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James Nichols

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Anxiety -Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)- Depression-Performance anxiety- Couples counseling-Creative blocks & writer's block-
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Professional statement

Jaime Nichols is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing as a psychotherapist in Austin, Texas. His specialties include addressing issues stemming from trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss. As a native of Austin and long-time musician and creative, Jaime also specializes in working with clients on addressing challenges to creativity and performance. Additionally, Jaime is an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and welcomes opportunities to work with individuals, couples and non-traditional partnerships on relationship challenges and opportunities.

Jaime's office is located in North Austin at 12319 Willow Wild Drive, located near Parmer Lane and I-35, where he hosts both face-to-face and virtual teletherapy visits. Jaime enjoys working with clients throughout Texas and his full-time practice provides individual, family, and group therapy services Mondays - Saturdays.

Jaime obtained his bachelor's degree in Psychology at St. Edwards University and obtained his master's degree in Social Work from Texas State University. Prior to starting his clinical practice Jaime worked extensively in hospice and substance use recovery settings. The time spent in these fields greatly influenced his approach to helping individuals and families cope with the life challenges, health issues, and the need for support and meaning at all stages of life. In addition to his clinical practice, Jaime provides training for coaches and therapists on providing client-centered experiential interventions aimed at making effective differences for people.

Message to clients

Most people I know don't aspire to be that average, center-of-the-bell-curve person. In different ways, we all deviate from the norm, which explains our own uniqueness. My aim as a therapist is to work with individuals, couples, triads, and families in a way that celebrates their uniqueness and "incurable deviance" from the norm. By meeting you where you are, with who you are, in a way that makes best use of your unique strengths, hopes, dreams, and quirks, we can work together as client(s) and therapist to help you address your current challenges, get lots more of what you want, develop skills, transform, and explore new choices available to you.

I am trained in a variety of approaches and integrate them in a way to best serve the individual client with therapy, counseling, and coaching services. My current fee per session is $80. My trainings and certifications include Mindfulness/Insight-based therapies, CBT, SFBT ACT, EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis, Metaphors of Movement, Provocative Changeworks, and NLP.

It takes courage to begin therapy and coaching. My experience is that once you begin, you'll experience changes immediately. I welcome clients from diverse backgrounds and if we're not a good fit I will help you find someone who is. I am a proud ally to LGBTQ folks and am kink and poly aware. I welcome adult and senior clients and have immediate openings. Due to Covid-19 most of my sessions are being done via telehealth. I am willing to discuss meeting in person on a case-by-case basis.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years

SoCo Counseling, Counselor and Therapist
Amedisys Hospice, Hospice Social Worker
Recovery Unplugged, Chemical Dependency Counselor
Capitol Hospice, Hospice Social Worker
Harbor Hospice of Austin, Hospice Social Worker

Texas State University, Master's in Social Work, 2015
St. Edward's University, BA - Psychology (Summa Cum Laude), 2011


Texas: 62233


English, Italian, Spanish


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Performance anxiety - Underperforming, due exclusively to anxiety

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Creative blocks & writer's block - Setting goals and creating road maps to move beyond perfectionism, procrastination, and self-doubt; building self-awareness and skills to accomplish goals and fuel creativity


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$80 (50min)
  • Initial session:$80 (50min)
  • Couples sessions:$80 (50min)
  • Group sessions:$30 (50min)
  • Family sessions:$80 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Due to the economic uncertainty associated with the events of Covid-19, I charge $80 per 50-minute session, which is below the standard market rate for private-pay therapy, counseling, and coaching.

I am credentialed with multiple insurance providers, as listed on my Zencare profile. Following an initial consultation and session, For clients using a healthcare provider not in my network, I am glad to submit a "Super Bill" for clients to file directly with their insurance provider as an Out-Of-Network reimbursement.

I also have a limited number of sliding scale clients, all of which are currently booked, although I am glad to discuss wait listing or referring those in need of sliding scale support.

Client testimonials

"James is great!"
- Zencare client November 2021