trained divorce mediator
As the owner of Good Therapy, Abby Koch, LCSW, is expert at creating a comfortable environment where every client feels safe sharing feelings in order to strengthen every step towards optimal mental health. Specializing in couples’ therapy and helping parents who struggle with anxiety, depression, and life transitions, Abby cares for an average of 20-25 clients per week, while finding endless inspiration in helping all of her clients realize their unique therapeutic goals.
Abby embarked on her career 20 years ago, after she earned her Bacherlor’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Iowa, followed by her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Chicago’s Loyola University. She began working at Thresholds, helping the severely mentally ill embrace their lives independently before her professional path led to her experience as a crisis worker for children and adults. She then gave her expertise in Early Intervention before volunteering in India, supporting children suffering extreme poverty.
Precious time away from the office is spent with family and friends, working out, and reading. Her best Sunday involves waking up early to work out, being an enthusiastic spectator at her children’s athletic events, followed by dinner at home with close friends.
Abby considers her mother, a single mom who raised two kids while working full-time, her hero because she demonstrated that no matter the challenge, you can accomplish anything. Her mother also instilled in Abby a unwavering work ethic and a drive to always help others.
Known by colleagues and clients for her genuine, authentic spirit, it’s practically impossible for Abby to even imagine pursuing any other profession, as she has known that this is the kind of work she has been called to do since she was in fourth grade. That call never disconnected.
Having worked as hard as she did to get to where she is today, Abby is a passionate advocate about her work, constantly driven to discover better support for her clients.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Amanda comes to Good Therapy Counseling with over 20 years in the mental health field. She has vast experience working with the chronically mentally ill, homeless women and children and individuals struggling with substance use issues. In addition, she is trained in crisis intervention and was a member of the DuPage County Disaster team. Amanda is passionate about connecting friends, neighbors, schools, chambers and community members about the importance and acceptance of mental health treatment. She is an advocate for our community when asking for help is difficult. Her background in the mental health field is such an asset when someone is struggling about which kind of treatment they should connect to.
Amanda was born and raised in Naperville and currently resides here with her son. When she is not connecting with our community she can be found at her son’s gymnastics meets, working out, volunteering and the occasional Netflix binge.
BRITTANY NELSON, Psy.d
DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
Dr. Nelson earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University Chicago in 2012 and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2018. In addition to over nine years of clinical experience, she has volunteered in a domestic violence shelter advocating for sexual assault survivors, published research in teen sexual development, and is an adjunct professor at Benedictine University in the Psychology department. She is currently seeking additional training and certification in women’s health issues, including pregnancy, prenatal, postpartum, and fertility concerns.
As the Director of Psychological Services, Dr. Nelson conducts psychological and neuropsychological testing for ADHD, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and various mood and personality disorders in order to assist in treatment recommendations and academic/work accommodations. When she is not completing assessments, Dr. Nelson provides psychotherapy for adolescent girls and women experiencing trauma, self-esteem concerns, depression, anxiety, identity/sexuality concerns, phase of life issues, and attachment issues. Dr. Nelson believes in an interactive approach in which her clients are the expert and herself as a guide to support therapeutic growth through empowering clients to implement change easily translated into day-to-day life. Her methods of treatment primarily include psychodynamic and interpersonal approaches.
Outside of work, Dr. Nelson enjoys spending time with her dog Finn, traveling, spending time in nature, trying new restaurants, cooking, and being with her friends and family. She has a personal life goal of visiting all of the U.S. National Parks, having visited 10 as of this year.
Associate Clinical Director
LCSW, CADC, CCTP, EMDR
Michelle Rogers graduated from Aurora University with a Master’s In Social Work. She is an LCSW and a certified addictions and drug counselor (CADC), a certified clinical trauma professional (CCTP) and eye movement decentralization regulation (EMDR) certified. Her area of expertise includes addictions, trauma, depression, anxiety/stress, loss/grief, and anger. Michelle has experience with teens, adults, couples, adults with disabilities and their families.
As a warm, supportive counselor, Michelle believes therapy should offer a safe place of acceptance, compassion, understanding, and challenge. She meets her clients where they are and walks with them from a place of hurt, despair, or confusion, to a place of understanding, healing and wholeness. Based on your needs and goals, we may focus on finding practical solutions to specific problems, developing coping skills, changing unwanted behaviors and clarifying goals. Your journey may also uncover and enlighten your deepest fears and the origins of beliefs and behaviors that prevent you from having satisfying relationships, feeling good about yourself, and being truly alive.
Michelle embraces an eclectic, holistic approach, which may include, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping), and Solution Focused therapy to meet the needs of each client. While change can be difficult, uncomfortable, or overwhelming, her goal is to help you discover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, family, and her dogs. She’s an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan and looks forward to going to as many games as she can.
Board Certified Adult Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
David Sachs is a Board Certified Adult Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that treats patients 18 years and older. He received his Masters Of Nursing/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Arizona State University in 2003. He received his Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Arizona State in 2009. Dr. Sachs has many years of experience treating clients in outpatient mental health settings. A focus of his practice is treating mood, anxiety, adjustment, and other disorders. He is client-focused and is more interested in listening rather than speaking.
MSCP, LPC, NCC, MAEd
Martha is a licensed professional counselor who holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Education. Although her clinical experience covers a range of issues, Martha finds her strengths lie with adolescents, teens, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use. Martha uses a variety of treatment approaches, including solution-focused, CBT, DBT, client-centered, and mindfulness.
While striving to establish a connection with her clients, she believes that a positive therapeutic relationship is the key ingredient to successful therapy. Martha feels that instilling a sense of hope and meeting clients where they are is also a fundamental component to therapy.
Martha has provided crisis intervention services in a behavioral health hospital and ER setting, conducted individual & group therapy in both inpatient & outpatient settings and psychosocial rehabilitation groups for adults with co-occurring chronic disorders while working in community mental health. Martha also has experience providing individual & family therapy for adolescents & teens in both correctional and school settings as well as working with women and children in a domestic violence shelter.
In addition to working at Good Therapy, Martha conducts crisis assessments for a behavioral health hospital. A native of Chicago, Martha writes an advice column and enjoys spending time with her husband, adult children, friends, and her animals. Whether cooking, gardening, reading, or enjoying the outdoors, Martha is passionate about life and strives to live every day to the fullest, finding value in every experience.
Emily graduated from Adler University with a Master’s in Counseling and Art Therapy. Emily specializes in both adolescent and adult therapy in individual and group settings. She also has experience working with the LGBT+ community.
Emily has training with Adlerian psychology, DBT, and CBT. Emily also specializes in using a creative approach with art therapy. Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Emily is a member of the American Art Therapy Association. Emily’s therapy training was done at the VA Hospital where she worked intensely with veterans with mood disorders, trauma, and substance use. Emily has worked for the Missouri State Department of Social Services: Children’s Division to help families in crisis. Emily also worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse in private practice and urgent care settings. When Emily is not at Good Therapy, she works at a residential care facility with adolescent and adult women with co-occurring diagnosis. Emily’s role at the residential care facility is an art therapist and counselor who works with eating disorders, mood disorders, trauma, and substance use. Emily utilizes psychoeducation, skill building, self-exploration, creative approaches through art therapy, and talk therapy in group and individual settings.
When Emily is not at work she enjoys making her own art, exploring Chicago, spending time with her family and friends, and reading. Emily’s personal hero is her Grandpa Jack, who was the most resilient and caring person who, even after his passing, continues to inspire her today.
MA, NCC, LCPC
Heather Lemke has worked as a Clinical Therapist for five years, and specializes in behavioral concerns, school refusal, social skill development, parent-child relational struggles, conflict resolution, the development of coping mechanisms, stress and anger management, and general communication support. A former crisis worker, another area of Heather’s expertise involves working with young patients, post-hospitalization.
Her educational background and training includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Concordia University – Chicago. Heather is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors, and holds a Clinical Professional Counselor license (LCPC) with the state of Illinois.
Ultimately, when meeting with clients – whether children, teenagers, couples, parents, or families – Heather’s goal is to support and help them work through feelings, emotions, and experiences; establish personal goals for the present and future; and assist them in developing beneficial skills that can serve them well across many areas of their lives.
When she is not working as a therapist, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and her loved ones. Other interests include trying new and exciting food and restaurants, watching the latest scary movie, and spending as much time outside as possible. She is an avid Cubs and Bears fan and loves going to games whenever possible.
Asked about personal heros, Heather names her grandmother – a selfless person able to do a whole lot with very little, always willing to help her family when needed. Heather embraces lessons learned from her mother like, never say “I can’t,” because hard work and effort makes anything possible. She also lives by the Golden Rule – treat people the way you would want to be treated.
Heather volunteers to support active duty military service members, in addition to veteran-related issues. The military is near and dear to Heather’s heart as her brother currently serves in the Navy and her husband is a veteran of the Marine Corps.
Anthony is a licensed social worker who specializes in working with children and adolescents who struggle with depression, anxiety, anger, and other behavioral health issues. Anthony graduated with his Masters of Social Work in 2018. He began working as a school social worker in a kindergarten through 8th grade school.
Anthony enjoys using a strength based approach incorporated with cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness techniques. He is passionate about understanding people and helping them take the steps towards change.
In his free time, you will find Anthony spending time with family and friends, watching Marvel movies, spending time outside, playing video games, and reading.
Rachel received her Master’s in Social Work from Aurora University. She has worked in a variety of settings including a Safehouse for survivors of Domestic Violence to her most recent setting, working as a School Social Worker at a Therapeutic Day School for Autistic students. She finds that the clients who are the most difficult to connect to at first usually end up being some of her favorite clients because once those walls start to come down, there is a person who just wants to be seen and understood.
She is trained as a Registered Behavior Technician and has years of experience doing ABA therapy both in clients’ homes and in a clinic setting. She has worked with autistic clients for over six years. As much as working with autistic clients is close to Rachel’s heart, working with their siblings is something just as close. Growing up with a sister who has special needs, Rachel understands the complexities that come with this role and enjoys helping siblings find their voice and helping to normalize both the positive and negative emotions that come from having a brother or sister with certain challenges.
She is a strong believer in the power of the therapeutic relationship. Change can be a daunting, vulnerable experience and it is better to have someone you can trust there to experience it with you. She believes in starting where the client is at and addressing their own personal goals for therapy rather than what she may want for them.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys going for walks with her dog Luna, cuddling her new niece, trying new restaurants in Chicago, traveling to new places, and painting while watching some good tv.
Kat graduated from Adler University with a master’s in counseling and art therapy. Kat specializes in art therapy, and has training in traditional counseling techniques, including ACT, CBT, and DBT. Kat understands the importance of practicing with a trauma-informed approach and building a strong therapeutic alliance with clients. She strives to create a safe space for the client to ensure the development of a positive, trusting relationship.
Kat specializes in adult, individual psychotherapy and has experience working in group settings. Kat began her career as a therapist specializing in palliative care – she worked with oncology and stroke patients within inpatient and outpatient units. Kat has experience working with clients who have a history of trauma, experience anxious and depressive symptoms, are struggling with addiction, and who have been diagnosed with severe mental illness.
Rachel graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology from Monmouth College and with a master’s in social work from Jane Addams. Rachel is a client-centered and strengths-based clinician who has experience with CBT, exposure therapy and trauma-informed care. Rachel believes strongly that the success to therapy is forming a solid foundation between the therapist and the client, and that using humor when appropriate can be one of the most healing things we can do for ourselves.
Rachel has worked in multiple settings throughout her career including high schools, psychiatric hospitals, and community mental health centers. Rachel has experience working with adults with chronic mental health and substance abuse issues and adolescents dealing with depression, anxiety and self-esteem. Rachel specializes in working with young adults with OCD and anxiety disorders. Rachel’s approach is warm and collaborative with a focus on self-awareness and self-acceptance.
Carol comes to Good Therapy counseling with an extensive background of working with clients to place them in the appropriate level of treatment. Carol’s passion has always been connecting others to valuable resources in the mental health community. Her warm, friendly demeanor makes clients feel comfortable when calling for services. She is currently pursuing an Associates Degree in Human Services and is also studying to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. In addition, Carol has completed her training to volunteer at a local domestic violence shelter. In her spare time she enjoys travel, reading, volunteering at a local animal shelter and is an avid movie watcher.
Ian completed his bachelor’s from Northern Illinois University. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in clinical mental health counseling at National Louis University in Wheeling, and looking forward to graduation.
Ian personally prefers a client-centered approach. It is most important to meet a client where they are at, in the moment, and to respond with genuine empathy. Ian believes that a nonjudgmental demeanor and open-minded outlook, coupled with his strong work ethic and attention to detail, will serve to strengthen his abilities as a counselor. Ian honestly believes that counseling plays an integral role in the functionality and underlying happiness of our lives.
In Ian’s free time, you will likely find him up late, watching a good film. He loves reading mystery novels and lazing around with his dog, Fergus. Ian also enjoys drawing (charcoal is his specialty) and writing short stories.