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Credentials & Experience

Nicole Story, EDS MED LMFT LMHC
Nicole Story received her Masters and Specialists (Psy.D/Doctor of Psychology equivalent) degrees with high honors from the University of Florida, Gainesville.


Licensed both as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Mental Health Counselor, she is trained in both intrapsychic and inter-relational approaches to therapy. In addition to a Bachelor's degree, her LMHC and LMFT licenses required 7 years of additional post graduate education, practicum, internship, clinical practice and training in child therapy, developmental psychology, psychopathology, assessment and treatment modalities across the lifespan.


She also trained in the theories and concepts of cultural and individual diversity and in their application to the practice of professional psychology at Rollins College, Winter Park. Completing a minor in German, she also studied Spanish, French, Cultural Psychology and Family Therapy before her graduate studies in psychotherapy at UF.

 

This vast training provides insights during evaluations and treatment, with attention to environment, society, family dynamics, language and culture in addition to the diagnosis of mental health/psychiatric symptoms.

  


Experience

With twenty years of experience in psychotherapy and clinical administration, in the private and non-profit sectors, her experience includes Hope Haven's Children's Clinic and Family Center, Miller & Quinones Pediatric Psychiatry and the Child Guidance Center.


Nicole also served as Clinical Director of a local adolescent residential substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment facility, where she oversaw all functions of a 30 bed adolescent residential unit and 14 bed detox/stabilization unit; provided clinical supervision to the treatment team and directed daily case consultations; provided evaluation, assessment, crisis intervention and treatment to the most severe dually diagnosed clients and abuse victims; trained staff in clinical issues, assessment, evaluation and treatment modalities; and managed staff of more than 50 employees and budget of over $500,000. 


She also trained as part of The National Institute of Drug Abuse, Clinical Trial Network, providing Brief Strategic Family Therapy to Hispanic adolescents/families, and was certified in research practice methods at the University of Miami, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 


A Florida Department of Health MFT and MHC Qualified Supervisor, she has served for many years as a clinical and licensing supervisor for the therapeutic staff at the Youth Crisis Center, Daniel Kids and Camelot Community Care, supervising therapists working with children, infants and adolescents of severe abuse, trauma/neglect.


A resident of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, she has served on the board of the Beaches Resource Center Oversight Committee and as the President of the Foundation (United Way, Full Service Schools) and served hundreds of beaches community and military families. Still actively involved in her community, she serves as PTSA President of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Fletcher Middle School.


She has been qualified as an expert witness in Federal courts, middle district of Florida, Immigration Court in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia.

Teaching and

Public Speaking

Publications

Nicole Story served as an Adjunct Professor at Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida.

She also lectures at local continuing education workshops for professional associations including the Northeast Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; and at universities, including Florida State University (FSU) School of Social Work/Graduate School, at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

She has been interviewed by the several state/local TV and print news reporters on numerous clinical topics and published in print and online articles, books and publications.

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Clinical Mission

I strive to provide my clients and interns a better clinical experience. I care about and respect my patients and am committed to enhancing their quality of life by providing a highly individualized, humanistic approach to assessment, treatment and supervision. 


As a forensic examiner, I administer forensic mental health evaluations, in civil and criminal cases and have testified in State and Federal Courts in Duval, Alachua and Clay counties and at Orlando Immigration Court, Miami Immigration Court and Atlanta Immigration Court.


I have been a clinical member of the American Board of Forensic Counselors - ACFEI, registered in the Counseling Division, and the Psychology Division. Married to a litigation attorney, I also regularly provides assistance with trial consultation and am an in-house consultant at Max Hunter Story, PA.


A leader in my profession, I served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association For Marriage and Family Therapy - FAMFT (the state division of AAMFT), as the Ethics Committee Chair. I also served as the President of the Northeast Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - NEFAMFT (the Northeast Florida Chapter of AAMFT), on the executive board for 7 years.


I am Administrator for the FB Northeast Florida Mental Health Therapists Group (500+ members) and the Kids Therapist Network (250+ members).


Originally from Ireland/UK I enjoy working with domestic and international populations of all ages.

Supervision

"Clinical supervision and training therapists is a passion of mine!"


As a qualified clinical supervisor with the Department of Health, Division of Quality Medical Assurance, I have provided supervision to individuals with local, non-profit and federal agencies including: Gateway Community Services (served as in-house Clinical Director of TPC and Adolescent Outpatient Programs); the Youth Crisis Center (shelter, residential and outpatient); Camelot Community Care; Family Foundations (school-based); Daniel Kids (DCF involved); River Region; Breakthroughs; The United States Navy/Naval Hospital Jacksonville; Beaches Resource Center; Department Of Veterans Affairs; and private psychotherapy practices.


I have also lectured at local continuing education workshops & at universities, including FSU School of Social Work/Graduate School, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL and served as an Adjunct Professor, at Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL.


I offer ongoing clinical supervision to licensed psychotherapists, clinical supervisors and administrators in agencies and private practices and via Telehealth platforms.


Uniquely qualified and experienced in assessment and treatment of infant/children through adult lifespans and cultural competency.


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