Nikki  Townsend

Nikki Townsend


Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Practice: Resilience Lab Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New Jersey Accepting Online

Please note that at this time, I'm unable to accept Medicare or Medicaid plans.

Updated January 31, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Academic challenges
  • Anxiety
  • Communication issues
  • Drug addiction & abuse
  • Life transitions
  • Perfectionism

Professional statement

Nikki understands therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach and the client should be met where they are. Everyone should be allowed to thrive and it is important to collaborate with clients and tailor the approach to meet the specific needs of each client. A holistic approach may be taken, considering various aspects of each client’s life, such as relationships, work, and personal growth.

Nikki will work with her clients to identify patterns, develop insights, and explore new perspectives. She will provide tools, strategies, and techniques to help the client navigate challenges, manage stress, and promote self-care. She will also use other modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused, and Mindfulness to encourage the healing process. So much of what happens in daily life stems from thoughts and emotions. She will work with her clients to reframe negative thoughts into positive thoughts.

Message to clients

You can expect a warm, empathetic, and nonjudgmental environment where you can freely express yourself. I strive to create a safe space where you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I will actively listen to you, seeking to understand your unique perspective and challenges. Together, we will explore your concerns, goals, and aspirations. I will encourage open and honest communication, allowing the therapeutic alliance to flourish. Ultimately, my goal is to support you in gaining self-awareness, building resilience, and fostering personal growth.


Academic challenges - Addressing underperformance in coursework, school avoidance, and procrastination

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Communication issues - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships with partners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others

Drug addiction & abuse - Tolerating emotional discomfort; reducing or eliminating reliance on drugs; development of new coping mechanisms for stress and suffering.

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Aetna International
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • All Savers Insurance Company
  • Allied Benefit Systems
  • Cigna
  • Golden Rule Insurance Company
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Meritain Health
  • Nippon Life Benefits
  • Optum
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Surest (formerly Bind)
  • Trustmark
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare Shared Services
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • Wellfleet

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $150


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 8am - 6pm
  • Tue 8am - 6pm
  • Wed 8am - 6pm
  • Thu 8am - 6pm
  • Fri 8am - 6pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

Resilience Lab, Therapist, 2023 - Present

Kean University, Masters, 2023


New Jersey: 44SL07037800