Nakitha is a National Certified Counselor with a specialty as a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and as a Certified Clinical Anxiety Therapist Professional. Her titles also include:
- Registered Play Therapist
- Registered Integrative Sand Tray Therapist
- Tele-Mental Health Therapist
- Certified Auto-Play Therapist
- Certified Infant Mental Health
- Therapist Certified Wellness Coach
- Level Independent Early Childhood
- Mental Health Consultant
Additionally, Nakitha is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), as well as:
- Postpartum Support International in Perinatal Mood Anxiety Disorders
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) from UAMS
- Level 1 TheraPlay therapist from the TheraPlay Institute
Nakitha has completed a Cultivating Leadership training in Washington, D.C. through the Healthy Start Initiative Program. Recently, Nakitha received training in EMDR and EMDRIA from EMDR Consulting.
Nakitha is a member of the Arkansas Play Therapy Association and NAADAC the Association for Addiction Professionals.
Nakitha has worked as the Director of the Mississippi County EOC Healthy Start Initiative Program, in which she implemented various programs for women and men, pregnant moms, postpartum mothers, and their children. She also implemented a four-week educational labor project called “Community Labor Workshop” that assists with mitigating disparities in unemployment. Nakitha has worked in the mental health field for over 16 years with vast populations ranging from infants, preschoolers, and children to adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients.
Moreover, Nakitha is the mother of two sons and two bonus daughters and the grandmother of two handsome grandsons who help shape her world.
Nakitha became a widow a few years ago and she understands that this is part of a process; however, not the end. Her faith in God continues to lead her as she’s on her journey. She believes understanding and processing the past helps the person to understand who they are now and who he or she will become in the future. Nakitha uses an integrative approach to therapy; relying heavily on various modalities she has become skilled in. Her motto is:
People are not broken in need of fixing; however deeply hurt and in need of being cared for.
‒ A. Schwartz
So, through acceptance of self, a person can work towards their healing in a safe and supportive environment.