Dr. Stephanie Bonza is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder of Zeal Family Wellness, LLC. For the past eight years, she has helped adults and children navigate challenges related to divorce and separation, complex trauma, domestic violence, parenting issues, behavior management, and co-parenting relationships. Specializing in high-conflict divorces and parent-child reunification, Dr. Bonza receives regular referrals from the family court system and family law attorneys.
Dr. Bonza holds a doctoral degree of clinical forensic psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a bachelor degree of psychology from University of Michigan (Dearborn), and an associate degree of criminal justice. She has conducted over 75 psychological evaluations for the criminal and family court systems, including violence risk assessments, parenting capacity evaluations, competency evaluations, and sex offender evaluations and is currently accepting referrals for evaluations on a case-by-case basis.
Dr. Bonza has a special interest in working with law enforcement, first responders, and members of the military. She graduated with a concentration in law enforcement and previously conducted fitness for duty evaluations and job suitability screenings for the Kane County Sheriff's Department and Chicago Police Department.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Bonza is passionate about helping future clinicians become well-informed, ethically-bound, and conscientious practitioners. She provides graduate-level instruction as an adjunct faculty member at a local graduate school of psychology and offers clinical supervision to masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral interns.
Stephanie Bonza, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Michelle Purdu, M.A.
Zeal Family Wellness, LLC is excited to introduce our newest clinical intern, Michelle Purdu, M.A., to our clients and colleagues. Michelle provides individual and family counseling in addition to supervised visitation services.
Michelle completed her Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology degree in July 2020. As part of her graduate studies, Michelle worked as an outpatient counseling intern with Amita Health formerly known as Presence Behavioral Health. In this role, Michelle provided individual counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a range of mental health symptoms including trauma, unstable mood, anxiety, and depression. She also provided psycho-social rehabilitation (PSR) counseling for adults diagnosed with Schizophrenia.
Prior to obtaining her graduate degree, Michelle received a bachelor degree of psychology with a minor in Spanish language from Michigan State University. While attending Michigan State, Michelle worked as an intern within the juvenile probation department of the Ingham County Family Court system.
Michelle is directly supervised by Dr. Stephanie Bonza, in addition to providing co-facilitated services. She plans to obtain her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license this fall.