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 a primary focus on the treatment of youth who were depressed as a result of bereavement or trauma exposure. Nikki was also a critical part of increasing access to mental health services in the Third Ward Community in Houston through collaboration and partnership with a local school. Nikki was interviewed on the “Great Day Houston Debra Duncan Show” in 2019 where she discussed the effects of trauma on African American youth, and how to help youth and families heal and build resiliency by providing trauma and grief services and support.
Nikki spent the first six years of her career working as a Clinical Social Worker and Therapist across various educational, medical, and mental health settings such as schools, medical hospitals, and psychiatric facilities. In those roles she worked closely with clients and families to complete psychosocial assessments, and provide crisis intervention, case management, and trauma-informed therapeutic intervention, along with brief-solution focused intervention, and psychological first aid. Nikki has worked arduously to empower clients to do the necessary, albeit difficult, work to recognize their inner strength and ability to heal and prevail after experiencing trauma, toxic stress, loss, and other life challenges. 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.