MA, LMHC, NCC
Hi! My name is Nicky and I am excited you are checking out my page. Hopefully it means you are interested in wellness and are looking for some type of healing. Finding a therapist who is a good fit is incredibly important. I've created this introduction to help you make the decision of whether or not our styles would be compatible.
I am a Louisiana native that moved to Florida in 2010 and I just love it here. I am married to a Florida native with two young kids. Some things I love include reading, creating, being outdoors, working on house projects, traveling, working out, writing (not the formal kind, but the creative kind), trying new things.
I believe that everyone has a different journey and that its important to adapt to the needs of each client. I tend to operate from a holistic approach and usually start each therapy relationship by assessing how an individual is doing in a variety of life areas including cognitive, emotional, physical, and spiritual. I believe that your relationship with your therapist is one of the most healing aspects of therapy. We are relational beings after-all.
I think that birth is a powerful moment for a women and can help set a tone for how we ease into our parenting selves. I like to utilize the "village mentality" as much as possible.
I believe that movement is powerful and that sometimes we need to experience feelings and sensations in order to understand and heal. I do not believe that all therapy should be done in a room on a couch. I think that therapy outdoors or in a kayak or on a bicycle or on a blanket surrounded by trees or sand is necessary sometimes.
I believe that sometimes therapy is deep and emotional and other times it is energizing and affirming.
I believe in rituals. We all have our rituals, whether we call it that or not. Maybe we know it as a routine or pattern. I like to utilize ritual to help affirm or create/represent movement for people.
I am most aligned with Positive Psychology, Reality Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and of course, Adventure Therapy.
Maternal Mental Heath (pregnancy through postpartum)
Education and Experience:
I graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling from Northwestern State University in 2010 and have worked in a variety of settings since then including Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. I have held many roles from primary therapist to Clinical Director. I became licensed in 2013 and then proceeded to open Anchors Aweigh Counseling following the birth of my daughter.
In 2015 I completed the Certificate Training for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) through Postpartum Support International. And I continue my training in PMADs through webinars and Courses published through PSI and 2020Mom. This started my specialization in Maternal Mental Health. Working with women from pregnancy through birth and the first two years (and beyond really).
Also, in 2015, following my role as Clinical Director of an adventure based treated center, I became more involved in the Adventure Therapy world and strengthened my training by attended Association for Experiential Education national and local conferences, as well as attending regular webinars.
// Nationally Certified Counselors
// Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
// Postpartum Support International (PSI)
// Florida BioFeedback Society
Other Cool Stuff I Do:
Twice a year, I teach an Adventure Therapy Workshop for therapists wanting to learn about Adventure Therapy. This is a CE course approved by the Florida Department of Health.
I created a birth preparation program called Inspired Birthing. This is a program for pregnant moms wanting to prepare for birth in an emotional and physical way. The program utilizes BioFeedback, guided imagery, and psycho-therapy to help shift women into a place of preparedness. This program includes a minimum of 6 sessions, at least 5 prior to giving birth and one postpartum visit. Partner inclusion is optional.
I host a monthly meditation night in a salt room. The meditation is held at Southern Salt Therapy and is 45 minutes long. You can check out my Facebook page, as well as theirs, for specific dates.
I co-host a mom to mom peer support group called It Takes A Village. This group is FREE to moms as it is sponsored by the Friends of Martin County Library and is held every other Sunday at 2pm at the Blake Library. You can follow our page on Facebook to keep up to date with the schedule and speakers.
At least twice a year I present at professional conferences. I have previously presented at AEE Best Practices, Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (2 years in a row), and C4 conference.
I like to volunteer my time and knowledge to the community. I occasionally host free discussion groups or wellness workshops.
Current Projects include: Women in Nature Gathering, Body Love events, and Adventure Excursions for Women
I host a monthly Podcast called Cognizant. Its a personal project for me. It was inspired as a way to build a catalog for various healing modalities for my clients. It is also intended to help build community on the Treasure Coast. This is a great resource for anyone looking to expand their resources. This podcast is currently out of production, but the episodes are archived and still interesting nevertheless.
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