We had the good fortune of connecting with Nakita Robinson, LMFT and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nakita, how do you think about risk?
I believe that risk taking is a necessary part of life. You don’t learn or grow without risk. I’m sure most people have heard the saying, “with great risk comes great rewards” it wouldn’t be so popular if not true. I’ve taken much risk throughout my life, especially in love and career. *insert drunk emoji* Although some situations didn’t work out in favor, they were not done in vain. I believe that is what people get caught up on, the idea that the experience wasn’t worth anything because they didn’t gain anything positive or it didn’t go the way intended. In fact, I believe all experiences are given to us so that we can learn something, whether it went our way or not.
What should our readers know about your business?
Psykhe Wellness is the name. Mental Health is what we do. What sets us apart from other businesses is that we focus on healing. We are therapists who have done the work ourselves. We have gone to therapy and dealt with our stuff and take what we learned to not only enrich our lives but know how to not bring that in the room with our clients. We are focused on helping individuals find their “good fit”. I’ve often heard from some folks that they felt their therapist didn’t really listen to them or that they did not have any input in their process. We are a group of client focused clinicians that are ready to support and not seem like another piece of furniture in the room. No shade to the lamps out there. We may be experts in the room, but we are people too.
Now about our journey here: This started like most businesses, with an idea. In grad school, I never had any intentions to solely survive on private practice. I hated the idea and I thought it was counterproductive to the idea of helping others. I didn’t want my livelihood to be based on a revolving front door. So, I have stayed away from private practice and focused mostly on establishing myself in the public sector. Once I got to a place of stability, I started to look at the different “holes” in the field on mental health. Everything seemed so much bigger than me and I can be quite a dreamer at times. However, what seemed consistent was a lack in quality services that Black and Brown people could trust. In this field, a lot of people feel that therapists are there for “just a check” and often will not consider going to therapy because there is a lack of understanding in the process. Fighting the stigma was hard in the beginning, even telling people I was a therapist would be avoided to prevent long drawn monologues about opinions of mental health and the stigmas attached. Thankfully to the media and increased awareness of social injustices, mental health has become a hot topic. The stigma is being chipped away. With this boost in popularity, has also come the overwhelming amount of interest in people wanting to serve as a therapist. To be good, really good at this profession, takes quite a bit of internal work. You really must deal with your own demons before working with someone on theirs. If not, it will come in the room. I wouldn’t trust a person who told me otherwise. Lucky for me the route I took prepared me for the business aspect of the work. I understood the way the money flowed in this industry and it was easy to figure out my way in. During all this time I have continue to keep my therapy skills up by providing services to our most vulnerable populations in outpatient and hospital settings. I have heard so many stories on hope and know that there is a pathway to healing and overcoming the difficult times.
Along with having my private practice, I have also started to work on a series of affirmation cards. I am happy to introduce this new project here. I’m very excited, for the release, by mid-Summer 2021 but Virgos like to be perfect so who knows. lol
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a weeklong trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Atlanta… what can I say, this city has changed so much in such a short amount of time. I came to GA in 2009, so I had the privilege to live in the “Old Atlanta”. Different type of energy, different type of traffic.
When it comes to Atlanta some people immediately go to night life and restaurants. I have had my time doing both but I’m more of the, “once you seen one, you’ve seen them all”. I like experiences and nature. So, I would start our intermarry with a visit to Cascade Springs. Morning meditative walk/hike is a refreshing way to start your day. If my friend wants something more challenging, we may venture all the way out to Sweetwater Creek. Funny story is I almost got stuck on one of their hardest trails at sunset. I was so terrified but relieved once I made it to my car. So, I would always suggest looking at the maps before picking your trail. If my friend is wanting a place to take photos, first stop is the Jackson Street bridge because it’s a must background to have. Then you can go searching for some great murals in either 5 Points, Downtown or the SWATS. For food, because we would need to eat, we must visit spots that Atlanta is known for, wings. lol I kid, we are known for more than wings, but we would have to add wings somewhere on the menu. And if they are vegetarian, I have the little-known places in mind. SWATS has so many vegan spots that I am surprised that more folks are not aware. Most people know about Soul Vegetarian, but you have Tassili’s Raw Reality, Healthful Essence, and a recent multi kitchen restaurant, Oak Street Eats, that feature a bunch of different local restaurant owners providing takeout style service. And then I gotta move over to Auburn Market where Local Coco reside. Best cauli wings EVER! And the couple that owns the shop are the cutest and sweetest. I have a bunch of other places that I go to but as I tell my guests, it depends on what you are hungry for.
If they are looking to hang out and to people watch, the west side beltline is good for that. Not as crowded as the east side and I low key hope it stays that way. Love the new businesses but SWATS have a specific thread that cannot be replicated and certainly stands out on its own. If they don’t want to hang in my beloved SWATS, then I am all about the sights. 9 Mile Station has one of the best views. Sundial use to but since they stop rotating, it’s not appealing. In Buckhead’s newer “Rodeo Drive” they have developed some nice rooftop views as well to people watch. I enjoy taking my guest to different places to shop. Since everything has gone online, finding brick and mortar shops is not like it used to be. I am probably forgetting so many places but that’s Atlanta for you. Something to do everywhere.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love, and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to first give a shoutout to my Higher Power for exposing me to people, places and experiences that, in some instances, were really Divine intervention. My second shoutout, goes to my parents for loving and raising me. And the rest of these shoutouts have no particular order. My gurl Kyarra, she holds a special place in my heart for supporting me when I was on the super struggle bus. She is one of those Divine interventions because I truly believe she was put in my life to support me during a time when it was difficult for me to ask for help. She inspired me then and continues to inspire me now to be the best version of myself. Another big shoutout the Lovers of Christmas past. lol They pushed me in so many ways and taught me how to have fun. I appreciate it so much. Just the simple task of having joy and being present. In a world where there are so many expectations push on us to reach for the next thing, they really pushed me to have gratitude. A lesson I hold close to me every day. My friends that have held space for me in their busy lives. I have a bad habit of going radio silent and these friends have not only held space for me but kept me as family as well. Another shoutout goes to the many “no’s” that I have received. In hindsight, I see that again, it was Divine intervention either leaving me space for something greater or leaving me out of the bs.