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NEST is a clinical practice that offers private therapy, group therapy, professional mentorship and training.  All of our clinicians are LGBTQIA+, non-monogamy informed, harm reduction-allied practitioners.   Work with one of our therapists to help navigate the experiences of trauma, create healthier relationships with substances, increase emotional resilience and improve your overall quality of life.

Our Clinical Team

NEST provides person-centered, trauma-informed psychotherapy and integration support to teens, adults and couples.  We specialize in the integration of spiritual and psychedelic experiences.  We are a fee-for-service clinic and do offer a sliding fee scale for those in need.

Erica Siegal, LCSW, Clinical Director

Erica Siegal is a licensed psychotherapist, professional harm reductionist, community organizer and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy researcher.  LCSW CA#86622

Erica founded NEST Harm Reduction to provide compassionate, trauma-informed services to individuals, groups and organizations.  She combines a decade of mental health direct services work with a B.A in Hospitality Administration from Cornell University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California, to create a unique, trauma-focused, compassionate care model that brings empathy, understanding and sustainability back into our homes, hearts and communities.

Erica provides tele-health psychotherapy to individuals, couples and teens and virtual harm reduction training and education to the public.  She also works as a psychotherapist researcher on the Phase 3 FDA-approved MDMA-assisted psychotherapy clinical trials in Los Angeles, California.

Andrew Amick, MA
Registered Associate MFT

Andrew is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#121201) originally from the Mojave Desert, CA who specializes in anxiety, depression, identity, sexuality, self-esteem, substance use, and professional burnout. His clients enjoy an individualized, thoughtful and holistic approach that incorporates elements of depth psychology, psychodynamic practices, postmodern theories along with CBT, DBT, and attachment-based and EFT (Emotional-Focus Therapy) skills. Andrew’s practice focuses on LGBTQIA+ millennials, teens and young adults, young parents, social activists and educators, artists and creatives, spiritually-curious people, and transition-phase youth and adults.

Chelsie Norton, MA
Registered Associate MFT

Chelsie is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#119742) specializing in non-abstinence-based substance use and spiritual and depth psychology. She has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and a Bachelor’s in Social Work from CalState LA. She has worked as both a case manager and mental health therapist for underserved children, teenagers and their families in Los Angeles. Chelsie offers her patients an open, non-judgment and practical approach to improving their overall quality of life. She is an advocate for non-traditional relationships and values the importance of integration of transpersonal and altered state experiences. She has spent many years volunteering in several harm reduction capacities including co-creating and facilitating a support group for non-abstinence-based substance use and mental health support. Chelsie works as a night attendant on the FDA- approved Phase 3 MDMA clinical trials.

Bryan Griffith, Business Administration

Bryan Griffith brings decades of professional experience in corporate training, small business management, and hospitality to the NEST administrative team.  Bryan was introduced to the harm reduction community in 2015 at Burning Man and has been committed to providing safe spaces and harm reduction services to events, parties and communities large and small.  Bryan manages the logistical operations for NEST’s community outreach and public events.  He also works as a night attendant on the MAPS phase 3 clinical trial utilizing MDMA to treat treatment resistant PTSD.  An artist, creator and enthusiast at heart, Bryan is a warm and welcoming presence at NEST. 

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Harm Reduction & Psychedelics

Humans have used psychedelic plants and altered states of consciousness for thousands of years for a variety of reasons; helping someone find their path, healing past traumatic experiences, growth and reflection.   We acknowledge that Indigenous rituals, medicines and cultural ceremonies have existed long before the study and practice of psychology and our current government regulations.  We believe in an individual’s right to cognitive liberty.

We also acknowledge that engaging in illegal behavior and using mind altering substances comes with its inherent risks and societal harms.   Although medical research is progressing and decriminalization is slowly gaining speed, we acknowledge that people will engage with these powerful medicines regardless of the legal barriers that are currently restricting access.  

Therefore, NEST is committed to providing support to people who choose to use psychedelics and other substances at their own discretion.  NEST provides psychedelic integration services, a place to process, discuss and integrate altered states of consciousness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to COVID-19, we are currently not seeing patients in person, but we would be happy to see you virtually. 

No.  We currently do not offer MDMA-assisted psychotherapy.  MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is still in Phase 3 clinical trials.  If you’re interested in participating in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy clinical trials, please click here.

Spiritual experiences, extreme altered states of consciousness and psychedelics all have the potential to provide profound insight into the human experience.  Whether intentional or not, these experiences can have lasting effects on the person and the way they experience the world.  NEST’s providers are all well-informed, psychedelic-friendly practitioners who will help to discuss, process and integrate your experience.

Our sessions are  50 minutes long and are conducted on a HIPAA-compliant video conferencing service through TheraNest.  You’ll need a good internet connection and a quiet place where you feel comfortable to speak freely about the things happening in your life.

We’re a person-centered psychotherapy practice, so we try our best to tailor our sessions to your specific needs and goals.  During the first few sessions, you’ll be asked a series of intake and assessment questions that will help us get to know you better and help to determine what therapy will look like for you.

Telehealth is an effective way to engage in psychotherapy, especially during a pandemic.  Some clients actually prefer to engage in therapy from the comfort of their own home. 

No.  We are a private fee-for-service clinic.  We do offer a sliding fee scale for those who need assistance.

Yes!  We can provide a superbill to you that you will supply to your insurance company for benefit reimbursement.

Unfortunately we can only see psychotherapy clients in California.  NEST does provide public trainings, peer support and workshops that are open to everyone, anywhere.

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UPCOMING & ONGOING PROCESS GROUPS

Process groups – group therapy – are a great opportunity to receive support in an affordable, community-based format where you can share with your peers, learn to communicate with others effectively, expand your skills in listening and empathy, and reduce anxiety. Groups usually meet weekly for 8 or 12 weeks at 90 minutes per session. Clients are screened prior to joining any group to ensure they are appropriate for the group and to maintain the integrity and safety of each container. Check back here for ongoing and upcoming groups, or get in touch if you’re interested in process groups for specific industries, demographics or events.

Young Adults

Develop your skills for managing anxiety, communicating with peers and family, and processing trauma in order to enjoy a higher quality of life and increased sense of connection and community. Contact us to join this group.

  • Meets weekly, and is ongoing
  • Ages 18 – 24, all genders
  • $40 per session or contact for package rates
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Frontline Workers

Getting support can be hard and scary, especially if you work in an industry that has a high-risk of compassion fatigue and burnout.  We provide small, confidential, professionally-facilitated emotional support groups that are available online. These are open to events workers, mental health professionals and first responders..

  • Meets for 8 or 12 weeks
  • Adults, all genders
  • Program Fees Vary
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Psychedelic Integration

Join NEST for our harm reduction-based judgment-free psychedelic integration group. This is a safe space for you to bring and share your challenging or transformative psychedelic experiences and get support in integrating those experiences.

  • Ongoing
  • Adults, all genders
  • Donation-based, $30 suggested
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Wellness for All

NEST support, groups and trainings are available to all. We are dedicated to inclusivity, compassion, and serving communities that experience generational and societal trauma. Please let us know how we can serve you and your organization.

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Disclaimer

NEST Harm Reduction and Consulting provides accurate information, education and safety precautions regarding the use of psychoactive medicines & mind-altering substances.  We do not condone or encourage any illegal behaviors or actions.  We take a harm reductionist approach to the work that we do and we believe that an educated and informed public is the best way to ensure public safety. 

The NEST online community is for support and education and is not designed for immediate crises.  If you are experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, please go to your nearest emergency room or call 911. 

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