Nelson BC Psychologist :: Brooke Mandseth

Aim with your heart and steer with your mind... and know that it always works.

I had a pretty idyllic childhood. I can close my eyes and still picture the block I grew up on, the friends and neighbours we had in our tight-knit, little community. I can still remember the sounds and smells of my grandparents’ farms in southern Alberta where I spent part of my summers. I can still taste and feel the difference in the air when we turned the car down the dirt road, surrounded by the forest, where I visited a cabin perched on cliff near Nelson, BC, every summer. But, as what happens in most peoples’ lives, things happened, my snug and safe world shifted and I found myself flailing in the new terrain of my life.

life changes

None of us are spared from these occurrences that shake us. Your foundation crumbles from beneath you, your reality completely shifts, and everything is altered. You wonder if anything will ever feel the same again. Nothing seems safe, nothing is solid, and you begin to question everything in your world. Fortunately, my life was grounded in love, support, and above all, connection with others who were able to help me.

building safety

This is where my passion and my purpose as a therapist was born, to help re-create safety and rebuild a foundation through the therapeutic relationship. Whether your life feels confusing, muddled, hectic, or even chaotic, I can support you, help you become grounded again, clarify challenges that are arising in your life and deal with the things that are impacting you and preventing you from living a full and satisfying life.



I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia with over 13 years of experience providing individual and couples therapy. I attended graduate school at the University of Alberta, obtained my Master’s degree in 2006 and worked at various agencies in Edmonton, AB. I started my own private practice in 2012 and relocated to beautiful Nelson, BC in 2014.

how will therapy help me?

Therapy is for anyone looking to understand and clarify things, to ease suffering and sort out conflict, to build capacity, and to create and sustain change in their lives.



Integrating Body and Mind

I am trained in somatic, attachment based, experiential forms of psychotherapy that work to improve the connection between mind, body, and emotions. I am a certified Hakomi therapist, and am trained in Somatic Experiencing and EMDR; approaches used to resolve trauma in individuals. I work primarily from these approaches and am firmly grounded in the principles of Hakomi; mindfulness, nonviolence, unity, organicity, and mind-body integrations. Please see the links below for more information.

understanding your world

These approaches help to give you a map of understanding how life events, emotions, relationships, trauma and other experiences affect you and how they are held in our body, emotions and mind. Somatic psychotherapy and EMDR can help to expand and shift your beliefs, allow you the space for growth and healing, and help you to become a fuller, better functioning, more present human being. The benefits of therapy in these approaches are broad; it allows you to be more present, decreases unwanted symptoms, improves your connection with others and increases self-awareness.


Somatic Experiencing


Artwork by Delina Underwood @delinalouiseart



I charge $160 per 60-minute counselling hour. I am covered by some insurance companies and you may be entitled for reimbursement through your extended health care coverage.

I have a 24-hour cancellation/no show fee. If you cancel your appointment with less than 24 hours notice or not show up to your appointment, I charge the full rate for the session. The appointment time you have booked is reserved exclusively for your use, I am mindful about organizing my life around the commitment to your hour session and appreciate that I am given the same consideration.

Payment for services is required at the time of each appointment. If you have insurance coverage, you will then submit the receipt for reimbursement. Cash, cheques, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. E-transfers can be emailed to me prior to the appointment as well. If you have any questions regarding billing policies, please discuss this matter directly with me.



You can reach me by phone, text, or email. We can set up a brief phone call so that I can get an idea for what you are looking for and if I am the best fit for your needs.

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