Prior to formally studying psychology, Dr. McNicholas worked as an educator for L.I. Teen Freedom, a federally-funded youth development program focused on abstinence-based education and sexual integrity training. He went on to study Mental Health at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and during this time, devoted himself to intensive psychological and spiritual formation as a member of the university’s Priestly Discernment Program. After completing his undergraduate degree, he was employed as a behavioral specialist, and provided treatment to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Inspired by the pillars of teaching, research, and therapeutic treatment, and in pursuit of academic excellence rooted in the tradition of the Catholic faith, Dr. McNicholas went on to complete his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. Throughout his clinical training, he has had the opportunity to serve children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families within a variety of treatment settings, including community mental health, private practice, and inpatient psychiatric hospitals.


Dr. McNicholas received his M.S. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the APA-accredited Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) at Divine Mercy University in Arlington, VA. His doctoral dissertation research, which focused on the existential meaning of shared stories and the development of a Narrative Approach to Christian Marital Therapy, was conducted under Dr. Paul Vitz. Prior to attending IPS, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a B.S. in Mental Health and Human Services and a minor in Philosophy.


As a doctoral candidate, Dr. McNicholas provided treatment to an outpatient population of children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. He facilitated a group therapeutic curriculum aimed at creating organizational strategies for managing family stress within a private practice setting. Dr. McNicholas also provided treatment to those suffering from both acute and chronic mental illness within private inpatient psychiatric hospital settings; first, at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington (PIW) in Washington, D.C., and most recently, at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, PA . During this time, Dr. McNicholas conducted individual therapy, group therapy, psychological assessment, and family sessions on adolescent, adult, and geriatric units.

Areas of Expertise

  Individual Adult Psychotherapy

  Loss of Meaning and Purpose

  Marital Relationship Enhancement

  Child Centered Play Therapy

  Narrative Therapy