Nicole Porterpan-Cassell, LPC

Nicole Porterpan-Cassell, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor


My name is Nicole, and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified School Counselor here at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy. I want to share a bit about myself and how I approach therapy to help you decide if we might be a good fit.

My Background 

My journey to help others began as an educator in Texas public schools. I was an educator for 22 years with the last 8 of those serving as a Certified School Counselor at the elementary and middle school levels. When I heard that there was a 10-week waiting list for my students to see a counselor outside of school I thought, “This is somewhere I can help!” and I transitioned into helping adolescents and their families outside of the school setting. 

When I am not working I enjoy movies, nature, and swimming. I love science and am always excited to learn something new! I also enjoy all types of games from board to video. My passion is helping others grow into the best possible versions of themselves and I am looking forward to helping you soon.

Who I Work Best With:

  • Kids (6-12) 
  • Teens (13-18) 
  • Young Adults 
  • Parents 
  • Families 
  • Couples

What I Work With:

  • Self Esteem 
  • Relationship Issues 
  • Anger Management 
  • Anxiety 
  • Coping Skills 
  • Depression 
  • Family Conflict 
  • Grief
  • Eating Disorders 
  • Marital and Premarital 
  • Peer Relationships 
  • School Issues 
  • Stress

Special Clinical Interest: 

As a lifelong gamer, I know firsthand the benefits video games can provide to reduce stress and anxiety. I use video games as the setting for therapy with adolescents, adults, and even couples. Here are a few of the reasons I offer therapy within the medium of video games: 

  • Video games are a safe, familiar space for adolescents, teens, and young adults. This can help diffuse negative stigmas around therapy and make counseling sessions less intimidating or scary. 
  • Video games are a great platform to teach coping skills such as anger management, reducing anxiety, responsibility, managing failure, and many more. 
  • Building games, like Minecraft, can be used to create highly personalized experiences to practice problem-solving skills with a client’s actual problems. 
  • Parallels can be made between experiences that occur within the in-game environment and handling similar situations outside of the game.