507A Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Meet Our Staff
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Dr. Alcorn is the founder of the Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center and served as its Executive Director for 30 years. He serves the Center now as President of the Endowment while continuing his counseling practice. Dr. Alcorn received his bachelor of arts degree from Wheaton College, his master of divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and did post-graduate work at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He earned his doctorate degree in pastoral psychology from Northwestern University. Dr. Alcorn is an ordained Presbyterian minister and formerly, Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Glen Ellyn. He is a fellow member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and specializes in marital and life management issues. Over the years, he has been on the Professional Advisory Committee for the Family Shelter and other mental health associations in DuPage County. Dr. Alcorn has been a practicing therapist since 1976.
JACK BERKEMEYER, MDiv, MEd, MA, LCPC
Jack holds a master of divinity degree from Athenaeum of Ohio, St. Mary's Seminary, a master of education degree from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, a master of arts degree in theology from the University of San Francisco, and a master of arts degree in professional counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Jack's professional background fuses together his broad experience in counseling and business. He has worked in positions that range from serving as a campus minister with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to senior sales management positions with Swift and Company, Sara Lee, and Western Union Financial Services. Most recently, he served as a career management consultant and executive coach at Right Management Consultants. Jack is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who brings experience in pre-marital counseling and marital therapy, career and life-balance issues, emotional intelligence assessment, couple communication/conflict resolution skills, and the relationship of spirituality and mental health. He is the Director of Marriage Ministry at Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago, and serves on the board of directors of The Workforce Board of Northern Cook County, The Career Transition Center of Chicago. Jack recently became a certified Anger Management Trainer and a member of the National Association of Marriage Friendly Therapists. He is also a member of the American Counseling Association. Jack is available for individual and couple counseling.
NANCY E. COCHRAN, PsyD
Nancy Cochran is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology in 2008 and her master's degree in counseling psychology in 1996 from The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Dr. Cochran joined the Center as a staff therapist in 2005 and her practice includes working with adult individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children. Before moving into the field of psychology professionally she taught children and adolescents with learning, behavior and emotional disorders for many years. Her clinical training and experience included a therapeutic practicum with the Center in 2003 and a testing and assessment practicum with Alexian Brother’s Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Currently, Dr. Cochran works with couples to resolve issues and enrich their marriage by helping them commit to a “conscious relationship” which includes a focus on communication, trust and intimacy. She uses cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness practice therapies to help individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, eating disorders, and relational and self-esteem issues. Mindfulness practice weaves acceptance and non-judgmental self-observation with a detachment from negative and obsessive thought patterns. She also has several years of experience teaching parent education classes. Dr. Cochran is passionate about helping adolescent and adult women with boundaries, self-esteem and trust issues in relationships.
SUSAN CRICKMORE WILLIAMS, MA, LPC
Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. She earned a master’s degree in counseling from Lewis University and also holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Wheaton College. She uses a client-centered, collaborative approach and provides a safe, supportive environment for clients to learn how to manage and resolve their difficulties, heal and grow. Her therapeutic interests include anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, low self-esteem, grief, and major life transitions. In addition to her experience in counseling, Susan has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of school and church settings and is uniquely prepared to assist them and their parents with academic problems, behavioral concerns, and social skills. Having been raised by missionary parents in multicultural environments, Susan is able to relate well with clients working through cultural transitions, identity issues, and spiritual growth. She is a member of Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant Church.
CHRISTIN FORT, MAT
Christin specializes in providing therapy for couples, adults, children and families from all walks of life. She also provides psychological/psycho-educational assessments to evaluate children and adults for ADHD and related executive functioning concerns, learning disabilities, memory, cognitive functioning and social and emotional difficulties. She has extensive experience working with interracial couples, ethnic minority adults and children, and clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Christin also enjoys working with clients who are interested in the integration of faith and spirituality in the course of psychotherapy treatment. Additionally, she also provides in-depth, psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy for clients seeking to develop a deeper level of self-awareness by engaging in therapy multiple times per week.
Christin earned a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and an master's degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She also holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wheaton College, where she minored in biblical and theological studies. She is passionate about the integration of faith in the process of healing and growth, and gladly combines salient aspects of psychology and theology for clients who are interested in how these two aspects of life work together
Dr. Francis is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Counseling Services at the Center. A member of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, Dr. Francis has been a practicing psychotherapist and a spiritual director/companion since 1987. She holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Chicago Campus), a master of arts degree in Christian spirituality from Creighton University and a master of arts degree in counseling, with an emphasis on marriage and family from Sangamon State University.
Dr. Francis is interested in the integration of spirituality, physical health and psychology in achieving healing, maintaining wellness and promoting personal growth. In addition to working with individuals and couples, she enjoys several therapeutic interests. She facilitates group therapy on women's issues, provides play therapy for children, works with people who suffer from trauma, depression and anxiety, and chronic pain, conducts psychological assessments, and leads workshops on a variety of topics, including marriage, communication, spirituality, wellness, and the mind, body, spirit connection.
Fluent in American Sign Language,
she directed the office
that provided pastoral services with the Deaf Community
for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois for 10 years. During
that time, Dr. Francis co-authored the book, EYE-CENTERED: A study
of the spirituality of deaf people with implications for pastoral
Dr. Francis is a certified Somatic Experiencing®
practitioner. She is also trained in Imago Relationship Therapy, EMDR, hypnosis, Internal
Family Systems Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT),
Somatic Experiencing (SEP), Spiritual Direction/Companioning,
and is certified to use computer software from Braintrain and
Play Attention with children and adults who have ADD/ADHD or minimal brain damage. She has achieved clinical membership
in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT),
fellow membership in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
(AAPC), and holds membership in the American Psychological Association
(APA), Spiritual Directors International (SDI), and the National
Catholic Office for the Deaf (NCOD). Formerly, the chair of AAPC's Central
Region's Formation Committee, Dr. Francis currently serves as a member
of that Committee and on the faculty and advisory boards of
the Ministry Formation Program (MFP) in Chicago and the Pastoral Studies Department of St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida for programs that serve deaf students.
SANDRA KAHN, MA, LCPC, CSAT
Sandra is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She received a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College and a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University. Sandra brings a variety of rich, diverse life experiences to therapeutic relationships with clients. She appreciates the value of specialized training, spiritual resources, patience, earned trust, and care-filled understanding. These qualities are the foundation of her work as a counselor. Sandra works with individuals whose lives have been interrupted by relationship problems, trauma, loss, abuse, perfectionism, poor self-esteem, anger, and challenges faced by adult children of alcoholics. Her therapeutic focus includes anxiety and depression, as well as spiritual and relationship concerns. She helps clients injured by the trauma of a family member's addiction or compulsions, to find a path for living. She is also interested in the therapeutic resources of healing prayer and spiritual direction. She is available for individual and couple counseling.
Certified as asex addiction therapist, Sandra also works with men and women who strive to end compulsive sexual behaviors, internet relationships or pornography use. She is available to help those who experience trauma upon learning of their partner’s infidelity resulting from these behaviors.
Visit Sandra's personal website at www.sandrakahn.com
ANN LETOURNEAU, CSJ, PsyD
Dr. Letourneau graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015 with her doctorate in clinical psychology. As a member of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph, Dr. Letourneau joined the staff in the fall of 2015 as a post-doctoral fellow. Before moving into the field of psychology she taught elementary school for thirteen years and worked with new members of religious congregations for eight years. She also holds a certificate in the Art of Spiritual Direction from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. Her clinical training and experience included an assessment practicum with United Stand, Chicago, IL, and therapeutic practicums at Claret Center, Chicago, IL, and DePaul University Counseling Services, Chicago, IL. Her internship year was spent working with both clinical and testing clients at University Counseling Services at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.
Dr. Letourneau believes therapy is the best gift we can give ourselves because when we process past and current struggles we open ourselves to live more fully the people we are created to be. She meets her clients where they are and seeks to provide a safe, comfortable space in which they can risk and grow. Dr. Letourneau enjoys working with individuals of all ages. Her interests include the integration between psychology and spirituality, utilizing dream work for personal and spiritual growth, and using mindfulness techniques to relieve daily stress.
ELISSA LIER, PsyD
Dr. Lier completed her doctorate degree in clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and recently joined the Center as a post-doctoral fellow. She is passionate about working with children, adolescents and young adults and finds play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to be particularly helpful with these populations. Dr. Lier enjoys incorporating mindfulness techniques into her therapeutic work such as deep breathing, relaxation strategies, and meditation. She also values the integration of faith into the therapy process.
Dr. Lier welcomes the opportunity to utilize her strong background administering psychological and neuro-psychological testing. Her assessment analyses include ADHD, social and/or emotional difficulties, dementia, cognitive impairments and executive functioning impairments. In addition to therapy and testing, she is interested in group work relating to social and academic skills, social-emotional development, behavioral management, and boundary setting. Dr. Lier is currently available for child, adolescent, individual, and family therapy.
JAMES A. NATTER, PsyD
Dr. Natter is the Executive Director of the Center and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Natter regularly works with individuals managing depression, and anxiety, relational, developmental, and spiritual issues. He is trained in the evaluation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as testing for other psychiatric disorders. He often uses EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for individuals with traumatic backgrounds. He is skilled in clinical hypnosis which is helpful in treating anxiety, alcoholism, smoking, obesity, and chronic pain. Dr. Natter frequently leads workshops in the areas of couple communication and parenting. His master’s work included a certificate in the integration of theology and psychology, along with his degree in community counseling. His doctorate degree in clinical psychology is from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Natter previously served with a disciple-making organization called the Navigators and is a retired Navy Captain.
Visit Dr. Natter's personal site: www.jimnatter.com
PAMELA BAKER POWELL, MDiv, DMin
Dr. Powell is an ordained pastor with decades of experience in pastoral counseling, having maintained a private counseling practice for many years. She was also a professor for fifteen years in two graduate theological seminaries while lecturing nationally and internationally. As a professor, she taught pastoral counseling to those who were preparing for pastoral work. “There are two absolute requirements for a pastor,” she maintains, “loving God and loving people.”
Dr. Powell is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a master of divinity degree and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a doctorate in pastoral ministry. As a pastor, Dr. Powell served churches from Pittsburgh to California whose congregations encompassed a wide range of age, stage, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. At one point in her ministry, she was the only white woman pastoring an African American church in her denomination. In addition, she is an experienced spiritual director who designed the first Protestant spiritual formation program in the nation for Fuller Seminary.
Having counseled parishioners and eventually clients from cradle to grave, she brings extensive pastoral care experience to the Center including grief work with those suffering loss from death or divorce. Her specialties include family systems, life coaching adults who find themselves “stuck” in a particular stage of life, and a growing specialty in the area of the joy of friendship development and maintenance. She is passionate about helping marriages grow stronger and happier before they grow stale and stuck. She enjoys working with married couples of all ages and stages but is particularly fond of working with young couples and those dealing with parental issues. In her own life, Dr. Powell has been a young widow, a young mom of three, experienced remarriage, the grandmother of nine, and been a pastor and a pastor’s wife.
Dr. Powell is working under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Francis, O.P. and is available for life coaching, presentations, group work, adult, individual, and couple pastoral counseling.
NICOLE MAXWELL, MA
Nicole is a fifth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Midwestern University where she also earned a master’s degree. Nicole’s clinical experience includes working with clients to develop and support treatment goals, provide group therapy in varied settings, and administer diagnostic assessments to clients to aid in their therapy progress. She joins the Center for an advanced therapy practicum under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Francis.
NATALIE PEREZ, MA
Natalie joins the Center as doctoral intern under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Francis. She is in her final year of completing a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University in Southern California. She also earned a master's degree from Rosemead School of Psychology in 2014 in addition to a master's degree in psychology from The University of Texas Pan American (2010). She has worked in a variety of mental health settings and treat a variety of clinical problems ranging from adjustment issues, identity problems, depression, anxiety, complex trauma, and drug abuse, to severe psychiatric illness.
KRISTEN RAS, MA
Kristen joins the Center for a therapy practicum under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Francis, O.P. through December, 2017. She is currently a student at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois and anticipates graduating in December with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Kristen also holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago IL. She is interested in working with adolescents and families.
507 Thornhill Drive ~ Carol Stream, Illinois
60188 ~ (630) 752-9750