Nikki Cassidy, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist, Social Justice & Health Equity Coordinator, Violence Prevention & Survivor Support Team


Nikki received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in 2013. She strives to create a safe and non-judgmental space in counseling. In this space where students feel seen, heard, and valued, she gets a sense of what students think will be helpful and integrates their ideas into counseling. She also helps students explore their emotions and how they make sense of them, and she works together with clients to find different, often more self-compassionate, ways of coping.

In support of the Counseling and Wellness Center's predoctoral training program, Nikki facilitates intern seminars on different topics, co-leads groups, and provides primary supervision. She draws primarily from the competency-based model of supervision and tailors supervision according to interns’ individual needs and strengths. Nikki tries to build upon interns existing competencies and increase skills and confidence through a balance of challenge and support.  As a supervisor, she values genuineness and openness and exploring interpersonal and multicultural processes in supervision and counseling.

Professional interests

Body image issues and eating disorders, trauma, self-compassion, depression, anxiety, multicultural counseling, LGBTQ issues.

Personal interests

Reading, outdoor and physical activities, cooking, playing with my pet cat.

“Worthiness does not have prerequisites.” – Brene Brown