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Nicole Belgrave Psychotherapy, LMHC

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Nicole Belgrave makes it her therapeutic mission to destigmatize mental health and bring awareness to diverse populations. She is a certified clinical trauma professional and utilizes an integrative approach to meet each client's unique needs. Nicole aims to provide a compassionate, empathetic, and safe space for individuals to gain insight and awareness of themselves.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $80-140
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“During the therapy process, I emphasize the autonomy of the client by not giving advice but giving guidance to help clients find their options and build confidence in their own decision-making.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I grew up understanding the taboo subject that is mental health in the Black and Caribbean culture. However, I have always had an interest in further understanding how mental health and substance use has taken a toll in my community. As a Hunter College (CUNY) graduate with my Master of Education in mental health counseling, I have dedicated my experience to providing support to diverse communities in various forms, including outpatient substance use services, in-home preventive services, and private practice. I utilize an integrative approach to meet the individual needs of each client, which is accomplished through the utilization of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), gestalt theory, person-centered theories, and additional approaches as a certified clinical trauma professional (CCTP). My training in evidence-based models, including functional family therapy (FFT), allows mental health concerns to be addressed with children and families as a unit.
What should someone know about working with you?
When navigating through various stigmas of therapy and mental health, there are perceived notions regarding what the process looks like. During the therapy process, I emphasize the autonomy of the client by not giving advice but giving guidance to help clients find their options and build confidence in their own decision-making. It is important for the client to know that therapy is their own journey and I am grateful to serve as a compass, helping each client navigate through their needs and feelings. Homework is something I assign toward the end of sessions, not as punishment but as a tool to assist clients in continuing to practice their self-work outside of session as well.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Growing up in a community and culture where mental health was not addressed, I always had an interest in understanding what made it a taboo subject. While pursuing my career and gaining more knowledge about some of the stigmas that are present within mental health care in the Black community, I learned that services were not always available. If they were provided, it was often in a form that was mandated and involuntary. This inspired me to find ways to ensure diversity is present in the mental health field and to prioritize an understanding of the role culture, community, and environmental factors play in each individual’s mental health and wellbeing. This also allows us to challenge the information we once learned about mental health, which led to various communities suffering in silence or coping in unhealthy ways.
“It is important for the client to know that therapy is their own journey and I am grateful to serve as a compass, helping each client navigate through their needs and feelings.”