About

Nicole I. Torres, PhD, LICSW

nicole treesProfile at Psychology Today 

Office location:

907 Harris Avenue
Suite 204
Bellingham, WA 98225

Welcome and thank you for your interest in my services. I have over 10 years of experience in various counseling roles. I provide culturally sensitive/cross-cultural counseling that is holistic and person-centered. I largely work with people who are working on issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, life transitions, psychospiritual issues, and other mental and emotional health challenges. I work from the perspective that we all have the capacity to heal and need encouragement on the path to healing, wholeness, and liberation. I am here to walk with you on your journey. My areas of expertise include: trauma, anxiety and depression, life transitions, and coaching. I am an EMDR trained (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist and a Reiki practitioner.

Sessions with me are natural and conversational. I steer conversations to be collaborative and focus on what inspires you and makes you thrive. I allow you to process and explore events in your life but ground you in the essential threads that pertain to your overarching goals. Please call me at 206.295.4100 for a free phone consultation or to schedule an appointment.

Specialties

  • Culturally responsive/multicultural counseling
  • Decolonizing methodologies and strategies for healing and liberation
  • Ethnic and racial identity issues; institutional and workplace discrimination
  • Historical and intergenerational trauma;
  • Sexual and physical trauma
  • Depression and anxiety; eco-anxiety and ecological trauma; ecotherapy
  • Focus: depth/analytical psychology (psychoanalytic)

Brief Biography

I am a medical anthropologist and a psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience working with minority populations in urban environments. My expertise includes providing holistic, creative, culturally relevant services for people from all backgrounds, especially minority and biracial individuals. I believe that effective therapy must be holistic and work towards liberation. While I am trained in evidenced-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, I also believe that alternative ways of approaching healing are essential to personal and psychospiritual development, especially when coupled with decolonizing methodologies.

Academics

I have over 15 years of teaching experience. I have served as a college instructor at the UW (Seattle and Bothell), as a part-time instructor at Cornish College of the Arts, and as a part-time college instructor while I lived in Chicago. I was the co-editor of a peer-reviewed journal, Anthropology of Consciousness from 2015-2018 and have returned to the position as Editor-in-Chief. I currently serve as a full-time Instructor in the Department of Human Services at Western Washington University.

I am also a published author. My doctoral dissertation was released as a book in 2015 and is entitled, Walls of Indifference: Immigration and the Militarization of the U.S. – Mexico Border.  My research examined the social and psychological effects of militarization among borderland communities in Arizona and analyzed the effects of institutionalized discrimination (e.g. racial profiling, incarceration, and its link to historical trauma). I have also collaborated on an assortment of research projects which have resulted in peer-reviewed published academic papers.

Training & Experience 

Doctorate of Cultural (Medical) Anthropology and Masters Degree in Social Work  (Clinical Social Work) from the University of Washington. Clinical and research experience includes: Department of Corrections (Monroe – Special Offenders Unit), Regional Mental Health Court, Harborview Medical Center, and community mental health. Ordination: Church of Universal New Life.