Update March 24, 2020

For potential new clients:

At this time, my practice is full and I am not taking on new clients. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please email me at with your preferred day of the week and time of day for an appointment.

For current clients:

Sheltering at home amidst the COVID19 pandemic has challenged me to dig in and really use the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills I have learned over the years. I am being mindful, accepting this situation (I don’t think the word ‘situation’ accurately describes what’s happening, but it’s all I have for now!) without judgment, and leaning into the unknowns of this new and temporary “normal.” There is just so much we don’t know.

What I do know, is that change is the only constant in life, I wanted to share a few of the changes I am making in my practice during COVID19 shelter at home. Please contact your insurance company if you have specific questions about your plan during this time.

Here are a few of the resources I am using for information and guidance during this time:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association

Edward Elmhurst Health Healthy Driven Practice Tips for Therapists during the COVID19 Cornavirus Pandemic

All sessions will be done via Telehealth. I will be keeping to the same schedule unless I contact you to request an alternate time or you contact me to do the same. You will receive a link via email 10 minutes before your scheduled session. You will also be receiving a message via my secure messaging system with information about telehealth resources.

Telehealth has been approved by the insurance companies I am paneled with and I will be doing sessions via Telehealth at “Nikki’s Telehealth Office,” (a HIPAA compliant virtual room within my practice software) until the medical experts with the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control say it’s safe and ethical to return to face to face sessions at my office in Plainfield. In her memoir, “Building a Life Worth Living,” Marsha Linehan explains:

“At the core of DBT is the dynamic balance between opposing (sic) goals: acceptance of oneself and one’s situation in life, on the one hand, and embracing change toward a better life, on the other.”

Marsha Linehan

Therapy Services:

I am the owner of Ride the Wave Wellness and the solo provider of individual, family, couples, and group counseling services as well as mental health education, mental health case management, and mental health consulting. My approach is  direct, collaborative, humorous at times, yet always solution focused.

Special interests and areas of experience and training:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ~ ADHD (Education, behavioral management and coaching)
Aging issues (Dementia, chronic illness, aging in place, case management)
Anxiety Disorders (Generalized) / Panic Disorder
Behavioral Coaching
Bereavement / Grief
Caregiver support
Couples counseling
Depression / Mood Disorders
Dual diagnosis
Educational advocacy and planning (504 and IEP)
Family counseling
LGBTQIA issues
Personality disorders
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ~ PTSD / Complex PTSD
Postpartum Anxiety and Postpartum Depression
Self Injury
Spiritual issues
Substance Abuse / Addiction

** I am not DASA certified. See resource page for provider recommendations.

** I do not treat eating disorders as a primary diagnosis. See resource page for provider recommendations.

** I do not work with children under the age of 13. See resource page for provider recommendations.

Mental Health Education, Speaking, Consulting Services, and Case Management:

Email me with your specific needs and/or topics of interest.

Office hours:

Hours by appointment available Monday through Friday.

I do not offer any weekend appointments.