Counseling

Participating in therapy, mindfulness, or any practice of healing or self development takes vulnerability and courage.

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Individual counseling

Participating in therapy, mindfulness, or any practice of healing or self development takes vulnerability and courage. I aim to work with myself and clients from this place of curiosity, willingness, and strength. I have training and experience in several evidence-based treatment modalities, and together we can determine which approach is right for you. Regardless of approach, I honor the role that cultivation of awareness and internal resources play in the process of acceptance, growth, and healing.

I offer individual therapy for mental health ailments and concerns, as well as one-on-one Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training for those who are not able to attend a class. I have successfully worked with clients using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Brief Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). All services are trauma informed,  and I continue to participate in training in order to provide the most effective treatments. I work with individual therapy clients in Ridgway and Montrose, Colorado.

During our first meeting we will talk about your situation, goals, and what has and has not worked in the past, and what I can offer. From there, we will develop a treatment plan or I can refer you to other service providers or resources to meet your needs.

In the spirit of our mission to provide effective and accessible mental health treatment and resources on the western slope, Mindfulness Based Interventions llc also contracts with a network of therapists serving clients in Montrose, Ridgway, and Delta. We partner with therapists with a variety of specialties including sensorimotor psychotherapy, attachment, substance abuse, and work with teens.

Paying for Therapy: I offer a private pay discount at $90 for a 45 minute session, $80 for cash payment
Mindfulness Based Interventions llc is able to accept HSA payments for therapy sessions
  If you would like to use your insurance benefits to pay for counseling services, please know that a diagnosis and medical necessity are required by insurance companies. We can usually determine if you meet these criteria within the first session or two.

In network: The Colorado Network, EBMS, Coresource, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross BCBS, Optum network which includes United behavioral health benefits

Triad EAP

Out of network:  Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Cofinity
Existing Clients Click Here to Schedule Online

Benefits

Benefits of individual counseling vary widely depending on your situation, the counseling modality, and your relationship with your therapist. Research has shown benefits including:

Enhanced emotional regulation.
Decreased mental health symptoms.
Improved day-to-day functioning.
Decreased anxiety.
Improved mood and relapse prevention.
Enhanced relationships.
Reference: “Evidence Based Counseling: Implications for Counseling Practice, Preparation, and Professionalism” by Thomas L. Sexton, ERIC Digest, US Department of Education, 1999.

About the Teacher

Hello, my name is Nichole, and I am the lead teacher and owner of Mindfulness Based Interventions LLC. I hope that my passion for health equity and individual and community wellness comes through on the pages of brainbellyheart.com.

A little about professional me:
  • I have been providing mental health treatment, clinical case management, individual and group therapy since 2004
  • Over the years, I have participated in opportunities to train in evidence-based modalities, and effectively applied these approaches in my work with clients- Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
  • Most recently, I completed several years of rigorous training through University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness to earn the privilege of teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses as a Qualified Teacher.
  • I continue to participate in specialized consultation and training, regarding my practice of EMDR and as an MBSR teacher.
As is true for most of us, “awareness that arises from paying attention on purpose in the present moment, as non-judgmentally as possible” (Jon Kabat-Zinn) was a part of my life before I knew the word “mindfulness”. This type of awareness showed up certain times when I was playing outside with friends, being creative, spending time in nature, reading a book, running, eating delicious foods, doing yoga, or even studying. It showed up when I was trying to understand my emotions, feeling deep sadness or anger, and when I was connecting with others or feeling the vulnerability of trying to connect with others. My awareness was in the present to some degree or another when I felt joy or contentment, and when emotions were so clear and raw that I had no other choice but to wake up to them.
Then I attended a Dialectical Behavior Therapy training, and the trainer used the word mindfulness to describe a strange activity we did with a raisen (you will learn more if you take an MBSR course) I wasn’t sold, but I was intrigued.

Then I read “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat Zinn, and the love affair began. I integrated what I was learning into my own teaching of DBT skills with good effect. I took an MBSR course. I learned it is possible to cultivate this capacity to be present, and harness its power to wake up to and with life. I learned that despite my generally “good life” and positive outlook, I wasn’t already, naturally awake and being myself most of time. With surprise, and sometimes disappointment, I discovered how moment to moment awareness can transform painful emotions, thoughts, and experiences. So, I picked up the thread that had been stitched into my life at times of joy, peace, sorrow, and overwhelming anger, and I started sewing.

Brainbellyheart.com as you find it now is one of the pieces of this cloth I have been sewing. A fabric I have sewn together piece by piece, via writing, reading, practicing, researching, training, and most importantly, showing up and participating in my life moment by moment. I hope one or two of the words, stories, facts, or offerings on these pages resonate with you and if so, I invite you to pick up a thread.

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