Nikolai  Blinow

Nikolai Blinow

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients for afternoon appointments in Cranston practice (updated February 12, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management

Professional statement

Nikolai Blinow is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and founder of OMpowerment Psychotherapy, a space for integrative, holistic, and creative psychotherapy. She uses her training in interpersonal communications, mental health counseling, yoga, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavioral therapy to create a truly integrative and collaborative style.

Nikolai has expertise in helping individuals who struggle with anger management, bipolar disorder, compulsive behaviors, impulse control, self harm, and trauma. She treats teenagers, young adults, college students, and adults using a flexible combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, and Integrative Yoga Therapy.

Nikolai finds that she works best with clients who are independent, strong-valued, and passionate about their opinions. She prides herself on going against the grain and exploring alternative approaches to help clients create meaningful change in their lives.

Note: Nikolai has a therapy dog in-training named Karma, pictured above, who is present in the office during sessions. If you experience allergies or aversion to dogs, you may want to consider this before scheduling a consultation.

Message to clients

What are you looking for in a therapist? I believe a good therapeutic relationship is a key component of a successful therapy experience. We walk into our therapist's office with our daily stressors and our normal patterns of dealing with these stressors; and with a good therapeutic relationship, we can examine these together. Choosing a therapist you trust, with whom you can be your authentic self, and who shows that same authenticity in return, provides you with a trustworthy environment to examine your flaws and refine your strengths. I work well with clients who want to be 'called out' in a nonjudgmental and supportive way.


Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Stress management - Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $150
  • Initial session: $175 (50min)

Therapist's note

Nikolai can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Cranston practice

897 Reservoir Avenue

2nd Floor

Cranston, RI 02910

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Work and Education

Private practice, 2016 - Present

HealthPath, Lead Clinician, 2015 - 2016

Gateway Healthcare, Dual-diagnosis Clinician & Emergency Services Clinciian, 2013 - 2015

Rhode Island College, Graduate Assistant, 2011 - 2013

Brown University, Fundraising and Alumni Relations, 2008 - 2011

Rhode Island College, MA, 2013

Salem State University, BA, 2007


  • English

Professional endorsements

Shelby Wood, LPC-MH

Nikolai offers a unique approach to working with clients. She has a background in DBT and (prior to becoming a therapist) was a yoga teacher. Her combined experiences have led her to develop into an outside-the-box therapist who is not afraid to incorporate somatic work into her programming, offering clients a unique means to heal.

Laurie Thornton, LMHC

Nikolai is awesome. She has a solid knowledge of therapeutic theory and solid skill. She incorporates Mindfulness, DBT, and yoga in a very unique and effective approach.

Client testimonials

Anonymous client

I recommend Nikolai because she provides specialized Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. When I began seeing her, I was in a terrible state mentally. Through therapy, she fully understood and grasped things that I was very unsure of within myself. She does very well with relating to what I have gone through by providing analogies and strategies to help me cope. During the first few months with her I started excelling academically and being happier with myself.

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