Nicole Makin

About Nicole

I am grateful to live and work on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Lekwungen-speaking peoples. I am inspired to continue to unpack my points of privilege so I can be part of the collective healing.

For as long as I can remember, I sensed the pain and struggles of people around me and recognized the human potential to heal through honest communication and willingness to change. As a result of my own journey of self-discovery and inner repair, which was greatly aided by the help of a skilled and loving therapist, I was called to the field of counselling psychology in 2007.

After extensive training and practice in multidisciplinary teams, in both residential and outpatient settings, I became a clinical manager for a national program that provided services to families dealing with trauma, addictions and related mental health issues.

In 2017, I made the move to explore my identity as a private practitioner. A number of individuals, who believe in the work I do and understand the positive impact of quality counselling on the course of people's lives, contributed to the development of Clear Coast Counselling. I am still grateful for and encouraged by their vision and assistance.

I welcome adults of all ages and backgrounds, to my practice.  I offer my grounded presence, treating people with kindness, respect and dignity. Through careful and compassionate listening, I work with clients to develop the understanding and tools needed to navigate the crisis they are faced with and move forward with their lives in a meaningful way.

I counsel in a manner that invites curiosity, paying attention to the body's signals and working with what naturally arises. I tailor my approach to suit individual needs, using a blend of mindfulness, EMDR and somatic therapies, as well as DBT and CBT. Every person has natural strengths and resources, and exploring and enhancing those with clients is one of my favorite parts of the work.

I participate in regular consultation (with client's permission) to ensure that I am providing the best possible care. I regularly engage in training in the trauma and mental health field, in order to stay current in my theory, skills and ethics.

I strongly believe that a therapist's level of wellness and consciousness directly influences what is possible for their clients. I am committed to my own personal growth and deep self-care practices, which allow me to conduct my work effectively and with heart. I enjoy simple pleasures in life such as sitting at a coffee shop with friends, taking in arts and culture, roaming outdoors with my dog, tinkering on guitar and pursuing other creative endeavours.

Nicole Makin is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology.
"Joy in what we do is not an added feature; it's a sign of deep health."
— Mark Nepo

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---Not currently accepting new clients as waitlist is full. ---

Office Hours are Monday - Thursday from 9am-5pm (with the exception of statutory holidays). Messages received outside these hours will be returned on the next office day. Thank you.
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Office location

550 - 2950 Douglas Street,
Victoria, BC V8T 4N4

Free Parking
Wheelchair accessible

Located at the Evergreen Business Center, behind Lifestyle Markets in the upper level of the Douglas Center.