Biography

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.
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 an instructor for UC Berkeley extension, co-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. Nicky's work with Youth ALIVE! has been featured in Essence Magazine, Propublica, and The Guardian. She has also 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 providing training, consulation, and collaboration to NGO's, 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 is also a certified remedial massage therapist, certified Aromatherapist, and certified Reflexologist.

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