Nicole Gaines

Professional Experience

Nicole Gaines has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for almost a decade; helping a very diverse population. Currently, she is practicing online in her own private practice, as a Betterhelp counselor and by contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with Her biggest interest and dedication is in addressing stigmas associated with mental health and providing care for expats, first responders, military, and those who are seeking meaning in their lives.

As a counselor and writer, Nicole has written course material for, conducted an in-depth empirical investigation into concerns of confidentiality in Veterans who needed to engage in counseling services, and has written several blog posts which covered topics related to personal identity, interpersonal relationships, depression, anxiety, stress, and difficult family circumstances. Nicole is also a counselor in the Open Path Psychotherapy Collective, where affordable counseling services can be provided to those in need.

Before becoming an LPC, she worked in the public school system as a one-on-one aid for children with behavioral management problems stemming from emotional disturbances, as a peer counselor in her high school years and has continuously been an environmental activist. Since starting her practice online, Nicole has enjoyed the freedom of working from her home office; being able to balance work and home life much easier while contributing more of herself in the efforts she chooses.


Nicole Gaines is the recipient of the Clyde Taylor Award of Excellence in Clinical Work, an honor given to one graduate student per year in Lenoir-Rhyne’s counseling program. Her highest degree is a Master of Arts in Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University (Cum Laude), where she also holds a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Cum Laude) and a minor in Sociology. While attending Lenoir-Rhyne, Nicole was a member of the Chi Sigma Iota International Honors Society for counseling and the Psi Chi International Honors Society for psychology.

"My Philosophy on Mental Health & Wellness"

It takes compassion and a good work-life balance to maintain a sense of wellness as a counselor. Having good self-care practices allows me to help more people over time and have been through several difficult obstacles in my life, I feel almost a sense of duty to share what I have learned on the way. There are many people who are becoming more and more isolated regardless of the more connected we are through technology; this is something I would like to change. My personal goal is to help as many people as I can through whatever medium(s) I am capable of reaching them through. Overall, I would like to see mental health services be affordable and available to everyone, regardless of socio-economic status, cultural beliefs, or geography.


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