Nicole Nakamura MA, LPC

I use a creative, empathic, playful, and relational approach when working with individuals. Building and nurturing the therapeutic relationship with each individual is crucial in allowing the process of healing to begin. If one is given the space to fully explore and connect, authentic growth and change is possible. I believe we are an accumulation of our experiences. It is how we process the information of our experiences that shape who we are as humans. Everyone has a different way of relating, sharing, and connecting; I will always meet you where you are at and honor YOUR process.

 I am an art therapist who is also informed by relational, trauma, addictions, existential, and somatic approaches that are integrated into the therapeutic process.  Over the last 5 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 empowerment camp, a women's center and now private practice. I am excited about working with individuals who are curious to explore, challenge and connect with deeper parts of themselves. 

I have a deep love for helping and holding space for others. 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. I have lived with chronic illness for the past 10 years, which has given me insight into the human spirit and encouraged strength beyond what I thought possible. Riding the waves of physical and emotional strain has imparted me with learning to embrace my abilities beyond the "societal norms" as well as a capacity to trust in the body's innate wisdom to heal. 

 

My life's passion encompasses growth,connection, the ocean, empowerment, pLaY, and compassion. I welcome the unknown and step into the watery realms of emotion and spirit through creativity, body based awareness, surfing, and (sometimes) meditation. The ocean brings me healing, connection and joy unlike anything else, rock climbing reminds me of how strong I am, my family reminds me of where I come from, kids remind me to be playful, silly and honest, and my art shows me what is happening within. I love to prepare food for myself and others and believe nourishment, movement, and rest are most vital to our wellbeing. 

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) 

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

Certified Addiction Counseling Courses