- Children & Adolescents
- Eating Disorders
- Substance Abuse/Addiction
Nicholas is an individual and family therapist at Great Lakes Psychology Group. He specializes in the treatment of addictions, trauma, depression/anxiety, and self-injurious behaviors. He is a licensed master social worker and received his social work degree from Grand Valley State University.
He is certified in alcohol and drug counseling, trained in cognitive-behavioral (CBT), dialectical behavioral (DBT), solution-focused (SFT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapies. Additionally, DBT and EMDR are pending certification. Nicholas has practiced in the field for more than 10 years. He has worked in inpatient, residential, educational, correctional, and community settings treating mood disorders, substance abuse, personality disorders, trauma, and grief/loss while serving primarily adolescents and families. However, more recently has worked with severe mental illness (schizophrenia/bipolar), crisis stabilization/intervention, heightened risk of suicide/self-harm, co-occurring, and personality disorders with adults in the Michigan Department of Corrections and Community Mental Health systems as both a mental health professional and program coordinator.
In addition, Nicholas has served in the past on both juvenile and adult (sobriety) drug courts in the Ottawa, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties. He has been active in the movement against human trafficking (The Hope Project), domestic violence and child abuse, gang awareness, and drug education. He has also developed the curriculum for Teen Impact, an after school program located in Cadillac.
Finally, Nicholas has a strong interest and passion for the natural and holistic healing process. This is a focus on securing relationships, developing healthy attachments and creating autonomy, overcoming adversity, embracing love and the journey of recovery. This can be achieved by exploring the natural world of nature while integrating the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health of an individual, group, family, community, or culture.