Making a Personal Connection
For Change

Nikki Hutchison, LMSW

Licensed Masters Social Worker

Nikki Hutchison completed her bachelor’s in psychology and her master’s in social work (2018) at the University of Kansas. While completing her graduate program, she worked with elementary school students in an afterschool program and teens in an acute care setting

at Research Psychiatric Center’s adolescent inpatient unit. Before coming to FPS, Nikki worked as a Children and Family Services Clinician in a local community mental health center seeing a diverse range of children and teens with depression, anxiety, self-harm behaviors, ADHD, and adjustment disorders, as well as those experiencing concerns around gender identity and sexual attraction. Nikki also led DBT groups for teens and adults.

In her sessions, Nikki draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Solution-Focused Therapy to help identify and reach client treatment goals. She constructs her interventions around a strengths perspective to create a safe and judgement-free space to approach difficult conversations and challenges. In doing so, Nikki identifies and utilizes strengths and supports found within her clients themselves, their families, and communities to learn new ways of coping with and overcoming stressors. Nikki emphasizes getting to know her clients and collaborating with the client so she can meet them where they are at on their therapeutic journey.

Nikki’s personal style is relatable, supportive, and creative, maximizing a positive therapeutic relationship and helping support her clients during difficult topics and concerns. She believes that everyone wants to do well and be well and she is committed to helping individuals by supporting them in strengthening old coping skills and developing new ones to improve in their daily lives and help them towards a more positive future.

From Dr. Wes: We're happy to welcome Nikki to our growing staff of therapy providers. She has an established base in the Lawrence community and is eager to begin serving children, teens, and young adults again after a hiatus teaching English in South Korea. If you'd like to schedule an intake with her while she still has availability, please complete the Ask About Services form.

Nikki's Schedule

PLEASE READ BEFORE EXAMINING THE CALENDAR BELOW: Nikki's availability for appointments is listed below. You CANNOT schedule here, only see availabilities. The appearance of an opening does not guarantee an appointment, it only allows you to see what is available to request. Contact the office at 785-371-1414 to schedule or if you are a new client, fill out the ask about services form. Due to how Google masks event details, the availability is listed as "busy." This means that anything that shows up as "busy" is actually OPEN for an existing client appointment.

 

 

 

Toward a more fulfilling, happier, healthier life...

Life is a bit like gaming. Sometimes you find yourself at a level that’s beyond your ability and a little overwhelming to deal with all by yourself. Therapy offers the support of an additional person who can guide you on the journey, gaining experience so you can level up and eventually those obstacles feel less impossible to face on your own. I’ve been privileged to have many great guides in my life, so I’ve chosen to build my career around offering that kind of support to others. Let me be your “Player 2” and together we’ll help you go forward confidently, knowing you put in the time and preparation to overcome whatever lies in your way.”

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Areas of Specialization

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Adolescents and Young Adults
Nikki works with adolescents, young adults, and their families to improve interpersonal communication and emotional regulation, helping them summon personal resources in times of need. She assists in this critical period of self-development to evolve adult coping skills leading to more effective social interplay between the client and the important people in their lives

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Dialectic Behavioral Therapy

Nikki has training and practice in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with adolescents and adults in group and individual therapy. While FPS does not currently offer a DBT program, Nikki can work with individuals using tenets of DBT to improve coping, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and mindfulness, when situations or thoughts feel extreme.

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Gender and Sexuality
Nikki is honored to provide a safe and inclusive space for individuals struggling with gender identity or sexual attraction to begin a journey of self-discovery and discernment and to support them through times of adversity along the way.