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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.

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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, Founder, Clinical Director

Erica Siegal (she/her) 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 has worked in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy research since 2014 and offers mentorship and supervision to aspiring psychedelic professionals.

Fawn Miller, LMFT LPCC
Clinical Supervisor & Therapist

Fawn (she/her) has been working in the helping professions for over two decades, with experience working with adults and adolescents in various settings including residential, IOP/PHP, and outpatient tele-therapy. Fawn provides individual, couples/family, and group counseling services.

Fawn (she/her) has been working in the helping professions for over two decades. She began her career in business operations after obtaining a B.A. in Business Administration, and emphasis on Human Resources, then obtained her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. She has a broad range of experience working with adults and adolescents in various settings including residential, IOP/PHP, and outpatient tele-therapy. Her experience includes helping people dealing with everything from schizophrenia, eating disorders, substance use, and trauma to stress, depression, anxiety, family and career counseling.

Fawn provides individual, couples/family, and group counseling services, currently facilitating individual tele-therapy via an app-based platform. Primary interventions include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness. Fawn believes everyone needs someone to talk to at times, and there doesn’t need to be anything ‘wrong’ with you to need that.

In addition to her psycho-therapy practice, Fawn participates as a mental health professional at music festivals and with local law enforcement and first responders, stating she is always looking for another opportunity to help others create and live their best life.

Andrew Amick, MA
Registered Associate MFT

Andrew (he/him) is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in anxiety, depression, identity, sexuality, self-esteem, substance use, and professional burnout, with a focus on LGBTQIA+ millennials, teens and young adults. 

Andrew (he/him) 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 (she/her) is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in non-abstinence-based substance use and spiritual and depth psychology. She offers an open, non-judgment and practical approach to improving overall quality of life, and is an advocate for non-traditional relationships.

Chelsie (she/her) 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.

Setareh Vatan, MA, Registered Associate MFT, Registered Associate PCC

Setareh (she/her) is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who specializes in substance use disorders, trauma-related difficulties, anxiety and depression.  She incorporates both 12-step and harm reduction methods into her clinical practice.

Setareh (she/her) is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who specializes in substance use disorders, trauma-related difficulties, anxiety and depression.  Setareh brings a diverse background that includes working with formerly incarcerated individuals as they reintegrate into society, training in Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy and numerous comprehensive trainings in psychedelic interventions, including MAPS MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy training.  She incorporates both 12-step and harm reduction methods into her clinical practice and works collaboratively with you to determine which approach would best serve your path towards wholeness.

Setareh is genuinely an advocate for the soul’s desire for expansion and connection with others. She works in the service of the psyche to bring unconscious material to the conscious to facilitate sustainable change, transformation, and growth. She welcomes you as you are.  She provides psychedelic integration to support the process of understanding and integrating experiences induced from non-ordinary states of consciousness into your daily life.

nd with local law enforcement and first responders, stating she is always looking for another opportunity to help others create and live their best life.

Sydney Klatt, Associate Clinical Social Worker

Sydney (she, her) is an associate clinical social worker focused on trauma-informed care, anxiety, depression, and harm reduction. Sydney is trained in Narrative Therapy, CBT, DBT, and Trauma-Focused CBT modalities, as well as ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. Her work centers the LGBTQIA+ community.

Sydney (she, her) is an associate clinical social worker currently accepting clients through N.E.S.T. Her areas of focus are trauma-informed care, anxiety, depression, and harm reduction. Sydney approaches her work from a place of wholeheartedness and compassion, and she believes that the therapy space provides a valuable opportunity to process life’s challenges and integrate life’s lessons.

Sydney is trained in Narrative Therapy, CBT, DBT, and Trauma-Focused CBT modalities, as well as ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. Her work centers the LGBTQIA+ community by providing gender-affirming and queer-positive care. Sydney graduated with her Master’s in Social Work from CSU Sacramento in 2020 with a previous Bachelor’s in Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Outside of the therapy room, she has facilitated trauma-informed yoga for the past 6 years in outreach settings, serving a wide range of communities including incarcerated men and women, survivors of sexual assault, women in recovery, and children. She brings the principles of yoga and mindfulness into the therapy space by inviting clients to connect with themselves through presence and awareness of the physical body and breath. She values the expertise of each person’s lived experience and strives to center clients’ wisdom of their own unique needs.  She deeply respects the dignity and worthiness of every human and believes firmly in each person’s innate capacity for growth and healing.

When Sydney isn’t working, she loves to practice yoga, create textile art, and spend as much time around animals as possible.

Catherine Edelstein, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Catherine Edelstein is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. She specializes in complex trauma, anxiety, professional burnout and work life stress, and religious trauma.

Catherine Edelstein is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. She specializes in complex trauma, anxiety, professional burnout and work life stress, and religious trauma. Catherine maintains the philosophy that therapy requires collaboration and trust, with every unique individual deserving individualized care and support. Catherine utilizes the modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Exposure Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy, as well as the Gottman method for work with couples. Catherine is passionate about destigmatizing mental health treatment through advocacy, education, trauma-informed care, and widening access to those who have historically been denied or limited in receiving mental health care.

Alex Douglas, Associate Clinical Social Worker

Alex is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. He believes the therapeutic relationship begins with fully accepting clients for who they are and strives to develop a bedrock of trust and rapport, working at the pace of each client. His areas of focus include anger management, depression, shame, anxiety, addiction (in all forms), trauma, grief, identity issues (gender and sexual, as well as career and relationship concerns), and boundaries.

Alex believes the therapeutic relationship begins with fully accepting clients for who they are. He strives to develop a bedrock of trust and rapport, working at the pace of each client. He doesn’t shy away from exploring complex or sensitive personal challenges.

He has experience with how substance abuse and other addiction issues can impact many areas of life. As well as how therapy can lead to positive change.

His areas of focus include anger management, depression, shame, anxiety, addiction (in all forms), trauma, grief, identity issues (gender and sexual, as well as career and relationship concerns), and boundaries.

Alex obtained a master’s degree in clinical social work from Fordham University. Prior to that he spent over a decade in the entertainment industry. This has given him experience with the challenges faced by high-performing and creative individuals, such as perfectionism, burnout, professional vs personal identities, isolation and loneliness, and existential crises.

Jaclyn Udell, Associate Clinical Social Worker

Jaclyn (she /her) is an associate clinical social worker and harm reductionist. Grounded in a systems based approach to psychotherapy, she views language as an intuitive system in witnessing our psyche and examining our culture. Her training in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP), MDMA-assisted psychotherapy and Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) has informed techniques whereby she invites your inner-healer into sessions while in ordinary states of consciousness.

Jaclyn (she /her) is an associate clinical social worker and harm reductionist. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in Chinese Literature and International Relations before continuing her studies at Tulane University’s School of Social Work for a Masters in Social Work. During her MSW program, Jaclyn completed 1000 hours of clinical work at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) as a Policy and Clinical Advocacy intern.

Grounded in a systems based approach to psychotherapy, she views language as an intuitive system in witnessing our psyche and examining our culture. Her training in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP), MDMA-assisted psychotherapy and Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) has informed techniques whereby she invites your inner-healer into sessions while in ordinary states of consciousness.

Tara Rodriquez, Social Work Trainee

Tara (she/her) is a Social Work Trainee (S.2102257-TRNE) and final-year Master of Social Work student on the Mental Health and Substance Use track at The Ohio State University. She is also a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) and has completed some training in Hakomi and Somatic Experiencing. Areas of focus are substance use disorders, harm reduction, psychedelics, and trauma.

Tara (she/her) is a Social Work Trainee (S.2102257-TRNE) and final-year Master of Social Work student on the Mental Health and Substance Use track at The Ohio State University. She is also a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP). Her areas of focus are substance use disorders, harm reduction, psychedelics, and trauma, and her current research project is on psychedelic harm reduction in understudied populations. She has trained in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, integrative harm reduction psychotherapy, crisis intervention, integrative somatic trauma therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and the Hakomi method.

With over three years of crisis counseling and harm reduction volunteer experience at festivals, on support lines, and at a psychedelic integration nonprofit, Tara is thrilled to have the opportunity to complete her social work internship with NEST, offering a calming and grounding presence and holding space without judgment.

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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. 

NEST currently does not offer psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.  MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is currently in Phase 3 Clinical Trials and is not available to individuals outside of study.  If you would like to participate, please click here

Erica Siegal does provide Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy through a psychiatric practice in Marina Del Rey.  Please click here for more information and patient intake information.

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.

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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