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Melissa Nichols, MA, LMFT

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Philosophy of Practice:   “Parents (adoptive) are the healing agents for their children. Many adoptees who have problematic behaviors are acting out of past experience, deficits in brain function caused from abuse/neglect/inutero exposure to toxins. Children can be healed and form healthy connections with adoptive parents.”

Adoption Related Experience/Recent Training:   Worked in some capacity at FACC for last 14 years – lead therapist in Attachment program, Day treatment therapist, Play therapist and the current director for education and support groups. Currently, I facilitate the social skills group and the Teen Adopted Girls’ Group. FACC also offers equine assisted therapy and I am certified in EAGALA, a form of equine assisted therapy. Additionally, we have some new publications. I am listed as an author in the following publications: Parenting with Stories, Connecting with Kids Through Stories, 2nd Edition, and DVD/ workbook entitled First Steps for Strengthening Adoptive Families: Tools and Techniques for Meeting the Needs of Your Adopted Child.

Family Attachment and Counseling Center
102 N. Chestnut Street
Chaska, MN 55318
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Family Attachment and Counseling Center
102 N. Chestnut Street
Chaska, MN 55318

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Practice Location:
Insurance Taken:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Medical Assistance
United Healthcare
Treatment Modalities:
Child Centered Play Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Equine Assisted Therapy (EAGALA)
Eye Movement Desensitization-Reprocessing (EMDR)
Filial Play Therapy
Neurological Reorganization (NR)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)
Languages Spoken (other than English):
Areas of Practice:
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Childhood Depression
Eating Disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Client Demographics:
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Adult (Adoptee)
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Couples Work
Elementary Age (7-12)
Family Work
Infant (0-2)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (19-25)
Young Child (3-6)


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