CHRISTIAN LOCKE, MSW, LCSW
Christian Locke, Founder and Lead Therapist for Innovative Behavioral Health, has been counseling clients since 1994. Christian received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University, and Master of Social Work degree from The University of Iowa. Over the years, Christian has worked in a wide variety of settings in both management and direct therapy roles. I pride myself on my ability to genuinely connect with the individuals, couples, and families with whom I work. I pull from a wide variety of therapy approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the Empowerment Approach; however, you're more likely to notice my relaxed demeanor and my optimism. I work with many different age groups from teenagers, to adults, to Seniors, and I am experienced in navigating and improving complex family and couples relationships. I feel fortunate that I've been allowed a glimpse into the lives of the people that I see in our counseling practice. My goal is to make you feel at ease from your very first visit - this is vital in creating an atmosphere that allows you to feel comfortable speaking freely about challenging issues. I work a variety of morning, afternoon and evening hours throughout the week. I am available early morning through evening on Saturdays. I truly enjoy my work so feel free to give me a call if you're interested in setting-up a meeting. Christian is available at both the Naperville location and the Oswego location for sessions.
Christian is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
VERONICA LICKFELT, MSW, LCSW
Veronica Lickfelt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Type 73 School Social Worker. She grew up on the North side of Chicago and attended the Chicago Public Schools. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Work from Wartburg College in Waverly Iowa in 1995 and her master's degree in School Social Work from Jane Addams at UIC in 2000. She has worked at an agency with homeless teens, for several school districts as well as the local special education cooperative, and even once through an outreach program in a laundry mat! She definitely thinks outside the box. Her work has included services to children ages three and up, teenagers, adults and Seniors. She sees clients with disabilities, cognitive, developmental and behavioral challenges including Autism and sensory issues, as well as depression, anxiety, and life transition concerns. Because people aren't equipped with a magic wand and a crystal ball to fix life's problems and predict what is coming next, Veronica helps individuals, couples, and families see where they have been and develop where they want to go now and in the future. Veronica prides herself on her ability to listen and understand in order to develop ideas that can make goals into reality. She empowers people. Her approach is innovative, just like the name of the group, Innovative Behavioral Health that she co-founded with her husband, Christian Locke, LCSW. Her professional experience with complex family dynamics, paired with her personal experience within her own marriage, has made her sensitive and intuitive in her work with couples. Veronica is currently seeing clients in Naperville and Oswego by appointment.
JASON COLE, LCPC, CADC
Jason Cole is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor who has been counseling clients since 1994. He earned his master's in Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University. While working in mental health centers in both Chicago and the Southwest suburbs, Jason has gained a wide range of experience in working with both adults and adolescents in areas such as building self esteem, self confidence and overcoming depression and addictions. Jason works with individuals, couples and families to overcome obstacles and barriers needed to have satisfying relationships and life experiences. Besides working at IBH, Jason is also a Therapist at a local community mental health center, and has been working very diligently to provide therapy and treatment services to adults, adolescents, and families with mental illness and in the area. Jason believes that everyone has the innate tools to help themselves, and passionately works with others to see the strengths and abilities that they possess. He believes that people will take positive steps to improve their lives and will learn to trust themselves if they feel that someone understands their issues. He will work diligently with you to help you achieve your goals and aspirations. Jason works evening hours and Saturdays in the Naperville location.
LINDA YOKELSON, LCPC, CADC, NCC
Linda is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor who has been counseling clients since 2004. She earned her master's degree from National-Louis University. Linda has extensive experience working with individuals and couples, as well as group therapy for the maintenance of sobriety and for women's issues. The philosophy that infuses her work with clients is that the relationship between client and therapist is the primary healing factor. She was trained in an eclectic model of therapy which allows her to tailor her methods to the needs of each individual client, respecting each one's goals, feelings, and dreams. Linda believes that relationships can be strengthened and improved by learning good communication skills, conflict resolution strategies, and commitment to the relationship itself. Linda is dedicated to assisting clients achieve their aspirations for healthy relationships, satisfying careers, successful parenting, and meaningful lives. Linda sees clients at both the Naperville and Oswego locations.
KIMBERLY G. HOLSTEIN, MSW, LCSW, CADC
Kimberly G. Holstein (Kim) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and a Type 73 School Social Worker. Kim has had the privilege of counseling children, adolescents, adults, couples and families since 1993 and has a very diverse professional background. Kim has worked in residential school settings for at-risk children and their families, group home facilities for adolescents under the guardianship of the Department of Correction/Department of Children and Family Services, grief programs for law enforcement families who suffered the loss of a parent/spouse in the line of duty, the community counseling and crisis intervention department of a local police station where she provided marital, individual and family therapy, and local community agencies that provided domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention services. Recently, Kim worked at a nationally known alcohol and drug abuse treatment facility as part of her CADC certification training. Kim earned her Bachelor's Degree in Human Services & Psychology and her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work. In addition to her work as a Therapist at Innovative Behavioral Health, Kim is also a school social worker for a local school district where she serves as the Social Work Department Chair. Kim brings a high level of empathy and compassion to her work as well as immense respect and admiration for her clients in taking those first steps to improve the quality of their lives. Kim's approach to therapy focuses on understanding and validating each client's perspective based on their own unique life experiences, then assisting them in identifying and removing the roadblocks that keep them separated from the life they desire. Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectic and Solution Focused Therapy, as well as the Strengths Perspective, are some of the foundations of the interventions Kim has successfully utilized. Outside of work, Kim is committed to peace and social justice issues, whereas recently, she had the honor of offering hope and relief at an orphanage and hospital in the earthquake ridden capitol of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. With her personal background as a wife and mother of three children and two "bonus" children, Kim also brings a depth of life experience and understanding to her work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Kim is committed to providing a safe, supportive and hope-filled environment to explore her client's experiences in order to assist them in progressing toward their personal goals. Kim is currently seeing clients at the Oswego office.
Melanie Dewey, MA, LCPC
Melanie "Mel" Dewey is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Benedictine University and her master's in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in adolescents and children from Lewis University. Since 2008 she has been working with clients who have a variety of issues such as trauma, suicidal ideation, self- injury, depression and anxiety. Mel enjoys working with individuals and families by using play, art and talk therapies. Mel believes as a therapist that it's her job to help people recognize that the ability to heal, change, and grow lies within each of us. Melanie has gained a wide range of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, and Older Adults. Melanie's Specialty areas include Depression, Anxiety & Stress, Relationship Concerns, Life & Career Changes, as well as Self-Confidence & Self-Esteem Issues. Melanie provides individuals, couples, and families with the guidance, support, and empowerment needed to overcome the most challenging life circumstances. She takes pride in her ability to creatively and warmly connect with children and teens, and truly enjoys assisting people in reviving relationships and re-discovering their passion for life. Melanie is available for daytime, evening and Saturday appointments in our Oswego location.
Clair Sheldon, MSCP, LCPC
Clair is a licensed clinical professional counselor. She received a BA in psychology at DePaul and an MS in clinical psychology from Benedictine University. Clair is experienced in working with a wide range of issues. Examples include grief, depression, anxieties and phobias, addiction, bipolar disorder, ADHD, trauma/PTSD, and family conflict. She employs a variety of treatment methods based on the specific needs of each person. Clair expresses a particular interest in issues related to relationships, career, self-image, and becoming your own strongest ally. Choosing to enter therapy can be a very difficult decision. I will provide a safe environment that encourages your active participation in the rewarding process of: exploring new ways of seeing and thinking that will give rise to innovative solutions and decrease suffering related to all challenges. Together we will discover your strengths and primary motivations; learn and practice specific skills to improve relationships; and work towards goals, which are in alignment with your core values.
Ralph W. Mitchener, LCSW, MSW
Ralph W. Mitchener II known as "Mitch" is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Type 73 School Social Worker who has over 30 years experience working with adolescents and adults. Mitch had a private practice at Myrtle Burks Center in Glen Ellyn for 13 years, as well as worked at Oswego High School as a school social worker for 26 years. He received his Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science at University of Illinois Chicago and his Masters Degree in School Social Work from Aurora University. His clinical orientation is working with the client as a partner in establishing personal goals in achieving wellness that enables them to reach their fullest potential. Mitch said, "Take control of the change you want to make in your life and you will tend to be happier and feel more fulfilled." Mr. Mitchener is an advocate of a balanced life style focusing on positive behavior, mindfulness, exercise and healthy life style choices. His approach is brief therapy utilizing behavioral protocols to empower the client to make changes to achieve goals in a timely manner. He has worked with clients with adjustment disorder, depression, health issues, stress, and relationship challenges. Mitch also has experience working with clients who are interested in improving performance in athletics, career and school. Mr. Mitchener is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Association of School Social Workers and School Social Workers Association of America. Mitch is a deeply spiritual person who is an avid musician and experienced outdoorsman who values family and friends. Mitch sees clients primarily at the Naperville location.
Counseling Solutions for all…
- Individual Counseling for Adults, Children, Teens, and Seniors
- Family, Blended Family, and Single-Parent Counseling and Support
- Couples, Relationship, Marital, and Pre-Marital Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Psychotherapy for Children with Behavioral, Learning, or Mental Health Issues
- Recovery Assessment and Support for Substance Use and Abuse
- Life Coaching, Business and Entrepreneurial Coaching
- Counseling Support for Military Personnel and their families