Nikki Ruffin


Nikki Ruffin


Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCPC - 180005915
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health Insurance Co.
  • United Behavioral Health
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Evening Availability


Chicago, Illinois 60613
Chicago, Illinois 60640

My Approach to Helping

I utilize a combination of Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) and Trauma-Informed Care, Solution-focused and motivational interviewing approaches as both incorporate the aspects of self-awareness and change. My belief is that effective counseling work develops from establishing a collaborative relationship with clients, as they are the experts in their lives. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are for clients to gain self-awareness and understanding of the influence of their past on present circumstances and enable clients to explore unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships and manifest themselves in current issues going in their lives. Once this self-awareness is recognized CBT allows clients to examine unhealthy beliefs that lead to unhealthy behaviors, and helping the client to change unhealthy thoughts to healthy ones eventually will lead them to healthier behaviors and interactions and more fulfilling life. Areas of Special Expertise Include Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Behavioral and Developmental Disorders. Spirituality, Adjustment, Multicultural and Diversity Issues, Substance Abuse, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Life Transitions, Career Issues

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Career Choice
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Spirituality
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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