Nicolas provides evidence-based psychological services to individuals and couples who are experiencing a range of concerns. He has a special interest in the treatment of severe mental health problems, and in the treatment of issues related to sexual functioning and sexual health.
In individual therapy, he mainly helps clients with mood-related difficulties (e.g., Major Depression, Dysthymia, Bipolar), and anxiety-related difficulties (e.g., Chronic Stress, Generalized Anxiety, Panic Attacks & Agoraphobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) & Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD), Phobias (including “Shy Bladder Syndrome”), Social Anxiety). Beyond mood and anxiety related concerns, clients consult him in order to learn how to better cope with interpersonal problems, grief and loss, infertility, poor self-esteem, and adjustment to major life transitions or chronic illness. Nicolas is also well versed in the provision of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Chronic Insomnia (CBT-I).
In couple therapy, Nicolas helps create new positive cycles of interaction and emotional responsiveness between partners who have become stuck. The goal is to foster a secure bond between partners so that by the end of treatment they are better resourced to face life’s challenges together. In the context of sex therapy, individuals and couples typically consult Nicolas to address concerns related to sexual desire (e.g., “Low libido,” discrepant levels of desire between partners), sexual pain (vaginismus, vulvodynia/provoked vestibulodynia), rapid or delayed ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, and anorgasmia. He also helps individuals wishing to explore their sexuality, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity.
Nicolas is available to see both Anglophone and Francophone clients. His treatment framework is integrative, and fosters a warm, collaborative approach to the identification of goals and development of treatment strategies tailored to clients’ specific needs. Beyond a good interpersonal fit, Nicolas emphasizes the collaborative aspect of therapy, ensuring that there is mutual agreement about the purpose of therapy, and about the methods that will be used in the pursuit of this purpose. His clinical work draws from emotionally focused, cognitive-behavioural, experiential, and existential approaches to treatment. Nicolas places great importance on the acceptance of diversity and has experience working with individuals and couples from all walks of life.
Nicolas has had a broad range of clinical experiences, providing bilingual assessment and treatment in each setting, including the Centre for Psychological Services and Research (University of Ottawa), Montfort Hospital (Family Medicine Unit, Outpatient Psychiatry), Couple & Sex Therapy (Private Practice) with Dr. Peggy J. Kleinplatz, C. Psych., The Ottawa Hospital – General Campus, and the Centre For Interpersonal Relationships (CFIR). He has also trained extensively at the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute (OCFI) as part of his doctoral residency. Nicolas has published several scientific articles and book chapters in the field of couple relationships. He has also acted as a peer reviewer for various scientific journals, and has been awarded several prestigious doctoral research scholarships. His doctoral research examined intimate partner violence through the lens of romantic attachment.