Nicole Kabalkin, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
I was drawn to clinical work as a result of my love for children and my passion for working with families as they navigate life’s challenges. One of the things that I love most about working at Milestones Psychology is that our group feels like a family. We are deeply committed to our children and families, and we go to great lengths to ensure that all of our clients feel supported and valued. I am committed to combining my warm and nurturing style with the most cutting-edge research to ensure that my clients receive the highest quality, evidenced-based care in an environment where they feel safe and at ease.
I have always been intrigued by the way in which a child develops and the numerous factors, both environmental and biological, that contribute to each child’s development. My passion for providing evidenced-based treatment to children and families stems from my own experience as an educator in a school setting. As a former special educator and school social worker, I have witnessed firsthand the ways in which a child’s unmet mental health needs can impact that child’s social, developmental and academic trajectory.
As a result, I ground my clinical practice in assessment and collaboration. I believe that no one knows a child better than their parent, and I am committed to empowering parents and caregivers by equipping them with the strategies necessary to support their child effectively. I have found that I attain optimal results in treatment when I combine a parent’s knowledge of their child with my clinical expertise. With a family’s input, I am able to understand the whole child and offer individualized treatment that is tailored to that child’s needs. I operate from a strengths-based mental health perspective that focuses on finding the strengths within each child and family system and harnessing those strengths to attain meaningful gains for every family.
As an individual who has vast experience navigating the terrain of a school setting, I am a firm believer in partnering with schools and bridging the gap between outpatient care and the school environment. When a family is ready for me to collaborate with school professionals, I commit myself to ensuring that all stakeholders are aligned and invested in working together to help a child realize their treatment goals. Mental health concerns often manifest in the academic environment in a variety of ways. I am passionate about addressing these concerns with evidenced based supports in order to empower children and teens to gain more control over their thought-patterns and behaviors, and ensure that they feel successful in school and in life.
Behavioral Therapy (BT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Parent Management Training (PMT)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A)
Interventions for a range of Anxiety Disorders (Selective Mutism, OCD etc.)
Evidence-based treatments for Trauma and Stress Related Disorders
School-based Consultation and Collaboration
Program Assistant at the Child Mind Institute; Lead Counselor of the Brave Buddies Program
School Social Worker at KIPP Infinity Elementary School and Achievement First High School
Elementary Special Education Teacher at Success Charter Network through Teach For America