Nichole Sakmar

MSPC, NCC, LPC

Nichole Sakmar

MSPC, NCC, LPC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - PC007970
Secondary Credential: Professional Counselor of Mental Health - pc-0000784
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: Brand new office space. Complimentary tea, coffee and of course, disposable masks! Fresh squeezed juices also available (for purchase) from the Pittsburgh Juice Company.

I want your therapy time, to be an experience you look forward to. If you have any questions please contact me via email or phone. I would love to talk with you to see if I can be a great fit for what you are seeking counseling for.

Individual Therapy rate: $85 per hour.
*There is flexibility in terms of sliding scale.


Sessions:
* Individual Counseling for Women of all ages.
* Text based counseling offered for those on the go! Super convenient and can be super effective for those wanting more frequent communication with a therapist. Can be a great addition to monthly or bi-weekly therasopy.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15241

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My Approach to Helping

Hi! I'm Nichole and I am a Board Certified Counselor and my office is located within the South Hills of Pittsburgh. My passion is providing support to women who may be struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self esteem, fertility issues, career issues, and many other areas. My approach to helping is one that allows you to lead the way, and I provide my open and honest thoughts, while asking questions to help you gain more clarity on the issues. Having an outside perspective allows for new insight and understanding. Life is full of challenges, and I am here to help you through them. I strive to create a safe and relaxing space that will allow for the most effective counseling to be had. The best therapy takes place when you feel a positive connection with the counselor.

My close friend and I finally decided to open a practice just for women. Don't hesitate to reach out to learn more or ask me anything that you may need to know more about!

More Info About My Practice

I could not be more thrilled to finally have opened Viaggio Counseling & Wellness with one of my close friends and long time colleagues Brianna Weber LCSW. We are a women-centered, charismatic, and empathetic practice that is skilled in working with women of all ages and stages of life. I provide in person therapy in South Hills and also offer text based counseling via a secure HIPPA compliant APP.

Therapy is serious, but it should be an enjoyable experience. I want you to look forward to our appointments, and I think my style allows that. The new office has the most amazing feel to it, and the space is one that is warm and welcoming. I hope that talking to your therapist becomes as routine and normal as treating yourself to something special.

Start your session with a hot tea or coffee, and let's talk!

What I Usually Need to Know to Help

If you are getting ready to start therapy, it can feel pretty overwhelming. Some people are hesitant to start talking with someone because they don't feel like going through their entire life story, or maybe they just don't know exactly what's wrong, but know that they can feel better in life. My process is pretty simple. I talk with my clients about what brought them into counseling, we identify 2 or 3 goals, and then start talking about one of those goals. It's amazing where the conversation will go with that simple format! I am all about digging deep, or just staying present focused andor future oriented. You will lead the sessions, and I am there to guide and see where I can take it. I love to give feedback and perspective which clients appreciate from a neutral person in their lives.

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

I have heard such horror stories that really disappoint me as a professional in this field. When my client tells me about their bad experience, I really commend them on not giving up. Therapy can be extremely beneficial and it is about finding a therapist that you can build a working relationship with and a comfort level that allows you to open up and address sensitive topics. I am a therapist who doesn't put on a show or an act. I am who I am, and my clients have expressed appreciation for being genuine. I learn from each client, and I have no problem with a client pointing out when I have made a mistake or something came out wrong, in fact, I invite it. Each day we grow as individuals in our professional and personal lives. I invite you to take the journey with me.

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Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    As if being a woman isn't challenging enough, my experiences with having a quarter life crisis' in my twenties, over coming unhealthy relationships, settling down in my 30s, becoming a mother, and struggling with infertility really allowed me to realize my passion for helping and supporting other women (not just moms!) Whether you just need a place to process daily life, or you are navigating and questioning the path that life has you on, I am here!

    I am a Board Certified Counselor, and have over 14 years of experience working within the therapy field. I have a passion for working with women of all ages. In the past I’ve supervised mental health hospital programs, and have worked with adults, teens, and young kids in a therapeutic setting. Currently I work as a Licensed Professional Counselor(LPC) in a school setting and also as an LPC in the private practice setting.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Jealousy
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • School issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

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