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Nicole Barksdale, LCSW

Nicole Barksdale, LCSW


Licensed in CA #79968
Insurances Accepted: Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Health Net/MHN, Cigna/Evernorth
My goal in therapy is to create a safe space for you to explore any challenges you may be facing and help you find new skills to deal with them.

My Therapy Style

Choosing a therapist can feel like a difficult task, so I wanted to tell you a little about myself to help you decide if I would be a good fit for you. I have over 17 years of professional experience that include trauma, abuse, and the juvenile and adult justice systems. I’ve been providing psychotherapy for a wide range of issues and populations for the last 10 years.

For the first few years of my clinical career, I worked with children and families both in the office and on school campuses. I would describe my therapeutic approach as goal-oriented and client-centered. Treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion is at the forefront of my practice.

My counseling style is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, among others. My goal in therapy is to create a safe space, free from judgment or rejection, for you to explore any challenges you may be facing and help you find new skills to deal with them. I know how hard it is to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with and I applaud you for taking the first step. I would be honored to work with you.

Education & Training

MSW - Social Work, California State University, Fresno

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

My family has an extensive history of untreated mental illness. Watching those I loved struggle with it throughout my childhood motivated me to want to learn more about it so that I could normalize it for my loved ones and help other families in the process.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I start my day with a morning routine which includes a light stretch, a quick journal entry, and enjoying the quiet of the house before everyone gets up.

What book have you read more than once?

Atomic Habits is a great book that walks you through the process of changing that small habits that may be contributing to undesired outcomes. Making these changes creates the life you desire to live and helps to accomplish your goals.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

Therapy for Black Girls. I love that mental health care is being normalized in our communities.