Welcome To Integrative NeuroCounseling

Innovative Strategies for Life's Challenges

Mind-Body Therapies, Brain-Based Coaching, PTSD/Trauma & Grief


NeuroCounseling & Mind-Body Therapies

Neuropsychology and somatic therapies can help you become attuned to your feelings, expand the way you think, and gain control over your reactions as it effects your body. Balance five areas of wellness and become high functioning. Experience a positive change by getting to the root of unwanted thoughts and behaviors. Become your "authentic self" by managing and/or eliminating overthinking, negative self-talk and toxic stress. Remove the emotional charge of traumatic memories, family patterns, and self-defeating language. Calm your nerves, reduce your heart rate, and daily stressors through mind-body work. You can feel more rested, experience better clarity, and know yourself more fully. Reduce muscle tension, stress, headaches and chronic pain with HeartMath Technologies, BrainTap, EMDR, BrainSpotting, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Neuro Linguistic Programming, and Guided Imagery.

PTSD, Trauma, Grief & Bereavement

Need help adjusting and moving through a traumatic life experience, or a death of a loved one? I guide clients through these challenges with the companioning model. Experience new ways to honor your loved ones, share their story and/or build a legacy in their memory. I can help process anger, reactivity, emotional and psychological pain that's keeping you stuck. Develop debriefing skills by desensitizing unwanted body sensations, flashbacks and unrelenting hypervigilance. Whether you are re-acclimating to civilian life or have had a life altering event I can assist you. I have helped clients calm their anxiety, create healthy boundaries, and connect with others more effectively. We can collaboratively expand your approach to healing by diffusing fear, breaking away from the cycle of suffering, and establish lifelong resiliency.

Relationship & Life Coaching

Develop advanced communication, optimize problem solving strategies to break cycles of dysfunction such as the pursuer versus the distancer. Process unfinished business while overcoming perpetual issues. Explore family of origin differences and understand one another’s worldview. Eliminate criticism, nagging, and personal attacks creating fair fighting rules, mutual respect, admiration, and win-win outcomes. Expand goal setting and shared meaning for a lasting connection. Build Love Maps and maintain Intimacy using your partners love language. I help couples re-connect using The Gottman Method which includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship and integrates research-based interventions


Firefighters, First Respondents, Police Officers & Veterans

Many veterans, officers, medics and firefighters have unique symptoms, challenges, and somatic issues that are complex compared to the general civilian population. As a result, I specialize in many treatment modalities to address complex traumas: Helping my clients reduce flashbacks, rumination, increased arousal, hypervigilance, reactivity, avoidance, negative thoughts, mood and the fluctuation between feeling flooded and feeling numb, exhaustion, erratic sleep, ADHD, OCD tendencies, perfectionism, refusal to ask for help feeling it’s weak to seek support. These are the primary symptoms I see, hear and treat on a daily basis. Developing new approaches, strategies and habits from many disciplines/evidenced-based practices can reduce these symptoms and help clients gain a better outlook and quality of life again.

Brain-Based Strategies for Counselors & Consultation

Gain advanced intervention strategies based on practical neuroscience. Develop core competencies in trauma informed care. Build resiliency through whole brain integration. Feeling stuck with clients? Let me help you customize creative interventions you can use to move forward. Learn to network and build a thriving private practice. Connect and collaborate with other therapists in our workshop & training series. Apply Neuroscience to clinical practice for faster and lasting results. Psychoeducation/Skill Building and Consultation on your specific cases.

TeleHealth & Virtual Reality Therapy

Telephone Counseling or Telehealth Online refers to type of psychological service performed over the telephone/internet counseling which ranges from individual, couple or group psychotherapy with a professional therapist to psychological first aid, and crisis therapy. Virtual reality Immersion Therapy (VRIT) Exposure allows patients to receive therapy by a licensed professional therapist which navigates through digitally created environments with specially designed tasks often tailored to treat a specific issue such as anxiety/phobias, Crisis, ADHD, Relaxation/Mindfulness. It is widely used as an alternative form of exposure therapy, in which patients interact with harmless virtual representations of traumatic stimuli in order to reduce fear responses. It has proven to be especially effective at treating PTSD. The therapist uses biofeedback sensory assessment tools to monitor your heartrate, sweat glands, and amygdala activation by increasing and decreasing scenarios for optimal results.

Psychotherapy, Coaching & Consulting

Psychotherapy, Coaching & Consulting
As an Integrative Therapist I utilize numerous theories of human functioning and psychotherapy based on developmental research. Integration in counseling refers to the bringing together the whole person-affective, cognitive, behavioral, physiological and the spiritual dimensions within each individual.

I incorporate Brain-Based Therapy and Practical Neuroscience to improve attachment, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and mindful practices which result in faster results than just traditional talk therapy.

The Humanistic Approach focuses on individual uniqueness and consciousness. The personality is studied and explored from your personal experience and worldview. The study of self, human potential and Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. "YOU" are the expert in your story, I am the facilitator.

Logotherapy & Existentialism is a philosophical approach seeking deeper meaning, exploring human capacities, helping you examine patterns, while shifting towards purpose, finding meaning in suffering and altruism.

Focusing on Strength-Based Therapy & Positive Psychology 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.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Coaching is based on several principles: 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.

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.

Brainspotting is known to harnesses the body’s innate self-scanning capacity using peripheral vision. It is known to release the maladaptive homeostasis modes more commonly known as the fight, flight, or freeze reactions.

By utilizing the location of the eye position, paired with externally observed and internally experienced reflexive responses, a "Brainspot" is actually a physiological subsystem holding emotional experience in memory form. The maintenance of that eye position/Brainspot within the attentional focus on the body’s “felt sense” of that issue or trauma stimulates a deep integrating and healing process within the brain.

Brainspotting can be useful as a complement to various body-based therapies including advanced bodywork, chiropractic, acupuncture, somatic therapies, physical therapy, nursing, medicine, and other specialized approaches to physical healing.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an integrative approach that combines systems thinking with the view that mind is made up of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities. IFS sees consciousness as composed of a central self with three types of subpersonalities or parts: managers, exiles, and firefighters. Each individual part has its own perspective, interests, memories, and viewpoint. The IFS method promotes internal connection, harmony and integration.

Gottman Couples Counseling the Gottman Method is an approach to couple’s therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple and integrates research-based interventions with intensive longitudinal studies. Interventions are designed to help couples strengthen their relationships in three primary areas: friendship, conflict management, and creation of shared meaning. Couples learn to replace negative conflict patterns with positive interactions and to repair past hurts. Increase closeness, intimacy improve friendship, deepen emotional connection, and create changes which enhance shared goals. The goals of Gottman Method are to disarm conflicting verbal communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection, remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding.

Attachment Based Therapies the client-therapist relationship is based on developing or rebuilding trust and centers on expressing emotions. Attachment-based approach to therapy looks at the connection between an early attachment experiences with primary caregivers and aims to build or rebuild a trusting, supportive relationship that will help prevent or treat anxiety or depression. An attachment-based approach can be used in individual and couples therapy, it helps clients mend or recover from fractured/dysfunctional family relationships. Those who may benefit from attachment-based therapy include adoptees, children in foster care, children of depressed mothers, alcoholic parents and victims of trauma.

The Polyvagal Theory provides us with a more sophisticated understanding of the biology of safety and danger, one based on the subtle interplay between the visceral experiences of our own bodies and the voices and faces of the people around us. It explains why a kind face or a soothing tone of voice can dramatically alter the way we feel. It clarifies why knowing that we are seen and heard by the important people in our lives can make us feel calm and safe, and why being ignored or dismissed can precipitate rage reactions or mental collapse. It helped us understand why attuning with another person can shift us out of disorganized and fearful states. In short, Porges’s theory makes us look beyond the effects of fight, flight, freeze and Porges’ put social relationships front and center in our understanding of trauma. It also suggested new approaches to healing that focus on strengthening the body’s system for regulating arousal.” ~Bessel Van Der Kolk

Somatic Experiencing is a form of alternative therapy aimed at relieving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Complex and/or Developmental Trauma by focusing on the client's perceived body sensations (somatic experiences) An element of SE therapy is "pendulation" -the movement between regulation and dysregulation. This relieves the fight, flight and freeze state while expanding the window of tolerance. As a result, flooding can be regulated and mastery happens more quickly and naturally. "Resources" are defined as anything that helps the client's autonomic nervous system return to a regulated state of homeostasis. This might be the memory of someone close to them, a physical item that might ground them in the present moment, or other supportive elements that minimize distress. In the face of arousal, "discharge" is facilitated to allow the client's body to return to a regulated state. Discharge may be in the form of tears, a warm sensation, unconscious movement, the ability to breathe easily again, or other responses which demonstrate the autonomic nervous system returning to its baseline. The intention of this process is to reinforce the client's inherent capacity to self-regulate and integrate the mind-body connection.

Virtual Reality Therapy is a simulated emersion experience that allows the client to reduce/eliminate physical reactions to various situations. The therapist controls the intensity of the specific environment with biofeedback measures while performing exposure therapy until the fear response is reduced or eliminated. This simulated software is state of the art and has been proven to reduce or eliminate symptoms, reactivity related to Acrophobia, Aerophobia, Agoraphobia, Amaxophobia, Bullying, Claustrophobia, Distraction, Exam-related anxiety, Generalized & Social Anxiety, Glossophobia, Nyctophobia, OCD, PTSD, Relaxations, mindfulness and Stress Reduction is also available.

Telephone Counseling or Telehealth Online refers to type of psychological service performed over the telephone/internet counseling which ranges from individual, couple or group psychotherapy with a professional therapist to psychological first aid, and crisis therapy.


  •  01/21/2021 18:00

Why Neuroscience is Essential in Counseling Understanding Neurobiology/Polyvagal Theory, Epigenetics/ Adverse Childhood Experiences Neuro-Development/ Attachment Foundations Memory/Modeling/Conditioning Function of Feelings, Thoughts, Behaviors Mind-Body Connection/Trauma Heart Rate Variability/Mirror Neurons Demonstration with Equipment in “Real Time”

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  • $65.00
  •  03/14/2020 10:55

Traumatic Grief, PTSD & Building Resilience for Both Counselor and Client ○ Pete Sandoval, LPC, NCC, CCTP and Nichole Oliver, LPC, NCC, CCTP ○ In this presentation, participants will get an opportunity to explore the various aspects of grief, trauma and the overlap between the two. Participants will delve into the neuroscience behind trauma, types of trauma, and its impact on the brain and body. The material will also cover some of the latest neuroscience based methodologies for trauma, how they work, and their clinical implications for both client and therapist. Next, participants will discuss the elements of trauma-informed care and the implications for their clinical application for higher clinical outcomes. Additionally, dimensions of grief and methodology for processing it with clients will be explored. Lastly, the concepts of burn out, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma will be examined including the warning signs and symptoms. Participants will then review methods for creating a self-care plan. Please contact the CSAC at 314-516-6099 or csac@umsl.edu with any questions.

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  • $90
  •  01/04/2020 09:25
  •   17295 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, MO, USA

Gain advanced intervention strategies based on practical neuroscience. Develop core competencies in trauma care. Deal with issues of burnout and compassion fatigue. Feeling stuck with clients? Let me help you customize creative interventions you can use to move forward. Brain-Based Strategies, Skill Building and Consultation on your specific cases, mind-body techniques to use with clients, building a private practice, marketing, navigating insurance panels, consulting on cases, etc. E-mail to save your spot today.

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  • $0.00
  •  10/29/2019 08:00

Gain core competencies in working with children, adolescents and adults with trauma. Delve deeper into neurobiology, epigenetics, polyvagal theory, and Adverse Childhood Experiences causing the fight, flight and freeze states. Develop techniques to access, diffuse, and intervene with the latest neuroscience. Help individuals/families build resiliency utilizing six principles of trauma informed care. This information and techniques would be helpful for counselors/social workers, school counselors, case managers, first responders, and juvenile detention officers.

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  • $65.00
  •  08/24/2019 10:00
  •   17295 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, MO, USA

August 24th 10:00 AM- 12:00 Noon The Cost is $65.00 for 2 Hours. This group offers Brain-Based Skills to help develop resilence and support. Please email or call to hold your spot.

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  • $50.00
  •  05/18/2019 11:28

Gain a deeper understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and how it effects the mind and body. We will explore the various origins and symptoms from a neurobiological, epigenetic, and an environmental perspective through the psychological response’s clients present with. This seminar will help you advance your clinical skills by developing core competencies in recognizing, accessing, and treating clients with trauma. Learn the latest brain-based strategies to build resiliency while utilizing Trauma Informed Care

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  • $0.00
  •  03/09/2019 09:00
  •   9666 Olive Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, USA

Origins & Causes DSM-V Criteria & Cultural Considerations Signs & Symptoms Neurobiological Components Dynamics of Psychological Responses & Subconscious Mechanisms Six Principles of Trauma Informed Care Techniques to Access, Recognize, and Diffuse Grounding Techniques & Mindful Practices Reducing/Shifting Fight, Flight & Freeze Coping Skills that Build Resiliency  

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  • $0.00
  •  04/19/2018 17:30
  •   1065 Executive Pkwy Dr Suite 215, Creve Coeur, MO
  •  04/18/2018 08:00
  •   3201 Boschertown Road, Saint Charles, MO, USA

Overview of burn out, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Warning signs, symptoms, neurobiological and psychological mechanisms Measure your own stress response Develop a self care plan to build resiliency Gain an understanding of the Essentials of Grief Explore the three Dimensions and types of Grief Components of Traumatic Grief & PTSD Overlap Best Practices- Trauma Informed Care & Death Notifications

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EMDR & Brainspotting

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Nichole is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Board Certified Counselor (NCC). She also holds Certifications as a Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP), and Neuroscience Certificate for Clinical Practice. Additionally, Nichole has trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (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.



  • 17295 (Ste. 260), Chesterfield Airport Rd. Chesterfield, MO 63005