Vanessa Nicholson

She/Her

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Fees

$155+HST for Individual Counselling.

$160+ HST for Couples Therapy /Relationship Therapy /Marriage Counselling/Family Therapy

 

Supporting Ages

Adults 18+ | Children Under 12 | Teens 12-17

Language

English

Service Type

Couple/Relationship TherapyFamily TherapyIndividual TherapyTherapy for ChildrenTherapy for Teens

Form of Accessing Therapy

In Person Therapy MississaugaPhone TherapyVirtual Therapy

Particular Areas of Focus

Anxiety, Depression, Self-Worth, Self-Confidence and Self-Growth, Relationship Challenges, Parenting Support, Child and Teen Experiences

Hello, I’m Vanessa (she/her) and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).

I have spent the last 5 years or so, working as a Child and Youth Counsellor supporting in the emotional and social growth of young people within a school-based setting.

A fun fact about me, I love being active and outdoors. I have a school bus converted into a camper that I love to spend time in near the water.

I believe in tending to our well-being in a holistic nature, and that means nourishing our body, mind and spirit. I believe in the power of community, connection and meaningful relationships as a pathway to healing and growth.

 

About me as an Individual Therapist…

Hello, I’m Vanessa (she/her) and I’m a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) dedicated to providing you with a safe, respectful, and judgement-free space to show up as yourself. Reaching out for support takes strength and courage, and I want to recognize and celebrate your efforts.

My goal is to foster a comfortable and collaborative space. This will enable us to identify your strengths and provide you with guidance, support, and coping skills to produce positive change in your everyday life. In my work, I encourage inclusivity, trust, choice, and empowerment through a culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive lens. I believe in a holistic approach to well-being, where we tend to our mind, body and spirit.

I strive to create a collaborative space in which Individuals feel safe and comfortable to explore parts of themselves and their hopes and goals for positive change. I emphasize the importance of exploring your social location, meaning the parts of your identity such as gender, race, sexuality, religion, ethnicity and how they intersect creating both empowerment and oppression.

In order to best meet the needs of each individual, I utilize a variety of methods, such as narrative therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, and more. Regardless of where you are on your journey, I would be honoured to walk alongside you.

About me as a Couple Therapist + Family Therapist…

Hello, I’m Vanessa (she/her) and I’m a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) dedicated to providing you with a safe, respectful, and judgement-free space to show up as yourself. Reaching out for support takes strength and courage, and I want to recognize and celebrate your efforts. My goal is to foster a comfortable and collaborative space. This will enable us to identify your strengths and provide you with guidance, support, and coping skills to produce positive change in your everyday life.

In my work, I encourage inclusivity, trust, choice, and empowerment through a culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive lens. I believe in a holistic approach to well-being, where we tend to our mind, body and spirit.

 The methodologies I would turn to in couples and family therapy may be Narrative approaches, Internal Family Systems and Attachment Theory. I encourage the use of mindfulness-based approaches when appropriate and when clients are open to it. I think it is a great way to reset, regulate and recharge.

I strive to create a collaborative space for couples and families to explore their concerns and work towards achieving healthier dynamics. I understands that relationships can face numerous hurdles, and I am here to support in developing and exploring communication skills, rebuilding trust, and navigating conflicts.

Experience


  • 5+ years of experience working as a Child and Youth Counsellor both in the education and correctional systems
  • 3+ years of experience as a Mental Health Program Coordinator for an Indigenous-based mental health organization- Finding Our Power Together

 

Education


  • Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University
  • Masters of Arts in Child and Youth Care
  • Bachelors of Arts in Forensic Psychology
  • Trauma Informed & Healing Centered Engagement from An Equity,
  • Anti-Oppression & Anti-Racist Lens (Part 1 & 2) / October 2022
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Training / June 2022
  • Restorative Practices with Peacebuilders Canada (2-Day) / May 2022
  • River of Life: Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention / April 2022
  • 2 Day Intensive Trauma Treatment: EMDR, CBT and Somatic-Based
  • Interventions to Move Clients from Surviving to Thriving / March 2022
  • 2-Day Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Training / April 2021
  • Mental Health First Aid / June 2021
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