MEET CARRIE

"In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety." - Abraham Maslow

Carrie Nicholes, LCSW-C, LICSW, CYT

I am a clinical therapist, licensed in Maryland and Washington DC, as well as a certified yoga teacher.

 

I know coming to therapy can be a little intimidating, so my first goal is to establish a connection that puts you at ease. My down-to-earth approach won't feel stuffy or overly clinical, but you'll still leave with a toolkit full of skills to lead a more fulfilling and satisfying life. I'm passionate about helping adolescents, young adults, and adults manage anxiety, reduce stress, and develop a positive relationship with themselves. 

I offer complimentary 15-minute consultations and am available to connect via emailphone,  or you can schedule an appointment at the link below. 

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ANXIETY

Anxiety can feel overwhelming, even paralyzing. My goal is to teach you to make small, impactful changes that will help you rise above anxiety.

SELF-COMPASSION

 

You have it in you to be compassionate with others, but you're having a hard time believing you deserve that same measure of kindness and encouragement. 

SELF-WORTH

Somewhere along the way, you lost sight of your worth and confidence. You know your negative self-talk is hurting you, but you're not sure how to shift your perspective.

MY APPROACH

My approach is all about discovering your resilience and helping you bloom. I believe in empowering my clients with practical tools and knowledge in a nurturing, non-judgmental environment. I’m warm, yet direct, and love working with people who are ready to make lasting changes. 

I believe in a holistic approach to therapy, focusing on overall wellness. I incorporate elements of mindfulness, deep relaxation techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a strengths-based approach into my practice.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
  • Heartbreak/End of Relationship

  • Life Transitions

  • Coping Skill Development

  • Teen Therapy

  • Young Adult Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Mindfulness

  • Health at Every Size (HAES®)-aligned

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • Brigham Young University - 2006 - Marriage, Family, and Human Development

  • Brigham Young University - 2008 - Master of Social Work

  • Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C) - Maryland Board of Social Work

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) - Washington DC Board of Social Work

  • Maryland Board approved supervisor for Licensed Masters Social Workers (LMSW)

  • Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) Instructor

  • Certified Yoga Teacher

ON A PERSONAL NOTE
  • I'm originally a West Coast girl, and my first job was scooping ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. 

  • I was a DJ in high school at a small radio station (my friend and I even had our own radio show!).

  • You're unlikely to have met someone who loves good chocolate as much as I do.

  • I lived in France & Switzerland for a year and a half, and I'm always fantasizing about the next opportunity to travel.

  • I love spending time with my family (including our newest addition, Felix the pup) and friends.