Naper Clinical Behavioral Services

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Liza Devaney

Liza Devaney, LCSW, NASW Illinois Registered Supervisor, and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Liza completed her Master of Social Work degree at Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois. Prior to being in private practice, Liza had extensive experience working at Linden Oaks Hospital including being a clinical therapist in both the adolescent and adult programs.

Liza's expertise includes a wide variety of clinical issues including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, grief and loss, anger management, family conflict, children of divorce, and sexual identity issues. Her therapeutic approach is a non-judgmental blending of eastern and western philosophies thereby helping clients to  develop acceptance and cope with their challenges.  She is adept in training clients using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which has been extensively researched as a potent way to treat individuals suffering severe from mood instability.  She uses a variety of other therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing to ensure the most effective form of treatment is utilized to fit each client's unique situation.  Liza is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and can help clients deal with grief and loss issues through individual and family counseling.

Liza believes that therapy can be a challenging, but an important step toward a more fulfilling life.  Through a spirit of willingness and a commitment to take action, Liza believes that anyone can learn to manage difficult emotions, and navigate through transitions and change, which are an inevitable part of life.

Carol Folisi

Carol Folisi, LCPC, CADC, CEAP, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from North Central College in Naperville, and her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University. She has been a therapist for over twenty-five years and has significant experience gained from a variety of treatment milieus, including hospitals, residential programs, and outpatient services. 

She is a certified addictions counselor as well as certified employee assistance professional.  Her treatment approach is cognitive/behavioral in general, utilizing concepts from CBT, DBT, ACT, and other treatment modalities as dictated by client needs.  Carol is experienced in individual, couples, adolescent, and family counseling covering a variety of treatment issues.

Carol has significant experience in working with mood disorders and alcohol/drug addiction.  Her goal is to empower her clients towards successful life management by identifying and implementing the appropriate coping skills and improved perspectives.  She serves individuals aged fourteen and older, but will consider children between ten and thirteen on a case by case basis.

Karen Sommers

Karen Sommers, LCSW, who was born and raised in the Chicago area, is a social worker with over 30 years of experience.  She received her social work degree from Loyola University in Chicago.  She has worked in medical hospitals and psychiatric settings with adult and geriatric patients.  She has extensive knowledge of coping with major medical illnesses as well as psychiatric disorders.

Karen concentrates her work on individuals over the age of eighteen with a fondness for older adults.  She has experience with clients having adjustment to illness, the sandwich generation, aging, low self-esteem, relationship, daily functioning, and marital/family issues.  Karen also treats clients with psychiatric disorders including depression, mood, and anxiety.  She uses a multi-model approach to treatment, with input from the client, utilizing treatment methods including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness. 

She is a positive upbeat person who has a strong belief that life can get better with help and support from therapy.

Justin Wolfe

Justin Wolfe, LCPC, CADC, CRC, completed his Master’s in Counseling with a specialization in Rehabilitation from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and his addictions training at the College of DuPage.  He is also trained as a rehabilitation counselor specializing in helping individuals with disabilities gain the skills that will help them succeed in life.

Justin engages clients with a warm, empathic, non-judgmental yet direct style and uses a down-to-earth approach.  He utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a Client-Centered Approach and Motivational Interviewing techniques to help his clients move forward in their lives.  Justin specializes in working with individuals who find themselves struggling with:  depression, anxiety, addiction, defiant behaviors in teens, self-injury, self-esteem, life transitions, family conflicts, acting out/impulsive behaviors, and employment challenges.  He works with clients of all ages, but has a great deal of experience working with adolescents and families.

Justin strives to connect with every person and believes that each has a story and a distinct way of viewing and coping with life.  He believes that building a strong and collaborative therapist-client relationship is essential to the therapeutic process.

Jill King

Jill King, LCPC, CADC, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Resources from the University of Iowa. She went on to complete her Master's in Counseling with a specialization in Addictions at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She has gained training from hospital, residential, outpatient and school settings. 

Having experience as a clinical therapist for both adolescent and adult intensive outpatient programs for dual diagnosis clients, Jill specializes in adolescent treatment and family dynamics. Jill was a program coordinator for an adolescent outpatient program where she created and facilitated parenting education related to adolescent development. She also has experience working at Linden Oaks Hospital as a School Liaison where she facilitates communication and advocacy between hospital and school settings. By utilizing a warm and understanding approach, while also being direct, Jill focuses on addressing unhealthy behaviors and patterns which may prevent awareness and growth for her clients. Jill encourages her clients to find their voice and strength through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and assertiveness training. 

Jill emphasizes establishing trust with her clients by offering respect, encouragement, and support through a non-judgmental approach. Areas of specialization include the treatment of depression, anxiety, impulsive and defiant behaviors including substance use, self-harm, and sexually acting out in teens. Jill incorporates treatment of family systems and value-based work to identify barriers with relationships with the client’s self and others. 

Mickey Mudhar

Mickey Mudhar, LCPC, CRC, completed his Master’s in Counseling with a Specialization in Rehabilitation from the Adler University.  He is also trained as a Rehabilitation Counselor specializing in assisting individuals with physical & mental disabilities gain the skills to engage in competitive employment and lead fulfilling lives.

Mickey has experience as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, a Job Accommodation Specialist, and an Individual Therapist for adults and adolescents with dual diagnosis.  Mickey also served as a Program Manager for adults requiring training and support in their community and workplace.

Mickey utilizes behavioral therapies, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), in combination with talk therapy and mindfulness techniques to elicit individual development and progress.  He uses a multicultural approach to assess the individuals world views in order to offer effective interventions to diverse clientele, as well as addressing intergenerational conflict within families and relationships. Mickey has experience with individuals having adjustments to disabilities, relationships, daily functioning, anxiety, mood and depression.

Mickey utilizes a trusting environment in which individuals can foster security and an open atmosphere.  He believes in a joint effort between the therapist and client is a fundamental building block to promote growth.

Gia Peckhart

Gia Peckhart LCPC, NCE received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Boston University, and earned her Masters of Science in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling from DePaul University. She has worked in residential treatment centers and in the school setting predominantly.

Though she is open to various populations, Gia’s most substantial work has been with adolescents and families. She finds it critical to form a trusting, authentic, and nurturing relationship with her clients as well as their families when appropriate. Through the use of Strength-Based Therapy, and using DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) techniques, she takes a Client-Centered approach, using various therapies based on each unique individual’s personality.

Gia also tends to focus on overall wellness, incorporating powerful life interests such as art, music, movement, journaling, mindfulness, and other modalities into her therapy sessions and treatment plans. She believes there is power and healing in overall wellbeing and balance in a person’s life. She enjoys helping her clients to attain clarity on what that looks like for them along with the tools to attain their personal therapeutic goals.

She is a spirited and compassionate person who feels that through therapy you can find the strength to grow through your present circumstances and start to make healthy choices for your mind, body, and soul.

Paula Freeman

Paula Freeman, LSW, received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She went on to complete her Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Health Care Social Work also from Loyola University Chicago.  She has gained extensive training from hospital, rehabilitation, and adolescent inpatient/outpatient settings and facilities.

Paula continues to work as a clinical therapist for both adolescent and adult intensive outpatient programs for clients who are exemplifying behavioral disorders as well as severe mental illness diagnosis. Paula facilitates adolescent treatment and family support. Paula advocates for a system’s approach in which family and caregiver involvement is key in a client's treatment plan work to promote and preserve positive and lasting change. Paula has worked in the VA hospital with veterans who have acquired severe spinal cord injuries and disorders to provide psychosocial support, trauma therapy, case management, individual therapy, and support groups for both veterans and their families.

By utilizing a compassionate and understanding approach, while also being assertive, Paula will empower clients to be able to acknowledge and change unhealthy behaviors and patterns which may prevent awareness, change, and lasting yet effective growth for her clients. Paula encourages her clients to find hope, awareness, and resiliency through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and assertiveness training. Paula emphasizes establishing trust and rapport with her clients by offering respect, active listening, encouragement, and support through a compassionate and non-judgmental approach. Areas of specialization include the treatment of depression, anxiety, impulsive and defiant behaviors. Paula incorporates treatment of family and environmental systems and value-based work with motivational interviewing to identify barriers, conflicts, and obstacles within client’s relationships both with themselves and interpersonally.

Maurice McClain

Maurice McClain, LCPC, CADC, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor. He has worked in the Mental Health field since 2005 and been a therapist since 2009. Maurice graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement where he doubled minored in both Sociology and Security Administration. He obtained associates in arts in Criminal Justice from Wright College. Maurice then went on to graduate from Concordia University with a Masters in Community Mental Health Counseling. Maurice’s passion for mental health issues also led him to Join the 708 Community Mental Health Board from 2014 to 2019. Maurice currently works at the Linden Oaks Behavioral Health Outpatient Center – Naperville Campus where he is the Clinical Supervisor.

Maurice specializes in working with men struggling with depression, anger management, and grief issues. His approach involves using both cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to assist his clients during moments of crisis. He has worked extensively with both adults and older adolescents in developing the skills needed to consistently engage in value-based behaviors. Maurice believes you can’t navigate reality, until you accept reality.

Donna Bartlett

Donna Bartlett, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has supported adolescents and families for many years.  Donna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal/Social Justice from Lewis University, Masters of Art in Teaching from National Louis University and her Masters in Social Work from Aurora University.  She spent over 15 years working with the DuPage County Regional Office of Education as a truant officer working with families in the court system and school system.  She is very well versed in special education systems working with IEP and 504 Plans.  Donna was also a school liaison for Linden Oaks Hospital for over 10 years advocating for children and adolescents as they returned to school after being in hospital based programs.  

Currently,  Donna is also the Community Liaison for Child and Adolescent Services at Ascension Illinois Behavioral Health.  Continuing to work with schools all over the Chicagoland area, community agencies, medical health offices, probation/truancy departments and clinical practices to help ensure that children and adolescents are connected to care they need.  

Donna believes that by working together and offering encouragement and support to her clients they can find their voice.  She utilizes a non-judgmental approach while using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help guide her clients. 

Jerome Kaul

Jerome T. Kaul, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. He obtained his doctorate in psychology from the Adler School for Professional Psychology in 2019. Jerome has worked with children, adolescents, and adults at different levels of care including outpatient therapy, intensive outpatient program, and inpatient hospitalization. He has experience working with adolescents and adults who are managing self-injury, suicidality, substance-dependency and substance-abuse, personality disruptions, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Jerome specializes in the treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Jerome is trained and utilizes cognitive processing therapy for the treatment of PTSD. Cognitive Processing Therapy helps individuals see how trauma has impacted the way they see themselves, others, and the world and helps them adjust those beliefs so that their trauma no longer
impacts their life as a whole. Jerome believes that therapy should be used to help people be who they hope to be and to be proud of how they live their life. He helps people be open with themselves and in therapy by prioritizing safety, trust, and transparency in his therapy. He believes that only you know the right answer for how to live your life and hopes to support you in finding that answer.

Kelsey Kunz

Kelsey Kunz, LSW, received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northern Illinois University, and earned her Master’s of Social Work degree from Arizona State University. She has had experience working in both the inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings.

Kelsey continues to work as an intake clinician, assessing and working alongside a behavioral health team in determining an individual’s most appropriate level of care. She is passionate about creating a safe and collaborative therapeutic environment for all of her clients. 

Kelsey specializes in working with adolescents and young adults struggling with anxiety and life challenges. She believes entering therapy is a courageous act and the first step towards finding re-balance in one’s life.

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