Dr. Nicole de la Luz is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in children, teens, and adults. She helps anyone fix distorted thoughts, reduce worry, reduce stress and anxiety, thereby improving daily performance, relationships, and increasing happiness! She will support you with her warmth and empathy. Her therapeutic philosophy is an extension of her personality in that she looks for the strength you have within, helps you to see it, and encourages your growth. She receives feedback from her clients consistently describing her genuine concern for them. Clients feel safe to discuss personal issues with her because they see that she really cares.
She has extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. As a mother of two, Dr. de la Luz has been impacted to use a more sensitive approach when serving parents and families. She understands the challenges unique to being a parent and a stay-at-home-mom and can relate as only a parent can.
Dr. de la Luz has extensive training in anxiety disorders spanning back to 1996 while she attended the University of Texas at Austin. She is originally from Michigan. She completed her Masters of Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She wanted to more comprehensively clarify answers to her clients’ presenting concerns and found that many therapeutic questions could be answered by conducting and interpreting neuropsychological and psychological-educational assessments. She therefore attained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. NSU is a large private university that has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as an innovative research university. Dr. de la Luz trained under professors renowned in their contributions to the field of psychology: http://cps.nova.edu/faculty/fulltime.html, and http://cps.nova.edu/faculty/emeriti.html.
Recent Clinical Experience
- Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Taught undergraduate courses on the principles of human growth and development covering the periods of conception through adolescence. This was a required course for elementary education teachers.
- Private group psychology practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida area Provided family-centered psychological services, and Psycho-educational assessments for ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Learning Disorders. Interventions helped alleviate anxiety, depression, OCD, tics/stuttering, and adjustment-related issues (i.e., divorce, behavioral problems at school, grief). Provided behavioral and parenting interventions and Psychological evaluations for candidates of Bariatric surgery.
- Memorial Regional Hospital, Provided direct clinical services at this Level I Trauma/Critical Care Service, including the following: Assessments (neuropsychological) of head and spinal cord injured patients in addition to a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions, and survivors of traumatic injuries and stroke. Provided assessment of medical patients with psychiatric illnesses; crisis management of patients with acute medical needs following traumatic injury and/or disability; individual therapy for the treatment of acute stress reactions, and other adjustment issues following traumatic injury; and crisis and grief counseling to patients and family members. Worked within an interdisciplinary team (including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and social workers) and provided treatment recommendations and discharge planning recommendations.
- United States Veterans Healthcare Administration, Miami, Florida. Administered and scored full neuropsychological test battery including the Halstead-Russell Neuropsychological Evaluation System - Revised (HRNES-R) tests for evaluation of intelligence, personality, and neurological dysfunction for adult inpatients as well as outpatients with Traumatic Brain Injury, dementia, and general medical conditions. Assessed cognitive deficits secondary to Traumatic Brain Injury or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/other psychiatric disorders, neurological/neurodegenerative diseases, vascular disorders, and compensation evaluations.
- Group Therapist at Center for Group Counseling, a non-profit mental health center that provides treatment and other services to families throughout the Boca Raton, Florida area. Ran adult groups, older adult groups, and direct intervention school groups for kindergarten through sixth grade that addressed behavioral techniques for anger management, divorce, and social skills.
- Anxiety Research and Treatment Clinic, University of Miami. Extensive experience in providing relief to patients who suffered with anxiety disorders (i.e., panic attacks, agoraphobia, specific phobias, OCD, Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Adjustment disorder, phase-of-life issues). Provided Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to a broad spectrum of patients with anxiety disorders. Utilized a significant amount of exposure therapy in real world situations (i.e., both on site and off site exposure interactions).
- Mental Health Counselor at the Village South in Miami, Florida. Worked in conjunction with the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine and studied the effectiveness of Brief Strategic Family Therapy. Performed research for the Clinical Trials Network (CTN) under the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). Worked on the NIDA study: "Brief Strategic Family Therapy™ (B.S.F.T.™) for Drug-Abusing Adolescents (CTN 0014)".
The University of Texas at Austin
BA, Political Science/Government and Post-Baccalaureate Psychology
1992 – 1996
Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Anxiety Research Lab
Activities and Societies: Political college constituent for UT
Nova Southeastern University
Master of Science (MS), Mental Health Counseling
Bullying outreach prevention volunteer in conjunction with the Miami Dolphins
Nova Southeastern University
Clinical Psychology, Psy.D.
Adverse events in an integrated trauma-focused intervention for women in community substance abuse treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 35, 304 – 311. 2008 "This study explored adverse events related to the implementation of an integrated treatment for women with trauma and substance use disorder (Seeking Safety) compared with a non trauma-focused intervention (Women's Health Education). Three hundred fifty-three women enrolled in community substance abuse treatment were randomized to 1 of the 2 study groups and monitored weekly for adverse events."