The Personal Development Group offers psychotherapy, counseling, training for business management, and seminars for therapy professionals. Seminar information is available for anger management, workplace ethics, diversity training, emotional management, and increasing your emotional IQ. Psychotherapy is available for stress, ADD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, marital and relationship issues, PTSD, and abuse issues. Family treatment is available; tambien terapia en Espanol. Chicago area locations for the Personal Development Group include: Lincoln Park 60610, Evanston 60202, and Lakeview 60657.
Greg is a clinical psychologist in practice since 1996 providing psychotherapy to couples and individuals in Chicago, Evanston & Skokie. Seminars developed by Dr. Crisenbery include: Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Management, and professional trainings for anger management. He has a strong background in helping others cope with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues. Greg was certified in EMDR treatment in 1996 and continues to use this therapy to assist others cope with anxiety and loss. His orientation acknowledges the need to address issues on all levels physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Alternative therapies, including diet, nutritional supplements, and meditation, are available. Greg brings a direct, practical style of communication to his work and enjoys humor to help maintain perspective. Dr. Crisenbery received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He has worked at the North Chicago VA Medical Center, Uhlich Children'sHome, First Senior Care, and Hartgrove Hospital.
paul Popernik, LCPC
greg Crisenbery, PsyD
Paul has over 14 years of experience working with developmental disorders, chronic mental illness, trauma treatment (physical and sexual abuse), as well as other psychological stresses brought on by life circumstances. Since earning his MA in Psychology at Loyola University, Paul has provided therapy and developed treatment programs for adults, couples, families, children and adolescents in both English and Spanish. He continues to work with each of these populations as part of the Personal Development Group. The clients Paul works with seek compassionate support dealing with a variety of issues ranging from depression and anxiety, stress related to changes in relationships/ family/work, or concerns about changing old patterns that seem to hold them back from feeling happy and fulfilled. In working with his clientele, understanding how emotions, thoughts and physical health each impact one’s well-being and current emotional state are part of the treatment process. Understanding the context of one’s issues is another aspect of the treatment process. Finally, developing and applying skills to effectively bring about change in one’s life is the final stage of treatment. The cliché is “treatment is a process.” But, the real truth is that treatment is an opportunity for personal growth and ultimate happiness. It is this philosophy that drives Paul’s therapeutic approach.
Amber Miller, LCPC
Amber Miller has been working in the field of psychotherapy since 2004, helping clients cope primarily with depression, stress, trauma, and life changes. Amber received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, and taught Language Arts on the high school level for two years. As a teacher, Amber found that the limits of the classroom environment prevented her from reaching out to many of her troubled students, and she developed a desire to connect with others in a different capacity. Amber then pursued her graduate degree from Loyola University-Chicago in Community Counseling. Amber believes that a trusting, reciprocal relationship is a foundation for change. On the path to change, an individual must understand how one's own choices, emotions, and behaviors impact those around them. Taking care of oneself through health and wellness and focusing on strengths helps achieve a balance that allows for personal growth and healing to occur. In addition to working with clients in the therapeutic capacity, Amber spends her time as an Adjunct Instructor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Robert Hjertquist, MS, LMFT
Contact information: 847.686.4000 773.635.4000
the PDG PO Box 5126 Evanston, IL 60204-5126
Robert Hjertquist, MS, LMFT Graduate of Purdue University, Psychology and Marriage & Family Therapy
Programs. I have been providing therapy and psycho-educational services to individuals, couples, and families
for 15 years. Over this time, I have become distinctly aware of how important the “fit” between therapist and
each client is to the overall success of therapy. I strive to provide a comfortable and helpful experience along
the therapy process. Equally important for couples and families to the success of therapy is the need to
understand and strengthen their relationships. Identifying unhealthy patterns of cognitions, emotions and
behaviors and then replacing these with more productive interactions is critical in resolving relationship difficulties.
For those seeking individual therapy services, it is still important to understand how relationships impact us as
individuals and how we then manage challenging times. If you have any questions about therapy or need more
information to make a decision, please contact me at 773-635-4000 x 7. I have extensive experience with
marriage/family problems. I provide individual services to those experiencing mood disorders, adjustment
issues, trauma related difficulties, and behavioral problems.