Nicole Milliren, M.S. LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her focus is brain development, trauma and the impact on the developing child and attachment disruptions over the lifespan of children.
She has been trained by William F Whelan, Psy.D, co-director of the Mary D. Ainsworth Child- Parent Attachment Clinic in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is certified and reliable in the Circle of Security Intervention for attachment assessment and individual therapy. Nicole is also a certified Circle of Security trainer and consultant. Nicole is also a certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapist (TF-CBT). Nicole founded the Coulee Region Child Abuse Prevention Task Force. Nicole is very passionate about supporting children who have been exposed and/or experienced trauma. Nicole is a mental health liaison for Spence elementary, is on the child maltreatment conference planning board and is part of the new 8 year mental health grant, “Better Together”. Nicole is a strong advocate and supporter of implementing trauma informed care with counties, agencies and the community. She has been training Trauma informed 8-week course for caregivers and providers for the past four years.
Nicole received her bachelors in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, a social work degree from Winona State University and a Masters degree from Winona State in Counseling. She is constantly learning and searching for information and research to support and strength families raising children with emotional and behavioral needs. Nicole previously worked as a Clinical Therapist and a child protection social worker at La Crosse County Human Services for 22years.
Nicole has received her most intense and hands on training and experience in parenting two children she has adopted, one of which has significant emotional and behavioral needs. She is humbled by the support and education needed to raise children who have suffered from past developmental insults.