Therapeutic Mindfulness & Counseling, Wellness Coaching and Meditation
Hi, I am Nichole, and I am excited to work with you.
Through the disciplines of therapeutic mindfulness & counseling, wellness coaching and meditation instruction, I help people awaken their intrinsic qualities of wisdom, presence and engagement with life. I am honored to support your exploration of healing and growth and to witness you through a personal journey of self discovery and inner cultivation. Our journey and destination are one in the same: nourishing, healing and opening your heart.
In a nutshell, I am passionate about waking up and living with an awakened heart. To that end I have spent the last 20 years of my life studying meditation in Buddhist and secular settings all over the world. In my own life mindfulness, meditation and creative therapeutic practices have provided a profound refuge of self acceptance, patience and an ability to be present with even the deepest suffering. Whether I am working with someone one-on-one, or facilitating a group process, I see my clients and students find this same refuge every day in their own mindfulness, therapeutic and creative practices. By getting to know their direct experience, just as it is, with kindness and acceptance, with patience and compassion, my clients begin to feel more spaciousness, ease and freedom in their lives.
I am a graduate of the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, with a certification in mindfulness facilitation (CMF). I hold interdisciplinary degrees in psychology, education and the arts. I have also trained as a counselor, coach and dance teacher. My work is informed by 20 years of meditation practice and study of psychology, and a lifetime as an artist. I have worked as a teacher, a one-on-one mentor and facilitator of therapeutic, and artistic groups for almost 18 years. Many of my current clients include women and men, mature and emerging, from of all walks and ways of life; people who want to ask deeper questions of their lives, and who are open to their own deeper answers.
As the foundation of our work together, I value safety, trust, connection, creativity and exploring your presenting issues with a caring and open heart. My commitment to you is to be present and engaged, to bring curiosity to our work together and to support you as you dig into the deeper questions of your life. We will go on a deep dive into what is true for you...We will explore the issues important in your life, the edges you want to push, boundaries you want to set, how to cultivate emotional resilience, inner awareness and personal insight, or just simply explore new and creative ways to to bring meaning and beauty into your life. I will ask you deeper questions and encourage you to be open to your own deeper answers. The most important question I will ask you is: "What is true for you?" We will turn this question inside and out and in this process you will get to know what it feels like to fully occupy the ground you stand on, with acceptance and compassion for who you really are. Through our work together you will grow into a person of presence, mindful awareness and wisdom.
My passion for this work is fueled by wanting to help people find ease, joy and deep freedom from suffering. I want to support you in cultivating awakening and healing in all areas of your life.
Therapeutic Mindfulness sessions (a process through which we explore therapeutic content in the context of embodied mindfulness, cognitive and creative practices)
Daylong Retreats and Workshops
8-10 Week Classes
One-on-one Therapeutic Mindfulness intensives/immersions
Navigating life transitions
Grief and loss
Stress and anxiety
Self expression, creativity
Self Compassion/self esteem
Chronic illness/health issues
phone: 510 612 6211