Camie Nitzel, PhD LP
Founder, Licensed Psychologist
Camie Nitzel, PhD LP (she/her/hers or they) is a Licensed Psychologist and the Founder of Kindred Psychology. Dr. Nitzel is a first-generation college student, having completed undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology/anthropology at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Camie’s MA and PhD degrees are from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Counseling Psychology program (APA-accredited).
Having integrated over twenty years of training and experience in agency, school, university, and community settings, Camie offers expertise in several areas:
- Trauma recovery
- Well-being for women
- Depression and anxiety management
- Sexual health and diverse sexualities
- Gender identity and transgender health
- Intersecting identity development processes
Camie serves as a psychologist for educators, medical providers, therapists, and other professionals at high risk for experiencing relationship challenges and vicarious trauma. She is well-versed in the complex realities faced by those who encounter the suffering of others on a daily basis. Camie reserves a portion of her practice hours solely for providing trauma-informed care and fostering sustainable well-being for fellow helping and healing professionals.
Camie is a queer-identified psychologist who also enjoys supporting all members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly transgender and gender-diverse individuals. Camie’s work is guided by the Gender Affirmative Model, considered to be a model best practice by the APA. Camie is the only Licensed Psychologist Member of WPATH in the State of Nebraska, providing appropriately aligned assessments for pre-hormone and pre-surgical psychological evaluations for transgender individuals. Camie also collaborates with medical and mental health providers, businesses, schools, and educators, sharing expertise toward developing sensitive and culturally responsive environments that respect and affirm diverse gender identities and all sexualities.
Camie approaches clients with warmth, authenticity, depth, and insight. Using evidence-based therapies (IPT, CBT, ACT, DBT), Camie helps individuals discover and explore their own internal wisdom, strengths, and motivations to change. Camie is highly engaged in the process of guiding clients toward inner exploration and excavation of any obstacles they encounter. Camie views therapy as a relational collaboration shared with clients who are committed to envisioning and constructing vibrant lives. To the therapeutic process, Camie brings openness, curiosity, camaraderie, quick wit, a sense of humor, and a steady belief in human capacity for change.
Camie’s creation of Kindred Psychology is grounded in a lifelong commitment to social justice, diversity, inclusion, and feminist principles. Her education, clinical and research training, and lived experiences compel her to focus on the sociocultural influences that shape and surround each individual. To her clinical work with clients and to the workplace environment she fosters, Camie brings a nuanced understanding of the complex, intersectional aspects of identity and the impact of privilege and discrimination. Camie is carefully attuned to experiences of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and affective expression, gender identity and expression, religious community or a-religiosity, immigration status, age, size, ability and socioeconomic background. Through this attunement and her community involvement, Camie strives to advance a progressive vision for honoring every person’s inherent value and right to self-determination.