SE TRAUMA INSTITUTE PRACTITIONER DIRECTORY

Nicholas Bolton

SE™ PractitionerSE Assistant

Practice

Nicholas Bolton Counseling, LLC

Mission

I believe in a person’s natural ability to transform and heal given the proper environment where they can feel safe to explore what's going on in their internal and external world.  My stance as a therapist is compassionate and respectful, honoring each client's unique strengths and resources to move forward in a process toward positive change and growth. I will come along side of you wherever you are to be a safe place where you can freely process what you are going through.  I consider therapy to be a collaborative effort and flexibly meet my clients on their unique path to help them find their own meaning and take ownership of their story and their personal journey.  Together we can explore the underlying roots of your issue(s) which will enable us to identify what is needed for healing and growth!  Counseling becomes a creative process and you are the artist, author and best expert of your life and healing process.

My Approach

My psychological services are aimed to promote a sense of empowerment and agency by encouraging the feeling of being in charge of your life: knowing where you stand, knowing that you have a say in what happens to you and knowing that you have some ability to shape your circumstances.  My education and training have provided me with the tools to support my client's revitalization toward wholeness (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) by helping the person come into contact with their own sense of wisdom and power.  By restoring our natural capacity for balance and rhythm, we can develop a comfortable connection with our inner world and can begin to trust ourselves and our own gut feelings. Standing in our own sovereignty we can learn to come back into relationship and connection with our families and communities while bringing more opportunities for pleasure, curiosity, whole-heartedness and a sense of play and lightness in life.

Training

My approach is informed by current research and training in trauma, attachment theory, the contextual and behavioral sciences, neuroscience, and polyvagal theory.  I have received 216 hours of post-graduate training in body-oriented trauma resolution therapy and I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and have received the SEP certificate (https://traumahealing.org).  Through my work in Somatic Experiencing I have been learning practical and effective skills that help resolve trauma without re-traumatization. These gentle, powerful interventions will catalyze meaningful growth, inspiration and empowerment by restoring resilience and encouraging a greater capacity to be present and enjoy life.  Building resilience can help provide more energy and stamina for your life's work and help you experience greater pleasure and fulfillment.

Specialties

  • Addiction
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Adults abused as children
  • Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia
  • Complex PTSD
  • Couples
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Medical Procedure Trauma
  • Motor Vehicle Collisions
  • Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Victims of Sexual Abuse

SE Level

SE™ Practitioner

Professional Title

Licensed Professional Counselor, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner