NICOLE HARDY, LCSW
Providing individual therapy in Asheville, North Carolina, as well as telehealth services to residents of North Carolina, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
About My Clients and Our Work Together
I enjoy working with clients who have varied histories and varied symptoms, although most struggle with depression and anxiety. Oftentimes, I work with clients who have trauma histories, which continue to impact their ability to be present and build connection and joy in their lives. Whether someone struggles to make connections with others or struggles to identify and advocate for their own needs, I love working with clients to understand how their experiences continue to impact them in their daily lives. An integral piece of this work is connecting physical symptoms to emotional experiences.
I work well with clients who want to learn some short-term coping tools to implement as we do a deeper exploration of underlying issues. I use a strengths-based approach to focus on what is working well as we identify and strive to change what is not working. We also discuss the role of acceptance as we work on implementing changes. Many of the clients I work with struggle with shame and are looking to practice more self-compassion, which can often be a difficult task. I provide grounding and encouragement throughout this process. Therapy can be inherently emotionally draining but I find that there's often room for joy and laughter along the way and, indeed, that human connection is an integral piece of the healing process.
I work with adolescents and adults across the lifespan. As a member of the queer community, I frequently work with queer folx and am affirming of trans and non-binary people. I respect all individuals and constantly strive to offer a safe and non-judgmental environment.
As the pandemic continues, I provide HIPPA-compliant telehealth services. When I'm able, I look forward to returning to in-person sessions for vaccinated clients!
I am not currently accepting new clients, although I anticipate having opening heading into Winter 2021-2022. Please contact me if you would like to be notified when I am accepting new clients again.