You can “change your mind”
Areas of Practice
- Panic Disorders
- Marriage and relationship issues
- Parenting issues with children, teens, and adult children
- Cardiac related anxiety and depression
- Disordered eating issues
I am very excited about the application of neuroscience in counselling. Using approaches that draw on scientific evidence of life-long brain growth potential, I can help you “change your mind”—physically and emotionally. My clients tell me that they leave with smiles on their faces; they feel lighter, more motivated, determined, and less hopeless than when they walked in. Let me help you “change your mind” and feel better.
In case you’re wondering, my cute, furry friend is named River. Sometimes, she helps me in my therapy sessions, especially the outdoor ones. She has soothed people aged 2 to 92. River is an amazing listener, and confidentiality is 100% guaranteed!
My beginning was as an RN at Lion’s Gate Hospital. I worked mostly with critically ill patients and their families. I learned first hand that through adversity it is possible for people to grow and flourish. I discovered that listening to patients, even if I said nothing, was therapeutic. This set me on a course to becoming a clinical counsellor.
My Style is collaborative, challenging, and engaging. I love my job, and work with vigor and optimism. I will be upfront with you. We will explore your situation together, and roll up our sleeves to get at the “messy stuff” that made you seek out a counsellor. We will chart a course to wellness, and work hard to make it happen. We will visit the things in your life that “trip you up” and discover how you can actually incorporate them to your advantage.
My Experience as a nurse, coupled with 6 years in private practice as a counsellor, provide me with the ability to understand both the body and the mind—and their undeniable connection. I have helped a diverse set of clients and am skilled at both individual and group counselling. I develop and facilitate workshops and presentations specializing in parenting, family dynamics, and medical issues.
- Master of Clinical Counselling: Adler School of Professional Psychology
- Nursing Diploma: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
- Bachelor in Psychology: University of British Columbia (UBC)
My Specialized Training
- Interpersonal Neurobiology
- Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems (CIMBS)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Positive Discipline Parenting
My Self-Time is shared with my husband, 4 children, 2 dogs, and 2 frogs. Outside the counselling room, I am a taxi driver, short order cook, schlepper of children’s belongings, and commander-in-chief who inspires her children to move more, eat better, and watch less screen. When I can strike that elusive work-life-family balance, I cycle, run and hike with immense joy!
What do my clients say about their counselling experience?
“Nicole creates an atmosphere where each person is welcomed as they are. She has a gentle approach to hearing the stories of others, and provides a clear sense of support in helping people continue their journeys with a few more tools in their kits.”— Client
“I found my time with Nicole to be extremely valuable and rewarding. She is very professional. She creates an environment that is welcoming and comfortable for her clients. Nicole helped me discover ways to enhance my quality of life in practical ways. I always left her office feeling empowered and optimistic.”— Client
“Nicole Maier has offered group sessions for Vancouver Coastal Health’s Better Breathers Education and Peer Support Group for clients with COPD. Her focus was on education and self-management of mild depression in clients coping with chronic disease. I personally had the opportunity to collaborate directly with Nicole on the design and planning process. Nicole proved to be collaborative, creative and inclusive, with a unique understanding of how to remove barriers to understanding and sharing of human experience. Nicole created an environment for clients dealing with COPD and other health issues to enable them to come together to share their personal experiences in an atmosphere of trust, safety and respect…and have fun! Clients came away with a better understanding of themselves, the challenges of dealing with COPD, and a potential to make more choices for themselves. This was due to Nicole’s expertise, knowledge, and more importantly, her ability to be personal, accepting and caring. I look forward to future partnership with Nicole.”— Rosemary Smith, Administrative Coordinator: Vancouver Coastal Health, North Shore Chronic Disease Services