Nicole Pesta, Registered Provisional Psychologist,

I am passionate about helping individuals create and achieve personal and relational meaning in their lives. My direct approach frequently draws upon Psychodynamic, Process Oriented, Psychoeducational, Experiential, and Existential therapeutic modalities, blending techniques to meet the unique needs of each client. I enjoy collaborating with my clients, encouraging them to connect with their authenticity through a process of self-discovery.

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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 has 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 frequently attend 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.

 

Affiliations

College of Alberta Psychologists

Psychologists’ Association of Alberta

 

Certifications

Gottman level 1

 

Languages

    • English

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Anger Management
  • Female Genital Pain Disorders
  • Fetishes and Philias
  • Gender Identity
  • LGBTQ+ and Gender Issues
  • Male Sexual Issues
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Pornography Addiction
  • Sexual Abuse & Assault

I can also help with these areas:

  • Anxiety & Panic Disorders
  • Bruxism and ‘Teeth Grinding’
  • Cross Cultural Issues Counselling
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Grief and Loss
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship & Love Addiction
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)
  • Trauma

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Adlerian therapy
  • 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
  • Psychotherapy
  • Rational emotive therapy (RET)
  • Sex Therapy and Counselling
  • Solution Focused Therapy