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Nicole Nakamura MA,LPC, LMHC
She/her/ hers

Approach

As a transpersonal somatic art therapist, I seamlessly integrate relational, body-based, and trauma-informed approaches into our sessions, inviting your entire being into the therapeutic space. Rather than focusing solely on symptoms or diagnoses, I embrace your complete personhood, viewing your unique experiences through a wide lens. Central to our work is nurturing a strong therapeutic relationship—a foundation upon which healing begins and evolves throughout our journey together.  I continuously return to this cornerstone, fostering trust and connection.

Our lives are shaped by experiences, and perception forms our reality. You possess an innate ability to heal; sometimes, however, our adaptive responses inadvertently hinder this process. I guide you through a deeper exploration of your experiences, breaking barriers that inhibit growth and evolution, leading to enduring changes in areas of concern.In my approach, I blend warmth, curiosity, and honesty. Each person relates, shares, and connects in their own way; I meet you precisely where you are and honor your unique process. Gently, I accompany you toward your emotions, sensations, and experiences, fostering a safe environment rooted in acceptance and compassion for your needs, desires, and fears.

HUMAN FIRST 

I am a human first and therapist second. I have my ups and downs and all of the in between moments too. I am learning everyday just as much as you how to navigate being human and learning more about all parts of me. In my day to day, the ocean and nature bring me so much ease and joy, offering me reminders of presence. Rock climbing shows me of my body and mind's capacity to overcome fear, and making art shows me what is happening within and enhances my understanding of the creative process for self and others. I love making art or writing when I feel a burst of creativity or slow mornings with coffee. One of my favorite joys is to make food for friends and loved ones, a definite love language of mine. I've recently rekindled my passion for dancing and will dance on land or the water on my red and turquoise longboard. Both of these remind me to be in my body and to flow with the process. 

TRAINING

 

 Over the last 7 years I have worked and trained in various settings including: Primary therapist at an HIV/AIDS organization, Individual and Family therapist in a residential treatment facility for young adults, a transitional living  program for young adults, camp facilitator for an all girls youth empowerment camp, a women's center and now private practice. Doing this work in a variety of settings has imparted me with diverse experiences to increase my capacity as a therapist. I have specific training in the treatment of trauma through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in Colorado. Being an art therapist I will often weave art- based interventions into the knowledge I have of working with the treatment of trauma, interpersonal challenges and the body.

Beliefs

Being a therapist has been my life's purpose since I was 15. I have known since then that I want to support others in breaking barriers to reconnect with their wholeness. I firmly believe in the importance of integrity and authenticity in the therapeutic relationship and know that it is important for me to continually check my privilege and be held accountable in this sacred work. I believe healing cannot occur in isolation and that regardless of your race, gender or sexual orientation, you deserve and are entitled to access care. The sanctity of the therapeutic relationship is the highest priority. I believe in open communication and collaboration and will often check in with you about your experience. 

I am deeply human and believe in exploring all parts of myself.  I believe that I can only help you as much as I help myself, and am committed to my own personal growth as much as I am yours. As a professional, I am held to a high standard by the community and licensure boards. My capacity to do my job well means tending to my overall wellbeing, continued personal growth and professional development. 

Education

Masters Degree

Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Art Therapy

Naropa University, 2015

Bachelor of Arts

Studio Art

University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2012

Training and Memberships

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) 

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

AATA Member

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1: Affect Regulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory

Certified Addiction Counseling Courses through the Odyssey Training Center in Denver

AEDP Training Workshops 

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