Nicole Schulz, MSW., R.S.W.
Registered Social Worker
Nicole Schulz is a registered social worker who received her Master’s degree from the University of Toronto. She works with individuals living with diverse mental health concerns including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression and mood disorders, emotional dysregulation and personality disorders, interpersonal and relationship challenges, life transitions, prenatal and postpartum disorders, difficulties with body image and self-esteem, eating disorders, and experiences of trauma and loss.
Nicole is rooted in trauma-informed, person-centred and anti-oppressive practice with an emphasis on tailoring her services to the unique needs of her clients. Her approach to treatment is integrative drawing on her training in multiple evidence-based therapeutic modalities including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Compassion-Based Therapy. Nicole’s main priority is ensuring the safety and comfort of each person she works with, and she gives prominence to building strong, authentic and growth-fostering therapeutic relationships. Nicole embodies a genuine, compassionate and non-judgemental presence with an air of warmth and playfulness in order to facilitate a foundation of trust, safety and acceptance, which she believes are crucial for one’s healing and growth.
Nicole welcomes individuals from all walks of life, such as different ages, abilities, cultures, religions, socioeconomic status, sexual orientations, and gender identities with an open heart. She holds a sincere interest in and space for exploring each individual’s personal stories, histories, and intersecting identities that may inform their current circumstances, needs and goals. Nicole strives to highlight and nurture each person’s strengths, values and agency in order to foster self-empowerment and self-compassion. She will collaborate with clients to develop the insight, tools and skills pertinent to nourishing their own self-regulation, personal development and meaningful change.
Nicole comes from a professional background in hospital and community-based mental health care. She completed her social work internship in Women’s College Hospital’s Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women and Reproductive Life Stages Programs where she provided individual and group-based Interpersonal and Relational Cultural psychotherapies. Most recently, she worked as a Mental Health Counsellor at the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario in partnership with Sunnybrook Hospital in treating youth, adults and families experiencing complex mental illnesses and mood disorders. She also has experience delivering community mindfulness and caregiver workshops as well as speaking at clinical conferences.
Outside of her therapist role, Nicole enjoys spending time in nature, gardening, listening to live music, and playing with her pug, Mojo.