NOTE: I am operating on CEST time right now as I am an American expat living in 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 8 years and have been counseling online via webcam for the past 4 years. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), 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
I also have experience in LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
LPC #9896 (Expires: 2020-06-30)
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.
Nikole is extremely effective at counseling. She’s one of the best counsellors I’ve ever had. She’s extremely good with listening she’s extremely good with giving valuable feedback and putting someone in the right direction. I would highly recommend her.
Nicole is an angel in disguise. She has helped me through some of the most difficult and fun times over the last 18 months and I truly enjoy sharing my experiences and thoughts 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.