Nicole J. Peak, Ph.D.
About Nicole J. Peak, Ph.D.
Choosing the right therapist is not just about credentials. Sure, you want well-trained therapists that offer the most effective services, but if you don’t connect or can’t communicate with your therapist, your treatment is not going to work.
So, here is a little bit about myself. You’ll get a sense of my clinical training, who I am, and what I value.
I enjoy living in Colorado Springs with my husband, daughter, and fur-daughter. Tia (French Bulldog) keeps life funny and interesting! And having a toddler definitely keeps me on my toes. The whole family enjoys being outdoors and we frequently partake in hiking and skiing. Otherwise, I like to hit the gym for some intense activity or relaxing with yoga, curling up with a good book, hanging out with friends, or watching a good Netflix series.
My Journey to Evidence-Based Therapy
I attended Cornell University as an undergraduate majoring in Human Development. Thereafter, I joined the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City at a Late Life Depression Clinic and loved it. I learned the importance and the role that research plays in developing effective treatments, while helping people one-on-one. I particularly enjoyed working with retirees struggling with depression and memory loss.
Next, I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. While I studied, I also worked in a state hospital, a university counseling center, an eating disorders center, and a Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center as part of my training. During this time, I worked with several clients to address issues ranging from depression, coping with memory loss, anxiety, PTSD, to eating disorders.
Prior to finishing my Ph.D., I completed my sixth-year residency at the West Virginia University Medical School in Morgantown, WV. During that time, I gained a diversity of evidence-based therapy strategies working in an outpatient center, a family medicine clinic, a homeless clinic, and an eating disorders clinic.
After all that hard work, I graduated with my doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2010. Each graduate program I attended is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.
Since Becoming a Licensed Psychologist
I continued to find myself drawn to treating trauma, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.
- I completed my year-long postdoctoral fellowship at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver where I worked with people struggling with Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorders.
- I worked for three years at a local university as an assistant professor in a clinical psychology master and doctoral level program. During that time, I taught, supervised, mentored several students. I continue to help students working on their dissertations on their journey to earn their doctorate.
- I spent time working with active duty soldiers at Fort Carson on a research project led by an expert in the field of trauma, Edna Foa, Ph.D. Through this study, I’ve received expert training in evidence based therapy for PTSD known as prolonged exposure. A type of therapy that the military is aiming to incorporate for their active duty soldiers.
Opening Peak Psychological Services
All my training and extensive background in the use of evidence-based interventions for the treatment of adults and adolescents presenting with difficulties with trauma, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders led me to open Peak Psychological Services in 2011.
As a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado, I have years of clinical experience working in different settings (outpatient, hospitals, and centers), with many types of people in different stages of their lives (e.g., teenagers to older adults).
Additionally, I have been involved in several research projects in the field and authored numerous published journal articles. I do all this because I love it and it gives me the experience and training to provide you with the best quality care.
Nicole J. Peak