There is hope-every step of the way.

Our family of counselors are dedicated to helping you find hope, healing, & wholeness.

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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About Neal Psychological Specialties

At Neal Psychological Specialties, we know that the journey to better health takes courage, strength, and support. Allow us to connect you with a Crystal Lake therapist who understands where you’re coming from and where you’d like to be.


Our professional counselors are here to ensure you feel heard and seen. To do that, we offer both in-person and virtual therapy sessions as well as a no-obligation 15-minute Meet and Greet. Whether you live in Crystal Lake or one of the surrounding areas, need cognitive behavioral therapy or another psychological service, we are here to help.

Meet our Family of Counselors

We’re committed to walking with you as you journey toward wholeness. Whether you have medical, psychological, emotional, or spiritual needs: we'll be with you, every step of the way.

Douglas Neal, Psy.D

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.


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Maria Mangiardi, LCPC

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. 


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Zachary Schmidt, LPC, NCC

Zachary Schmidt, LPC, NCC


Zachary specializes in working with teens, young adults, and men’s issues. Zachary’s approach to counseling is truly getting to know and understand who his clients are in an open environment. He uses genuine and honest conversations without any judgment to fully connect.


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Peter Neal, MA

Peter Neal, MA


Peter received his bachelors degree from Regent University in Virginia and his Masters degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago. 


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Angela Fieldhouse, MA, LPC

Angela Fieldhouse, MA, LPC


Angela completed her Master's degree in Child/Adolescent Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lewis University and specializes in depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and behavior issues.


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Zach Neal, MA

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.


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William Brinati, LPC

William Brinati, LPC


William Brinati graduated with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Christian College in 2016 and has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2017. He is passionate about supporting people on their life journeys and boosting their experiences with his therapeutic guidance. 


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Not sure who to talk to?

No problem! You can schedule a no-charge, no-obligation meet & greet - online, over the phone, or in person.

Services We Offer


Understanding is often the first step to alleviating fear. At NPS, we want you to fully understand ADHD, its symptoms, and how we can help. Read more.

ADHD & Couples

If the ADHD remains untreated or under-treated, these patterns can leave both partners feeling unhappy, lonely, and overwhelmed by their relationship. Read more.

Adolescents & Teens

Teenage years can be the best and the worst of times. There's many challenges facing teenagers, ranging from bullying, to substances, to classroom struggles. Read more.

Alternative Treatments

Our mission is to promote health through alternative treatments and natural remedies for anxiety, depression, ADHD and other mental health concerns. Read more.


If you are suffering from anxiety, the good news is that there is help and hope. Your life does not need to be controlled by this distracting and often overwhelming challenge. Read more.


Many professionals no longer view OCD as an anxiety disorder but rather a result of a specific part of the brain called the “anterior cingulate gyrus.” This brain region “hijacks the person” to lock down or over focus. Read more.


We diagnose and treat depression, anxiety, OCD, school refusal, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorders, as well as issues related to divorce, family conflict and sexual abuse. Read more.

Christian Counseling

Faith based counseling is distinct in that it also incorporates the spiritual dimension into healing and growth. A Christian counselor may integrate biblical principles when working through an issue. Read more.

Couples & Family

We all desire respect and affection in the relationships that mean the most to us. Sometimes, we feel stuck. We don’t know how to move forward, and we are weary from repeating the same pattern over and over. Read more.


Depression is a serious medical issue. It’s more than just feeling “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. It’s feeling down, sapped of energy, and hopeless for weeks at a time. Read more.

Educational Issues

Getting the educational support, accommodations and services that your child needs is, at times, a complicated task. We listen to your concerns and goals, then help create a plan that works best for you and your child. Read more.

Energy Healing

Energy medicine is rooted in science and has been around for thousands of years. Although it was originally considered an Eastern philosophy, it has recently become more mainstream in the west as well. Read more.

Infidelity Recovery

Hearing that your mate has had an affair sends a shock wave of intense pain through the deepest part of your heart, affecting every area of your life. But there is hope. Read more.


The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals are more likely to experience a mental health struggle such as depression or anxiety. Read more.


Men today hear many opposing ideas about who they are supposed to be, and they often struggle with “settling into themselves” at work, at home, in friendships, and in their own sense of self and purpose. Read more.


Sexuality is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. Pornography, on the other hand, is sexuality on steroids! It’s a supernormal stimulus, and with regular use, it can alter the brain both physically and chemically, leading to addiction. Read more.

Sleep Disorders

In today’s fast-paced world, some people think of sleep as a luxury that they can simply choose to indulge in or not. But the truth is that quality sleep is as necessary as breathing. Read more.

Special Needs

Our team understands that parents and families need more than a diagnosis for these issues, and we do not just “refer you out” or pass you along to another professional.  We exist as a team to provide you the support you need. Read more.

Substance Abuse

We work with local substance abuse programs to provide counseling support for the person struggling with an addiction and for family members who need the follow up support after completing the program. Read more.

Trauma Recovery

Typically when we think of trauma, we may think in terms of experiencing physical violence or witnessing the same. While this is certainly true in some cases, there are psychological sources of trauma as well. Read more.


Women need to be heard and feel understood. We meet you where you are, offering you tools to navigate through your current issue and move to the next step. Read more.

Young Adults

While many thrive away at college, it is not uncommon for some young adults to struggle out of high school in finding their footing. The transition from home life to independence can be swift and surprising for some. Read more.

Are you ready to take the next step?

Contact us and schedule your first appointment today. 

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