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 her undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology/anthropology at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Her MA and PhD degrees are from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Counseling Psychology program (APA-accredited), and she completed her pre-doctoral internship at Creighton University’s Center for Health and Counseling.
Camie approaches clients as she does all humans: with warmth, authenticity, depth, and insight. She uses evidence-based therapies to help individuals discover and explore their own inner wisdom, strengths, and motivations to change, thus engaging clients as co-collaborators. Committed to guiding clients to explore themselves deeply so they may envision and create the lives they desire, Camie brings curiosity, openness, camaraderie, quick wit, a sense of humor, and a steady belief in resilience to the therapeutic process.
Camie’s approach to mental health is grounded in her lifelong commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusion. Her education, clinical and research training, as well as her lived experiences, compel her to focus on the sociocultural influences that shape and surround each individual. She brings a nuanced understanding of the complex intersectional aspects of identity and the impact of privilege and discrimination with regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and affective expression, gender identity, religious community or a-religiosity, immigration status, age, size, ability and socioeconomic background. Through Camie’s keen conceptualization of intersectional identities, clients feel deeply validated and understood.
Having integrated over twenty years of training and experience in a wide range of 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 sexuality
- Gender identity and transgender health
- Intersecting identity development processes
Camie serves as a psychologist for many educators, medical providers, therapists, and other professionals. She is well-versed in the complexities and unique challenges that arise in the lives of teachers, helpers, and healers.
Camie is a queer-identified psychologist who enjoys supporting all members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly transgender and gender-diverse individuals. In addition to providing psychotherapy, Camie uses an informed consent model to conduct WPATH-aligned assessments for pre-hormone and pre-surgical psychological evaluations. Camie also collaborates with medical and mental health providers, businesses, schools, and educators toward developing sensitive and culturally responsive environments that respect and affirm diverse gender identities and all sexualities.
- Trained with Transgender Training Institute as a Trainer to provide in-depth training programs for schools, businesses, and organizations seeking to increase cultural competence with transgender students, employees, and consumers.
- Partnered with UNL Teacher Learning Teacher Education Department for the first Wellness & Well-Being Colloquium. Together with Raul Palacios, spoke to pre-service teachers about recognizing and intervening with student mental health difficulties in the classroom, as well as prioritizing teacher self-care.
- Facilitated an interactive presentation entitled Fostering Well-Being in Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth: Essentials for Educators at the UNL spring Wellness and Well-Being Colloquium for pre-service teachers.
- Serves on the Gender Eligibility Committee of the Nebraska State Activities Association to improve access to school-sponsored activities for transgender and gender diverse youth.
- Provided training to staff at Child Advocacy Center on providing sensitive and affirming services to the transgender and gender diverse youth served at their agency.