Welcome to my profile. I hope that through reading about me you might have an understanding of who I am and whether you and I will have a good fit for therapy. I have been in the field for the past 7 years and am licensed in the state of Illinois. I attended Illinois State University for my education and have been working in the field since then.
One of the most important things I learned through my experiences is that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most healing parts in therapy. That fit between client and therapist is what sets and holds the ground for the important work. I specialize in trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, and medical concerns such as chronic pain, living with cancer, disability, and rare medical conditions. I also work with stress, communication skills, adjustment, and young adult concerns and transitions. I have experience working with individuals between the ages of 12 and 75 with all types of identities.
My approach is to sit with you in sessions and work through your thoughts and feelings. Problem solving is an important part of therapy, but also knowing where thoughts and feelings came from is also incredibly important for understanding and acceptance. My goal as your therapist is to follow your lead and provide someone who will walk right along side with you as you explore what is on your mind and heart.
I also believe that a therapist should also be a human. I am an avid reader of all things fantasy, young adult, mystery, and psychological thrillers. I love to travel and explore new hobbies. I am a very proud dungeons and dragons player. Most importantly, I love to learn through everything I do so I look forward to learning from you.
If you think we would be a good match, let's start working together.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trichotillomania, Visually Impaired, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
IL LCPC 180.013666
My favorite therapist ever, and I've been through a few in my decade plus of therapy
Written on Feb 11, 2023 after therapy with Nicole for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd