Nefertiti  Nowell

Nefertiti Nowell

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, evening, daytime, & weekend appointments in Naperville practice (updated April 20, 2020)

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, evening, daytime, & weekend appointments in Streeterville practice (updated April 20, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Couples counseling
  • Depression
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Nefertiti Nowell is a Psychoanalyst in Chicago, Illinois who specializes in anxiety, depression, and trauma. She works with individual adults across the lifespan, as well as couples.

In her couples work, Dr. Nowell utilizes Gottman strategies; she is Gottman Level-3 certified, and makes use of both Gottman assessment tools as well as tools that she herself has put together over the years. She helps couples who are facing issues like communication and financial stressors, and she works with couples of all types and orientations.

Dr. Nowell is a certified trauma specialist, having received over a dozen certifications in treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psychoanalytic work where helpful and relevant to the client’s progress. She also works with clients who are facing a life transition, such as entering retirement.

Dr. Nowell cares deeply for each of her clients, approaching their experience in therapy from a holistic standpoint. In addition to setting measurable goals in treatment, she also ensures clients are doing well from a wellness standpoint. She has offices in both Naperville and Chicago, where she looks forward to welcoming you.

Message to clients

Seeking help is a powerful step to improving your quality of life. Talking to someone about whatever your concerns are is something that almost anyone can benefit from, but many people are afraid to reach out.  If you are considering therapy or coaching, I applaud you, and I really do want to help you find what you need to feel POWERFUL and help you develop the tools to have peace in your life.

I enjoy working with diverse clients, and have treated patients on the inpatient as well as outpatient basis.  I began providing therapy in 1996, and  have worked full time in several local hospitals before deciding to work full time in outpatient private practice.  Though I work with many populations, I enjoy helping individuals with issues of trauma as well as working with couples.  I work with all age ranges and have helped clients with a range of diagnosis.  I use a variety of  techniques, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and EMDR.  I am also a Certified Hypnotist and a trained mediator.


Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Cultural adjustment - Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

General expertise


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $60 - $175
  • Initial session: $175 (45min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Nowell offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) at her Naperville practice location.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Naperville practice

1813 North Mill Street

Suite B

Naperville, IL 60563

  • Mon 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 9:00am-7:00pm

Streeterville practice

605 North Michigan Avenue

4th Floor

Chicago, IL 60611

  • Mon Please inquire for hours
  • Tue Please inquire for hours
  • Wed Please inquire for hours
  • Thu Please inquire for hours
  • Fri Please inquire for hours
  • Sat Please inquire for hours
  • Sun Please inquire for hours

Work and Education

Private practice, 2004 - Present


  • English

Therapy Groups

Nefertiti  Nowell
Seasons of Change Women's Group

This online group is designed to address the needs and nuances of women in a safe and supportive environment.

Client testimonials

Zencare client

She listened, and I am hopeful that she can help us!

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