This month, in particular, we wanted to highlight Black professionals, healers, and Black-owned businesses in the St. Louis area! To kick off our new blog series, we wanted to start with one of our own, Nicole Murdock, M.A., LPC!
At Healing Spaces, Nicole is our resident couples therapist! She loves working with couples to help them revitalize their relationship, learn new ways to communicate, solve and manage relationship problems. She is inclusive and affirming and she wants to work with you to achieve your relationship goals!
Couples therapy is not the only service she provides, as she frequently works with individuals, particularly Black women. In therapy, her goal is to help people feel better, think more positively, and heal from past traumas.
Her specialty areas include:
Trauma & PTSD, and managing the impacts of trauma on parenting and behavior
Depression and low self-esteem
Anxiety and other life stressors
I interviewed her to learn more about her therapy style and her as a therapist, and here are her thoughts!
What is your favorite part of your job?
Overall, I love working with a variety of individuals, helping them to achieve their goals and become the best possible version of themselves.
What kind of treatment do you provide?
I consider myself an eclectic therapist, which means that I utilize many different theoretical approaches when working with clients, depending on their individual needs and goals. Some of these approaches include:
Person-Centered, which emphasizes empathy and unconditional positive regard or acceptance
Cognitive-Behavioral, which focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
Family Systems, which concentrates on the family unit and relationships between family members
Neurosequential Method of Therapeutics (NMT), which seeks to understand a child's background and appropriate interventions by understanding one's trauma and developmental/social history
Gottman Method interventions, a well-researched approach to couples therapy and relationships
Solution Focused, a short-term collaborative approach on finding solutions to one's problems
What is your ideal client?
My ideal client is an individual who is open to self-exploration and ready to make real change. If you are in a place where you are motivated to make a difference in your life, let me support you on your journey. Give us a call or schedule a free 15-minute consultation online!
What should clients expect during the first session?
A relaxed setting where I can get to know you and understand what brought you to this space today.
What is something you want clients to know about you?
I have worked in the field of Behavioral Health for 14 years. In that time, I have worked with a multitude of individuals of all ages, backgrounds with a variety of presenting concerns. I truly love the work that I do and I try to be as transparent as possible with each client. I also love to laugh....laughter is good for the soul!