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John Nickens, PhD

Office: John Nickens, PhD
465 -34th Street
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 287-9456
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Profession: Psychologist
Services: Psychotherapy/Counseling
Telehealth (Video/Phone) Therapy
Employee Assistance Counseling
Psychotherapy Practice Development
Practice Description:
Appointments are available via telephone, video (you do not need to download any special software), or in-office, depending on your preference and unique situation. In-office visits follow social distancing protocols and I will open and close all doors. Please use the restroom to
wash your hands both before and after the appointment.

Not getting enough of what you want in your life? I focus on "Tools for Intentional Living." My practice style is interactive. This means that much of our time together will be spent with both of us talking about the issues you face. During the sessions, scheduled to last 45 minutes each, we will explore the issues you bring and find new ways for you to think and act so that you can make desired changes.
The goal of our work together will be to identify those areas that have become obstacles to improving your life, your relationships and your personal contentment. Once the obstacles are identified, I will work to help you overcome those obstacles and learn to do more of what works in your life, and less of what doesn’t. As always, personal gains made in therapy result from a combination of the therapist’s skills and the client’s active involvement and follow through.

Depending on your self-identified goals, I offer treatment in several modalities:
* Behavioral Therapy is helpful for specific behavioral challenges such as fears that seem to take over, and habits you’ve been trying to break.
* Insight-Oriented Therapy is intended to help you understand your challenges, discover their origins and current impact in your life, and help you find ways to use your awareness to make changes.
* Existential Therapy aims to help you explore the interaction between your “world view” and the life problems you are experiencing, and develop new ways to understanding how to use your strengths.

For people of color I specialize in the unique acculturation issues that one may encounter in our society, particularly in cross-cultural relationships at work or at home.

My professional experience includes more than 30 years in public mental health programs providing direct service, training, and consultation, and more than 20 years in private practice.
Practice Specialties or Interests:

(Strengths are
in bold text)
Life Transitions
Personal Growth
Adjustment Disorder
Chronic Physical Illness
Ethnic/Cultural Issues
Men's Issues
Parenting Issues
Relationship Issues
Cross-Cultural personal relationships
Cross-Cultural work conflicts
Age Specialties: Adults
Session Formats: Individual
Treatment Approaches: Eclectic
Additional Demographic Expertise: African American
Education: PhD Clinical Psychology
San Francisco School of Psychology, 1993

MA Counseling Psychology
University of New Mexico, 1975

BA Psychology
Drew University, 1970
License #: PSY14670
License State: California
Professional Affiliations:
Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association
Member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association
Member of the American Academy of Bereavement
Member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility
Fee Schedule: Standard fee is $195 per session.
Some insurance-supported appointments are available during the day.
Lowered fees may be possible depending upon your resources and available lower fee appointments.
Accepted Insurance: Any Indemnity Plan
Any PPO (with Out-of-Network Benefits)
Blue Shield
Health Net
CA State Victims of Crime Assistance
Insurance and Billing Instructions: I work with several insurance companies, and I also accept self-pay by check or credit card..
Please see my website page "FEES".
Office Hours: Mon thru Wed 9am to 8pm / Thurs 9am to 2pm
Driving Directions: Please see my website page "Contact Me" or search google maps

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Additional Comments: I can be contacted at telephone number (510) 287-9456.
Please visit my website at
Preferred pronouns are He/Him/His.

John Nickens, PhD, Psychologist in Oakland

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Gender:  Male
Prescribe Medication:  No
Wheelchair Accessible:  No
Public Transportation:  Yes

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