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Welcome to IPD

"A Center of Excellence in Mental Health Care"

New at IPD
The Institute for Personal Development in Romeoville is excited to announce an upcoming group, “Self-Compassion: How to stop being so critical with yourself and embrace a little self-kindness.”  Led by Allison Niebes-Davis, Ph.D, this four-week, semi-structured group is designed to help individuals overcome the dilemma of being compassionate with others, yet critical with themselves.  Self-compassion involves noticing difficult experiences, sharing kindness, and acknowledging that being imperfect is part of the human experience.  Instead of just ignoring your pain or telling yourself to “get over it,” you stop to comfort yourself and remind yourself that everyone struggles. 
Self-compassion is associated with greater happiness, less depression, and more stable self-worth, and it can be a powerful tool in improving your quality of life.  Dr. Niebes-Davis offers frequent groups and psychoeducational workshops, and this group is without a doubt the most popular!
This four-week group will take place starting Tuesday, May 3 from 6:00 to 7:15 pm and then continue every Tuesday through May 24 at our Romeoville office.  Most insurance plans cover group therapy, and there is also a self-pay option for clients who do not or prefer not to utilize insurance.  Interested clients can speak with front desk staff or contact the intake department at (815) 942-6323 with any questions or to register for the workshop.

Who We Are 

The Institute for Personal Development (IPD) has become one of the most reputable, outpatient, mental health clinics in the Midwestern United States.  We provide counseling, psychotherapy and advanced psychiatric and neuro-psychiatric evaluations and treatments. Our multidisciplinary team of highly experienced clinicians helps individuals facing mental health, emotional, alcohol and substance use problems. Because we focus on state of the art care, the Institute for Personal Development has grown to one of the largest, private, outpatient, mental health and emotional wellness clinics in the country.

Unlike most clinics where you may have to wait weeks for an appointment, due to the fact that IPD has so many closely located clinics, IPD often can get a patient in for an APPOINTMENT WITHIN A MUCH SHORTER TIME FRAME IF A PATIENT MIGHT BE FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO TRAVEL TO ANOTHER NEARBY LOCATION!

Consistent with wanting to make a large impact on the communities we accept almost all major insurances, making care accessible today! Call Today - (815) 942-6323.

In line with offering the most cutting edge treatments, IPD now offers TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS) a state of the art FDA cleared, non-drug, treatment for difficult to treat depression (one of few in the state)!  We can find a way to make this affordable to you and begin your treatments immediately even before your insurance gives us approval! Call Kristi our TMS Authorization Specialist (815) 942-6323 ext. 251

Our Approach

IPD provides services that are individualized for each and every client. Our clinicians are highly trained and focus on a thorough evaluation of the cause of your emotional pain. We examine problems in an individual's relationships, job and life. We will understand the environment in which they grew up and how this may have effected how they view the world.  We understand the value system which they hold dear.  We evaluate if they are on medications which could make them feel bad, if they might have a medical disorder which effects how they feel or if they have a brain chemistry problem which is causing them to feel bad and distort the way they see and experience the world. Once a thorough evaluation is completed a treatment plan is designed and discussed with the individual and (with the patients permission) the family.  We identify treatments which are scientifically proven to be effective in the condition or conditions which you have presented and then we "get to work".

It is important to us that you OBTAIN RESULTS AND IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE! Our goal is to assist with alleviating emotional pain and suffering for individuals, families and communities. Our plan for treatment is to improve each individual’s quality of life.  Within treatment, we use traditional and complementary approaches with the highest level of clinical and ethical standards.

Our Team

Our treatment team consist of over 35 clinicians including psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and nurse practitioners.  Our team of clinicians are professional and well trained with scientific knowledge of useful treatment techniques. Such techniques can be used to assist individuals to cope with stressful situations in the home, work, school and community. Working through any crisis lies an opportunity to grow and become stronger!  We stress treating the whole person mind, brain, body and spirit.

Our Services

Individual Counseling, Psychiatric and Neuro-psychiatric Evaluations, Medication Evaluations and Medication Management, Couples Counseling, Family Counseling and Group Therapies.

Our Locations - Please click here to learn more regarding where we are located.

What's new at IPD:

Dr. Ron Wuest, founder, C.E.O. and Medical Director of the Institute for Personal Development, has been awarded by the Illinois Psychiatric Association for his Outstanding Achievement in Rural Psychiatry. This award is presented in recognition of Dr. Wuest's contributions to the delivery of psychiatric services in rural areas of Illinois. According to the IPA Dr. Wuest has, "Gone above and beyond the call of duty to reduce stigma and provide excellent care to underserved rural populations." Please join us in congratulating Dr. Wuest; we really are very, very proud of him and his work!

Dr. Wuest received his M.D. from Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center and completed his residency in Psychiatry at Loyola University of Chicago, where he served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Wuest is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Loyola Medical Center. Dr. Wuest Currently serves as a consultant to Morris Hospital for over 20 years and Rush Copley Medical Center. Dr. Wuest speicalizes in treating individual who are not getting better from current treatment or difficult to treat conditions. Learn more here.

ALAN R. HIRSCH, M.D., F.A.C.P., a Board Certified Neurologist and Psychiatrist.  He is a Senior Attending in the Department of Medicine at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center. 
Dr. Hirsch is certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in Neurology, Psychiatry, Pain Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Addition Psychiatry, and by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties – Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry.  Dr. Hirsch received both his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and completed his residencies in both Neurology and Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  He has written hundreds of articles and eight books about different aspects of psychiatry and neurology.  Often times underlying psychiatric disorders stem from undiagnosed neurologic or medical illness.  Dr. Hirsch’s exceptional background and experience enables him to provide attention to these problems which often complicate psychiatric and behavioral treatments.  Dr. Hirsch offers a comprehensive consultation, diagnosis and treatment of a full range of mental health disorders.  

New at IPD!  Primary Care Internal & Functional Medicine with Dr. Sarah Zielsdorf, MD, MS

Dr. Zielsdorf's goal is to empower patients to reverse chronic disease through a combination of nutrition and science-based, 21 century treatment approaches.  Her ideal patients are committed to taking responsibility for their health and are passionate partners in the healing journey.  Dr. Zielsdorf will take the time to listen to your story to get to the root cause of your concerns in a patient-centered, personalized way.  She understands that every individual is biochemically and genetically unique.  Dr. Zielsdorf supports the innate ability of the body and mind to heal, restoring optimized health.  Above all, she values the transformative power of the patient-physician relationship.  Health is not simply the absence of disease, but is living a life of passionate vitality.   

Nicolette Mireles is a licensed clinical professional counselor.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and her graduate degree in Community Agency Counseling from Saint Xavier University In Chicago.  She completed her internship at Silver Cross Hospital in the Partial Hospitalization Program.  Nicolette's clinical interest include:  mood and anxiety disorder, personality disorders, co-dependency, and trauma related issues.  She strongly believes in the benefit of self -exploration in a safe, understanding, and non-judgmental environment with a focus on the therapeutic relationship as a powerful catalyst for change.  Her style is integrative with incorporation of DBT, ACT, and CBT principles to suit the needs of the individual.   

Maria Rubio Moore is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She earned her MSW from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2011.  Maria completed her undergraduate work at Indian University at the Bloomington, Indiana campus.  Maria's experience includes counseling at a community behavioral health agency, EAP provider at a distribution center, working with families who are homeless, and family reunification services. She has worked with survivors of domestic violence, LGBTQ population, and with persons from a variety of cultures. Maria has experienced working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. 

We can help, our staff at IPD is experienced in treating many conditions including (but not limited to):
Adult Abuse / Child Abuse / ADD / ADHD / Adolescents / Adoption / Adjustment Disorder / Alcohol Abuse / Anger Issues / Anxiety / Autism / Behavioral Therapy / Children / Chronic Illness / Court-Ordered Evaluations / Depression / Developmental Disabilities / Gambling Issues / Men / OCD / Pain Management / Panic Attacks / PTSD - Trauma / Relationship Issues / Self-Esteem / Self- Inflicted Pain / Sex Offenders / Sexual Dysfunction / Sexual Harassment / Spiritual Counseling / Sports Psychology / Suboxone / TMS / Women.


Institute for Personal Development is a certified Therapy specializing in For Patients, depression, counseling, therapist, rehabilitation and much more in Morris, IL. We also do Cognitive - Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Individual Therapy, Child Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Counseling, Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Depression, Stress, Grief, Anger Management, Addictions, Eating Disorders, Self Esteem, Domestic Violence, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Suicide, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and all work related in the 60450 area and surrounding areas of Morris IL, Joliet IL, Ottawa IL, Romeoville IL, Plainfield IL, Shorewood IL, Oak Brook IL, Naperville IL, Bolingbrook IL and Chicago.
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