Dr. Hernandez received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas. She originally started working with victims of sexual assault during her clinical training and her interests transitioned to working with offenders. During her training, she worked with two psychologists in private practice doing both Forensic work as well as psychological testing with adults and children. Also, in 2013, Nikki completed her predoctoral internship at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center specializing in substance addiction and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Following this position, she returned to sex offending work by accepting a postdoctoral training position with Liberty Healthcare in the Sexually Violent Persons civil commitment program. In this position, she provided therapy in a team setting and conducted psychological assessments with offenders. In 2015, Dr. Hernandez opened her private practice, Macomb Mental Wellness. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois, as well as an Illinois Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider and Illinois Licensed Sex Offender Evaluator. Nikki's research interests include psychopathy, personality disorders, and trauma informed care.
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Dr. Hernandez's Care Philosophy
Stress, anxiety, and other emotional problems can affect everyone throughout their personal and professional lives. Speaking with a licensed professional is often helpful in learning to cope with life's stressors. Individual therapy has many benefits including assisting in developing new perspectives, learning new and healthier coping mechanisms, building self-esteem, improving relationships with others, learning new behaviors and responses to help achieve goals, and refocusing life towards valued living. It is my personal belief that every person is doing the very best they can at every moment. My goal is to help increase the resources my clients have so they can be living a life worth living. "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." -Friedrich Nietzsche
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