Meet Our Team
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.
Nicole Strubel, MA, LPC has worked in the mental health field for five years. Before coming to Good Therapy, she worked at Access Behavioral Health. Determined to help her clients realize their mental health goals, Nicole’s roster represents a diverse population, including adults, children, families, and couples. Specializing in depression, anxiety, mood disorder, grief and loss, and life transitions, Nicole especially enjoys counseling teenagers and couples.
When she isn’t taking care of her clients, Nicole loves to read, practice yoga, and spend time with friends, family, and her 2-year-old cat, Penny. An animal-lover, if she finds spare time in her busy schedule, Nicole volunteers at her local animal shelter. Addicted to coffee, Nicole knows how to relax and appreciates Sunday afternoons spent cooking brunch with her husband and soaking up some sunshine. Outdoorsy, Nicole takes any opportunity to swim, hike, or explore nature.
Identifying herself as loving and kind, Nicole lives by her mom’s lesson to always work hard, try your very best, and love like crazy. Asked to name her hero, Nicole chooses her sister, who, despite facing challenges throughout her life, has maintained a positive outlook.
If her path had taken her in another direction, Nicole would likely have worked in the Social Services field, or possibly as a high school teacher. But, her path led her to Good Therapy and she couldn’t be happier about this destination.
MSW, LCSW, CADC
Kim Milton, MSW, LCSW, CADC is a therapist specializing in individual, adolescent, and group psychotherapy with a focus on addictions. Before joining the team at Good Therapy, Kim interned at Elgin Mental Health and Joliet’s Presence St. Joseph Medical Center. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Kim is also a licensed social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor. Kim’s diverse client roster includes experiences assisting clients in the legal system, some of whom have been convicted of serious crimes.
An animal lover – horses are her favorite – Kim enjoys music, cooking, and camping. Reading is another of Kim’s treasured pastimes and she is a serious Harry Potter fan. When it comes to creature comforts, Kim reaches for Skips or Marmite.
If she wasn’t a licensed therapist, Kim would be a mental health lawyer. Dedicated to research and the pursuit of new coping skills, Kim is invaluable to the Good Therapy team.
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.
Mandy Birkel, BA, is the Behavioral Health Consultant for Good Therapy LLC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is an essential resource for our team. Mandy manages our credentialing and billing needs as well as assisting clients and clinicians throughout the therapy experience. She has years of experience in the counseling setting and working with insurance panels. Mandy is passionate about helping others and providing high quality service. She contributes a broad range of knowledge to our office and is dedicated to assuring a positive environment for everyone.
Jordan Teige, MCP, LPC is a therapist with experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and groups. Before joining Good Therapy Jordan interned at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, IL in the Intensive Outpatient Program. While there she worked with a very diverse client population including those with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, thought disorders, personality disorders, and addiction. Prior to completing her graduate studies, Jordan also worked at The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University as a Study Counselor providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a smoking cessation research study. In addition, Jordan has experience with Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Expressive Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Jordan’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago, IL and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.
Jordan views her role in counseling as the light that guides the way to each of her client’s paths of self-discovery. She works collaboratively with her clients to identify their strengths and values that will help build a foundation for working through their problems while in therapy. Jordan realizes that change can be difficult, but strives to provide a supportive and safe therapeutic relationship that aides in fostering each client’s growth.
When Jordan is not working as a therapist you can find her teaching group fitness classes or working out at the gym. Jordan is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has been very passionate about fitness and health her whole life. Jordan believes strongly in the connection between physical and emotional wellbeing, and considers exercise a form of therapy itself. Jordan is the mom to a playful one-year old cat named Kira, and enjoys being outdoors, listening to country music, and cooking in her free time.
Steven is a therapist skilled in working with adolescents, adults, families and employees. His specialties include the treatment of anxiety and depression often cooccurring with many types of addictions, stressors, and/or traumas. He also enjoys working with people overwhelmed in stressful jobs that need help improving job performance and removing barriers. He works with various techniques in the therapeutic session grounded in CBT, DBT, and ACT. He has a unique ability to help his clients understand how one’s thoughts and feelings shape their actions and behaviors. Through collaboration with his clients, they become empowered to explore who they are, who they’ve been and ultimately who they strive to be. He also assists his clients in reflecting on their relationships in order to elicit positive changes.
His entry into the world of mental and behavioral health is quite different than most. He earned his BA in Psychology in 1992, and obtained his Masters of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology back in 1995. He spent over 20 years working within various corporations collaborating and consulting with employees at all levels. During this time he would help senior management set and measure goals, train staff in leadership, diversity, and team building. This led to group and individual meetings that would address a variety of problems that needed to be processed. He most recently obtained his Master in Social Work, during which he also worked at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health Hospital running psychoeducational groups in adult and adolescent IOP and PHP programs. He also worked at an outpatient counseling agency with a caseload of 15 unique individuals and families. His clients always appreciate his ability to be truly empathetic and listen without judgement.
When not at Good Therapy, you can find Steven running around Naperville as he loves to mindfully run and train for an upcoming race. He also loves spending time with family and friends, learning about nutrition, cooking, playing guitar, and most of all watching his son play soccer.
Steven considers it an honor to be entrusted into the lives of his clients; he welcomes the opportunity to treat anyone who is seeking peace and contentment in their lives.