Nicole McDonald Martinez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about assisting families through difficult times, emotional crisis, or painful life transitions. She works with children, adolescents, and adults to provide them with the necessary tools and strategies to facilitate change in their life. Through individual, marital, and family therapy, Nicole strives to instill positive communication, to strengthen self-esteem, and to facilitate emotional healing.
Nicole obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Illinois State University and a Master of Social Work Degree at Dominican University. As a member of the National Association of Social Work, Nicole continuously stays abreast with current trends and research in the areas of social work.
Nicole has a diverse background of experience, working in a public school setting as a school social worker for five years. Not only has Nicole been involved in removing obstacles that inhibit academic learning for children, she has been involved in addressing significant emotional struggles that impact the entire family. Nicole has also worked with children, adolescents, and adults in an outpatient mental health setting addressing difficulties with parenting, grief, and ADHD. She has facilitated groups dealing with topics such as: social skills building, coping skills, grief, family transitions, and conflict resolution. Nicole has developed and provided training workshops to school staff regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders. Nicole recently obtained certification as an Advanced Autism Specialist through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. This includes certification as an autism specialist and in applied behavioral analysis (ABA).
Areas of interest include Grief, Chronic Pain/Health Issues, Parenting and Family Issues, Women’s Issues, Behavior Management, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Nicole works out of the Sandwich office.