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"A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life" - Christopher K. Germer


Clo Nickel is a Registered Professional Therapist author, a speaker, and a member of the Canadian Professional Counselling Association.


I began a career in mental health after writing about my own struggles with an anxiety disorder and publishing the book Anxiety's Inner Voice in 2010. The anxiety and depression I wrote about in my book, drove me to find the path to my own successful healing through the skills of cognitive reframing, emotional self-acceptance, and mindful self-compassion.

I have over 8 year’s experience in both group facilitating and individual counselling.  During this time, I have been profoundly honored to witness and help guide my clients to not only heal, but thrive and grow into their authentic selves. My therapeutic approach is person-centered, warm, compassionate, and uniquely understanding. The clinical modalities I draw on to create a tailored treatment plan for each individual include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, and Acceptance and Compassion based therapies.

Additional Professional Training

The following are appearances, training, and lectures I have attended, which include some of the leading psychologists and mindfulness teachers in the world:


  • Self-Compassion Summit: The Journey from Anxiety to Self Compassion

      Clo Nickel as guest speaker Apr 8, 2018 Abbotsford

  • The Conscious Parent

      Clo Nickel appeared on OPRAH through Skype on May 18, 2014 to discuss Dr. Shefali Tsabary's book       the Conscious Parent

Training and Lectures

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

       Essential Skills 1 Training, 2020


  • Compassionate Inquiry Workshop

       Dr. Gabor Mate Jan. 25-26, 2018

​       Multiple Lectures: 2015-2017


  • Core Addictions Practices

       Fraser Health Jan.15-22, 2018

  • The Psychology of Loving Awareness

       Jack Kornfield, PhD Apr. 26-27, 2014

  • Mindfulness in Psychotherapy Lectures

       Ronald Siegel, Psy.D & Tara Brach Ph.D Oct. 2013 & 2011


  • Mindful Self Compassion: CORE SKILLS TRAINING

      Kristin Neff Ph.D & Christopher Germer Ph.D Aug 19-23, 2012


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

      Steven Hayes, Ph.D Nov. 3-4, 2008

​​My professional orientation is primarily person-centered in conjunction with the following therapeutic orientations, choosing the theory which best fits the client and their present needs.

  • AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy)

  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Trauma Informed Practice

  • Mindful Self Compassion

  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

"Anxiety is NOT an emotion...Anxiety is what we feel when we don't know HOW to feel"

- Hilary L. McBride

Girl by a Lake
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