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"Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge. They are chaotic, sometimes painful, sometime contradictory, but they come from deep within us."

-Audre Lorde 

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I'm Dr. Nikki KNOWS

The perfect balance between warm apple cider on a Sunday morning and a splash of bourbon on a Friday night. 

I am a licensed psychologist with a diverse set of talents. My expertise includes a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant and trainer, writer, podcaster, public speaker, and therapist. I am a Black woman, feminist, social justice advocate, sex-positive advocate, intellectual, mother, scholar, and mentor. When you meet me you’re likely to find a transparent, witty, irreverent, charming, genuine, and relatable human being.  My many intersecting identities uniquely position me to help others via training, coaching, and therapy. I believe that meaningful relationships are sources of learning about ourselves. We each have a fundamental right to happiness and pleasure as defined by ourselves for ourselves.
 

To the matter of my credentials, I received my Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology from the APA-accredited top-ranked program at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002. For over 15 years I was a professor of Counseling Psychology with over 7 years as a tenured professor. During that time, I peer-reviewed published pieces focused on identity and cultural factors impacting young Black adults.

 

You can find an updated list of publications here!
 

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My Life Affirmation

Pleasure is my birthright.