Nikki (she/her) completed her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Loyola University New Orleans. She has been at Loyola Center for Counseling and Education for the last two years. She began as a clinical intern in May 2020 and has worked as a PLPC and Managing Director for the clinic since May 2021. She also works as a group counselor for Jefferson Parish Drug Court. Nikki practices primarily from a Relational-Cultural perspective, which she uses to open exploration of the impact of significant relationships and sociocultural norms on present experiences. She focuses on fostering trust, mutual empathy, and respect in the therapeutic relationship so clients feel safe to engage authentically. She is non-directive in her approach, but often incorporates mindfulness-based practices rooted in acceptance, observation, and somatic experiences to help uncover barriers or supports in moving towards joy, authenticity, and self-awareness. Nikki has completed the first of two trainings in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy to further assist clients working through trauma, anxiety, depression, or addiction. She looks forward to incorporating this modality with clients feeling stuck in painful past experiences.
In her free time, Nikki enjoys unwinding in nature, gardening, cooking, and exercising– an important part of her therapeutic process is facilitating clients in uncovering their own passions and forms of self-expression.