List of COurses


NEW COURSE, Creative Journaling for Self-Care

This nourishing & expansive course is available both ONSITE & ONLINE.

The focus of this Course is renewed & improved Self-Care & exploration of Creativity.

Through accessible & easy to use journaling techniques as well as inspiring exercises to expand your creativity.

Have you always wanted to explore Journaling? This course is a great opportunity to connect, go at your own pace, videos included, printable worksheets and course includes a COACHING call with myself.  Rediscover your focus and be inspired to move forward in your personal & professional goals.

I came to the Creative Journaling for Self-Care course at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when we were being told to shelter in place. I found myself with a lot of anxiety and fear and too much time on my hands for thinking. Nicolle’s engaging and warm style and her gentle encouragement was just what I needed. Her course allowed me to find a place of calm and creativity amid a storm of crazy. In addition, the 30-minute one-on-one session proved to be invaluable – Nicolle urged me to open up to the idea of creating based on images instead of words, and that is not only fun but a welcome relief from all the words around us all the time. Thank you Nicolle!

Robin Briggs, Philadelphia, US

Feb. 22/2020 Feedback from Creative Journaling for Self-Care participants

“One of the best art workshops I’ve taken. The presenter/facilitator was an expert at her craft and a great communicator. The workshop was so well organized and our North Van Arts host was so welcoming and provided some “extra” treats.” -Annie R

“This workshop was inspiring and uplifting, I would like to take more writing art courses. Great addition in the community.” -Gurmeet K

“The course today left me with many tools that I know I will practice. I feel inspired, uplifted and encouraged by this workshop and am so grateful that this was accessible in North Vancouver. I hope for more courses like this in the future!” -Sarah J

“The journaling workshop is a new experience for me. I usually struggle to journal. This workshop provided tools and guidance that gives a much better idea of how to explore this creative method. Thank you!” -Ishana D

“The journaling workshop was exactly what I needed at this time in my life. I learned journal techniques that are realistic and fun to actually incorporate into my life.” -SD

“This workshop not only introduced me to a great variety of aspects of journaling, but also provided me with a great experience hearing about the very personal stories of others.” -Sheila




You can PURCHASE the ONLINE COURSE, Creative Journaling for Self-Care. This Course was successfully launched in Nov. 2019 with the International Association for Journal Writing. Includes videos, printable worksheets & includes COACHING CALL.


Creative Journaling: Self-Care for the Helping Professional

Renew your Focus, Reduce your Stress

*This Course is approved by the CACCF for 6 hours of Continuing Education Units, Certificate issued.

This is a professional development course designed for working professionals in any of the helping professions (education, health, social services, psychology, essential services) with a focus on mental health awareness, including trauma and addiction. Led by Addiction Counselor, Nicolle Nattrass CAC II, we will explore the benefits of journaling as a self-care tool for both counselor personal and professional self-care and client care. Helping professionals will experience first hand, the power of journal writing exercises, a variety of journal writing techniques to support and process their own work, reduce stress and focus on Self-Care to maintain healthy balance. Reflection and renewal of personal & professional purpose.

The “Creative Journaling: Self-Care for the Helping Professional” course helped me expand my mind on the many different ways we can express our thoughts, feelings and deepest fears in a very mindful and intentional way. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found the content to be thoughtful, intelligent and creative. I would recommend this course to anyone seeking the opportunity to make time for self-reflection, introspection and personal and professional growth.

Frances Stone, Counselor Coast Mental Health

This course meets the GLOBAL CRITERIA for 12 Core Functions from the CACCF Standards & Certification Manual for Addiction Counselors. The Core Functions addressed are Treatment Planning, Counseling, Case Management, Client Education and Consultation.

6 CEUS/ CACCF Certificate issued upon completion

This course is available ONSITE at your office/location as a 6 hour course delivered to fit your schedule.


Available for purchase as a 6 Lesson/Module e- course. Self-paced, low time commitment and workbook is delivered weekly via email to your inbox.

Course includes: Printable worksheets, 30 minute Optional consultation with Instructor/Addiction Counselor Nicolle Nattrass (Optional) using Zoom meeting & further Workshop Resources for you to explore.

Each thematic week includes:

  • an introduction to the theme and lesson
  • printable color worksheets
  • new writing techniques to add to your professional and personal tool-kit
  • articles & references from leading professionals (counselors/nurse/doctors) on using journaling in their work with clients
  • writing prompts & exercises to both support and stretch your boundaries
  • creativity challenges to help discover simple creativity as an incredibly powerful anecdote to stress
  • optional one on one session with myself, Addiction counselor to discuss journaling work.
  • CACCF Certificate issued/ 6 CEUS

The focus of this course is Self-Care through easy to use, accessible journaling techniques and exercise to explore your creativity. A great opportunity to unplug and reconnect with yourself. Through the use of writing tools, we will use our journals  as a tool to reduce stress, to rediscover focus, direction and set goals to identify, inspire and motivate your life forward.

This Course is available via ZOOM or ONSITE and can be adjusted to your professional schedule.

Want  a Preview?

To Register/ Purchase e-course – $297

Creative Self-Care for Moms

This e-course is available for purchase in an easy accessible 3 Lesson/Module format delivered to your inbox every week. The course is designed with a busy mom or primary caregiver in mind. The purpose is to support and honor your motherhood experience. No writing experience or expensive supplies required. This course is about integrating quality time for yourself that is fun, accessible using creative ways to reduce stress, re-charge and capture your unique perspective as a parent. There are no rules just guidelines for you to explore, go at your own pace, according to your schedule & life.

This course includes:

ONE complimentary 30 minute telephone coaching session to help you find your best self-care practice while being in the throes of busy motherhood.

This used to be my coffee table…If you can relate, then this course is for YOU!

Want  a Preview?

To Register/ Purchase e-course – $89

This Course is also available as a One Day workshop, onsite at your location. Group rates available.

To Arrange Onsite Booking, Contact Nicolle Directly

*Also available as Group Package with either Theatre show, Mamahood: Bursting into Light or Keynote Presentation, Mamahood: A New Frontier.

Creative Journaling for your Recovery

Want  a Preview?

To Register/ Purchase e-course – $145

Creative Journaling for your Recovery

This PROGRAM can be also be delivered ~ONSITE- at your office/treatment centre/organization

For ZOOM or ONSITE BOOKINGS contact Nicolle directly.

Led by Certified Addiction Counselor, Nicolle Nattrass this course & program was created in 2013 and designed for families and for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, whether new or long term recovery.

A trauma-informed approach to journaling that is accessible, does not require writing experience and promotes creative self-care and reclaiming joy. The focus is on Self-care, using journaling as an outlet and window into self- grounding tool, prevention and awareness tool and uncover and reclaim creative interests through journaling.

Curriculum includes writing techniques, how to use writing prompts, touchstones and affirmations to improve and support recovery choices.  Whether you are in recovery from a loss, trauma, stress from Covid-19 or addiction, Journaling is a powerful tool to ground us now. This course is also a great fit for those in treatment, Alumni or Aftercare program.

No writing experience is required. 

Since 2013, this program has been successfully shared & enjoyed with-

Renascent Treatment (residential/Continuing care- abstinence 12 step based program)

Cedars at Cobble Hill (residential/holistic therapeutic in drug/alcohol & process addictions)

Edgewood Health Network (inpatient treatment)


“Discipline to conquer the fear of self reflection seems less of a ‘brick wall’ now and I have begun to use the index cards to quickly scribble notes and set my mind to better creative thought”

This course opened up a new door for me. I feel like I have more tools to handle my feelings and for the first time, I felt inspired to start the Artists Way”

” I found Nicolle’s workshop most empowering: it unleashed a torrent of creative energy for me. A lot of good practical advice as well. Would highly recommend the experience”.

This COURSE is also now available as a E-course, PDF delivered to your email weekly.

Available for purchase as a 4 Lesson/Module e- course. Self-paced, low time commitment and workbook is delivered weekly via email to your inbox.

This course is for you if ~

  • self-paced, low time commitment & easy to follow guidance delivered every week in your email inbox
  • you or your family members have completed an initial treatment, counselling or recovery program (includes all modalities)
  • you want to nurture and support your recovery through positive self-care, personal growth and exploration of recovery topics.
  • you would benefit from motivation & inspiration to re-discover your passion, creativity and hobbies while in recovery.
  • you would benefit from a check in with a counselor (30 min) at any time in the duration of this course.

Course includes: 15 pages of color workbook, 30 minute complimentary guided telephone session (Optional) with Instructor/ Addiction Counselor, Nicolle Nattrass and further Workshop resources and support.

4 week- each thematic week includes:

  • an introduction with a theme and lesson
  • accessible, easy to use writing prompts & exercises that support your personal & positive growth
  • learning how to use journaling as a grounding & preventative relapse tool and to strengthen recovery whether it be from a behavior/substance. etc.
  • creative exploration that does not require huge commitment or supplies but rather is fun and exploratory
  • access to at any time during the 4 weeks courses, support for your recovery in a one on one session with myself, Addiction counselor.