Dr. Nichole Ayres, Clinic Director, Lakewood WA

Dr. Nichole Ayres is the Clinic Director at The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Valley Cities, located in Lakewood where she oversees all clinical operations while following evidence-based practice guidelines. She brings more than ten years of experience to the clinic, with a special focus on the treatment of trauma/complex trauma, trauma-informed care, military social work, maternal mental health and clinical risk management.

Dr. Ayres has additional experience in providing training supporting the implementation of trauma-informed care practices, measurement-based care, suicide prevention, understanding the whole-person impact of trauma and motivational interviewing for health care professionals. She earned a Doctor of Social Work degree from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California.

Nichole Ayres