Your Couples Workshops Presenters - Next Held June 8 & 9, 2024

Your Couples Workshops Presenters - Next Held June 8 & 9, 2024

Dr. Michael McNulty

Mike McNulty, PhD, LCSW is a Certified Gottman Relationship Therapist.  With over twenty year's experience, he maintains a private practice in psychotherapy in Evanston and Highland Park, IL, where he treats individuals and couples.  Mike provides training to other therapists in his role as consultant to The Gottman Institute’s Certification Program and The Chicago Gottman Study Group.  An adjunct faculty member of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, he has taught couples therapy.  He also has presented workshops on The Gottman Method through The Institute for Clinical Social Work and The University Of Chicago School Of Social Service Administration. Learn More...



In addition to Dr. McNulty, Certified Gottman Therapists will be assigned to present at the couples workshop, and may include the following Workshop Leaders: 

Joy Allen

Joy Allen, LCSW, M.Div. is a Certified Gottman Relationship Therapist. For the past 20 year, she has worked with couples and individuals regarding their relationship concerns in Tennessee, Colorado, and Missouri. Most recently she has had a private practice in St. Louis and is now re-locating to Fort Worth, Texas. Joy works with couples preparing for or recently married, with gay and lesbian couples, with couples wanting to incorporate spirituality into their relationship, and with couples who have been together many years. She has extensive experience speaking to community groups and leading adult education classes and is passionate about helping build positive, healthy family relationships.



Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan, MS, LCPC, is a certified Gottman Relationship Therapist. He comes to the task of healing relationships after years of skepticism about the effectiveness of couples counseling. Originally trained in the sciences, he was intrigued by the research done by the Gottman Institute and decided to take a closer look. Since then his practice, once focused on victims of trauma, has become largely directed to helping couples create solid, lasting and satisfying relationships. He has worked with over 100 couples using the Gottman method, even conducting Marathon Therapy sessions for couples too far away to take advantage of weekly therapy sessions. Tom has offices in Oak Park, Downer's Grove, and Plainfield, IL.



Suma Karndikar

Suma Karandikar, MA, LCPC, a founding member of the Postpartum Wellness Center located in Hoffman Estates, IL is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Suma received her Master’s in Counseling from Loyola University Chicago in 2001.  Suma brings 17+years of experience in a variety of settings to her work with adults, couples, and families. Suma utilizes a variety of therapeutic models including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Therapy, as well as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

Suma is a Gottman Certified Couples Therapist. Working with a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist assures you that you are working with someone who provides the highest quality couples therapy based on cutting edge scientific research into what makes relationships work. Suma has been trained by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. While the Gottman Method provides couples with clear and simple techniques to improve their relationship, for the couples therapist, it takes many years to fully integrate and master both the art and science of Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Suma specializes in the treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), and has extensive post-graduate training in the assessment and treatment of PMADs. Suma has attended the 2-day PSI training as well as Karen Kleiman's 10 hour postgraduate clinical training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Other areas of expertise include grief and loss work specific to miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss. Suma presence is warm and compassionate and she prides herself in creating a safe space for her clients to do the difficult work that lends to lasting positive change.

 Suma enjoys yoga and traveling. She currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Chair of Education and Training for Postpartum Support International

Suma has been married for 20+ years and has three children.





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What our Clients say about the presenters ...

“The Staff was great in making sure we understood what we needed to do... They were available to us at all times.”

“The presenters were sympathetic, professional, and caring”

“They presented a fabulous workshop... I am thrilled I had the opportunity to participate!”

For further information on the Couples Workshop, please contact:
Michael McNulty, PhD    -

Phone:  (847) 328-0106
Fax:  (847) 328-5497

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Evanston, IL 60201

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Highland Park, IL 60035 

Gottman Couples Therapy

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