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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, LCPC, LMFT

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. He graduated Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in Psychology from the prestigious Pepperdine University.

Brian Jula, Psy.D.

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.

Molly Birkey, LCSW, CADC

Biography

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, LCSW, Child & Adolescent Specialist

Sue has a plethora of experience personally and professionally with families and children. Sue is a mother and 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.

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