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Nicole Whynott

MSW, LCSW, SOMB Juvenile Treatment Provider

Nicole is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Full Operating SOMB Juvenile Treatment Provider who is working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist under the supervision of Abby Esquivel. Nicole is passionate about working with children, teens, and their families. She has extensive experience in working with trauma, attachment, and unhealthy/abusive behaviors in youth.

Nicole utilizes a variety of theories and modalities to best support each individual and family’s unique situation and needs. Nicole’s work incorporates CBT, DBT, EFT, family systems, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, play-based therapies, polyvagal theory, and SFT. Providing trauma-informed care is essential to her approach as well.

Prior to coming to Be and Belong Counseling, Nicole worked for almost a decade with children, teens, and their families in residential, day treatment, and in-home settings; in both clinical and non-clinical roles. This has given her extensive experience in dealing with youth and their families who have been heavily impacted by early and significant trauma, in addition to youth in the foster care system.

When not working, Nicole enjoys hiking in the mountains with her partner and dog, going on camping/road trips to National Parks, and spending time at home with her cat and house plants. She also enjoys learning about dinosaurs (her favorites are velociraptor and dilophosaurus) and eating ice cream.


Bachelor of Social Work – Illinois State University

Master of Social Work – University of Denver
License# CSW.09926558

Cultural Resume

• I grew up in a low-income, single parent household in a middle class area. Financial struggles were evident and discussed openly in my household, and at times did set me apart from peers who did not experience the same issues.

• I have worn hearing aids since childhood due to hearing loss. As a result I have struggled with different instances of ableism and the internalized ableism is something I continue to confront and work on.

• I consider myself an LGBTQ ally, but am an imperfect person. I frequently try to learn more and grow my understanding of the LGBTQ experience and ways in which I can continue to be an ally.

• As a woman, I have experienced instances of gender discrimination and bias throughout my life.

•  I grew up in a rural, predominantly white area and witnessed racism and racial bias in my community from an early age. Despite this not being taught in my house, it is something I have worked to deconstruct internally; this is an ongoing process and I constantly strive to confront and deconstruct internal biases. I work to acknowledge my privilege in this area and ways in which I can be a better ally to communities of color.

• My privileges include (but are not limited to) being white, educated, a citizen, cisgender, straight, English speaking, and access to mental and physical health care.