Nicolle Graaf, MA, LPC

Counselor Summary

Nikki is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. She earned her
Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Penn State University and her Master of Arts
degree in Counseling Psychology from Kutztown University. Nikki has completed the required
training to practice Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is currently
pursuing TF-CBT certification. While Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the base of Nikki’s clinical
orientation, she understands that no single model of therapy will work for everyone and has the
ability to utilize aspects of other therapy models to be creative in working with clients to make
changes, identify strengths, become empowered, and pursue their goals.
 
Nikki began her clinical career in 2001 at Valley Youth House providing in-home therapy to
children and families where sexual abuse, mental health, and child welfare issues were of
primary concern. Individual, parent, family, and group counseling was provided to youth ages 4-
18 who were victims of sexual abuse and some of whom were identified as being sexually
reactive. During this time at Valley Youth House, Nikki also facilitated general issue therapy
groups in a high school and co-facilitated an LGBT group. In 2011, Nikki was promoted to a
Child Welfare Program Supervisor. After about a year, Nikki missed working directly with youth
and families which led her to pursue part-time work in an outpatient setting providing individual,
parent, and family therapy. Nikki’s work with others centers around working with children,
adolescents, and families in areas such as trauma, depression, anxiety, anger management,
stress management, and self-esteem issues.
 
Nikki has successfully tackled the challenges of getting through to some incredibly resistant
youth through being strengths based, building a trusting and therapeutic relationship, and being
creative in her approach to working with youth. Nikki believes in a strengths based approach
where she helps clients identify their strengths and helps clients to see and believe in those
strengths. She believes that by helping clients identify what is going well and working for them
they will become empowered to work on the areas where they experience struggles. Nikki feels
that it is very important to develop a trusting and therapeutic relationship with clients to help
them reach their goals.
 

Client Focus

  • Individual and Family counseling with Children & Adolescents 7 +, Young Adults

Education

  • Penn State University – B.A. Psychology
  • Kutztown University – M.A. Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Sexual Abuse Survivors
  •  Trauma
  •  Depression
  •  Anxiety
  •  Anger Management
  •  Stress Management
  •  Adjustment Issues due to life transitions