Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients; out of town from September 14-22
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Stress management
- Anxiety and depression
- Mindfulness practices
- Anger management
- Trauma recovery
- Compulsive behaviors
- Impulse control issues
- Bipolar disorder
Nikolai Blinow is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and founder of OMpowerment Psychotherapy, a space for integrative, holistic, and creative psychotherapy. She uses her training in interpersonal communications, mental health counseling, yoga, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavioral therapy to create a truly integrative and collaborative style.
Nikolai has expertise in helping individuals who struggle with anger management, bipolar disorder, compulsive behaviors, impulse control, self harm, and trauma. She treats teenagers, young adults, college students, and adults using a flexible combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, and Integrative Yoga Therapy.
Nikolai finds that she works best with clients who are independent, strong-valued, and passionate about their opinions. She prides herself on "going against the grain" and exploring alternative approaches to help clients create meaningful change in their lives.
Note: Nikolai has a therapy dog in-training named Karma, pictured above, who is present in the office during sessions. If you experience allergies or aversion to dogs, you may want to consider this before scheduling a consultation.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Impulse control issues – Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Brown University Student Health Insurance
- Johnson & Wales University
- Neighborhood Health
- Providence College
- United Health
- RISD Student Insurance
- URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
- Initial session: $150/session (50min)
- Continuing sessions: $120/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $70 - $120 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Nikolai can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"What are you looking for in a therapist? I believe a good therapeutic relationship is a key component of a successful therapy experience. We walk into our therapist's office with our daily stressors and our normal patterns of dealing with these stressors; and with a good therapeutic relationship, we can examine these together. Choosing a therapist you trust, with whom you can be your authentic self, and who shows that same authenticity in return, provides you with a trustworthy environment to examine your flaws and refine your strengths. I work well with clients who want to be 'called out' in a nonjudgmental and supportive way."
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation.
Integrated Yoga TherapyUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private practice, 2016 - Present
HealthPath, Lead Clinician, 2015 - 2016
Gateway Healthcare, Dual-diagnosis Clinician & Emergency Services Clinciian, 2013 - 2015
Rhode Island College, Graduate Assistant, 2011 - 2013
Brown University, Fundraising and Alumni Relations, 2008 - 2011
Rhode Island College, MA, 2013
Salem State University, BA, 2007