Clinical Social Workers. Yoga + Fitness Instructors. Sisters. Innovators.
Melissa and Caroline, both Licensed Clinical Social Workers, are passionate about empowering individuals to fulfill their highest potential. They offer traditional individual talk therapy and mind/body therapies. On their own personal and professional journeys, each became drawn to yoga and fitness. Not only did they begin to see the benefits of incorporating yoga/fitness therapy approaches with their clients, but they experienced the power of mind-body wellness themselves! Together, this LCSW sister duo created the practice in 2012 as a place for girls and women to feel strong from the inside-out! After four years, it became clear to Melissa and Caroline that the Northbrook and surrounding communities needed more. With this in mind, they expanded to become True Mind + Body in order to serve all family members through a comprehensive approach to mental and physical health!
Melissa Novack, LCSW, CPT
Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master's degree in Social Work and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a Bachelor of Arts.
Melissa specializes in working with women and teenage girls. Her areas of expertise with women include motivating productive change, helping women through significant life transitions, parenting consultation, infertility, pregnancy anxiety, pregnancy loss, and postpartum depression. Her areas of expertise with teenage girls include anxiety/depression, self-injury, body image and weight management issues, divorce, self-esteem, academic and social pressures, transition to high school and college, and friendship/interpersonal relationships.
In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Melissa is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). She believes that the mind and body have a strong physical and emotional connection, and as a result, works to combine personal fitness and strength training with psychotherapy. Melissa participated in Shri Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training program in 2016, and has been teaching yoga at True Yoga + Fitness ever since.
Caroline Novack, LCSW, RYT, PRYT-P
Caroline is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Caroline specializes in working with teenage girls and women. Her background with teens spans across a variety of settings, including schools, intensive outpatient treatment programs, and outpatient centers, where she has worked extensively with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-injury, transitions to high school and college, and issues with friendships and other interpersonal relationships. Caroline’s background with women includes challenges associated with infertility, pregnancy anxiety, and postpartum depression/anxiety.
Caroline is also a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner (PRYT-P), Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). She has participated in internationally recognized yoga, yoga therapy, and kids and family yoga programs, including Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, CorePower Yoga, the Amala School of Prenatal Yoga, and Rainbow Kids Yoga. It is Caroline's passion to share yoga with clients in order to provide girls and women a holisitc approach to life wellness. She provides short-term, solution- focused individual yoga therapy sessions as well as individual and group therapeutic yoga classes.
Anne Leavell, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
Anne is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Anne has over 12 years experience as a Dietitian working in a variety of settings including the Endocrinology Department at NorthShore University Health System in Skokie, the Wellness Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and the Center for Lifestyle Medicine through the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation in Chicago, providing one on one nutrition counseling and program development. In addition to her role at True Mind + Body, she currently works with Interactive Health, a corporate wellness program. She specializes in medical nutrition therapy for weight management, cardiovascular health, diabetes, gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes, maternal nutrition and celiac disease.
Amy Vree, LCSW
Amy graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master's degree in Social Work and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. She has extensive clinical experience working with both adult and adolescent populations.
Prior to joining True Mind + Body, Amy worked with underserved, high-risk teenagers, young adults and their families in alternative high school and teen health center settings. She has experience working with clients around anxiety/depression, self-esteem and relationship issues, self-injury, life transitions, trauma and postpartum depression.
Amy believes that the therapeutic relationship is extremely important and works to build a safe, supportive foundation with her clients. She uses a strength-based approach to help clients break unhealthy patterns, develop more functional coping strategies, create change and to generally feel more comfortable and balanced in their lives.
Becky Novack, M.A.
Becky provides Executive Functioning Coaching as well as Special Education Advocacy for children and adolescents. Becky's goal is to give her clients the tools they need to thrive in school and beyond. She has extensive experience teaching students strategies in getting organized, self-regulation, long term planning, maintaining focus, and in developing the social skills they need to be strong self advocates. Becky has always had a passion for helping unique learners develop into independent, confident young adults. Her approach incorporates research based strategies with student centered goal setting to achieve measurable success for all children and adolescents.
Becky worked as a full-time Special Education teacher for 8 years. In addition to her University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Bachelor's degree in Special Education, Becky earned her Masters degree as a Reading Specialist from Concordia University and obtained her graduate education certificate in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education from the American College of Education.
Betsy Rubenstein, LCSW, MS
Betsy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Master’s degree in Social Work and Erikson Institute with a Master of Science in Child Development. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University.
Betsy has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in health care, school, and community agency settings. In her individual and group therapy work, Betsy specializes in self-esteem, peer and family relationships, body image, anxiety/depression, life changes, and the development of healthy coping skills. Betsy’s previous role was the director of children and adolescent programing at a cancer support center. She ran a comprehensive educational and supportive program for children and families affected by illness.
In addition to being a part of the True Mind + Body team, Betsy is also currently the Program Director and a presenter for Girls in the Know, a non-profit organization designed to educate and empower mothers and their pre-teen daughters.
Through her therapeutic approach, Betsy aims to help her clients gain self-awareness and develop the skills to confidently manage future challenges.
Daniel Karabatsos, LCP
As a licensed professional counselor, Daniel Karabatsos completed his Master's in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University and earned a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Northern Illinois University. Daniel's experience while working for therapeutic day schools, as well as in private practice, has centered on working with children, adolescents, and young adults, specifically those seeking assistance with anxiety, depression, stress management, and the Autism spectrum.
Daniel's approach lies primarily in the use of the Cognitive Behavioral model, but begins with an unconditional positive regard for his clients, routed in Client Centered thinking. Through collaboration with clients and their families, his goal is to create and maintain a therapeutic environment that seeks to grow with the client, allowing them to gain a healthy independence and understanding of themselves, others, and the world around them. At True Mind + Body, Daniel specializes in “Active Therapy” for children and teenagers who would benefit from therapy in a more active, sporty environment rather than a formal office setting. Active Therapy takes place in a “sport’s court like” environment and combines movement-based activities such as playing catch, hoops, soccer, and darts with other psychotherapeutic techniques.
Felicia Carmel, Psy.D.
Dr. Carmel is a clinical licensed psychologist who conducts a variety of testing services at True Mind + Body, including neuropsychological, psychological, and educational evaluations to assess for learning disabilities, ADHD, emotional disorders, and cognitive disorders. Dr. Carmel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and received her master’s and clinical doctorate degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She received her clinical training at the University of Chicago HALP clinic (hyperactive and learning problem clinic), Hartgrove Hospital, John Stroger Hospital, and completed her internship at Loyola Medical Center. Dr. Carmel has worked at Smart Love Family Services performing evaluations and conducting therapy as well as worked in a private practice setting on the northshore and throughout the city.
Dr. Carmel has extensive experience conducting these and other types of evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults with a broad range of abilities. She has worked with many of the schools in the area and in the city and is familiar with their academic demands. Where appropriate and helpful for her patients, Dr. Carmel is available to attend school meetings and assist with educational plans to best meet each individual’s unique needs based upon the test results.
Lisa Ungerleider, LCSW
Lisa graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey with a Master's degree in Social Work and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University.
Lisa has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in private practice, school, and community agency settings. She has worked with teen and adult clients around anxiety/depression, self-esteem, relationship issues, parenting, and life transitions. Lisa works with children struggling with social skills, emotional regulation, ADHD, and behavioral challenges.
Lisa believes that it is important to provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for clients while using an individualized therapeutic process. Lisa helps clients identify their strengths and learn new skills to empower them to manage current and future challenges.
Lisa Morgan Mulvaney, M.Ed, CCLS
Lisa is a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). She graduated from Erikson Institute with a Master’s of Education in Child Development and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Northwestern University. Lisa has worked extensively with children from infancy through adolescence, and their families, in the pediatric healthcare environment. She provided Child Life Services at University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital for 12 years and is currently part of the Family Services team at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Child Life Specialists are trained professionals who help children cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, disability, and hospitalization. Lisa’s services promote and encourage effective coping through specialized types of play, preparation, medical education, and self-expression activities. These sessions can help children process and cope with either their own experiences or with those of a family member.
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Nathan Lagacy, LCPC, CC-AASP
Nathan works as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. As a clinical therapist he completed his undergraduate work at Olivet Nazarene University, and his graduate work in Counseling at Adler University with a specialization in sport and health psychology.
Nathan has experience working as a clinical therapist dealing with a variety of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, anger management, bipolar disorder and others. He also has experience with issues related to children adjustment to divorce, relational issues, and stress management. He believes in meeting clients where they are in their life by using their strengths to move toward making positive changes. Nathan is also a Certified Consultant for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology to help athletes, and performers work towards the pursuit of excellence by focusing on improving mental skills. He has experience as a sport consultant in working with a high school football team, injured athletes/workers, MMA fighters, and individuals working toward weight loss.
In his personal life continues to be very involved in health and wellness, along with playing sports recreationally. He is a big believer in the impact that health, wellness, physical activity and sports can have upon increasing happiness to live life to the fullest.
Samantha Schwartz, LCSW
Samantha graduated from the University of Southern California with her Master’s degree in Social Work and earned her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Hamilton College. Prior to joining True Mind + Body, Samantha worked with at-risk, underserved kids, teens and families in the greater Los Angeles Area. Samantha has experience in inpatient, residential, and outpatient services and has assisted clients in areas, such as: anxiety, depression, trauma, self-injury, ADHD, life transitions, grief and loss, family structure, and interpersonal relationships.
Samantha also completed her yoga teacher training in Bali, Indonesia and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). In addition to therapy services, Samantha is excited to combine her clinical work with her yoga background by teaching group yoga therapy sessions while at True Mind + Body.
William Sackley, Psy.D., LCP
Dr. William Sackley is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a Bachelor's of Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His formal training sites have included Riveredge Hospital, Client-Centered Counseling Associates, South Campus Therapeutic Day School, and Rice Child + Family Center.
William specializes in children, adolescents, and families. He has worked with clients in a diverse range of settings including schools, residential centers, hospitals, and private practices. His style is relationally-based, with the belief that the therapeutic relationship is paramount to quality care; each client’s perspective, strengths, and goals drive treatment. William’s relational interventions often include play therapy, movement and activity-based therapy, and other expressive therapies. He respects and works with clients dealing with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and spectrum disorders. William’s goal is to meet each client where they are, promote personal growth, and develop a sense of empowerment in a safe and comfortable environment.