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Oceanside Family Therapy & Assessments

Nicole Story, EDS, MED, LMFT, LMHC, QS-FL

Psychotherapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Qualified Clinical Supervisor, MFT, MHC

National Board-Certified Counselor

Nicole Story received her Masters and Specialists (Psy.D/Doctor of Psychology equivalent) degrees with high honors from the University of Florida.


Licensed both as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Mental Health Counselor, she is trained in both intrapsychic and inter-relational approaches to therapy. In addition to a 4 year Bachelor degree, her LMFT license required 7 years of additional post graduate education, practicum, internship, clinical practice and training in psychopathology, assessment and treatment modalities. 

She also trained in the theories and concepts of cultural and individual diversity and in their application to the practice of professional psychology at Rollins College, Winter Park.


This vast training provides insights during evaluations and treatment, with attention to environment, society, family dynamics, language and culture in addition to the diagnosis of mental health/psychiatric symptoms.            

With 20 years of experience in psychotherapy and clinical administration, in the private and non-profit sectors, her experience includes Hope Haven's Children's Clinic and Family Center, Miller & Quinones Psychiatry and the Child Guidance Center.


Nicole also served as Director of a local adolescent residential treatment facility, where she oversaw all functions of a 30 bed adolescent residential unit and 14 bed detox/stabilization unit; provided clinical supervision to the treatment team and directed daily case consultations; provided evaluation, assessment, crisis intervention and treatment to the most severe dually diagnosed clients and abuse victims; trained staff in clinical issues, assessment, evaluation and treatment modalities; and managed staff of more than 50 employees and budget of over $500,000.                                        

Currently, her private practice specializes in treatment with women's issues, adolescents, children and families.


Though she supported local military families via Tricare standard/prime; and physicians/medical professionals via Mayo Clinic Health Solutions (formerly MMSI), we can currently only accept self-pay at this office and therefore offer a sliding scale cash rate starting at $100.


Trained in a Task-Oriented Model of Supervision, Nicole trains Master's and Ph.D level therapists and registered psychotherapist interns in mastering technical skills, psychometric testing and developing an integrated personal model of therapy.

As a qualified clinical supervisor with the Florida Department of Health, Division of Quality Medical Assurance, she provides/has provided supervision to individuals with non-profit and federal agencies including: 

Gateway Community Services (served as in-house Clinical Director of TPC Adolescent Residential, Detox and Adolescent Outpatient and School Based Programs supervising a staff of 50 employees); 

the Youth Crisis Center (shelter, residential and outpatient MFT & MHC interns); 

Camelot Community Care (Justice Diversion Program for several MFTs serving teens in-home); 

Family Foundations (school-based MFT & MHC interns); 

Daniel Kids (DCF involved and Infant Mental Health MFT & MHC interns);

River Region (inpatient adolescents - MFT & MHC interns); 

Breakthroughs( substance abuse MFT & MHC interns)

The United States Navy/Naval Hospital Jacksonville (MFT interns); Beaches Resource Center (served in house and on the board); 

Department Of Veterans Affairs (MFT interns)

and private psychotherapy practices (MFT & MHC interns working with children, adults, families and couples).

She has also lectured at local continuing education workshops & at universities, including FSU School of Social Work/Graduate School, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL and served as an Adjunct Professor, at Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL.

As a forensic examiner, Nicole administers forensic mental health evaluations, in civil and criminal cases and has testified in State and Federal Courts in Duval, Alachua and Clay counties and at Orlando Immigration Court, Miami Immigration Court and Atlanta Immigration Court.


She has been a clinical member of the American Board of Forensic Counselors - ACFEI, registered in the Counseling Division, and the Psychology Division. Married to a litigation attorney, she also regularly provides assistance with trial consultation and is an in-house consultant at Story Griffin, Attorneys at Law.

A leader in her profession, Nicole has served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association For Marriage and Family Therapy - FAMFT (the state division of AAMFT), as the Ethics Committee Chair. She also served as the President of the Northeast Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - NEFAMFT (the Northeast Florida Chapter of AAMFT), on the board for 7 years.

Nicole Story is a clinical member of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health, FAIMH; The Theraplay Institute; The International Association of Yoga Therapists; and the American Psychological Association, APA . 


Connected in the field, she is Administrator for the Jacksonville/NE Florida Mental Health Therapists Meta Group, with over 800 clinical members and Administrator of the Kids Therapist Network. 


She is a Board Certified Counselor with the National Board of Certified Counselors, NBCC.

Active in the community and supportive of children's mental health and educational programs, Nicole has also volunteered her time with numerous local charities including: The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens; the Beaches Resource Center (A Full Service School) Oversight Committee; the Board of the JBE PTA; and the Beaches Resource Center Foundation, as President


 She has also served as a head coach for U6 recreational soccer at Jacksonville Football Club (JFC) and active with Queen's Harbour Tennis, Yacht & Sailing Clubs. 


She also served as President of the PTSA and School Advisory Board Representative for Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, a National Magnet School and Fletcher Middle School, School for Gifted and the Arts at the beach. She lives in Jacksonville Beach with her husband and two active children.

Nicole Story with the late

Education & Healthcare Advocate,

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson


*"According to the U.S. Department of Education's International Affairs Office's, "Structure of the U.S. Education System: Intermediate Graduate Qualifications, (Feb 2008), the Ed.S., as a degree, is equivalent to the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D./D.Psy.)."

Clinical Supervision/Therapist Training

Nicole Story, Ed.S, M.Ed, LMFT, LMHC, NCC, QS-FL, President of Oceanside Family Therapy & Assessments, has been providing therapy and clinical supervision for over 20 years.

"Originally from Ireland/UK, I offer a humanistic, non-judgmental and supportive approach to therapy and clinical supervision with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and cultures.


I was the Clinical Director at a 30 bed residential adolescent dual diagnosis treatment facility, 15 bed detox and 5 outpatient adolescent mental health and school-based programs, where I supervised masters and doctoral level interns and highly skilled clinicians. During this experience, I viewed clinical supervision, a cornerstone of supervised learning, professionalism, and development, as a sadly neglected aspect of clinical training.


After I left that directorship role, I began focusing more intensely on clinical supervision. As my background was with a highly diverse clinical population, in child, adolescent and family therapy as well as clinical settings, I adapted a meta-theoretical competency-based model of supervision and contracted with numerous non-profit agencies to provide "in-house" and private practice supervision to dozens of registered interns in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.


My experiences as an adjunct professor at Santa Fe College, and in the Multicultural & Diversity Affairs and Couple & Family Clinic at the University of Florida (one way mirror and ear piece post-masters supervision teams) strongly influenced my views on the importance of taking a direct approach to competency-based education and training with an experiential approach to integrating academic learning into clinical competencies."

Clinical Supervision