Nicole Nakamura MA, LPC
I am a transpersonal art therapist who is also informed by relational, trauma, addictions, existential, and somatic approaches that are integrated into the therapeutic process. 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 and I start with this foundation first. 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. You innately have the capacity to heal and you have the tools to do so. I help you deepen into your experience with safety and curiosity in order to move through your blocks and access your inner wisdom. Everyone has a different way of relating, sharing, and connecting; I will always meet you where you are at and honor YOUR process while gently guiding you towards your emotions, sensations and experiences. I am excited about working with individuals who are curious to explore, challenge and connect with deeper parts of themselves and are ready to dive into transformational work!
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.
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 their authentic Self. I am deeply passionate about holding space for others and guiding them towards wholeness. 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 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 hold myself 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.
My life's path encompasses growth, creative expression, breaking barriers to connection, equity, the ocean, empowerment, playfulness, justice and compassion. The ocean brings me healing and joy unlike anything else, rock climbing reminds me of the body's capacity, 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 am deeply human and believe in exploring all parts of myself. Going to my depths allows me to be with yours, and there are few places I am unwilling to go. Let's see where this journey takes you!
Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Art Therapy
Naropa University, 2015
Bachelor of Arts
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