Dr. Laura Nichols, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Clinical Psychologist

Thanks for taking the time to read about the services I offer at the Centre for Change.  I founded the Centre in 2017, because I wanted to create a sanctuary space, exclusive to adults, in the West end of Ottawa. A space that is private and serene and filled with hope.

Let me tell you a bit about me which may help you determine whether you want to work with me. My demeanor, both personal and professional, is relaxed and warm.  In fact, I am probably best known for my down-to-earth approach with clients and I boast that this is due to my East Coast roots!  I grew up in Nova Scotia and the east coast values instilled in me through my family and the culture, are an important part of who I am as a person and as a psychologist. I build partnerships with the clients I work with and together we formulate a plan that will address the specific difficulties you are experiencing.

Clients often ask me if people can change—yes change is possible, and I am proof.

I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and have been honing my skills and advancing my knowledge for the past 15 years. I have received advanced training and supervision in CBT, and I regularly attend local, national and international workshops and conferences in CBT. I love my work, and I am humbled when individuals risk being vulnerable with me so that I can be of service. 

Although I work with individuals experiencing a variety of difficulties, much of my focus and expertise is helping first responders and their families - RCMP, firefighters, police, paramedics, veterans and military members who have experienced operational and/or traumatic stress. Other areas of my clinical expertise include workplace stress, anxiety, and certain phobias and panic. 

Prior to working in private practice, I worked at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care Centre in the Mood and Anxiety, Dual Diagnosis and Community Mental Health Programs. In these roles, I was responsible for conducting assessment and delivering individual and group therapy for individuals experiencing significant difficulties with bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.

CLINICAL SERVICES FOR ADULTS, 18-65 YRS

  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Posttraumatic Stress
  • Operational Injury & Workplace Stress
  • Bipolar Disorder (experiencing fluctuations in mood from depression to hypomania or mania)
  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks/Disorder
  • Interpersonal/Relationship Difficulties

CREDENTIALS

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of New Brunswick, 2011
  • Master of Education, Counselling, University of Maine, 1989
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Dalhousie University, 1983
  • Certified BOS (Before Operation Stress) Clinician, 2019

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO)
  • The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • The Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT)
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
  • Canadian Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapy (CABCT)
  • International Association of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (IAOCD)
  • The Ontario Psychological Association (OPA)
  • The Ottawa Academy of Psychology (OAP)

other professional contributions

  • I have presented at national, international and world conference proceedings
  • I have served as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Institute of Mental Health Research and for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America
  • I have served as an Adjunct professor (University of Ottawa, University of New Brunswick, St. Thomas University and Dalhousie University)
  • My own research findings have been published in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals including The Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, European Eating Disorders Review and Cyberpsychology, and Behavior and Social Networking

HOW TO REACH ME

Practice Line: (613) 695-0900

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© 2015 DR. LAURA A. NICHOLS, PH.D., C. PSYCH.