Our Counselors

Our Licensed Clinical Counselors offer professional, confidential counseling to help make your next positive change possible. All of our counselors provide teletherapy as well as in person sessions. Please call us at 815-501-2088 to make an appointment.


Lisa Jensen, MS.ED, LCPC

Lisa has a wealth of experience working with children, teens and adults.  Lisa has a relaxed, down to earth personality that helps her connect easily to clients.  Lisa graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2005 with an MS. ED. in Counseling.  She has extensive training and experience in helping those who have experienced sexual and physical trauma and domestic violence.  She also has worked with youth and adults with special needs.  She is interested in working with those in the LGBTQ community.  Lisa joined Changes Counseling in 2015 and currently works in our Rochelle office and provides teletherapy.

 



Christine Novak, MA, LCPC

Christine has worked with youth and families since the start of her career in 2000.  She has additional training in working with those who have experienced anxiety, depression, trauma, autism spectrum disorders, divorce and domestic violence. As a 2001 graduate of Loyola University's Pastoral Counseling Program, Christine learned to support people in their faith as part of the counseling process.  As a mother of three, she brings personal as well as professional experience to counseling individuals, couples, families and children. She lead the Rochelle Parent Group for parents of Special Needs Children for six years.  She is a member of the Illinois Mental Health Association and the Illinois Counseling Association. Christine practices in our Rochelle office and provides teletherapy.

 


Sarah Marsden, EdD, LCPC

Sarah joined Changes Counseling in 2019.  She has a Master's degree in Professional Counseling and a Doctorial degree in Counseling Psychology.  She has been working in the counseling field since 2007 with individuals aged 15 and older on a wide range of issues.  Sarah brings patience, kindness and humor into the session to help with healing.

She works in the Rochelle and Oregon offices as well as provides teletherapy.

 



Noelle Darnold, LCPC

I have earned by B.A. from Illinois Institute of Technology with a major in psychology. I went on to pursue my Master's Degree at Concordia University-Chicago in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. For the past 3 years working in the private practice sector, I have provided services to a diverse population of clients with varying concerns. 

I love to utilize theories that work best for my individual clients. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and person-centered therapy are the theories that I tend to draw from the most frequently. In order to get the most out of counseling, I believe it is important for the client and I to establish a strong rapport. Before any work can be done, it is most important that the client knows that I am listening and care about what they are talking about in the session. 

While in college, I played both volleyball and softball. In addition to continuing my love for those sports, I love to read, hike, watch movies, and get outside as much as possible.


Brittany Nelson, LCSW

Brittany has a variety of experience working with clients of all ages. She also has experience working with children, teens and adults with disabilities and spectrum disorders. Brittany graduated from Loyola University with a Masters in Social Work in May of 2017. She has gone on to complete the requirements to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing (MI) are the primary interventions that can be expected to be used in sessions, however Brittany is open to discussing alternative treatment methods based on the need of her clients. Brittany also looks to grow her experience in marriage counseling. When out of the office, Brittany enjoys reading, going outside and spending quality time with her husband, cats and dog. Brittany offers a listening ear with endless unconditional positive regard and little humor to promote healing and growth. Brittany practices in our Oregon office.