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NICOLE CAINES

R. Psych (she/her)

I help people like you understand the reasons for your suffering and create a roadmap for a more content and fulfilling life. I believe that a large part of the stigma surrounding mental health comes from a belief that mental health struggles and mental illness are a result of some sort of inherent flaw or inadequacy. I approach my work from the perspective that there is a logical reason (often many) for your struggle. There is a piece of the puzzle that makes your struggle (or your symptoms) make sense. If we can figure out what this is, we have a roadmap for moving forward.

 

I have provided individual and group counselling services in private, school, and community settings. I love education and learning so I also facilitate workshops focused on mental health and wellness, have taught in post-secondary settings, and am an author in the area of psychology. I recognize that no single approach is the right one for everyone, and have been trained in a range of evidence-based modalities, including Narrative, Constructivist, Cognitive Behavioural, Mindfulness-Based, Emotion Focused, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies, as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Not sure what those names mean? Not to worry, I’m happy to explain. I also have a background in biological sciences, which helps me to integrate an understanding of the biological and neurological basis of mental health.

I have a Masters of Counselling degree and am registered as a Psychologist in Alberta. I have training in cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, trauma therapy,  EMDR therapy (including attachment based EMDR and advanced training), emotion focused therapy, ego state therapy, eating disorder therapy, mindfulness based therapy, and narrative therapy. I am committed to furthering my training on a regular basis.

Teens 13+ and adults in Alberta and Nunavut. The exception is eating disorders. Because family work is so important in the treatment of EDs in teens, and I am not a family therapist, I work with teens with EDs only in exceptional circumstances. I work with people of all religions, races, ethnicities, abilities, and gender and sexual identities and aim to be an ally to those from marginalized communities. I am a registered provider with the Recovery Care Collective, Breaking Free Foundation, and the Trans Affirming Network.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic illness management
  • Eating disorders (for those that are medically stabilized) and body image-related concerns; HAES-aligned
  • Grief and loss, including anticipatory and ambiguous grief related to chronic and terminal illness or miscarriage
  • Trauma and attachment-related concerns, including abuse, PTSD, vicarious trauma, and codependency
  • Perfectionism and people-pleasing behaviours
  • Low self-esteem
  • Life transitions, including entry into or out of the workforce; the end of a relationship, marriage, divorce and separation; becoming a parent by birth or adoption (or deciding not to); adjusting to chronic illness; exit from sport; transitioning out of high school; or, career change
  • Stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue
  • Emotional regulation

You might notice that you fit into several of these categories, and this is not a coincidence. There is significant overlap between my areas of practice. For example, the experience of grief can involve trauma and life transitions often involve anxiety.

I live with chronic illness and am in recovery from an eating disorder. I have also experienced grief, most notably related to the death of my mother and to my illness. I have lived through the trauma that often accompanies these lived experiences and have benefited from my own EMDR therapy. Finally, I was a competitive athlete (rhythmic gymnastics and dance) into adulthood so have a special interest in working with athletes, particularly in aesthetic-based sports.

I see clients on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with evening appointments available on Tuesdays. The nature of therapy is that it is often intense, emotional, and concentrated. It is important for me to be fully attuned with and present for each client that I see. I work with my mind, my heart, and my body all at once to help my clients and it is hard (but very rewarding) work. In order to ensure I am maintaining effectiveness in my work, I limit the number of clients that I see each week. I have learned that this is the most effective and sustainable way for me to be of service to my clients.

Fees for counselling are $225 per hour. A therapy hour is considered 50 minutes. Please see our fees section for more information.

Nicole Caines

R. Psych (she/her)

Hi, I'm Nicole.

I help people like you understand the reasons for your suffering and create a roadmap for a more content and fulfilling life. I believe that a large part of the stigma surrounding mental health comes from a belief that mental health struggles and mental illness are a result of some sort of inherent flaw or inadequacy. I approach my work from the perspective that there is a logical reason (often many) for your struggle. There is a piece of the puzzle that makes your struggle (or your symptoms) make sense. If we can figure out what this is, we have a roadmap for moving forward.

I have provided individual and group counselling services in private, school, and community settings. I love education and learning so I also regularly facilitate workshops focused on mental health and wellness and am an author and post-secondary instructor in the area of psychology. I recognize that no single approach is the right one for everyone, and have been trained in a range of evidence-based modalities, including Narrative, Constructivist, Cognitive Behavioural, Mindfulness-Based, Emotion Focused, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies, as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Not sure what those names mean? Not to worry, I’m happy to explain. I also have a background in biological sciences, which helps me to integrate an understanding of the biological and neurological basis of mental health.

I have a Masters of Counselling degree and am registered as a Psychologist in Alberta. I have training in cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, trauma therapy,  EMDR therapy (including attachment based EMDR and advanced training), emotion focused therapy, ego state therapy, eating disorder therapy, mindfulness based therapy, and narrative therapy. I am committed to furthering my training on a regular basis.

Teens 13+ and adults in Alberta and Nunavut. The exception is eating disorders. Because family work is so important in the treatment of EDs in teens, and I am not a family therapist, I work with teens with EDs only in exceptional circumstances. I work with people of all religions, races, ethnicities, abilities, and gender and sexual identities and aim to be an ally to those from marginalized communities. I am a registered provider with the Recovery Care Collective, Breaking Free Foundation, and the Trans Affirming Network.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic illness management
  • Eating disorders (for those that are medically stabilized) and body image-related concerns; HAES-aligned
  • Grief and loss, including anticipatory and ambiguous grief related to chronic and terminal illness or miscarriage
  • Trauma and attachment-related concerns, including abuse, PTSD, vicarious trauma, and codependency
  • Perfectionism and people-pleasing behaviours
  • Low self-esteem
  • Life transitions, including entry into or out of the workforce; the end of a relationship, marriage, divorce and separation; becoming a parent by birth or adoption (or deciding not to); adjusting to chronic illness; exit from sport; transitioning out of high school; or, career change
  • Stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue
  • Emotional regulation
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I live with chronic illness and am in recovery from an eating disorder. I have also experienced grief, most notably related to the death of my mother and to my illness. I have lived through the trauma that often accompanies these lived experiences and have benefited from my own EMDR therapy. Finally, I was a competitive athlete (rhythmic gymnastics and dance) into adulthood so have a special interest in working with athletes, particularly in aesthetic-based sports.

I see clients on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with evening appointments available on Tuesdays. The nature of therapy is that it is often intense, emotional, and concentrated. It is important for me to be fully attuned with and present for each client that I see. I work with my mind, my heart, and my body all at once to help my clients and it is hard (but very rewarding) work. In order to ensure I am maintaining effectiveness in my work, I limit the number of clients that I see each week. I have learned that this is the most effective and sustainable way for me to be of service to my clients.

Fees for counselling are $225 per hour. A therapy hour is considered 50 minutes. Please see our fees section for more information.