My Philosophy & Therapeutic Approach


As an Integrative Counselor the Humanistic Approach  is my focus. "YOU" are the expert in your story, I am the facilitator. I am also Existential, examining suffering, the meaning and purpose of life.


I practice Strength-Based Therapy, understanding one's core beliefs then bridging the gap between where you are today and your best self. Reduce and eliminate traumatic memories, automatic negative thoughts and rumination, patterns of self-defeating behaviors, and subconscious mechanisms. 


I incorporate Brain-Based Therapy and Practical Neuroscience to improve attachment, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance, and mindful practices with faster results that traditional talk therapy.                                                                            

                           
 


Nichole Oliver MA, PLPC, CC​TP

Nichole is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Thanatologist under the supervision of Kelly Karavousanos. Nichole is a  Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and is trained in EMDR.  


She earned her Masters of Counseling at Lindenwood University and her Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Psychology at Central Methodist University. Nichole received additional education from Lutheran School of Nursing and Liberty University Philosophy and Religious Studies.


​Nichole is a member of The American Counseling Association, International Association of Trauma Professionals, and The Society for Neuroscience.


Nichole Oliver MO License # 2015029916

Kelly Karavousanos MO License # 2002032313

Fee Scheduling & Services

* I am an out-network provider *  Speaking Engagements and In-Service Available *

Individual Counseling & Coaching   60 Minute Sessions & EMDR $80

   


 Couples & Family Counseling

      90 Minute Sessions $90-$120   



         Reduced Cost Counseling for        Veterans, Police Officers, First Respondents & Their Families

                   60 Minutes $65.00

            






My Love of Neuroscience

How this can help you...

   Neuro-L​inguistic Processing (NLP)                            & Brainspotting (BSP)

NLP Is  influencing brain behavior  "neuro,"  through the use of language,  "linguistic," and non-verbal communication to enable a person to "recode" the way the brain responds to stimuli "programming." 

Neuro-Linguistic Programming:  focuses on  the relationship between positive patterns  and the subjective experiences increasing self-awareness, effective communication, and underlying subconscious mechanisms.


Brainspotting (BSP) is a new therapy designed to help people access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and pain utilizing eye movement and body sensations much like EMDR.


There is evidence that brainspotting works on the limbic system, a collection of brain structures that create and regulate emotions, long-term memory, cognition, motivation, impulse control, and several other psychological factors that can affect well-being.


All three of these therapies can help with flashbacks, troubling memories, and shift subconscious.  Re-framing negative painful memories, anxiety, phobias, and fears by re-consolidating the information at the root, in the memory center of the brain, the hippocampus. After treatment the memories are stored and retrieved without painful feelings, thoughts or body sensations after complete processing. 

                         


        Eye Movement Desensitization                            Reprocessing (EMDR) 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an extensively researched integrative psychotherapy proven effective for trauma treatment. EMDR is a complex therapeutic process utilizing eye movements, bi-lateral sound or pulsations to stimulate both hemispheres of the brain.


Traumatic memories are stored in parts of the brain where they can’t be processed then images, sounds and emotions related to the memory become “frozen in time.” EMDR “unfreezes” these memories, As this occurs, the memory loses its emotional power and becomes less distressing. 


EMDR is designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories. It allows clients to access and process memories, remove mental blocks healing through bi-lateral eye movement with a finger, light bar, utilizing taps, and or audio tones. (See non-invasive equipment to the right)


 Goals:

* Negative beliefs reformulated

* Distress is relieved

* Physiological arousal is reduced

* Memory/ Problem Solving Increased

* Emotional Regulation Improves (Unstuck)

* Physiological Involuntary Responses Reduced

* Fight or Flight Less Frequent or Eliminated

* Access to Brain Regions is Altered- (Neurogenesis)

* Neurological complications (Somatic Pain Reduced)