Nevada Peer Support Network

Providing resources and support to our Law Enforcement, Firefighters, EMS, First Responders,
Veterans, Hospital Professionals, Military Personnel and their families . . .


The why a profession, we are overrepresented for suicide and other mental health conditions.

The reality is that we can do better to protect our people from adverse effects of the career. It is possible to thrive, not just survive in EMS.

— Kate Elkins, MPH, an EMS specialist with the NHTSA Office of EMS and a longtime paramedic

Clinical Advisory

Steven W. Nicholas,

Dr. Nicholas has his doctorate in Counseling and Educational Psychology. He has been practicing as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) since 2007 and has immersed himself in the phenomena of trauma and the potential growth from adverse events.

Additionally, he is the in-house mental health clinician for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District in Northern Nevada. In recent years, he has worked with BLM wildland firefighters; his trainings are aimed at normalizing the cultures of stress and trauma exposure. Throughout his studies and teachings, Dr. Nicholas has worked with individuals, couples, families, and organizations impacted by the co-occurrences of substance use disorders and mental health diagnoses.

In addition to doctoral publications analyzing how families create greater relational connections after suicide loss, Dr. Nicholas was a contributing investigator for the DSM-5.

Dr. Nicholas has resided in northern Nevada for over forty-five years and has a comprehensive private practice in Reno.

Additional Information:
•  Act as a mental health resource subject matter experts
• Provide guidance to NNPSN BOD in related mental health matters
• Provide recommendations on mental health best practices
•  Act as a soundboard member of the NNPSN community
•  Recommends other appropriate community resources
• Engage in NNPSN community initiatives
• Share insightful, innovative ideas with NNPSN community

Living Ideation:
A New Approach to Suicide Prevention and Intervention

— Dr. Steven W. Nicholas

This book is not just for clinically trained professionals who work with at-risk patients. Living Ideation is appropriate for parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals.

Living Ideation and the philosophical shift about suicide intervention are not just for clinically trained people. All of us feel the complexities of joy, despair, fear, and love. Therefore, it doesn't take a mental health professional to engage in the balancing act of mental health. We are all relatives, loved ones, friends, and colleagues to others. We can begin to intentionally connect with others in our lives in ways that bolster mental health and balance. Ideally, the concepts and approaches of Living Ideation would represent a return to cultural connectedness within our homes, schools, professions, and communities.

Clinical Coordinator

Alison Pratte, LCSW
All encompassing in her approach…

“Larger Than Life”

Incorporating different modalities in her therapy, Pratte strongly believes in and emphasizes a client-centered approach. Having worked with adults, couples, families, and groups over the decades, she believes to be successful in therapy, you must work within…

A licensed clinical social worker, she has extensive experience working with military trauma, depression, suicidal ideations, suicide attempts, anxiety, sexual trauma, anger, violence, and abuse. In addition, Pratte has worked within the education system at the University of Nevada Reno, sharing her approach and methods teaching hundreds of student’s mindfulness techniques, meditation and yoga, for over 20 years.

“I believe with all resources available to help a client heal, I am an advocate of growth, posttraumatic or otherwise. I consider it an honor and privilege to work with each of my client’s - I am dedicated in assisting and working towards positive outcomes for my all of my clients."

— Alison Pratte