Welcome to my practice! I’m Maryanne Nicholls. Please watch the video below.
My story may sound a bit like your own—in my life I’ve seen hardship, stress, pain and disappointments, as well as joyful moments, success in surprising places, and many second chances.
With the help of counselling, I’ve found peace and fulfillment that in my darkest moments, I never thought was possible. I hope I can help you do the same.
I started living on my own at 17, at a time when women were expected to stay at home until they were married. Even though my family objected, I wanted to be independent and be successful on my own terms.
I believed that if I worked hard enough, I could gain the recognition I craved.
Banking was an unlikely place for a young woman, but I found my way in and worked my way through the ranks, ignoring the prejudices that many people had against women in the workplace at that time.
Over the years, I was married and divorced, changed careers, put myself through university, and with a lot of effort, worked my way to senior positions in the world of commerce.
Even though I had escaped the expectations of my family, I ended up falling into the same old patterns in my professional life by putting the needs and expectations of other first. I was nagged by self-doubt, always questioning my efforts, always trying to make sure all the bases were covered, so I could avoid the worst-case-scenario.
It worked for a while —I did succeed in many ways, but the energy it took and the constant stress I put myself under, eventually caught up to me.
Stress and anxiety ran my life.
My body began to break down. I had to temporarily stop working because I became so unwell. I lost much of my savings as well as an important relationship and things were at an all time low. I knew that something had to change.
I had tried yoga and getting in touch with my spiritual side. I explored my heritage through genetic testing, and discovered that I had not only Scottish and Northern European roots, but Indigenous as well. I studied Shamanic healing practices and all of these experiences helped me to re-connect with myself.
Even though I had made progress, I still found myself stuck in the same patterns. True and lasting change began when I sought out professional support.
With the help of my counsellor I was able to overcome the stress and burnout I had struggled with for so long.
My journey in counselling helped me to finally discover who I was, and feel confident and empowered.
Ultimately, this led to my decision to become a counsellor myself. I’ve been seeing clients in my own private practice now for over 20 years. I’ve walked along a similar path as you, and I’m here to support you on your healing journey.
You long for a life with more peace and less stress. Together, we’ll hold a light on the things that stand in your way, learn new ways to break out of old patterns, and create the life you’ve been yearning for.
You’re in the right place and now is the right time. If you want to know more, fill out the contact form or email me at email@example.com to schedule your free 20-minute phone consultation.
I specialize in helping clients with stress, anxiety, anxiety-induced depression, trauma, PTSD, and chronic burnout (healthcare, finance, caregivers, anyone who has been overly responsible, and giving too much of themselves for too long). I am an LGBTQ Ally.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the CRPO, a certified Gestalt Psychotherapist from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, and a Narrative Therapist from the Hincks Dellcrest Centre. I hold a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Toronto and am a certified Martha Beck Life Coach.
I have been in practice since 2002, and am currently the President of IAAGT (International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy - formerly known as AAGT). Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked for over two decades as a senior executive in various managerial and business & project consultant roles in the finance and insurance industries.
I hold additional certifications in Brainspotting, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Trauma & Attachment Psychotherapy.
I am a lover of nature and enjoy spending my free time cooking, walking, reading, crafting and being outdoors. I strongly believe in our essential connection to the earth and have a spiritual practice based in indigenous shamanism. I actively fundraise and advocate for positive change in the indigenous community.