Nicholas Smith

LCPC

About Me

If you’re feeling stuck, unmotivated, frustrated, hopeless, lost or ready for a life pivot; you’ve come to the right place. I can help you find a way to live in accordance to your values and goals, by helping manage your emotions more effectively. Sessions will provide insight into how your own thought processes work and identification of where some of your thought processes begin, and how to challenge them for growth.

From practicing in the student counseling center at Moody Bible Institute, hospital inpatient psychiatric unit, private practice, and a drug & alcohol addiction treatment center, I bring dedication alongside my strong and varied experiences to help you or your loved one. Being a counselor means more to me than a job, it is an interest in the psychology and philosophy, but most of all, helping my clients.

Whether life seems difficult right now or you are noticing an area that needs addressed or explored, my goal is to walk alongside in your journey with compassion and professional insight. I use a variety of theories and approaches to fit each individual, and look forward to working with you as you start your pivoting journey.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , ADHD , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

IL LCPC 180010190


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Nicholas Smith. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Nov 25, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, family conflicts, coping with life changes, career difficulties, and sleeping disorders

Nicholas has been very patient as I struggled with anxiety while I navigated career and family challenges. He listens so empathetically and wraps up each session with feedback and gentle suggestions to help me navigate the week ahead. I recommend Nicholas wholeheartedly; thank you, Nicholas!

Written on Nov 17, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Nicholas is supportive, listens well, and is genuinely interested in my mental health.

Written on Nov 11, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I appreciate Nick’s insights. I’m a big talker and like how he is able to help me look at and think about the true essence of an issue. His input has helped rebuild my confidence and guided me toward practical solutions to important matters.

Written on Nov 10, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues

Speaking with Nicholas made me feel safe and like I was being listened to. I never felt judged. This was my first therapy experience and I'm glad I gave it a try.

Written on Nov 06, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, self esteem, and adhd

Nick is an incredibly kind person who truly listens to what you are saying and feeling and is able to offer unbiased guidance. He has helped me sort my emotions and identify my triggers to ultimately lead me to a healthier daily life. Can’t recommend him highly enough.

Written on Oct 14, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Nick was there for me when depression had almost gotten the best of me - responding to my needs in a kind and knowledgeable way.

Written on Sep 30, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Nicholas Smith is a kind and down to earth professional. I appreciate his expertise.

Written on Sep 26, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and adhd

He seems like a great guy

Written on Sep 19, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 3 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Nick is a great guy who really understands what he is talking about and makes it very easy to talk about what you think. He leads you to your own conclusion which I really like. A lot of what we talk about are things that I wouldn't have thought about otherwise and he really helps to put those things in the forefront of your mind so that you can examine them and work through them.

Written on Sep 19, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 4 months on issues concerning addictions, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Nick is awesome. Great at understanding my goals and love how he gives real life examples that I can associate with. 10/10

Written on Sep 07, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and career difficulties

Nick is an exceptional counselor. His attentiveness, care, and compassion were exactly what I needed when seeking someone to help with my mental health. Nick has given me so many tools to use to understand my thought processes and maintain a positive level of mental health. He was working with me along every step of this path to wellness.

Written on Aug 22, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Very knowledgeable and a respectful human being. He listens to what I have to say ans knew exactly how to handle my situation at hand. Would recommend him across the board.

Written on Aug 09, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and sleeping disorders

Nickolas is too notch. He knows when to just listen, gets to know you, and then understands your expectations and learning modes. He knows what questions to ask to get you to better understand issues and offers many approaches, learning perspectives and options to get you toward your goal! He gives you a tool box not only for the issue at hand but future issues.

100% would recommend to anyone!

Written on May 08, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Nick helps me stay on track with my struggles and has helped me be a better person. My sessions with him are like a weekly R&R so that I'm ready for the following week. He gives me tools to prepare and protect my mental health. Thank you, Nick!

Written on May 07, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and trauma and abuse

Nicholas was very professional and willing to listen & care. I felt comfortable talking to him on the very first session.

Written on May 05, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Nicholas is excellent! He has a talent for asking good questions that allows for good self exploration and thought. He is a great listener. Sessions feel more like talking to a friend.

Written on Apr 20, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and adhd

So far so good. I enjoy talking to him. I never thought I would continue on a weekly basis and at times feel like I don't have enough to talk about to fill the time but we always do! Nick is great.

Written on Apr 18, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and bipolar disorder

Excellent therapist 10/10

Written on Apr 15, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Nicholas has mastered the ability to be a real empath that gives pragmatic advice on how to work through emotions and issues

Written on Apr 06, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

He is patient and attentive. Helps me feel confident I am on the correct path to positive change. Thank you!!!

Written on Mar 07, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Nicholas is extremely helpful and attentive and pays attention and listens to what I say and what my concerns are and leads me through my thought process.

Written on Feb 25, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

Nicholas is the best therapist I’ve ever seen. He’s very kind, listens clearly and has very good solutions. He has an ability to bring things out of you that you didn’t know existed. Highly recommend!!

Written on Feb 12, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 3 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Nicholas has been so kind during this process. He listens well, and offers insight and suggestions that have been so useful and helpful to me. I feel so much better!! and feel this isn't temporary.

Written on Feb 08, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem

He is a good listener and talks when he needs to. I appreciate our conversations.

Written on Feb 07, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I’m really enjoying my sessions with Nicholas. He listens very intently and has great guidance. He has been able to give me different perspectives on things so I am able to look at issues at a different angle so I can think about it differently. I look forward to continuing on!

Written on Jan 31, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and self esteem

He keeps the ramblings I threw at him focused and would circle back to things that need more attention. Very happy with my experience.

Written on Jan 23, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Dr. Smith has been exactly what I was hoping for in a therapist! He is able to ask questions and have conversation that leads him to the issues or struggles that I am wanting to work through. He has given me books to read and journal entry options that help me focus on working through things we talked about that week or over multiple weeks. I am looking forward to the rest of our sessions and would definitely recommend Dr. Smith to others!

Written on Jan 12, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and intimacy-related issues

I appreciate his words of encouragement and his willingness to listen.

Written on Jan 03, 2022 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Let’s me vent and talk a lot when I need to. Seems to have a nice blend of offering helpful observations, similarities in behavior, perspective taking, etc. while also letting me do the important work to think about things and come to my own conclusions. He engages with me in a way that I feel heard, respected and valued.

Written on Nov 18, 2021 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and career difficulties

Nicholas has been a huge help for me since Day 1. Personally, I was someone who didn't think therapy/counseling was beneficial/necessary. While it can be difficult to open up, Nicholas makes it incredibly easy to share what's on my mind. I cannot thank him enough for his support and attention to my life. Working with Nicholas/BetterHelp has been one of the best decisions of my life.

Written on Nov 08, 2021 after therapy with Nicholas for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

I have been working with Nicholas for a short time but even after my first session felt like I better understood the deeper reasons for certain thought patterns I had. He also was able to put a name to it which made me feel understood and less alone. He has helped me so far in realizing things for myself as opposed to telling me this is what it is. That helps me to really make a connection as opposed to agreeing that it makes sense and forgetting about. I feel heard during our sessions and that he sympathizes with my experiences.

Written on Oct 19, 2021 after therapy with Nicholas for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

At first I was entirely skeptical because the specifics of what I was looking for in a therapist were not met. Now I've come to appreciate our differences and what I thought I was looking for in a therapist. My concerns were met in a better capacity than I could have hoped for. His ability to pierce through the ramblings and concerns with a few short sentences makes me feel seen and heard in ways I didn't know how.

Written on Oct 08, 2021 after therapy with Nicholas for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Nicholas is a great person, not just a great therapist. He understands a lot of things that you are going through and acknowledges them. I feel comfortable talking to him and he always got something that can help me face what I fear.

Written on Oct 02, 2021 after therapy with Nicholas for 1 month on issues concerning depression, addictions, self esteem, and coaching

It has been great

Written on Sep 28, 2021 after therapy with Nicholas for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Nicholas has done a great job for me. I would recommend him to everyone.

Written on Sep 22, 2021 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, and adhd

Nicholas,
Very patients with listening to what I have to say. He is extremely efficient. He is prompt, honest without sugar coating and I have honestly been more mindful since I consulted his expertise. I highly recommend.

Written on Jun 16, 2021 after therapy with Nicholas for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

Nick is great to talk to and very responsive. I'm surprised how quickly he was able to understand my goals and help me.

Work with me!