Meet the Therapists

Rebecca is a therapist at Core MHC who enjoys working with people facing challenges ranging from illness to anxiety to trauma. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which helps people feel more in control of their emotions and lives. Rebecca has several years of experience working with people with disabilities and chronic health conditions. She also draws on her own personal experience with a chronic illness to help treat individuals in similar situations. “I know on a personal level the immense challenges that can come with an illness, and also the opportunities for growth and positive transformation” she says. As a certified Reiki Master, Rebecca also uses this ancient Japanese healing technique to help clients decrease stress and feel more centered. For those who are interested, she can apply a few minutes of Reiki at the beginning or end of therapy sessions, or teach clients how to use it as a self-care tool. Check out her availability in the “Book Now” section to schedule your first appointment.


Meet the Therapists

Nicole is the founder of Core Mental Health Counseling, PLLC. She has experience counseling in the Buffalo area for several years before starting private practice. She enjoys working with clients with PTSD or difficult past experiences. She has been trained in progressive counting and EMDR which are both trauma resolution models. “This helps up to have direction and goals for treatment so we can best measure client progress, " says Nicole. Most recently she as been asked to participate in PAX Crisis Response interventions, when schools in the area have had significant loss. She meets with teachers and staff to best support them in being there for their students while also focusing on their own self care during traumatic events. Nicole truly enjoys what she does and is happy to be able to make this her full time career. Check out her availability in the “book now” section to schedule your first appointment.


Meet the therapists

A safe and comfortable space

As I think about what prevents people from taking that first step in therapy, I try to put myself in their place. Sometimes it can be stress or anxiety related to “what should I expect?” Here’s a small picture of a waiting area outside one of our therapy offices. Make yourself comfortable while you wait for your family member, spouse or any loved one. Sometimes the therapist will ask for your permission to invite someone into therapy. This choice is yours, but it can sometimes help with the bigger picture. Each person is unique and we are here to make you thrive!


A comfortable space

A safe place

Mindfulness Group

We are looking to start our mindfulness group again September 24th at 6pm! It is held at our office at 374 Delaware Avenue.  Let us know if you are interested!  It will run Monday evenings 6-7 pm with Angela Docenko, MHC-P.  Call us with any questions and to sign up!  The group entails practicing and learning about mindfulness with like-minded individuals.  We have received many inquiries about this group and have tried to get to everyone, if we missed you please fill out your contact information on our client portal to get started! Looking forward to starting this journey with you!  



Don't let the summer end!

Five habits to improve your life

#1. Tidying up

Although this might sound self-explanatory, this one is one that gets by me quite often.  Especially with a baby at home, tidying up seems like a grave challenge on some days. However, this is one of the simplest ways to improve your life.  

How do you think and feel when things around your house are out of place?

How much easier would leaving in the morning be, with knowing where everything is?  

I have to take my own advice on this one, cleaning up the junk drawer, which is now a junk pile, will make life so much better! Even this Seville Classics 5 piece drawer set would be a good start! If I find something like this to motivate me, then just maybe…

*Update: I bought three of the drawer organizers above! It changed my life, or at least my morning routine!

#2. Cutting out sugar

This is a hard one, for me! Chocolate is one of my obsessions. It is so hard to eat healthy sometimes when you can much easier get something with sugar.  It even gives you a little pick me up too right? Wrong! Long term effects of sugar will keep you up for a short time, but long term cause you to crash. There are so many benefits to this one, guess I have to just keep working on it!

*Update I just completed a 40 days yoga challenge and have more control over my appetite! I don’t feel like sugar is controlling my life and this makes my mood a lot more balanced!

#3. Exercise

My favorite classes are Barre Classes.  Have you heard about them? There are several different types of exercise, but even just walking is a great start.  Get out there, Buffalo!

#4. The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;  courage to change the things I can;  and wisdom to know the difference."

#5. Rebuild your brain

This is what we are going to use Counseling for! Have you heard of EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and Reprocessing)?  Our trauma from the past gets stuck in our mind and has trouble shifting. When we are able to access the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) parts of our brain we can rewire ourselves to connect with the healthier way we function.  More on this later!


The Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water

It’s finally starting to warm up, what are you doing to stay healthy?

Drinking warm lemon water is one of the biggest health food trends right now, with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyoncé and Martha Stewart swearing by it.

Naturopaths especially are touting it as a highly effective habit and home remedy for a number of reasons. This drink is credited for weight loss, anti-aging properties, fighting the common cold, eye health, treating kidney stones, digestion, and improvements in blood pressure, among other things.

My absolute favorite is Evian water, which I buy from Amazon in bulk!