More about Nicholas Breitenbach

Hello!

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!

A question:

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.

 

 

Qualifications

Master of Arts, Applied Psychological Science

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

 

Affiliations

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

 

Certifications

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

 

Languages

  • English

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Abuse
  • Dealing with Infidelity
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse & Assault

I can also help with these areas:

  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Cross Cultural Issues Counselling
  • Dealing with Phobias
  • Depression
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Drug or Substance Abuse
  • Family Violence
  • Grief and Loss
  • Internet/Gaming Addiction
  • Issues Related to Bullying
  • Life Transitions
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Parenting Issues & Support
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Dependence
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma

Mental Health Disorders:

  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Adlerian Therapy
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sex Therapy and Counselling
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Sexuality, Intimacy, and Gender:

  • BDSM/Kink & Poly/Swing Relationships
  • Female Genital Pain Disorders
  • Fetishes and Philias
  • Gender Identity
  • LGBTQ+ and Gender Issues
  • Male Sexual Issues
  • Pornography Issues & Addiction
  • Relationship Dependence
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sex Therapy and Counselling
  • Sexual Offending Behaviours & Violence
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
  • Trans Counselling