Gilbert A. Nick
Gilbert has over a decade of experience and training treating adults suffering with anxiety, depression, substance misuse and complex trauma. At the Center for Intimacy Recovery, Gilbert supports clients in addressing present-day challenges of compulsive behaviors, intimacy and relationship difficulties and internal conflicts by 1) exploring the influence of past experiences and 2) gaining a deeper awareness of those experiences connected to negative emotions (e.g., fear, shame, guilt, isolated, being othered). Gilbert notes “often, the first step to a greater sense of belonging, safety, and genuineness with others is grounded in our own unique way of relating to certain feelings, events and conditions.”
Gilbert’s orientation is multicultural, strengths-based, and trauma-informed. He is an LGBTQIA+ affirming practitioner and recognizes the multiple negative influences of oppression -- how they systematically impact all our daily lives. Gilbert is sex-positive and kink-aware, aiming to create a person-centered and non-judgmental space where clients can feel at ease to talk openly and appreciate what healthy sexuality and wellbeing means to them.
Gilbert’s style is conversational and collaborative. While he incorporates empirically supported approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapies, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, and solutions-focused therapy in his work with clients, he believes the therapeutic relationship is of critical means to discovery, problem-solving and healing. Supporting clients in enhancing their ability to express their values and goals, manage feelings, and experience more confidence in asserting their needs, is of critical importance.
Gilbert earned his Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, and he teaches social work courses in substance use, behavioral addictions, and clinical practice at the graduate level. He is currently a candidate at the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals receiving training as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist.