About Nicole Castek

“It is an honor to talk to people about what matters most to them.”

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Why I became a therapist

As a passionate advocate for mental health, I became a therapist to facilitate change and help my clients cultivate their authentic self. It is an honor to talk to people about what matters most to them. I am also a passionate artist and was drawn not only to psychotherapy but also art therapy. Throughout my entire life, I have always worked to support others through creativity and giving back to the community. In doing so, I saw the power of my creative voice and how it can be a support for others to share their stories.

Through curiosity, creativity, imagination, and vulnerability, my goal is to create a safe holding space to explore and process clients' lived experiences. I also want to support my clients to explore the expressive, receptive, visual, and symbolic work that can be done in therapy by using creative outlets.

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Who I work with

I work with adults, adolescents, and children who are experiencing anxiety, trauma, PTSD, depression, ADHD, attachment disorders, eating disorders, and life transitions in both an individual and group format. I enjoy working with couples who are seeking to improve their communication, intimacy and connection. I also work with families to help foster functioning, understanding and cohesiveness.

I use an integrative framework that connects two perspectives, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and art therapy, to encourage the development of practical coping skills, improved executive functioning and self-expression. As an art therapist, I often apply active art-making in session to offer an empowering alternative for clients to understand themselves and communicate visually when verbal communication is too difficult. When appropriate, I also enjoy integrating art-based mindfulness and body-based, somatic experience interventions into my work with clients to expand awareness and connection.

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“Through curiosity, creativity, imagination, and vulnerability, my goal is to create a safe holding space to explore and process my clients' lived experiences”

Working With Me

By unlocking our true needs and wants, therapy can promote positive change and facilitate creative growth. In doing so, you will gain a better sense of self and be better equipped to reframe challenges, navigate goals and achieve success. Therapy with me is a comfortable space for clients to be authentically vulnerable. I believe that when we allow ourselves to become vulnerable the work starts and change can really happen. Through self-exploration, curiosity, and creativity, my hope is that clients feel safe, heard and encouraged to become their most authentic selves.

Qualifications and trainings

  • To promote my own self-care I enjoy making response art using paint, oil pastel, and collage that incorporates big body movements, music, and mindfulness breathing exercises.

  • I have completed Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which is based on over 40 years of research on couples and relationships.

  • I also enjoy yoga or other relaxation practices for whole body wellness, and cooking with my partner.

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