About Nika Fesler, MA, LPC

imgMy education consists of a Master of Counseling degree from Adler University.  I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of different settings. I have worked with students in the city colleges of Chicago providing support with trauma, abuse, homelessness and suicidal ideation.  In my most recent role, I provided outreach counseling to children and families in western South Dakota.  I had a chance to work within the school system and fully understand some of the complex issues that arise with children who are struggling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorders (ODD), autism spectrum disorders and severe behavioral and emotional disturbance.

Some of the techniques that I have been trained in and find most helpful when working with individuals and families are: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).   I believe that individuals and families are incredibly strong and already have what it takes to get through the hurdles and obstacles that life is throwing. My role in working with individuals and families is to uncover their strengths and skills for coping with the difficulties that life will present.

My goal is to offer you a space to come and explore what is going on in your world.  I will spend time with you to develop goals and plans for moving forward and through whatever is making life hard to manage.  I aim to make counseling a safe and positive environment to foster growth and sustainable coping skills with my clients.  Providing culturally sensitive and compassionate counseling is an important part of my practice as well as a commitment to my own continued education and growth as a clinician.

Schedule an Appointment with Nika Fesler

Specialty Training

It’s important to me to continue my education regarding topics that will keep me knowledgeable and trained in the areas that best serve you.  Here you will find areas that I specialize in and continue to maintain a high level of expertise.

  • 2-Day DBT Training , DBT Institute of Michigan

Contact Me

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Emergencies: If you are experiencing an emergency or if your need is of an urgent nature, please call 911 or go to your local hospital. Contacting me does not constitute a client therapist relationship unless you are a regular client who is being seen by me in my office.


Children – Severe emotional and behavioral disturbance
Family counseling

Children – Severe emotional and behavioral disturbance
Family counseling
Anger management
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Career Counseling
Exercise counseling
Emotion regulation
Family conflict and bonding
Grief and loss (adults and children)
Life events and transitions
Oppositional Defiance
Sport and health related issues

Children (6 to 10)
Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
Elderly (65+)

Treatment Orientation
Motivational Interviewing
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Adlerian Therapy
Positive Parenting techniques
Psychodynamic approach



If you decide to use your insurance benefits for “behavioral or mental health,” contact your insurance company and ask the following questions:

Do I have outpatient mental health benefits?
Do I have a deductible to meet for in or out of network benefits?
If yes, how much is your total deductible?

If yes, how much of the deductible has been met?

Can I be seen by a LLMSW, LMSW, TLLP, LLP, LLPC, LPC, LLMFT, LMFT, or PhD?
Does my insurance allow supervision by a PhD or LMSW?
Is my therapist in or out of network?
If my therapist is out of network, what will my insurance cover for out of network services?

How many visits am I allowed per year?
If there a limit on visits, how many have I used already?

What is my policy plan year (i.e., January to January or September to September)?
Do I need a referral or authorization in order to be seen for therapy or testing?
Will my insurance cover individual and group therapy are on the same day?
What is my copay amount per session?

"I love working somewhere where I am valued as a person and for my strengths. I love working with likeminded people that work to see the company grow and that also want each other to grow. Dr. Agnew help fosters the dreams of the people that work at AFBHS. The compassionate culture is something that drew me in."

-Danie Duron, MA, LPC, Lakeshore Clinical Director

"I love the balance of owning my own private practice, with the benefits of also being part of a collaborative team. We get to socialize, learn from, and brainstorm with a team of therapists who each bring something special to the table. Since this is an established practice, the details of billing, paperwork and finding referral sources are things I don’t need to worry about. Our support staff is wonderful. This is a black-owned, racially diverse therapy practice that meets the needs of our diverse clientele, which is immensely important in a diverse world. I love that AFBHS is an antiracist private practice. Lastly, this is a practice where we are invested in seeing each therapist grow a sustainable practice. In our meetings, we talk about what makes this work sustainable, we check in with one another, and we support one another. I have worked in a number of other practices over my career and have found that this is one of the most emotionally healthy places I have ever worked. I love it here. I think you might too." -Eric Nykamp, LMSW