Nikki Hurley-Hines MA, LMHC-A


Why I Became A Therapist

I have dreamed of being a therapist since I was sixteen. My own experiences in therapy inspired me to give to others what my therapist gave me to me – a sense of hope, direction, and the belief that change is possible. To this day, therapy is a staple in my life and has helped inform how I practice as well.

My mission is to squash the mental health stigma by normalizing what it means to be human. As a therapist, I am not afraid to admit that I struggle too. My clients tell me they like my laid back and honest approach that diverges from what people typically think a therapist is like. It is a priority to build rapport with my clients so they feel comfortable and safe in expressing themselves. They can expect someone who is compassionate, understanding, and nonjudgmental. I am passionate about helping adults from diverse backgrounds with depression, anxiety, relationship, and trauma-related issues experience more psychological flexibility and overcome life’s challenges. I utilize an eclectic style of techniques rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as mindfulness and acceptance-based skills.

I attended Eastern Illinois University where I earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in 2018. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville.

Super Serious Questions

What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know about you?

  • I’ve been to Ireland six times, and I have wanted to live there since the first time I visited. It just feels like home. 

What do you look for in a best friend?

  • Someone who is honest, accepting, and makes me laugh. Someone I can sit within comfortable silence. 

If you had a boat, what would you name it?

  • I wouldn’t name it the Titanic, although that was a ship. Jack could have fit on that door. 

What is your favorite comedy movie?

  • I LOVE romcoms. The sappier, the better. The Holiday, About Time, Midnight in Paris, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Failure to Launch are some of my favorites. 

What interesting skill do you want to learn?

  • I would like to learn to speak French. 

What makes you laugh the most?

  • My sick (bad) dance moves that I bust randomly in front of my husband. His reactions are the best. But really, his wit gets me the most. 

Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? And why? 

  • Being a therapist is like winning the lottery. I get paid to listen to everyone’s tea. But really, my job is cool, and I’d still be a therapist even if I was a millionaire. 

Which of your personality traits are you most proud of?

  • I care so deeply about people and want the best for them. 

Do you believe in second chances?

  • If someone is willing to put in the work, absolutely! 

What is one of your biggest professional goals?

  • Work in private practice (check).

What motivates you to work hard?

  • Watching my clients grow and evolve during the course of therapy! My desire to be a better person is a pretty strong motivator too. 

What’s your favorite thing about your current job?

  • It’s such a privilege to sit with people through their pain. People tell me things they’ve never shared with anyone, and that’s a sacred thing. Therapy is powerful, but watching my clients change and heal is next level. 

 What’s the best career decision you’ve ever made?

  • Going to graduate school to become a therapist. 

 How do you motivate yourself in your career?

  • I’m always reading books, listening to podcasts, and following other people in the field to keep my mind sharp and up-to-date in the world of psychology. 

 How do you pick yourself back up after making a mistake at work?

  • I look for support and encouragement from other people. I offer myself compassion – it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s part of being human. 

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