Nicole Rivera-Brastad

(MS, LMFT)

About Me

I attended New Mexico State University for my Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy and graduated in 2010. I have worked in a variety of settings including a psychiatric hospital, a state core agency, and a contract private practice group. I have worked with individuals ages 3 and up and from all walks of life. For many years I focused my therapy work with pre-teens and teenagers with a variety of issues including grief, depression with suicidal thoughts, anxiety, self-esteem issues, trauma, and substance abuse issues. I tend to use some Experiential to build the therapeutic relationship, humanistic and strengths-based to build on a person's strengths, and Cognitive-Behavoiral Therapy to work on thought-changing and behavior modification.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder
Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #0165661 (Expires: 2021-09-01)


Reviews

Written by P.A. on Sep 08, 2020 after counseling with Nicole for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Nichole is a great counselor who get to know you and get you help in just a short amount of time.

Written by J.U. on Aug 29, 2020 after counseling with Nicole for 2 weeks

Nicole is an excellent counselor . She is professional and gives slot of tools to guide clients. I highly recommend her!

Written by C.A. on Aug 19, 2020 after counseling with Nicole for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

She has been the best therapist I have ever had, I've never felt better about talking to somebody about my issues.

Written by M.A. on Aug 10, 2020 after counseling with Nicole for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

It has been great having Nicole as a counselor. She is understanding and does give advice to get on track or stay on track for new goals and old goals

Written by C.L. on Aug 03, 2020 after counseling with Nicole for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

I've been working with Nicole for a few months now. Being able to send an instant message when a situation presents itself is very comforting and it's beyond great, for me, as my memory is horrible. Instead of trying to remember what happened to talk about it, it's conversed right there and then. I've learned a great deal about myself (in this short period). I truly appreciate her availability, advice and guidance.

Written by D.O. on May 14, 2020 after counseling with Nicole for 2 weeks

Very helpful!

Written by I.S. on Dec 30, 2019 after counseling with Nicole for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

I appreciate that she checks up on me when I haven't had time to respond. She listens well and balances listening with advice or counsel on what I could do

Written by S.H. on Oct 01, 2019 after counseling with Nicole for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

The fact that she takes the time to see how I'm doing, especially after I have a tough day, makes me feel like someone cares about me & is willing to listen to my feelings without judgement.

Written by Z.A. on Aug 20, 2019 after counseling with Nicole for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Nicole is amazing! She makes me see things differently, analyze and process things in a better and healthier way. Plus, I can schedule personal and dedicated sessions with her one or more times a week. Either video chatting, phone calling, or messaging if you're more comfortable that way. Talking to her is so personal. She's inviting, warm, down to earth and just incredible. She has made such a huge difference in my life.

Written by M.E. on Aug 02, 2019 after counseling with Nicole for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I feel like I’m talking to a friend when I talk to Nicole.

Written by K.E. on Mar 20, 2019 after counseling with Nicole for 2 weeks

This is the 1st time I have sought online counseling. Ms. Rivera-Brastad was a good first start for me. She has helped me to think outside the box with my recovery process. I would have no problems with recommending her to others if they were to try online counseling.

Written by D.W. on Jan 20, 2019 after counseling with Nicole for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

It's only been a short time but I'm feeling confident about what we are doing here.

Written by J.O. on Jan 17, 2019 after counseling with Nicole for 2 weeks

Nicole is eager to help and understand your needs and desires.

Written by T.O. on Dec 11, 2018 after counseling with Nicole for 2 weeks

Nicole - you are such a joy. Your knowledge, words and counsel are helping me through a very difficult time in my life. Thank you, and may God bless you the way you bless others.

Written by A.N. on Oct 30, 2018 after counseling with Nicole for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Nicole is the best. She's like an understanding best friend who doesn't get too involved but goes beyond "wow that sucks". She makes me think about things I never thought of before.