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  • Nichelle Cieri, BS

    Nichelle is a clinical psychology doctoral extern in the process of completing their PsyD with an emphasis in diverse populations at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles. Currently Nichelle is working at CCC under the direct clinical supervision of Dr. Annika Okamoto. In her practice, Nichelle is passionate about helping individuals struggling with somatic symptoms and emotional regulation after trauma and adverse childhood experiences. Nichelle has a decade of experience working with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and other forms of interpersonal violence. She has assisted in creating psychoeducational trainings to manage the somatic symptoms of dealing with high-conflict personalities. She has served as a trauma-informed consultant for multiple publications including NPR and the Henry Press. She recently received a grant from the Safe Passage Foundation to explore adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and chronic pain through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine. Nichelle has a heart for social justice and liberation psychology. She currently serves as the executive committee chair for the Urban Lotus Project, a non-profit that serves disproportionately affected youth and young adults through trauma-informed yoga and mediation.  

    Education:  

    • PsyD. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Diverse Populations, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles – in progress
    • MA in Clinical Psychology, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles – expected December 2022 
    • MATCM (didactic) in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yo San University
    • BS in Human Development and Family Studies, Minor in Addiction Treatment Services, University of Nevada, Reno 

    Areas of Interest:  

    Trauma, Social Justice, Somatic healing, Multicultural Counseling, Stress and Coping, Health Psychology, Emotional Regulation, Anxiety, Grief, Chronic Pain, Family Dynamics, Complex-Trauma 

    Common Presenting Issues I Treat:  

    Behavioral Issues,  Borderline Personality, Depression,  Domestic Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Grief,  Infertility, High-Conflict Parenting, Parenting, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum,  Self-Esteem, Self-Harm, Sexual Abuse,  Spirituality, Stress, Suicidal, Relationship issues, Ideation, Testing and Evaluation, Trauma and PTSD,  Women’s Issues 

    Types of Therapy:  

    • Anti-Racist Psychology 
    • Internal Family Systems 
    • Existential Therapy 
    • Humanistic  
    • Marxist Therapy 
    • Psychodynamic  
    • Trauma-Informed 
    • Motivational Interviewing 

    Age Ranges: 

    Teenagers (15-19), Adults, Older Adults (65+) 

    Special Certificates and Training: 

    Psychological Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder 

    Culturally Responsive PTSD Care 

    Human Trafficking Resource Center HEART Training  

    Developmental Impact of Childhood Trauma  

    Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Early Trauma |  

    Becoming ACEs Aware in California 

    Motivational Interviewing  

    Nonviolent Crisis Intervention  

    Trauma-Informed Interviewing  

    Victim Advocacy