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Nicolette Bidlingmeyer
Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist | Reflective Practice Facilitator II

Hi, I’m Nikki. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. More specifically, I am someone who helps parents and young children thrive.

I have worked with families and children with complex trauma experiences, many with child welfare system involvement, for 10 years. I have specialized expertise in guiding families with very young children through issues related to trauma and parenting such as behavioral and emotional issues, developmental issues, and attachment problems. 

My approach is guided by attachment theory and current neuroscience and resilience research. I have found during my clinical experience that the most powerful healing for very young children happens within their attachment relationships. Knowing this, sessions with me are typically either dyadic (parent and child attend therapy sessions together) and play-based or separate parent sessions where I support and guide parents in learning, implementing, and reflecting on ways to support their child’s unique developmental, emotional, and body’s needs. I am passionate about helping parents understand their child’s behavior and needs, feel more confident, and experience more joyful connections with their children. 

I also work with new parents who are experiencing perinatal mood or anxiety disorders, or challenges related to fostering or adopting a child. I utilize a mindful approach to helping new parents develop the tools to find their new identity as a parent, manage their mood, and regain a sense of control and well-being.  

I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work (2012) from Loyola University of Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Child Development, with specialization in Infancy (2012) from Erikson Institute, Chicago. Additionally, I have advanced certifications as an Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist (IFECMHS), Reflective Practice Facilitator (RPF II), and a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Specialist (PMH-C).

A little bit more about me when I’m not seeing clients… I enjoy practicing karate, reading (sometimes mental health related material and sometimes Harry Potter), and spending time with my husband and two toddlers.