Insight Psychological Therapists - Nicholas Breitenbach

Nicholas Breitenbach, Registered Provisional Psychologist, MA

I am a registered provisional psychologist here at Insight. I believe that my role as a therapist is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients to grow and assist clients to achieve their potential and/or recovery.



Unfortunately, our Red Deer office, located in the Empire Building suffered extensive fire damage on Saturday October 9, 2021. Thankfully, no one was in the building at the time. We are not able to see clients in person in Red Deer at this time but our Red Deer therapists are able to provide counselling support online. We are working on finding a new space as quickly as possible.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause for our clients.

More About Nicholas Breitenbach


I believe in a collaborative approach with my client setting goals for therapy, while I provide the space and support for my client’s journey to meet these goals. I use an interdisciplinary evidence-based approach to therapy with a strong emphasis on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I am strongly passionate about work related to sexuality and/or relationships, whether these problems are being faced alone or with partner(s).  I think that the majority of mental health struggles relate to relationships, whether that is relationships with others, your environment, or your relationship with yourself. I have experience working with clients who experienced trauma, specifically with survivors of Domestic Violence and abuse.

My experiences working with trauma and relationships has motivated me to be an advocate for the conversation about healthy relationships in our society.

NOTE: Although individual therapy sessions are usually 1 hour long, typically couples therapy sessions are 1.5 hours.

Looking forward to working with you!


Nicholas, What is your favourite quote?

Psychologist B.F. Skinner said it best, “a failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying”. Life provides us with many obstacles and sometimes those obstacles are difficult to overcome. The beauty of the human mind is that we have the potential to grow and learn from our experiences with these obstacles. I know that some of my greatest failures, have been some of my most important learning moments in life.


Master of Arts, Applied Psychological Science

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology


College of Alberta Psychologists – Registered Provisional Psychologist

Psychologist’s Association of Alberta – Provisional Psychologist

Canadian Psychological Association – CPA Member Early Career Year 1

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists – Early Career First Year

Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health – Member


40-Hour Domestic Violence-Specific Training

Brain-Story Certification

Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 2

Gottman: Treating Affairs & Trauma

Gottman: Couples & Addiction Recovery

EMDR Basic Therapy Training


  • English

I specialize in:

Amare (Sex, Intimacy, & Gender)
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
Trauma Care
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Assault and Abuse

I have experience in:

  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Alternative Sex Behaviours
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Coming Out
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Family Issues
  • Family Violence
  • Female Sexual Issues
  • Fetishes and Philias
  • First Responders Trauma or PTSD
  • Gender Identity
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • LGBTQ2S+ Issues
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Male Sexual Issues
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Military Related Trauma
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Trauma
  • Phobias
  • Pornography Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Premarital Counselling
  • Relationship Dependence
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Sex Compulsion/Out of Control Sexual Behaviours
  • Sexual Arousal Issues
  • Sexual Assault and Abuse
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Stress Management
  • Trans Counselling
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Stress
  • Workplace Trauma

My treatment approaches:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Adlerian Therapy
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Crucible Approach Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Grief Work Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Sex Therapy

Assessment services:

  • Gottman Relationship Check-up