I am rooted in the belief that the human brain is wired for connection, and hold compassion for the ways that trauma disrupts one’s ability to experience safe, affirming relationships.
I infuse nature, expressive arts, and mindfulness-based awareness in the treatment of trauma, grief/loss, and loneliness.”
Clinical Specialties & Populations:
Nicole honors the narratives of diverse communities and specializes in the relationship between trauma and intersectionality. She is affirming to the unique experiences of queer and trans*, non-binary, and gender-expansive communities. Nicole holds 9 years of experience in working with survivors of sexual trauma, survivors of violent crime (including hate crimes), and survivors of suicide attempt/survivors of a loved one who died by suicide.
Other Skills & Experience:
- Trauma Level I Certification
- Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Certification
- Nature-Based and Horticultural Therapy
- Relational-Cultural Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Therapies
- Expressive Therapies
- Strengths-Based Approach
In March 2019, Nicole was named one of Washington Blade’s “40 Under 40” queer women of Washington.
Nicole earned a Master of Social Work degree from Howard University.
You can reach Nicole at email@example.com.
First Meeting Documents
In preparation for the first visit, you will be asked to fill out the following forms:
Each of our Clinical Associates is a licensed practitioner. As required by licensure, treatment under a licensed practitioner is confidential. This form explains limitations to that confidentiality required by licensure. It also outlines the collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship and co-responsibility for treatment outcomes.
Financial Agreement This form outlines The Viva Center’s financial policies. Here at Viva, we offer special accommodations to assist with cash flow and to simplify payments. As a professional courtesy, clients opting to pay with a credit card are not billed until the end of the month, although fees are technically due at the time of service. This allows time for insurance to send reimbursement closer to the time of payment.
This form serves 2 purposes: It helps to capture the baseline experience when beginning treatment, allowing for an opportunity to take stock of current status. It also helps the clinician gather important background information without taking extra time in the first session. The first page of this form is required, and the others are supplemental. It is fine to exercise the decision to leave out any areas of the form. Please keep in mind any areas elected not to be disclosed at this time may be relevant to treatment outcomes.
Credit Card Authorization Form
This form is only required if electing to use a credit card to pay for services. Conveniently, this form only needs to be filled out once and is stored securely. Payment with cash or checks is also accepted.