Nikolai  Blinow

Nikolai Blinow

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Rhode Island Accepting Online
Cranston Not Accepting In-person

Now accepting clients for telehealth 🎉

Updated September 14, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Career counseling
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Professional statement

Nikolai Blinow is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and founder of OMpowerment Psychotherapy, a space for practical, real-life mindfulness and intentional living. 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 focused on getting you out of your own way.

Nikolai's clients tend to be driven, empathic, and highly-sensitive professionals, who catch themselves in patterns of giving 150% and then feeling overwhelmed, burnt-out, and anxious. People who enjoy working with Nikolai don't just want to talk about their problems . . . they want accountability and a game-plan for overcoming them. At the same time, clients who enlist Nikolai know that slowing down is also required, and are seeking a therapist who can help them strike the balance between peacefulness and productivity.

Nikolai finds that she works best with clients who are eager to receive feedback and want to be "compassionately called out." If you want to come to therapy once a week just to vent, then her space probably isn't for you! At Nikolai's practice, clients are constantly finding the "sweet spot" between self-acceptance and personal growth.

Nikolai also provides career + life coaching for Empathic Entrepreneurs and Highly Sensitive Women in Business, who find themselves feeling undervalued, overworked, and/or underpaid in their professions. With Coaching, she helps clients tap-into and protect their unique gifts, so that they can be changemakers in the world without sacrificing their souls in the process!

Note: Nikolai has a therapy dog in-training named Karma, pictured above, who is present in the office during in-person sessions, which take place on Mondays and Tuesdays. If you experience allergies or aversion to dogs, you may want to consider this before scheduling a consultation.


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 and who also crave a therapist who is an equal partner, rather than a quietly nodding person.

As a therapist who is also a Career + Life Coach, I think it's important to lead by example. I am open and honest with my clients and I commit to practicing every single tool that I teach in my own life (so you know I am not just "talking the walk" without "walking the walk").

If you're seeking a therapist or Coach who is laid-back, warm, and authentic, while also having high standards and encouraging you to put in work to reach your goals, then we could be a great fit!


Specialties

Career counseling - Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying career goals and implementing steps toward building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance

Stress management - Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other, overcoming stress-eating + self-sabotaging behaviors

Anxiety - Helping procrastinators, people-pleasers, and perfectionists free themselves from the anxiety that keeps them paralyzed, unfulfilled, and self-sacrificing

Depression - Holistically supporting functionally-depressed professional + small business owners, so you can show up more for what matters!




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $195 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $195
  • Initial session: $195 (50min)
  • Business + Career Coaching: $195 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Every other week
Therapist's note


Location(s)

Cranston practice
897 Reservoir Avenue, 2nd Floor, Cranston, Rhode Island 02910
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon noon-5pm
  • Tue noon-5pm
  • Wed noon-5pm
  • Thu 9am-5pm
  • Fri noon-5pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon noon-5pm
  • Tue noon-5pm
  • Wed noon-5pm
  • Thu 9am-5pm
  • Fri noon-5pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 7 years

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

Evergreen Certifications, Certified Telementalhealth Provider, 2020
Rhode Island College, MA, 2013
Salem State University, BA, 2007


Languages

English


Therapy Groups

Nikolai  Blinow
Powerful Empathic Women

Powerful Empathic Women is a Career + Life Coaching group for Empathic and Highly Sensitive Women working in professional settings and struggling with work/life balance. Women learn Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Empowerment skills.


Professional endorsements

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

- Shelby Wood, LPC-MH • June 2017

"Nikolai is awesome. She has a solid knowledge of therapeutic theory and solid skill. She incorporates Mindfulness, DBT, and yoga in a very unique and effective approach."

- Laurie Thornton, LMHC • June 2017

Client testimonials

"Nikolai was upfront and honest about her affordability and availability."
- Zencare client • November 2020
"I felt comfortable with Nikolai and was able to get an appointment to see her!"
- Zencare client • July 2020
"I recommend Nikolai because she provides specializes in 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."
- Zencare client • June 2017