Nicole Fayard, LPC
Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Couples and Family Therapy
Nicole is a psychotherapist at The Counseling Center of Maryland (CCM) providing individual, couple, family, and group therapy to clients of all ages. Nicole is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and board approved supervisor with a post master's in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Nicole is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC), voluntarily meeting national standards for the general practice of counseling.
Nicole has over 15 years of experience working with a variety of clients in treatment of mental illnesses in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization program settings. She has extensive experience working with a wide range of diagnoses including mood disorder, major depression, bipolar, anxiety/panic disorders, schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), suicidal thoughts and/or recent suicide attempts, as well as skills in crisis intervention. Nicole has completed Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training (The Linehan Institute) and currently sits on a comprehensive DBT team. She also has training in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and incorporates this method into most of her sessions.
Prior to joining CCM, Nicole directed an adult partial-hospitalization program ensuring evidence-based treatment for her patients, as well as the patients of the multitude of therapists she supervised. She provided clinical treatment services such as clinical assessments, treatment planning, and individual/family/group counseling to patients stepping down from an inpatient stay or those in need of more intense treatment.
Nicole takes an eclectic approach to counseling, however, she follows her basic foundation of meeting the client wherever he/she is emotionally. While working with clients, Nicole weaves in various treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT,) and mindfulness to support clients as they move toward a sense of control in their lives. Nicole’s passion is helping clients incorporate their goals in therapy into their everyday living as they continue their journey toward wholeness. She believes the choice to enter into therapy exhibits bravery and self-compassion.
Nicole received her BS in Psychology from Towson University and her MS in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association. Nicole has also completed a multitude of continuing education courses to support her skills in CBT, DBT, and working with mood disorders. She currently resides in Montgomery County, MD, where she enjoys being close to family and raising her two children.