Academic and Professional Affiliations
Ms. Novakovic is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is a member of the National
Association of Social Workers and the Intrapsychic Humanism Society.
She received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work in 1995 from the School of Social
Work at Loyola University of Chicago. Ms. Novakovic graduated with high academic honors,
and while in graduate school, co-authored an award winning research paper on Clinical Social
Work and Supervision. After completing her graduate studies and clinical internship, Ms.
Novakovic devoted the next several years to raising her children. She resumed her professional
career in 2004.
Clinical Training and Professional Development
As part of her training, Ms. Novakovic has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and
couples in several out-patient mental health settings. She has helped clients address
psychological issues related to depression, addiction, anxiety and fears, life transition and
adjustment struggles, relationship problems, childhood developmental difficulties and delays,
and parenting concerns.
In addition to her private practice, Ms. Novakovic is a staff member at Smart Love Family
Services, an agency whose counseling services are based on the theoretical approach of Inner
Humanism. Ms. Novakovic was a key participant in the development and implementation of the
agency’s parent seminars, child development courses, and parent coaching and consultation
Advanced Training in Inner Humanism
Ms. Novakovic is dedicated to providing the best care possible to her clients and has great
enthusiasm for the new and optimistic insights of Inner Humanism. After careful consideration
and evaluation, and after many years of studying Inner Humanism, Ms. Novakovic finds this
theoretical approach to be immensely valuable in helping her clients understand themselves
more fully and accurately, and in helping them lead happier and more fulfilled lives. In her commitment to providing the highest standard of care, Ms. Novakovic continues to pursue
post-graduate training and consultation in Inner Humanism.
Presentations and Teaching
Ms. Novakovic has developed and presented seminars to parents about child rearing and the
social, emotional and psychological development of children. She has also developed and
presented to other practitioners and mental health providers on the theory of Inner Humanism
and its application in their settings.
Ms. Novakovic is passionate about working to improve the lives of her clients. In her work as a
psychotherapist, her goal is to help her clients recognize their self-worth and to build on their
innate potential for happier and more constructive lives. Ms. Novakovic also has helped parents,
caregivers, and other professionals accurately understand children’s developmental needs,
provide more compassionate and effective care, and experience more fully the pleasure of
caring for children.
Ms. Novakovic brings strong motivation, intellectual rigor and creativity to her work. She derives
great pleasure in her clinical work as well as teaching, presenting, and writing about
psychological issues and the theory of Inner Humanism. Because it provides the foundation for
all areas of her work, Ms. Novakovic is committed to the on-going pursuit of a deeper and more
comprehensive understanding of human psychology, and how best to nurture human