Hi everyone.  My name is Nikki!  I have yet to meet a single person, including myself, who can honestly say that they have never lost their way on this crazy journey we call life.

You know, I once read, “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  At times, we may become unbalanced.  We all have strength within us, beautiful wings that can allow us to fly, yet sometimes we fall down and we become spectators of our own lives.  It is as this moment that you can choose to get your fire back, to start believing again, start dreaming again, and start following your heart again.  If you lose your way, you can lean on me, and together we will work to find the path that is meant for you.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in Illinois and have been working in these fields for the past twelve years with ages 2 through 90.  I have extensive experience working with people touched by Autistic Spectrum Disorders as well as other developmental and psychiatric disorders.  I use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach Verbal Behavior to children ages 2-12.  I also use ABA Therapy to work with individuals as they enter teenage years throughout adulthood to help teach social skills, conversational skills, independent living skills, and improve self confidence.  I have extensive experience working with children and adults on issues involving trauma, abuse, grief, anxiety, depression, dual-diagnosis, self-regulation, self-esteem, and peer relationships.

My approach as a counselor is eclectic and is build around a trusting, therapeutic relationship.  Every person is unique, so I start by working together to figure out your goals.  I tailor treatment around your unique personality style, learning approach, and engagement in the counseling process.  I have an interactive and collaborative helping approach where I help you to gain insight into your problems, build coping strategies, learn to regulate emotions, bravely face conflicts, set achievable goals, and break down any barriers that may be preventing you from moving forward.

This is your journey.  We will move forward at your pace.  The importance is the meaning gained during the race – not in crossing the finish line.  The goal is to make a connection between every step forward so we can apply what we have learned.

As a Counselor, my mission is to help you find your path and purpose – and walk with you every step of your healing journey!