A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME AND MY APPROACH

Nikki Rodriguez

Nikki Rodriguez

Many people avoid therapy due to the stereotype that is perpetuated in our society. The thought of someone judging and analyzing your every word and then telling you how you should be living your life frightens many. However, I operate differently and believe that therapy is only successful if a strong relationship is built and fostered between therapist and client. I treat you, the person, not the diagnosis and recognize that you are the expert in your own life. I utilize a flexible approach, encouraging therapy to evolve as you do. Working alongside you, I will encourage and support you in achieving the goals you have set and obtain the healing that you deserve.

I am licensed in the state of Florida to provide mental health counseling. I completed my undergraduate at the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Liberal Studies specializing in behavioral and social sciences and education and minoring in criminal justice. Upon graduation, I spent the next six years teaching 4th grade in Fort Pierce, FL. Through my experience as a teacher, I realized that I wanted to help my students beyond their academics. Subsequently, I enrolled in Nova Southeastern University and completed the Master of Science program in counseling. I have provided individual, family, and group therapy in a variety of settings.  I strongly believe in the power of mindfulness meditation and incorporate it within my sessions when appropriate. My approach is direct yet compassionate. Reaching out and seeking therapy is not always an easy choice, and I admire the brave decision it takes to enter therapy. Therefore, I promise to honor your willingness by empathetically partnering in your journey to healing. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor – MH14487
  • Trained EMDR therapist  (For more information about EMDR, check out the resources page!)
  • Trained Feeling-State Addiction Protocol therapist
  • Certificate training program in Maternal Mental Health
  • Inpatient and intensive outpatient therapist at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility