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Nicole Arzt LMFT


Licensing & Certifications:

  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Professional Background

Nicole Arzt is a licensed marriage and family therapist and author working in private practice in Orange County, CA. Nicole has worked in various settings throughout her career, including hospitals, schools, nonprofit community health clinics, and private practice. She is the author of the bestselling book, Sometimes Therapy Is Awkward.

She practices from a psychodynamic, humanistic framework and believes the client-therapist relationship is the most paramount factor for achieving therapeutic success. She has also facilitated many process groups on topics related to body image, grief and loss, self-esteem, and coping with transitional stressors. In all her work, Nicole is passionate about mental health advocacy and demystifying the process of psychotherapy.

Nicole is the founder and owner of Soul of Therapy LLC which offers boutique marketing and consultation services for for mental health professionals seeking to grow their practices. Nicole is also the owner of PsychotherapyMemes, a global community with over 160,000 mental health professionals.

Professional Affiliations

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Why I Write for Choosing Therapy

I write for Choosing Therapy because, in a world where it’s hard to know what content to trust, I deeply value working for a company that emphasizes professional, high-quality editorial stands. I appreciate each article on this site has been written by licensed mental health professionals and medically reviewed.

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Area of Focus

Nicole integrates psychodynamic therapy to address everything from complex trauma and attachment wounds to eating disorders and substance use disorder.

  • Complex Trauma
  • Attachment Wounds
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Existential Anxiety
  • Narcissistic Abuse & NPD
  • Impulsivity & Behavioral Compulsions
  • Relationships
  • Intimacy
  • Substance Use & Addiction
  • Eating Disorders
How to Know if You Have an Eating Disorder

How to Know if You Have an Eating Disorder

The line between disordered eating and eating disorders can be blurry. If you restrict, binge, or purge, you may have an eating disorder.

December 12, 2020
15 Tips for Recovering from Narcissistic Abuse

Narcissistic Abuse Recovery: 15 Ways to Cope

Learning how to recover from narcissistic abuse entails acknowledging your experience, setting appropriate boundaries, and taking excellent care of yourself. Reaching out for support from trusted loved ones or a therapist is also important, as they can provide much-needed comfort, validation, and guidance. While this process can be confusing, stressful, and exhausting, healing is possible.

December 12, 2020
How to Prepare for Couples Counseling in 10 Steps

How to Prepare for Couples Counseling in 12 Steps

Before you begin couples counseling, it’s important to start with an open mind. To make the most of it, consider the main concerns you hope to address, and learn how to prepare for couples counseling.

December 12, 2020
Sober October Benefits, Tips, & More

Sober October: Benefits, Tips, & More

People who celebrate Sober October abstain from drinking for the entire month. Everyone is welcome to try this challenge, and it can be beneficial for anyone who knows they have a problem with alcohol, feels concerned about their relationship with drinking, or simply wants to try sobriety for an extended period of time.

December 12, 2020

“No matter where you find yourself on your mental health journey, change is always possible. There is always hope. In moments of doubt or uncertainty, remember that you are not alone. Every setback represents a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow. Acknowledge progress along the way and remember that small steps can make a big difference.”