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Nell Ikai(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Rhode Island
Trauma- Relationship issues- Loss, grief, and bereavement-Chronic illness-Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)-Substance abuse-
AboutSpecialtiesLocationsInsurance & Fees

Professional statement

Nell Ikai is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker offering therapy to individuals and couples through Mellem Clinic, a psychodynamic practice located in Providence, Rhode Island. Many clients come to Nell seeking relief from painful and distressing symptoms such as anxiety, loneliness, grief, depression, relationship stress, chronic illness, and addiction. Nell specializes in helping clients navigate these challenges within an honest and nurturing therapeutic space.

Nell believes that therapy is a collaborative process and approaches her work with warmth and curiosity. She uses a psychodynamic and relational approach to understand how our past experiences impact us today. Over time, Nell helps clients gain a sense of safety, awareness, and a compassionate understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Prior to joining Mellem Clinic, Nell worked and trained at Prevention Point Philadelphia, Butler Hospital, Stanley Street Treatment and Resources, and the Providence VA Medical Center. Nell is a graduate of the Boston University School of Social Work and a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Rhode Island Chapter.

Message to clients

Finding a therapist you feel a connection with is key and can be an intimidating process, even for those who have engaged in therapy before. Congratulations on taking this first step!

In my practice, I specialize in assisting clients who may be grappling with depression or trauma stemming from their relationships or family dynamics. Our initial sessions are dedicated to exploring these issues in depth, working together to craft a personalized plan aimed at reclaiming control over your life. It's common for my clients to experience a gradual alleviation of symptoms within the initial month, with ongoing progress and improvement thereafter.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions about my experience and approach and to see if we might be a good fit.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 1 year

Mellem Clinic, Clinician & Trainee
Butler Hospital, Research Coordinator
Providence VA Medical Center, Outpatient Therapist & Clinical Social Work Intern
Prevention Point Philadelphia, Drop-In Center Intern

Boston University, MSW, 2023
Stanford University, BA, 2011


Rhode Island: CSW03278

Supervisor: Inga Korsgaard(PhD PS01914 )




Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Chronic illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Nell Ikai 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:$175 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$60 - $175
  • Initial session:$175 (55min)
  • Couples sessions:$175 (60min)
  • Family sessions:$200 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note

Many health insurance plans reimburse 50-80% of session fees with out-of-network therapists. Learn if your plan qualifies by calling the phone number on the back of your insurance card. Courtesy submission of insurance forms available.