I am passionate about helping others become their best selves by making positive changes in their lives. Life obstacles and challenges are inevitable, and the support and guidance of a warm, experienced, and nonjudgmental therapist can be very helpful. The goal of my work is to create a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment in which individuals can gain insight and feel empowered to make lasting changes and live a more satisfying life. The decision to pursue therapy takes awareness and courage, and it can be difficult to find a therapist that you can trust. Feel free to explore my website and call for a free consultation in order to determine if we are a good fit.
or Call Nicole Ridout, Psy.D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 23679
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have training and experience working with a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, family of origin issues, low self-esteem, perfectionism, women's issues, and trauma. My specialization is in issues of young adulthood, university student concerns, transitional/adjustment difficulties, stress management, and performance-related concerns. I have extensive experience providing counseling and psychological services to undergraduate and graduate students, and have worked at Stanford University, UCSF, Sonoma State University, CSU San Marcos, and University of San Diego counseling centers. Stressful environments, such as school or work, often involve high performance demands and require the juggling of several roles and responsibilities. Therapy can help you meet your life goals and enable you to lead a healthier, more balanced life.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I often hear the belief that pursing therapy means that one is "weak" or "flawed" in some way. However, every person faces life challenges and it takes a great deal of courage to examine your life and the issues that may be holding you back. Often times, in order to move forward you must understand the things that may be keeping you stagnate or stuck. Having a safe, confidential space to explore your true self can lead to greater self-awareness and an ability to move past mental blocks. In fact, it is extremely challenging to reach your highest potential if you lack self-awareness. Change can be scary. Face your fears and start working toward your best life now.