Nicole Williams, LPC
Welcome! If you are sitting at your computer looking through counselor biographies and analyzing pictures for the best fit, I want to applaud you for taking the first step and having the courage to consider whether taking a therapeutic journey is the right decision for your life at this time. While taking this journey is not easy, I fully believe that delegating time to work on ourselves allows us to grow in a mindful and self-accepting way. Psychotherapy is not a "one size fits all" process. Instead, it is about YOU, and my job as a person-centered therapist is to meet you where you are and focus on working toward the goals you set for yourself. Meeting your goals will allow you to obtain a life that is worth living.
I operate from the belief that who we are today is shaped by the people in our lives, our life experiences, our thoughts, emotions, and our behaviors. My goal is to assist you to recognize the patterns in your life that may not be the most adaptive and to use your strengths to restructure those patterns in a way that will result in adaptive thoughts and behaviors. Although I have worked with clients in recovery from a number of behavioral health conditions, my specialties include eating psychopathology, borderline personality disorder, and multicultural psychology. I specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and I enjoy working with clients on the importance of emotion regulation and validation.
Although I am not an "Austin native," I have lived in the Austin metro area since 1990. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with Honors. I completed a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Kent State University and I am currently working toward a Doctorate in Education with a focus in the health professions from the College of Saint Mary. Counseling has played a pivotal role in my life and in the lives of family and friends, so becoming a licensed mental health professional and working with others to achieve recovery was a perfect way to give back to a community that has given me so much. I have worked in a therapeutic capacity with clients since August 2007. Outside of the therapy room, I have a passion for higher education in psychology as well as community mental health. I teach undergraduates introductory level psychology courses and I have worked at both the State and local mental health authority level on Texas Medicaid and managed care.
In my spare time, I love traveling; live music; anything involving a beach, lake, or river; Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill country; college football and basketball; being involved in my faith community; cooking; and managing my three rowdy fur-children. I am a hardcore North Carolina Tar Heels and Texas Longhorn fan. My goal in life is to convince my soon-to-be husband to buy me a longhorn...or two.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I would love to get to know you and see if we can take this recovery journey together. Please don't hesitate to reach out via phone at 512/201-4501, ext. 181, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through our online request form.