Courtney Nichols – MC:AT, RCC
Courtney attended the University of British Columbia and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology and Double Minor in English & Philosophy. She followed this with attendance at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute and was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy. Courtney then went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy in 2003 from the University of Hertfordshire (London, England). She became a Registered Clinical Counsellor in B.C in 2011.
Courtney has expansive experience working within the addiction field, alongside specialty areas in early childhood mental health and working with clients with neurological differences. For 11 years she worked for the Ministry of Children & Family Development as a Child & Youth Mental Health Counsellor. She is also a Certified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for Anxiety Disorders with additional training working with Depression, PTSD, OCD & Psychosis. Courtney began working at TWC in 2013 and she strives to provide her skills and creativity to offer comprehensive treatment for men struggling with concurrent mental health & addiction issues.
Courtney uses her knowledge & experience at TWC to counsel clients in Individual Mental Health Sessions regarding issues such as negative self-esteem, trauma, grief, and dysregulated mood. Courtney is an expert at helping clients to investigate how their feelings and thoughts are influencing current behaviour, specifically related to their addiction. She helps clients identify patterns of negativity and identify ways to shift this to increase their sense of self-worth. Often suppressed memories can play an integral role in addiction and identifying this through therapy can help unlock traumatic memories to aid in recovery.
She also provides ongoing Clinical Supervision to M.A Level Practicum Students at TWC and facilitates the Veteran’s Support Group at TWC weekly.
Courtney has facilitated a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy group where anxiety symptoms, triggers and coping strategies are discussed. Together in a group setting, clients can share their experiences of anxiety and constructively come up with healthy ways to manage daily worries.
Courtney has facilitated Art Therapy groups. Many people recovering from addiction have difficulty maintaining focus or the ability to concentrate. Art therapy provides clients the opportunity to ‘be in the moment’ and regain sustained attention. Art can be used to help pull together and make sense of events from the past and present and help with planning for the future.
Courtney facilitates a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy group where anxiety symptoms, triggers and coping strategies are discussed. Together in a group setting, clients are able to share their experiences with anxiety and constructively come up with healthy ways to manage daily worries.
She also uses her extensive knowledge and experience to counsel clients in Individual Mental Health Session regarding issues such as self-esteem, trauma, grief, and loss. Courtney is an expert at investigating how feelings, thoughts and behaviours are influencing an individual’s current behaviour. She helps clients find patterns of negative self-talk and identifies how they are impacting the client’s self-esteem and sense of self-worth.