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Clinical Philosophy

My clinical work is informed by my values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; my beliefs in feminism and intersectionality; and, my practice of social justice and antiracism. I acknowledge the broader sociocultural stressors that relate to an individual's feelings of privilege and oppression, and more broadly to an individual's mental and physical health.

I collaborate with my clients to identify their goals, and then I simultaneously support and challenge them throughout their process of reaching these goals. I help clients when they are struggling, and/or "stuck" in some patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving, by providing both empathy and effective tools for growth and change. 

Empirically Supported Treatment

I use multiple therapeutic styles, each of which is supported by research that demonstrates it is effective. Primarily, I use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, which targets ineffective patterns of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors; intervenes on these patterns; and, replaces them with more effective ones. I also draw from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which helps move us toward acceptance of those things we cannot change. For my clients working through traumatic experiences, I use Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy, each of which has been shown to work for trauma, specifically. For clients working toward changing their behaviors, I use Motivational Interviewing - an approach proven to help clients move toward new, healthier behaviors. I also consistently acknowledge broader sociocultural forces that can make us feel privileged at times, and oppressed at others. 

 

With every client, I employ concepts and interventions from multiple branches of therapy. I collaborate with each client to develop a tailored therapeutic regimen that works for them. 

Areas of focus

Addiction
Alcohol Abuse
Anxiety

Depression/Mood
Drug Abuse
Eating Disorders
Emotional Disturbance

Family Stress

Impulse Control

LGBTQ+ 

Marital and Premarital
Men's Issues

Physical health
Relationship Issues

Sexuality, Intimacy
Trauma and PTSD

 

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Office Locations

I see clients virtually.

Supervision

I currently supervise two doctoral-level psychologists seeking licensure, Dr. Alissa Haedt-Matt, and Dr. Nikki Legate.

 

You can learn more about Alissa here.

You can learn more about Nikki here.

 

Nikki and Alissa are available to see clients via telehealth appointments. They accept BCBS PPO and Blue Choice Plans. Clients can also self-pay.

Licensure and PSYPACT Membership

I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois, with License #071008988. I am a member of PSYPACT, meaning I can see clients from all participating U.S. states/territories - that's currently about 40 states/territories! See here for more details. Nikki sees clients from IL only, per PSYPACT rules.  

Billing and Insurance

I accept two Blue Cross Blue Shield plans - PPO, and Blue Choice. Clients also have the option to self-pay.

I also accept Aetna, Cigna, UHC/Optum plans. 

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