Nikole  Barnes
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Nikole Barnes


Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Rhode Island Not Accepting Online
Providence Not Accepting In-person

This therapist is currently not accepting new clients. Find available Rhode Island therapists on Zencare.

Updated July 22, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBQ and sexuality topics
  • Graduate students
  • International students
  • Trauma / Sexual assault
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Multicultural counseling
  • People of color
  • Crisis intervention

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 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.

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.


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


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


  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)

Nikole Barnes is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $60 - $175

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:

  • Super billing
  • Direct 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
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Nikole can assist in completing paperwork for clients to be directly reimbursed by their insurance for an out-of-network provider.


Providence practice
255 Hope Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Work and Education

Years of Experience: 16 years

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


Rhode Island: ISW02620

New York: 077989



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."

- Stephanie Hartselle, MD • June 2017

Client testimonials

"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