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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 


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!

Join Me On My Journey


My Life Affirmation

Pleasure is my birthright. 

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