Derek Novacek, Ph.D.
Registered Psychological Associate


  • California, Michigan
  • In-person, Telehealth
  • Treats adults, teens

Dr. Derek Novacek offers expertise in evidence-based treatments for anxiety, depression, and interpersonal stressors. He practices a collaborative and strengths-based approach that integrates sociocultural factors as appropriate and in line with his notable research on the topic, including a peer-reviewed paper about the Mental Health Ramifications of the Covid-19 Pandemic for Black Americans.

Dr. Novacek sees patients at TherapyLab but also works at the Los Angeles VA Clinic, and works clinically with the supervision of Dr. Chandler Chang (PSY CA #22092) as he completes his final steps toward licensure. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, trying new restaurants, and traveling.

Licensure Information

PSB CA #94025428, PSY MI #6301019290

Dr. Novacek

•Addictive Behavior

•Anger Management


•Attachment Issues

•Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)

•Autism Spectrum Disorder (High-Functioning)

•Bipolar Disorder

•Borderline Personality Traits

•Challenging Behaviors

•Chronic Illness/Pain

•Conflict Resolution

•Crisis Support

•Dependent Personality Traits


•Emotion Regulation

•Executive Functioning


•Habit Reversal


•Interpersonal Dynamics

•Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

•LGBTQ+ Affirmative

•Life Transitions

•Mood Disorders

•Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)-Mild to Mod

•Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)

•Panic Attacks




•Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

•Problem Solving

•Psychosis (Mild, High-Functioning)

•Racial Stress


•Repetitive Body-Focused Behaviors

•Schizophrenia (Mild, High-Functioning)


•Skin-Picking, Trichotillomania

•Social Skills

•Stress Management

•Substance Abuse (Early/Prolonged Remission)

•Tic Disorder / Tourette Syndrome


Treatment Approach

•Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

•Affirmative Therapy

•Behavioral Activation

•Behavioral Therapy

•Behavioral Parent Training

•Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)

•Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

•Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

•Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

•Culturally Sensitive

•Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

•Exposure Therapy with Response Prevention



•Motivational Interviewing

•Multicultural Therapy

•Positive Psychology

•Prolonged Exposure (PE)

•Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

•Trauma-Focused CBT

•Unified Protocol

•Virtual Reality Exposure


Ph.D., Emory University, Clinical Psychology

M.A., Emory University, Clinical Psychology

B.A., University of Notre Dame, Psychology


West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship  

Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA, Clinical Psychology Intern

Grady Health System, Atlanta, Clinical Psychology Extern

Atlanta VA Medical Center, Clinical Psychology Extern

Individual Therapy Rate

Dr. Novacek’s fee per session is $250. For more information about our pricing, check out our FAQs.

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Elizabeth Collison, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Elizabeth is a licensed psychologist who aims to provide a caring, person-centered approach while delivering effective and high quality evidence-based psychotherapy.

Elizabeth has expertise in providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and often incorporates concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical and Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help treat individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment to major life changes, and/or general stress. She has specialization in the area of behavioral medicine and is passionate about addressing physical health problems that are closely associated with emotion and behavior (e.g., sleep problems/insomnia, weight management, and smoking). She believes in partnering with her clients for decision-making and incorporates use of motivational interviewing to facilitate behavior change that is client-centered.

Elizabeth has prior experience working in medical settings where she focused on supporting individuals living with chronic illness (e.g., diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease, etc.) or life limiting conditions (e.g., cancer, ALS, Parkinson's) that may impact quality or quantity of life. Elizabeth has additionally worked with individuals at end-of-life and their families and loved ones through the grief journey. Her overarching direction is to help people pursue health and meaning throughout the course of their lives.

She received her doctoral degree (PhD) in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in behavioral medicine. Her predoctoral internship was completed at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center with an emphasis in behavioral medicine and she additionally completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center in palliative care psychology. She has worked with adults of all ages and various backgrounds. With regard to multicultural awareness, she appreciates the ADDRESSING framework as one method for considering the multifaceted aspects of identity and privilege for herself and her clients. She celebrates diversity and welcomes feedback so that she can better adapt her treatment approach to your individual needs.

Though she can’t help herself from bringing up psychology-related topics everywhere she goes, Elizabeth’s life would not be complete without her passions for music and spending time in nature. She most enjoys watching live performances, playing piano and flute, going on hikes with her family, reading/watching sci-fi, doing crossword puzzles, and snuggling with her dog. Elizabeth provides all care virtually via telehealth.

She is available to provide any and all treatment plans offered at Therapy Lab, and she especially loves these:

She additionally can offer Healing from Prolonged Grief