NICOLE BANKHEAD

Licensed Professional Counselor 

Owner of Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center

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                                     “Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never knew you had.” -- Alice Sebold

 

As a licensed therapist, the main focus in my treatment is establishing a therapeutic relationship, as I believe in facilitating effective counseling, the connection between therapist and client is most important. In therapy, I am compassionate, supportive, and present. I work with my clients to meet them where they are at emotionally, but also provide them the accountability to help reach their goals.

 

The therapeutic process can help empower individuals to work through difficult life transitions, traumatic events, strained relationships, depression, anxiety, and other life stressors. My passion for exploring the underlying psychological forces that drive behavior and thought patterns is the core to helping my clients make meaning of their life and achieve the changes they seek.

 

My specific niche is anxiety, depression, OCD, LGBTQ, eating disorders, and trauma. My counseling style combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). I collaborate with the client to set specific goals and a treatment plan that can include many of the following: role play, meditation, psycho-education, book studies, mindfulness, thought records, exposure techniques, cognitive restructuring, and eye movements. 

 

As successful as I am at being a therapist, you would believe that this was my lifelong goal, with my ability to help many turn their lives around. But it wasn’t! I started by getting my bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston, and began working as a paralegal for several law firms. This was when I questioned myself about what I could do to feel fulfilled and serve a bigger purpose in life. I knew instinctively that if I was questioning myself, perhaps a different path was waiting for me.

 

My journey was laced with what seemed like divine intervention suggesting and pointing me in the direction I needed to go. The journey led to another degree in education and teaching for five years to become a school counselor. While teaching, I worked on my master’s degree in school counseling.

 

I then landed a job in a behavior transition program, an off-campus program for working teens who needed the skills to return to their home campus. My ability to build trust and truly help these teens got the attention of my supervisor, who suggested that I become a full-fledged licensed therapist.

 

Today, I am the successful owner and therapist at Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center, where I stay busy inspiring clients to heal by using evidence-based techniques. I had found my life’s passion.

 

I am a native of Cypress, Texas. In my free time, I enjoy boating, working on the tractor, and volunteering. I am happily married to my high school sweetheart, and we have three children. I am also a huge animal lover! We also have 10 rabbits, three tortoises, three dogs, three chickens, and a duck. My mom and dad live on the property to help out, and provide two cats of their own to add to the mix.

 

Get to Know Me:

  • I absolutely LOVE animals of all kinds! Ask me one day about how many animals I have had throughout my life! 

  • We live on land and currently have 3 dogs, 2 Red foot tortoises, 10 rabbits (show), 4 chickens, 2 cats, and a duck.

  • I am married and have a teenage daughter and boy/girl toddler twins.  

  • I enjoy dressing up but can fish and hunt with the best of them.   

  • It is important to me to learn something new every day.

 

Credentials:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor 

  • EMDR Trained

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Administration with minor in Marketing and International Studies

  • Teaching Certificates in General Education and Special Education

  • Master of Science in School Counseling with continuing education for my LPC

 

Affiliations:

  • National Board Certified Counselor

  • COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates)

  • Texas Counseling Association

Evidenced Based Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy, CBT

  • Eye Movement  Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR

  • Mindfulness

 

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