Mr. Nichols is a Resident in Counseling with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University in 2020, a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Virginia State University in 1996, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia State University in 1992. Mr. Nichols has 25+ years of clinical experience in the mental health field. This includes experience working in a community-based program as a Mentor/Counselor with children/adolescents with Serious Emotional disturbances (SED), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Asperger’s syndrome, conduct disorders, and youth at-risk for out-of-home placement/detention centers. Mr. Nichols has participated in multi-disciplinary teams and Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) Meetings.
Mr. Nichols has an extensive background in providing therapy to adults with serious mental illness (SMI), including schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder. Also, individuals with anxiety disorders, substance use disorders (SUD), gender dysphoria, and suicidal ideations. He has worked in a community-based Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) program, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, with the majority of his clinical experience counseling adults in a maximum-security prison. He has experience in crisis intervention, completing comprehensive screenings, assessments, psychological evaluations, treatment/discharge plans, and community collaboration/referral sources including committals through the court system.
Mr. Nichols has also facilitated psychoeducational groups and has provided individual and group counseling in all adult settings. While working at the prison, he developed a program, “Overcoming Depression”, which was approved by the Department of Corrections Steering Committee, which has a statistical measure to evaluate efficacy. In addition, Mr. Nichols facilitated Mental Health in-service trainings to all staff in a security setting annually. Although he has experience with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness, his approach to treatment has been Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Multimodal therapy. His goal is to establish collaborative objectives to help clients gain insight into what is interfering with their ability to develop coping skills, while maintaining a focus on cognitive distortions and core beliefs. He enjoys spending time with his family and his favorite hobby is playing piano/keyboard.