For as long as I can remember, it has been my dream to be a counselor. It is an honor and a gift to walk alongside a client through their most difficult journey, holding space for them and helping to guide them toward the best version of themselves, living their best life. I strive to meet clients where they are, working at their pace in a safe and welcoming space where individuals and couples can work through some of their toughest challenges and concerns.
Life transitions such as marriage, parenthood, or ending a relationship, can generate negative feelings toward yourself and those closest to you, even in the best of times. The transition for many women to motherhood or back into the workforce can create anxiety and self-doubt, which can leave you feeling afraid and alone. As a mom of 2 teenage boys, and one who has previously worked in school administration, I know very well how difficult life can be for parents and their children. The challenges can be overwhelming and just keeping your head above water can feel overwhelming. When you feel this way, it begins to negatively impact other areas of your life. It is important to work through these feelings before they begin to deteriorate your sense of self, relationship with your partner or your family. I am here to help you navigate this unfamiliar and sometimes scary path.
Life’s challenges look different for each of us, and so do the solutions that help us be our best self. With this in mind, I cater my therapeutic approach to each person individually. Sometimes traditional talk therapy is most helpful, either in the office or on the move, using “Walk and Talk” therapy. Sometimes I utilize more experiential methods, helping to create a deeper mind-body connection. I work to help my clients recognize their patterns, and help them work to change these patterns to develop better relationships with themselves and with others.
I practice Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which both help clients heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. I am also trained in the Gottman Method which is an evidence-based approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.
My goal is for individuals and couples to emerge from crisis stronger, wiser, and hopeful as we work together through the counseling process. Life’s challenges can provide opportunities for personal growth and increased understanding. Here you will be met where you are on life’s journey.
More about Nicole
My dream from about middle school on was to be a counselor. As with everyone, life takes its twists and turns, and I ended up with a career in Human Resources. When I decided to pursue a Masters’ Degree, I enrolled in an MBA program at USF to complement this career. Then our country was shocked to the core by the horror of 9/11. Like many, I examined what was in my heart and realized it was time to pursue my dream. I received my Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from USF in 2005. Once again life took its unique twists and turns as I became a mom raising 2 children. During this time, I had the pleasure of running a beautiful Montessori School on Pass-a-Grille beach, while my kids attended school there. In 2018 it was time to bring my dream into reality and I completed my path to becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have not looked back. Every day I count my blessings that I have the opportunity to serve and help others through their most difficult times in life. I feel truly blessed to do this work and be a part of helping clients find their way to being the amazing people they were created to be!