Nikki carter, msw, rsw

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Nikki has focused her training and experience on cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness-based approaches to managing anxiety, mood, obsessive-compulsive and related difficulties. During her Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto, she was trained in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre (ATRC), as well as mood disorders at the Mood Disorders Program (MDP) at St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton. In addition, she trained at McMaster Family Practice.

Currently, Nikki is employed at McMaster University's Student Wellness Centre, where she works as a psychotherapist for undergraduate and graduate students. Previously, she has worked in a hospital setting at the ATRC as an individual counsellor and was also involved in research. In addition, she has worked at a community agency as an individual, couple, and family counsellor. Nikki was involved in research at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster Children's Hospital, where she engaged in home-based child and parent mental health assessments. Before opening up her own practice, she worked at a group private practice in Hamilton for several years where she provided counselling to youth and young adults struggling with anxiety and related difficulties, while receiving consultation and supervision.

Nikki enjoys working with youth and emerging adults struggling with anxiety and related difficulties. She has a special interest in the treatment of paediatric and adult obsessive-compulsive disorder and related OC difficulties, perfectionism, panic and social anxiety, as well as sleep difficulties such as insomnia. 

continued professional development

Engaging in training and supervision opportunities allows Nikki to remain up-to-date in the latest and most evidence-based psychological approaches. Nikki's training has focused on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, mood, and sleep disorders, Mindfulness-Based approaches including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and becoming a certified teacher in Koru Mindfulness for emerging adults, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Schema Therapy, and others. Nikki continues to participate in individual and group consultation.

professional memberships and associations

  • Canadian Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies (CACBT)
  • International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
  • Ontario Association of Social Work (OASW)
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)