Nicholas Despoelberch is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Darien, CT who specializes in substance abuse, including opiates and alcohol, trauma, including childhood abuse, sexual abuse, and physical violence, life transitions, depression, anxiety, and couples counseling. While he has extensive experience working with young adults with a history of trauma, he sees adults across the lifespan.
Nicholas primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). He is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and uses this when working with clients with a history of trauma but only after he spends time getting to know them. His goal at the beginning of treatment is to make sure his clients are all set in terms of employment, home life, and social supports before discussing their experience(s).
Nicholas is passionate about helping adolescents and adults start on the path to recovery and healing. Prior to going into private practice, he worked at a rehab center that also focused on trauma, an intensive outpatient program, and a faith-based substance use program. His office is conveniently located near the Darien station.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Private Practice, 2015 - Present
CT Renaissance, 2015 - 2013
APT Foundation, 2014 - 2013
Regis High School, 2006 - 2013
Four Winds Hospital, 2001 - 2005
College of New Rochelle, MS, 2006