Nakeya Fields, LCSW, PPSE, Registered Play Therapist (LCS 25754/RPT S1916) is a licensed clinical social worker that utilizes talk psychotherapy, play, art, music, mindfulness, yoga and movement therapy in her practice as a mental health provider.
Nakeya received a BA in Communication, a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in children & families/public child welfare & a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in school social work and child welfare and attendance from the University of Southern California in 2001, 2005 and 2008, respectively. Nakeya is a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor and a certified field instructor and clinical supervisor. Nakeya is also certified in Mini Yogis Yoga for Kids yoga and enjoys facilitating yoga individual or group sessions and developing programs for school-aged children and their families. She is currently in process of attaining certification in Restorative Yoga Therapy and offers restorative Yoga based interventions in her work with clients of all ages. Nakeya is currently a member of the National Association of Black Social Workers, the Association of Play Therapy and is in the 2016 cohort of the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council CEO Academy, sponsored by Wells Fargo.
Nakeya has worked with survivors of abuse: sexual assault, domestic violence, child sexual, physical and emotional abuse and has extensive experience working with high risk populations. She has worked with multiple populations including persons in crisis (such as those managing suicidal/homicidal ideation, psychosis, and Major Depressive Disorder). Nakeya and her team aim to assist clients in managing the social/emotional disturbances that occur throughout the life span by providing innovative counseling and assessment services via contracts with local school districts and community agencies.
In addition to advocating and supporting for the wellness and improved health of others, Nakeya is also very passionate about educating her fellow mental health professionals about their opportunities in private practice and runs a summer workshop, entitled, “The Social Worker as an Entrepreneur: Establishing your Brand”. This workshop provides a foundation knowledge to participants on how to start building a mental health practice as well as ongoing professional mentorship and freelance employment opportunities.
Further, Nakeya acts as a program development and staffing consultant to develop progressive health and wellness programs that incorporate mindfulness, play and creative modalities within educational, corporate and community driven organizations. She also conducts mental health/adoptions assessments on a contract basis, provides in-service seminars and is available for speaking engagements and consultation.