program, where she finds gratification in teaching future therapists.
Erin LoPresti, NCC, LCPC, CADC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Board Certified Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Other Drugs of Addiction Counselor

Individual and Family Psychotherapy
Crystal Lake Location
Ext. 403

Erin received her master’s degree in Community Counseling from National-Louis University and received her undergraduate degree from The University of Iowa. She has over 10 years of experience working with adults and adolescents in an Inpatient and outpatient setting at a Behavioral Health Hospital, along with community mental health services and private practice. Erin uses an eclectic and flexible approach to meet her patients’ needs which includes dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, crisis intervention and individual psychotherapy.


She specializes in assisting clients manage and cope with anxiety, depression, anger management, family communication, substance abuse,  adjustment disorders,  and  improving self-esteem. Erin endeavors to help clients reach their goals and maintain them through adapting healthier coping skills, identifying how to break through barriers, and helping families advocate their children's academic needs in school. Erin provides a safe and supportive environment while helping her clients reach their goals.

Mark R. Pumper, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Individual, Couples & Family Psychotherapy
Psychological Assessments & Testing
Crystal Lake Location
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.

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.

Mary Rizzo, PsyD

Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Resident
Adolescent, Adult, and Family Therapy
Crystal Lake and Schaumburg Locations
Ext. 405

Mary Rizzo, Psy.D is a post-doctoral clinical therapist. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University. Dr. Rizzo's experience includes work in behavioral health hospitals, university counseling centers, and an outpatient family counseling setting. She works with adolescents, adults, and families, specializing in grief and loss, trauma, and relationship concerns. She also works with caregivers for chronic diseases, the transgender population, and those struggling with identity exploration. In addition to therapy, Dr. Rizzo provides psychological testing across the lifespan to assess intellectual functioning, academic concerns, ADHD-related symptoms, learning and behavior styles, and diagnostic clarification regarding clinical diagnoses.

Dr. Rizzo's approach centers around Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: which focuses on acceptance of life's unavoidable challenges and being in the present moment without dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Exploration of the client's personal values is used as motivation to implement change and live a more meaningful life. Dr. Rizzo creates an environment of warmth, kindness, and non-judgment to work collaboratively with the client to achieve their goals. She utilizes the space to identify a client's strengths to develop more positive thinking and compassion regarding oneself when overcoming challenges..

Erica Schulz, Psy.D., NCC, CADC

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Individual and Family Psychotherapy

Crystal Lake and Schaumburg Locations

Ext. 334

Dr. Erica Schulz is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. 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.

Meghan Scully, LCSW CADC

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Hypnotherapist

Adult and Adolescent Individual Therapist

Crystal Lake and Schaumburg Locations

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. She provides a safe, accepting, and warm space in which all experience is valued, and she provides support and effective tools to empower and assist clients in finding their internal strength and security.  Meghan’s goal is to help clients find greater insight and freedom from that which detracts from life, with an individual approach to their needs. She has been working with hypnosis and regression for several years, and finds these, as well as EMDR, to be effective options for resolving trauma, phobias, stubborn patterns and building courage, confidence, and clarity. Meghan loves seeing transformation in individual adults and adolescents with all of life’s struggles and opportunities, as well as couples seeking support with addiction challenges. 

Donna Siller, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Individual and Family Psychotherapy

Schaumburg Location

Ext. 402

Donna received her masters degree in social work from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She has over 25 years experience as an adult and couples psychotherapist in private practice, primary care and community based settings. Donna uses holistic and flexible therapy approaches to best meet the needs of her clients including cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, interpersonal and solution focused therapies.  She strives to help clients manage life stressors and identify and reach their goals by working through barriers, learning new skills and making positive changes in order to create a fulfilling and joyous life.

Donna works with an array of life issues including anxiety, fear, depression, relationships, communication, parenting, divorce, grief and loss, mid-life and geriatric issues, caregiver stress, work difficulties, adjustment to physical health problems, anger management and improving self-esteem/confidence.   She is also experienced in working with military families and providing faith based counseling to those clients who request it.

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.

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.

Kelsey Wodka, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Resident
Child, Adolescent, Adult and Family Psychotherapy
Psychological Testing
Schaumburg and Crystal Lake locations
Ext. 404
Kelsey Wodka, M.A., is a clinical therapist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Kelsey works from a strengths-based and collaborative approach to help individuals and families. Kelsey believes in balance with family work by helping the child or adolescent and involving parents in treatment in order to create lasting change within the family system. Kelsey is effective at working with individuals and families with anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioral problems, academic concerns, and parent management strategies. In addition, Kelsey is trained in health psychology. She incorporates health-related concepts in her clinical work such as improving sleep issues, diet and exercise, and management of chronic medical conditions. Kelsey provides pyschological testing to help children, adolescents, and adults to assess intelligence, learning abilities, academic concerns, ADHD assessments, and to clarify clinical diagnoses.

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.
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