Nicole is a licensed clinical social worker who has been working with children and families in Chicago for over 15 years. She began her work in the foster care system and then transitioned into the school setting. She supports her clients through mindfulness, empowerment, and a strengths-based perspective. Nicole is continually engaged in professional development with an emphasis on trauma-informed practice, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a mindfulness-based approach to helping youth and adults find peace in themselves. Nicole is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and has been trained in yoga and mindfulness therapy for children and adolescents. She utilizes her experience in teaching and practicing yoga, particularly when working with clients who struggle with anxiety and depression. Her dynamic set of skills and experience and her inspiring personality have engaged many people in the community to embrace the change they seek to live freely.
Everyone has times in their life when they are seeking deeper meaning, self-acceptance, or simply someone to walk with them through a challenging period. Joyce works with clients to highlight their strengths and build a therapeutic relationship that gives them space to heal and grow. Believing that you are the expert of your own experience, she uses her training to support you in making sense of and working through whatever brings you to therapy. She also has an array of tools she can share that will help you to be your best self.
Joyce is a licensed clinical social worker with her master's in social work from the University of Chicago and an additional certification in trauma-informed care. She has been working with families on Chicago's South Side for six years, providing school-based mental health support and wraparound services for young people ages three to twenty-one. She has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher certification and a 95-hour children's yoga teacher certification and creates resources to support teachers in implementing social and emotional supports in classrooms. Combining cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing, Joyce tailors her approach to fit each client's unique needs. Joyce operates through a social justice lens that emphasizes community and acknowledges the structures that create real barriers in people's lives, helping clients to draw from their strengths and create change for themselves.