At NOVO: Renewing Joy in Life, we offer a versatile lineup of Brain Change experts who offer wide-ranging approaches to achieving better, healthier brain function and optimal performance.

From our Psychotherapy and Counseling services to the ultimate in Life Coaching to Neurofeedback, we are your one-stop spot for enduring Brain Change. We invite you to explore our site further to learn how we empower individuals to take practical steps that benefit their physical, mental and emotional states.

NOVO (Latin for "Begin Anew") helps to empower you with positive change.

Our counselors and therapists are here to help you achieve your life's goals and get you back on the right track and renew the joy in your life.

You deserve to be happier, don't you? Contact Us today.

What's New at NOVO


Novo is actively seeking neuroscience informed therapists to join our team in our Sycamore, IL. and Hartland, WI. offices. If you are ready to take control of your career by building a private practice, Novo is ready to help so please contact us via the contact form or submit your resume to: mail@novocounsel.com.

Please check out our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter (@novorenewingjoyinlife), Instagram and our You Tube channel, Novo: Renewing Joy in Life, and please subscribe!

We have bio videos up right now and will have some instructional videos going up as soon as we can get them put together.

Novo is a Medicare provider.

Coming Soon To Novo!

We are excited to announce that Novo will be adding some new programs for our clients. We have the Women’s Space Program and the follow-through path to continue an addiction free life in the works...See our events page for a description or call us at 630-297-3617 or use the contact form here on the website to get more information on both of these events.

Exciting things are happening here at Novo.  We continue to expand our neurofeedback services at both locations.  We are affiliated with the Amen clinics and now include a shopping tab to order supplements.  Quality is very important with supplements and the Ahmen products provide some of the best.  We are now offering QEEGs ( a form of brain imaging) as part of our treatment protocols.

Dr. Amen supplements are now available through our website, along with a large selection of recommended books.

Novo has space to rent! 

If you are looking for office space to expand your profession, whether it be psychotherapy, counseling, massage therapy, speech therapy, etc., we have the perfect space. Our Sycamore, Illinois, office is furnished, has a waiting area, conference room and more, as well as our Hartland, Wisconsin office all for a reasonable rate. We currently offer 2, 4, 6, and 8 hour consecutive blocks of time to rent. Please call Monica at 630-297-3617 or email mail@novocounsel.com to learn more.

Our Saint Charles office closed effective September 2019.  We have valued being a part of the Saint Charles/Geneva Communities and are grateful for the opportunity to be there to assist community members for the last 15 years. Our main office is now located in Sycamore, IL.

                     Novo Is Accepting New Clients!

Hi everyone, the Covid-19 virus has turned all our lives upside down and so we wanted to update you on what we here at Novo are doing during this trying time. Novo is a mental health provider so we are open and that said, we have implemented CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing our offices for our clients well being. Our offices are reopened and ready for your sessions so all you need to do is call us at 630-297-3617 or go to the contact form on our website: getbrainchange.com to set up a phone appointment with one of our therapists. On our website you will also find biographies of our therapists that describes their backgrounds and what their style of therapy is. As I said earlier We are accepting new clients so please call us at 630-297-3617 or go to the contact form on our website and fill it out. We will then contact you to schedule and appointment. 

Be safe and stay well. We will get through this and all will be okay.

Big news all!!!

Our Mindset Coach, Donna Rocha, M.A., CPC, is now doing a monthly blog called Coach’s Korner with great information on how to be a better you. Call her at 630-341-5335 to get started on the road to a better you. 

.                                                                             Postpartum Support Group

This is a 12 weekly support group that meets for 1.5 hours. This is where women can feel free to discuss the more difficult feelings and experiences arising after having a baby. I will introduce the current weekly topics that tend to be a component of postpartum stress and check in what topic area is most important to you. Topics include: Expectations of motherhood; Postpartum depression, anxiety and overwhelm-understanding your experience; Couples care; Sex after childbirth; Body image; Frustration, anger and irritability with ourselves and others; Challenging the “Myths of Motherhood”; Fostering emotional connections and attachment with your baby; sleep, nutrition and exercise; Shadow side of motherhood, what we don’t talk about; Looking back, our fears and hopes in relation to how we were mothered and Continued support.

Fee for each group is $20 which includes an initial individual session to determine if the group is a good fit for you. 

Please call Laura Ritchason at 224-227-5684 to sign up or get more information. 

.                                    ”Sandwich Generation” Support Group

This is a 12 week support group that meets weekly for 1.5 hours. This group is specifically designed for individuals or couples who fall within the “middle-age” category. This age group tends to face specific and multiple issue that will be discussed throughout the sessions. Discussion areas and workshops will cover: Managing work, hobbies, relationships and time for self; finding time to be a spouse, parent, grandparent and child simultaneously; health issues; financial strain; anxiety, depression and feelings of resentment; retirement; outside support (nursing home, in-home care); other important topics will be introduced and discussed as group members choose.

Fee for each session is $20.00 per person or $30.00 per couple.

Please contact Laura Ritchason at 224-227-5684 to sign up or get more information. 

"For years I sought the help of different therapists to gain control of my emotional distress. I tried various medications. Only Novo's combination of brain training and therapy gave me the sensation that I was firmly in the driver's seat of my own recovery. That I was in control of my mind and not the other way around. I recommend them to anyone suffering emotional distress. With Novo's help I've learned to have faith once more in that beautiful ideal: we have the power to change ourselves into that person we always wanted to be."


I tried a number of counselors over many years but nothing seemed to help. A friend suggested I call Novo. My sessions helped me work through lots of issues.I feel I am much more in control of me and my feelings now. As Dr. Alden reminded me often, “Life is Good!”


For more information about our services, contact us today.