Nicole Vanderhoof

Nicole VanderhoofHello, my name is Nicole Vanderhoof. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (IMF88645), as well as a Professional Clinical Counselor Registered Intern (PCCI2573). I’m pleased to begin practicing in Los Gatos, under the supervision of Erica Hospes (LMFT 50520). I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology, from the University of San Francisco.

During my years as a trainee and intern, I’ve worked with children, teens, adults and families. I believe in the inherent strengths of the individual and family. Utilizing a strength-based approach encourages each child, teen, adult and family member to discover their own special qualities and to build upon them to create their best self.

I utilize an eclectic clinical approach, to create an experience tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. My goal is to offer an experience where the individual feels safe and encouraged on their path of growth and self-discovery.

The years I have spent working as a school-based therapist have given me unique insight in to the stressors, responsibilities and daily challenges our children face in the Bay Area today. I believe children benefit from an emotional education, in addition to what they learn in school. I lead child and “tween” peer groups, focused on social skills, emotion work, development of coping skills, and various “hot topics.”

Born and raised in the Bay Area, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University. Prior to following my passion for working with children and families, I spent five years working in Public Relations within the technology sector. I understand the challenges of living in a fast-paced society and the demands upon our time, as we struggle for balance.

I support a holistic approach to healing of the mind, body and spirit. I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit and the empowerment of the individual.

“If we can learn how to feel our way through these experiences and own our stories of struggle, we can write our own brave endings. When we own our stories, we avoid being trapped as characters in stories someone else is telling.” – Brené Brown, Ph.D., LCSW