Nicole Tessier

Clinical Social Work

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First and foremost, thank you for expressing interest my practice. I am Nicole Tessier, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker based in Waterbury, Vermont. I own and operate a fulltime mental health private practice, affiliated with Waterbury Integrative Health; My services include individual, family and couples therapy for adults and children ages three and above.

I received my MSW at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work where I was a recipient of the Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society, Beta Chi Chapter. My BFA was obtained at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. It was at this time when my passion for human expression and a profound respect for communication through the various art forms flourished; thus leading me to my current chosen career path.

My educational experience also extends beyond the aforementioned and into extracurricular courses at Bristol Community College, Westfield State College, and The Museum of Fine Arts School. Additionally, I have also enjoyed offering my counseling services as a volunteer at The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

As a Vermont Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I currently practice independently in the heart of downtown Waterbury. I historically and currently provide direct counseling services to individuals, families, and groups who have experienced or witnessed physical, mental, or sexual abuse and trauma. I also work with children and families coping with developmental delays, behavioral issues, social issues, and learning disabilities. In my work with adults and adolescence I have had extensive clinical care with low functioning to high functioning diagnoses ranging from depression & anxiety to psychosis, mood disorders, and personality disorders. In my 8 years of practice I have worked in various settings including hospitals, residential programs, social services, and clinical settings. Additionally, I have owned and operated a private clinical practice for the past three years

As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker I understand the importance of assessing and understanding the internal and external factors that affect each individual client, while offering them the dignity and respect they deserve.

About Clinical Social Work

The National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics (1999), states that social worker’s core values should be based upon the principals of service, dignity and worth of the person, integrity, importance of human relationships, social justice, and competence.

While it is true that many clients are capable of functioning on their own, there are time when they may encounter interactions, thoughts, or behaviors that disrupt personal development or functioning, and therefore could benefit from temporary clinical social work services. In general length of treatment depends upon the diagnosis of the client and that the length of this treatment can be adjusted to meet their individual needs.

It is my belief that what happened in the past cannot be changed, but empowering clients to possess the power to change the way their past experiences affect their future behaviors and thoughts is important to healthy mental functioning. I encourage and teach problem solving and coping skills which can increase a client’s resilience and can be applied in future situations and interactions.

In my practice the role of the client or family is to act as the change agent, which is achieved by their active participation in the process. The client, must be ready for change, must apply learned skills, and must work on expressing, exploring, and recognizing their personal concerns. A client’s outcome will only be matched by the amount of effort they dedicate to personal change and development. A social worker’s role should comprise that of a change facilitator; a competent non-judgmental listener, there to serve and adapt to the needs of the client.  A social worker’s role should also provide, to the client, an encouraging teacher who asks questions, identifies strengths, and is confident that their client possesses the ability to eventually become independent of their services.

In order to provide clients with comprehensive services, environmental influences must be considered as well. I believe in order to function properly, one must be living in an environment that is healthy on all levels. In order to facilitate this, I provide an umbrella of interventions that can be applied and adjusted to fit the dynamic needs of clients and their individual environments. I provide family and couples therapy to ensure that collaboration and communication will occur when applying interventions.

I have had significant experience with culturally diverse clients, and have developed a personal philosophy that is culturally sensitive to the individual needs of diverse populations. All treatment will be applied and adjusted to accommodate the culture and diversity of the client, allowing a safe nonjudgmental environment that is vital to an individual’s dignity and the healing process.

Conditions Treated

Conditions and mental health concerns

  • Depression, Anxiety & Phobia Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Existentialism and identity struggles
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Impulse Control and Adjustment Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Communication Disorders
  • Learning Disorders
  • ADHD/ADD and other Behavioral Concerns
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Postpartum Depression



  • Survivors of Physical, Sexual, Mental, and Verbal Abuse
  • Substance Abuse Support
  • Trauma and Abuse Support
  • Grief and Loss
  • PTSD
  • Domestic Violence


“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.” 

- Bill Clinton


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Contact Us

P: (774) 473-8117
F: (802) 882-8157

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