Dr. Theresa Nicassio

Office Address
West Side
Vancouver, BC
Phone (Work): 604-817-4673



Heart-Centred Therapy

 Dr. Theresa Nicassio

Registered Psychologist #1541


"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

("The Little Prince," by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)



During my tenure on the planet, I feel called to do whatever I can to offer fellow travelers respite, especially from unnecessary suffering. We all have a unique contribution to offer, and for me, offering my services in the form of the healing arts is mine. My heart, mind, and positive spirit are the greatest gifts I have to share.


Whole-Person Healing 

Since 1987, I have had the privilege of providing psychotherapy to individuals who seek an integrative whole-person approach to counselling. My practice involves incorporating a broad range of therapeutic modalities and diverse cultural healing perspectives to help guide and support the inner wisdom and resources of those who seek my services in their efforts to live more mindfully in harmony with the world around and within them.


Previous Paths

Psychologist, Coordinator of Clinical Services and Training
The University of British Columbia (UBC Counselling Centre)
1994 – 2005 (11 years)

In addition to providing direct counseling and therapist supervision, I oversaw the administrative, clinical, and supervisory activities for the provision of all clinical and training services provided to students, faculty, and staff the counselling service offered to the university community.


Psychologist and Training Director
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV Counseling Center)
1991 – 1993 (2 years)

I provided university students counseling, offered training and supervision to master's level counselors in training, served as a committee member for thesis defenses, and offered consultation services to faculty and staff. In addition, I also provided leadership, training, and research for the university community around issues of psychological importance, most notably as the Chair of the Sexual Assault Committee and Member of the Sexual Exploitation Prevention Committee.

Learning Journey

The Ohio State University
1991 - Ph.D. Counselling Psychology (APA-Approved)
1989 - M.A. Counselling Psychology

The University of Southern California
1986 - B.S. Psychology

Living Light Culinary Institute
2014 - Certified Gourmet Raw Food Chef and Instructor

Langara College/Vancouver Coastal Health
2005 - Certified Integrative Energy Healing Practitioner



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Public Page



The Beauty Within

In a large temple north of Thailand’s ancient capital, Sukotai, there once stood an enormous and ancient clay Buddha. Over a period of five hundred years, violent storms, changes of government, and invading armies had come and gone, but the statue endured.

At one point, however, the monks who tended the temple noticed that the statue had begun to crack and would soon be in need of repair and repainting. After a stretch of particularly hot, dry weather, one of the cracks became so wide that a curious monk took his flashlight and peered inside. What shone back at him was a flash of brilliant gold! Inside this plain old statue, the temple residents discovered one of the largest and most luminous gold images of Buddha ever created in Southeast Asia. Now uncovered, the golden Buddha draws throngs of devoted pilgrims from all over Thailand.

The monks believe that this shining work of art had been covered in plaster and clay to protect it during times of conflict and unrest.

from Jack Kornfield, The Wise Heart
(Bantam; Reprint edition, 2009) pages 11-12


Photo by Alejandra Aguirre




Social Media Policy – Please Read Carefully

This document outlines my office policies related to use of Social Media. Please read it to understand how I conduct myself on the Internet as a mental health professional and how I propose to respond to various interactions that may occur on the Internet. If you have any questions about this document, I encourage you to bring them up when we meet. As new technology develops and the Internet changes, there may be times when I need to update this policy.


Social Media Contact and Requests for Contact

For privacy reasons, and since it may also blur the boundaries of our therapeutic relationship, I do not accept ‘Friend’ requests from current or former clients on my Personal Facebook social media account or any other such “friendship-based” locations. However, anyone is free to ‘Follow” or “Like” my “Public” pages in any public or professional-based social media outlets, including on Facebook, since these have been designed and are managed to provide information for public utilization and education.


I keep a Facebook “Public Page” for my professional psychotherapy practice to enable people to share my posts and practice updates with other Facebook users. My primary purpose for posting to this page is to provide educational and inspirational information about psychological healing and well-being and this venue is a resource for anyone (including clients) to access and utilize. You may use your discretion in following me. However, as my client, I have no expectation that you follow my posts or any other social media outlet where my material can be found. If you choose to access any public material, we may briefly discuss its potential impact on our working relationship.  In order to ensure privacy, I do not accept “Friend” requests from clients, even though the material on this public page is designed to be shared with anyone. Please be aware that on Facebook, the name of anyone who comments or indicates that they “like” a post is available for anyone to see, whether or not I know that person or whether or not that person is or ever has been a client of mine.  So, before making any comments or indicating that you “like” any post on the page, be sure this is not an issue for you personally or, if you are a current or former client of mine, that the lack of anonymity does not jeopardize your therapy in any way. In any case, if you have questions about this policy we can discuss them when we meet. Also note that none of my social media pages represent    requests for a testimonial, rating or endorsement from you, as per the B.C. Code of Ethics prohibition.


It is important to note that I will not follow you back in any medium because viewing a client’s online activity can create confusion in regard to the purpose of such viewing, whether it’s part of your treatment or just to satisfy my curiosity. In addition, viewing your online activities without an explicit agreement for a limited purpose could negatively influence our working relationship. Of course, if there are things from your online life that you wish to share with me, please bring them into our sessions where we can view and explore them together.


Other Social Media Activity

Because in addition to being a psychologist, I am also a professional author and chef, I have an internet presence that is separate from my consulting work with my clients as a psychotherapist


As an author, I publish a blog, recipes, and articles. I also have separate websites, author pages, and media associated with activities in my capacity as an author, speaker, and chef.  My social media presence in this capacity is broad-based, including but not limited to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Tumblr, YouTube, and the like. In addition to the internet medium, you may also find me present in other print, radio and television media as well. These activities are focused on information associated with my writings, inspirational teachings, cooking, and speaking engagements and activities.




If you need to contact me between sessions for quick, administrative issues such as changing appointment times, the best way to do so is by phone or direct email at [email protected]. (See below regarding email interactions.)  While I do have texting capacities, I often do not read these messages in a timely fashion. If at any time you require a response from me, please do not use any Social Networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or LinkedIn. These sites are not secure and I may not read these messages in a timely fashion, so communicating in this way could compromise confidentiality. It may also create the possibility that these exchanges become a part of your legal medical record and will need to be documented and archived in your chart.


I prefer to restrict using email to arranging or modifying appointments. Please do not email me content related to your therapy sessions, as email is neither completely secure nor confidential. If you choose to communicate by email, be aware that all emails are retained in the logs of Internet service providers. While it is unlikely that someone will be looking at these logs, they are, in theory, available to be read by the system administrator(s) of the Internet service provider. You should also know that any emails I receive from you and any responses that I send to you are considered to be a part of your medical record.


Business Review Sites

You may find my psychology practice listed or mentioned on sites such as Yelp, Healthgrades, Yahoo Local, Bing, etc. Some of these sites may have added my practice without my knowledge or consent. If you should find my listing on any of these sites, please know that it is NOT a request for a testimonial, rating, or endorsement.


Of course, you have a right to express yourself on any site you wish. But due to confidentiality considerations, I cannot and will not respond to a review on a site whether it is positive or negative. I would strongly counsel against using these sites to express your feelings about our work, since it is almost a certainty that I will never see it. But more importantly I hope that you would bring your feelings and reactions to our work directly into our sessions. This is an important part of therapy, even if you ultimately decide we are not a good fit.



Thank you for taking the time to review this Social Media Policy. If you have questions or concerns about any of these policies and procedures, or regarding our potential interactions on the Internet, do bring them to my personal attention so that we can resolve them.

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Primary Areas of Practice

Adult Treatment

Family Relationships
Stress Management
Life Coaching
Spiritual Issues
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Adjustment to chronic pain_illness_disability
Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma
Womens issues
Mens issues

Client Considerations

First Nations
Older Adults

Approaches used:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Alternative Psychology
Feminist Therapy
Short-term Dynamic
Systemic Therapy
Integrative Therapy
Narrative Therapy
Solution-Focused Therapy
Transpersonal Therapy