GRADUATE INTERN THERAPIST
Nicole Malene, B.S.
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
Anxiety, Life Transitions, Chronic Pain,
Stress / Burnout, Healthy Relationships
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
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Hello there! Thanks for checking out my page to learn more about me and my work. I am excited and honored to get the chance to work with you throughout your mental health journey.
I was born and raised in Nebraska, graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Exercise Health Science. After graduating, also certified as a yoga instructor and personal trainer, I decided to move to Nicaragua to work in a local health center teaching and training those who lived in the historic colonial city of Granada. It was there that I learned how to speak Spanish and what it meant to work with a diverse range of individuals from around the world. It was in Granda that I was introduced to the world of acro-yoga and circus arts, something that continues to enrich my life to this day.
In Nicaragua, I dedicated myself to studying more the practice of yoga and movement arts, and the powerful effect of these practices on the mind. I soon traveled to India where I studied under teachers of Iyengar’s Restorative Yoga Therapy method. It is through this method and yoga philosophy that I truly began my own inquisitive journey into the world of healing the mind. I continued seeing clients in the likes of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and various parts of the United States working through a mind-body philosophy.
I am currently a student at Naropa University working on my masters in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling. My approach to therapy is holistic, highly somatic and draws on eastern philosophies centered around awareness practices, breathing techniques, and acceptance and compassion training to help regulate both the body and mind and guide one’s energy towards a fuller and healthier expression of who they are. I believe that when one dedicates themselves to self-study and a more compassionate way of living, they can discover unhelpful habits and patterns of thought that perpetuate stress, trauma and discontent in daily life. When we learn how to be more mindful, we can find what it means to stay grounded, move energy that is stuck in the body, and ride the waves of this crazy thing called life.
Bachelors of Science, Nutrition and Exercise Health Science, University of South Florida
Masters of Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling, In Progress, Naropa University
Touch for Health Synthesis, Levels 1-3
Restorative Yoga Therapy (500-hr RYT), Yoga Alliance
Supervised by Jamie Molnar, LMHC