Deborah Nichol is the Happiness Designer at Shaman in Heels. The company designs and facilitates ‘How compassionate leaders manage teams through tough times, with a twist, The Happiness Way.

The workshops help managers who lead with compassion find unique and creative ways to guide their teams through fear and uncertainty.

For the past 25 years, Deborah has integrated "Mindfulness Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy" into her workshops to help entrepreneurs and business leaders overcome challenges with communication, reduce stressors, and manage uncertainty.

Her work has led her to teach various workshops within business environments as well as for non-profits such as Carya (formerly Calgary Family Services). She’s also a member in good standing of The Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies and the Executive Director at C.A.R.E Society (Creating Awareness Resources Empowerment Society).

Deborah works with Mindfulness Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. A mouthful, right? Let's break it down a little bit for you.

Techniques used For the last 25+ years

  • mindfulness
  • motivational self-talk
  • visualization
  • adaptive coping strategies
  • goal setting
  • collaborative action plans (homework)
  • emotional regulation
  • developing practical and positive emotional and behavioural skills (coping skills)
  • belief shifting


  • Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy Certification.
  • Mediation of Family and Divorce Certification
  • Certified Reiki Master
  • Theta Healing Practioners Certification.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Certification.
  • Rayid Certification.
  • Quantum Healing Certification.
  • Intuitive Anatomy Certification.
  • Certified Rainbow Children's Teachers License.
  • Certified Red Cross Abuse Prevention Presenter
  • Interior Design Diploma


  • Executive Director at C.A.R.E.S Society
  • Director- Canadian College of Healing Arts
  • Published author in 'Mentoring Women Leaders'
  • Contributor to Community Now Magazine
  • Speaker at R.C.M.P Alumni luncheon
  • Speaker at C.A.R.Y.A (formerly Calgary Family Services)
  • Keynote speaker at K.T.G.- Small Business Celebration
  • Speaker at W.O.W ( Women's Only Weekend)
  • Speaker at Womanition Biz Brigade
  • Guest Instructor for C.A.R.Y.A
  • Presenter with Red Cross Abuse Prevention Program
  • Monthly writer for Trifecta Magazine
  • Contributor for Community Now Magazine
  • Contributor for Divorce Magazine
  • Contributor for Womanition Magazine
  • Hosted own Radio show called 'Be Happy' with Tenacious Living

10 day challenge

Happiness Coach

Happiness Designer

Happiness Blueprint

Thank you Debra, you left me feeling more whole and aware and confident in that loveable. I’m absolutely coming for more sessions, I think you will probe more, and you have my trust and confidence, I am willing to go deeper to understand my best forward – inside and out. -Sue Spicer