An addictions psychologist, group psychotherapist and trauma specialist, Marcia Nickow, Psy.D., CADC, CGP, empowers patients to tap into their insight, intellect, creativity and spontaneity to achieve therapeutic breakthroughs. With 25 years of clinical experience, she treats alcohol and drug addiction; relationship, sex, pornography and internet addictions; eating disorders; trauma and intergenerational trauma; personality disorders; and anger and anxiety issues. Dr. Nickow has designed, implemented and directed an integrative intensive outpatient group treatment program for addictions and trauma in downtown Chicago; has served as clinical director of a nationally known residential treatment center; and has provided clinical supervision for therapists and other professionals. Her resiliency-based treatment approach emphasizes authenticity, transparency and a depth of concern for patients’ total well-being.
Dr. Nickow has worked in inpatient, outpatient, community, hospital, forensic, veterans’, and educational settings as well as in private practice. Her therapy groups provide a context for patients to grow and thrive while creating robust recovery and social networks. She is supportive and directive, compassionate and challenging, process-oriented and goal-oriented.
Dr. Nickow is 2016 recipient of the prestigious Alonso Award for Excellence in the Contribution to the Literature in Psychodynamic Group Theory. The award was presented by the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, a division of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), for an article she co-authored for the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy detailing a group treatment model for eating disorders and addictions. Dr. Nickow also co-authored “A Group Therapist’s Guide to Process Addictions,” published by AGPA.
Over the past decade, Dr. Nickow has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to addictions, trauma, anger and aggression, eating disorders, group psychotherapy, and cultural diversity issues for therapists and law enforcement personnel. As adjunct faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, she has taught in the Clinical Psy.D. and Forensic Psychology programs. She has served as a board member of the Illinois Group Psychotherapy Society (IGPS) and the Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations (CCSGO). She is President-Elect of the founding board of Serenity Academy Chicago, a recovery high school planned for opening in 2017. She is a member of AGPA, the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes, A.K. Rice Institute, the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association.
Dr, Nickow received a master’s degree and doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also holds a master’s with an Addictions Studies specialty from National-Louis University and a master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
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