Dr. E. Maurlea Babb, LMFT, LPHA, QE, is proud to have spent over 40 years as a marriage and family therapist in Wheaton, Illinois. The founder of the Chrysalis Center of Individual and Family Development in 1977, she also served as the executive director of the Illinois Affiliation of Marriage and Family Therapists for 23 of those years between 1993 and 2016. She additionally contributed much of her time to consulting and giving lectures on family dynamics at area hospitals, schools and churches. Before pursuing the field of mental health, Dr. Babb was a teacher and high school counselor for the Illinois Public School System from 1950 to 1977.
An emeritus board of directors’ member for Chicago Methodist Senior Services, Dr. Babb was also active with several other local organizations. The chair of the Milton Township Youth Committee from 1970 to 1978, she later served on the drug abuse community action team and the children’s ministries committee of United Methodist Women, as well as in several other roles. Eternally grateful to be able to attend college, she first studied at DePauw University in Indiana before transferring to the American Conservatory, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in 1949. Going on to attend Northern Illinois University, Dr. Babb achieved a master’s degree in 1964 and an EdD in 1984.
A member and approved supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Dr. Babb is also affiliated with several other professional organizations. These include the American Association of University Women, the Illinois Council on Family Relations, the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the National Council on Family Relations and the American Orthopsychiatric Association. A celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Babb has been featured in the 20th edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest.