Dr. Nick Alder is a Postdoctoral fellow at IntraSpectrum. Nick believes change happens in relationships and community. She uses a strength-based approach to build collaborative and growth-fostering therapeutic relationships and assists her clients in creating meaningful connections within their communities. As a clinician, Nick works to cultivate a brave and empowering space for her clients to explore the unique intersection of their cultural identities. In this process, clients are supported in integrating generating new pathways to their mental health and wellness. She engages her life’s work grounded in her identity as a Black queer femme. As a community organizer and social spacemaker, Nick creates spaces that not only center, but also privilege, the queer spectrum, women of color, and other marginalized voices.
Nick’s approach is agile, responsive, and attuned to each client’s individual experience and needs. Her style is holistic, and informed by an integrative approach to therapy, applying Systems, Feminist, Narrative, and, Interpersonal/Relational theories. Areas of specialization include body image, social media, sexuality, gender identity, relationships, and trauma. Creativity, mindfulness, expressive arts, and, storytelling are all techniques she incorporates in her work with clients.
Prior to IntraSpectrum, Nick trained in forensic, integrative, and, community mental health outpatient settings. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago after completing her pre-doctoral internship at The Chicago School Forensic Center. As a doctoral candidate, she trained at the NorthShore University Health System, Mount Sinai Hospital Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, and, the Cook County Sheriff’s Women’s Justice Program. Nick earned her Ed.M. and M.A. in community mental health from Columbia University, Teacher’s College. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Africana Studies from Binghamton University.