The Team

James L Nicolaus BA, MBA, MACP, LMHCA, MHP



  • Hopeful Hands, INC was started on July 9th, 2005 by founder and President James L Nicolaus. He has worked in the field with children and adolescents with mental health, autism, and problem behaviors in the classroom, group homes, Hospital inpatient, and private homes for the past 23 years. 

  • Working with challenging dangerous aggressive behaviors within the community.  James also worked at Children's Administration as a Social Worker 3 for the State of Washington doing investigations, providing community resources and helping families.  

  • James values customer service, the art of counseling, positive behavior, patience, and the science of education. Obtaining two bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Sociology and two master’s degrees in Master’s in Business Administration and Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology to provide Mental Health Therapy services to the community. 


Behavioral Health



Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


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Applied Behavioral Analysis


 Hopeful Hands will work with any child and teen and help support families with challenging needs. We promote individualized care, clearly involving parents in deciding on and participating in the process as a team effect. 

About Craig Jensen, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA


  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.  

About Tore Lydersen, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA


  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.

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Need a break 


Day Camps


  • Each day of Hopeful Hands camp is a different field trip to locations in various local communities.
  • We take trips to the Zoo, EMP, the bowling alley, Seattle Center, and other fun places each day.
  • Our program is not center based so we have no “screen time” with TVs or video games. The children and teens interact in the community.
  • Hopeful Hands can work with the most aggressive children and teens with challenging behaviors.


Mindfulness DBT

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