Nikole Barnes, LICSW

Nikole Barnes
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients (updated June 1, 2017)

[Nikole] was incredibly reassuring and enlightening when it came to identifying, untangling, and normalizing what I was feeling - all with a sense of humor! I cannot overstate how grateful I am that I was able to work with Nikole - she is wonderfully skilled and incredibly approachable. "

- NYU PhD '17 (2017)

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    About Nikole

  • Sees many young adults, members of the LGBTQ community, people of color, undergraduate, graduate, and international students, and individuals experiencing phase of life changes
  • Specialized training and focus in the areas of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, trauma, multicultural counseling, anxiety issues, depression and crisis intervention
  • Has extensive counseling experience with students at Brown University and New York University

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Nikole Barnes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Providence, RI specializing in seeing young adults, members of the LGBTQ community, people of color, undergraduate, graduate and international students, and individuals experiencing phase of life changes. She has specialized training and focus in the areas of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, trauma, multicultural counseling, anxiety issues, depression and crisis intervention.

In addition to her private practice, Nikole works as a therapist at Brown University's Counseling and Psychological Services. She previously worked at New York University's Counseling and Wellness Services for over 8 years where she provided supportive short-term counseling and emergency and crisis response services for all NYU students with a focus on those majoring in STEM fields. She also worked with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in their Domestic Violence and Special Victims Units for two years.

Nikole earned her BA at Purchase College with a focus on women of color in cinema, and received her MSW from Columbia University.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

"One thing that I hold most dear is to try to relate to individuals in a humanistic and relational way, to make clients feel safe, comfortable, and supported, while also incorporating humor into our work."

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Private practice, Psychotherapist, 2017 - Present
Brown University, Psychotherapist, Jan 2016 – Present
New York University, Polytechnic School of Engineering, 2010 - 2015
New York University, Wellness Crisis Response Counselor, 2007 - 2010
Kings County District Attorneys Office, Domestic Violence Counselor, 2005 - 2007
Long Island College Hospital, Clinical Social Work Intern for the Rape Crisis Intervention and Victims of Violence Program, Sep 2004 – Jun 2005

Columbia University in the City of New York, MSW, 2005
Purchase College, SUNY, Sociology with a minor in Anthropology, 2003

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

LGBTQ community – Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Graduate students – Navigating any blockage or challenges in dissertation writing, research, writing blocks, career exploration
International students – Transitioning from another country, state, or city; adjusting as an international student or out-of-state student
Intimate partner violence
Trauma / Sexual assault
– Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Multicultural counseling
People of color
 

OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Crisis intervention
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Transgender identities – Provides therapeutic support before, during, and after transition

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping)Emotional Freedom Techniques (also known as "EFT" or "Tapping") targets energy imbalances that may be causing painful physical or emotional symptoms through a series of gentle tapping with the fingertips. EFT is used for a broad spectrum of challenges that have an underlying emotional cuase, and aims to heal the root ailment by increasing energy flow throughout the body. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Solution-focused therapySolution focused therapy is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that is conducted through direct observation of clients' responses to a series of precisely constructed questions. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)

clientele

CLIENTELE

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples

Languages

LANGUAGES

English

 

TRANSPORTATION

From Brown University
11min walk

From RISD
18min walk, 9min bus

From Johnson & Wales
30min walk, 11min bus

From Rhode Island College
15min drive/Uber, 37min bus


Nikole helped me so much with my anxiety and general coping mechanisms in life. I worked with her through my PhD work and (simultaneously) my first pregnancy - while living in NYC, so there were plenty of stressors. She was a comforting presence, providing welcome insight and guidance without ever pressuring me of making me feel guilty about my emotions. In fact, she was incredibly reassuring and enlightening when it came to identifying, untangling, and normalizing what I was feeling - all with a sense of humor! I cannot overstate how grateful I am that I was able to work with Nikole - she is wonderfully skilled and incredibly approachable.
— NYU PhD '17 (2017)

PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS

Over the past year, Nikole and I have talked at length about various complicated therapy patients and I’ve been consistently struck with her knowledge base, her dedication to patients, and her ability to meet diverse clients where they are in terms of developing their own identity. She is compassionate, non-judgmental and open. I would trust her with the most complex cases and issues.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, issues surrounding identity, culture, race and intersectionality.
— Stephanie Hartselle, MD (2017)
Nikole is a respected colleague, and it is my honor to give my highest recommendation for her clinical work with clients of diverse background, and trauma survivors.

I had the opportunity to work with Nikole in the same clinical setting, which allowed me to be familiar with her insightful, caring, and compassionate therapeutic style. I have confidence in her judgement, ethical considerations, and interventions she uses to assist her clients. She is sensitive to the needs of those she helps. I would not hesitate to refer clients to Nikole.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, LGBTQ, people of color.
— Jamila Allouane, LICSW (2017)