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Patricia is an experienced and deeply compassionate psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples, families, and groups facing difficulties in their lives and relationships. Currently she is a Clinical professor in the  Counselling Psychology Program at Simon Fraser University and the Director of the SFU Surrey Counselling Centre.  In addition she runs a part-time private practice offering individual and group work. She has instructed counselling psychology at the University of British Columbia and Kwantlen University.

Dr. Nitkin has extensive experience in clinical counselling in higher education, psychosocial oncology, palliative care, and community work where she employs relational and existential-humanistic therapies with the adjunctive approaches of Mindful Self Compassion and Music Therapy. Dr. Nitkin graduated from the University of British Columbia with a PhD in Counselling Psychology where her area of research was the human-animal bond and its applications to healing, psychology and relationship science. Dr. Nitkin has worked for over 30 years in the field of human services.

Patricia is committed to honouring the life experiences of her clients. She employs Relational-cultural theory, Mindful Self- Compassion, expressive arts, and the human-animal bond and their applications to healing, psychology and relationship science.  She is a skilled group facilitator and presenter and is entirely devoted to contributing meaningfully to the lives of her clients. 


Licensure: Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association: Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) designation


  • Proficient in French

  • Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)                                                                                 Trained Teacher 




What we can work on together

Coping with depression

Managing anxiety

Relationship challenges

Interpersonal communication

Coping with Loss 

Living meaningfully

Healing from trauma

Finding and making meaning

Bringing self-compassion and compassion to difficult emotions and experiences



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