At NorthStar Counseling & Wellness, we strive to serve you with guidance, encouragement and direction, so that you may achieve your goals, discover your authentic self, cultivate self-compassion, develop an increased self-awareness and grow creatively by providing mental health services, counseling and psychotherapy, and integrative care.
Our mission is to provide the highest level of quality care to our clients. We believe in the importance of cultivating a trusting therapeutic-alliance, using a strength-based approach, to create a non-judgmental compassionate space for you to feel safe and to promote authentic personal growth and healing along your personal journey.
At NorthStar Counseling & Wellness, we realize the impact of social, psychological, cultural, physical health and medical factors that influence each individual's mental health, emotional well-being, relationship systems and behavioral functioning, as well as spirituality.
We provide services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, groups and communities using a strengths-based and integrative approach with a trauma-informed perspective.
Nicole Osborne, MSW, LCSW-C
Nicole is a Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and parents. Nicole has worked with a diverse population of clients from children to adults, experiencing large variety of issues, as well as working with individuals who have experienced trauma. She enjoys working with all ages whether it's through an individual, family or group therapy setting.
Nicole has provided mental health therapy and counseling services in smaller Practices and large Hospital Networks. She has worked in various settings to provide care through outpatient mental health clinics, school-based and community programs, crisis intervention services, psychiatric rehabilitation programs and intensive outpatient programs.
Nicole uses trauma informed practices and integrative trauma modalities to address the unresolved symptoms of trauma, like anxiety, feelings of guilt and shame, dissociation, nightmares, flashbacks, relationship conflicts, chronic fatigue, depression, addiction, eating disorders and self-harm or self-injury. Nicole believes in the importance of practicing therapy, using self-compassion, while creating a safe space of non-judgment for authentic healing.
Nicole enjoys working with children and adolescents who are experiencing intense emotions, difficulties controlling their feelings, problems related to their learning and social-emotional development or having ongoing conflict at home or in school. Nicole believes it is important to strengthen relationships and increase secure attachments with children and their caregivers.
Nicole practices using a strength-based and trauma-informed approach with an attachment-oriented perspective. Nicole may also use an integrative-approach to create a therapeutic space specific to address the needs of her clients. Nicole has training and experience in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Theraplay techniques, play therapy, sand tray, expressive modalities, mind-body modalities and mindfulness. Nicole will incorporate creative and expressive methods into her therapy practice including art therapy techniques, sand tray, movement and yoga.
Nicole holds an advanced postgraduate Certificate in Trauma (Level I & Level II) from the Ferentz Institute, Certificate in Level One Theraplay & Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) from The Theraplay Institute, Certificate in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Certificate in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Certificate in Trauma Narrative Art Therapy (Level 1).
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BSW) and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. Nicole has experience in providing mental health consultation related to community-based programs and school-based programs regarding impact of trauma on learning, children’s learning and social-emotional development, strengthening parent-child relationships and family engagement, secondary and vicarious trauma and with programs providing services to children and adults who have experienced sexual emotion, emotional trauma, physical abuse and neglect, as well as presenting professional development presentations for educators and mental health workers.