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Dr. Nefertiti Nowell, MS PHD NCC LCPC
Seeking help is a powerful step to improving your quality of life.  Talking to someone about whatever your concerns are is something that almost anyone can benefit from, but many people are afraid to reach out.  If you are considering therapy or coaching, I applaud you, and I really do want to help you find what you need to feel POWERFUL and help you develop the tools to have peace in your life.
I enjoy working with diverse clients, and have treated patients on the inpatient as well as outpatient basis.  I began providing therapy in 1996, and  have worked full time in several local hospitals before deciding to work full time in outpatient private practice.  Though I work with many populations, I enjoy helping individuals with issues of trauma as well as working with couples.  I work with all age ranges and have helped clients with a range of diagnosis.    I use a variety of  techniques, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and EMDR.  I am also a Certified Hypnotist and a trained mediator.

Jennifer Bialek, M.S. LCPC CADC NCC
I value each client both as an individual and as an active participant in providing the very best healthcare. Please feel free to ask questions to make the best decision by letting me know how you best learn information, and by sharing how you are responding to your treatment. I look forward to creating a therapeutic partnership with you.

Jennifer Bialek is currently servicing Nowell and Associates Counseling Firm and has previously provided services as a practicing therapist at the Adult Chemical Dependency Unit at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Ms. Bialek earned her BA in Human Services/Psychology, and MS in Human Services Counseling from National-Louis University. Jennifer is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois, a certified, a member of the American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts,  and a NCC.

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Anjali Soni, MA, PsyD

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with ten years of experience in providing residential and outpatient treatment.  I obtained my Masterís Degree in Counseling Psychology and Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois.  My clinical experiences include working with clients dealing with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, and anger management problems.  My goal in individual, group, and family therapy is to teach clients the tools they need to find balance and maintain healthy behavior.   I utilize Adlerian and Cognitive-Behavioral techniques to help individuals solve problems and obtain a greater understanding of their thoughts, symptoms, and behavior.  I am sensitive to cultural diversity and the role that culture, family systems, and the environment play in an individualís perception of the world.  I speak Hindi fluently and am able to understand Punjabi.   I am looking forward to meeting new people and providing a safe, trusting environment for my clients.

  Dr. Chandarana Dr. P. Chandarana, M.D.
Dr. Paragini Chandarana is a well-respected thorough psychiatrist known for her directness.  She believes that patients can handle the truth with an open mind and willingness to make the necessary adjustments to modify their behavior, as necessary.  Dr. Chandarana believes in the team approach, with the individual being the largest part of the team.  This collaboration between client and clinician, often helps people to make the adjustments or modifications needed enabling them to have a successful outcome as they navigate life's challenges. Dr. Chandarana is caring, concerned and interested in the individual who is ready to move toward any improvement in his or her life.  Dr. Chandara currently treats a myriad concerns in those ages 13 years or older and wants realistic improvement as much as her clients.
  Dr. Rubeena Mian, M.D. 
Dr. Rubeena Mian is a psychiatrist practicing for many years and is trained in adult psychiatry.  Dr. Mian is approachable, understanding and compassionate, here and now, straightforward and thorough.  She evaluates and screens well for medication management and various types of therapies and will refer patient for appropriate therapies.  It is our pleasure to have her here at Nowell and Associates Counseling Firm.  Dr. Mian also works with and takes interest in womenís mental health, pregnancy and postpartum issues, infertility and hormone-related conditions and changes.  Dr. Mian treats ages from young adult starting at 17 years old and upwards.  Please call the office for an appointment with Dr. Mian as she will be eager to serve you.
Dr. Thomas J. Murphy, Ph.D

Dr. Thomas J. Murphy is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Illinois. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. Murphy did his internship at Jesse Brown VA Hospital and Children's Memorial Hospital. He was employed at Hines VA Hospital from 1974 to 2010 in which he provided psychological assessments and psychotherapy to veterans.
For the past couple of years Dr. Murphy has been employed in Private Practice and has provided psychological services to residents at Meadowbrook Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Dr. Murphy is now providing counseling to couples and individuals at Nowell and Associates Counseling Firm and will also be starting a Menís Group at Nowell and Associates.
Darren Nowell,  MSEE

Darren Nowell has over 20 years of corporate and career/resume consulting experience.  Over the years he has worked with several Fortune 500 companies and reviewed hundreds of resumes as a hiring manager.  Mr. Nowell has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Ryan Kerzman, Psy.D.

Dr. Ryan Kerzman, Psy.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. He has ten years of experience treating patients struggling with psychological, neurological, and emotional difficulties. He has worked in multiple mental health settings, including adult and pediatric inpatient hospital units, an intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program for families and adolescents, and in private practice. Dr. Kerzman works with individuals across the lifespan, is trained to diagnose and treat all psychological diagnoses, and is trained in the effective use of multiple psychotherapeutic interventions (i.e., family systems, relational, attachment, interpersonal, CBT/DBT/ACT, and client-centered). He earned his M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family and Couples Therapy at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Kerzman utilizes a multidimensional approach that considers the various factors contributing to oneís present state, including: oneís personal psychology; personal and occupational life experiences; personal and family relationship patterns; personal and family health history; dietary/nutritional habits and needs; exercise routine; and sleep hygiene. He believes that all these factors are interconnected and, therefore, treating any of these areas has the potential to simultaneously treat other areas. Dr. Kerzmanís training allows him to deliver various treatment modalities, including: individual therapy; couples therapy; family therapy; play therapy; group therapy; mindfulness training; biofeedback training; and neurofeedback training. He believes adjusting the use of psychotherapeutic interventions and treatment modalities to meet the needs of his patients provides the best chance for optimal treatment outcomes.

Although Dr. Kerzman is trained to diagnose and treat all psychological disorders, he finds working with adults, adolescents, and children who experience relationship difficulties related to their presenting symptoms (i.e., depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, oppositionality, ADHD symptoms, and inconsistent mood states) especially rewarding. Such difficulties include in partner/spouse relationships, parent-child relationship (ranging from children who are extremely defiant to children who appear overly attached), teacher-student relationships, familial relationships, work relationships, and oneís relationship to herself/himself. Further, his psychotherapeutic approach is primarily derived from family systems and neuroaffective attachment theories. These theories emphasize helping patients to identify and address problematic interaction patterns that are contributing to psychological symptomology and to help explain how these patterns impact neurological development that contribute to the maintenance of these problems. Additionally, he understands how deeply personal and often difficult the therapeutic process can be and believes it is critical to incorporate lightheartedness and humor into treatment. Most importantly, Dr. Kerzman believes that his empathic, compassionate, open-minded, understanding and authentic nature is an essential component of the efficacy of the treatment he provides.

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