Walking The Walk
The first woman I would like to introduce in my Celebrating Women Series is an amazing woman I know; Nicole Siegel.
Nicole is LCSW, LCDC, EMDR Trained and is the owner and provider of all counseling services at Full Circle Therapy Center, PLLC. She is a wife of two years to David, mom to two sweet fur-babies; one-year-old English Bulldog Lola and seven-year-old Hans, a miniature American Eskimo, and an inspiration in many ways. Here is her story…
Nicole has always been a “people person”; she was always quite talkative and interested in people and what made them tick. She remembers wanting to become a nurse as a child; “I always wanted to help people and the only way I knew of to do that was to become a nurse.” As she grew and faced the growing pains so many do she found herself experiencing anxiety, depression, and rebellion which led to six years of addictive behaviors. She recounts getting sober a year into her college career through an outpatient program. “It was four months in before I ‘woke up’. Alcoholics Anonymous helped and I found that I wanted to change my major to Drug and Alcohol Counseling.” Nicole achieved a Bachelors Degree in Rehab Studies with a Minor in Addiction Counseling from the University of North Texas at Denton. She worked in her field at treatment centers and found her career choice satisfying but as she practiced she also found that in helping people overcome their addictions she wanted to be able to help them address the problems surrounding that behavior. In 2010 Nicole went back to college. She felt that in order to adequately address all the issues that addicts deal with she needed to further her education and she did so, obtaining a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas Arlington in 2012.
Having dealt with depression and anxiety and other issues directly related to addictions, Nicole understands the need to “walk the walk”. She is active in AA, a sponsor, and finds that setting healthy boundaries helps not only in her professional but also in her personal life. Her highest hurdle has been achieving and maintaining professional objectivity; “I’ve had to learn, over the years, to find a way to detach lovingly while remaining as helpful as possible. If I had to explain what my goal is, it is to help my patients return to their true self.”
Full Circle Therapy Center is so named because at a pivotal moment in Nicole’s life and career she had her own “full circle moment”, which she describes as a moment when you are in a place you have been before, but this time with new insight and understanding. “In my addiction, at my lowest point, I was hospitalized in Duncanville. Eight years later in 2014, I found myself in the same hospital; this time as a hospice social worker. God reminded me that we are all here to help people in different ways. We each have a purpose. I realized I had come full circle.”
Nicole’s authentic smile, her gracious and accepting nature and her love of life inspires her friends, family, and patients. She enjoys the beach, traveling, music, and living life to the full. She is a living example that the key is to go through a problem and not get stuck in it. In overcoming her own issues she’s inspiring and encouraging others to do the same.