Rachel  Nicholson

Rachel Nicholson


Licensed Social Worker, LSW Practice: Head First Health Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Illinois Accepting Online
Updated June 9, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic attacks / panic disorder

Message to clients

Hey! I’m Rachel Nicholson a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Psychotherapist, and I could not be more excited to work with you! I know what it feels like to be scared to take the first step; to go through the hard work in order to grow. Because of that, it makes me the therapist I am today. Empathetic, understanding, and compassionate. These qualities are what I bring into our sessions in order to support you in becoming the best version of yourself. I want you to feel comfortable enough to share anything that comes to mind without any fear or judgement–knowing that we are in this together.

I specialize in treating OCD, anxiety, and panic disorder by using exposure & response prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. I encourage my clients to face their fears and challenge negative thinking–so that YOU are the one in charge, not your anxiety. We work to shift your thoughts & perception so that anxiety no longer runs your life.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions

Panic attacks / panic disorder - Brief, intense periods of overwhelming fear or anxiety


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Cigna

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $130 (50min)


Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am-5pm
  • Tue 8am-5pm
  • Wed 8am-5pm
  • Thu 8am-5pm
  • Fri 8am-5pm
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours


Illinois: 150106865