Nicole Macri, LCSW-C

Nicole Macri earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Old Westbury, NY in 2000 and was awarded a place in the National Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi). After graduation, Nicole went on to work with children who were dually diagnosed who lived in group homes in Denver. Nicole attended New York University School of Social Work (currently known as The Silver School of Social Work) from 2002-2004 and graduated with her Master’s in Social Work. She then moved to Maryland to start her career in Social Work. Nicole received her LGSW in 2004 and her LCSW-C in 2009. Nicole also earned a certification in Early Childhood and Mental Health through the University of Maryland and she also earned a certification in Case Management in 2015.

During the course of Nicole’s Social Work career, she has acquired experience in a broad spectrum of settings including Treatment Foster Care, Adolescent Group Homes, Residential Treatment Facility, Emergency Room Setting, School Social Work, Medical Social Work, working with the Active Duty Military population, Clinical Case Management and Community out-patient Mental Health. Nicole has not only had the privilege of being the social worker/therapist in these settings, but has also been a Social Work Supervisor, Social Work School Intern Supervisor, Program Coordinator, Clinical Milieu Manager, Special Needs Coordinator and Clinical Care Coordinator.

Over the last 16 years, Nicole has always worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings. She realized that in order to effectively work with children of any age you have to engage the child where they are developmentally, but you also have to engage their parent(s) or caregiver(s). She has demonstrated that she is able to put yourself in the shoes of others and understand culture, upbringing, parenting styles, essentially the world that the client lives in, in order to truly be empathetic to a person’s issues, concerns, struggles and life challenges. Even though Nicole has worked with children and adolescents for many years she has also simultaneously worked part time with adults in therapeutic settings so that she can be experienced and competent to work with a variety of populations.

Nicole has also had the privilege and honor to work with active-duty military members as a Special Needs Coordinator and ran the Exceptional Family Member Program, also known as EFMP, to assist active-duty members and their families in moving around the world, advocate for the necessary services that the family members may need and coordinate medical, mental health, and educational services. Being able to understand that every military branch is its own culture, which is very different from civilian life, has given Nicole the ability to assist military members and their families as well as navigate through military channels.

Nicole has experience working with clients struggling with ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Disruptive Impulse control and Conduct Disorders, Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Related Disorders, Panic Disorders, parenting issues, Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders, Educational Performance Problems/Learning Disorders, Grief and Loss.

Nicole’s approach is direct, goal directed and strengths based and always meets the client where they are. She uses a variety of techniques when working with clients to promote client growth and change. Some of the therapies and techniques used are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, Empowerment and Education, Yoga, Meditation, and Art Therapy. Nicole is always looking for new ideas/techniques/treatments that may be helpful for the therapeutic process and is continuously attending educational trainings so that she can add more skills to her therapeutic tool box.

Nicole is currently on a leave of absence and is not accepting new clients at this time.