Wesleyan University, BA
Silberman School of Social Work at CUNY Hunter College, MSW
Ackerman Institute for the Family
New York State License Number: 099314
Karimah Nichols, LMSW
“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” —Maya Angelou
Families and Relationships
Children and Adolescents
Formerly Incarcerated or Justice-involved individuals
Hi, my name is Karimah, my preferred gender pronouns are she/her/hers, I identify as a woman of color, and I am a licensed social worker and therapist. My passion for social justice led me to social work and eventually psychotherapy with a focus on practice with children, individuals, and families.
What I Do
I work with individuals and families overcoming systemic barriers and oppressions; making sense of their social identity and/or experiences of marginalization; improving communication challenges within relationships; and coping with significant transitions ranging from entering high school, to parenting a child with autism for the first time, to re-entering the community after incarceration. Together we can work to uncover the internal strengths and capacities that can support your long-term mental wellness and self-empowerment.
How I Help
In my work with individuals and families I incorporate tools from several modalities into interventions that are tailored to the unique needs of the person(s) before me. More specifically, I borrow from motivational interviewing, CBT, family therapy/Ackerman Relational Approach, psychodynamic techniques, narrative therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches through a strengths-based, anti-oppressive lens.
My clinical stance is rooted in the belief that the therapy room is an empathetic, collaborative, and nonjudgmental place where the client’s expertise about their life is incorporated into the therapeutic relationship. Any act of change is best maintained when you are empowered to use your expertise to identify personally motivating factors and achievable goals that acknowledge the resources available to you and potential barriers, whether internal or systemic. My aim is to honor your voice and past subjective experiences so that you feel safe enough to begin to challenge patterns that no longer serve you. Together we can also work together to examine socially constructed labels or beliefs that have placed constraints on your relationships with yourself and with those in your community. Through our partnership you will begin a process of narrative revision where you can live with greater intention, authenticity, and purpose on your terms.
More About Me
Prior to coming to Cobb, I have experience working in administrative and direct service positions in the youth development, social enterprise, criminal justice, and medical fields. Currently, I provide applied behavioral analysis (ABA) services to children ages 0-3 on the autism spectrum and love the opportunity it affords me to work closely with families and daycare providers to meet their toddlers’ needs.
A product of a bicultural household and long-time citizen of New York, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work and live in community with NYC’s many diverse residents. These experiences have also taught me the significance code-switching plays in maintaining feelings of safety when confronted with our relative differences, so I strive to create spaces where others feel free to be their authentic selves.
As an “airline baby,” or child of an airline employee, I grew up loving travel and cherish the smell of Californian farms from childhood trips to visit my relatives on the West Coast. I’ve studied four languages other than English, but I can only half-way remember two (Spanish and Arabic).