A little about me...

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the State of California and the State of Florida.  I have been working with children, families, and adults since 2001. My work began in Miami, Florida where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida International University. I then moved on to receive a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

I have extensive clinical experience in working with a variety of disorders and treatment needs. My specializations include anxiety disorders, depressive symptoms, maternal mental health, infertility, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, trauma, relationship issues and family issues. I am trained in several evidence-based practices, such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), and The Incredible Years (IY). I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  I have worked with multi-cultural populations providing therapy in the United States in both California and Florida, as well as in Singapore. I am bilingual (English/Spanish) and can conduct sessions in Spanish, if needed.

My background includes research-based work, community mental health, school settings, and private practice. My goals as your therapist are to work with you to help you improve your quality of life by exploring your current and past struggles and find ways to feel better about yourself and your life situations.

Nicole Charara LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Bilingual – English / Spanish

Summary of Experience

San Diego Unified School District
Licensed Mental Health Clinician

Center for Psychology, Singapore
Marriage & Family Therapist

San Diego Unified School District
Mental Health Case Worker

The Help Group
Prevention and Early Intervention Coordinator & Bilingual Therapist

Private Practice
Bilingual Therapist

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center
Bilingual Therapist

UCLA Semel Institute Center for Community Health
Intervention Facilitator

New Directions for Youth
Bilingual Therapist

Peace Games
Program Specialist

Los Angeles Unified School District
Research Assistant

Orlowitz-Lee Children’s Advocacy Center / Kristi House
Case Manager / Outreach Supervisor


Pepperdine University
M.A. Clinical Psychology
Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

Florida International University
B.A. Clinical Psychology

Trained in Evidence Based Practices

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Incredible Years Program (IY)

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