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NPS & Medication

Medication is not our first choice for treatment.

Neal Psychological Specialties exists to promote health, not just treat disorders.  We reach for alternative treatments first as a way to bring balance, health and well being.

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We are a caring team of professionals, under one roof, dedicated to meeting all of your individual counseling needs.

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Douglas Neal, Psy.D

Dr. Neal has been practicing in the Chicago/Crystal Lake area for over 35 years. He loves helping his clients (children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families) attain the healing and wholeness they desire.


  • ADHD
  • Alternative Treatments to Medications
  • Anxiety & OCD
  • Christian Counseling
  • Childhood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Marriage & Family
  • Men
  • Special Needs


Kristina Polley, RN, LCSW

Kristina is a licensed clinical social worker who completed her Master’s degree at Aurora University. She has been a practicing clinician for over 30 years, providing therapy to individuals, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. 


  • Anxiety & OCD
  • Caretaking Challenges
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Codependency
  • Infidelity Recovery
  • Marriage & Family
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stage of life & transition
  • Teen Girls/Young Women
  • Women
  • Trauma Recovery


Zach Neal, MA

Zach specializes in working with teens, young adults, and men’s issues. He completed his Masters Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a Bachelors in Psychology from Columbia College of Missouri.


  • Marriage/Counseling
  • Male Teen and Adolescents
  • Young Men
  • Men's Issues
  • ADHD



Carrie Reynolds, LCPC

Carrie is a licensed clinical professional counselor with a masters degree in human services counseling from National Louis University. She has over twenty years of experience working with children and adolescents.


  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Child Counseling
  • Play Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Abuse/Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Teens
  • Young Adults


Maria Mangiardi, LCPC

Maria received both her Bachelor of Science in health care leadership and Master of Science in community counseling from National Louis University. 


  • Ages 18+
  • Substance Abuse
  • Gambling
  • Holistic/Spiritual 
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender
  • Work/career
  • Anxiety & OCD
  • Couples/relationship issues
  • Women  
  • Ethnic identities

Are you ready to take the next step?

Contact NPS and schedule your first appointment today.

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