Nicolle Nattrass is a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC II), a playwright (PGC), a professional actress (CAEA) and a Creative Self-Care facilitator. Journaling as a Creative Self-Care practise began early as a young child and is the touchstone in all of her work, personally and professionally.
With a demanding career as a professional actor for 15 years, self-care was paramount. During this time, she also began to explore her own voice as a playwright and began writing her own plays. She has recently written and performed Mamahood: Bursting into Light, a 90 minute one woman play which is an autobiographical account as a new mother and her post-partum experiences.
She believes in carrying a message to empower others through her work, whether it is as an actor, writer or as Addiction counselor. When she began volunteering at a women’s treatment centre in downtown Toronto (for alcohol and drug addiction) she never imagined that almost 4 years later, she would earn her certification as an Addiction Counselor and through that experience, create a journaling course called Creative Journaling, The Promises of Recovery specifically for those in 12 step recovery (and their families) to use as a grounding, self-care and relapse prevention tool. Further exploration, led her to recognize a need to create a journaling course Creative Journaling for the Helping Professional (CACCF 6 CEU’s) specifically for those who worked in mental health and addictions to process secondary stress, prevent burnout, etc.
Nicolle is a champion for self-care and artistic expression with the focus on ENJOYMENT! She creates courses & workbooks that are easy to use, powerful and inspiring. Nicolle values individual connection and offers a 30 minute coaching (one-on-one) session with her journaling clients. In her courses, Nicolle strives to offer a balance of guidance and freedom for her journaling clients, “no rules but opportunities to tune in for self- care to transform and move forward to the next step in your journey.”
Nicolle is incredibly grateful to be soon offering her course, Creative Journaling for Self-Care within our IAJW community as well as to be connected to this Journal Council group.
For more information about Nicolle’s work, please visit www.nicollenattrass.com and for a list of her plays www.playwrightsguild.ca.