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 RISD's Assistant Director of Counseling and Psychological Service and the Director of Training and Supervision. She previously worked at Brown University's Counseling and Psychological Services, in addition to New York University's Counseling and Wellness Services, 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.
Nikole earned her BA at Purchase College with a focus on women of color in cinema, and received her MSW from Columbia University.
LGBQ and sexuality topics - 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
Trauma / Sexual assault - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Intimate partner violence - Caring support along the pathway to safety, wellbeing, and healing for those surviving a partner’s abusive attempts to control one’s thoughts, beliefs, and actions
Multicultural counseling - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
People of color - Working with people of color
Crisis intervention - Provides support during mental health crises
Nikole Barnes is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Nikole can assist in completing paperwork for clients to be directly reimbursed by their insurance for an out-of-network provider.
Private practice, Psychotherapist, 2017 - Present
Rhode Island School of Design, Assistant Director of Counseling & Psychological Services and Director of Training and Supervision, 2018 - Present
Long Island College Hospital, Clinical Social Work Intern for the Rape Crisis Intervention and Victims of Violence Program, 2004 - Present
Brown University, Psychotherapist, 2016 - 2018
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
EMDR Certification, 2018
Columbia University in the City of New York, MSW, 2005
Purchase College, SUNY, Sociology with a minor in Anthropology, 2003
"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."- Stephanie Hartselle, MD • June 2017
"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 alum • June 2017