Our Therapists

Jeff Stahl, LCPC

By picking up the phone and contacting a therapist, you’ve taken the hardest step: a coming to an awareness that you would like to affect change in your life. I believe in an interactive, dynamic approach where together we explore the history of an issue, it’s effects and most importantly, institute a positive plan for change.

This positive perspective is grounded in my training in Transpersonal Psychology that considers the spiritual or transcendent nature inherent in people. I also have an extensive background in mind/bodywork especially valuable in the treatment of trauma and anxiety.

My strengths lie in the ability to create a therapeutic relationship, which holds clarity, compassion, and respect as pillars in constructing a space for personal growth. I believe the process of change does not have to be painful or difficult but can be an adventure in self-discovery and knowledge.

Robert Stoner, LCSW

I believe life is a Journey; sometimes wildly exciting, others extraordinarily painful, and most often satisfyingly “hum drum”. Additionally, I have found that the perhaps un-chosen and even undesired “closing of one door” often becomes the impetus, which propels us toward growth. Therapy is a tool we can use throughout the different phases of our journeys to enrich our lives. Whether short-term or long, therapy provides an avenue to explore today’s challenges, yesterday’s ways of doing things – which may now undermine our progress – and tomorrow’s goals, as a springboard to growth. I have found this through my own experiences and as I have witnessed the process of change in others. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I work with adults, either individually or as couples. I use an interactive approach, grounded in Gestalt Therapy with a focus on the mind/body connection. I specialize in grief and loss and navigating life’s major transitions, in recovery from past trauma, and gay/lesbian issues.

Virginia James, LCPC

I believe that going through the pains of life are opportunities for growth. We all share this commonality and even when it is difficult to find purpose in pain, I hope to be a supportive individual helping you grow through it. When working with each other, I’ ll help you through an interactive approach, highlighting the mind-body connection. I enjoy utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy, life coaching or solutions-focused principles, and experiential concepts. I have a background in working with adults, adolescents, couples and groups. I’m a licensed clinical professional counselor who has over 10 years of experience. I specialize in grief and loss, recovery from trauma, working through life transitions, infertility or recurrent pregnancy loss, and GLBTQ-related issues. In my spare time, I enjoy blogging and being a course creator.

Quincey Kyles, LCSW

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tzu.

Let’s face it: asking for help isn’t always easy, but you’ve taken the courage to do so. Therapy is an exciting experience of self-discovery! As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I work with adults, individually or as couples. I use a bilateral approach, incorporating a Strength-based practice with a focus on the mind/body connection, in particular, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). I assist clients in noticing when automatic processes are occurring & to alter their reaction to be more of a reflection.

I specialize in anxiety and depression, helping clients respond to life’s transitions and from past trauma. As a therapist focused on personal growth, I strive to make clients feel that I am part of their extended family. I assist clients in living their best lives, tapping into their fullest potential, and authentically being themselves.

At the Chicago Personal Growth Institute, our goal is to help you uncover your true potential. If you’re looking for extra support and guidance, during a challenging situation, or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals!

Elisa Kalb, LCPC & ATR

My approach to therapy is to provide a safe, non-judgmental place where we can work collaboratively on specific goals to bring about personal growth, healing, and healthier living. In a creative and caring environment, I help clients of all ages gain new insights, change behaviors, express difficult emotions, and find ways to foster healthier relationships. Many times people don’t have the words for what they are going through and traditional talk therapy merged with art therapy can help to unblock emotions, reduce stress/anxiety, increase positive thinking and create corrective experiences.

I specialize in working with children, adults and their families. I use holistic/integrative approaches and am informed from a number of different frameworks, most specifically humanistic person-centered, mindfulness-based and family systems. I have 5 years of experience in community mental health, hospital settings & expressive arts therapies.

Life can be scary, challenging and beautiful all at the same time. Sometimes we need a little help to get back on the right track, to feel unstuck or to just find healthier ways of expressing ourselves. It’s extremely courageous to make this first step into counseling and I feel honored to come with you on this journey.