About Nicole Ellis

“Our stories and lived experiences tie us all together”

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Why I became a therapist

I became a therapist because everyone deserves to be heard, valued, and affirmed. One thing that ties us all together is that we have a story and experiences that shape how we see the world and move through it. I have always had a passion for helping others and have learned that one of the most authentic ways to do this is through listening. I enjoy providing individuals with a space where they can show up as their most authentic self and engage in conversations to help facilitate awareness and growth.

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Who I work with

My areas of expertise include working with people of color and individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+. I work with couples and individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, relationship or intimacy concerns and familial stressors. In particular, I enjoy working with clients who either want to work through their anxieties and triggers (emotionally and/or relationships) or with a partner to help facilitate communication and foster understanding. 

I believe that therapy can be incredibly beneficial and insightful for individuals to have an unbiased 3rd party to offer feedback and support while navigating different stressors and experiences. I encourage clients to utilize their strengths and be collaborative in the therapeutic process for the best outcome.

“I have always had a passion for helping others to facilitate growth and gain meaning in their lives”

Working With Me

I wholeheartedly believe in a strengths-based approach to counseling. It is important for my clients to acknowledge within themselves the tools and strengths that they bring to the table.  In that same light, I recognize that clients are seeking out specific therapeutic outcomes and have goals and I work collaboratively with them to feel more comfortable in addressing their concerns. I am rooted in multicultural counseling and like to utilize various counseling modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered, and mindfulness. I like working on creating boundaries, managing anxieties and concerns, goal setting, communication, and navigating and affirming marginalized identities as part of the therapeutic process.

My goal is for clients to feel empowered to own their truth and confront discomfort or anxieties for personal growth. I believe that challenging my clients to reframe their thinking, while also acknowledging systemic structures that may influence their lived experience. I want my clients to gain communication tools and confidence in themselves to have healthy experiences and boundaries that promote their best lived experience interpersonally and within.

Qualifications and trainings

  • I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

  • I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

  • I am a certified peer educator who is trained to provide individual and group counseling to students through Sexual Health And Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE).

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