Nicole Benton, MA, MS, is the owner of Essential Wellness Counseling Center. She has a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy/Mental Health Counseling and is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida. Nicole has been in the helping profession for several years, and has won several awards for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the Orlando community, including the 2018 Women's Executive Council Emerging Leader Under 40, Women on the Rise Orlando Deeva to Watch, and Top 30 alumnae of Clark Atlanta University. In her clinical experience, Nicole has worked with a variety of populations such as individuals with persistent mental illness, personality disorders, and substance use. She has particularly found her niche working with individuals living with depression and anxiety, self-esteem issues, trauma, cultural concerns, and black women's issues. Nicole is particularly passionate about working with adults.
Nicole believes in cultivating a safe, nonjudgmental environment for her clients, helping them to advocate for themselves, and begin to make their desired changes. She works from a strengths-based and solution focused approach. Nicole ultimately works to support her clients on their journey to emotional healing, while empowering the clients as the experts of their own lives.