bruised not broken therapy, llc
Some days, life experiences might have you to the point of not knowing who you are, where to go, or what to do! If you have ever felt misunderstood, overworked, overlooked, under appreciated, worried, sad, scared, overwhelmed, anxious about the uncertainties of life and a funk you can not get out of- keep reading!
Let's be clear, I can't pay your bills, much less guarantee that this experience will be the answer to all your hopes and dreams. But I can offer you a therapeutic experience with genuine attention, authenticity, care and humor. Take a look at the rest of the site. If you can agree with the highlighted principles, give me a call, email or schedule an appointment. Whatever you do, just know I appreciate your existence on this planet!
I AM: Two of the most powerful words. For what you put after them shapes your reality.
If you have never tried it before, trust me, I get it! I'm a AfroNative American. I come from a culture of people where we don't talk about our problems with other people. That is NOT culturally ok! Told you I get it! What I will also tell you, breaking the chains of family shame, stigma and stereotypes is the worst thing that can happen in therapy. Therapy is a way to reconnect mind, body and soul using simple tools to harness the energy you already possess. It is the key to unlocking the true path of happiness and joy that only you have power to allow yourself to discover.
Far too often, we give this power of discovery to others in hopes they will develop our hopes, dreams and passion. Through the use of various psychotherapy methods and collaborative treatment measures, we learn that it is our responsibility to develop our passion and the honor to work collaboratively with others to support our discovery.
My clients develop life-changing habits to help them live life differently. At bruised not broken therapy llc, my therapy sessions are designed for the whole family to unravel painful issues and provide opportunity for re-discovery. Your journey is not like anyone else's, so lets treat it that way!
Keep scrolling to see my approach to therapy.
approach to therapy
When I thought of how I wanted therapy to look and feel, I thought of pride in my culture and sense of being. bruised not broken therapy llc, takes an Afrocentric approach to psychotherapy methods to instill a sense of cultural pride and affirmation. This approach celebrates all walks of cultural beliefs and pride while also recognizing the individual within the community. My couples, individuals, and families may or not resemble traditional nuclear family designs. They can be single parents, same-sex couples, and fantastically unique individuals. Services offered are intended to support you holistically, first by offering the opportunity to come sit with me.
I AM: Unique
When you can't seem to get your mind and body to align, we should have a conversation to see how we can address your mental wellness. Some of us will recognize the importance of learning how to accept the apology that will never come. We can work on supporting your ability to forgive others for your mental wellness, peace, and inner joy. AND we can work on the hardest part of individual therapy: how to forgive yourself!
I AM: Still Here
Communication is one of the main challenges couples face throughout different stages of the relationship. It isn't hard to understand that relationships are complex, but it can be hard when you speak different languages.
mixed status relationships
I AM: In control of HIV
We will talk about life with HIV, your goals, and where you can use the best support using sex positivity. Let's have open and honest conversations about how you navigate in a world that still doesn't understand the disease. Most of all, let us talk about how this impacts your family dynamics, relationships with others, but most importantly, you!
I AM: a Fighter
Sobriety is a struggle for too many families. Have you tried making someone change for you because you want them to? How is that working out for you? If you are struggling in that department, just know, you are not alone. So let's start with you and what is best for you. Have you ever heard that by changing yourself, you change others?
I AM: AMAZING!
Let's be honest, in a world of so much love, we still battle hate. Internalized and externalized hate affects the quality of life you deserve. We should talk!
sex trafficking and sex work
I AM: Warrior
The aftermath of sex trafficking and sex work can be brutal. Not everyone can understand nor can handle that level of brutality. We should have this conversation in person. Whether you are still engaged or thinking of change, you should know our sessions will be client-centered and hold you with positive regard!
I AM: Growing
Oh families, my favorite! No, really, they are! Different life cycles mean different approaches to solving the growing pains that are families. Your family is unique, we should use some experiential techniques to figure out just how unique and develop an understanding of what you want to enhance about the dynamics of your relationship.
I AM: Nykol
Nicole (Nykol) Harrison, LMFT, LAC, RPT
AAMFT Clinical Fellow
I am a native of Detroit and Flint, Michigan. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT), license in Addictions Counseling (LAC), Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. I am currently in a clinical fellowship with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
I have served over 20 years within the mental health and substance use field as a case manager, care coordinator for HIV intervention/prevention services, and therapist within outpatient, residential, and private practice.
I am deeply interested in the impact of family dynamics and the family’s profound capacity to evolve, stretch and grow. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families in need of living life differently!
I use Experiential Therapy with a collaborative mixture of Sand, Art, and Play Therapy to restore individuals and families.
I love to laugh, share stories and find humor in the challenges the universe will send! I am also a fan of red lipstick and rarely seen without it-hence the logo!