Nikki is a Master’s Level Psychologist with over 17 years of clinical experience. She is an innovator whose contributions to the field of child psychology has created a movement that aims to normalize mental health: VIEWSPIRE. Nikki feels passionately about the importance of giving our youth (and everyone) an empowered understanding of mental health care. It was with this in mind that she set out to create VIEWSPIRE. VIEWSPIRE is a powerful creative vehicle for delivering positive mental health messaging. Nikki is dedicated about serving the community in which she lives as an outpatient therapist at Viewpoint Psychology & Wellness in Metro Detroit. Nikki’s professional and educational background has allowed her to pursue her passion of serving children, teens and families in many facets. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Albion College, Nikki went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. While pursuing her degrees, Nikki gained extensive clinical experience in both private practice and inpatient psychiatric settings where she helped teens struggling with self-harming behavior, children with autism, athletes, and emotionally impaired children. Accomplishments: Local “Top 40 Under 40” of 2020 Community Coalition Community Champion of 2020 Creator of the “Worry Warrior” parent training program Creator of the “Teen Synergy” group therapy program Founder of Henry Ford Health System’s “Let’s Get Healthy Program” Certified Love and Logic Parent Training Instructor Certified through the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Board of directors for Empowering Michigan Women’s Magazine Speaker/Presenter on Topics of Mental Health, Children and Wellbeing Contributor to publications Behavioral Health Expert for ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV and NBC affiliate WDIV
So, one day I was playing and doing art work and my Nana was about a month away from leaving to move to a new city. She had been with our family since I was born so I was sad and I know she was too. I wanted to make her something to remember me and I wanted to be able to give her a hug if she needed one. So, I thought and thought and thought… and crafted and crafted and crafted. Then finally, I created a paper Hug Buddy. I thought, “wow, this is great for Nana” so I showed my dad and he loved it. I gave one to Nana and promised myself I would make more in the future. Well, the future is now and the Hug Buddy is now the Viewspire Mascot!