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.

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
Give up criticism. When we criticize, we say something negative about the person: you are lazy, you are a slob, you are a nag. These remarks are hurtful and often trigger the other person becoming angry and defensive.
-Barbara Fontana, PhD
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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
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Meet Steve Wodka, Psy.D., one of the partners at Personal Growth Associates!
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AD/HD, Anxiety AND College?

Did you ever feel like you just couldn’t stay focused on school work no matter how important it was? Have you struggled with knowing how much time an assignment might take and with being organized with different classes, and ended up putting off things until you missed the deadline, had to turn it in late, or forgot to turn it in at all? Did you feel really stressed about your classes and assignments and maybe worried about life in general? To read more, click here.