Nina GallivanBS, CADC, PCGC
Nina’s Office Hours:
Thursday – 11:00am – 9:00pm
In network with:
Blue Cross PPO, Blue Choice Insurance
Sliding Fee / Reduced Rate Counseling $75.00 and up
Population(s) works with: Teens, Adults, Couples
Hi, I’m Nina.
My Approach to Therapy
First and foremost, I commend you for taking the most difficult step in therapy- seeing its value and starting the process. The process can be uncomfortable, and I am here to help you make the process as easy as possible. Right from the beginning, it is going to be important to establish a good relationship in which you feel comfortable opening up and allowing me to get to know you. I do this mainly by asking questions, listening, and putting much care into understanding who you are and what you are saying.
You will soon see that our sessions are a safe place for you to explore your thoughts and feelings without judgment or worry. We will work together to identify goals that you want to work towards and I will use a client-centered approach, using your individual strengths and needs to identify the best approaches to help you most effectively work towards your goals. Our work is very much a partnership and I look forward to working with you.
When I am not working, you can usually find me on the sidelines of a soccer, basketball, lacrosse, or hockey game. I have two kids, a teen and a pre-teen, who are both very active in sports, and my husband and I spend a lot of time watching, cheering, and driving them around. We also love to travel and ‘get away from it all.’ Our favorite place to vacation allows us to hike, bike, swim, kayak, read, relax, and disconnect completely as there is no cable, cell, or wi-fi.
I also consider myself an artist. Art has always been a passion of mine, I was even an art major in college at one point. At this point in my life, art continues to play a part in my self-care and even makes its way into the work that I do with clients as creativity can be a great way to explore thoughts and emotions.
- Client-Centered Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Expressive Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Anxiety and worry
- Grief and loss
- Challenging life transitions
- Parenting challenges
- Problem gambling
- Substance use
- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Science, 2005
- Waubonsee Community College, Substance Use Disorder Counseling Certificate, 2009
- University of Missouri Columbia, Master of Social Work, expected May 2024
- Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, CADC, Illinois #29308
- Certified Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor, PCGC, Illinois #35944
- National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)
I hope that you were able to gain a better understanding about who I am as a therapist and what I aim to offer you if we were to work together. You deserve to live the life that you desire and to become the best version of yourself. It would be honor to provide you with support, encouragement, and guidance so you can become the real you.