Nicole Reich, LMFT
“the curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”
There are times in our lives when challenges and stressors seem insurmountable… the ability to “bounce back” from a struggle just isn’t happening and life feels too complex.
Nicole has been a therapist in San Diego County for over 20 years. Her training and experience working with a diverse population of individuals and families covers the lifespan: families with young children and adolescents, to serving older adults providing palliative care in the form of psychotherapy at the end of life. In addition to providing therapy, Nicole has worked in diverse leadership roles promoting wellness and mental health in the San Diego community: clinical supervisor, program manager, and conference presenter at the national level.
Nicole’s emphasis on self-acceptance and self-compassion, as well as honoring the importance of culture and family history, are hallmarks of her therapy. Nicole helps to create the foundation for understanding the intergenerational patterns of relationships and individual coping styles. In addition, she can help identify and address traumatic experiences that may be influencing your current relationships and your ability to manage smaller day-to-day stressors as well as more significant stressors and crises. Nicole can explore with you and help identify your internal resources to empower you, as well as strengthen your sense of identity and belonging.
Nicole recognizes that even the “typical” developmental stages and transitions that bring change in an individual’s life can also bring stress and discomfort. Nicole’s style of therapy is a unique blend of trauma-informed care and evidenced-based interventions. She utilizes traditional talk therapy, Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), expressive arts, humor and play – all with the goal of instilling hope, finding meaning and peace with your past, and engaging with current relationships with trust and confidence.
- EMDR for children, adolescents and adults
- Life Transitions: marriage, divorce, work, parenthood, retirement, deployment and reintegration
- Supporting individuals and families with life limiting illnesses
- Coping with grief and loss
- Family Caregivers and Professional Caregivers: promoting resiliency and coping with stress
- Parenting and supporting families struggling with communication, boundaries, gender identity, sexual orientation, and adjusting to changes with developmental ages/stages
- Families and caregivers impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
In addition to providing therapy for families and individuals, Nicole also provides for professionals:
- AAMFT Approved Supervisor Mentoring
- Clinical Supervision for pre-licensed psychotherapists
- Consultation and Education for professionals (teachers, medical professionals, psychotherapists) who are interested in increasing professional resiliency and protecting work/life balance
- Support and debriefs to address grief in the workplace
Education and Affiliations:
MA Degree, Psychology — Chapman University
BA Degree, Sociology — University of California, Riverside
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Clinical Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
Member, EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
Approved Clinical Supervisor, AAMFT
LEAD San Diego, IMPACT Alum 2016
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT #36524