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Uplifting Souls With My Words

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Nya B: Dream With Me, Find Your Way, and Leave Your Mark!

Having a past doesn't mean one forfeits their future.  In fact, the best blessings can come out of the worst situations. Find your dream. Create a plan. Discipline yourself. Follow through with that plan.

Get better every day. In the end, you will know yourself like never before. But first, let me show you how that works.

My name is Nya B. I am a published author, therapist and public speaker. I like to use my personal and professional knowledge to help others understand themselves and those around them. It's an understanding that is priceless and the key to avoiding unnecessary wounds. 

My Story

I was born and raised on Chicago’s south side. Like many youth in urban communities, I made the best of what I had. I had a strong family. However,  I experienced a lot of emotional abuse and was greatly affected by my parent's pain and abuse of alcohol. Taking advantage of my circumstances, I became a parent at the age of 15, leading me to more adversity and struggle.

However, none of these challenges stopped me from getting a college education. Eager to make my life better, I used whatever struggles and pain I was then going through to be the strong-willed young woman that I am now. 

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First in my immediate family to graduate from high school and college, I hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling. Now, I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri and an adjunct professor at a private university.

I am also a national board-certified counselor and an approved clinical supervisor for potential clinical licensees. After 8 years of sharing my expertise with other agencies, I decided to branch out on my own.

In 2011, I started my private practice. It is a unique one that offers in-home counseling to individuals, couples, and families in urban communities. I also volunteer some of my time to mentor other young women and teen parents. 

Writing Is My Therapy

Being a therapist does not spare me from getting a dose of what I usually offer. It comes to me in the form of writing. Writing since I was in fourth grade, I joined my first Young Author’s Contest in 1990 and won first place.

As a result of unforeseen circumstances and a lifetime of journaling, I was finally able to write my life story. It’s a 3-part series telling how I overcame the most unfortunate circumstances I’ve gone through.

The first part of my novel, “94th & Racine: The Roots of Me” was published in 2012. The sequel, “94th & Racine: The Growth of Me,” was released in October of 2018. I  also published a book before these times entitled, "14 Day Love Diet: A Self Help Guide to Letting Go of Unhealthy Relationships.”

I also go on speaking engagements throughout the Midwest, teaching adults and youth about mental health and proper coping skills. Likewise, I have helped professionals become more culturally competent and self-aware while interacting with a diverse range of people.

In my personal life, I love to laugh and am one of the most down-to-earth, transparent women the city of Chicago could ever produce. You could learn more about me through my books, blog, and the talks I hold. 

The Other Side of Me

I am also known as Mrs. Brown, the therapist. I have been counseling and teaching people how to cope with life’s challenges since 2001. My career has allowed me to collaborate and work with various agencies dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect and improving the 

well-being of families within the St. Louis-Metropolitan area.

My areas of specialization include:

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  • Abuse and Trauma
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior Management

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  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Depression
  • Distress Tolerance

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  • Eating Disorders
  • Maladaptive Coping Skills
  • Personal Growth/Development
  • Sexual and Physical Trauma

I also conduct workshops on various topics, such as:

          • Managing Trauma
          • Developing Parenting Skills and Effective Discipline Techniques
          • Cultural Competency for Professionals and Understanding Inner City Dynamics

My Credentials

I am a mental health care professional and provider recognized by the following entities and funding organizations:

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  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • CTS Funds
  • Cigna

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  • HealthLink
  • Home State Health
  • Military One Source
  • Missouri Care

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  • MO HealthNet
  • St. Louis Partners
  • Beacon Health Options
  • United Health Care

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Contact Me for Inquiries

Counseling is beneficial to all and the desire to get help, shouldn't be deterred by financial resources.  If you currently do not have any insurance, see if your professional is amenable to exploring other payment arrangements and/or sliding fee scale options with you.

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