Nick Williams, MS, NCC, LPC
I am the son of a Nurse and a Human Services Professional/Law Enforcement Officer. Growing up, I witnessed the true meaning of Public Service. Prior to entering into Behavior Health, I served over seven and a half years in the United States Marine Corps; achieving the rank of Sergeant as an Infantryman and obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology prior to separating. While fortunate to not have to engage in direct combat, my time in the military did include one combat tour among others. I understand firsthand what it means to serve a cause greater than oneself, and Indelible Changes is my new cause.
I also have a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling; I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. In addition, I am a Board Certified Supervisor for mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy. I have additional training in child and adolescent behavioral health, couples and family therapy, trauma, substance use, and family engagement. Much of my past clinical experience involved working with families of children and adolescents with behavioral disorders, to include high instances of trauma, abuse, and neglect. My clinical experience includes providing individual, family, and group therapy in the outpatient, home, community, and residential group home settings. I also have over 20 years of experience in leading, supervising, and managing; within the military and the field of Behavior Health; working in the military, private, and local government sectors.
I consider my primary theoretical orientation to be Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), although I mostly practice from an integrated approach. The tenets of CBT that I most closely identify with include empowering people to take personal accountability for their life; moving people beyond just thinking and feeling healthier but to also behaving the same; and helping people develop more accurate and healthier meanings to life’s past, present, and future challenges. Additionally, CBT requires collaboration and active participation; it teaches self-monitoring skills; and most importantly, it teaches people how to break free from their own mental shackles that are most responsible for their current distress. Like CBT, I appreciate the same tenants of EMDR, in addition to the neuroscience involved with EMDR. As we discover so much more about the brain every day, I believe every clinician should incorporate understanding of brain science into their clinical practice.
My professional interests includes but are not limited to teaching and learning about healthy masculinity, engaging males/fathers in the therapeutic process, and advocating for racial/gender equality. Additional interests include reducing racial disparities in the justice system, juvenile delinquency prevention, healing the impact of racial/gender trauma, and working with couples, families, and marriages. I also have a passion for Trauma Informed Care, especially within Health and Human Services, Education, and Law Enforcement.
When off work, I enjoy landscaping projects, home improvement projects, reading/studying just about anything, going to the movies, and spending time with my wife of 16 years; we co-parent our niece and nephews ages 11, 12, and 14, respectively.