As Executive Director, Nicole is eager to carry forward Good Heart Recovery’s vision of providing substance abuse and mental health treatment that truly acknowledges the humanity within each client. She has been a licensed MFT since 2009, a licensed PCC since 2012, and a Clinical Supervisor since 2013.
Nicole received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from California State University, Sacramento in 2005 with a dual specialization in Marriage, Family and Children Counseling and School Counseling. In Nicole’s early career she combined her passion for education and therapy advocating and counseling at-risk youth from diverse cultural backgrounds at multiple inner-city schools and nonprofit settings in the Sacramento area.
Nicole moved back to Santa Barbara in 2011 and embarked on the next phase of her career teaching Master level students at Pacifica Graduate Institute. In 2017 Nicole joined Antioch University, Santa Barbara as their Director of Clinical Training and Teaching Faculty. Nicole developed and grew the strength of the program, streamlining processes and procedures, sustaining meaningful partnerships with agencies in the community, and supporting students in their progress through their academic and practicum experiences. As an instructor, Nicole fostered student’s professional growth through her consistent guidance and mentorship.
In July of 2020, Nicole joined Good Heart Recovery. Nicole wholeheartedly supports GHR mission of moving past the stigma surrounding addiction and mental illness, causing individuals to be stuck with labels such as “addicts” or being viewed as broken. At Good Heart, each individual is seen as a human who is suffering and who has adopted maladaptive coping skills to ease that suffering, whether that be through substances or mental health symptoms. The GHR team works to break the stigma, help individuals see their potential and find their authentic selves, thus helping them find their “Good Heart”.