FAQ

HOW CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOU?

ARE YOU A LICENSED THERAPIST?

Please email me at contact@nikotiare.com and include your name, pronouns, and a brief description of the services you are seeking.

WHY DON'T YOU CALL THE POLICE IN MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES?

No. I am a peer counselor with a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. I have 7 years of experience providing crisis counseling and facilitating support groups specifically to queer and trans adults. I continue to seek courses on an ongoing basis through autonomous organizations, non-profits, as well as academia to ensure I am providing competent care.

Studies have proven that it is far more dangerous to call 911 in a mental health emergency. Those navigating a mental health crisis, particularly Black, brown, queer and trans people navigating mental health crisis are at greater risk of losing their lives to due unnecessary use of force and lack of mental health training. As a non-licensure counselor, I do not have a legal obligation to call the police, but I do have an ethical duty to protect my clients. My community care model calls on your loved ones to take an active role in keeping each other safe. 

WHAT IF MY EMERGENCY CONTACTS ARE NOT MENTAL HEALTH TRAINED?

No worries! By no means am I asking anyone to provide any services they are not trained for. My ask is that you communicate with your emergency contact what support looks like to you in a mental health crisis and to actively engage in safety planning. Don't know what that looks like? Let's go over it together and think about what may work for you.