NOTE: I am operating on CEST time right now as I am an American expat living in the Basque region of France. We might have a big time difference, but please know that I will answer your messages as soon as I wake up. I take weekends off but I will always respond to any messages before I go to bed.
My counseling style is very accepting and non-judgmental. My greatest passion is instilling hope, direction, and purpose in my clients. The counseling techniques I use vary based on each client’s needs but my foundation is rooted in the humanistic theory of existential therapy. This form of therapy focuses more on the present and future rather than the past and on finding meaning and purpose in life. This doesn’t mean we can’t talk about the past, it just means that we will spend more time working towards goals that will help you progress faster.
I have been counseling for over 10 years and have been counseling online via webcam for the past 6 years. I have a Master's degree in counseling, a BA in psychology and I hold licensure and certification with the following boards; Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Clinical Military Counselor (CCMC). Most of my experience is in helping clients manage PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, relationship issues, adjustment/transitions, family conflict and helping to discover my clients’ life purposes. Common groups of people I see range from military personnel/families, first responders (police, firefighters, paramedics), doctors, athletes, expats (Americans living abroad) and general "life wanderers." I also enjoy helping my clients interpret dreams and discover themselves through pre-marital counseling.
Leading an active sports lifestyle, I believe in the influence of getting and staying active to help promote a balanced body and mind chemistry. I also understand the demands of excelling within the extreme sports world and I enjoy helping athletes find their balance while encouraging them to discover their highest potential.
I have also founded a company in France called SAND&PSY (pronouced "sea") where I do psychotherapy while walking along the ocean or in the forest. Being in nature has a calming effect as does walking, so when combined with therapy it can be transformative and highly effective. Common topics that come up in therapy also involve "Climate Anxiety" or stress people are feeling regarding climate change and how it impacts their lives. I also welcome climate/environmental activists who may be apart of Extinction Rebellion, Greenpeace, Surfrider Foundation, etc.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you find what you are looking for.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Communication Problems , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Expats , Family of Origin Issues , First Responder Issues , Life Purpose , Military and Veterans Issues , Posttraumatic Stress , Self-Love , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
LPC #9896 (Expires: 2022-06-30)
Nicole is a very sympathetic, kind, and thoughtful person, with a lot of expertise, and a love of nature. I love how she personally supports and roots for all her clients! Having her to talk to each week really helps me check in and process my feelings.
Nicole is absolutely incredible. She is very easy to talk to and connect with. I feel so grateful to have her.
It has only been a few sessions, and shes helped me a lot already.
Nicole is a beautiful person. I feel so lucky that i got paired up with her as my counsellor. I was going through a hard time in my life, but Nicole has really helped me to feel stronger and to heal. Thank you so much Nicole, you’re wonderful and you touch the lives of so many people
It’s only been two sessions and I already feel I have made some progress!
Nicole is one of the best counsellors I have ever worked with and I say that from the vantage point of having been to many that just didn't help me in the right way. Nicole is an incredible listener and is able to tap into -not only what you're saying- but the reasons why you're saying that and gives custom advice based on your needs. Nicole really wants the very best for you and gives advice that is without condition and only because she wants you to fully succeed. I have found her support invaluable in staying sane and being able to adopt habits that better support my mental health.
Nicole has been a guiding light for me in all things life! She upholds the highest level of integrity, professionalism and empathy in helping her clients deal with the blind spots of life.
I really enjoy working with Nicole. She’s an excellent listener which I really appreciate and has some very accurate insights into why I do what I do (even if I don’t want to admit it). I highly recommend her as she is both professional and friendly, making it easy to open up and talk about difficult issues with her.
Nicole saved my life. She is intuitive, intelligent, and compassionate.
I was with Nicole Gaines for 4 weeks she helped me alot.
Nicole is the bomb. She shows personal caring with professional help during counseling. If you get the chance, you should try her as a counselor.
Nicole helped me when I was going through some hard times due to breakup. She returned my self-esteem and helped me figure out some things about my relationship and me. Thank you Nicole! I wouldn't be so happy now without you!
For the past year, Nicole has been there for me during my worst battles with anxiety. She is extremely professional and knowledgeable/skilled in working with anxiety, DP/DR, and OCD, yet creates a warm and friendly environment as if you're talking with a friend. Right off the bat, I was very comfortable with her and always looked forward to our weekly sessions. She is also extremely reliable, gives you "homework" like reading material and exercises to help you outside of therapy sessions, and responds to messages promptly. I highly highly recommend Nicole to anyone out there struggling with similar issues.
Nicole helped me immensely when going through a rough patch in my life. She is knowledgable, kind and respectful. I always look forward to our sessions.
Nicole is a great support system and is very approachable and creates a very comfortable environment for her clients. All I have to say is a big thank you for helping me gain my confidence and for creating a positive support system for me.
It's amazing how quickly I was getting practical, actionable help that I benefit from every day. I'm glad I have her to rely on when I need to talk things out.
Feels really comfortable and its easy to talk to her.
Nicole is someone you would be fortunate to be paired with as a counselor. She listens well, provides good feedback, and really cares about her clients.
Nicole is a great specialist. Appreciate her support and her prompt response. I am very happy to have her during this difficult stressful time and her expertise helps massively.
Nicole is such a supportive counselor with great experience! She listens to you patiently and gives you such warm and positive feedback / advice about you which would help a lot to progress yourself in the long run! Also, she gives you an indicator to monitor your progress constantly so your session with her would never be idol or dull - always progress! Thank you, Nicole!
Nicole's been very supportive in the two weeks I've attended her counseling sessions. When I'm unclear of what is it I'm trying to work on, she puts me in the right direction. I really appreciate what she's done to help me.
There are so many good things I can say about Nicole, so I'll touch on the most important.
She is trustworthy, understanding, concise, and comforting. Before her, I found it VERY hard to open up and trust counselors/therapists due to a series of bad experiences with ones years ago. Over the last several months of working with her, I have gained more confidence and strength to be a better, healthier version of me.I would HIGHLY recommend her for someone who is serious about working on themselves; you would greatly benefit from a life coach who keeps you going with her constant encouragement and advice.
I highly recommend Nicole. She is a very professional and an experienced therapist that will help you figure out even the most challenging of issues. You will not regret working with her.
Nicole is great. Good listener and has experience with burnout.
Nicole has been very helpful, she is always available! I really recommend her
She's just perfect. Short and to the point
Nicole was awesome and really helped me w/ a tough time. Thank you!
Nicole has been a fantastic support person and counsellor. She is warm and friendly and makes herself available regularly and is always punctual and professional. She has helped me enormously and I recommend her without hesitation.
She's an amazing person and it's like I can talk to her as a friend and not feel judged like with doctors.