Nola Metz Simpson, MPA, M.Ed., LCMHCA
Nola is originally from Ohio, and grew up in Hawaii, which she calls home. She received her Bachelor’s in Political Science from UNC Wilmington and received both her Master’s in Public Administration and her Master’s in Education, Counseling, from NC State University. Nola has over thirty years of executive level leadership experience in healthcare and has wedded this knowledge with her desire to help individuals and our communities heal their pain, loss and suffering.
In addition to formal academic training, Nola continues to learn and grow to support healing our community. She is a certified level two therapist in Prolonged Grief Therapy, through The Center for Prolonged Grief, University of Columbia. She is currently working on certification in EMDR therapy through the Maiberger Institute in Boulder, Colorado; which will be complete in July. She is also currently training with the Portland Institute of Loss and Transition, under the leadership of Robert Neimyer and his team, for certification in suicide bereavement.
Nola’s journey to become a counselor started many years ago as a volunteer with hospice, which then led her to train as a Death Doula through the International End of Life Doula Association. Her desire to specialize in counseling is underpinned by her own life experiences. She has experienced and witnessed both expected, as well as the unexpected, earth shattering and tragic deaths of loved ones. Having walked her own grief journey; she knows there is peace following the storm and that suffering, while part of the human condition, does not have to last forever. In fact, it is possible to heal, reconcile our losses and find meaning and joy in life, again.
Grief and trauma impact every one of us. None of us will get out of this life without grief, and most of us will experience some type of trauma in our lives. In a culture that fails to support the natural need to embrace and allow grief and trauma to be honored, validated, witnessed and healed, Nola works to shift this paradigm of rejection to one of acceptance.