Alumna opens private practice with goal of helping others

Jan 24, 2024

Eva Nolasco ‘20 is passionate about helping others. This passion led her to opening her own private practice after earning her Master of Social Work from Newman University.

Feeling & Healing Therapy opened in July 2023 and provides services to children, pre-teen, adolescents and adults within clinical and educational systems across southeast Kansas.

Nolasco was inspired to start a practice that focused on the Hispanic community, while still serving individuals from all backgrounds. She said there was a need for more bilingual providers in the Wichita community and felt called to step into that role.

Working at a coop K-12 school is how she fell in love with working with youth. In addition to running her practice, she also works for Saint Francis Ministries as a family-centered therapist in their family-centered treatment program.

“My goal is to help those that are wanting the help, provide them an outlet for growth,” said Nolasco. “And I’ve found that people who seek help are definitely ready to do the work. Seeing that is inspirational. That keeps me in therapy — seeing people wanting to make change and hoping to make change, which isn’t always easy.”

Nolasco is also working on certifying her 6-year-old black lab mix, Layla, as a therapy animal. She said therapy animals can be a big help with patient treatment, especially in comforting the client.

Eva and Layla
Eva poses with her dog, Layla.

“I’ve seen this to be helpful in the schools, and being able to self-regulate children and have a presence in the classroom was amazing to watch,” said Nolasco. “Layla has passed all her tests and will complete the therapy training while working with Love on the Leash.

Working with and making connections with her clients is her favorite part of the job.

“The little ones are my favorite because of the connections made with them and their family. What that might look like is them struggling with emotional regulation, so I involve the parents by giving them tools and a change of language to use when their children are upset. The parents are happy to work together to help their children succeed.”

My goal is to help those that are wanting the help, provide them an outlet for growth.

Eva Nolasco ‘20, Master of Social Work graduate

Nolasco is actively pursuing her clinical license. Doing so will take her two years as she staffs cases with her clinical supervisor, learning the best way to be an effective therapist. She plans on completing her license in 2025.

Currently, Nolasco works in her practice on Saturdays and Tuesday evenings. Eventually, she would like to run her private practice full-time and offer holistic services that focus on therapy and mental health including meditation, yoga and more.

New patients can call or email using the contact information on the Feeling & Healing website.

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