- A in Art Therapy with extensive history running adult art therapy groups
- CBT Certified Therapist for Anxiety Disorder with additional specialty training and experience working in the areas of Depression, PTSD, OCD & Psychosis.
- Experience working with parents & children in areas related to Attachment Disorders. Specialty training in working with the infant and early childhood mental health population.
- Art Therapy – Courtney Nichols obtained a Master’s degree in Art Therapy in 2003 and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in B.C. Her work over the years has involved helping people through art, gain insight into how their thoughts and feelings have helped dictate the way they behave and live their lives. “Often with recognition of thought patterns & emotions, individuals can start to shift behaviors and gain empowerment to make changes over behaviors that aren’t working or strengthening those that are beneficial. The art process is a wonderful way to reflect on one’s life. Art can be used to help pull together and make sense of events from the past and present and helps us plan for the future.”
- Post Traumatic Therapy Group – This group focuses on identifying triggers that could be related to unresolved trauma and how patterns of thinking may be related to it. Specifically, investigating how feelings, thoughts and behaviours are being influencing behaviour in daily living. Often, patterns of negative self-talk can be identified and assessed how they are impacting the client’s self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
- Individual Counselling Sessions –Individual sessions are offered, with a strong cognitive behavioural therapy component. Issues for the client could be related to anxiety, depression, past trauma, disordered attachments in childhood, disrupted family problems, or unresolved grief. Problems with self-esteem and feelings of guilt may be analyzed in session to assess how they may be relating to current behaviour. Coping strategies are identified and discussed with the client to help implement tools for self regulation in everyday life.