Recovery is a process, and it takes time. But, you can fight addiction and win with the right help. That’s why we’ll be right beside you every step of the way. No matter what obstacles you’re facing in life, together, we can move forward – one day at a time.
Our mission is to provide comprehensive services for persons affected by addiction through community awareness and quality holistic clinical services in an efficient, safe, and fiscally-sound environment. We believe addiction is a family disease and that recovery is possible for individuals and families. Therefore, we assist clients in developing personalized recovery programs and recommend the 12-Step programs in our communities as support.
Our professional counselors can help you work through your issues, find your path towards a healthier future, and develop the tools necessary for maintaining that healthy life.
Owner & Counselor
LCPC, LADC, CCS, CCTP
Nikki is living proof that you don’t need to go straight from high school into a career path to be successful. Her diverse work experience includes everything from working as an ed-tech and photo sales representative to a veterinary assistant and barn manager on a hunter/jumper farm. While she enjoyed her time spent in these positions, Nikki dedicates herself to the pursuit of life-long learning. So, in 2005, she enrolled at the University of Maine at Augusta and graduated in 2009 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Mental Health.
Her counseling career began as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in 2007, where Nikki worked for First Light, a counseling agency in Rumford, and later in Farmington. From there, she qualified to take the exam to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). In addition, the state of Maine authorized her to be a DEEP (Driver Education and Evaluation Programs) provider in 2010. Then, in January 2012, she branched out on her own and opened River Valley Counseling LLC in Rumford.
However, her story certainly doesn’t end there. In 2013, Nikki once again enrolled in college; this time, to earn her Master of Science degree in Community Mental Health from Southern New Hampshire University. She became a conditional Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC-c) in 2014 by successfully passing the examination. After countless hours of study and hands-on practice, Nikki sat for the exam to end conditional status and is now a fully licensed LCPC. She then went on to become a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) in 2015 and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional in 2021.
Nikki prefers to surround herself with family, friends, and pets in her spare time. She currently lives out in the country with her husband and their horse, Chump. Together, they have a long history of pet ownership, which, at one time, included seven horses, three dogs, and a cat. While their home has undoubtedly quieted down since then, their door is always open for the next four-legged friend. In addition, Nikki loves spending her time outdoors and traveling as often as she can during the summer.
Deb Litchfield is a retiree who became bored with retirement after six glorious weeks of freedom. Deb graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 and a Master of Arts in Teaching in 1970. She was certified to teach French, English, and social studies in grades 7-12 and did so for 43 years, but in 2012 she knew it was time to move on.
Nikki, her friend and former ed-tech, suggested she volunteer in the newly opened office of River Valley Counseling. The position has grown from photocopying and filing one day a week to a full-time office job doing “just about anything that doesn’t require a counselor’s license.” Deb has enjoyed the dual challenges of learning new skills and finding new applications for her teaching experience.
Deb likes to spend her free time reading, playing bridge, and walking outside when it’s not too cold, hot, windy, or rainy. She lives out in the country in a small neighborhood filled with dogs, farm animals, good neighbors, and their children. She has the luxury of enjoying the company of all of them without the responsibility of feeding them, and she still has fun watching someone else do hay.