Dr. Nancy Kenyon Richardson


About Me

Hello and congratulations on taking this brave step of looking for help. My name is Dr. Nancy Kenyon Richardson, but I usually just go by Dr. Nancy.

I strongly believe in the potential of all people to heal and move forward from trauma history, substance use disorders, and other mental health struggles. I have extensive experience in helping couples improve communication, identify their needs as individuals within a relationship, and successfully navigate more challenging situations such as co-parenting post-separation. I have instructed many couple seminars and for 20 years I helped form and teach a program for separating couples that assisted them in focusing on healthy co-parenting.

My passion is assisting people on their journey of healing and believe that healing, even from trauma such as infidelity, is possible. The course of my journey as a mental health professional has been two-fold. My master's degree is in psychology with a concentration in counseling. My Ph.D. is in psychology with a concentration in addiction and is research based. I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC). I also hold several certifications including Dr. Gottman's Loving Couple's, Loving Children.

My grandparents were all Portuguese immigrants who did not have the opportunity for much education. My lifelong dream was to complete my Ph.D. Of course reaching this goal was a wonderful feeling, but I am more proud of the 2012 Victim Activist of the Year Award I received for my work in the field of intimate partner violence (IPV). I am well versed on the impact of IPV on the children (prenatal to adulthood), the harmed partner, and the perpetrator of the violence.

I am fascinated by brain science and often include psycho-education around trauma and the brain when helping people understand why they continue to engage in behaviors they wish to stop or why they continue to be impacted by past traumatic events. I have several years of experience helping people to move forward by identifying the "hooks" from their past that are holding them back from fully healing. I often state, only half kidding, that if I am still your therapist in 5 years and we're working on the same issues, fire me!

Although I grew up in a predominantly Portuguese community in Rhode Island, I have resided in Vermont for nearly 30 years. My family and I enjoy travel and I have visited 49 of the 50 states. Our youngest two children are now teenagers so my spouse and I are beginning to explore what the empty nest chapter of our lives will look like.

I truly feel honored and that it is a privilege to be trusted with the role of helping people heal from mental health problems. I look forward to being a part of your journey.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


LCMHC #068.0134318 (Expires: 2023-01-31)


Written by C.A. on Jun 11, 2021 after counseling with Nancy for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

She is Great. Wonderful to get feedback from. I thoroughly enjoy Her insight.

Written by S.H. on Jun 04, 2021 after counseling with Nancy for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

My counselor made me feel warm and calm like I can open up and say how I'm feeling and she will help me work through the pain