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We are looking forward to working with you for your mental health needs and wellness wants. The White Oak Institute for Growth and Wellness clinicians and counselors are personable, well-educated, and highly experienced to provide you and yours the most comprehensive and personal care for you and yours.

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Wesley Dapkus

Biography

My greatest values in life is family and helping others. I have watched many 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. And, I have seen couples fall out of love for various reasons. The opportunity 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. I enjoy my family, nature, sports, music, cooking, comedy, and various cultural events. 


Wesley Dapkus is the founder of the White Oak Institute for Growth and Wellness. Wesley is a nationally certified licensed clinical professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist in Illinois.

Dr. Brian Jula

Biography

“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.

Margaret “Maggie” Reif

Biography

Maggie Reif is a licensed clinical social worker who has been working as a therapist for nearly two decades.  Maggie graduated from Dominican University with her Masters in 2004 and completed her teaching certificate in school social work through Loyola University in 2005.  Currently, Maggie is a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky. 

Maggie has extensive experience working with children, adolescence, adults, parents, and families.  She understands that often there can be significant stressors in life and we all need to know that we have someone in our corner.  Maggie’s first goal of any session is the connection that she has with her clients.  You will see Maggie on the floor playing beside her younger clients, kicking a ball outside with her teen clients and taking a walk outside with her adult clients for anyone who is not comfortable sitting on a couch talking.  She knows that starting counseling can be an intimidating step, and she will gently guide you through the process.  Maggie believes that we can all benefit from some extra support when life has been tough, and she is honored that you allow her on the journey with you. 

Maggie has nearly two decades of professional experience in private practice working mostly with children and adolescents. She works two to three evenings and Saturdays at the White Oak Institute and is concurrently full-time at Marist High School counseling and working with high school-aged young people.

Maggie enjoys to be outdoors in her free time.  She will  never turn down a hike and loves to spend time camping, cabin camping that is.  Maggie is a hockey fan, ask her about her incident with the Stanley Cup!  She loves to spend time with her family and can make a great zucchini bread.

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