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Nikole Barnes(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Rhode IslandMassachusettsNew York
LGBQ and sexuality topics-Graduate students-International students-Trauma / Sexual assault-Intimate partner violence-Multicultural counseling-People of color-Crisis intervention-

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Professional statement

Nikole Barnes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in RI, MA and NY 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. Nikole is certified in EMDR and is a HAES aligned clinician.

Prior to her full time practice, Nikole worked as RISD's Associate 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. I believe that it is our therapeutic alliance that helps you move towards growth and healing. I believe that we all deserve to thrive in our lives.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 19 years

Private practice: Radically Thrive Therapy, Psychotherapist
Rhode Island School of Design, Associate Director of Counseling & Psychological Services and Director of Training and Supervision
Brown University, Psychotherapist
New York University, Tandon School of Engineering, Psychotherapist
New York University, Wellness Crisis Response Counselor
Kings County District Attorneys Office, Domestic Violence and Special Victims Counselor
Long Island College Hospital, Clinical Social Work Intern for the Rape Crisis Intervention and Victims of Violence Program

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 - Massachusetts: 000124652




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)

Locations & Hours

Standard fee sessions ($230) are available. All sliding scale and insurance slots are filled to capacity at this time.


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

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

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

    Out-of-pocket fees

    • Individual sessions:$225 (50min)
    • Initial session:$275 (50min)
    • Couples sessions:$275 (50min)

    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
    • Courtesy 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
    • Every other week
    Therapist's note

    Emotional Support Animal Assessment and Medical Accommodations Paperwork: For college students I will provide an ESA and/or Medical Accommodations assessment and assist with completing the necessary paperwork to support students. ESA/Medical Accommodation assessments fees are $175, sliding scale available upon request.

    My fees are based on an economic justice values tier system. This allows me to accept RISD and Brown Student health insurance and offer 3 sliding scale fee spots. Currently, my insurance and sliding scale spots are full.

    I'm accepting full fee clients at this time and will assist with out-of-network reimbursement. I'm registered with Reimbursify to assist clients with this process.

    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, MDJune 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

    Book a Free Initial Consultation

    The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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