About Nicole Serrano Licensed Marriage Family Therapist Inc. (Formerly NS Counseling)

Hello, and Welcome. 

At Nicole Serrano Licensed Marriage Family Therapist Inc, you are offered a calming, safe space to express yourself, your thoughts and your feelings without fear of judgment or retaliation. We often come across different circumstances in our lives where we may need a specific type of resource or help from others. Therapy is a resource that is available for self growth, gaining insight, strengthening relationships, working through difficult life events, learning and exercising coping skills, and having a safe place to reflect on your thoughts and feelings. No matter what it is that brings you to this time in your life, know that you are not alone. 

Work through any emotional distress through Individual therapy.

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Nicole Serrano, LMFT #100075

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Nicole is passionate about helping her clients find ways to grow and thrive either through finding  meaning in life, working through life stressors, as well as healing relationships. Nicole's treatment orientation includes Gottman Method of Couples Therapy for couples, and an eclectic approach of Person- Centered, Mindfulness- Based, Humanistic, Narrative, and Existential. Nicole is also Certified in EMDR, and provides this treatment specifically to individuals, or individually to those in couples therapy.

Nicole has consistently continued to receive training on the most up to date treatment modalities, new research, information on law and ethics information in more. Among many other trainings, Nicole has received additional training in:

- EMDR Certified (what is considered Gold Standard in training by EMDRIA)

- Brainspotting trained

- Mindfulness and Stress Reduction techniques

- Meditation

- Traumatic Brain Injury

- Veterans, Active Military: Moral Injury, Trauma, Post Traumatic Growth, Depression

- Suicide, and Self Injury 

- TF-CBT

- Gottman Method of Couples Therapy (Levels 1 & 2)

- Addictions, Substance Abuse and Seeking Safety

Nicole is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. Nicole attended Hawai’i Pacific University for her undergraduate degree and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Nicole received her graduate education and training at Azusa Pacific University and graduated with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Nicole has a passion working with adults as they navigate life's stressors such as emotional distress, relationship issues, family conflict, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, as well as those suffering from addiction, depression, mood, personality, and psychotic disorders.

Nicole has over 8 years experience working with adults ranging from ages 18-87 who have struggled with severe and chronic mental illness, and their family members who struggle with navigating the difficulty of chronic mental illness, addiction/ recovery or Comorbidity with their loved one. Nicole has worked in a variety of treatment settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community mental health agencies, outpatient treatment centers and private practice. Nicole has worked with children, teens and families in the first few years of her career through an intensive therapy program for at risk youth. Prior to being a psychotherapist, Nicole worked with children and parents for over 8 years through after school programs, and in home Applied Behavioral Analysis treatment.

Nicole Serrano, founder

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Sandra Monge, ACSW

Bilingual English/Spanish

*Under supervision of Nicole Serrano, LMFT #100075

Sandra is a clinical social worker who received her MSW from Azusa Pacific University. As a Social Worker with a strong background in working with at-risk marginalized individuals,including those who are unhoused, she brings knowledge of the importance and impact of our macro and micro systems and brings this in to the therapy room to help clients explore the impact and how they want to move forward with things in their lives.

Sandra has direct practice experience with minors and families in a school and community-based setting. Experienced program coordinator with a

strong commitment in serving the disenfranchised and building community partnerships.

Resourceful with strong case management skills.

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Bjorn Gothberg, AMFT 

Language: English 

*Under supervision of Nicole Serrano, LMFT #100075

Bjorn is an associate marriage and family therapist and is working with teens, adults, couples and families!

Bjorn is also running groups come August once we get settled in our new office! 

Bjorn has a long background in working in community mental health in various roles. Bjorn has worked in a Crisis Team, in Full Service Partnership program, and in a Group Home setting helping teens and adults struggling with severe mental illness or stressors. 

Bjorn brings his expertise here to share with our community!

"It is not always easy to take the first steps beginning your therapeutic journey toward creating a life you desire.  I am here to help guide you on this journey through my experience and education to help you become the best version of yourself, the version of yourself that you want. I will work with you to help identify stressors in your life, strengths you have, and attainable goals you would like to reach through a collaborative process and person-centered counseling, moving at your pace and no one else’s. Whether you are an individual or couple, I am here through the beginning, middle and end of this therapeutic journey you have decided to embark on. "