November 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Nicole Podell, MSW, CSW
Clinical Team, Field Team
Position:Field Therapist

Master of Social Work, University of Michigan; Interpersonal Practice/Mental Health                                          Bachelor of Arts, University of California Berkeley
CPR and First Aid certified
Infant Mental Health Specialist/Early Head Start Consultant, South West Counseling Solutions
General Behavioral Health Intern, The Children’s Center
Urban/Wilderness Instructor, Outward Bound California/North Carolina Outward Bound school
Facilitator and Evaluator, Ypsilanti High School                                               

Personal Approach

I am passionate about working with adolescents and families affected by trauma and other mental health challenges in creative and holistic ways. I have worked in outpatient, homebased and wilderness settings and I believe deeply in the wilderness’ capacity to facilitate the most powerful changes for families and individuals in crisis. As a field therapist, I have the opportunity to help clients navigate their challenges as they arise in real time.

As a social worker, I utilize a strength based approach to therapy, working to help individuals recognize the gifts they already have and using those assets to address their personal challenges head on. I use experiential, cognitive and mindfulness based modalities to address family dynamics, attachment disruptions, trauma and other issues a client may be facing. For the two years leading up to my master’s program, I facilitated experiential education and adventure therapy groups, serving transitional aged youth from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. I witnessed first-hand the power that a well-executed intervention and a connected therapeutic relationship could have on an adolescent’s sense of purpose, connection to others and self-worth. I am truly lucky to have a job where I can apply all the skills from my diverse background to help affect positive change in people’s lives.

Personal Interests:

I love to spend my time with my friends and family exploring nature, doing yoga, climbing, cooking or painting. I am a lifelong learner and I enjoy going on adventures to new places and meeting new people.

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