Dr. Nefertiti Nowell, MS PHD NCC LCPC

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.

Anjali Soni, MA, PsyD

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with ten years of experience in providing residential and outpatient treatment.  I obtained my Master’s 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 individual’s 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 women’s 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.


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 Master’s 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 Master’s 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 feel passionate in the work I do with individuals, couples and families as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and a Certified Addiction Counselor. I view my work with clients as a partnership. We each bring expertise to the work we do together: I, through my many years of practice experience and education as a clinician and yours through unique individual life experience. We can achieve the goals you set for yourself as we work through the topics that have kept you from moving forward in a positive direction. My style is supportive yet will challenge you to look deeper at the issues that have been identified with oneself, relationships and/or in your career path. Life is a journey with many twists and turns that sometimes can hold us back from getting where we would like to be in our life. I welcome beginning this exploration together.

As for my background, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa, my Master’s degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University and my post graduate certificate in couple and family work from the Family Institute/Northwestern University.

I believe in work-life balance, so when I am not working I am either reading, tending to my family, or playing hockey.

Leah Travers-Pucci, LCSW

I have over 20 years of experience working with children, teens, and families within the school, community, and private practice settings. As we know, life presents many challenges and my goal is to build an open and honest therapeutic relationship with you, or your loved one, to establish a safe environment for personal exploration and growth. As a licensed school social worker I am also able to assist in navigating/advocating in the school setting with 504’s and IEP’s.

My experiences include extensive work in the area’s of emotional disabilities, depression, ADHD & anxiety, self-esteem, self-harm, and issues related to life’s disruptions and dissatisfaction. Let’s face these challenges together so you are able to build the life you deserve.

I provide excellent clinical services and have a holistic approach; issues don’t exist in a bubble & impact all area’s of our lives. You will be treated with the utmost respect and care. Don’t go on one more day without the clinical support and dedication I will provide.

Elizabeth Mika, M.A., L.C.P.C. 
Elizabeth Mika, M.A., L.C.P.C. has close to 30 years of experience doing counseling and therapeutic work with children, adolescents, adults and couples. Her interests include creativity and mental health; learning differences and learning styles; multiple exceptionalities; and emotional, moral and spiritual development.
I believe that each of us has a unique purpose in life and that realizing this purpose is what gives our life meaning. Our traumas, fears, anxieties, depressions, inner conflicts, and other emotional difficulties are part of our growth through self-discovery and finding our life’s purpose. Such difficulties are opportunities for transformation: when properly understood and addressed, they lead to positive change and a greater sense of empowerment and well being. In my counseling and therapeutic work, which included populations of cancer and psychiatric patients, as well as couples and gifted people of all ages with emotional, learning and other exceptionalities, I focus on helping clients understand and develop their strengths, values and ideals, and use them as vehicles of healing and growth.
Brunilda Martinez Rupp , LCSW  
Bruny  just joined the team.  She brings years of diverse experience.  She has worked with many communities in the Chicago land area.  Her experience encompasses work with adults and adolescents.  She has used family therapy and group therapy and cognitive therapy in her practice.  She has a Masters degree in Gerontology and really enjoys working with senior.   Bruny is bilingual and bicultural and perfectly fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Darrell Troupe Sr. MD
Welcome to the staff of Nowell and Association Counseling Firm ™, Darrell Troupe Sr. MD, a psychiatrist working with many communities for over thirty-five years, that believes the best doctors allow themselves to learn something from their patients, colleagues and family members. Dr. Troupe affirms whether directly or indirectly living with a mental illness or condition education and proper treatment may extend one’s perceived limitations. To achieve a mutual goal, the patient, their family, clinician and psychiatrist work together to combine compassion, education and medication to address the chemical, biological, emotional, psychological, and social imbalances of mental illness. Dr. Troupe’s professional goal is to offer every patient safe, effective medical treatment in coordination with the care of a compassionate therapist and Nowell and Associates.
Stacey Schulte, N.P.

My name is Stacey Schulte, and I am a Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Marquette University College of Nursing in 1992, and obtained my Masters Degree as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in 2013.  Over my career as a nurse, I have acquired many skills in management and treatment of patients and their families. My work experiences have included 7 years in the psychiatric field, as well as home health care, school nursing, office nursing, case management, and medical/oncology nursing. Through these experiences over 26 years of nursing and nurse practitioner experience. I have honed my critical decision making skills and developed the ability to deal with complex situations.  I have taken skills from each area, and used them to become patient focused, caring, and knowledgeable. The case manager role taught me also about being a strong patient advocate, and assisting patients in different areas of need throughout their stay. I have also mentored many new graduate nurses and nurse practitioners, and love sharing experience and knowledge through teaching, to provide a basis to begin their careers.  As a Nurse Practitioner, I have obtained experiences with the surgical population, as well as primary care for the adult-gerontology population. I have now returned to a field that has always had a place in my heart.

As a Nurse Practitioner I strive to promote a reciprocal, respectful relationship with patients, colleagues, and other members of the healthcare team.  I value continuing education to remain current in my practice. I envision promoting a strong relationship with patients and act as an advocate. My belief is to treat all patients as if they are family members, and to carry that forward into all aspects of my career.
Jaslyn Singh LCPC  
It is extremely important that my client’s feel comfortable with me and my work, otherwise therapy becomes a task, not something rewarding or nurturing. Teaching clients how to validate each feeling/emotion, how to sit with feelings and not run away from them is what I do best! I’d love to ask you why is it you may tend to cycle in the same energies and what would happen if you stepped out of it? Would love to hear your response! The way we think affects how we feel and then affects how we behave. I believe that every tear drop has a voice, if your tears had a voice what would they be saying?
I specialize in Self-Injury & Marital counseling and much more! I challenge my clients to a good/healthy session! Ask me about Praynayam, a breathing technique that does wonders for the mind! And ask me about Pranic Healing. Energy Healing is holistic and works wonders!