Nicole Herrera, MFTC

A little bit about Nicole

As a native of Colorado, I grew up skiing, camping, and playing outside every day. After moving away to Minnesota for college and graduate school, I decided to move back home to Colorado so my husband and I could be closer to family.

When not busy counseling couples, I can be found enjoying one of Denver’s many parks, exploring the animals at the Zoo or going out for ice cream with my husband and our two kids.

Why I became a Marriage and Family Therapist

I discovered my desire to be a marriage and family therapist after discovering how helpful therapy was in my own life. Through that process I came to realize that the most important relationships in my life actually needed a lot of work! My parents divorced when I was ten and they each went on to build relationships with other people, making me part of a blended family. When I became an adult and experienced my own long term relationship, I realized the impact of not having a great role model for a successful and happy marriage. I found myself replicating actions and behaviors I saw in my parents that weren’t nurturing my relationship. I didn’t understand the impact my parent’s divorce had on me. I became frustrated (and fearful!) that I might be causing the problems in the most important relationship of my life. I didn’t know how to ‘fix’ it.

Slow down, happiness is trying to catch you.
— Unknown

Individual therapy helped me understand how my past was impacting my present, and allowed me to develop new ways of connecting and communicating with those I love the most.  I became passionate about learning how to help others do the same. I feel privileged to be able to help others navigate life’s many struggles while building closer, stronger bonds with the important people in their lives. 

Credentials

Registered Psychotherapist NLC.0103681

Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy - Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Art History - Hamline University. St. Paul, Minnesota.

Previous Experience

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Victim Counselor - I provided crisis counseling and resource referrals for victims of crime in the Jefferson County area. 

Dandelion Meadow Marriage and Family Counseling, Owner and Marriage and Family Therapist - I provided Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy for individuals, couples and families.

Tu Casa, Inc., Marriage and Family Therapist - As a therapist on staff, I provided therapy to individuals, couples, and families who had experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse.

Professional Research

Herrera, N.M. (2013) Effects of Domestic Violence on Children (Unpublished Manuscript). A study focused on the physical, developmental, and emotional effect of living in a home with domestic violence on children. 

Professional Affiliations

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Preclinical Fellow

Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Member

International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Member

Random ‘Fun’ Facts About Me

Best Goal: Try to be present and attentive to the life going on around me. Trying to not get sucked into distractions…hello cell phone!

Best Habit: Getting up early and giving myself some Me Time with a cup of coffee and mindless reading. 

Best Reason to be Happy: Why not! You have this one life, might as well have fun and work to be happy!

Best Route to Joy: Tickling my kids. Their laughter is absolutely infectious!

Best Flaw: I’m a very sensitive person. This helps me be in tune with those around me. 

Best Accomplishment: I am thrilled that I have found my calling in life! I am so lucky to be able to do what I love. 

Best Motto: “To know that we know what we know and to know that we do not know what we do not know is true knowledge.”- Copernicus. I love this because it so exciting to know that there is a wealth of information to learn from every person you meet. 

Best Under-Appreciated Skill: My ability to carry an absurd amount of things at one time. Purse, toddler, baby, Starbucks, cellphone, keys, blankies, and the random lost article of clothing.


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