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Nicole Sparrow, m.a. Candidate

Master’s Level Training Counsellor

Availability: Tuesday (9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.), Thursday (3:15 - 9 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Education, Training, & Professional Development

I am a mature student, completing the last stage of a master’s degree in counselling psychology at Yorkville University. Prior to this, I completed a three-year diploma in Transpersonal Psychology through Clearmind International where I learned the value and impact of authentic connection – to ourselves, others and our environment – on our emotional wellbeing, and the impact of developmental experiences, such as trauma, on our ability to connect in healthy and meaningful ways. My studies with Yorkville have exposed me to many treatment approaches that have further broadened and deepened my understanding of the factors that impact how we see and experience ourselves and others, and how to work toward growth and healing that is personally meaningful.

In addition to my formal education and training in counselling, I have considerable life experience that informs my therapeutic skills and perspective. In my work as a management consultant, I lived and worked in several countries and was exposed to people from all over the world, across many industries and jobs. This work taught me many skills that have relevance to my work as a counsellor, including an appreciation for how cultural differences inform how we connect to others and the meaning we make of our experiences. Marriage and motherhood are my greatest life experiences, broadening and deepening the connection I feel to myself, and the world.

My Style & Approach

I follow a client-centred approach that is rooted in a sincere and heartfelt respect for the painful reality of personal and relational struggles, trauma and mental illness; the courage and strength it takes to confront and work with these challenges; and the potential that lies in each of us to transcend these struggles. I hold a nurturing space for my clients in which they feel safe to explore their unique challenges and encounter and nurture their strengths. I do so with empathy, compassion, and gentle encouragement to keep moving toward a more positive experience of self and others.

At this stage in my training I do not adhere to a specific treatment modality. My work is goal oriented and informed by approaches that include humanistic, systemic, psychodynamic, mindfulness, CBT, emotion-focused therapy and the tri-phasic model of trauma therapy. I am drawn to approaches that support clients to experience themselves fully, to believe in their potential, and to learn how to transform this potential into their reality.

Personal Activities

My personal time is spent on those activities that fill me up and replenish my energy, and I strive for a balance between time connecting with myself and time connecting with others. My own self-nurture is focused on kickboxing, reading, classical music, and time in nature. I also love time connecting with my close family and friends, usually around good food.