Nicole Hotson

H.B.A. Psych., M.S.W., R.S.W., C.P.T.
Registered Social Worker
Certified Play Therapist

Nicole was born and raised in Thunder Bay and is a Status First Nations person. Nicole has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years.

Nicole’s past experience includes; children’s mental health treatment at Dilico Ojibway Child & Family Services, adult addictions and family violence treatment at the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre, and over 14 years of children’s mental health counselling at Children’s Centre Thunder Bay as a Social Worker and Certified Play Therapist.

Nicole graduated from Lakehead University with an Honors Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Honors Bachelor of Social Work, and Masters of Social Work. Nicole is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Nicole is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Nicole is a Certified Play Therapist with the Canadian Association for Play Therapy. Nicole’s play therapy training included: Understanding Trauma, Attachment Theory & Therapy, Brain Research & Child Development, Filial Therapy, Theraplay, Puppetry & Storytelling, Sandtray Therapy, Art Therapy, Treating Disruptive Behaviour Problems, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Treating Anxious Children, Treating Sexually Abused Children, Treating Children with Sexual Behaviour Problems, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Treating Bereaved Children & Treating Children of Separation/Divorce.

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.

Carl Jung