Nicole Nelson CMHC, LSUDC

Nicole Nelson CMHC, LSUDC, Program Director

Nicole comes to JMCR with 17 years of previous mental health and addiction experience. In 2007, she attended the University of Utah in the drug and alcohol treatment training program and is currently a licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor. She started working at an alternative high school where she learned teenagers not only need advocates, they also need people to help them find their voice. This is where Nicole decided she wanted to be a therapist and continued her education and received a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2011 from the University of Phoenix. 

 Nicole moved into working with kids struggling with criminal backgrounds as well as moderate to severe addiction issues. This led to the next 13 years focusing on addiction issues with teens, and from 2015 to 2019 working with adult men who were incarcerated, struggling with severe addictions, homeless and needing treatment. She has a passion in trying to find ways to create hope and healing with any demographic, age group and issue. 

With Nicole’s clinical background she hopes to help with development and continual improvement at JMCR. She has been in many leadership positions and has a passion and a vision to help create an environment rich with healing and a place for kids and families to see their strengths.