Nikki is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with seven years of clinical social work experience working in various educational, medical, and mental health settings such as schools, medical hospitals, and psychiatric facilities. As a Clinical Implementation Specialist at the Trauma and Grief Center, Nikki conducts trauma and grief assessments, provides psychotherapy, and therapeutic intervention for children, youth, and families. Nikki also provides clinical consultation for mental health practitioners who have completed the Trauma and Grief Component therapy training. In addition to Nikki’s work as a clinician, Nikki provides mentorship support for the emerging leaders program at The Hackett Center.
Prior to joining the Trauma and Grief Center at The Hackett Center, Nikki worked at the Trauma and Grief Clinic at Texas Children’s hospital with her primary focus on treatment of depressed youth linked to bereavement and trauma exposure. Nikki has also been critical in being a part of increasing access to mental health services by working and partnering with an urban school in the Third Ward Community in Houston, Texas. Nikki was recently interviewed on the Great Day Houston Debra Duncan show in 2019 where she discussed the effects of trauma on African American youth and the response to help youth and families heal and build resiliency by providing trauma and grief services and support.
Nikki continues to arduously empower clients to do the necessary albeit challenging work to recognize their inner strength and ability to heal and prevail after experiencing trauma, toxic stress, and loss. Nikki is most passionate about providing support to empower clients to thrive in order to become the best version of themselves.
Nikki obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas State University and obtained a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California.