Nicole is a licensed marriage and family therapist who places a high value on therapeutic "fit": when a client finds the right therapist and that relationship is carefully cultivated over time in a collaborative environment built on trust, healing and transformation can follow.
Nicole uses warmth, humor, and authenticity to create a safe space for her clients to explore deep existential questions and engineer systems of lifestyle and relationship change. She believes that often the smallest changes can make the biggest difference in our overall health and well-being, and that subsequently developing insight into what drives our thoughts and behaviors is a key task of therapy.
With couples, Nicole uses an eclectic approach that incorporates Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Bowen Family Systems, and Narrative Therapy. She has experience supporting couples through premarital work, rekindling intimacy, healing after infidelity, and miscarriage. In addition, she supports individuals and couples living with high conflict and domestic violence concerns, as well as separated couples who are hoping to work toward a thriving coparenting relationship.
Nicole enjoys "going down the rabbit hole" with her clients. Many are hoping to find deeper meaning in their lives, whether they subscribe to a specific religious or spiritual tradition or not. Per her client's request, Nicole is able to incorporate a Christian perspective into therapy and can speak to topics around spiritual conflicts, growth and adverse experiences within religious communities.
Nicole has a Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from The College of New Jersey with minors in Religious Studies and Arabic Language.
Before relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, Nicole worked with individuals, couples and families at two of the oldest and most respected counseling organizations on the East Coast: Council for Relationships in Philadelphia and The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston.
Anxiety, depression, couples therapy, coparenting therapy, life transitions, spirituality, men's issues, personality disorders, trauma processing and integration