Lorene Replogle Counseling Center

Services | Hours | Appointments and Fees | Educational Seminars
Ongoing Events | Spiritual Direction | Staff
| Remembering John Boyle

The Lorene Replogle Counseling Center is Fourth Presbyterian Church’s response to the mental health needs of its congregation and community. The Center’s unique blend of staff from a variety of disciplines enables it to respond to individuals’ concerns. This response is enhanced by the Center’s role as a ministry of Fourth Church, which means that all spiritual issues are valued and all religious orientations respected.

The Counseling Center was established in 1976 by Founding Director John Boyle and through the support of Luther I. Replogle, a long-time member and officer of Fourth Presbyterian Church, and named in honor of his wife, Lorene. Since its founding, the Center has expanded its range of services, growing in both size of staff and number of persons seeking help. The Center derives its support from fees, ongoing contributions, and the support of the mission budget of Fourth Presbyterian Church.


  • Individual and couples counseling
  • Short-term support groups
  • Assessment and referral for persons not sure what they need
    or how to find an appropriate resource for their concerns
  • Educational seminar series on topics of general concern
  • Bimonthly premarital seminars and premarital counseling

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9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Appointments may be made weekdays in the daytime and evening, with some Saturday hours.

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Appointments and Fees

Those wishing to schedule an appointment are asked to call the Counseling Center at 312.787.8425. A member of the staff will discuss the caller’s concerns, explain our services, make recommendations, and determine the fee. Once this has occurred, the caller will be assigned to a therapist, and an initial appointment can be made.

Clients are expected to take financial responsibility for services received. Fees are determined primarily by the client’s resources; in many instances, counseling services are included in your insurance coverage.

If you have Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage, we can file the paperwork for you.

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Educational Seminars

Life 2.0: How to Take Work, Relationships, Health, and Spirituality
   in Your 20s and Early 30s to the Next Level

   Saturday, February 22
   12:00 noon–5:30 p.m.: Conference
   5:30–6:30 p.m.: Social Hour

Decisions, work, relationships, health, and spirituality have a crucial impact on the quality of your future. What happens in your 20s will influence the rest of your life. This conference will help you identify areas in your life you can change and give you the tools to do so. Come connect with others who are curious about taking their lives to the next level!

Details, including registration information, are available here.

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Mindfulness and Meditation
Led by Rabbi Ruth Durchslag and Nesita Kwan

   Wednesdays, February 5–March 5, 2014
   6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
   Third Floor Conference Room of Parish House

Are you stressed and overextended, longing for stillness and calm? The Lorene Replogle Counseling Center is offering a five-week class on mindfulness and meditation. Using movement and breath along with stories and interactive experiences, participants will explore ways to achieve a strong and grounded inner space. Together we will study some of the foundational aspects of meditation practice, including compassion, suffering, gratitude, and equaninimity.

This course is open to beginners as well as experienced practitioners.

There is a fee of $175 for this class. Registration (in advance) is required.
To register, call the Counseling Center at 312.787.8425 by Thursday, January 30.
Limited scholarships are available.

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Led by Vicky Curtiss

   Saturday, February 15, 2014
   Third Floor Conference Room of Parish House
   9:00–9:45 a.m.: Introduction for first-time beginners
   10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon: Card creation and group readings

Discover more about yourself and have fun in the process by making SoulCollages®. Using images from magazines and calendars, participants will create their own SoulCollage® cards in this seminar and learn how to access their inner wisdom by interpreting their cards individually or in groups. SoulCollage®
cards can help deal with grief, illness, recovery issues, and self-awareness. Creating
and “reading” these cards taps people’s creativity, gives them self-care, and is just plain fun!

Some people have created a deck of SoulCollage® cards and have a daily practice of drawing one or two cards and letting the messages from their cards accompany them more consciously through their day. All materials will be provided, and
instruction will be given for the ongoing use of SoulCollage®.

Those who have already had an introduction to SoulCollage® may arrive at 10:00 a.m.

Vicky Curtiss is Associate Pastor for Mission at Fourth Church, a trained SoulCollage® facilitator, and certified spiritual director.

There is a fee of $50 for three hours or $35 for two hours of this seminar.
To register, call the Counseling Center at 312.787.8425. Space is limited. Scholarships are available.

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Foto Yoga Seminar
Led by Tom Schemper, Director of the LRCC

   Tuesday, March 4 or Monday, March 24
   7:30–9:00 p.m.

At your core is knowledge and wisdom that you can use to advance your life and accomplish personal growth goals. There are many forces that interfere with your ability to access this important information. This seminar allows you to bring a question or issue to a process that will facilitate accessing personal wisdom about what to do next, and it may also give insight as to what is holding you back.

Foto Yoga was developed by Tom Schemper and uses photographic images and a guided process of reflection. It deepens knowledge and ability to take you where you are called to go.

There are two opportunities to attend this seminar: Tuesday, March 4 and Monday, March 24. Participants need only attend one session.

There is a fee of $25 for this seminar. To register, call the Counseling Center at 312.787.8425. Space is limited. Scholarships are available.

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Embodied Meditation: Advanced Class
Led by Jon Hansen and Whitney Logan

For more information, call the Counseling Center at 312.787.8425.

Jon Hansen is a life coach and spiritual mentor who has trained extensively with Judith Blackstone. He is a fully certified realization process teacher.  

Whitney Logan is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher who specializes in helping people discover how their psychology manifests in the body. She is certified to facilitate all the psychological components of the realization process.

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“Mindful Parenting”: A Monthly Series for Parents
Led by Sue Schemper, educator and spiritual director

   Second Sundays of the month
   9:30–10:30 a.m.
   Room 4G of the Gratz Center

“Mindful Parenting” is a monthly series centered on mindful, creative, and effective parenting. Participants will explore a variety of topics, such as discipline techniques that develop responsibility to creating a family culture that supports each member in becoming who God intends them to be. The format of each session will be thought-provoking and interactive.

Hosted by the Lorene Replogle Counseling Center, in collaboration with Children, Youth, and Family Ministry, sessions will be led by Sue Schemper, a spiritual director and an educator who has worked for more than thirty-five years with children, parents, and teachers. She is the parent of Ben, Jake, and Pete, her most influential teachers on the subject of parenting.

This series is free for participants.

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Ongoing Events

A Grief Support Group for those dealing with significant losses convenes at the Counseling Center. For more information, call Sharon at 312.787.8425.

The premarital seminar
which is offered five times a year, provides couples the opportunity to learn and practice some of the most important skills necessary to building a healthy marital relationship that will endure and grow.

For more information, download a copy of our premarital seminar brochure or call the Lorene Replogle Counseling Center at 312.787.8425.

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Spiritual Direction

Stopping at a gas station or consulting MapQuest or GPS is often sufficient to keep us, quite literally, on the right road as we travel from place to place these days. For the “inner journey,” assistance may also be needed in recognizing and understanding the signposts that guide us to our most authentic selves and to God’s presence within us and our life experiences. It is for this reason that the ministry of Spiritual Direction developed centuries ago.

What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction is an ongoing conversation between a trained director/companion and a person seeking self-knowledge and an understanding of what the Spirit invites that person to do with his/her life. Through regular private meetings, the seeker is invited to relate, integrate, and embrace his/her inner and outer life experiences and attend to elements of both the conscious and unconscious. The seeker is invited to do this in order to recognize the movement of God in these events; and to respond in a way that leads to greater compassion, freedom and mission. The ultimate goal for the individual is to gain a conscious awareness of and participation in the ongoing dialogue with God that gives meaning to life.

Who are Spiritual Directors?
Spiritual Directors are trained and experienced in listening deeply. By attending to a person’s story, they are often able to point to significant issues or moments in a particular life that open the seeker to the leading and healing power of the Holy Spirit.

Spiritual Directors
Rabbi Ruth Durchslag, Psy.D.
Susan Schemper, Certified Spiritual Director, M.Ed.

What can I expect?
Meetings are normally 50 minutes once a month, though initially you may want to meet twice a month. There is a fee (sliding scale fee schedule based on need is available). The director provides a safe and confidential space for you to share your story. In your first meeting, information will be sought as to what you desire in spiritual direction. Spiritual direction is not counseling, therapy, pastoral counseling, coaching, or mentoring. It may, at times, seem to overlap with some of what takes place in these other “helping professions,” but each of them has a different focus and unique purpose. Spiritual Direction does not involve telling one how to act or pray in a particular way and is inherently respectful of the uniqueness of each individual and various faith traditions. Spiritual direction will focus on your relationship with God, yourself, and others, prayer, reflection, discernment, spiritual growth, obstacles and resistance.

How do I make an appointment?
Spiritual Direction appointments can be scheduled by calling the Counseling Center at 312.787.8425.

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Lorene Replogle Counseling Center Staff

Thomas Schemper, Ph.D., Director
Elise Magers, M.Div., L.C.P.C., Assistant Director
Whitney Belcher, Psy.D.
Carolyn Campbell, L.C.S.W.
Nicole Chmela, L.P.C.
Kerry Cochrane, L.C.S.W.
Nathalie Collins, J.D., L.C.S.W.
Susan Cornelius, L.C.S.W.
Rabbi Ruth Durchslag, Psy.D.
Bethany Elston, M.S.W.
Maureen Garvey, L.C.P.C.
Carl Greer, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Mary Jo Hubick, L.C.P.C.
Nancy Karen, L.C.S.W.
Rachael Miller, L.C.P.C.
Susan Millner, M.Ed., L.C.S.W.
Susan Schemper, M.Ed., Spiritual Director
Roger Thomson, Ph.D.

Founding Director: John H. Boyle

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