Kate  Nichols

Kate Nichols


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New Jersey Accepting Online
Updated December 13, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Entrepreneur mental health
  • Depression

Professional statement

Kate Nichols is a psychotherapist based in Essex County seeing clients virtually throughout New Jersey. She specializes in working with women, LGBTQ folks and non-binary femmes from their mid 20’s-midlife dealing with anxiety, perfectionism, depression, self esteem, and trauma, and is also passionate about working with creatives and small business owners.

Her focus is on helping her clients to live with more self trust, confidence, and authenticity by reducing the impacts of stress, shame, and the burdens of expectations from others or from themselves. Kate’s approach is compassionate, curious and authentic, bringing humor and humanness to therapy sessions.

She creates a therapeutic environment that invites her clients to get more curious about themselves in a safe, gentle way, tailoring sessions to the approach and subject matter that is best for each individual client. Her clients tend to be folks who look like they’ve got it all together and are very independent from the outside, but actually struggle to make their real feelings, wants and needs known to the people in their lives and often experience high levels of guilt and shame around not doing enough or being good enough. Her clients are yearning to go deeper and better understand themselves so that they may live more enriching lives aligned with their true values and passions.

Kate utilizes a range of therapeutic techniques including CBT, ACT and mindfulness and somatic practices, as well as EMDR, a therapeutic modality often used to address current day issues stemming from previous life experiences, including but not limited to traumatic events like sexual assault, medical issues, abuse, neglect, and patterns or behaviors learned to cope or protect yourself earlier in life that are now causing interference in your day to day life and goals.

Message to clients

I believe that everything we do, we do in service of some kind of survival, even the things that we can see are hurting us. Sometimes the things that helped us survive at one point in time are no longer helping and are actually getting in the way. You’re doing the best you can with what you have. Therapy can give you more to work with.

Shame is a powerful tool. Many people, especially women and queer folks often learn at some point to use this internalized guilt and shame to keep ourselves going, to keep us from being our full selves so that we can remain accepted. But this robs us of the true connection and belonging that comes from being our authentic selves. Living without the constant specter of shame is possible. Being motivated by what you’re excited and passionate about without self judgment and self deprecation is possible. You can live a life motivated by moving towards the things you want, rather than what you’re running from.

Rather than living under the pressure of the endless stream of "I should be doing..."s in your mind, you can live motivated by what you really want and need.

As a therapist, I have great respect for my clients and the invitation and privilege to bear witness to their stories. I offer a free 20 minute consultation and am happy to speak with you to see if we might be a good fit.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder), feeling like you need to be able to do something perfectly

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse, or childhood issues impacting you in adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Entrepreneur mental health - Processing through the emotional highs and lows of running a business; learning about one’s values and exploring how these values impact the decisions that one makes for the business

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Kate Nichols is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (45min)


Online Sessions (New Jersey)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:30am-5:00pm
  • Tue 10:30am-5:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 10:30am-5:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed


New Jersey: 44SC06085000