Nicole Bankhead

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Nicole Bankhead, LPC, EMDR, LENS Neurofeedback, KAP

Founder
Mail: nicole@serenitywellnesscc.com
Experience: Since 2015
In person/Telehealth Options: Offering In-Person services
Ages seen: 16 & up
Populations:  Adolescents and Adults
Days/Hours Available: Monday: 8am-5pm, Wednesday: 8am-5pm, Thursday 9am-4pm Virtual by Appointment (times vary)

Specialties

Trainings

Welcome

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Welcome to my therapy practice! As an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years in the field, I am committed to supporting you on your journey towards improved mental health and overall well-being. Many of us entered the psychology field because we are wounded, which gives us great sensitivity and insight into the suffering of others. With a deep interest in mental health and a vision of helping others, some of us even started as pseudo-therapists to our families and friends. This background fuels our empathy and understanding. I have also played close attention to my own healing journeys, allowing me to be more self-aware and connected to my clients’ experiences and needs.

We live in a challenging time where every individual has some level of psychological wounding. Beyond that, everyone benefits from becoming more self-aware and engaging in quality psychotherapy. I believe in a holistic approach, addressing both current challenges and the underlying factors contributing to your mental health. My goal is to provide more than just talk therapy; I aim to equip you with practical tools, skills, and education that empower you to live your life to its fullest potential.

Understanding the root causes of your concerns and healing the inner wounded parts is central to my approach. By exploring these foundational issues, we can work together to facilitate deep and lasting healing. I am trained in many modalities, including EMDR, neurofeedback, and soon, certification as a psychedelic-assisted therapist. Currently, I primarily work with those suffering from PTSD and treatment-resistant anxiety and depression, utilizing neurofeedback, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, EMDR, CBT and IFS. By staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field, I continuously expand my knowledge and skills to offer you a range of potential healing options. This allows us to customize your treatment plan to suit your unique needs and goals.

My dedication to your well-being extends beyond our sessions. I strive to create a safe and compassionate space where you can freely express yourself, be heard, and feel supported. Together, we will explore your strengths, identify areas of growth, and develop practical strategies to enhance your overall mental health. I am excited to embark on this therapeutic journey with you and help you gain the tools, insights, and resources necessary for lasting positive change. Let’s work together to create a fulfilling and meaningful life that aligns with your values and aspirations.

How I work

As a therapist, I have a passion for learning and teaching new techniques that can enhance the therapeutic process. In our sessions, I utilize evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and neurofeedback. These approaches have proven to be effective in addressing a wide range of mental health concerns.

In our sessions, I not only provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to express your concerns but also offer practical skills and tools that can be applied to real-life situations. I believe in the power of teaching and equipping you with the necessary skills to navigate challenges and make positive changes outside of our therapy sessions. This may include practicing coping techniques, implementing healthy boundaries, or exploring new perspectives and thought patterns.

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Homework assignments may also be incorporated as a way to reinforce what we discuss in our sessions and to encourage personal growth between sessions. This can be in the form of journaling exercises, self-reflection activities, or practicing specific skills we have discussed.

It’s important to me that you feel heard, understood, and supported throughout our therapeutic journey together. I strive to create a collaborative and empowering environment where we work as a team to address your concerns and explore your strengths. Together, we will tailor our approach to meet your unique needs and goals, ensuring that the therapy process aligns with your preferences and comfort level.

My therapy style is grounded in empathy, active listening, and fostering a strong therapeutic alliance. I believe in creating a non-judgmental space where you can openly share your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. I am committed to your well-being and growth, and I am honored to be a part of your journey towards healing and personal transformation.

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Benefits:

  • Unlock new pathways
  • Facilitate deeper insights
  • Faster emotional processing
  • Overcome barriers
  • Profound healing and renewal

SPOTLIGHT

My decision to become a therapist was driven by a deep desire to make a positive impact on people’s lives and help them through their struggles. Having experienced trauma as a child and witnessed the mental health challenges of my family members, including the devastating impact of suicide, I am committed to supporting others in navigating difficult times and overcoming their mental health issues. I have a natural ability to listen empathetically and provide evidence-based tools to address the root causes of their concerns. I am passionate about continuing to learn and grow in my knowledge so that I can offer the best possible support to help others improve their mental health and wellbeing.

If I could teach the world one skill or technique in therapy to improve their lives, it would be the power of cognitive skills and self-reflection. Our thoughts play a significant role in shaping our emotions and behaviors, and by developing an awareness of our thinking patterns, we can begin to challenge and reframe unhelpful or negative thoughts.

Through cognitive skills, we can examine our thinking styles, identify cognitive distortions, and explore the root causes of those patterns. By gaining insight into our thoughts, we can better understand how they influence our feelings and actions, and ultimately make positive changes in our lives.

Journaling is another valuable tool that can enhance self-reflection. By writing down our thoughts and experiences, we create a space for self-expression and gain clarity about our emotions and concerns. Journaling allows us to examine patterns, track progress, and gain valuable insights into ourselves.

Lastly, mindfulness is an essential skill that can transform our lives. By cultivating present-moment awareness and non-judgmental acceptance of our thoughts, emotions, and experiences, we can reduce stress, improve focus, and enhance overall well-being. Mindfulness practices such as meditation, breathing exercises, and grounding techniques can help us stay grounded in the present and cultivate a sense of calm and clarity.

Ultimately, the skill or technique that would be most beneficial varies from person to person, as it depends on their specific needs and goals. However, the combination of cognitive skills, journaling, and mindfulness can provide a solid foundation for self-awareness, emotional well-being, and personal growth.

Yes, I have personally been in counseling, and it has been a transformative experience for me. Initially, I didn’t have the knowledge or resources to seek therapy at a young age, but this gap in my own support system became a driving force in my decision to pursue a career in helping others.

I didn’t begin my own therapy until after receiving training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Learning about the benefits of this technique and witnessing the profound transformations it facilitated in my clients prompted me to explore its potential for my own healing journey. Through EMDR therapy, I was able to delve into and work through some of the root causes that had been contributing to my flight or freeze response. This process allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of myself and make significant strides towards personal growth and healing.

In addition to EMDR, I have also experienced tremendous growth through LENS neurofeedback. This non-invasive technique has helped me manage and overcome anxiety without the use of medication. I have noticed significant improvements in my sleep patterns, reduction in anxiety symptoms, and a greater ability to navigate and calm my overthinking mind.

My personal experiences with therapy and the techniques I employ in my practice have provided me with invaluable insights into the power of healing and self-discovery. They have strengthened my empathy, deepened my understanding of the therapeutic process, and reinforced my commitment to helping others on their own transformative journeys.

Oh, it’s a tough choice to recommend just one book, as there are so many valuable resources that I find impactful for my clients. However, if I had to narrow it down, I would suggest “Feeling Good” by Dr. David Burns. This book offers practical techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help challenge and reframe negative thoughts, manage emotions, and cultivate a more positive mindset.

In addition to “Feeling Good,” there are several other books that I often find myself recommending to clients. “Rewire Your Anxious Brain” by Catherine M. Pittman and Elizabeth M. Karle provides insightful strategies for managing anxiety and overcoming intrusive thoughts. “The Greatness Mindset” by Luke Thompson offers guidance on developing a growth mindset and unleashing one’s full potential.

For those interested in personal development and self-improvement, “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne can be a thought-provoking read, emphasizing the power of positive thinking and manifestation. Another book that has resonated with me is “The Boy Who Was Raised by Dogs” by Bruce Perry, which explores the profound impact of early experiences on human development and resilience.

Lastly, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k” by Mark Manson provides a refreshing perspective on embracing authenticity, letting go of perfectionism, and focusing on what truly matters in life.
Ultimately, the choice of book will depend on your specific interests and needs, and I’m here to help guide you towards the most relevant and beneficial resources for your personal growth and well-being.

While I am committed to providing support to anyone who seeks help, I have noticed that my counseling style aligns well with clients who are motivated and ready to actively engage in their healing process. Ideal clients for me are those who are open to exploring new perspectives, willing to try different approaches, and actively participate in their own mental health and well-being journey. It is through this collaborative and proactive approach that we can work together to achieve meaningful and lasting change.
To ensure my own well-being, I actively engage in self-care practices that resonate with me. One of my favorite ways to rejuvenate is by immersing myself in nature and finding solace while mow the land and listening to music. It allows me to unwind and establish a deeper connection with the natural world. Prioritizing adequate sleep and maintaining a nutritious diet are integral aspects of my self-care routine, although I acknowledge that reducing my coffee intake and increasing my water intake would be beneficial. Additionally, I have incorporated red light therapy into my self-care regimen to enhance my overall sense of wellness.

Hosting dinner parties is a passion of mine, and I thoroughly enjoy creating a welcoming space for friends, family, and loved ones. Rather than limiting the guest list to just three individuals, my approach is to extend an open invitation to everyone. Inclusivity and ensuring that no one feels left out are values I hold dear. It brings me great joy to see a diverse group of people coming together, sharing stories, laughter, and creating memorable experiences. This mindset of inclusiveness is something I inherited from my father, and it has become an integral part of my approach to hosting gatherings.

Incorporating a holistic practice can help enhance ones overall therapeutic experience and promote healing from the inside out. Here are a few ways I incorporate holistic practices into my session:

Mindfulness and grounding techniques: Begin the session with a mindfulness exercise or grounding technique to help clients become present and centered. This can involve deep breathing exercises, guided imagery, or body scans. Encourage clients to connect with their senses and observe their thoughts and emotions without judgment. Emotional regulation: Teach clients holistic techniques for emotional regulation, such as breathwork, meditation, or journaling. These practices can support clients in managing their emotions, developing self-reflection skills, and fostering a sense of emotional balance. Collaborative approach: Work collaboratively with clients to explore and integrate holistic practices that resonate with them. Respect their preferences, cultural backgrounds, and belief systems, and customize the therapeutic approach to meet their unique needs.

By integrating holistic practices into therapy sessions, therapists can provide clients with a more comprehensive and transformative therapeutic experience. This approach recognizes the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit, and empowers clients to take an active role in their healing and personal growth.

  1. I am a Nature enthusiast: I have a deep love for the outdoors and enjoy engaging in various activities such as boating, fishing, hunting, and working on land. My connection with nature brings me immense joy, and I find solace in exploring the beauty of the natural world.
  2. I am an Animal lover: My compassion extends beyond human beings to the animal kingdom. I have a diverse range of pets, including dogs, show rabbits, chickens, a bearded dragon, a chameleon, fish, and a cat. My dedication to caring for these animals reflects a nurturing nature and the importance of their presence in my life.
  3. My Strong bonds and lifelong friendships: I cherish my friendships and consider them an integral part of my life. Many of my friends have been by my side since elementary school, and they hold a special place in my heart. Furthermore, my relationship with my husband is built on a foundation of friendship that began in middle school. We not only share a deep bond but also enjoy working together and navigating life side by side.