Marriage & Family
Meet Our Staff
Front L to R:
Ann Letourneau, C.S.J., Susan
Barrus, Elissa Lier,
Back L to R:
Not Pictured: Pamela Baker Powell;
To make an appointment with a therapist, please call 630-752-9750 or email us at
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CHARLES E. ALCORN, PhD
Dr. Alcorn is the founder of the Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center and served as its Executive Director
for 30 years. He serves the Center now as President of the Endowment while continuing his counseling practice. Dr.
Alcorn received his bachelor of arts degree from Wheaton College, his
master of divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
and did post-graduate work at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
He earned his doctorate degree in pastoral psychology from Northwestern
University. Dr. Alcorn is an ordained Presbyterian minister and
formerly, Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in
Glen Ellyn. He is a fellow member of the American Association
of Pastoral Counselors and specializes in marital and life management
issues. Over the years, he has been on the Professional Advisory
Committee for the Family Shelter and other mental health associations
in DuPage County. Dr. Alcorn has been a practicing therapist since 1976.
Jack holds a master of divinity degree from Athenaeum
of Ohio, St. Mary's Seminary, a master of education degree from
Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, a master of arts degree
in theology from the University of San Francisco, and a master
of arts degree in professional counseling from the Illinois School
of Professional Psychology. Jack's professional background fuses together his broad experience in
counseling and business. He has
worked in positions that range from serving as a campus minister
with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to senior sales management
positions with Swift and Company, Sara Lee, and Western Union
Financial Services. Most recently, he served as a career management
consultant and executive coach at Right Management Consultants.
Jack is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who brings experience
in pre-marital counseling and marital therapy, career and life-balance
issues, emotional intelligence assessment, couple communication/conflict
resolution skills, and the relationship of spirituality and mental
health. He is the Director of Marriage Ministry at Old St. Patrick's
Church in Chicago, and serves on the board of directors of The Workforce
Board of Northern Cook County, The Career Transition Center of
Chicago. Jack recently became a certified Anger Management Trainer and a member of the National Association of Marriage Friendly Therapists. He is also a member of the American Counseling Association.
Jack is available for individual and couple counseling.
NANCY E. COCHRAN, PsyD
Nancy Cochran is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology in 2008 and her master's degree in counseling psychology in 1996 from The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Dr. Cochran joined the Center as a staff therapist in 2005 and her practice includes working with adult individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children. Before moving into the field of psychology professionally she taught children and adolescents with learning, behavior and emotional disorders for many years. Her clinical training and experience included a therapeutic practicum with the Center in 2003 and a testing and assessment practicum with Alexian Brother’s Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Currently, Dr. Cochran works with couples to resolve issues and enrich their marriage by helping them commit to a “conscious relationship” which includes a focus on communication, trust and intimacy. She uses cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness practice therapies to help individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, eating disorders, and relational and self-esteem issues. Mindfulness practice weaves acceptance and non-judgmental self-observation with a detachment from negative and obsessive thought patterns. She also has several years of experience teaching parent education classes. Dr. Cochran is passionate about helping adolescent and adult women with boundaries, self-esteem and trust issues in relationships.
CRICKMORE WILLIAMS, MA, LPC
is a Licensed Professional Counselor who enjoys working with children,
adolescents and adults. She earned a master’s degree in counseling from
Lewis University and also holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from
Wheaton College. She uses a client-centered, collaborative approach and
provides a safe, supportive environment for clients to learn how to
manage and resolve their difficulties, heal and grow. Her therapeutic
interests include anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, low
self-esteem, grief, and major life transitions. In addition to her
experience in counseling, Susan has worked with children and adolescents
in a variety of school and church settings and is uniquely prepared to
assist them and their parents with academic problems, behavioral
concerns, and social skills. Having been raised by missionary parents
in multicultural environments, Susan is able to relate well with clients
working through cultural transitions, identity issues, and spiritual
growth. She is a member of Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant Church.
PhD is no longer a therapist at CDPCC.
PATRICIA R. FRANCIS, OP, PsyD, SEP
is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Counseling Services at the Center. A member of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, Dr. Francis has been a practicing psychotherapist and a spiritual director/companion since 1987. She holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Chicago Campus), a master of arts degree in Christian spirituality from Creighton University and a master of arts degree in counseling, with an emphasis on marriage and family from Sangamon State University.
Dr. Francis is interested in the integration of spirituality, physical health and psychology in achieving healing, maintaining wellness and promoting personal growth. In addition to working with individuals and couples, she enjoys several therapeutic interests. She facilitates group therapy on women's issues, provides play therapy for children, works with people who suffer from trauma, depression and anxiety, and chronic pain, conducts psychological assessments, and leads workshops on a variety of topics, including marriage, communication, spirituality, wellness, and the mind, body, spirit connection.
Fluent in American Sign Language,
she directed the office
that provided pastoral services with the Deaf Community
for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois for 10 years. During
that time, Dr. Francis co-authored the book, EYE-CENTERED: A study
of the spirituality of deaf people with implications for pastoral
Dr. Francis is a certified Somatic Experiencing®
practitioner. She is also trained in Imago Relationship Therapy, EMDR, hypnosis, Internal
Family Systems Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT),
Somatic Experiencing (SEP), Spiritual Direction/Companioning,
and is certified to use computer software from Braintrain and
Play Attention with children and adults who have ADD/ADHD or minimal brain damage. She has achieved clinical membership
in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT),
fellow membership in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
(AAPC), and holds membership in the American Psychological Association
(APA), Spiritual Directors International (SDI), and the National
Catholic Office for the Deaf (NCOD). Formerly, the chair of AAPC's Central
Region's Formation Committee, Dr. Francis currently serves as a member
of that Committee and on the faculty and advisory boards of
the Ministry Formation Program (MFP) in Chicago and the Pastoral Studies Department of St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida for programs that serve deaf students.
For more information about emotionally focused couples therapy, see
The International Centre for Excellence in
Emotionally Focused Therapy, and
The Chicago Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy.
MA, LCPC, CSAT
is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She received a master’s
degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College and a bachelor’s
degree from Valparaiso University. Sandra brings a variety of
rich, diverse life experiences to therapeutic relationships with
clients. She appreciates the value of specialized training, spiritual
resources, patience, earned trust, and care-filled understanding. These
qualities are the foundation of her work as a
counselor. Sandra works with individuals whose lives have been
interrupted by relationship problems, trauma, loss, abuse, perfectionism, poor self-esteem, anger, and
challenges faced by adult children of alcoholics. Her therapeutic focus
includes anxiety and depression, as well as spiritual and relationship
concerns. She helps clients injured by the trauma of a family member's
addiction or compulsions, to find a path for living. She is also
interested in the therapeutic resources of healing prayer and spiritual
direction. She is available for individual and couple counseling.
as asex addiction therapist, Sandra also works with men and women who
strive to end compulsive sexual behaviors,
internet relationships or pornography use. She is available to help
those who experience trauma upon learning of their partner’s infidelity
resulting from these behaviors.
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ANN LETOURNEAU, CSJ, PsyD
Dr. Letourneau graduated
from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015 with her
doctorate in clinical psychology. As a member of the Congregation of
Sisters of St. Joseph, Dr. Letourneau joined the staff in the fall of
2015 as a post-doctoral fellow. Before moving into the field of
psychology she taught elementary school for thirteen years and worked
with new members of religious congregations for eight years. She also
holds a certificate in the Art of Spiritual Direction from Loyola
Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. Her clinical training and
experience included an assessment practicum with United Stand, Chicago,
IL, and therapeutic practicums at Claret Center, Chicago, IL, and DePaul
University Counseling Services, Chicago, IL. Her internship year was
spent working with both clinical and testing clients at University
Counseling Services at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.
Dr. Letourneau believes
therapy is the best gift we can give ourselves because when we process
past and current struggles we open ourselves to live more fully the
people we are created to be. She meets her clients where they are and
seeks to provide a safe, comfortable space in which they can risk and
grow. Dr. Letourneau enjoys working with individuals of all ages. Her
interests include the integration between psychology and spirituality,
utilizing dream work for personal and spiritual growth, and using
mindfulness techniques to relieve daily stress.
ELISSA LIER, PsyD
Dr. Lier completed her
doctorate degree in clinical psychology at The Chicago School of
Professional Psychology and recently joined the Center as a
post-doctoral fellow. She is passionate about working with children,
adolescents and young adults and finds play therapy and cognitive
behavioral therapy to be particularly helpful with these populations.
Dr. Lier enjoys incorporating mindfulness techniques into her
therapeutic work such as deep breathing, relaxation strategies, and
meditation. She also values the integration of faith into the therapy
Dr. Lier welcomes the
opportunity to utilize her strong background administering psychological
and neuro-psychological testing. Her assessment analyses include ADHD,
social and/or emotional difficulties, dementia, cognitive impairments
and executive functioning impairments. In addition to therapy
and testing, she is interested in group work relating to social and
academic skills, social-emotional development, behavioral management,
and boundary setting. Dr. Lier is currently available for child,
adolescent, individual, and family therapy.
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JAMES A. NATTER, PsyD
Dr. Natter is the Executive Director of the Center and a Licensed
Clinical Psychologist. He enjoys working with individuals, couples,
and families. Dr. Natter regularly works with individuals managing depression,
and anxiety, relational, developmental, and spiritual issues. He is
trained in the evaluation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as well
as testing for other psychiatric disorders. He often uses EMDR (Eye Movement
Desensitization and Reprocessing) for individuals with traumatic backgrounds.
He is skilled in clinical hypnosis which is helpful in treating anxiety,
alcoholism, smoking, obesity, and chronic pain. Dr. Natter frequently leads
workshops in the areas of couple communication and parenting. His master’s
work included a certificate in the integration of theology and psychology,
along with his degree in community counseling. His doctorate degree in
clinical psychology is from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Natter
previously served with a disciple-making organization called the Navigators
and is a retired Navy Captain.
Visit Dr. Natter's
personal site: www.jimnatter.com
PAMELA BAKER POWELL, MDiv, DMin
Dr. Powell is an ordained pastor
with decades of experience in pastoral counseling, having maintained a
private counseling practice for many years. She was also a professor
for fifteen years in two graduate theological seminaries while lecturing
nationally and internationally. As a professor, she taught pastoral
counseling to those who were preparing for pastoral work. “There are
two absolute requirements for a pastor,” she maintains, “loving God and
Dr. Powell is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a master of
divinity degree and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a doctorate in
pastoral ministry. As a pastor, Dr. Powell served churches from
Pittsburgh to California whose congregations encompassed a wide range of
age, stage, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. At one point in her
ministry, she was the only white woman pastoring an African American
church in her denomination. In addition, she is an experienced
spiritual director who designed the first Protestant spiritual formation
program in the nation for Fuller Seminary.
Having counseled parishioners and eventually clients from cradle to
grave, she brings extensive pastoral care experience to the
Center including grief work with those suffering loss from death or
divorce. Her specialties include family systems, life coaching adults
who find themselves “stuck” in a particular stage of life, and a growing
specialty in the area of the joy of friendship development and
maintenance. She is passionate about helping marriages grow stronger
and happier before they grow stale and stuck. She enjoys working with
married couples of all ages and stages but is particularly fond of
working with young couples and those dealing with parental issues. In
her own life, Dr. Powell has been a young widow, a young mom of three,
experienced remarriage, the grandmother of nine, and been a pastor and a
Powell is working under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Francis, O.P.
and is available for life coaching, presentations, group work, adult, individual, and
couple pastoral counseling.