Nicole Jalazo Halpern, LCSW, RPT-S

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Owner

Nicole is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Nicole graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then pursued her Master’s of Social Work from The Smith College School of Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. Nicole worked in North Carolina and New York before beginning practice in Northern Virginia. Nicole provides treatment to children and families, adolescents and adults managing issues of depression, anxiety, adjustment, trauma and loss. Nicole’s clinical experience includes agency and private practice work providing outpatient therapy to adults, children, adolescents and their families.


Nicole has specialized training in play and expressive therapies and is a Registered Play Therapist  Supervisor (RPT-S).

Specialized Services

Nicole has experience providing individual, group and family therapy to treat issues of trauma, depression, anxiety, anger, adjustment and loss. Nicole has worked as a trauma therapist utilizing play and expressive therapies to work with children whose lives are interfaced with issues of sexual abuse, family violence, loss and bereavement. Nicole is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has facilitated parenting support, psycho-education and process groups, groups for sexually abused children and adolescents, social skills groups and non-offending caregiver support groups.

  • Extended Play-Based Developmental Assessment (EPBDA, Gil)
  • Individual, Family and Group Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Professional Presentations and Clinical Workshops.

Professional Publications

  • Jalazo, Nicole (2003). “Women in Consecutive Relationships: An Exploration of the Father-Daughter Relationship and Its Contribution to Women’s Patterns in Intimate Heterosexual Relationships.” Smith College School for Social Work.
  • Jalazo, N. (2004). “I Don’t Have a Father,” Smith College Studies in Social Work. Vol. 74(4), 595-605.
  • Gil, E and Jalazo, N. (2009). “An Illustration of Science and Practice: Strengthening the Whole Through Its Parts.” In A. Drewes, Blending Play Therapy with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Evidence Based and Other Effective Treatments and Techniques (Chapter 3). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Jalazo, N. (2010). “The Owner of a Broken Heart.” In E. Gil, Working with Children to Heal Interpersonal Trauma: The Power of Play (Chapter 6). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Play Therapy
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • The Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers
  • EMDR International Association

Teaching Experience

  • Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA: Guest Lecturer to Master’s level class, Treatment of Children, on Integrated Play Therapy with sexually abused children.
  • Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA: : Guest Lecturer to Doctoral level class, Practice Seminar, on Integrated Play Therapy with sexually abused children.