Nicole Brucato Cooley, LMFT, RDT, RYT

Nicole is a licensed marriage and family therapist and registered drama therapist.  She is also a registered yoga teacher with yoga alliance.  She specializes in creative and integrative approaches to mind-body wellness for individuals, families, couples, children and adults.  Some of her areas of competency include recovery from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, stress management, relationships, and in general, just dealing with the instability of being.


Nicole believes that every person has the internal ability to heal oneself and overcome life’s challenges through accessing inner sources of vitality and creativity.  Therapeutic sessions create the space that allows for the cultivation of those inner resources in order to discover new ideas, realities, strength, flexibility and move toward greater health, happiness, and well-being.  With these tools, old habits of mind, body, or behavior can be cast aside to make room for new more helpful ways of being. 

With this philosophy in mind, Nicole blends drama therapy techniques (role-play, sound & movement), with meditation and yoga practices to offer comprehensive treatment options for her clients.  These holistic approaches offer healthy alternatives or compliments to the mainstream pursuit of wellness.

As a mental health practitioner, Nicole has provided treatment for individuals, couples, families, and groups in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, home based & school based & after school programs, residential care, and in-patient facilities.  She received her master’s degree in counseling psychology with a focus in drama therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco in 2007.  She also holds a BFA in acting from NYU and continues to perform in theater and sing.

As a yoga practitioner, Nicole has been joyfully practicing vinyasa yoga for the past 12 years and reaping the benefits in her own life.  In 2015 she completed a yoga teacher training program at Yoga Studio Tahoe so she could begin sharing the benefits of yoga with her clients. Previously, she has studied yoga at Yoga Tree in SF, and meditation with the Insight Meditation Society of San Francisco and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Her yoga classes are full of inspiration, challenge, fun, love, and light.  


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