Nikolai Blinow, LMHC - Therapist in Cranston, RI

Nikolai Blinow

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments



Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)

Specialties & expertise

  • Stress management

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Communications

  • Mindfulness practices

  • Yoga

  • Anger management

  • Trauma recovery

  • Self-harm

  • Compulsive behaviors

  • Impulse control issues

  • Bipolar disorder

Professional statement

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

General expertise

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

  • Providence College

  • United Health

  • RISD Student Insurance

  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $175/session (50min)

  • Continuing sessions: $150/session (50min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $100 - $150 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."

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



Client testimonials

I recommend this therapist because she provides specialized Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. When I began seeing her I was in a terrible state mentally. Through therapy, she fully understood and grasped things that I was very unsure of within myself. She does very well with relating to what I have gone through by providing analogies and strategies to help me cope. During the first few months with her I started excelling academically and being happier with myself.
— Anonymous client (2017)

Professional endorsements

Nikolai offers a unique approach to working with clients. She has background in DBT, and prior to becoming a therapist was a yoga teacher. Her combined experiences have led her to develop in to an outside the box therapist who is not afraid to incorporate somatic work in to her programming, offering clients a unique means to heal.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Substance use, trauma, anxiety, depression, co-occurring disorders
— Shelby Wood, LPC-MH, NCC (2017)
Nikolai is awesome. She has a solid knowledge of therapeutic theory and solid skill. She incorporates MI, DBT and yoga in a very unique and effective approach.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Men’s issues, trauma, body work, anxiety, borderline personality disorder.
— Laurie Thornton, LMHC (2017)