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Hi I'm Nikita

A therapist, life coach, author and speaker.

Fighting Stigma Is My Super Power..

My Name is Nikita Banks, CEO and owner of  Muti-media mental wellness brand, Proactive Wellness. I am a licensed therapist in multiple states of New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida. My niche is providing mental wellness solutions for women of color who want to have it all. But I provide therapy service across any and all populations. 

I’ve built my career on defying the odds. Doing things I was told wasn’t possible and I use my know how to get my clients the results they desire.

I am a therapist who specializes in working with people of color. My journey to practitioner came from me being a patient and needing someone who understood my cultural experience and who could provide me with cultural competence. Once I got healthy and learned the necessary skills to battle my issues. I wanted to normalize that experience for other people of color. My goal is to educate people and remove the stigma, through my work. 

Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) Outstanding Individual in Business. 2019

C.R.I.S.P Outstanding Business Award Winner

Nikita Banks, LCSW

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It has always been my goal to provide culturally competent care is a way of providing therapy for clients who are members of marginalized communities that center their thoughts, feelings and emotions from the view point of their identity and how it impacts their mental well being.  For people of color the disparities between the reality that some of us live and this ideal of the American dream can be a stark contrast and we owe it to ourselves to fight past the stigma and demand access to health care that sees us and acknowledges the impact of intergenerational trauma on our mental wellness journey. 

And it up to us to make sure we make the country live up those ideals and the way to really do that is to make sure we are mentally prepared for the challenges life throws at us, and therapy should provide the opportunity and the safe space to do that, to gain the skillset and emotional language to master our thoughts feelings and emotions with the support of a professional that sees you as the authority of your journey. 

 

As a therapist of color building my community was essential in getting the career that I desired. And I would love to help you along your journey. If you are a mental health professional looking to gain clinical knowledge in the field and build your caseload consider joining our team. 

 

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Proactive Wellness Group LCSW PLLC

May 2021 We Launched our group practice with a priority of providing culturally competent care to clients who don't often see providers in their areas who look like the. We provide customized treatment options that center the needs of our clients, taking into account their diverse needs.

(CRISP) Outstanding Individual in Business.

March 2019 Nikita is the recipient of The Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy, outstanding Individual in Business. She received this prestigious award in Congress due to her efforts to raise awareness to destigmatize mental health for people of color.

Field Instructor for Columbia University School of Social Work

January 2017 Shaping the minds of young social workers is necessary to developing a diverse workforce. Field instruction provides social worker with the basis of practice. In my role as field instructor. I have been able to guide the careers of some of our field's rising stars.

Nikita Banks, LCSW Private Practice

October 2016 In her goal to open a culturally competent therapeutic practice, becoming a licensed provider was essential. With more than 3,000 clinical hours, 400 training hours, 300 supervision hours, and passing the national clinical board proficiency examination on the first try. Ms Banks has obtained licensure in New York State which has one of the highest national standards and then obtained licensure in New Jersey, and Georgia.

Vice Present/Chair of Diversity NASW-NYS

Feburary 2020 Making sure we have a seat at the table is very important, especially when we are known to build, set the table, and plan the best menu. I am working hard in the chapter to focus our efforts on pay-equity; bridging the cultural and intergenerational divide within the organization and making sure we as social workers are providing culturally appropriate care that removes barriers to treatment for marginalized populations.  

Certification In Field Instruction Columbia University

May 2017 One of the oldest social work programs in the country, attendance at Columbia University's school of social work provided me with the foundation necessary to give social workers under my guidance the clinical support to advance their clinical skills, and enhance client experiences.

Black Therapist Podcast

November 2016 Out of my desire to change the face of mental health, Black Therapist Podcast was born. The podcast added a fresh voice to the recently growing national conversation regarding improving the quality of mental health care for people of color.

Masters Of Social Work, New York University
Silver School of Social Work

May 2012 Ranked among one of the top social work programs in the country. Nikita obtained her Master's of Social work from this program. While doing her graduate studies, she worked in diverse settings from forensic social work to domestic violence interventions. This experience provided a breadth of knowledge for evidenced based practice methods with diverse populations.

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