Oceanside Family Therapy - & Assessments
Nicole Story, Ed.S, M.Ed, LMFT, LMHC
Psychotherapist
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 over fifteen years 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 individuals, couples, adolescents, children and families - supporting local military families via Tricare standard/prime; physicians/medical professionals via Mayo Clinic Health Solutions (formerly MMSI) and self-pay individuals.
 
Trained in a Task-Oriented Model of Supervision, Nicole trains Master's and Ph.D level therapists/registered psychotherapist interns in mastering technical skills 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 DivisionMarried 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 and the American Psychological Association, APA                                                                                                                                                                         
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 is active with Queen's Harbour Tennis, Yacht & Sailing Clubs. 

Psychotherapist,  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.)."
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