During Covid-19, all staff will be providing remote therapy


Dr. Nefertiti Nowell, MS PHD NCC LCPC CLC

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, a trained mediator and Certified Life Coach.
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.

Darren Nowell,  MSEE CLC

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 and is a Certified Life Coach.


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.

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.

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.
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.
Mindy Levin-Lee, MS LCSW

Mindy Levin-Lee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Therapist, who has been providing therapy to individuals, couples and families for thirty years, in the New York area. New to the Chicago Area, Mindy is excited to bring her skills to the Chicagoland area. Mindy obtained her Master Degree and Advanced Certificate in Clinical Social Work at New York University, in New York, NY. She has continued to update her experience by taking classes and courses throughout the New York and Illinois area. Mindy is well versed in utilizing several modalities of therapeutic techniques, including; Psychodynamic Therapy, Supportive Counseling, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance-Commitment Therapy, Narrative therapy, Trauma Informed Care and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She has the ability to practice short and long term therapies as well as crisis intervention, Mindy has primarily worked with adults but as worked with school age children and above. She specializes in working with the elderly population. Mindy is experienced in working with Grief, Bereavement, Depression, Anxiety, Bi-Polar Illness, Personality Disorders, Chronic Illness, Lifecycle and Lifestyle changes, Identity formation, relationship issues, and building coping skills.

Mindy’s approach to therapy is as follows; “It is probable that all of us will face times of stress and discomfort in our lives, ourselves and our environment. It is my hope that we can utilize this discomfort as opportunities for transformation and growth. It is my job to provide you with a comfortable setting in which you can explore these challenges. I work for you and we work collaboratively to assess your problems, to help you visualize the person you want to become or the relationship you wish to have. It is then our job to set your personal goals, get rid of barriers which stop you from moving forward, and set up objectives to help you reach your goals. I use my knowledge to help give you ways to make the changes you need. I am looking forward to meeting you!”

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent but the ones most responsive to change”- Charles Darwin

Maria Lopez-Iftikhar MS LCPC

I am an experienced Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I provide individual, group couples and family therapy; and work with adults, adolescents and children. I have practiced as a Psychotherapist for the last ten years. I possess 20 years experience in the counseling field. I received my Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University. I am dedicated to helping build inner strength and courage and movement towards improved mental health. My preferred method of practice incorporates the use Motivational Interview, Mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy interventions to tailor the therapy for each client.

My clinical areas of interests include Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, ADHD and Family Violence. I provide assistance to parents wanting to improve their relationship with children and parenting skills. I provide fluent services in English and Spanish.

When working with diverse populations I incorporate language skills, with religious practices, cultural context, and unique perspectives individuals develop through their life experiences into their treatment. I believe in and encourage life balance. So when I am not counseling, I am engaged in community activities, gardening, and with enjoying my family.

Mike Lewis, MS LCSW

The human ability to think and reason is amazing; it enables us to plan, to communicate, to achieve. Yet, when we experience pain, particularly emotional pain, our logical brain seeks to avoid this pain through analysis, judgment, comparison, and prediction of the future, all of which tends to deepen and intensify this suffering. My aim in therapy is to help individuals to cope rather than to avoid by learning skills for deepening internal strength and accepting life as it comes. Equally importantly, I work to help individuals to identify their skills and values so they live full, meaningful, purposeful lives.

Marvin Sanders, MS LCSW

Your situation does not have to be your conclusion. No matter what’s going on in your life right now, you always get to decide your best way forward. Life can become very challenging at times and we find ourselves faced with difficult circumstances. Although these circumstances exist, we don’t have to let them define us or determine our destiny. So while we don’t always get to decide what happens to us, we do get to decide how we respond. Are you ready to take control and activate the best version of yourself?

Professionally I’ve invested the last ten years working with people from various backgrounds, providing motivation,inspiration, clarity and perspective. Personally I’ve spent my entire life pouring into people and helping them grow, transform and develop. My personal experience and professional training allow me to serve you from a unique perspective. I’m sharing my personal experiences not to impress you, but rather to leave you with an impression. I’ve conquered giants in my own life, so I know how challenging and demanding life can be. We all get knocked down by life, but the key is not to stay down. If you’re ready to fight for your better, you’re in the right place.

Dilek McCombs, PsyD

I received both Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Over the years, I gained experience working with a diverse group of clienteles ranging in age, ethnicity and diagnoses.

My mission as a licensed clinical psychologist is to promote health and happiness through empowerment of my clients. I believe that we are resilient beings with full capacity to achieve meaningful lives. My role in diagnostic work and therapy is to guide my clients towards cultivating what is best in them, uncovering their existing resources as their foundation and acquiring additional skills to reach their goals. I help my clients heal from traumatic experiences and overcome depression and anxiety to become better adjusted individuals. It would be my privilege to assist you transform your life and achieve wellness.