Meet Nicole Kioussis, LCPC
Tell us about what made you choose to become a therapist.
I chose to become a therapist because I’ve always been drawn to other people’s stories. Where they’ve been, what they’ve done, and what makes them who they are. I love listening and believe a really good conversation can make anyone feel better.
What's one thing about being a client in therapy that has helped you the most?
Space to be heard. In our personal relationships there is a healthy give and take (most of the time). As a client in therapy, I have been so helped by having the space to let the words of my story come out, so that I could hear them myself, and make connections that allow me to live a more peaceful life.
What tips do you have for people who have never been in therapy before?
Take the first step! It can feel overwhelming at first but once you start, you are likely to wonder why you hadn’t before. Look at the first step, not the big picture.
What is your favorite analogy to use in session with clients?
I like to use the idea that you are in the driver seat of your life, not the passenger.
What is one of your favorite anxiety-busting techniques?
Share with us your favorite book or podcast.
Happier by Gretchen Rubin has long been a favorite of mine. I also listen to “Unruffled” by Janet Lansbury which helps me with everyday techniques to use with my kids.
When you're not doing therapy, how do you relax and recharge?
I enjoy working out, cleaning, and going to coffee shops.
Are you a coffee or tea drinker in session?
Coffee if it's before 6pm, tea after.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?