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. In order to provide more comprehensive support for my clients living with trauma, I will begin receiving training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) early 2021.

My experiences with trauma and relationships has motivated me to be an advocate for the conversation of 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

 

Certifications

40-Hour Domestic Violence-Specific Training

Brain-Story Certification

Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 2

Gottman: Treating Affairs & Trauma

Gottman: Couples & Addiction Recovery

 

Languages

  • English

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Abuse
  • Dealing with Infidelity
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Physical Abuse

I can also help with these areas:

  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Child & Youth Stress and Trauma
  • Children’s Mental Health
  • Coping with Cancer
  • Depression
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Dependence
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Sexual Abuse & Assault
  • 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
  • Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • 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