Colleen M. Napleton, Psy.D. - Executive Director 

 
Dr. Napleton is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder of Inner Life Psychological Services. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in inpatient, outpatient, residential treatment and private practice settings. Dr. Napleton's work includes getting to the root of what is going on. What patterns are being repeated? What is causing distress? How can we understand the feelings behind the behaviors? With children and adolescents, she specializes in aggressive behaviors, anxiety, depression and self-esteem. For adult clients, Dr. Napleton specializes in struggles with aggression, anxiety, and relationships.  How do old relationships impact current relationships? Transitions and life changes are also a specialized focus of her work. Dr. Napleton earned both her masters and doctoral degree at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Napleton accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO. She sees patients at both our Hinsdale and Chicago locations. 

 

 

Denia G. Barrett, LCSW

 Denia Barrett is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and their parents.  She brings this same developmental perspective to her work with adults, especially as they transition from one phase to another throughout the life cycle. Her primary focus is on building on inner strengths in order to assure optimal development, mastery, and satisfaction in relationship to one's self, family, and the outside world.  Mrs. Barrett received her MSW from Michigan State University and trained as a child and adolescent psychoanalyst at the Hanna Perkins Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  During her 35 year career she has been a frequent contributor to the field of child psychotherapy as an author, editor, teacher, consultant, and supervisor.  She is a faculty member and child and adolescent supervising analyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She sees patients at our Chicago location.

 

                                        

Thomas F. Barrett, Ph.D.                                                       

As a psychologist and psychoanalyst, I work with children, adolescents, couples, and adults of all ages in a strength-based and relationship-engaged process. Work with infants, toddlers and children of all ages has prepared me to engage in effective developmental guidance work with parents. I also have extensive experience in working with parents who have adopted children and with parents who are striving to work through the challenges of being divorced. With both children and teenagers, I always include parallel work with parents to support and improve communication and understanding. I help adolescents gain confidence and self-esteem as they transition into adulthood. I support young adult's engagement in work and relationships. I help older adults reflect on past accomplishments and disappointments, resulting in a greater capacity to bear loneliness, enjoy solitude, and experience the generativity that leads to fulfillment and satisfaction. I have successfully worked with persons of all ages who wish to avoid or discontinue the use of psychotropic medications. My approach is grounded in a development perspective that appreciates the essential connection between body and mind and recognizes how past experiences and relationships, as well as things outside of our conscious awareness, influence our present-day feelings and behavior. I see people at the Chicago location. 

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, family, and group 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, attentional challenges, self-esteem, peer relationships, social skills, mindfulness, substance use, 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. He sees people at the Hinsdale and Chicago locations. 

 

 Andrea Lieberman. Psy.D.

Dr. Andrea Lieberman received her Psy.D. from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is a clinical psychologist with a wide range of clinical experiences, which include providing therapeutic services and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, Dr. Lieberman has extensive experience working with parents and caregivers in order to support their understanding and use of effective and meaningful parenting techniques. Dr. Lieberman is on the Adjunct Faculty at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Adler University. She sees people at the Chicago location. 

 

 

 

Nneka Onyezia, Ph.D. 

Dr. 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. 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Principato, Psy.D.

 Dr. Principato is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couples, and family therapy.  She also conducts psychological evaluations. Dr. Principato obtained her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has trained and worked in a variety of settings, including residential facilities, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, primary care, medical, and nonprofit clinics. She has also served as a professional faculty member and adjunct faculty coordinator at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Principato has extensive experience working with those struggling with identity, life transitions, loss, and relationship difficulties, along with those with struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral and emotional troubles, and chronic medical illness. She works from a relationship and insight-based framework to help patients gain deeper understanding and meaning, change troubling patterns, and move towards growth and fulfillment with themselves and in their relationships. She sees people at the Hinsdale office.

Katarina Zoltan, Psy.D.

 Dr. Katarina Zoltan, chief fellow, received both her doctorate and master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Zoltan’s clinical experiences includes providing therapy services and psychological assessment to children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient/community mental health centers, and forensics. She has extensive background and experience working with children, adolescents and adults who struggle with a variety of symptoms, such as difficulties listening, anxiety, depression or unhappiness, trauma, and acculturation issues, as well as providing therapy services to couples and families. Additionally, Dr. Zoltan serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she teaches courses in both the International Psychology Ph.D. as well as Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology programs. She sees people at the Chicago office. 

 

 Christopher Balmaceda, LCSW

Chris Balmaceda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who focuses on adolescents and adults who are experiencing grief and loss, identity and self-image issues. He has particular interest in working with men who are feeling unsatisfied in their lives whether it be related to work, relationships, or parenting. Chris utilizes solution focused techniques to help with reaching your goals within your desired time frame. He has also been trained in traditional cognitive behavioral therapy. Chris received his Bachelor of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago and his Master of Social Work degree from The University of Kansas. He sees people at the Chicago office.