Nicole L. Fischer, PhD

Nicole L. Fischer, PhD, LCP provides counseling and psychotherapy to adolescents, college students, and adults with various concerns including substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, interpersonal challenges, and personal growth needs.  She works collaboratively with individuals to create a safe and affirming environment.  


As a full-time Psychologist at the University of Virginia, Dr. Fischer provides counseling, consultation, and outreach to students, faculty, and staff.  She previously held faculty positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, Marymount University, and Northern Virginia Community College Medical Education Campus.  

Dr. Fischer earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia, and her MS and PhD degrees in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Afterward, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where she treated and conducted research with traditionally underserved and low-income individuals.  She completed her clinical internship at the University of Virginia in the departments of Student Health and Family Medicine.  

Treatment Approach

Dr. Fischer utilizes a strengths-based focus and awareness of multicultural and acculturation aspects of identity.  She is trained in Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, and Cognitive Behavioral theories and techniques.  Specific trainings include Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), Self Psychology, Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Motivational Interviewing.  

More Information

Dr. Fischer is engaged in scholarly activity and has published more than one dozen articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and texts on topics such as cross-cultural psychology, resilience, and intimate partner violence.  She is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Virginia Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologists, and the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in Washington, DC.  Dr. Fischer served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer (2004-2006) in Togo, West Africa as a secondary school teacher and education advocate for women and children.  She continues civic engagement with Arlington Neighborhood College, the Charlottesville Sister Cities Program, and as an active alumna of UVA.