Why do people do what they do? Why do people think what they think?
These are the questions that propelled Nikhol B. Jackson, a Georgia-based licensed professional counselor (LPC), certified marriage and family therapist (MFT), and master addictions counselor (MAC), into a lifelong journey of professionally helping others.
While an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia, Nikhol realized she possessed a unique ability to really listen to others during their time of need. She worked as a resident advisor (RA) and girls in her dorm regularly turned to her for help, advice, or sometimes just a shoulder to cry on. She leaned into her natural talents, switching her major to Psychology, with the goal to become a therapist.
“Then life happened – marriage, kids – and so I didn’t make much progress toward becoming a therapist for awhile,” Nikhol says. She worked in school systems while simultaneously earning her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of West Alabama. That’s when she had another very pivotal “Aha! moment.”
“I realized that what was going on emotionally in the lives of children [in schools] was not being addressed,” she says. “We addressed the academic aspect, but I felt strongly that the social and emotional needs of children were not being met. There were children coming to school upset first thing in the morning and the teacher is trying to get them to sit down, be still, and do their work, but these kids may have trauma at home.”
To address this need, she decided to become a marriage and family therapist, earning a certificate in marriage and family therapy, in addition to her Master’s, from Argosy University in 2008. Nikhol’s hope is that by working with couples in the short-term, she can impact the greater family dynamic for a lifetime.
In the years since becoming an MFT, she has worked in both community and private programs and she is currently building her own private practice.
Nikhol considers herself fortunate to have had great supervisors and mentors, job opportunities and access to resources along her career journey. She’s come to learn that not all clinicians have the same story; she now pays her good fortune forward by being a resource to others emerging in this field. In honor of her commitment to supporting pre-licensed clinicians, Nikhol also became a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS).
“Supervision is one of the things I love most about my career.” Nikhol says. “I can have an even greater impact on the community, because by providing high-quality supervision, I’m having an impact on so many lives. I feel like I’m able to use my gifts not only to help my clients but to help people I’ll never even meet.”
Self-care and ethical competence are two of Nikhol’s top values as a supervisor. She believes in taking care of yourself in order to take care of others and she knows that one of the best ways to do no harm is to be ethically informed and aware.
Additionally, she encourages her supervisees to attend workshops and explore continuing education opportunities. She suggests joining Georgia-based LinkedIn groups to help with networking and career opportunities. She has always embraced technology as a medium for career growth. She is even a Board Certified -TeleMental Health counselor (BC-TMH).
“Years ago, before tele-therapy was a big thing, I was utilizing it for both clients and supervision,” Nikhol remembers. “My husband jokes that I’m a founder. I love it. I think the Motivo platform is great because it also helps track and schedule hours. It’s a one-stop shop!”
Nikhol is motivated to give her supervisees an exceptional experience. “It’s so gratifying to watch their growth and be a part of it,” raves Nikhol. “I love moments when someone in my supervision comes back and says ‘I did what you suggested and it worked.’”
Nikhol notes that learning often goes both ways: “They also teach me things, which is just as rewarding.”
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