Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being

The Staff of the Replogle Center

The staff of the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being is honored by the opportunity to make a real difference in our clients’ lives, and we are humbled by those who put their trust in us. We are energized by the healing environment offered here and inspired by the process of helping others to live emotionally healthy and rich lives.

Our staff is made up of clinicians, spiritual directors, and students in clinical psychology, pastoral counseling, and social work. We come together in weekly meetings and daily interactions, creating a true community made stronger by diversity in training, spiritual backgrounds and approaches to healing, and a shared commitment to helping others. Unlike many agencies offering counseling, the Replogle Center team boasts incredible longevity. Interns return to careers that began here, just as clients come back and refer others in need.

We hold ourselves to the highest standards. Our clients come to know that their well-being matters to us. We are present and respectful and honor the preciousness of life and the human spirit. All of our personal journeys have highs and lows, and each of us can connect with sadness and loss. We strive to be the catalyst and be present as people do the work they need to change and heal.

Thomas Schemper, Ph.D., Director
Elise Magers, M.Div., L.C.P.C., Assistant Director
Margaret Brennan, L.P.C.
Carolyn Campbell, L.C.S.W.
Nicole Chmela, L.C.P.C.
Susan Cornelius, L.C.S.W.
Maureen Garvey, L.C.P.C.
Carl Greer, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Nancy Heap, L.C.S.W.
Mary Jo Hubick, L.C.P.C.
Nancy Karen, L.C.S.W.
Luke Lusk, L.C.P.C.
Rabbi Ruth Mayer, Psy.D., Spiritual Director
Susan Millner, L.C.S.W.
Susan Schemper, M.Ed., Spiritual Director
Roger Thomson, Ph.D.

Founding Director: John H. Boyle

—Who We Are—

Thomas Schemper, PhD, Director
Dr. Schemper works with adults and specializes in relationship problems, marital counseling, spiritual issues, and the treatment of depression and anxiety. He is trained in the use of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) for enhancement of performance goals and for resolution of past traumatic experiences. 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. He uses EMDR to help his clients optimize their performance in the areas of business, sports, creative endeavors, and personal growth.

Dr. Schemper has more than twenty-five years of experience helping clients adapt and thrive at critical junctures in their lives. He enjoys the role of functioning as a transition coach for his clients. He helps clients cultivate self-care by being good observers of themselves and their surroundings, asking hard questions, and showing compassion as they try different approaches, stay open to new possibilities, and engage in a process of lasting change.

Dr. Schemper holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Northwestern University.

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Elise Magers, MDiv, LCPC, Assistant Director
Ms. Magers has spent twenty-five years doing pastoral counseling and psychotherapy with individuals and couples struggling with life issues, many of which are rooted in the reconciliation of relationships. She has studied extensively with marital experts and researchers. Ms. Magers leads the Premarital Saturday Seminars in Prepare Enrich at Fourth Presbyterian Church, a program designed to help couples develop a strong and growing relationship.

In her work with individuals, Ms. Magers helps clients to bolster or rebuild self-esteem, enabling them to rediscover inner strengths and balance. Collaboratively, she works with clients to develop strategies to promote wholeness of the human spirit, unlocking their innate, individual resilience.

She holds master’s degrees from McCormick Theological Seminary and Loyola University Chicago and has post-graduate training in Gestalt Therapy, Gottman Marital Therapy, and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) trauma treatment. Ms. Magers began her professional career as an interior designer after earning a BS in interior design and architectural/art history from the University of Minnesota.

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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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Nicole M. Chmela, LCPC

Ms. Chmela is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has master’s degrees in both pastoral studies and pastoral counseling from Loyola University Chicago. She provides individual and group therapy and enjoys working with college students, adults, and couples. Her practice includes work with anxiety and depression, grief and loss, and spiritual concerns and interests. Ms. Chmela utilizes a holistic, integrated approach that attends to the whole person, recognizing the interconnection between mind, body, and spirit. She often uses a mindfulness-based approach with her clients. Her background training as a spiritual director and a yoga instructor inform her practice. In addition, Ms. Chmela completed a clinical rotation at the Sexual Dysfunction Clinic at Loyola University’s Medical School under the direction of internationally recognized sex therapist Domeena Renshaw, MD, MA.

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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

Ms. Garvey provides individual and couples counseling, presents premarital seminars, and co-leads the Replogle Center Grief Group. As a counselor, she helps guide her clients through a journey of discovery to better understand themselves. She strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment to facilitate healing and growth. Ms. Garvey also enjoys working with and learning from multicultural clients. She believes the capacity for insight makes working with her clients, whether male or female, a joy and a privilege.

Ms. Garvey received both her bachelor’s degree in nursing and her master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola University Chicago. She participated in several seven-week rotations with Dr. Domeena Renshaw at Loyola University Hospital’s Sexual Dysfunction Clinic, completed the Level 1 Gottman Couples Therapy Training, and is a certified EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapist for trauma resolution. Ms. Garvey is a licensed clinical professional counselor and is currently pursuing a certification in spiritual guidance from the Sienna Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin (with expected completion in November 2014).

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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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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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Eddie Meyer, MSW
Eddie approaches therapy from the perspective that all people have within themselves an innate drive towards growth. Setbacks and challenges inevitably occur that appear to interfere with this innate process. These challenges may come from internal and external sources and impact our physical, mental, emotional, relational, or spiritual lives. Eddie helps clients by creating a therapeutic environment in which they feel safe to explore their challenges and seek solutions. He is a supportive, empathic, and helpful companion on each client’s personal journey towards increased happiness and growth.

Eddie obtained his master of social work degree from Loyola University Chicago. The theoretical frameworks that inform Eddie’s practice include psychodynamic, self psychology, and CBT, as well as existential psychotherapy. Eddie has experience accompanying clients through issues involving anxiety, depression, relational conflict, grief, trauma, and physical disability, as well as existential and spiritual concerns.

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Susan Schemper, MEd, MASp, Spiritual Director
Sue Schemper has a ministry of spiritual direction at the Replogle Center, where 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. Ms. Schemper considers herself to be a curious and 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 spiritual direction, Sue has worked with schools, teachers, parents, and children as an educator, administrator, trainer, and coach. Her passion has been the human potential to become more fully who God calls one to be, through education, insight, and transformation.

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