Abby Koch, LCSW
Owner, Clinical Therapist, 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.
Brittany Nelson, Psy.D., PMH-C
Director of Psychological Services
Dr. Nelson earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University Chicago in 2012 and 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. Dr. Nelson is also certified in treating perinatal mental health disorders and has additional training in understanding specialized stressors that may arise during pregnancy, postpartum, and infertility.
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.
Michelle Rogers, LCSW, CADC, 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.
Dr. Brendan Hendrick, Ph.D
Dr. Brendan Hendrick brings a wide range of educational and psychological services experience to the Good Therapy team. He has worked in educational settings and clinical settings for over 10 years in a variety of roles. At Good Therapy, Dr. Hendrick specialties include psychoeducational evaluations, neurocognitive assessments, evaluation of learning disabilities and/or dyslexia identification, ADHD diagnosis, diagnosis of executive functioning differences, and autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Dr. Hendrick has extensive experience providing behavioral health and educational expertise to support students with learning difficulties. He is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy approaches and has experience with applied behavioral analysis techniques, in addition to evidence-based interventions for academic difficulties. Dr. Hendrick also specializes in intellectual and developmental disabilities, having trained at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disability, and he is a TEACCH Autism Program Level 1 provider.
Dr. Hendrick’s educational background includes a PhD in School Psychology from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a MAT in Elementary Education from National Louis University, and a BFA in design and technology from Illinois Wesleyan University.
In addition, Dr. Hendrick is a passionate advocate for inclusive disability advocacy. He is a member of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disability, and also participates with the University of Illinois at Chicago Disability Cultural Center. At UNC Chapel Hill he served as a guest lecturer on disability policy. Prior to completing a PhD, he was a 3rd grade teacher in an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school in Albuquerque NM and he taught 5th grade in Puebla, MX.
Dr. Hendrick brings the same passion he shows for psychology to the kitchen in his spare time, where he loves to cook. He is also an avid cyclist and has enjoyed teaching himself roller skating recently.
Emily Buckley, LSW, CADC
Emily received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University, with a specialization in Forensic Social Work. She also specialized in addictions and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). Emily is passionate about working alongside teens & adults in navigating life transitions, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and substance misuse.
She believes that a therapeutic relationship must be built on a solid foundation and connection, instilling acceptance and a continued journey of meeting the client where they are at. Emily notes a major component of productive therapeutic treatment is found in establishing and providing an environment that is safe, attentive, and non-judgmental.
Emily has provided crisis intervention services at the Kane County Sheriff’s Office covering a wide range of populations including: domestic violence, homelessness, sexual assault, mental health, and substance use. She uses a strengths-based approach, while also utilizing motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based skills, solution-focused, person-in-environment, CBT and DBT. Still, Emily recognizes each client is unique and uses a collaborative approach with clients through education, problem-solving, and skill training. Her goal is to assist clients in making positive changes to improve their quality of life and better cope with emotional and behavioral concerns.
In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as spending time outdoors. She appreciates traveling and finds value in making the most out of new experiences and adventures.
Emily DuBach, LCPC, ATR-BC
Clinical Therapist, Internship Mentor
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.
Robyn Hunsucker, LPC
Robyn holds a Master’s in Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University and is a licensed professional counselor.
She has training and experience working with teens and adults in partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient hospital programs and the private practice setting.
Robyn believes in the healing power of authentic connection through a purely collaborative therapy process. She focuses on collaborating with teens, adults and couples struggling with mood disorders, trauma, cancer diagnosis, relationship, and life-related stressors. During her time with clients, Robyn provides space to grow through exploration of personal values, inner strengths, effective coping strategies and establishing a sense of self with her clients. She has a versatile theoretical background with an emphasis in Attachment, Person-Centered and Psychodynamic Theory’s. Everyone’s walk in life is different and to provide an individualized experience she utilizes a multimodal approach that incorporates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical and Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques along with Mindfulness and strengths-based work.
In her free time, Robyn enjoys spending time with her husband, teenagers, and her dogs. She loves the beach, music and laughing until it hurts.
Heather Lemke, LCPC, NCC
Heather Lemke has worked as a Clinical Therapist since 2009 and has been with Good Therapy since 2017. She specializes in behavioral concerns, 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 Intervention Counselor, another area of Heather’s expertise includes working with young patients who have completed inpatient treatment.
Her educational background and training include 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 she holds a Clinical Professional Counselor license (LCPC) with the state of Illinois.
Ultimately, when working 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 coping skills that can serve them well across many areas of their lives.
Jean Gibbs, MSW
Jean graduated from the University of Illinois’ Jane Adams School of Social Work with her MSW. She comes to Good Therapy with twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families, along with adults. She has previously worked in the field of mental health; and is currently working full time as a school social worker in a middle school setting where she has been practicing for over a decade.
Jean supports children, adolescents and their families, and adults who are struggling with all of life’s circumstances. Whether it’s attention concerns, depression, anxiety, anger, behavioral issues, or regulating emotions; Jean will meet the client where they are and will work towards their goals. She will assist them with rediscovering their strengths and support them on their journey towards self-improvement. Jean’s compassion, empathy, life experiences and ability to understand will foster the therapeutic relationship. She is passionate about helping others achieve their personal goals.
Free time includes spending time with her fiancé, her two dogs and four children. She enjoys cooking, crafting, music, gardening and being outdoors. e enjoys triathlons, reading, and spending time with her family and dogs.
Jennifer Stewart, LPC
Jennifer earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University and is a licensed professional counselor. Jennifer is a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and is passionate about the unique challenges facing this population. Her area of expertise includes managing anxiety and stress, trauma, depression, grief and loss, exploring sexual orientation and the coming out process. Jennifer has experience with teens, adults and couples.
Jennifer believes that the body and the mind are connected. When events happen such as a traumatic event, loss of a loved one or illness, this creates a rippling affect through the mind-body connection. Allowing each client to connect to the event, feeling that within their body allows for a deeper holistic therapeutic process. Jennifer partners with her clients, teaching mindfulness techniques geared to connect to your body within a safe and calming atmosphere. She pulls from a number of modalities ranging from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Internal Family Systems and Somatic Experiencing.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, reading fantasy novels, meditating and going for walks.
Rebecca YIsrael, LSW
Rebecca YIsrael (Becky) earned a Master’s degree in Social Work Healthcare from Aurora University. Her area of expertise includes ADHA, Anxiety, Addictions, Grief, and Depression. Becky works with all ages across the lifespan.
While completing her undergraduate degree at Elmhurst College, Becky choreographed, taught, and competed competitively in dance. Witnessing firsthand the effects of anxiety, burnout, and body dysmorphia is what sparked her interest in mental health.
Becky’s experience includes Social Work Director, Care Counselor, and Youth Mentor. Becky uses a variety of approaches in her therapy; Motivational Interviewing Technique (MIT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
As a counselor, Becky believes in client-led sessions and active listening before implementing any modalities of treatment. Creating a welcoming environment of trust, understanding, and willingness to learn what her clients need in real-time, is the motto she governs her counseling sessions by.
Becky enjoys spending time with her children and cooking for family and friends. She loves to laugh by watching movies and stand-up comedy. Becky enjoys writing and performing poetry and spoken word. Although Becky is bad at driving, she enjoys road trips!
Victoria Sandora, MSW
Victoria acquired her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Governors State University and focused on vulnerable populations and social justice. She then moved on and received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Aurora University.
Victoria has experience working with teenagers, adolescents, and adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and mood disorders. Victoria also works with couples and families to help them create stronger and more positive relationships. Victoria believes in the importance of building a strong and trusting relationship with her clients and meeting her clients where they are at.
In her free time, Victoria likes to spend time with her friends, play video games, play board games, snuggle with her 3 dogs at home, and be outside. Victoria also enjoys listening to music and singing. Her hobbies include painting, collecting rocks and crystals.
Natalie Sprovieri, LPC
Natalie earned her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. Natalie works with teens and adults. Her areas of interest include emerging adulthood, trauma, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, adult ADHD, attachment/family systems, self-esteem and grief/loss. Natalie’s therapeutic approach is largely integrative and uses a variety of modalities such Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MIT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and psychodynamic theory.
The foundation of her work lies in reigniting what it means to be connected, seen, and creative. Natalie is a dancer and artist by background. Seeing first hand the effects of burnout, body dysmorphia, and perfectionism sparked her interest in the helping profession. Natalie’s clinical experience includes working in Eating Disorder and Mood, Anxiety, and Trauma residential programs.
Natalie is a client centered therapist and will choose interventions based on clients needs. Natalie believes in the power of a strong therapeutic relationship and values creating a safe and inclusive space for her clients to explore life’s challenges. She is an advocate for her client’s needs and walks with them in their journey no matter the pace. “Today I will try my best. Some things will go right and some things will go wrong. I will be kind to myself either way.”
In her free time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her three cats, dancing, crocheting, drinking coffee, and doing yoga.
Alicia Daniels, LSW
Alicia earned her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Illinois University, majoring in family and consumer sciences and family services. She received her master’s degree in social work from Aurora University with a specialization in general social work.
Alicia has experience working with children, adolescents, families, and the older population. She previously worked in the mental health field in a behavioral health setting and is currently working as a full-time social worker for a company that serves individuals with disabilities and provides them with support based on everyone’s needs.
Alicia supports children, adolescents and adults who are struggling with challenges in their life. She assists individuals with depression, anxiety and behavioral issues. Alicia not only specialize in general therapy but she has a passion working with individuals with a variety of disabilities; specifically autism, down syndrome and intellectual disabilities. Alicia believes that individuals with disabilities may see a different world but their disability does not define them, it makes them unique.
In her free time, Alicia likes to spend time with family and friends. She enjoys cooking, listening to music, going on walks, and finding new activities and hobbies that she finds soothing.
Tim Baynes, LCSW
Tim graduated from Loyola University with his Master’s in Social Work with a specialization in children and families. In his career, he has gained experience working with young adults, families with young children, seniors, and a variety of other groups.
As a licensed clinical social worker, Tim believes that therapy should offer an opportunity for people to explore a variety of aspects of their lives and identify the innate strengths that they possess. Through this process, they can utilize these strengths to formulate strategies to tackle the most difficult obstacles in their lives. Tim always meets his clients where they are, and allows them to be the experts in their lives as they work to build a safe, compassionate therapeutic alliance.
Tim utilizes a variety of clinical approaches including, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and a strengths-based approach. As everyone he works with comes from a different place, he recognizes the need to have different approaches when approaching different problems.
When Tim is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, swimming, and cooking. He is also a bit of a self-proclaimed nerd and loves staying up to date with all of the latest Marvel movies and TV shows.
MELISSA DI NATALE
Melissa is a Master’s level clinical intern. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology at Benedictine University. She earned her Bachelor‘s degree in English Education from Eastern Illinois University and has since taught middle school and high school. She currently works as a teacher at a behavioral health hospital where she coordinates with schools to provide academic services to students receiving treatment. Melissa is passionate about providing empathetic and personalized care.
Through teaching, Melissa found that her heart lies with helping individuals through social-emotional challenges. Her background allows her to create a safe and nurturing environment, adjust to individual needs, and work as part of a team to wrap around those in need. Melissa sees great value in building a strong therapeutic relationship and is a fierce advocate for the social-emotional wellness of adolescents.
Jonathan is a clinical Intern pursuing his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Adler University. He graduated with his Associate’s in Recording and Music Technology and went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Entertainment and Media Business. While his path to the mental health field may be unconventional, his life experiences have been influential in his decision to focus on the counseling profession.
Jonathan has found passion in working with adolescents, adults, families, and the LGBTQIA+ community. He assists his clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
At some point in everyone’s life, they face difficult situations that can seem impossible to overcome. Jonathan’s goal is to create a relationship with his clients where they feel comfortable sharing in a non-judgmental environment. Jonathan believes in finding everyone’s strengths and using those as tools throughout their therapy journey.
In his free time, Jonathan enjoys being with his family, listening to music, and recording his podcast. One of his favorite things to do is go to a concert or a standup comedy show. Jonathan finds peace in taking yoga classes as well as finding a great trail to hike.
Megan is passionate about making mental health assistance accessible for everyone. She is currently a Masters student working on receiving her license in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in order to one day be a practicing therapist. She has several years working in the mental health field. She has worked in environments with children, adults, and addictions counseling as a receptionist/intake coordinator. Megan understands that taking the initial step to begin counseling can be challenging and an impactful moment. You will be greeted with compassion and empathy when booking your initial appointment with her.
Shannon came to Good Therapy Counseling with the intent to help people gain access to the treatments they may need. She understands that life can have its challenges and will provide calm and patient support to those she works with. Shannon graduated from Northern Michigan University with her Bachelors in Sociology and Human Services. She has experience working and volunteering with surivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, as well as those struggling with addictions. Shannon understands the complexity of breaking down cycles and forming healthy routines. She will help assist clients wherever possible, so that they may be connected to the resources they require. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys working with animals and running agility with her dog.
Jessenia graduated from North Central University with her Bachelor’s in Social Work. She is currently a pre-grad student for her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working in a child advocacy center and crisis nursery providing crisis counseling and resources for families who have experienced domestic violence, sexual abuse, and housing displacement. She also has experience working as a clinical operations coordinator and billing assistant. Jessenia understands life is complex and wants to support individuals and families as they navigate services.
In her free time Jessenia enjoys kayaking, spending time with friends and traveling.