More about Nicole Pesta

I have experience helping individuals struggling with boundaries, trauma, addiction, emotional regulation, anxiety, OCD, depression, sexual compulsivity, and relational discourse. I do not shy away from traditionally taboo topics, and have focused much of my education on the topics of human sexuality and intimate relationships, including my final capstone, ‘Polyamory: a Guide for Canadian Counsellors’.

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. Along with obtaining a double Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Calgary, I also hold a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Lethbridge. I completed a nine-month internship in Arizona at Psychological Counseling Services, working with individuals, couples, and groups. I have worked and volunteered in varying roles in several Calgary agencies, providing support to individuals healing from trauma, navigating transitions, seeking career clarity, or overcoming personal struggles.

I am passionate about my own growth and learning and frequently attend conferences and workshops on therapeutic interventions and practices. I am trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1), and hope to get certified in Emotion-Focused Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Psychodrama, as well as become an AASECT certified Sex Therapist.

 

Qualifications

Master of Education (Counselling Psychology)

Psych 6173 – Cultural Differences in Counselling (Open Studies Master’s level)

Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Philosophy and Psychology

 

Affiliations

College of Alberta Psychologists

Psychologists’ Association of Alberta

 

Certifications

Gottman level 1

 

Languages

  • English

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Anger Management
  • Career Changes or the Loss of a Career
  • Dealing with Infidelity
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Premarital Counselling
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Sexual Abuse & Assault
  • Stress Management

I can also help with these areas:

  • Addictions & Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Cross Cultural Issues Counselling
  • Dealing with Phobias
  • Dealing with Physical Health Issues
  • Depression
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Grief and Loss
  • Grief Work & Compassion Fatigue
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma

Mental Health Disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Existential Therapy
  • Family Systems (Bowenian) Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Person Centered therapy
  • Psychoanalytical Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)
  • Sex Therapy and Counselling
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)

Assessment Services:

  • Career Assessments

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
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
  • Trans Counselling