Welcome to My Therapy Blog!
If you found your way to my lil’ therapy blog, I’m assuming you’re looking for some resources to help with a problem. Even if you’re not ready to start the whole therapy process, welcome and I’m so proud of you! Admitting, even to yourself that you want/need help is no small feat. While this blog itself is no substitute for therapy, I do hope you learn a lot, and perhaps muster up the courage to visit me or another therapist someday.
“So, who are you?”
My name is Nicole Locorriere (La-core-air-ah. I know, I know.) I have my B.A. in Psychology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and my M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University. Currently, I have my associate license (#37FA00014700) in New Jersey, which is where I was born and raised! That’s the gist, but if you’re curious like me, a detailed retrospective on my life can be found below. (*Cue Time of My Life by Green Day*)
At WCUPA, I also minored in creative writing, which seems like an odd pairing, but it actually ended up being a very special part of the therapy I do, called Narrative Therapy. I was also a part of a couple research projects. Freshman year, I helped determine what kind of learning environment best facilitates student success– online, in-person, or a hybrid of both. Later I worked in a Head Start preschool in Philadelphia to learn whether arts programs help underprivileged little ones perform at the same level as their wealthier peers. (Spoiler alert: they do!) I was also the secretary and then president of the psychology club, a member of Psi Chi, the psychology honors fraternity, and one of those backwards-walking tour guides!
At Seton Hall, I found my hopelessly curious self again entangled in research, this time on how dating apps are affecting modern mating. I was also the Vice President of the Marriage and Family Therapy Student Association (MFTSA), and an intern at The Family Center in Verona, NJ.
Currently, I work in two different private practices in Northern NJ. During the day, you can find me at Counseling With a Difference in Paramus. In the evenings, I’m at Mountainside Counseling Center in Mountainside.
“Great, what in the world do you do?”
Good question! Being an MFT doesn’t mean I only see couples and families. It does mean I see the world in a very valuable way, using something called systems theory. Systems theory happens to be particularly useful when there’s more than one person in the room, but the same methods can be applied to individuals. You can read more in the linked post!
I also blog about mental health, which is different than doing therapy. Therapy is an individual experience. It would be unethical of me to claim I was giving you therapy without knowing you. But I am offering you the information that I learned in school and in my mental health community in hopes you’ll use that information to create change in your life.
What will that information be like? Well, for one thing, you’ll find book lists out the wazoo. If you started on my homepage, I’m sure you can tell that the written word is very important to me. You’ll also find therapy interventions that I use with actual clients, and product recommendations to soothe symptoms of mental illness.