Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being

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About

As a Chicago institution, the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being has a thirty-seven year tradition of providing professional, caring, and holistic counseling and therapeutic services to those in need. We offer uniquely diverse care from a team of experienced therapists representing a broad array of backgrounds, spiritual traditions, and training. The Replogle Center is a welcoming and safe environment. Our attention to detail and ability to help clients find their own path to healing distinguishes our care.

We are open to all and serve a wide-ranging population inclusive in race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and religious or spiritual points of reference. The Replogle Center is connected to a referral network to ensure that all those who come to us for therapeutic care or counseling services get the most appropriate help and support.

Replogle Center services are offered on a sliding scale. Professional development and events are offered in as affordable a manner as possible. Scholarships are sometimes available based on need. We provide the same high level of excellent, compassionate care to all of our clients.


History

Founded in 1976 through the support of Luther I. Replogle, and named in honor of his wife, the Counseling Center was established to help meet the mental health needs of the community. Since its founding, the Replogle Center has grown in the range of services offered and clients served, with healing and well-being always remaining at the core of our mission.

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Mission

Grounded in God’s love, we are committed to being a place where people of all backgrounds can experience growth, healing, transformation, and well-being. Utilizing counseling, education, self-care training, and spiritual direction, we strive to empower all whom we serve so that they might live their lives to their highest potential.

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Staff

Our team is made up of clinicians, spiritual directors, and students in clinical psychology, pastoral counseling, and social work and is made stronger by diversity in training, spiritual backgrounds, and approaches to healing.

Thomas Schemper, PhD, Director
Elise Magers, MDiv, LCPC, Assistant Director
Margaret M. Brennan, DMin, LPC
Carolyn Campbell, LCSW
Susan Cornelius, LCSW
Maureen Garvey, LCPC, Spiritual Director
Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD
Nancy Heap, LCSW
Mary Jo Hubick, LCPC
Nancy Karen, LCSW
Luke Lusk, LCPC
Rabbi Ruth Mayer, MDiv, Spiritual Director
Susan Millner, L.CSW
Susan Schemper, LPC, Spiritual Counselor
Roger Thomson, PhD
Kate Wester, RSMT, CYT, MA
Allyson Wolcott, MA, LCPC

Founding Director: John H. Boyle


—Who We Are—

Thomas Schemper, PhD, Director
Dr. Schemper writes: “I am often asked, ‘how can you listen to people’s problems all day long?’ That’s not how I view what I do. I am entrusted with the stories of individuals who have the courage and desire to understand, heal and change their life and thereby their stories. It is an interactive creative process and I enjoy my work!”

Dr. Schemper holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Northwestern University.  He works with adults and specializes in relationship problems, marital counseling, spiritual issues, and the treatment of depression and anxiety. His practice also focuses on the challenges and opportunities related to middle and later life, including the redefining of one’s sense of vocation in the middle years.

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Elise Magers, MDiv, LCPC, Assistant Director
As the Assistant Director of the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, Ms. Magers has been a pastoral psychotherapist and administrator, working with individual adults and couples for thirty years. After studying with marital experts and researchers, she developed and leads the Premarital Saturday Seminars in Prepare Enrich at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

A high priority is to help clients rebuild self-esteem, enabling them to rediscover inner strengths and balance. The work is a collaborative process focused on developing strategies that encourage innate wholeness and unlocking resilience. Elise has earned an MA from McCormick Theological Seminary and Loyola University of Chicago with post-graduate training in a variety of disciplines. She began her professional life as a contract interior designer after earning a bachelor’s degree in interior design and art history from the University of Minnesota.

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Margaret M. Brennan, DMin, LPC
Ms. Brennan is a licensed professional counselor. She believes each of us has a unique purpose in life. As we discover that purpose and express it in the world, we experience greater engagement, joy, and peace in our relationships, in our work, and in our own hearts. Because we all encounter situations and experiences that cloud or thwart our ability to realize our potential, we need companions and guides on the journey. Margaret understands therapy as an effective, rewarding way to explore who we are called to be, to understand what impedes our growth, and to actualize our potential and desire for a fulfilling life. She is person-centered and draws on psychodynamic principles as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction practices. Her practice is informed by her background in literature, theology, and ministry as well as psychology.

She has an MA in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University, Chicago, and a DMin from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

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Carolyn Campbell, MSW, LCSW
Ms. Campbell believes life is a process and feels it is an honor and a privilege to be invited by clients to be part of their journey. Every person has a life story and that story matters. We all grow up in an environment that is influenced by politics, religion, race, ethnicity, and economics. We develop patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving in that environment that enable us to survive and thrive. Some of these patterns give us our strengths, but some no longer work in adulthood and create problems in our relationships and general functioning. Ms. Campbell sees her role in therapy as helping identify cognitively those patterns that no longer work and gradually replace these patterns with more positive, productive ones. She strives to develop a positive therapeutic relationship including empathy, compassion, understanding, and respect to facilitate the healing process. She works with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and issues from childhood. Ms. Campbell has a psychodynamic base but also includes object relations theory, self psychology, ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), and mindfulness. She is open to discussing faith if a client is so inclined.

She has more than forty years of experience as a psychotherapist and has been with the Replogle Center since 1978. Ms. Campbell has served as a second-year field instructor for Loyola Graduate School of Social Work for twenty-five years. She holds a master’s in social work from Loyola University Graduate School of Social Work, Chicago, and is a board-certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work.

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Susan Cornelius, LCSW
Ms. Cornelius has worked as a psychotherapist for more than thirty years and is continually impressed with the internal resources, resilience, and strength each individual possesses. Her role in the healing process is to provide the guidance and support needed to help clients discover their natural ability to repair a sense of wellness. She sees this work as a partnership. Suffering is an aspect of our common human experience; Ms. Cornelius begins from the premise that we all can find transformation through suffering and can experience growth and healing. Yet at times we can feel trapped and helpless; she uses psychotherapy as a tool to help clients move from being stuck in personal struggle to finding new strength and restored resilience.

Ms. Cornelius holds a master of social work from Loyola University Chicago. She completed a two-year graduate-level training program in marriage and family counseling at the Family Institute of Chicago, which is affiliated with Northwestern University. She also completed the clinical externship program in structural, strategic models of marriage and family therapy at the Institute for Juvenile Research, which is affiliated with University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been on staff at the Replogle Center since 1990. Read reflections by Susan on our blog.

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Maureen Garvey, LCPC, Spiritual Director
Ms. Garvey provides individual and couple’s counseling, presents premarital seminars, and co-leads the Replogle Center’s Grief Group. She encourages her clients on a journey of self-discovery through deep listening and gentle guidance and believes her clients’ capacity for insight makes her profession a joy and a privilege. She has participated in several rotations at Loyola Hospital’s Sexual Dysfunction Clinic and completed the Level I Gottman Couples Therapy Training. Ms. Garvey, who is a certified EMDR therapist, using eye movements or other bilateral stimulation to assist clients in processing distressing memories and beliefs, is most passionate about helping people heal from trauma.

Ms. Garvey came to the counseling profession after working as a registered nurse for many years. She attended Loyola University and earned a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling in 2005. In her volunteer time, Ms. Garvey and her husband present retreats involving spiritual outreach and renewal for veterans and their families.

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Nancy Heap, LCSW
Ms. Heap is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her psychotherapy practice combines evidence-based modalities such as CBT and EMDR with a psycho-spiritual approach that incorporates mindfulness techniques, guided imagery, and other complementary practices. She is committed to working with clients on achieving their ideal of personal growth and fulfillment. 

Her interest and experience includes the treatment of depression, anxiety, life transitions, and stress management. She has worked extensively with health care professionals in the areas of burnout, compassion fatigue, and the inherent stress of a healing role. Nancy also has a special interest in providing clinical supervision to new practitioners.

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Mary Jo Hubick, LCPC
Ms. Hubick’s style of counseling reflects a willingness to meet clients wherever they are and collaboratively work toward their goals. She believes we all have resources within to draw upon but sometimes need a “third ear” to help make sense and meaning out of the difficulties and challenges that we are presented with throughout life. Ms. Hubick uses an eclectic style, drawing on several approaches—believing “one size does not fit all”—and acknowledging the importance of the counseling relationship. Her work incorporates the aspects of mind, body, and spirit and the relevance each of those plays in healing wounds, learning about oneself, forming healthy relationships, and creating the most meaningful life we are able. She works with individuals and couples.

She holds a master’s in pastoral counseling from Loyola University Chicago and has studied group psychotherapy, grief counseling, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly Curriculum, ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), and other mindfulness approaches. Ms. Hubick has completed the Gottman Level 1 Couples Counseling Training.

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Nancy Karen, LCSW
Before becoming a psychotherapist, Ms. Karen worked in the field of information technology for thirty years. She gained experience working for Fortune 500 companies in a variety of management and technical positions and rose to the position of Chief Information Officer of a large firm. In 2007, Ms. Karen decided that she wanted to move into a “helping” profession and studied for her master of social work degree in clinical social work. Her first internship was at the Behavioral Health Department of St. Francis Hospital in Evanston and her second was with the Replogle Center in Chicago. She now works with adults and couples.

Ms. Karen earned her BA from Vassar College, an MS from Columbia University graduate School of Business, and her MSW with a clinical concentration from Loyola University Chicago.

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Luke Lusk, LCPC
Mr. Lusk is a general practitioner who provides care to adolescent and adult clients in individual and group therapy. He has previous experience in a hospital-based partial hospitalization program and works with anxiety, depression, grief, spiritual concerns, and LGBTQ issues. He seeks to apply research-supported therapy with a caring, individualized approach. A teacher at heart, he helps clients to not only learn about themselves but also master practical skills. Mr. Lusk utilizes a psychodynamic approach combined with skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

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Rabbi Ruth Mayer, PsyD
, Spiritual Director
Rabbi Ruth Mayer spent much of her professional life as a psychologist. For twelve years she had a private practice specializing in long-term adult psychotherapy. As an expression of her personal journey and to deepen her spiritual life, Rabbi Mayer began pursuing a path in the rabbinate and was ordained in 2008. She sees clients in therapy and spiritual direction, accompanying people as they seek a path to deeper meaning and spiritual connection to their lives.

Rabbi Mayer earned a BA from Yale University, a PsyD from Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and an MBA from Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. She was ordained at Hebrew Seminary in Chicago. Read reflections by Rabbi Mayer on our blog.

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Susan Schemper, LPC, Spiritual Counselor
Ms. Schemper is a licensed professional counselor and a spiritual director. She brings the gifts of deep listening and the creation of a sacred space to individuals who are seeking insight and connection for the purpose of becoming more fully their authentic self. She received training at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership and Loyola University. She offers experiential therapy using the techniques of EMDR, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, and Developmental Needs Meeting Strategies and has been trained to integrate energetic and holistic techniques used by healers and shamans around the world.

Ms. Schemper considers herself to be a curious, lifelong learner and appreciates the journey of walking with others as they explore and integrate different parts of themselves in order to be more fully conscious and whole. In addition to therapy and spiritual direction, she works with schools, teachers, parents, and children as a teacher, trainer, and parenting coach. Her passion has been the human potential to become more fully who God calls one to be, through education, insight, healing practices, and transformation.

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Kate Wester, RSMT, CYT, MA
Kate is a teacher and integrative therapist who helps people to connect to their inner resources, authenticity and sense of purpose to more comfortably manage life’s challenges. Her approach combines body-centered, contemplative and expressive arts practices to support the recovery of a client’s innate resilience and to strengthen their capacities to manage anxiety, depression, shame, and loneliness through increased self-compassion, self-trust, and spirituality.

A mind/body practitioner for more than twenty-five years, Kate encourages the cultivation of somatic awareness, mindfulness and empathy to shift perspective, perceive options and enhance confidence in decision-making so that clients regain a sense of wholeness, trust in their own self-sufficiency and engage more fully and purposefully in their lives. Kate is also passionate about the potential of neuroscience and interpersonal relationship to both heal trauma and harness potential.

Currently, Kate works with individual adults and couples and leads workshops in self-care and stress management. She has a Masters of Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, is a Certified Yoga Teacher, and is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist

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Allyson Wolcott, MA, LCPC
Ms. Wolcott provides psychotherapy for adults, children, couples, and families. Her practice includes work with anxiety and depression, grief and loss, and spiritual concerns and interests. She specializes in working with women in times of crisis or transition. Ms. Wolcott also has extensive experience in marital and premarital counseling.

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Graduate Education at Replogle: Internships and Fellowships

The Replogle Center offers educational opportunities through internships and fellowships in support of graduate education. We have built a trusted reputation of excellence for graduate education in Chicago. Many Replogle Center alumni we trained now work across the globe helping to alleviate suffering and promote healing and transformation.

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Attend a Replogle Event

Find out about and register for upcoming Replogle Center events here. Have a question about a Replogle event? Email us at reploglecenter@fourthchurch.org

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Replogle Counseling Center
I found comfort in a dear spirit who focuses on the moment and listens so intently... There is nothing like an actual connection with someone who is listening to your story. They helped me break out of the anger and resentment, and the Counseling Center was part of a safety net providing a real life-preserver.