Welcome! My name is Nicole and I am a licensed counselor in Illinois (LCPC) and Indiana (LMHC). I want to congratulate you for having the courage to take this first step. It can be difficult to realize we need assistance and asking for it means you are ready to move forward, so good for you! I am honored that you are willing to include me in your journey. My purpose is to help others find ways to manage their issues or problems and lead safe, successful lives.
I have always loved helping others and have been blessed with the opportunity to provide that help in different ways and different environments. I graduated with my Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University in 1999. I have been practicing as a counselor since 1999 and have worked at a domestic violence center, crisis lines, community mental health agencies, and a private behavioral health hospital. I have experience assisting others manage issues such as depression, anxiety/panic attacks, unhealthy relationships, self-esteem, social skills, emotional/physical/sexual abuse and trauma, suicidal ideation, self-harm, coping skills, family conflict, grief, communication, problem-solving and those every day issues that can build up over time.
My core therapeutic approach is and will always be client-centered, but I considered myself eclectic when it comes to working with a client. So, what does that mean? I believe that you must meet a person where they are and see the whole person not just their mental health or behavioral issues. I act as a guide, support, sounding board, and sometimes a devil’s advocate. I provide a safe space where problems and issues can be discussed and worked through without judgement or fear of repercussions. While many of us would love to have someone tell us exactly what to do to make our problems go away, I feel that takes away a person’s power and pride in their own emotional growth and success. I won’t give you the answers, but I will stand with you every step of the way during the highs and lows to find your own answers.
Having 20+ years of experience working with different populations has allowed me to gather a lot of tools for my therapeutic toolbox. I have learned that there really isn’t a text book case, at least I have not met one yet, so I use different techniques from many therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), Mindfulness, Dialectic-Behavioral (DBT), Solution- Focused, Play Therapy - it’s not just for kids, Sand Tray, Psychoeducation, Crisis Intervention, and of course empathy to name a few. I am always interested in learning different ways to help people because what works for one person will not always work for another because we are all unique. I believe our differences make us special and need to be understood to help ourselves and our relationships.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LCPC 180.004686
IN LMHC 39004035A
Nicole is approachable and gentle, but never afraid to shoot straight and get to the point. She has been so willing to be flexible with my schedule more times than I would like to admit, and I am so thankful to have been paired with her. She’s been my therapist just over a year now, and we have had sessions range from casual and light to heavy and serious- through it all Nicole is always encouraging, patient, and kind. 10/10 would highly recommend.
Written on Nov 13, 2023 after therapy with Nicole for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management
Nicole is the absolute best, I have never tried therapy before so I was very happy with how Nicole works with me
Written on Feb 21, 2023 after therapy with Nicole for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management
I love my therapist she is great
Written on Jun 29, 2021 after therapy with Nicole for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts
Nicole is an excellent therapist! She knows what she’s doing and she’s not afraid to push when it’s needed. Always there when needed. Also has a great 6th sense. Responds quickly and will give ya all the time you need in the sessions and outside of them.
Written on Oct 16, 2020 after therapy with Nicole for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Nicole is understanding and makes you feel very comfortable.
Written on Jul 15, 2020 after therapy with Nicole for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
Nicole is extremely kind and supportive. She helps me unravel all of my issues and look at them objectively so that I can come to a resolution.
Written on Jun 18, 2020 after therapy with Nicole for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and anger management