MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACH

Nikkol Adams, RCC

 

 

I believe understanding your human experience is the path towards healing. When we become more self-reflective towards our physical and emotional well-being, and learn how to manage our self-expression, we are more capable of creating change in our life. I strive to facilitate opportunities for you to claim your empowerment by offering therapeutic counselling services, through which you will cultivate a deeper understanding and sense of self.


Counselling offers many benefits to help improve one’s quality of life. These include increased self- awareness related to patterns of behaviour and emotional coping skills, improved interpersonal relationships, reduced stress and anxiety, and an increased ability to manage intense emotions. I offer one-to-one counselling services for children, youth, and adults to address specific areas of life that are of concern to you. Using an integrative approach, I draw from a number of healing modalities to help facilitate personal exploration and growth.

Play Therapy is a combination of interactive playing, verbal interpretation, and storytelling to help a child communicate their experiences using toys and play as their words. As children’s language skills develop, they don’t always know the words to describe their feelings or thoughts. Play Therapy provides a safe environment to act out their emotional and cognitive experience in order to form a better understanding of and gain competency in managing their concerns.

Mindfulness-Based Somatic Therapy (MBST®), founded and developed by psychotherapist Ratha Check, is an integrative mind-body-emotional approach for healing trauma and other life stressors. Aimed to enhance the body’s own capacity to self-regulate, experience self-efficacy, and build resilience. MBST® incorporates restorative yoga postures, mindfulness, breath work, and supportive touch through hands-on healing.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a form of talk therapy that is an evidence-based treatment for addressing a wide range of mental health concerns most often related to anxiety and depression. CBT involves focusing on the interactions between our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and behaviours to better understand our human experience and create change where needed.

Therapeutic Yoga or Yoga Therapy incorporates elements from both physical therapy and psychotherapy to
create a holistic approach that deepens the mind, body, and spirit connection. Therapeutic Yoga involves the use of asanas (postures), pranayama (breathwork), meditation/mindfulness, and guided imagery aimed to improve the physical and psychological well-being of an individual. A yoga practice, designed for your individual needs with a focus on gentle movement and breath, can be applied to anyone regardless of age and ability.

My Interests Support Children, Youth, and Adults Experiencing:

+ ANXIETY
+ FAMILY CONFLICT
+ LOW SELF-WORTH / SELF-ESTEEM
+ GENDER HEALTH

+ DEPRESSION           
+ PARENTING CHALLANGES
+ GRIEF LOSS
+EMOTIONAL DYSREGULATION

+ TRAUMA               
+ RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES
+ SELF-INJURY

+ SUICIDAL IDEATION

Essence of Self: Counselling and Wellness Services welcomes all individuals from a variety of different cultures, religions, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual and gender identity, and age. Everyone is unique with their own lived life experiences. I acknowledge diversity and practice within a culturally-informed framework.