Nicole Thomson, MA, RCC

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  • Registered Clinical Counsellor
  • 1241 Village Green Way, Squamish, British Columbia, V8B 0A9
  • Phone: 604-849-3228
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  • Session Fees: $120 / 50 minutes
  • www.presentmomentum.ca
  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Phone, Webcam

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If you're looking for a therapist, that means you have hope; and things can get better!  


With everything we're expected to handle these days,  it can be so overwhelming.  You have goals and dreams, but with so much stress, it can be hard to clear your head enough to even think about where to start.  The pressure of having the life you want can feel suffocating.
 
As your therapist, I'll get to know you as an individual, so we work together to meet your goals.  I understand a lot about change, but you're always the expert on you.  
 
Perhaps you just need time and space to process things, so you can move forward with clarity?
 
Or maybe you'd like to learn some new coping skills, so that next time you feel yourself going down a negative spiral, you can stop, and it can be different. 
 
Whether you're feeling completely hopeless or just want to achieve your full potential, I can help.
Together we can move forward, cope, and sort out those overwhelming problems.
 
Please check out my website, and use online scheduling to book a phone consultation. I'd love to hear what's going on for you, and answer any questions. From there, we could book a time to meet (Online, in West Vancouver, or in Squamish).

 


My approach draws on a few different, proven methods.

Client Centred:


It’s so important to me that you are ‘treated’ like an individual.  When therapists just diagnose issues and prescribe treatment, regardless of what might work for you, that’s not how evidence-based treatments are meant to be used.  This is why it is so important to consider your situation, background, goals, and preferences.  To me, being client centred includes being trauma-informed, because trauma can change our brain in ways we can’t reason or talk our way out of, which might impact which treatments are helpful.

Mindfulness:

Mindfulness means focusing on the present moment.  It originated as a type of Buddhist meditation, and since it’s incorporation into psychology, science has confirmed that it’s a powerful practice for improving our brain’s ability to focus, and regulate emotion.  The specific benefits of mindfulness are too many to name, buthere is an articlethat reviews many of them.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):

For decades, CBT has been considered the gold standard treatment for depression and anxiety.  “Cognitive” refers to thinking, and “behavioural” refers to actions. Thoughts and behaviours impact each other, so we can use either behaviours or thoughts, as starting points towards change. This might involve writing out our thoughts, then seeing if those thoughts are helping us get better, or worse.  With behaviours we can look at what we’re doing that might be making things worse, brainstorming actions that might help us feel better, and then find a manageable way to increase those ‘good’ behaviours.

So mindfulness involves accepting things as they are right now, without judgment; and CBT involves change and working towards improvement.

They seem kind of opposite, but really they work wonderfully together!
In fact, this balance between acceptance and change has been perfected by:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (for anxiety and depression)


&

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (for problems relating to impulsivity and out of control emotions).


To learn about how all this can be helpful for you, please get in touch! 


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