Nichomi “Nikki” Higgins is the founder of SolCentered Therapy, a wellness practice in Chino CA dedicated to providing culturally sensitive and evidence-based counseling services to individuals seeking recovery from an eating disorder and other co-morbid diagnosis. Throughout the years Nikki has provided eating disorder treatment in intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization and residential treatment settings. As a result of her passion for treatment in this population; especially individuals of color, her experience over the years has elevated her to positions of sr. leadership in behavioral health.
As a leader, business woman and advocate, Nikki has facilitated numerous professional trainings and workshops to community members, educators, students and professionals alike. In addition, she has been a regular guest expert on the Dr. Phil Show.
Jaclyn is the President and Founder of My Simple Palate; a non profit that educates our community on allergies, raises awareness to rare diseases, and advocates against bullying. Jaclyn has maintained her nursing license and AllerCoach(TM) certification. She loves healthcare and making a difference. When her son was born she stopped her nursing career to focus on new mommy hood; never expecting that her future would soon be taking care of her own child from a medical stand point. Imagine a life without any food. That is the reality for her son. Eosinophilic Disease is a rare and chronic disease in which white blood cells accumulate and attack the digestive system. After misdiagnosis; her daughter was also diagnosed with Mast Cell Disease. From school, to family to everyday life, Jaclyn uses her personal experiences along with her professional to work with families to help find some balance.
Erika Labuzan-Lopez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in League City, Texas. Erika specializes in working with high conflict couples, infertility counseling, postpartum depression and anxiety, the transition to parenthood, perfectionism, and anxiety. She believes that the ability to explore and express vulnerability is the key to building a strong foundation for relationships and enhances our opportunities for connection, which is especially important when facing painful transitions in life. Erika married her high school sweetheart and has two children (4 and 1). She enjoys cooking, reading, movies, makeup, playing with the kids, and spending time with family.
Felice Martin is a "Freedom Facilitator" utilizing brain-based strategies to help parents, children, and teens connect authentically and build relationships rooted in unconditional love and respect. Her mission is to create a world where children are safe and adults are healed.
Seida Hood is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who owns a prominent private practice in Saint Charles, IL. Seida specializes in working with aggressive teens, teens who struggle with self-harm, millennial women struggling with anxiety, depression or trauma. In 2016, Seida wrote a series on her blog called 20 Days to Better Relationships. This series was updated and turned into an actionable workbook, which is available on Amazon, Createspace, Barnes & Noble and more. Seida counts it a privilege to help facilitate transformation with clients. Outside of her practice, Seida enjoys spending quality time with her husband and beautiful children.
Dr. Sapna B. Chopra is a licensed psychologist and lecturer in the counseling department at California State University Fullerton. She teaches courses on human development, cultural diversity and social justice, research, and practicum. In addition, Dr. Chopra teaches Mindful Parenting classes at the University of California Irvine Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute. Her work on parenting in Asian American families has been published in a textbook and an online parenting guide for families. She is a second-generation Asian Indian woman and proud mom of a 15 year old son and 11 year old daughter.
Nickia Lowery is a Licensed Professional Counselor with active licensure in Pennsylvania and Georgia. She is also Nationally Certified Counselor and Certified Anger Management Specialist. Nickia currently resides in Duluth, GA with her teenage children. Nickia is a graduate of Temple University with a BA in Psychology and Lincoln University of PA with a Masters of Human Services and Counseling. Nickia is the owner of Optimum Purpose Counseling & Education LLC located in Metro Atlanta, GA. Nickia has extensive experience working within the forensic field with Sexually Violent Predators and Batterer’s Intervention Programs as well as working with families who have experienced significant trauma. Currently, Nickia works primarily with women and teens who are experiencing a range of challenges from relationship conflicts, academics, work place conflicts, Family conflicts, mood and anxiety related disorders. Nickia specializes in treating trauma specifically sexual abuse and domestic violence as well as providing parenting coaching for families with special needs children.
Carmen is a Registered Play Therapist and Certified FirstPlay® Clinical Practitioner focused on trauma, infant mental health, bonding and attachment. She is training in Gottman methods Level 1-3, Seven Principles, and Brining Baby Home to strengthen the foundation or restore marriages. Carmen has various trainings in psychotherapy models and scheduled to start the process of becoming an Internal Family Systems clinical therapist. Carmen has training with working diverse populations with a focus on LGBTQIA community. Carmen is trained in Love and Logic, FLIP IT, and Positive Discipline as parenting models that she utilizes for parent coaching.
Natalie T. Pride is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Georgia. She is also licensed Independent Social Worker in South Carolina.Natalie earned her Bachelors in Sociology from Berea College in 2001; she completed her Master in Social Work from The Florida State University in 2004. Natalie has over 13 years of experience in the mental health field. She has spent over 10 years focusing on work with veterans, and families. Natalie has experience with working with individuals from diverse backgrounds who have experienced issues with homelessness, hospice and substance abuse. Natalie specializes in work with Veterans and families.
Dr. Donna Oriowo (Oreo-Whoa!) is an international speaker, clinical social worker, sex and relationship educator and therapist located in the Washington D.C. metro area. Dr. Donna is the owner and lead therapist of AnnodRight, whose mission it is to help others reclaim their sexuality, identity, and self love by being their most wise, free, and authentic selves in addressing intersectionality, culture, and race in educational and therapeutic settings with a focus on developing healthy Black female sexuality. She can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @Annodright. OR you can visit her (day or night) at www.AnnodRight.com
Erica M. McAfee is the founder of Sisters in Loss, LLC, a faith based Pregnancy Loss Grief Coaching & Doula Service Company that helps women replace silence with storytelling around miscarriage, pregnancy loss, and infertility. Sisters in Loss provides birth and bereavement doula services, infertility and grief coaching services to help women step beyond anxiety and fear and into trust and peace after loss. Erica is a Pregnancy Loss Grief Coach, Birth & Bereavement Doula, Pastor’s Wife, and Mom to two angels in heaven and one rainbow baby Maxwell also known as Super Mighty Max. She is an alumnus of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
Leslie Priscilla Arreola-Hillenbrand is a first generation Chicana mother to two biracial girls, ages 7 and 1. Formerly an early childhood teacher and behavioral coach, Leslie has worked with children and families for over 11 years. She became a parent educator and advocate after becoming a mother. She has a dual degree in in Child Development & Family Studies as well as Family Life Education from CSULB, as is currently a graduate-level Social Work student. She Is trained as a facilitator in various parent education curricula including Nonviolent Parenting, Positive Discipline, Supporting Fatherhood Involvement (SFI) and others. She believes that strengths-based, community-based, culturally responsive, & trauma-informed parent education and support networks rooted in Nonviolent Communication for Latino/a communities is a living social justice movement towards opportunity and equality for Latinx families. She is the founder of Comadre Wellness & Education, a developing nonprofit in Orange County, as well as Latinx Parenting, Inc.
Jill is the CEO and Clinical Director of Central Counseling Services, Inc, specializing in grief and loss, dementia, trauma, and adoption issues. An Adoption Service Provider, Jill has two decades of experience with child welfare and adoptions, and a decade with hospice. She receives positive reviews that note her engagement with her audience, energy, and sense of humor while providing valuable information when presenting on correctly treating childhood trauma, grief, and dementia care on the local, state, national and international level, and. Jill writes books for children and adults, and is the proud parent of three girls through adoption.
Charity (Johnson-Young) Hernandez is currently completing coursework toward her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at the University of Phoenix, with a goal of licensure as an LMFT. She works in a secure psychiatric facility in Riverside with high risk offenders and severely mentally ill patients, and previously worked with autistic adults in a life skills program. Charity is Jill’s middle child and third adopted daughter. She brings a unique perspective to the discussion of diverse families from the adopted child’s perspective. She was previously orphaned, in relative care, foster care, and then was adopted as a teen into a family where her other adoptive mom died before the adoption could be finalized, and then lost her step mom. Charity is now married and the mom of two little boys. Her goal is to help other children in the system navigate foster care, relative care, and adoption with the support they need to be successful.
Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart is a Pediatric Psychologist and Board Certified in Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. She is the President/Owner at A New Day Pediatric Psychology in San Antonio, Texas specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with acute and chronic behavioral health conditions. Dr. Lockhart started her practice in January 2016 after working 12 years in clinics, schools, and military hospitals. She is originally from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She is able to take complicated information and make it easy for the listener to understand. Dr. Lockhart published her first eBook in February 2018 for parents of children diagnosed with ADHD.
Egyptian American father for two teenagers(Girl and Boy), married for 23 years. Born and raised in Cairo-Egypt, worked 22 years within travel industry which allowed me to travel and visit 17 countries around the world. I started to get involved with helping families and teenagers through the opportunity of volunteering as instructor to teach classes for parenting and protecting teenagers from substance abuse programs managed and facilitated by Focus on the Family-Middle east branch. Immigrated to United state 2013 , and acquired my Master of Arts degree about Marriage and family therapy from Hop International University 2016. Currently working for dual diagnosis facility and private practice. Certified on Anger Management, EMDR Trained.
Dr. Becca Ballinger is a child psychologist, Modern Parenting Expert, founder of the popular blog Parenting The Modern Family, and owner of a Southern California private practice called Modern Parenting Solutions. She specializes in helping kids and families of all types overcome modern challenges that threaten the stability of the family. As a parent of a 20-year-old and a 17-year-old, not only does she know how to raise great kids within the structure of a nontraditional family, but she understands the unique stressors that this generation of kids must overcome. She has written extensively for large publications such as The Huffington Post on topics such as kids and mental health, successful parenting in nontraditional families, the motivation crisis that plagues this generation’s youth, and finding the balance between over-parenting and under-parenting. You can read more about Modern Parenting at https://www.parentingthemodernfamily.com.
Brittany Jean-Louis, LPC is a mental health therapist that has been serving adolescents, women and families for over 11 years. She is the owner and founder of A Freeman's Place Counseling, LLC, a group counseling agency offering individual, family, group and substance abuse counseling for the community. There are four locations in New Jersey, East Brunswick, Princeton, Ewing and West Orange. Brittany strives to build bridges through her work endeavors, so that those from lower socio-economic backgrounds may access affordable and quality mental health care. Furthermore, Brittany is laying the foundation for a non- governmental organization that will serve the homeless in a holistic way. Brittany is also the founder of another agency, Brittany Jean-Louis, LPC, LLC. This agency educates about mental health through speaking, providing workshops, consulting for those in and out of the counseling field and clinical supervision. The agency also promotes products that campaign for all things mental health awareness related.
Shelly Ware, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Step-family Coach with 10 years of experience working with children and families. Shelly specializes in working with adults, children and families who face unique circumstances and want to successfully weather the ups and downs of daily life. From stepmoms to step-families and career women of color, she provides guidance which helps them set better boundaries and to be more assertive so that they can reach their goals. Shelly sees clients online and in person via her CA based practice. Shelly is a contributing writer to Stepmom Magazine.
Tosha Schore, M.A., brings a burst of energy and optimism to parenting, and is an expert at simple solutions to what feel like overwhelmingly complicated problems. She is co-author of Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges, and creator of the online course, Out With Aggression: A 5-step Practice to Stop Your Boy's Aggressive Behaviors and Lift Your Parenting Confidence. Tosha is committed to creating lasting change in families and in the world by supporting parents to care for themselves, connect with their boys deeply, set limits lovingly, and play wildly!
Jennifer Noble is a licensed clinical psychologist with a PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in multicultural community clinical psychology. She provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents and their parents and enjoys working with parents to help them gain a deeper understanding of their parenting and its impact on their children. Dr. Jenn uses psychology for social justice. Jennifer seeks to raise awareness about mental health differences in culturally diverse populations. She strongly believes that sociopolitical/sociocultural factors impact the ability to achieve mental health and that the larger societal structures and institutions creating marginalized and oppressed groups must be dismantled.
Kristian Owens is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) in the State of Maryland. She has expertise in working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. As a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Certified Trauma Practitioner (CTP-C), Kristian has experience working with children dealing with issues related to trauma, grief and loss, divorce, anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues. She has worked with children and families in a variety of settings, including alternative, private, and public school settings, psychiatric inpatient care, and community mental health. Kristian is the Owner and Therapist at Resilient Child Therapy Institute, LLC located in Largo, Maryland.