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Loryann Nichols, M.S., LMFT

Some people ask why I became a therapist, but my response is “I was born a therapist.” Being middle child of a large family, you learn quickly to sink or swim. I am a swimmer. I enjoy the uniqueness of each client and their situation, how they have attempted to solve their problems, and how they are stuck. There are many situations that are familiar among clients, but the interplay with each individual and their situation is infinite. Congruency for me is key. Being the person I ask others to be, holding each person with tenderness and creativity while we move toward their goals is transformative in the therapeutic process.

With today’s fast paced and stressful environment, there are problems with couples, families and individuals that can only be solved through the help of trained and experienced professionals. Individuals support larger systems we call “couples” or “families.” Unfinished issues within individuals affect the functionality of their larger system(s). By assisting clients in unraveling the circular nature of their relationships, and facilitating healing and positive change in themselves, we create change in the couple or family.

Ms. Nichols originally founded the Center for Couples and Family Healing, PLLC (CCFH) in 1991 where she still maintains a robust private practice and specializes in working with couples and families. Since 1988, she has been serving the area in various mental health capacities working with issues including communication, premarital, intimacy, sexuality, parenting, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, alcoholism, blended families, and sexual abuse. Loryann also has extensive experience working with 12-step recovery programs.

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
    Approved Supervisor and Clinical Member
  • Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT)
    Clinical Member 2001 to present
  • At-Large Board Member 2010 to 2012
    Program Committee Chair 2002-2006
    Membership/Referral Committee 2000 to 2002
  • Member/Certified Clinician with EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) 2005 to present
  • Seattle Counselors Association;
    Member 1999 to present
  • Board of Directors as Secretary from 2006 to 2010
    Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University
  • MFT certificate from Presbyterian Counseling Service
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Washington

In her spare time, Loryann enjoys running, hiking, backpacking, travelling, skiing, landscaping and gardening, writing and playing with her furry “kids.”

BY EMILY DICKINSON 1830–1886 Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -

And sore must be the storm -

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -

And on the strangest Sea -

Yet - never - in Extremity,

It asked a crumb - of me.

Emily Dickinson, "'Hope' is the Thing with Feathers" from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, edited by Thomas H. Johnson. Copyright 1945, 1951, 8 1955, 1979, 1983 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Reprinted with the permission of The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.


What Clients Say

Loryann’s exceptional abilities as a therapist, teacher and mentor continually inspire those who have had the opportunity to work with her. Although she has been in the field for twenty five years she has never ceased to continually examine, reach, grow and learn. In the time I have known her I have seen her challenge herself many times and all in the service of helping and supporting her clients and colleagues. It is an honor to be asked to join Loryann and the team at the Center for Couples and Family Healing. ~ Kathryn


11417 – 124th Ave NE, Suite 204
Kirkland, Washington 98033
(425) 889-0832