Nicky provides trainings locally and internationally on: trauma informed care best practice; effective management of vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress: social justice and healing; and traumatic grief and loss.
In addition to a small private practice, Nicky is also the Counseling Services Director for Youth ALIVE! An organization dedicated to violence prevention, intervention, and healing, based in Oakland, CA. She is the Chair of the Therapist’s Working Group for the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) and was a Collaborative Investigator for the DSM-5 field trials contributing on Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders as well as Depressive Disorders. Her work with Youth ALIVE! has been featured in Essence Magazine, and she has offered testimony to the California State Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay.
Nicky is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, nationally certified counselor, and CAMFT certified clinical supervisor, She has experience collaborating with victims of crime services, child protective services, family reunification, diversion programs, juvenile justice, community mental health, foster care, residential services, school based programs and hospital-based programs. Nicky holds a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in Dance from the University of London, Goldsmith’s College (UK) and a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from San Francisco State University. She is a certified remedial massage therapist, certified Aromatherapist, and certified Reflexologist.