Vanessa Nixon

My passion has always been helping individuals and families to live a healthy, happy and productive life.    I have sought to live my passion by earning an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School Of Professional Psychology and I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective and efficient means of healing trauma.

I began counselling people with emotional challenges in 1991 doing volunteer work with psychiatric patients. While completing my Master’s Degree I counselled individuals with ADD, Anxiety and Depression. Using short term techniques and play therapy I completed three practicuums counselling adults, families and children. In 2003 I moved into the challenging but very rewarding work of helping trauma survivors at the Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre through long and short term therapy.   In 2008 I decided to make the exciting leap into the world of private practice as co-owner of Reclaim Counselling & Wellness Centre.

Due to my excellent education and wealth of experience I have a strong foundation as a therapist. I strongly value continued education through attendance at invaluable conferences and workshops. In my practice with individuals I always seek to find a balance between expressing empathy and challenging clients in order to facilitate their growth and to achieve their goals.   I possess excellent intuition, sensitivity and strong boundaries and ethics.

My client-centred approach comprises a blend of therapeutic philosophies and various techniques. Co-facilitating groups and workshops has always been a very rewarding aspect of the work I do.   I work with individuals with a variety of issues such as trauma, relationship difficulties, sexual diversity, disordered eating, depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviours, stress and low self esteem.

The topic of parenting has always been an interest for me.  Now that I have had children and have gained some invaluable personal experience raising them I am excited about incorporating more therapy involving gentle parenting techniques for parents who feel that what they’re doing isn’t working for their children and their family.


If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment with me you can

contact me at 905-933-7408 by calling or texting.

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