Nicole Irving, Resident in Counseling 

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Nicole Irving is a warm, empathic, and relatable clinician with multiple years of experience in the field of mental health.  Her LPC is expected in Jan 2023 and she works with residents of Virginia.

Nicole's specialties include depression, anxiety, codependency, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, LGBTQ+ issues, anger management, behavior modification, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, grief, phase of life issues, family conflicts, and couples/relationship issues. She works with adults and teens (13+) and uses a multicultural lens to inform treatment.

The approaches that Nicole draws from include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness techniques. She also utilizes a psychodynamic approach to help clients gain insight into patterns that have formed and to implement strategies for change. 

 

With couples, Nicole works to create a space for individuals to be able to come together, openly express themselves, and listen to and process each other's lived experience in a non-judgmental manner. She uses Gottman methods to help couples learn tangible tools to manage conflict, increase trust and commitment, and build admiration for one other. Nicole identifies as sex positive and has also worked with polyamorous couples.


Nicole's favorite book that relates to therapy is “What Happened to You?” by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey. She says, "This book details how trauma affects the brain, as well as how trauma can have a lasting impact on development, behavior, and relationships. It has been a great tool for clients to examine how they have been affected, as well a book that inspires the healing journey." Nicole often recommends this book to clients who have experienced trauma.


To potential clients, Nicole says, “Life can often feel overwhelming, chaotic, and lacking control. My hope through our work together is I can assist you with insights, provide tangible tools, and help you create the change that you want for yourself.”

Nicole was born and raised in Northern Virginia and moved back after graduate school. She loves spending her free time cycling, running, reading, and spending time with her wife and rescue dog Millie. Schedule with Nicole today!