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We are so glad you are here. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, life transitions, or just want support through the difficulty of being human, our team of compassionate professionals is here to help.

Inner Life offers a collaborative approach to therapy, ensuring that you receive care that aligns with your goals and values. No matter what challenges you’re facing, you can trust our team to provide compassionate guidance to help you navigate difficult times and feel more balance in your life.

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Colleen Napleton, Psy.D.

Founder

Dr. Napleton is the Founder of Inner Life Psychological Services and The Center for Balanced Parenthood. Dr. Napleton is a clinical psychologist who provides individual therapy to work on current difficulties such as parenting anxieties and stresses, dissatisfaction, life transitions, dating, anger, difficulty saying no or setting boundaries, relationship struggles, and anxiety. She has a subspecialty in infants and toddler development allowing her to help parents of young children. Dr. Napleton also addresses difficulties from one’s past that are impacting the present such as family of origin challenges, not having had the best fit parents for you, patterns that you want to stop repeating with yourself or in relationships-including repeating parenting styles of your own parents, and understanding how the past impacts your current needs and how you get them met.

Katarina Zoltan, Psy.D.

Intake Coordinator and Billing Specialist

Katarina Zoltan, Psy.D. provides individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults at the Chicago office location. She received both her doctorate and master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has been working in the field of psychology for close to 20 years.  

Dr. Zoltan’s clinical experiences include work with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings such as inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient/community mental health centers, and forensics. She has extensive background and experience helping those that struggle with a variety of symptoms, such as behavioral challenges, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, and acculturation issues.  Additionally, Dr. Zoltan serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she teaches courses in the Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology program. 

Dr. Zoltan also provides administrative and billing services for Inner Life. She provides guidance and can answer questions related to insurance, benefits, and billing issues, as well as the intake process and onboarding. 

Keisha Battle, Psy.D.

Dr. Keisha Battle (she/her) completed both her Master’s in Clinical Professional Psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She completed her internship at the Madison VA Medical Center and spent 3 years at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center in Primary Care – Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI). Currently, Dr. Battle works in PC-MHI in the Women’s Health primary care clinic at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Battle’s professional interests include insomnia amd sleep disorders. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), CBT for insomnia, CBT for chronic pain, acceptance and commitment therapy, problem solving therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and prolonged exposure. She is licensed in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin.

Ashley Bush, LCSW

Ashley Bush, LCSW, specializes in providing compassionate therapy for individuals of all ages, including infants, with a focus on navigating life’s challenges and fostering emotional resilience. Drawing on her expertise in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Ashley supports young children and caregivers in coping with stress and trauma through play-based interventions, fostering connection and healing.

With a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington and extensive experience in early intervention and psychotherapy, Ashley offers personalized support for anxiety, life transitions, relationships, family dynamics, and mood disorders. Rooted in a holistic understanding of how various factors shape individual experiences, Ashley provides a safe and collaborative space for clients to explore and grow. Ashley is dedicated to helping individuals of all ages thrive

Alexander Friedman, Psy.D.

Dr. Friedman obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with a special emphasis on children and adolescents. Dr. Friedman provides individual and family psychotherapy, in addition to conducting psychological assessments. He has experience working with children, adolescents, young/emerging adults, adults, and families in a range of settings, such as private practices, community mental health centers, hospitals, residential treatment centers, and therapeutic day schools.

Dr. Friedman’s clinical focus includes anxiety, depression, life transitions, school issues, job satisfaction, attentional challenges, self-esteem, peer relationships, social skills, mindfulness, and family conflict. His areas of special interests are emotional and behavioral challenges, identity development, and relationship issues. Dr. Friedman takes an empathic, non-judgmental, creative, and relational approach to help clients and their families better understand and more successfully navigate the challenges they experience.

Karen Hicks

Karen received a Master’s of Counseling Psychology with a concentration in marriage and family therapy from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology; prior to this, she received a master’s in business administration and worked as an accountant for multiple years before returning to her true passion of psychology. Having facilitated a career change herself, she has firsthand knowledge of administering life changes.

She specializes in helping those who are navigating mood disorders, trauma, life changes, relationship challenges, race issues, and executive functioning skills. Karen believes that the patient is the expert on their life, and she uses a blended therapeutic approach to help others cultivate the course they desire. Karen feels a strong therapeutic alliance is the foundation of the therapeutic process.

Before joining the Inner Life team, Karen worked extensively with children who had experienced trauma. As a member of an interdisciplinary team, she helped patients acquire strategies that allowed them to develop practical skills while building social connections.

Karen embarked on a career as a mental health professional due to her dedication to help others. Being a therapist brings her great joy, and she considers it an honor to be privy to another’s growth. Karen’s hope is to help others see that there is a therapeutic value in talking about life’s difficulties.

Falyn Mellul, MSW, LSW

Falyn Mellul is a licensed social worker who works with a wide range of clients including both children and adults. With a background in Pediatric Psychiatric Hospitalization (PHP) settings, Falyn brings a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health challenges in children, adolescents, and adults. Falyn specializes in working with people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life-transitions, eating disorders, and OCD-related symptoms. Her therapeutic toolbox includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), trauma informed therapy, and Strengths Focused Therapy tailored to suit each client’s unique needs. Falyn’s experience extends beyond therapy sessions; she specializes in supporting individuals, particularly children, during their transition post-hospitalization, fostering resilience and strength in every step of the journey. Whether you’re seeking face-to-face sessions in Chicago or the flexibility of telehealth, Falyn Mellul provides a safe, supportive space where healing and growth can flourish.

Falyn’s journey towards becoming a trusted ally in mental health began with her undergraduate studies at Ohio State University. It was there that she laid the foundation for her career, delving into the complexities of human behavior and psychology. Building upon her undergraduate education, Falyn pursued her passion further, earning her master’s degree in social work from Loyola University in Chicago. It was during her time at Loyola that Falyn honed her skills and developed a deep understanding of therapeutic modalities. Today, armed with both academic knowledge and real-world experience, Falyn combines her education with her innate compassion to provide personalized support to individuals of all ages facing mental health challenges.

Elissa Miller, LCSW

Elissa Miller is a licensed clinical social worker who provides therapy to children, teens and adults who are experiencing stress and/ or anxiety as it relates to parenting, life transitions, and overall feelings of discontent. She assists clients in understanding the underlying reasons for their challenging emotions, and supports them to progress towards a more fulfilling and enjoyable life. Her background includes school social work and helping young adults who have experienced childhood trauma.

Annie Mullen, LCPC

Annie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a master’s in clinical counseling and psychotherapy from the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. Annie works in a psychodynamic capacity with children, adolescents and adults. Annie works with people that feel depressed, anxious, and alone with their struggles, that can utilize talk therapy to develop a deeper understanding of themselves. In treating children, Annie works with parents to support the child in getting back on track in positive development. Annie works with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral dysregulation. Prior to coming to Inner Life, Annie worked at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute Grief Clinic, helping children and adults that experienced loss. Annie also has years’ experience as a counselor in a residential treatment program for adolescents with acute psychiatric conditions.

Nneka Onyezia, PhD

Dr. Nneka Onyezia is a licensed clinical psychologist who sees children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She specializes in helping families and individuals of all ages work through especially challenging and life altering events. Circumstances such as adoption, especially international and transracial adoptions, physical and sexual abuse or assault, trauma, and typical life transitions can be difficult for families to navigate together. Dr. Onyezia also administers psychological evaluations for children and adults. She sees people at the Chicago location and is not currently taking new clients.

Danielle Principato, Psy.D.

Dr. Principato offers a multifaceted approach to healing and growth work, blending her extensive experience with a profound understanding of human behavior. In her practice, Dr. Principato works with children, teens, adults, and parents and offers a variety of psychological testing evaluations tailored to meet the unique needs of each client.

Dr. Principato offers a safe and nurturing space for you to explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Together, you’ll work to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying patterns and dynamics that shape your life. She helps clients understand the deeper roots of their challenges, paving the way for lasting change.