Oceanside Family Therapy & Assessments
Nicole Story, Ed.S, M.Ed, LMFT, LMHC
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Qualified Clinical Supervisor, MFT, MHC
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 Department of Health, Division of Quality Medical Assurance, she provides supervision to individuals with local, non-profit and federal agencies including: Gateway Community Services (served as in-house Clinical Director of TPC and Adolescent Outpatient Programs); the Youth Crisis Center (shelter, residential and outpatient); Camelot Community Care; Family Foundations (school-based); Daniel Kids (DCF involved); River Region; Breakthroughs; The United States Navy/Naval Hospital Jacksonville; Beaches Resource Center; Department Of Veterans Affairs; and private psychotherapy practices.
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 Max Hunter Story, PA.
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 .
She is a Board Certified Counselor with the National Board of Certified Counselors, NBCC and is Administrator for the FB Group - NE Florida Association of Mental Health Therapists, with over 700 clinical members and growing; and for the Child Therapy Network.
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 currently serves 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
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.)."