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Nikki Kaiser
Master's Level Intern

(she/her) 
Provides services in  English

Inclusivity, diversity, respect and promoting individualism are values which have created a structure for my therapeutic strategies. As an Indigenous female from Bigstone Cree Nation, which is on Treaty 8 territory, I understand the barriers of living in Indigenous communities and barriers encountered transitioning to urban living. As a professional, I have worked with the nations and leaders of Treaty 6 territory which are the communities surrounding Edmonton. I have 8 years of experience working directly with Indigenous individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, grief/loss, addictions, and intergenerational trauma. Trauma-informed and client-centered practices guide my work with individuals walking their path to recovery and healing. 

In addition, I have experience working with youth ages 10 to 16 who have diagnoses ranging from Tourette’s, Asperger’s, autism, psychopathy, depression, anxiety and trauma. Working with this population I have developed my understanding of developmental issues while navigating the ever-changing society we live in today. In this work I focused on social skills and integration into mainstream classroom settings. I worked with youth to promote authenticity, emotional regulation and worked alongside them to develop understanding of social cues and positive behaviour change. 

 

My work with adults with developmental delays and physical ailments has created an understanding and appreciation for this population. I have worked with clients diagnosed with autism, global developmental delay, anxiety and emotional regulation difficulties. I understand the importance of respecting personal space, showing empathy and compassion and working from a non-judgemental and inclusive framework. I understand the importance of integrating family and external supports and hope to assist clients to develop their individualism and positive emotional change while developing a strong support system. 

 

My work in addictions has stemmed back to 2019, I understand both harm reduction and abstinence-based programming. I have seen the success of those who seek individual counselling, in addition to attending Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Recovery from substance and alcohol abuse is individualistic and I understand that everyone’s journey is different. My work in this field has developed my interest in working with those of the LGBTQ2S+ community as I understand the social barriers that come with developing an authentic self. Safety, respect and compassion guide my practices in this field, and I hope to create a safe and accepting space for my clients.

 

Throughout my professional and academic career, I have integrated existential practices and values into my work. In this work I have promoted authenticity in the clients I have worked with and understand the importance of creating a meaningful and fulfilling life. In addition, I have an interest in Solution-Focused therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy.