Nicole, a native of the Pittsburgh area, is PA licensed professional counselor & therapist as well as a group facilitator for Outreach Teen and Family Services. She also works in the Kids At Risk Effort (KARE) program, counseling individuals involved in the juvenile probation system. She is a facilitator and co-writer of the Choices program, a drug & alcohol education program for teens. In addition, she is a trained Aggression Replacement Training (ART) facilitator as well as Outreach’s only ART trainer which allows her to teach other therapists how to facilitate ART classes. ART is a cognitive-based intervention designed to promote prosocial behavior in chronically aggressive and violent adolescents using techniques to develop social skills, anger control skills, emotional control, and moral reasoning. Her areas of expertise includes, but is not limited to, issues involving alcohol and other drugs, anger, anxiety, depression, relationships, social skills, family issues, conduct issues, trauma issues, individuals with legal problems and stress management. A well respected clinician at the agency, Nicole sees clients both at Outreach’s Mt. Lebanon and downtown offices.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a concentration in Forensics from Point Park University. Nicole completed a Master’s Level certification program at Duquesne University’s Cyril Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law in 2003. She continued her education receiving her Master of Science degree from Carlow University in Professional Counseling in 2006. Nicole worked as a counselor and intake coordinator in Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, and Psychiatric Rehabilitation for many years. She became a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2004. She also pursued a career in corrections for a time, working with the forensic population as a cognitive therapist. Nicole greatly enjoys her 17 years of experience in her chosen field of work and finds it a privilege to be a part in the journey of those she counsels. She strongly believes in the process of therapy and that validation, connection, and trust are the foundation upon which change occurs and healing begins.