MSPC, CPRP, NCC, LPC
Nicole, a native of the Pittsburgh area, is a PA licensed professional counselor & therapist and an A.R.T. (Aggression Replacement Training) trainer for Outreach Teen and Family Services. She has been with Outreach for 11 and a half years, previously providing counseling to clients in the Mt. Lebanon office. During her tenure at Outreach, she also co-created the agency’s drug & alcohol education program, Choices.
Even though Nicole opened a private practice in Downtown Pittsburgh, she has stayed on as the ART trainer for our team of ART facilitators. She provides training and booster sessions for this cognitive-based intervention program, designed to promote pro social behavior in chronically aggressive and violent adolescents using techniques to develop social skills, anger control skills, emotional control, and moral reasoning.
Prior to joining the Outreach team of counselors, 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, working with the forensic population as a cognitive therapist. She is a private practice owner, as well as consultant to various behavioral health entities. Nicole greatly enjoys her 22 years of experience in her chosen field of work and finds it a privilege to be a part of the journey for those she counsels. She strongly believes in the process of therapy and that validation, connection, and trust form the foundation upon which change occurs and healing begins.
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.