Dr. Laklieshia Izzard is a licensed professional counselor, national certified counselor and approved clinical supervisor credentialed in Georgia.
Dr. Izzard’s journey into mental health started with the message she was taught by her late grandmothers, Lillie Izzard and Nellie Johnson. They instilled in her the importance of being “the best me I could be, not just for myself, but for family and service of others.”
Shortly, after completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, she became a special education teacher for students with severe mental health disorders.
“It was during this professional role my passion for mental health increased,” she remembers. “I wanted to do more to help individuals with mental health conditions.” That drive led her to pursue a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at North Carolina A&T State University.
“I excelled in this program and graduated with honors! It was at that time I realized that mental health counseling was not just my passion but my gift,” she says. To grow her knowledge base in support of her gifted areas of teaching and counseling, Lakleishia later obtained a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision.
Currently, Dr. Izzard runs her own private practice, Shekinah Counseling, working in a variety of clinical speciality areas.
“Addiction recovery, counselor counseling, military counseling, anxiety, depression, and career counseling have been at the forefront of my practice in the most recent years,” she says. “I would have to say these clinical areas of practice found me, though. I didn’t choose them. Clinical practice as a whole continues to bring great rewards into my life.”
As a supervisor, Dr. Izzard’s top three values are to remain ethical, multiculturally competent, and clinically diverse. She firmly believes she developed such an amazing talented skill set in supervision because she was trained by great supervisors and her mission is to provide that same great training herself.
“Each of my supervisors gave me something exceptional,” she says. “One piece of wisdom I will never forget came from my supervisor, Dr. Whitfield, who said to me (before I even had the thought to become a doctor), ‘Dr. Izzard own your gift of counseling because it’s time for your greatness to show!’”
Dr. Izzard remembers feeling supported and championed by her supervisors, who never let her forget her skill, talent and potential in the field.
In order to help therapists become more aware of self-of-the-therapist issues and gain insight into themselves, she uses Cognitive Behavioral Supervision, Solution Focused Supervision, Reality Therapy, Existentialism, and Faith-based integration for specific populations.
Some go-to resources she likes to recommend for early career therapists are ACA, NAMI, Mental Health America (MHA), Psychcentral, and Help Guide. Dr. Izzard also shares one of the books she’s written on integrated CBT and faith-based interventions, Faith Inspiration Therapy.
One of Dr. Izzard’s stand-out professional influences is John C. Maxwell, who has written a variety of books on leadership and conducted many leadership conferences.
“John understands the value, influence, and true purpose of leadership. Following his work has assisted me in becoming a proficient, productive, and impactful counselor leader,” she says. “I read six of John’s books prior to assuming my current role as standing Madam President for the American Counseling Association of Georgia.”
Dr. Izzard learned about Motivo in an online clinical supervision search, noting the partnership with ACA. “As standing President of ACA of Georgia, I have provided many virtual professional developments to our members, including on the topic of tele-supervision. Tele-Mental Health Supervision in the state of Georgia is a timely platform. Since COVID-19 professionals and government officials are starting to see the significance of increased technology-based services. Select states are even allowing tele-mental health services across state lines with a temporary emergency License within that state. I am grateful to have this skill set for such a time as this! I am thankful to Motivo for this great platform!”
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