“We will experience what’s happening NOW, instead of spending time blaming your mother.”
In group sessions there is the opportunity to relate and connect with others to reduce any sense of isolation. All psychotherapy sessions are personalized and allow clients to delve more deeply into coping, restoring and creating more balance in their lives.
“IT AIN’T LIKE WHEN THEY WERE little-PARENTING ADULT CHILDREN”. Periodic time-limited psycho-educational groups, or can be offered as a one time presentation. Contact me for the next available date.
In group, parents can connect with one another as we focus on specific topics (money, college, weddings "boomerang kids", grand parenting) at each meeting. For more information please see Parenting Adult Children.
“Putting it Back Together – Crisis and Trauma Clinicians Consultation Group” Meets monthly, Third Wednesday, 9:00 to 10:30a.m.
This group supports therapists in managing the demands of crisis and trauma work and helps prevent secondary trauma and compassion fatigue. We will work through clinical "stuck places," expand skills, and process personal reactions to crisis and trauma work. These meetings focus on self-care and the prevention of therapist burnout.
Events to educate and share methods, sometimes offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Presentations include:
"Therapy a Step Deeper - Your Psyche in the Client’s Hour" For pre-licensed therapists, periodic, one-day experiential workshop. Expand the way you relate to yourself, others and your clients for greater therapeutic impact. This is a one day experiential process group to focus on your reactions to clients and how to manage the stresses of supervision and being a new therapist.
"Beyond the Empty Chair - An Experiential Introduction to Gestalt Therapy" An experiential workshop for therapists. Most therapists had one or two days of introduction to gestalt therapy in graduate school and tend to only remember the “empty chair” exercise. The focus of these workshops will be geared towards helping participants to understand gestalt therapy theory, explore more deeply the interactive and healing client/therapist relational approach and experience the holistic present-centered and creative techniques of this useful way of thinking and working.
Nickie independently contracts with companies hired by corporate Human Resources Departments to provide Psychological First Aid, or Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) where there has been an employee death, robbery, job layoff, etc. “Debriefing” and “defusing” techniques are used to enable staff to address stressors, mitigate the possible formation of “post traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD) in order to restore optimal functioning to the work at hand.
Nickie also works with other crisis responders to prevent “secondary” or “vicarious trauma” and “compassion fatigue.” She serves as a co-chair of the Post Action Outreach Committee of the local chapter of her professional organization’s Crisis Response Network. In addition she serves on the Mental Health team of the American Red Cross Los Angeles, assisting with large scale disaster response and post action outreach to other crisis responders.