Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being

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About

The Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being is . . .

A therapeutic resource for those looking to find balance in a busy life, achieve personal growth, prevent and reduce stress, or strengthen personal relationships.

A contemporary counseling center for those seeking direction in the midst of chaos, loss, grief, or trauma.

Centrally located on Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue and housed in a beautiful century-old building, the Replogle Center offers individual counseling, therapeutic resources, free classes, and events in a calming environment that provides respite from the challenges of daily life.

For more than forty years, the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being has provided 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, LCPC
Carolyn Campbell, LCSW
Susan Cornelius, LCSW
Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD
Nancy Karen, LCSW
Jacob Kaufman, JD, MA, M.A., LPC
Amy Markkley, MSW
Rabbi Ruth Mayer, MDiv, PsyD, Spiritual Director
John Moulder, MSW, MDiv, MMus, LCSW
Susan Schemper, LPC, LCPC, Spiritual Counselor
Sarah Sievert, MA, LPC
BIll Singerman, M.Ed., MA, LPC
Roger Thomson, PhD

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, LCPC
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, 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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Nancy Karen, LCSW
Nancy Karen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She uses an integrative approach to weave together techniques of many modalities in helping clients find their best selves. She believes that many of us have life obstacles, formed in our early years, that can be explored and overcome through psychotherapy. 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.

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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Jacob Kaufman, M.A. Counseling
Jacob Kaufman worked in the fields of law and real estate for twenty years. During that time, he realized that his great joy came supporting the growth of people he encountered. Since then he has graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in mental health counseling. He now devotes his professional time to supporting clients in their movement toward growth and healing.

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Amy Markley, MSW
Amy Markley is passionate about using the work of therapy to help people forge stronger, more fulfilling connections both with those they love and with their own innermost longings and desires. Amy believes much of this work comes from making friends with our emotions in all their intensity and harnessing the power of co-regulation and self-regulation to live lives of greater meaning, purpose, and joy. Amy has expertise working with people coping with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, developmental trauma, ADHD, twice-exceptionality, Asperger’s, body shame, parenting, infertility, and sexual dysfunction.
Amy earned her MSW from Loyola University Chicago after working for more than a decade in advertising and as an attorney. While at Loyola, Amy interned at the YWCA Rape Crisis Center in Addison, Illinois, and she conducted field research on the sexual assault of migrant women in transit. She and her husband are the parents of three children. Supporting parents in parenting with greater self-compassion and attunement are one of the many joys of her work.

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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.

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John Moulder, MSW, MDiv, MMus, LSW
John is a general practitioner, who works with adults. While he draws on contemporary psychodynamic and humanistic perspectives, and skills derived from CBT, DBT and ACT, his approach is essentially person-centered. Grounded in 25 years of experience as a pastoral counselor, John works collaboratively with clients to establish a relationship built on trust and respect, which honors personal uniqueness and fosters reverence for one’s life. His practice includes those wishing to address anxiety, depression, grief and loss, spiritual concerns, loneliness, relationship issues, identity and LGBTQ issues, anger management, substance use, trauma, physical and sexual abuse as well as life transitions and vocational discernment. In the context of a relationship marked by empathy, openness, and a measure of humor, John works collaboratively as a therapeutic ally, supporting clients’ personal healing and evolution. Being a composer and jazz guitarist himself, John spent many years counseling musicians, artists and other creatives interested and involved in the arts. He sees therapy as analogous to the dialogue inherent in music, involving a soulful conversation that opens up new possibilities for wholeness, self-love, understanding, creativity, relationships and personal growth.

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Susan Schemper, LPC, LCPC, 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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Sarah Sievert, MA, LPC
Welcoming a variety of clients with a collaborative approach, Sarah combines mindful self-compassion and traditional methods to offer tailored, unique support to individuals and couples. Her international experience and integration of nonviolent communication (NVC) make Sarah an ambassador for change with over 15 years of multicultural and LGBTQIA+ advocacy. She believes that by connecting with what truly matters inside of us, we grow ourselves and our world. Her psychodynamic approach is supported with EMT (emotion-focused therapy), ACT (action and commitment therapy), and MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) in the healing of depression, anxiety, and trauma. In this safe space she also explores life transitions and relationships with self and others. Sarah values curiosity, kindness, and acceptance in a shared exploration of human wholeness.

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Bill Singerman, MA
Bill Singerman holds two masters degrees - one in clinical counseling and psychotherapy from the Institute of Clinical Social Work, and another in education from Bank Street College of Education. Bill provides individual therapy for adults and leads groups, as well. While the foundation of his practice is psychodynamic, Bill's approach is integrative, one in which different therapeutic modalities are interwoven to meet the needs of the unique client. Bill's clinical interests include helping individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar disorder, spiritual concerns, and LGBTQAI+ issues. A former middle school humanities teacher at a progressive, independent school, he especially enjoys working with individuals in the helping professions and arts.

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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.