About Us

Wesley Dapkus is the founder of the White Oak Institute for Growth and Wellness

“My greatest values in life is family and helping others. I have watched people go through pain and suffering and not find ways out of it. I have also watched people stretched too thin lose a productive edge or feel lost in the center while being pulled in those many directions. I have seen couples fall out of love for various reasons. My desire to help people become mindful, center themselves, and move though their problems to create better wellness and growth is what lead to the development of the White Oak Institute.” 


The White Oak was developed to address many mental healthcare concerns that I see on a daily basis within our fast paced society. There seems to be more concerns and problems arising as we move more into enhanced intrapersonalism, changes in family processes, and in general keeping up with everything going on. On top of that there are influences from technological device over use and misuses that impede on our capability of creating profound happiness that may only be truly developed from a sense of belongingness within a valued group while also providing and or otherwise supporting that group. 
When working with individuals and families, I use a collection of therapeutic approaches including Bowenian Family Therapy, Metaframeworks, Person Centered Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Irvin Yalom’s Group Theories, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. When working with couples I have a unique approach utilizing aspects of Gottman’s Couples Therapy. Wesley graduated cum Laude with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the prestigious Pepperdine University. Wesley enjoys spending time with his family, being present in nature, playing and watching sports, taking time to travel, bringing humor in life, and most cultural events. 

Dr. Brian Jula is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in Illinois and Indiana

“Most people seek therapy because something isn’t working. Sometimes people do not feel equipped to handle life’s problems – work stress, family stress, health issues, etc. Many individuals feel stuck trying to solve problems the same way when those solutions are no longer helpful. This pain can leave someone suffering and feeling helpless.”

Brian is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in Illinois and Indiana who comes to the White Oak with a wealth of experience to share in order to help his clients change and grow. Often this involves being more aware and present in the moment. Many people do not recognize the power they have to create positive change in their lives. Dr Jula would like to help empower his clients to find their strength and make those changes.

Dr. Jula came to the field of Psychology after a lifetime of volunteer work, recognizing working in service to others to be his path to career and personal fulfillment. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Loyola University Chicago and both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. While in graduate school, Dr. Jula completed coursework in concentrated areas of study in both Health Psychology and Psychology & Spirituality.

Prior to White Oak Institute, Dr. Jula worked in a busy outpatient hospital office where he treated individuals with a variety of struggles including depression, anxiety, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, sexual disorders and more. He has worked in other private practices as well as in intensive outpatient programs, day programs for psychosocial rehabilitation, community mental health, and rehabilitation centers. In the day programs, he worked with individuals facing chronic and severe mental illness, some of whom were dual diagnosed with intellectual disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Dr. Jula currently works with people from many different backgrounds and age groups (children, adolescents, adults, and older adults) and is able to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions.

Outside the office Dr. Jula spends time with his wife and three children. He enjoys writing and tries to find time to read novels. He and his family love all things Disney. Dr. Jula also serves locally in a volunteer organization as a member and part of its executive board.

Molly Birkey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor

Molly Birkey holds two professional licenses in the field of psychology. Molly specializes in working with adolescents and young adults with depression, mood, anxiety, family issues, and substance abuse. Prior to joining the White Oak, Molly worked at Linden Oaks in the Intensive Outpatient Program with clients that had a dual diagnosis of substance use or abuse in addition to an underlying mood or anxiety diagnosis.

“Through a warm, genuine, and enthusiastic approach I join clients on their unique journeys to gain the insight and drive necessary to take actions towards personal goals and valued living. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker {LCSW} and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor {CADC} with extensive experience working with individuals facing depression, anxiety, family/couples’ challenges, and co-occurring issues across a multitude of wellness settings. Ultimately, I view therapy as a collaborative relationship through which long-term growth and change is possible.  It is my goal to ensure your individual, therapeutic needs are met with thoughtful interventions that promote healing and balanced living.  Together, let us gather the courage to uncover and mold those abilities through which we can create rich lives brimming with beauty and meaning.”

Molly is recently married and enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her beautiful bernese mountain dog. Molly enjoys a quiet time at home as much as an evening engaged in a festive or cultural experience.

Sue Francimore is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Specializing in Child & Adolescent Psychology

Sue has a plethora of experience personally and professionally with families and children. Sue is a mother with her youngest daughter about to step into college. Sue is the youngest daughter of nine siblings. As a professional, Sue has lead teams of clinical social workers in middle schools and elementary schools that focus on the social emotional functioning of youth. Sue has vast experience working with children who are: adjusting to stressors at home or school, adjusting to family changes, presenting with anxiety, presenting with depressed mood, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, and more. In addition to being fully licensed as a clinical social worker in Illinois, Sue has completed School Principal Endorsement, Teacher Evaluator Growth through Learning Modules 1-5, and Type 73 school social work specialist. She has worked almost exclusively in the Lincoln-Way and Sandburg communities. Sue lives in New Lenox and enjoys her family, playing the piano, and cultural events.

Sue graduated from Jane Adams School of Social Work at University of Illinois Chicago with a 5.0/5.0 GPA in 1999 as well as from University of Saint Francis with a Master’s in Educational Leadership with a 5.0/5.0.

“I am mostly person centered and humanistic in my approach. I balance therapy practice utilizing cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and social thinking theories. I use the best in evidenced based practice with a warm, friendly approach. I use a plethora of visuals, play, humor, and reflection in sessions. I believe that therapy should be a positive and respectful place where kids and families feel seen and heard and where they can partner with a therapist, identify areas of growth and improvement, and with a warm, supportive, and positive therapeutic relationship, build a better life regardless of any challenge or dilemma.”

Nancy Mulvihill Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Nancy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a PhD. in Community Psychology from National Louis University. She also holds two Master’s degrees in the field from Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Lewis University in Romeoville. Nancy has over 20 years of experience in the counseling field including many in private practice. Nancy specializes in PTSD/trauma, anxiety disorders, couples therapy, anger management issues, divorce/relationship loss, life adjustments, chronic mental illness, dual diagnosis and mood disorders. Nancy also specializes in first responder treatment and is listed on the National Directory for first responder’s mental health treatment.

When working with individuals and couples, Nancy uses several evidence-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy, a mix of Gottman’ s Couples Therapy with others for couples, and Trauma Focused-CBT. Her short-term goal with you is to help cultivate a treatment plan and therapeutic experience to help you navigate and process life challenges. Her long-term goal is to get you moving in your world alleviated from anxiety, problems adjusting to stress, or mood disorder to function at a most optimal level with new skills to address your challenges in living best.

Outside the office you may find Nancy hanging out with her three dogs, Sharpie, Quigley and Angel almost anywhere. You will also find her volunteering at a local animal shelter enjoying sports, music, and family. Nancy also enjoys working and helping others at a nearby Fire Department in her role as a Lieutenant.

Our Patient Promise

The White Oak promise is to provide you with the most professional and genuine support as we embark together on your journey towards greater growth and wellness for you and or your loved ones.  Ultimately the work you put in towards building a better self through our time together in sessions will benefit many aspects of your living including but not limited to family, friendships, work, community, and more.

Striving for Excellence

The White Oak Institute for Growth and Wellness, strives to be an exceptional leader in mental health and professional counseling services in the greater Southwest Chicago region. We serve people and their families from Palos, Orland Park, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, Frankfort, Tinley Park, New Lenox, Manhattan, Peotone, and many more. We also offer online counseling sessions. Located in the heart of downtown Frankfort Illinois we are nestled amongst many professional services, shops, and restaurants. The White Oak Institute is a moment away from the crossroads of US Route 45 and US Route 30.

Our Treatment Focus

At WOI we pride ourselves on connecting with you and developing a relationship that will allow optimal therapeutic work to happen so you get the most out of therapy.  Our focus is to help individuals heal, energize themselves, and become aware of inner strengths to promote optimal growth and wellness.  We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space and engaging in professional therapy sessions.

Our professional & clinically licensed therapists treat a variety of mental health dilemmas and relational issues.  WOI offers comprehensive therapy and other services for individuals, families, and marriage/couples counseling.  WOI provides services in individual, family, and group formats to best meet your personal mental health growth and wellness needs.

The White Oak is Designed with You in Mind

The White Oak looks at each person who opens our door and walks in as a complex and whole person comprised of many different parts that operate in many different contexts. You may have struggles in love, spirituality, work, family, and leisure areas of living that may be better addressed with what we can do together at the WOI to help you live at your best. We dedicate our services to getting to know you best and helping you achieve greatness. We strive to assist you best to work through problems, gain deeper insight of “self and other”, enhance your support, and make gains in your valued direction in of living well.

Truly Unique Approach to Counseling

Our counselors and professionals are well-informed of evidenced-based practices and stay on top of new research within their specialty area. We are person centered and believe in the power of the person. We also believe in mind-body connectivity and the importance of balanced living even if you are favoring certain contexts in which you choose to live. We balance the science of therapy with the art of therapy to authenticate a natural relational approach with you and challenge you in turn when best informed and ready to make change happen. We aim to develop and or enhance your strengths and build up areas of weakness to best help you through your problems or dilemma. We look forward to meet with you and help you grow to reach your optimal best wellness as an individual, couple , or within a family.

White Oak Institute is located in Frankfort in the Charming & Historic Downtown District

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