Nicole incorporates many different therapeutic modalities into her psychotherapy sessions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming).
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on changing the way we think, which can help us choose healthier behaviours. As we begin to think and behave differently we feel better. You will learn skills and strategies to help you cope with many life struggles. Nicole will often recommend books for you to read and reflection exercises between sessions.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information.
When we experience trauma it can be overwhelming to the body. We go into survival mode: Fight, flight or freeze. Trauma can become stuck in the body where we feel uneasy and anxious, even in times where there is nothing to fear. Trauma can change our beliefs about ourselves. The first goal of EMDR is to desensitize you to the trauma so that it feels neutral and no longer upsetting. The second goal is to install a positive belief about yourself and create new neural pathways to be able to connect with that positive information. In the session, we will pick a memory to work on while we use bilateral stimulation, with either eye movements, a handheld device that vibrates in your hands or a headset with bilateral beeps.
Neurofeedback is an EEG biofeedback device that can help balance your brainwaves, which can improve your mood and sleep. Nicole incorporates neurofeedback into her therapy sessions if needed. Some clients prefer only neurofeedback sessions. For more information click here.
Nicole draws from many therapeutic modalities during her sessions with couples but primarily uses Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). Most of us tend to argue with our partners about the same things, over and over again. EFT helps draw awareness to some of the underlying emotions you may be feeling in your relationship but may not be aware of. Therapy is a safe place where you can learn to be vulnerable with your partner about your unmet needs and deeper emotions. You will learn how to communicate these in more effective ways and help initiate new cycles of interaction with your partner.
Nicole also draws from Dr. John Gottman’s work which integrates research-based interventions to help couples improve the friendship in their relationship and resolve conflict in a positive way.
Nicole also incorporates Imago Therapy with couples, which is based on the theory that there is a connection between frustrations in adult relationships and early childhood experiences. Couples can learn to understand each other’s feelings and “childhood wounds” more empathically, allowing them to heal themselves and their relationships.