Nicole Rivera-Brastad


About Me

I attended New Mexico State University for my Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy and graduated in 2010. I have worked in a variety of settings including a psychiatric hospital, a state core agency, and a contract private practice group. I have worked with individuals ages 3 and up and from all walks of life. I focus mainly on individual therapy to maximize one's strengths and life changes. I tend to use a variety of therapy approaches depending on how a client responds and depending on what he/she is wanting to accomplish. I like to focus on a person's strengths and use those strengths to make needed changes. I tend to use some Experiential to build the therapeutic relationship, humanistic and strengths-based to build on a person's strengths, and Cognitive-Behavoiral Therapy to work on thought-changing and behavior modification. When a client requests a faith-based approach, I will work with them at their level, whether that means discussing Biblical morals, Scripture or simply considering their faith before making choices. I have attended a non-denominational church for many years and have sought Christian counsel for my own life choices in the past.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder
Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #0165661 (Expires: 2021-09-01)


Written by M.I. on Nov 11, 2020 after counseling with Nicole for 2 weeks

Nicole is a wonderful person to share my concerns with. She has responded timely, all through messenging...which is new to me, but I am adjusting. Thank you Nicole for your support.

Written by K.E. on Mar 20, 2019 after counseling with Nicole for 2 weeks

This is the 1st time I have sought online counseling. Ms. Rivera-Brastad was a good first start for me. She has helped me to think outside the box with my recovery process. I would have no problems with recommending her to others if they were to try online counseling.

Written by T.O. on Dec 11, 2018 after counseling with Nicole for 2 weeks

Nicole - you are such a joy. Your knowledge, words and counsel are helping me through a very difficult time in my life. Thank you, and may God bless you the way you bless others.