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Nichole Peralta Azor

I am an Independently Licensed Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska (LIMHP #1240), Licensed Professional Counselor in Nebraska (LPC #2125), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Nebraska (LADC #1256) and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina (LCMHC #19647).

I received my Master of Art in Counseling from Doane University in Crete, Nebraska in 2010, my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Doane University in Crete, Nebraska in 2007, and my Associate in Human Services from Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska in 2005. I have also completed 54 credit hours toward a Doctorate in Counseling Education and Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Denver, Colorado.

I served as an emergency response therapist for one year with Centennial Mental Health Center (Sterling, Colorado) by providing assessment and intervention services to individuals experiencing behavioral health crises. In addition to my role as supervisor and interim mental health program director, I provided community-based mental health and substance use counseling services for six and a half years at Panhandle Mental Health Center DBA Panhandle Health Group (Sidney, Nebraska). I began providing outpatient mental health and substance use assessments and counseling services from my private practice, Karuna Counseling, in 2019 to current.

I offer individual therapeutic services, to both youth and adults experiencing a variety of concerns including but not limited to: alcohol and substance use, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma and loss, habit changing and goal setting, women’s issues, and anger management. I am committed to holistic therapeutic approaches that provide respect and empowerment.

My goal is to help each person discover and develop their own inner resources and capacity for healing and growth. I work with the entire person, honoring the mind, body, and soul. I use a respectful and collaborative approach and utilize a variety of treatment methods. These may include animal assisted therapy, CBT (Cognitive

Behavioral Therapy), TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused CBT), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), play therapy, active listening, humor, writing, reading, role-play, and visualization.

At times I may also use body-centered techniques, breathing, movement, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing), and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). I am certified in the following techniques: EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing), TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and have met all the requirements to be acknowledged as a Level II Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP-II).