Insight Psychological Therapists - Nicholas Breitenbach

Nicholas Breitenbach, Registered Psychologist, MA

I am a registered 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.

NOTE: Nick may also work with teens upon request for concerns around sexuality, gender, and trauma.

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 Psychologist

Psychologist’s Association of Alberta – Provisional Psychologist

Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health – Member

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists – Second 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

EMDR Basic Therapy Training

Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program (University of Guelph)

Languages

  • English

I specialize in:

Couples
  • Couples Counselling
  • Dealing with Infidelity
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
Trauma Care
  • Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse

I have experience in:

  • 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
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Difficult People
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Emotional Regulation
  • 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
  • Military Related Trauma
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Trauma
  • Phobias
  • Pornography Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Premarital Counselling
  • Relationship Dependence
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Seniors and the Elderly 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
  • Affirmative Therapy
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Crucible Approach Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Grief Work
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Sex Therapy

Assessment services:

  • Gottman Relationship Checkup