Nicole Winningham, LMSW

Education & credentials

  • Masters of Social Work (focus on Children and Families) from Eastern Michigan University
  • Bachelors of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • School Social Work

Philosophy

Often we feel out of control in our lives and this feeling scares us, so we fight it. We fight for control, for stability, for predictability. This fight is exhausting to us because it is never fruitful. If we can work to understand how our mind and body reacts to the events and environment around us, we can then develop an emotional flexibility that allows us to adapt in a more positive way to the negativity we encounter. This flexibility will help release us of this fear and allow us to see what we DO have control over, and that is how we react to, and engage with, life. We begin this process by working on our relationship with ourselves. Working toward being able to accept ourselves with loving kindness, humor and forgiveness gives us a full tank of emotional equity to then deal with what happens outside of our control. Working to be open to change within ourselves and outside of ourselves has a profound effect on our overall happiness.

Personal Statement

I offer guidance and direction for those seeking a positive change in their lives. I use an eclectic and holistic approach rooted in mindfulness based cognitive therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. I strive to create an inclusive, culturally sensitive and non judgmental environment and I work from a place of authenticity, honesty and humor. As a therapist I have the privilege to be able to bear witness to people’s pain and fear and vulnerability as well as their hopes and dreams and goals. It is truly my honor to be the guide in people’s emotional journeys to finding the place they want to be in their lives.

Special Interests

Special Interests:

  • EMDR
  • Anxiety
  • Depression and suicidal deation
  • Depression relapse prevention
  • Greif and loss
  • Trauma informed care
  • PTSD
  • Crisis intervention
  • Stress management
  • Anger management
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-esteem and self-acceptance
  • Bullying
  • Adventure therapy for families
  • Positive youth development
  • Working with adolescents and teens
  • Ally to and experience with all LGBT identities

About me

What do I love doing more than anything in the world?
My partner often teases me because I don’t have a traditional “hobby”. I don’t craft or knit, I don’t run races or swim laps, I don’t ski or fish or camp or ride horses or kayak or even travel abroad…however, I have done all of these things at one point or another in my life. As you can imagine, for a person that has never had a specific hobby, when this question comes up it can be a bit troubling to answer in a way that’s authentic and easy to explain. After some thought and a lot of awkward rambling answers, I decided the best way to answer this question is “my hobby is doing new things”. I adore exploring and learning to do new things and sharing those experiences with my friends and family. I also love that doing new things gives the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. What do I love doing more than anything in the world??? ! Anything I haven’t done before!!!

What is the self-care strategy I use most often?
I believe self-care is so personal and that it takes time and an honest look at what truly recharges you to find the best strategy that is most impactful. My persona; self-care strategy varies depending on what part of my-self I need recharged. If I am feeling overwhelmed I may need some solitude and freedom. If I am feeling depressed I may need some positive and energetic company to help uplift me and give me perspective. If I am feeling stuck I may need some inspiration such as a new experience to share with friends and family.

What was my dream job when you were in elementary school?
When I was in elementary school I wanted to be a teacher and in fact I was studying education at the beginning of my undergraduate schooling. The second semester into my teaching degree a Social Worker came into our class to talk about social work and the value of a Teacher/Social Worker partnership. I found myself inspired by everything she said, the work she described spoke to my soul. After that lecture I scheduled an appointment with the Social Work department and changed the course of my education and life. So I would say that my dream job in elementary school was to be a Social Worker, just didn’t know it yet.

What is your favorite movie of all time?
I honestly don’t have a favorite movie but I do appreciate any movie that goes deep into the characters individual storyline as well as movies where the underdog prevails.

Describe your ideal vacation? Has it happened yet?
If we are talking “sky’s the limit” type of ideal vacation it would definitely be a extend tour of Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean island countries. Countries like Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Borneo, Philippines, Japan and probably many more that I am not even aware of. Of course we would travel to each location by a fabulous boat navigated by a wise Caption that would tells us stories of all his travels and share his sea worthy wisdom all while preparing amazing food from recipes he learn from all the locals he has befriended throughout his own adventures…. OK, so maybe I’ve seen one too many adventure movies, but you did ask for my IDEAL vacation. ☺

What is the most delicious meal you can imagine?
I believe food is a way people can share a part of themselves with others. I love food and I love all different kinds of food but what I love most about food is its ability to bring people together to share a part of our selves with one another. So the most delicious meal I can imagine is a meal where everyone brings a dish to share that they love, whether it be an old family recipe or a pizza from someone’s favorite pizza place. Passion is what makes food delicious!!

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Schedule & Appointments

If you're interested in scheduling a new client appointment with Nicole Winningham, call 810-494-7180

If you are an existing client of Nicole Winningham's and need to reach her directly, call her 248-974-5625