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About Nicole

Nicole has been in private practice since 2002. 

  • Masters of Education in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago in 2002

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

  • Certified Divorce Mediator

Nicole Cochrane (formerly Steidl), M.Ed., LCPC

Clinical Therapist

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Counseling Style


Nicole welcomes her clients as they are, and connects with them using empathic warmth, humor, and authenticity. She is holistic in her approach. She looks at the client, their environment, lifestyle, and relationships to understand their big picture and move with them towards their goals. She believes that the most important component of every successful therapy outcome is the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client.


Trust, safety, empathy, and authenticity should be experienced within the therapeutic relationship. These relationship qualities create an environment conducive to working on life’s issues and feeling comfortable throughout the process of change.


Nicole takes a collaborative approach to therapy to meet the goals presented by her clients. Her style is interactive and her treatment orientation is tailored to each individual client to meet their individual needs and to fit with their unique personalities.


Mediation Style


Nicole is a neutral and fair mediator who understands that when a marriage comes to the end, that there are many other areas that require the couple's attention and time, other than the process of getting a divorce. 


With this understanding, and compassion Nicole facilitates a thorough and productive conversation regarding all the necessary points to be decided on by the couple themselves. When a couple decides on all the points for themselves (as opposed to a judge deciding for them) they will have a divorce that they each feel is fair and that they can sustain as they move forward in their lives.

Nicole is creative in finding an equitable solution for each party. She is detailed, warm, and efficient.

Nicole Cochrane, M.Ed., LCPC

5117B Main St.

DG Commons #13

Downers Grove, IL 60515


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