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.
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. 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.
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.
JASMIN WALKER, MA LCPC
Ms. Jasmin R. Walker is a Licensed Clinical Therapist (M.A. LCPC), who specializes in therapeutic services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and is fluent in American Sign Language. She has a combined 15 years of experience counseling children with Autism and the Deaf population. Ms. Walker takes a holistic approach to therapy, believing that all parts effect the whole and has had a measured success in the field of Psychology. She has presented at seminars across Illinois informing others about services for specialized populations in the clinical setting. Ms. Walker is a graduate of The Adler School of Professional Psychology and has worked for the Adler Institute on Social Exclusion as a workshop presenter; here she educated others on the culture of systemic denial of equitable opportunities for all which has created an environment of exclusion of those normed outside the status quo. As a form of relaxation, Ms. Walker enjoys the Art of Bonsai and is an active member of the Midwest Bonsai Society.
Angela Jordan, MSW LCSW
Angela Jordan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in therapeutic services for adolescents and adults. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology (AB) from Dartmouth College and a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Loyola University of Chicago. She has 24 years of combined experience in school, hospital, outpatient and residential settings. She specializes in the treatment of the chronically mentally ill via symptom and medication management as well as the strengthening of interpersonal relationships and improving family dynamics. In addition to her practice at Nowell and Associates she is also a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Director at an adult residential facility in Chicago's North Shore Area.
Rhiannon Ray, Psy.D.
I am a post-doctoral psychology intern. I completed my Masterís degree at Loyola University and my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University, Chicago. Clinical areas of interest include identity development, depression, sub-clinical eating disorders, multicultural counseling, domestic violence, self-injury, relationship/couples counseling, student concerns (academic stress, anxiety, depression), and social skills training. I also enjoy working with student-athletes at all different competitive levels. I recognize the utility and importance of both individual and group therapy. Conceptually, I approach therapy integrating psychodynamic, interpersonal, person-centered, and CBT with a multicultural emphasis. I am also trained in psychological testing. As a form of relaxation, I enjoy kickboxing, running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer K. Ferris, LCSW
My main objective is to help clients feel like they are the center of initiative in their own lives: not just reacting to all that impinges upon them, not just doing what other people want them to do all the time and not just feeling at peace when they are all alone. Instead, clients can become the center of their own connections. Since obtaining my Masterís from The University of Chicago in 2006, I have been providing traditional psychotherapy, as well as, utilizing behavioral techniques including CBT and DBT to make sure clients meet their desired outcome goals. This can be done through individual, couples, family, group and mediation sessions to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, social phobias, self-injury, eating disorders, substance use, medical illness and more. I also value working with diverse populations of all ages. I think pets and animals can also help speed recovery while providing necessary comfort and companionship. Currently, I have three dogs that I love to pet, walk, train and just spend time with. I am committed to helping clients be the change they want to see in their lives. It is a challenge to see yourself differently; here you can.
I obtained my Bachelorís Degree in Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago and my Masterís in Clinical Counseling from Concordia University Chicago.
I treat a range of anxiety disorders, including PTSD, OCD, social anxiety, trauma, panic attacks, specific fears and phobias, and generalized worry/anxiety. I have also worked extensively to help clients with substance abuse issues and mood disorders.
I use a blend of solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and person-centered therapies, as well as exposure and response prevention. This approach helps my clients achieve a deeper understanding of their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, allowing them to achieve greater well-being and confidence via a holistic, multifaceted approach.
I strongly believe in taking the stigma away from "going to therapy". No one in this life gets by unscathed, and at some point every human being will go through challenging times. Seeing a therapist can help you cope with a current situation, develop new and improved coping skills, and get a deeper sense of awareness of your thoughts and behaviors. Whether, it's going through a trying time in your life or working on a chronic issue, going to therapy is a helpful, productive outlet with endless benefits.
"We don't grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges"