Choose your environment.


I combine years of research on the benefits of walking in nature with the effectiveness of talk therapy. You have the choice of different paths; to have your session walking & talking by the seaside along the sand and water or amongst the trees in the park.


What are some of the issues we work on together? Depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, adjusting to life changes, stress reduction, anger management, family problems, relationship problems, self-esteem & even emotions related to the climate crisis.


No matter your background or where you are in life, all are welcome. I have worked with expats, athletes, entrepreneurs, refugees, military, ex-military, first responders (firefighters, police, paramedics), nurses, doctors, teachers, students, etc.

Meet Nicole.

My name is Nicole Gaines & I created SAND & PSY to combine my two passions, counseling & nature, in a more effective treatment. After 10 years of traditional psychotherapy practice, I am convinced that turning towards the outdoors is an important part of healing & overall psychological wellbeing.


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 Client Reviews


Written by L.O. on Sep 21, 2017 after counseling with Nicole for 3 months for depression, relationship, and trauma and abuse:

"There are so many good things I can say about Nicole, so I'll touch on the most important.
She is trustworthy, understanding, concise, and comforting. Before her, I found it VERY hard to open up and trust counselors/therapists due to a series of bad experiences with ones years ago. Over the last several months of working with her, I have gained more confidence and strength to be a better, healthier version of me.I would HIGHLY recommend her for someone who is serious about working on themselves; you would greatly benefit from a counselor who keeps you going with her constant encouragement and advice."

N.O. on Apr 26, 2017 after counseling with Nicole for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, self esteem, and career:

"I wanted to write this review because Nicole has changed my life. She is compassionate, brilliant, non judgemental and one of the most insightful and intuitive people I have come to know. I am lucky to have had the opportunity to grow, and know myself better with her guidance. I could not ask for a better therapist."

Written by B.U. on Aug 09, 2019 after counseling with Nicole for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem:

"Nicole is an angel in disguise. She has helped me through some of the most difficult and fun times over the last 18 months and I truly enjoy sharing my experiences and thoughts with her.”