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James L Nicolaus, (Founder and President), started Hopeful Hands on July 9th, 2005. James has two bachelor's degrees, one in Anthropology and one in Sociology. He also has two master's degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Counseling Psychology. Providing mental health therapy services and behavioral support to the community and school systems are the cornerstone of Hopeful Hands, Inc. James has been working directly with children and adolescents with mental health challenges, autism, and significant behaviors of concern across many settings for the last 23 years. James has also worked for the State of Washington at Children's Administration as a Social worker 3. He ran investigations, provided community resources and helped families who were without hope. His many years of work with neurodiverse individuals fuels him to continue learning and pursuing education.
Applied Behavior Analysis
Hayley is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and licensed behavior analyst (LBA). She also maintains a Washington state counseling credential (CCC). She is a Seattle native and has worked in the behavior analysis field locally since 2002. Hayley has varied experience providing behavior analytic services in a variety of settings, through many modalities, across the lifespan. Her areas of clinical interest are tweens and older learners, working specifically with soft skills in executive functioning, self management and regulation. Hayley is the Executive Clinical Director at Hopeful Hands, Inc overseeing all clinic based services.
Grace is a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and licensed behavior analyst (LBA) in the Hopeful Hands clinic. She obtained her M.Ed in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2019. She began her career in ABA as a registered behavior technician (RBT) and continues to pursue further studies.
Grace has worked with children and adolescents with special needs for the past 4 years. She has experience providing crisis management and positive behavior support plans for children and adolescents with challenging behaviors.
Grace can provide behavioral services in English and Korean to individuals and their families.
Nicole Rodgers is a speech-language pathologist who completed a MA degree in Communication Disorders, with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, at California State University, Fresno. She is originally from Oakland, CA, and has experience working with multiple populations in various settings, including school districts, skilled-nursing facilities, and private practices. Nicole has practiced in both California and Washington and has extensive knowledge in the areas of early childhood language development, pragmatic and social language disorders, articulation, phonological processing, oral motor development, voice, and swallowing disorders. Nicole holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), where she is also a member.
Abby has been working in ABA for the past 6 years. She has experience providing intervention to a wide variety of learners from toddlers to adults. She is pursing a Master's of Education in ABA to become a BCBA. Outside of work, Abby likes to hang out with her husband, go on walks, and read.
Aliese has worked as a certified behavior technician for 3 years. She has experience with learners from toddlers to adults. She is pursuing a Master's of Science in psychology with a focus in ABA to become a BCBA. Outside of school Aliese likes to read books, watch movies, and do puzzles with her family.
Celeste was born in Washington state and has been working as a behavior technician for 2 years. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree at the University of Washington in ABA and Special Education. Outside of work and school, she likes to go bowling with family and spend time with her two cats.
Shaylee was born in Washington state and has been a behavior technician for 4 years. She plans to pursue a career in Psychology. Outside of work, Shaylee enjoys spending time with her daughter and extended family.
Brittany recently graduated with a BA in Psychology. She will be pursuing a Masters degree in August for Clinical and Mental Health Counseling. She has been working in the ABA field for about a year. Prior to working in ABA she gained experience working with children on the autism spectrum with a 24 hour homecare company. Outside of work she enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling.
Giselle is a certified behavior technician in the state of Washington and has worked in the field for two years. She has experience working with both nonverbal and verbal children ranging from ages 2- 20. Giselle is also earning a master’s degree in couples and family therapy. One day, she hopes to provide counseling services to families with children who have special needs. Giselle can provide behavioral services in both English and Spanish.
Joaquin has been working in ABA for the past 2 years. He has experience working with a variety of learners from toddlers to adults. He is pursuing a master's in business administration and psychology. Outside of work, Joaquin likes to hike with his girlfriend and his pitbull Anubis, exercise, and study. Joaquin can provide behavioral services in both Spanish and English.
In addition to being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Dr. Jensen brings the added perspectives of a Licensed Psychologist and a background in behavior genetics to his analysis and treatment of challenging behavior. He is a Past President of Northwestern Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Jensen has extensive consulting experience, having worked with over 50 agencies in Washington and nationally, including over 20 school districts in the Seattle area. He has provided over 400 in-home consultations and has provided ABA and psychological services to seven group homes.
Tore Lydersen has a Ph.D. in psychology and specialized in behavior analysis. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). Tore has extensive experience in behavior analysis in both academic and applied settings. He has published research in applied and experimental analysis of behavior and has presented this work at various conferences. Tore has worked for more than three decades with children and adults who exhibit challenging behaviors. Currently, his focus has been on helping children who are having difficulties benefiting from educational experiences in school.