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“Nicola’s capacity for love and compassion is truly inspiring. I am comforted instantly upon seeing her, my monkey mind is invariably silenced – giving way to the truth of my heart, at the end of every session. She is both sensitive to my needs and completely frank. She does not so much dispense advice as gently guides me back to myself and the truth that is in me all along. My relationships have deepened and grown, my sense of self has blossomed. I am so grateful for her and our work.”~ Jen Ziegler, New York

“My therapeutic experience with Nicola has been profoundly healing. Her loving and unwavering presence, open-heartedness and unconditional acceptance of everything that I was experiencing has been truly transformative. My ability to trust her completely allowed me to let go in a way I never had before, and life changed from deep within me.”~ Terri Vandeer, Santa Cruz

“The event you lead for the third time now was fabulous and once again – pitch perfect. We loved having you and so did the women. The ceremony, teachings and group experience brought them deeper into themselves and their own divine feminine and more intimate with each other. Your leadership and group facilitation skills are excellent. With natural grace and ease you guided a whole group of women to step into the sacred feminine in a way that was grounded, real, and empowering. She made it safe and easy for women to let go of old patterns, to open and experience the sacred, to deeply connect to themselves and with each other. Nicola Amadora embodies what she teaches, she truly works magic and creates a feast for the heart. We’re so grateful that you’re part of this sacred circle— thank you, thank you for your beautiful gifts!”  ~ Marci Schimoff, Speaker, Author of Happy for no Reason

“Highly Recommended.  I have attended satsangs and workshops lead by Nicola with incredible heart, perception, inspiration, and humor.  I was moved to see Nicola for individual Hakomi therapy sessions – best thing I have done for my personal growth and well being for years!  She has helped guide me on my spiritual path, break through emotional blocks, and open my heart to trust and love again.” ~ Michael Reppy, Marin

“Nicola is an amazing person and her work is life changing. She has the ability to cut through the surface and get to the source, the core of your being. She holds a presence of compassion that opens the heart at a very deep level. She has surpassed all expectations, and led by her gifted intuition, she has taken me into very fertile ground. Working with her is a blessing and I give her the highest recommendation.” ~ Leonard Leinow, Woodacre

You are a great and genuine teacher Nicola. And from the moment I started working with you there have been so many shifts in my experience. I feel renewed, I feel strength and peace. The personal session and meditation group has been profound and powerful. You are a true blessing Nicola! ~ Lou Ann Mc Bride, Louisanna

“I weep and laugh. Nicola pierces my heart and takes me into love.” ~ Richard Page, Berkley

Nicola is a treasure, and a wise woman. She speaks and leads with her heart with a gentleness and divine strength that could only come from many years of practicing compassion and diving into the deep uncomfortable places that are so difficult for many of us to go. What I appreciate so much about her is that she doesn’t deal with only the symptoms of a chaotic world, but really worked with us on getting down to the core of our pains, hidden in our most tender places. The tools that I have learned on this retreat will never be forgotten, nor any of the people that traveled down this path with me. Writing about it now reminds me of that connectedness, and I feel a great deal of warmth and presence within my whole body, which is exactly how I want to live my life. To anyone considering whether to join Nicola on a retreat, or in therapy, or even just a walk down the street, say YES! Your whole self will love you for it.” ~ Kelli Radwanski, Artist, Los Angeles

“Nicola is a genuis teacher. I love how her teachings flow from deep compassion,true knowing and she is real. Nicola embodies spirituality and is fully human.” ~ Kristin Crowly, MFT intern, Berkeley

“It was an incredible day! I so appreciated your thoughtful, insightful, and patient approach to bringing us into new ways of experiencing system and organizational learning.  The culminating exercise- speaking for the world’s interests- addressing the things we care so deeply about- will remain with me for the rest of my life. Thank you!” ~ Danny Coballos, Organizational Consultant

“Dr. Nicola Amadora gets right to the core, to the heart of the matter. The session with her caused a real transformation in me that led to real changes in my world. I now have a sense of belonging, for which I am so grateful.” ~ Sahar Kordahi, Speaker & Coach, San Ramon

“Dr. Nicola Amadora does magic. She helped me in so many ways, I am so grateful.” ~ Dr. Alice Lively, MD., Scotts Valley

“The Retreat: ‘Truly Connected-Make a Difference’ was such a transformative experience! I felt so supported and able to express who I really am- free from judgment and expectations. Nicola is truly inspiring. I look forward to growing further with these amazing retreats.” ~ Lauren Barnum, Los Angeles

“Nicola Amadora is a very skilled and heart-based facilitator, therapist, and teacher. She creates a safe and nurturing space for her clients and group participants who are being fully seen, embraced, and met by her – no matter where they are in their psycho-spiritual evolution. Nicola’s authentic presence and gentle guidance are rooted in the love and wisdom gleaned from the crucible of real life experience. I felt fully met in my sessions with her. She helped  me to reconnect more deeply, which was a very healing and illuminating experience for me. I highly recommend her!” ~Isabella Price, MA, Speaker, Educator and Author

“Nicola is a whole person who has the greatest understanding of the human heart and how to know real love of anyone I have ever met. She helped me to be more of who I am.” ~ Kelley Springer, Oregon

“I have worked with Nicola both in couples and individual counseling, and find her truly stellar in both areas. Nicola creates a safe container that encourages trust, honesty, vulnerability, and transformation. She is focused, intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate. Her knowledge is extensive, and available for her to draw on when needed, but her true brilliance is demonstrated in her ability to illuminate unconscious patterns that no longer serve and help create paradigm shifts based on love, compassion, perspective, and truth. I am deeply grateful to have the opportunity to work with her.” ~ Mark Schneider, Headhunter

“Nicola’s artful teaching blends the practical tools of being a parent with the spiritual essence that is our true nature. I use the practices she shared with us in the Mindful Parenting retreat on a daily basis and my relationship with my daughter flourishes every time. I am so grateful!” ~ Darshana Weill, mommy of Violet

“Sometimes when you find something wonderful, you want to keep it all to yourself, like sharing it with other people would make it less special. But sometimes, something–or someone–amazes you so much that you want to share it with everyone you meet. Nicola is exactly such a treasure.

 Nicola makes what she does seem effortless. She has an incredible intuition that she supports with a deliberate approach. She is 100% present in all interactions, exemplifying mindfulness and empathy.

 She is a healer with an uncommon and precious talent for what she does. Every time I talk to Nicola, I feel like I’ve gained a new skill, insight, or emotion that improves my life in a meaningful way. If you are looking for a life coach, therapist, or workshop leader, look no further. Nicola is the best :)” ~ Sophie Scarr Newman, San Francisco

“So worth it! This was deeply healing, touching and powerful for me. I would love for everyone to experience this important Reconcliation Work between Women and Men. It exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it.” ~ Florence Schneider, Marin

“Nicola is a great leader and teacher. I took her training ‘Leading Like a Woman’ and knew right away I was going to benefit from what she had to offer. She is a grounded, experienced and knowledgable facilitator, who crafted a balance of experiential, reflective and connecting activities. I felt safe and supported by her and came away knowing myself on a much deeper level. I continue to use the tools she gave us to strengthen my role as a leader. Based on my experience I would highly recommend any trainings or retreats Nicola has to offer.” ~ CeCe McNeil, mother of two and headhunter

“Nicola is an amazing leader, who mentors young women with integrity and inspires our hearts to connect with the depth of our purpose. I learnt practical leadership skills, to be centered in my body, connected to my soul and stepped up into leadership with Rising Tide! Yes!” ~ Vanessa Farayan (22 years), Sebastapol

“Nicola walks her talk. She teaches with such depth and it touches my heart profoundly. She is an exceptional dharma teacher, who makes the teachings easily applicable for daily life. She is real and inspiring.” ~ Betsy Blessing, SC

“This retreat was such an enlightening and refreshing experience. The connection with self, nature and others was so life giving. I am very grateful!” ~ Breanna Eastman, Los Angeles

“I’ve been wanting to write this review for about a long time. Every day I think of it but haven’t been able to find the words. Perhaps this is because there are no words. The words I am about to say will not even come close to expressing how incredible the experience I had with Nicola was and how she truly changed my life. She is the real deal. A truly loving individual that genuinely cares about the wellness of others. She is an angel. With the most gentle and loving  approach she enabled me to source and release my deeply rooted and hidden emotional pain. She gave me the tools to fully process emotions, stand up for myself, value myself and most importantly love myself. Like I said these words will never show the magnitude of what she did for me. You will have to find out for yourself. And If you do, i assure you it will be the greatest gift you ever give to yourself.”~ Liz O’Connely

“The retreat was inspiring, fresh, deep, heartfelt and full of hope for me. I came with my daughter and it meant a lot for me. Thank you Nicola” ~ Dee Eastmann, Los Angeles

“My sessions with Nicola have been ground breaking. She guided me home to myself and my life changed from the inside out in a powerful way. I am so grateful!” ~ Eleneor Pier, New Zealand, Nurse

“Thank you so much for your powerful presence and divinely guided ceremony on Saturday night! The women each received so much from this and it came up several times on Sunday.  In how they felt impacted, accepted, uncomfortable (in a good way) and even more deeply connected to each other. Exquisite!”~ Kim Forcina, Manager at Happy for no Reason, Marin

“I felt afraid, shy, wanted to disappear and felt not good enough. It was an underground stream in my life. It was powerful and I could not deny it. Therapy with Nicola is helping me a lot. I used the practice she taught me in my life: I turned toward what was arising, used the breath, was present and was able to give that part of me what it truly needed. I could connect with the source of love, that which is greater, I could viscerally experience how I am held. Right in that moment I such relief washed through me, I opened, it felt amazing. I felt not alone anymore, so beautiful and embraced by love itself. Incredible how my fears dissolved and I feel connected.” ~ Adria Dunnington

“Thank you so much for your wisdom, your grace and presence. The ceremony was beautiful and just perfect. You held the space for over hundred people in a powerful way, there was such a sense of magic and sacredness you brought forth. Many people said it was their most beautiful and memorable wedding ceremony ever. Thank you for the profound work you did with us. I feel I am under a spell, a spell of love, us and you.” Cece Mc Neil and Mark S.

“The hunger for love is far more difficult to fill than the hunger for bread. Thank you for this immeasurable gift to the table.” ~ Jerry, the Handyman

“The instant I met Nicola Amadora I knew I wanted her to officiate at my upcoming wedding. She radiates a gentle, joyous accessibility that is authentic and tremendously effective throughout the entire process. The time and care she puts in building relationship with a couple in order to personalize the ceremony makes for a truly special wedding. She is particularly adept and astute at navigating through the inevitable ‘issues’ typical of brides and grooms. The wedding was heartfelt, elegant yet simple and very beautiful. You are safe and well rewarded by entrusting your momentous day to Nicola’s capable heart and hands.” ~ Teresa and John Azahr.

“My partner recently commented that I have been more loving, vibrant, and confident lately. It’s definitely true; I feel more loving, alive, open, confident and receptive to the world. This has directly to do with being mentored by Nicola. I have been working with her on two things: understanding my gifts and developing the leadership skills to deliver them. In this process, I am continuously moving closer to who I am, what I want and what the world wants out of me. The more fully I am in my gift and power, the greater my capacity for everything: loving, giving, leading, living. The process of growing into and leading from my own centeredness, as a woman, has been an inspiring, elating and soulful journey.” ~ Sally Neas (25 years old)

“Nicola has an amazing gift with people from all walks of life and her understanding of both humanity and the spiritual is profound. Her presence is full of genuine love and inspiration. Her guided meditations were healing in every way. I look forward to many more of Nicola’s seminars and women’s leadership retreats and the growth they will bring into my life.” ~ Lauren Murray, Santa Cruz

“I had a transformational experience working with Nicola.  I came to the women’s retreat at the end of my rope, feeling hopeless and was done with teachings or any other healing modality, because nothing would help.I left the retreat with a new sense of purpose, a willingness to keep going and be of service to the world. She gave me faith when I needed it most.” ~ Joanna Arenstein, Sebastapol

“Nicola is one of the most loving, caring teachers and therapists I have ever met. 
Her support has been a great help in my life and given me the confidence to trust my own knowing. She has a heart of gold and I would recommend her to anyone!” ~ Lindi James, Therapist

“My husband and I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Amadora and she makes the process really stress free. She handles the male/ female communication aspect easily and is a great professional with heart. We had homework assignments that made sense and were given great tools to live by. My hubby is even saying hey, when are we going in to see Nicola again? That says a lot.” ~ Siing Sofi M.,Santa Cruz

I highly recommend this Reconciliation workshop, which was presented with great heart, sensitivity, insight, sharing, ritual and deep healing for women and men.Thank you!” ~ Michael Reppy, Marin

“Each session with Nicola has been poignant. She helped me to awaken and burdens that have carried my whole life, where healed at the core. Nicola was instrumental to change the relationship with my daughter in a profound way. A solid connection, health and more love has grown between us now. I am deeply grateful for this work and Nicola.” Alexis S., Therapist, San Jose

“Nicola is an extraordinary feminine leadership facilitator and teacher. And she is a natural, highly gifted and inspiring speaker. She teaches from her heart and offers very powerful relating skills to simply, yet profoundly, connect with people. I gained invaluable skills to lead and relate with more presence and authenticity that I will use both in my personal and professional relationships. After taking the training, it was clear that she is truly an expert in relating and leadership skills and very passionate about her work.  She is a gem and I highly recommend her courses, trainings, retreats and individual therapy sessions.” ~ Char Longwello, Morgage Consultant.

“Dr. Nicola Amadora is such an insightful, compassionate, and authentic healer. She helps people to truly and safely experience their emotions, so they can learn those powerful lessons from their experiences and integrate them into their lives. Carefully and clearly, she shows us how to see the opportunities and options that await us, and she supports us to connect to our inner wisdom to determine the best way to proceed. She facilitates an organic unfolding of the process, and helps us to truly see how to align ourselves with the life we want. My experiences with her have been transformative and invaluable.” ~ Juli Mazie, Naturepathic Doctor

“I recently took a training from Nicola on feminine leadership and communication that changed my life. I learned–and had the opportunity to practice–a very effective and enlightening way of relating-which ended up being the key to solving a difficult problem I was having with a client of mine. I was also impressed with how aware and responsive Nicola was to the various individuals within our group–making sure everyone was heard, but still maintaining a good pace throughout. I highly recommend her workshops and trainings!” ~ Sally Wolfe, Author and Consultant. Santa Cruz

“Each session with Nicola has been poignant. She helped me to awaken and burdens that have carried my whole life, where healed at the core. Nicola was instrumental to change the relationship with my daughter in a profound way. A solid connection, health and more love has grown between us now. I am deeply grateful for this work and Nicola.” Alexis S., Therapist, San Jose

“Nicola is an extraordinary feminine leadership facilitator and teacher. And she is a natural, highly gifted and inspiring speaker. She teaches from her heart and offers very powerful relating skills to simply, yet profoundly, connect with people. I gained invaluable skills to lead and relate with more presence and authenticity that I will use both in my personal and professional relationships. After taking the training, it was clear that she is truly an expert in relating and leadership skills and very passionate about her work.  She is a gem and I highly recommend her courses, trainings, retreats and individual therapy sessions.” ~ Char Longwello, Morgage Consultant.

“Dr. Nicola Amadora is such an insightful, compassionate, and authentic healer. She helps people to truly and safely experience their emotions, so they can learn those powerful lessons from their experiences and integrate them into their lives. Carefully and clearly, she shows us how to see the opportunities and options that await us, and she supports us to connect to our inner wisdom to determine the best way to proceed. She facilitates an organic unfolding of the process, and helps us to truly see how to align ourselves with the life we want. My experiences with her have been transformative and invaluable.” ~ Juli Mazie, Naturepathic Doctor

“Dr. Nicola Amadora is an incredible teacher, coach and mentor for Women’s Leadership. Her training taps into the incredible natural resources women have to become powerful leaders within the community– including the family and workplace. She helps us understand those untapped feminine strengths and how to apply them to practical situations. I left her workshop thoroughly inspired by her and will incorporate the skills she taught us into all aspects of my life. Every woman (and man) will benefit from this workshop, or any professional interaction with Dr. Nicola.” ~ Linda Crouse, Entrepeuer, Ben Lomond

“Nicola Amadora is the real deal. She led me from death to life.” ~ Desiree Casidee, Watsonville.

“I am pleased to provide a recommendation for Nicola Amadora, who was my coach over the last year. I worked with Nicola to navigate a very challenging and toxic workplace situation. With her support and guidance, I was able to strengthen my interpersonal skills, regain my confidence and feel more empowered, which allowed me to transition to a new opportunity as well as a new career direction. As I worked with Nicola, I was increasingly able to access my somatic responses and incorporate my commitment to mindfulness practice into our work. I greatly appreciated her compassionate and empathetic approach, her ability to provide challenges, and adaptability. I am grateful to Nicola for helping me overcome a painful and challenging chapter in my personal development. I would wholeheartedly recommend her to any organization that would be lucky enough to engage her talents.” ~ Theresa Stoltzberg, California

“Dr. Nicola Amadora is incredible. She spoke at my women’s group (there was a diverse age group) and she was relatable, helpful, insightful and honest — to all of us. I love the way she breaks things down so easily and gives tips on how to improve communication immediately. I’m still using her techniques and feel so much more present with my family, friends and clients. She doesn’t present canned talks — she talks from her heart and her experience. I learned so much, I can only imagine how much her longer trainings would help me. I can’t wait!” ~ Kristin Rohan, Socialmedia Consultant, Santa Cruz

“I had the great pleasure of attending one of Nicola’s women’s leadership seminars. It was so refreshing to learn the distinction between how men and women communicate and how using my innate womenly nature can make me a more effective leader. Nicola is dynamic, heartfelt, and inspirational. Your life will have much more joy if you work with Nicola!” ~ Brooke Taylor, Graphic Designer, CA

“If you ever get the chance to work with Nicola Amadora I passionately recommend you jump at it with enthusiasm.Her vibrant caring, good sense of humor and strong, clear wisdom are profound gifts to us humans in these times. After training with Nicola, I feel renewed and reset into a deepened connection with myself, with my co-workers and with Nature itself.”~ Scott klingemaier, Department Manager at Harbin

“Working with Nicola is life changing. She has the incredible gift of getting through suffering into the very heart & truth of a person, guiding to freedom. Like a soul ninja, she effortlessly and painlessly cuts through the “story” and teaches us how to allow our light to come shining through. The sessions with Nicola have been an exceptional gift for me that transformed my life, opened my heart and set me free. I cannot say enough what a blessing Nicola is. We are so lucky to have her and this world is brighter because of the beautiful work she does.” ~ Star Hanson, Organizer, CA

“I’ve been seeing Nicola weekly for about six months and she has helped me transform my life. The very first session we had together I was (uncharacteristically) an emotional mess, sobbing on her couch. I’ve never trusted anyone so quickly and completely; her compassionate nature, wisdom, and strength has given me a lot to lean into. In that session and every one since she has given me tools to work through my pain in ways that no one else has. Nicola is very unique; what she teaches and how she works are completely new to me and I have experienced deep healing since working with her. Her intuition is right on. She always leads me into spaces that are necessary to work through in order to move forward. She keeps me in my body (which has been a challenge; no other therapist has done this with me). This work goes leagues beyond what “talk therapy” has been able to do in my life. She is a master at working through tough emotions and healing what is stored on the somatic (physical) level. I recommend Nicola whole-heartedly for anybody ready to heal and wanting deep and lasting positive change in their life.”~ Carrie Burr,Santa Cruz

“Nicola, you reopened my heart to love, hope and trust. You helped me to reconnect to my source, my essence, to love. By connecting me to the little girl who has been forgotten and lost, I became whole again and through that, I gained confidence, internal strength and faith to make bigger changes in my life. A transformation occurred. I left the job I was not happy doing. I released internal holding patterns of a desperate little girl. I shifted into my true self, into my heart, into a space of love and light. Thank you Nicola. Your work was a true blessing in my life. I am eternally grateful for the wisdom, truth and love you were able to share with me during our time together. You are more than a counselor, you are a spiritual mentor and a guide back to the soul. You helped me reconnect with my inner truth. My soul purpose! And I am living a whole new life, what I dreamed of has become reality.” Eleanor Pier, New Zealand

“The class on ‘Heart of Relating’ was incredibly uplifting. It inspired me and gave me practical insight on how to stay connected to my happiness in relationships.”~ Karina Alvarez, Berkeley

“I came into the meditation and relating class with barriers and left feeling more open, grounded, and centered and inspired. Nicola’s flow of teaching is therapeutic, transformational and heart centered. Thank you.” ~ Annie Jacobsen, Berkeley

“Over my 30 years as a psychotherapist I have attend a lot of trainings and spiritual groups and I was struck by how Nicola’s integration of her lifelong explorations of contemplative, somatic, psychological and spiritual work.She practices what she teaches and evokes the same in her students. Throughout the training she was grounded, present, energetic and both receptive and responsive to what was arising.  Rather than just lecturing, she had us inquire into and speak from our deepest truths and experiences.  It is rare to find teachers who are able to integrate so much and be able to support others into an felt experience of release and resolution.In an exploration she did with each person, I experienced her attunement and skillful guidance to move to a new perspective and have a transformation.She goes beyond left brain understanding to an embodied journey through barriers and into a new opening and experience.Nicola is a gifted teacher and guide who was able to take a group of people who were strangers into a safe, deep, undefended and healing connection with themselves and the other group members.She fluidly integrated what was arising in the group with experiential explorations,poetry and meditations.Instead of participants having a passive and conceptual experience it was immediate and integrating of body, mind, spirit and psyche. The first foundation of mindfulness is to be able to be with the body and what is present.Nicola embodied and taught us ways of awakening through the body and relating through using immediate experience.~Trisha Rowe, LCSW
Certified AEDP Therapist, Oakland and San Jose, CA

“I am truly so grateful for you and all the healing and love you have helped me to rediscover inside of me. I know how to deal with my feelings now, how to be more centered and my notorious anxiety has dropped away. I am happy!”~ Calia Hanson, 23 year old. Santa Cruz

“By opening up to grief I found joy again. Nicola helped me to ride the waves of feelings, instead of being drowned, or resisting or denying them. After only session I feel lifted and content. It made a big difference in my life.”~ Heather Merriam, CEO and Principal, Berkeley

“Nicola, you are such a gifted teacher, and it was a privilege to be with you on the retreat. Everyone was at home and welcomed in whatever condition they were in. Your guided meditations were inspired and show your deep integration of very profound spiritual teachings. I am so fortunate to have been present and look forward to learning more from you in the future. Keep up your very important work. You have a gift of transmitting very complicated teachings to a receptive audience in an integratabtle, accessible, and very warm manner.  Very sincere thanks.” ~ Fayne, Oakland

“My life before Nicola was all in my head, and I was playing a game of survival with a heavy dependence on antidepressants. It was such a heavy cost, living life like that. My body was screaming for help, and I knew I was getting to a point that I could no longer raise my two little children without the aid of a savior. And that’s when Nicola came into my life. She saved me. She lovingly saw through me, and held me in a light to transform. I’ve been living without antidepressants for two years now, my body is healthy and strong, and my family is thriving. When I occasionally trip into old patterns, I don’t linger. I have the tools and the support to come and go when I want. And I am never alone. Nicola’s nurturing voice is in my head, and my heart is resting gently in her hands. I am free and I am loved and I am forever grateful.” ~ Amber Payet, Santa Cruz, Mother of two.

“I am writing to you because I am so happy and blessed that you helped me so much and now our hard and deep work that you did to me are now brought fruits. Thanks to you I have been able to accomplish so many things in regards to where I want to be. Things I could never do before. It was so amazing to hear my heart speak, and how I gained confidence, how I found the work that I love to do and how it all lined up. I am now fulfilling my calling and it benefits not just me, but all the children I work with. Thank you helping me to come into a new life- one that feels so true. I can’t tell you in words how grateful I am. You changed my life.”~ Maria Percadio, 22 years old, Sonoma

“It really doesn’t get any better than Nicola in terms of finding an incredible therapist and life coach. She has so much training and is so wise. I’ve never received better guidance and tools that are applicable to my relationships, emotional intelligence, and life. I have referred her to friends and everyone loves her. She focuses on the core underlying issue instead of on the insignificant details that we often like to obsess over, which is so much more effective! She exudes kindness and empathy while still staying strong and professional. I highly recommend her. She is amazing!

Special note: she is fantastic for couples and communicating with men, especially for those who are not comfortable in a typical “therapist” setting.” ~ Alexis D. San Francisco

“It is with great delight that i read your book, Nothing but Love. It’s such a wonderful book! I have turned it like the Gayan, opening it at random to see what light it sheds on my current inner state. It gives me something real. It is the beautiful feminine voice of Hafiz or Rumi. A gem!” ~Naomi Rose, Publisher

“Sometimes you’re so lost and detached you don’t know where you are or how to find yourself.  That was me a few moths back before I began working with Nicola.  I was so miserable but didn’t know why or how to fix it.  I was reading all the self-help books, doing yoga, trying to meditate, etc. but nothing was working.  What I learned through my sessions with Nicola is that in order to make change and find happiness, you have to reconnect with the self, which can be really tricky if you don’t realize you’re disconnected!!!!  Nicola helped me find “myself” and my life has radically changed.  Her therapy techniques are unique and incredibly powerful.  They’re a mix of real listening, visualization, emotional healing and spiritual awakening.   I’m so thankful I got connected with Nicola.  I’m HAPPY and I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve truly felt this way.  Of course it’s always a work in progress but I’m now on the right path.  I can’t recommend her enough; I tell all my friends and family about her.  If any of this resonated with you I encourage you to contact her, it’s life changing.”~ Devon C. Yoga Teacher, Encinitas

“Nicola is a very diverse and experienced therapist, leader and teacher. She has helped me in couples therapy, in dealing with grief and loss, and in being a leader in my career. Working with Nicola is unlike anything I imagined therapy to be. What I am present to when I leave a session with her is how much I contribute to people and life around me.

I was introduced to Nicola by my ex-wife for marriage counseling. I only had a few sessions with her and my ex; however, it was in our one-on-one sessions where I started the healing that I had been needing my entire life. That was seven years ago. Since then, she has coached me through the loss of family members, helped me to deal with compulsive behavior and self doubt, and has guided me through anger management. More recently, she has helped me to realize my potential in my career and to focus on the things most important to me.

During our sessions, I find that we can go very deep and get very quiet and still, very much like meditation. At other times, when needed, we can stay light and happy and simply celebrate the victories, large and small. All across the spectrum, my experience of these sessions is quite profound”~ Andi Ames, Santa Cruz

“I have been working with Nicola for six months after experiencing an extremely traumatizing event. Nicola has shown me great love, warmth and support and has taught me how to develop compassion and love for myself again in the most troubling times. I have been so fortunate to find such a teacher, so wise, gentle and kind, guiding me and enriching my being. Enabling me to enjoy the present moments and truly believe that life’s greatest hardships can be our brightest times to find new meaning and purpose. To say it more personal:  Nicola, you saved my life. You met me in  where I was at, with such love. You pulled me out of the dark mud into a beautiful new beginning. My heart opened again, I healed so much, I learnt how to be with my feelings and how to stop going with the spinning wheel of my mind, and be in my body, connect with the joy in life. I found true peace and inspiration. I feel connected with myself, with life and I am so grateful for this tremendous gift. It’s big. Thank you from the bottom of my heart”~ Cassale Scherrif, Tiburon

Thank you Nicola, our fearless leader of Project Windhorse, for your inspiration, skill and dedication.~  Christie Michaels, San Rafael

“The Training Power of Connection was inspiring, heart opening. I learnt valuable skills and I experience more love for the places in me that are disconnected, “the refugee’ who is looking for presence and acceptance. I feel more grounded, balanced and loved now. Nicola’s facilitation was excellent, highly skilled and intuitive. We all came away with simple tools for every day life, and feeling far more connected to ourselves, each other and the Divine- in a real way. Thank you so much!”~ Sieglinde Schneider, Nurse Director, San Francisco

“Nicola has this wonderful and unique way of quickly redirecting me past all the worries & distractions of my mind, having me instead focus inward on what’s going on deep within. I end up feeling more connected to my heart, to myself, to what really matters. And what needs feeling, what needs healing, that is what we get to, each and every session. It’s a gift to my heart, this work Nicola provides.” Ian Webb, Fitness Trainer, Santa Cruz

“I am very grateful for teaching us how to hug our pain. To embrace it, rather than ignore, surpress or act it out. You showed me how to open my heart, so I can really feel love and know truth. And how to accept myself, just as I am. thank you for this special retreat!Gracias!”~ Afra, Sonoma

“I’ve been wanting to write this review for about a long time. Every day I think of it but haven’t been able to find the words. Perhaps this is because there are no words. The words I am about to say will not even come close to expressing how incredible the experience I had with Nicola and how she truly changed my life. She is the real deal. A truly loving individual that genuinely cares about the wellness of others. She is an angel. With the most gentle and loving approach she enabled me to source and release my deeply rooted and hidden emotional pain. She gave me the tools to fully process emotions, stand up for myself, value myself, make healthy choices and most importantly- to love myself. These words will never show the magnitude of what she did for me. You will have to find out for yourself. And if you do, I assure you- it will be the greatest gift you ever give to yourself.” Liz O’Connolly, Manager, Santa Cruz

“The retreat was truly enlightening, to be able to to reconnect with myself, each other, nature, the divine. The energy and authenticity was inspiring!” ~ Katie Byram, Martinez

“We are so appreciative of your expertise, skillfulness, gifts- and most of all – your heart. Thank you for an amazing and special leadership session you provided for our national women chapter leaders group. We will continue to use the practices on how to lead from real connectedness. You made a real difference. Thank you so much!” ~ Linda Patty, Main Women Chapter Leaders for DFW.

“I learned so much and received so many gifts from this retreat. I learnt about the power of real love, and how to embrace difficulties that life presents to us. It was real deep and beautiful. Thank you Nicola!” ~ Jesus Soto, Los Angeles

“Nicola Amadora PhD. was hired to lead a training for our national women chapter leaders of our major non- profit organization ‘Dining for Women’, which funds and supports grassroots projects to support women and girls in developing countries. Her teaching inspired and lifted us. She practiced with us crucial skills to lead in a present, heartfelt, and connected way. We all felt transformed, far more connected, very inspired and more capable to make an even greater impact in the world as women leaders. I highly recommend Nicola to any organization or leaders.” ~ Clare Campbell, DFW Chapter Leader

“We received great feedback from the participants at your speech and session from the Women Leaders & Business Conference. You were inspirational and gave practical tools too. The information was relevant, delivered clearly, with power, warmth and humor. It was a transformational experience for many. Thank you very much Nicola for making this a wonderful event.” ~ Annette McGarity, Project Manager for WLForum, Santa Cruz

“I wanted to thank you for your wisdom, warm heart, and grounded way you lead with the retreat, truly creating an honest, authentic space for our group to unfold into. I’ve since been sitting with and working with some of the pieces that were brought up that day, particularly the practices of honoring my edge, dropping into the belly, and speaking with nature on a more consistent basis. I was truly touched by your powerful story and strength of faith in it.” ~ Lauren Allegra Elio, Los Angeles

“Dr Nicola Amadora is a treasure. As someone who had a lot of psychotherapy in my past, I wish it could have been with her. Dr Nicola quickly and with great compassion help me get past my “story” about what was going on in my life, and into the heart of the matter. Actually, she gave me a very accessible method for entering into my own Heart, and for being truly present for my loved one. The result has been deeper, more effectively supportive and truly loving interactions with this family member.

 Dr Nicola’s extensive international training and vast experience is matched only by the depth of presence she brings to her sessions.

”~ Lynda Chaikin, Santa Cruz, CA

“ Usually I live in my head, thinking a lot and feeling frequently stressed, subsequently I am doing more and running faster, which is a vicious cycle. It leaves me empty, overwhelmed, exhausted and anxious. Then I try to fill the hole with things or people, which is only a temporary fix, but does not help in the long run. How many times have I tried to change my job and boyfriend, it never helped ultimately. But Nicola helped me to shift in a major way. By allowing myself to fully feel my feelings and going to the core I come out on the other side- I feel alive, vibrant, clear, connected and happy. I feel stronger and at ease. It’s amazing how it works and I am so grateful! “~ Liz Connelly, Manager in Food Marketing

“I always look forward to come to these special sessions with Dr. Amadora. Frequently I arrive stressed and tense, but I always leave open in my heart, focused and clear in my mind and relaxed in my body. I find solutions as a leader that I would have never seen before, because I am connected. It makes a crucial difference.” ~ Sarah Macey, Owner of Eldercare Company

I went on a retreat with Nicola this past summer that truly transformed my way of life. Her presence and practices helped me connect more deeply with myself and the spiritual, natural world around me. I have been wanting to explore my spirituality more and more, and this retreat helped me begin this process and helped me to solidify my daily meditation practice as an integral and transformative part of my life. I have worked with Nicola individually and in this group setting and her nurturing, genuine, powerful presence helps focus right to the core of what is going on with people so she can support them in their healing from that more vulnerable, truly connected place. I highly recommend participating in any experience you can with her! She has changed my life and I am so grateful. ~ Callia Hansen (24 years)

The work we have done together continues to reverberate and inform all of my decisions. You helped me find the true north and the simple TRUTH in life and in our experiences, and I certainly still falter on a daily basis – but thanks to you I can usually eventually find calm in every storm. This is no small gift. Thank you so much Nicola. ~ Jen, New York

Nicola is a very diverse and experienced therapist. She has helped me in couples therapy, in dealing with grief and loss, and in being a leader in my career. Working with Nicola is unlike anything I imagined therapy to be. What I am present to when I leave a session with her is how much I contribute to people and life around me.

I was introduced to Nicola by my ex-wife for marriage counseling. I only had a few sessions with her and my ex; however, it was in our one-on-one sessions where I started the healing that I had been needing my entire life. That was seven years ago. Since then, she has coached me through the loss of family members, helped me to deal with compulsive behavior and self doubt, and has guided me through anger management. More recently, she has helped me to realize my potential in my career and to focus on the things most important to me.

During our sessions, I find that we can go very deep and get very quiet and still, very much like meditation. At other times, when needed, we can stay light and happy and simply celebrate the victories, large and small. All across the spectrum, my experience of these sessions is quite profound. ~ Andy Ames, San Fransisco

I am seeing profound shifts as I am working with you. Amazing, the breath and depth you have. You are a caliber of a true healer. THANK YOU for all that you do!~ Amy Baldwin

“Nicola has this wonderful and unique way of quickly redirecting me past all the worries & distractions of my mind, having me instead focus inward on what’s going on deep within. I end up feeling more connected to my heart, to myself, to what really matters. And what needs feeling, what needs healing, that is what we get to, each and every session.The work is powerful, effecting my life in a real positive way. It is a gift to my heart, this work Nicola provides.” ~Ian Wester

My granddaughter Alex is 11 years old. Last year her schoolmate friend died suddenly and Alex began having problems. She was daily consumed by intense fear. Her parents were frantic because Alex couldn’t sleep, had panic attacks daily, sleep walked every night, upset the whole family with her screaming and crying. They didn’t know what to do to help her. After her first visit with her therapist Nicola Amadora, Alex was able to sleep at night and stopped sleepwalking. Her panic attacks stopped entirely. Alex feared fire, had near constant visions of her house catching fire and her being trapped. After two sessions with Nicola, instead of panicking, Alex began to check whether there was any real danger when she saw smoke or a match being lit. She is able to face fire and evaluate any possible danger and she lost her intense fear of death.Alex was never the cuddly type, but after working with Nicola, she is softer, allows herself to be hugged and touched to feel safe and grounded, and is kinder at home.Her parents are amazed and delighted by the changes they see in her. After only 4 sessions, Alex is more confident, far less fearful, and happy. She wrote to Nicola: “You will never understand how much you have helped me, so so much. Thank you”. Nicola’s incredible ability to heal my granddaughter is nothing short of magic! ~ Nancy Cassell, teacher and grandmother

After only one session I just feel so happy, lighter as a huge burden has lifted from me. I feel more awake, connected. I eat better, meditate regularly and I communicate much better with my husband. Thanks to you!~ Carly Statsky, Nurse, Santa Cruz

“I am listening to your interview with Rick Archer …LOVE IT! You are very down to earth and inspiring. I usually don’t listen to entire interviews but I couldn’t stop with yours…so deep, inspiring, loving, authentic and refreshing. Thank you!” Pierre Richard, Canada

“I can’t thank you enough for all of your love, guidance and help thus far. Today we touched my abandonment wound that has been playing out in every area of my life, especially in relationships. My body and my mind were fighting so hard to avoid the subject, avoid the pain. I could feel the rock in my stomach sink deeper as we began to discuss and meet it, and I started to sweat all over. I also noticed my mind trying desperately to run from the trauma. You walked me right through it, with such presence, love and skillfulness, in a way that was profoundly healing. My mind was relieved and at peace. I feel connected and freed. Thank you so much!”~ Jessi B. 26 years, nurse

We came to you with a family deranged. Disconnected from my husband and mother was more than I could bear. My husband and I love each other very much and our children are effected by the way we relate. Nicola you helped us to find back to each other again. You helped us to heal old wounds and bridge the gaps. The ice melted and we came together again, more real, deep and intimate than ever before. We learnt how to communicate in healthy ways, gaining greater understanding and connection. Our love after 18 years has grown leaps and bounds with these sessions. We now are creating wonderful projects together and Grandma visits us too. Nicola you helped us to heal and bring us togehter in ways we could not imagine. You went straight to the heart with us, reached each one in a unique way and brought us together.It means the world to us, thank you! ~ Jolla and Jossi, Dance Teachers and Parents of two.

“What Grace you have entered my life. My gratitude is boundless for the myriad of ways you show up…for your own bravery, courage and wisdom that has morphed in to this beacon of love and light in form.
Each session we explore together, I am continually surprised by the unfolding mystery and the depth of new and visceral insights that emerge. You are supporting me to connect to love in my heart, to feel and heal all the way, to embody truth and live awake in this world. I bow to the very masterful guidance you offer as you shepherd me ” home”- a gift beyond words and measure. May all beings be free.” ~Robbyn Paxton-McGuire, Designer from Park City, Utah/ British Columbia, Canada

“ I have changed since your retreat and training intensive this last weekend. I was ready, but so afraid. In this safe retreat and group, I connected with myself and others in a real way. The biggest thing is that my heart finally has opened, I could not even feel it before. I feel love. And I learnt to turn toward what I have been running from, even pain or conflicts with others- ait is easier now. I have changed, as I am not as frightened to move forth on this path. The teachings and experiences were beyond powerful and profound. I am using the practices every day now to keep me present. I am happier as I know what that kind of love can do – it can transform a life. You have given me faith. Nicola, I did not know you before this retreat but your spirit, your heart, your love and especially your kindness are what makes you so unique. Please do not stop what you are doing. You are truly a blessing.” ~ Monica Alvarez, Santa Cruz

“ Nicola’s gentle yet firm guidance got me to a place I was not able to get to on my own. I came to her in a state of emotional desperation, unable to function in romantic partnerships or see any kind of hope for the end of the suffering that seemed to continue with every new relationship. In dealing with my addictions from the ground up, we worked together to change my perspective completely. I no longer want to seek out relationships and “band aids” to numb the pain. I learned to heal my pain from the inside, by tending to the wounded girl inside, and in a short time I have already felt the emotional and spiritual freedom of doing so. I don’t have to rely on outside sources with the tools Nicola has given me. For this I am forever grateful.” ~Samantha Gennuso, 31, Graduate Psychology Student from LA

“The Women’s Leadership Training was amazing. I feel more embodied, present, empowered and inspired as a woman leader in the world. I gained invaluable skills such as transparent communication, how to deal with challenges constructively and to grow real connection among my team. It helped me to be able to speak my voice and step forth courageously as a leader. I highly recommend these excellent leadership trainings with Nicola Amadora.“ ~ Joana Golio, Company Lead.

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