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New Vista Therapy’s mission is to be a source of support and growth for individuals and couples. If you are experiencing distress, uncertainty or disconnection, I invite you to explore the services I offer. You can contact me for a free 15-minute phone consultation where we can introduce ourselves and you can ask any questions you may have.

I am Nicky Verster, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) serving clients in Virginia. My studies were focused on human development and how we function in relationships and I remain curious as I collaborate with clients to explore their inner worlds and their relationships.

Couples Therapy

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Deciding to start counseling is a major step for most couples. I get that! My hope is that you will quickly experience our sessions as a safe space to explore your relationship and get a clear picture of where you might be getting stuck. The ultimate goal is that you will build, or rebuild, a strong emotional bond.

I won’t kid you here, some sessions may be challenging. Other sessions may bring a sense of relief and lightness. It’s all part of the journey of finding your way closer to one another.

I will, most likely, use the model of Emotionally Focused therapy, to focus our work. I intend that you will experience me as both warm and direct. We can be straightforward with one another as we collaborate and build trust between the three of us. That trust is a cornerstone of couples’ therapy!


Whether you are early in your relationship, considering a long-term commitment, or decades into a paired experience, we can collaborate to enhance your connection.

I enjoy working with clients from all backgrounds and orientations. I lean on the multicultural education and training I have received, while continuing to grow personally and professionally in this area. Coming alongside you as you grow and heal is the most rewarding part of my work.


Individual Therapy

In individual therapy sessions, the focus will be on your inner world. That’s another way of saying we will explore your relationship with yourself. We will also reflect on your relationships with important others in your life; your partners, parents, children, friends …. you know who they are.

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You can expect a safe, nurturing and neutral space in which to explore your thoughts and feelings. Therapy is unlikely to be a linear journey; there may be some ups and downs, and highs and lows along the way. Bring your openness and your curiosity to sessions and we will explore together. I will support you each step of the way.  


I can help you with life stressors and life transitions, relationship distress, anxiety, self-esteem, PTSD and other difficulties related to trauma.


I would be honored to support you as you create a life that you love.

I enjoy working with clients from all backgrounds and orientations. I lean on the multicultural education and training I have received, while continuing to grow personally and professionally in this area. Coming alongside you as you grow and heal is the most rewarding part of my work.

Meet Nicky
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Hi, I'm Nicky

I lived in England for my first three years, until my parents decided to immigrate to South Africa, where I experienced childhood and early adulthood. In 1989, my husband and I chose the United States as our new home. We raised, and “launched”, our son and daughter in Northern Virginia. 

Apart from being a “double immigrant”, I have been fortunate to have a variety of interesting and life-changing experiences, including spending a year as an exchange student as a senior in high school, working as a volunteer beach lifeguard, owning a bakery for six years, and learning to row and compete in an “eight” in my fifties. 

Being a therapist is a second career for me. Over the decades I worked in IT, I did everything from writing code, to designing applications, to managing large projects.

All this to say, I have “been around the block”, and this helps me to relate to a wide variety of client experiences. At the same time, I am acutely aware that your life experience is as unique to you as mine is to me, and I honor that.


  • Master of Science in marriage and family therapy from Virginia Tech

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Psychology

  • Advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)


  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Virginia
    Nicola Verster ~ License #0717002008

Professional Memberships

  • The International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)

  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

  • Virginia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (VAMFT)

  • The Washington-Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (WBCEFT)

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  • What if I don’t live in Virginia?
    Therapist licenses are issued by the state. My license allows me to work, both in-person and online, with people who are residents of Virginia.
  • Do you take insurance?
    Many health insurance companies cover individual and couple therapy. If you would like to check your exact coverage before starting therapy, I will send you the information your insurance company will need in order to make that determination. Once we are up and running, you will receive regular “superbills” that you will submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
  • Will we meet online or in -person?
    I offer both in-person and online appointments. At the start of the pandemic, all sessions moved online, out of necessity. This modality has worked so well for both individuals and couples (no travel and way less need for babysitters!), that I continue to offer online sessions. Typically, in-person sessions will take place in Falls Church.
  • How often will we meet?
    Meeting weekly is preferred, especially in the first couple of months. You will see faster results this way. However, we can talk about options if you need to meet less frequently.
  • How long is each appointment?
    Appointments typically last 50 to 55 minutes.
  • How long will therapy last?
    The number of sessions varies between clients and is influenced by need. We will collaborate on setting goals and on the mapping out the journey to get there.
  • What are your fees?
    My fee for both couples and individuals is $180 for a 50-minute session.
  • I’m interested in couples’ counseling, but my partner is not. Can you still help?
    Yes, I can. People start therapy at different places in their lives and with different mindsets. I will meet you where you are …… whether you are raring to go or feeling tentative about therapy.


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  • Call a 24-hour crisis center at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • Text MHA to 741741

  • Call 988 or 911, or

  • Go to the nearest emergency room

I aim to respond to inquiries within 2 days. Often, I will get back to you sooner, although I typically do not work over the weekend. I will email you so we can schedule a brief (free) phone call to introduce ourselves where you can ask any questions you may have.

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