Ms. Boykin is a Native Washingtonian who has provided professional counseling services to diverse populations in the Washington Metropolitan Area for almost twenty years. Ms. Boykin completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at Trinity University. She spent a year at the New School for Social Research studying psychology, and later obtained a graduate degree in counseling from the University of Maryland at College Park. Ms. Boykin served as a vocational rehabilitation counselor with the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services for more than 4 years. She implemented a strengths based approach to support adults with a wide range of developmental and acquired disabilities as they strived to lead productive lives. Ms. Boykin was able to help consumers improve their confidence and achieve employment goals. In 2004 Ms. Boykin joined the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools where she served on start-up teams for two of its newly established high school and middle school campuses. She standardized clinical services delivery by creating the Mental Health Department Policy and Procedures Manual, developing standards based group therapy curriculum maps, standardizing a Plan of Operations, and incorporating a Tiers of Intervention model. Ms. Boykin is known for being data driven, and is credited with establishing protocols for implementing professional learning communities. She promoted the utilization of the data cycle for departments and produced data reports for teams to implement tiered interventions. Ms. Boykin implemented a number of targeted interventions to address emerging trends including among students including therapy groups to address students with truancy, academic apathy, and marijuana use. Ms. Boykin established a Wellness and Self-Discovery course based upon the Eight Dimensions of Wellness promoted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Students were exposed to health education, group therapy, and mindfulness meditation activities to increase self-awareness, address trauma, and foster responsible decision making. Ms. Boykin continues to serve in schools in the District of Columbia by offering a range of mental health services to students with disabilities. She facilitates therapy groups and workshops on a variety of topics for youth, adults, and organizations. She exposes audiences to a variety of alternative strategies for improving self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, and healing from trauma. Some of her integrative modalities she use include aromatherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, art therapy, sound therapy, and mindfulness meditation. Ms. Boykin facilitates workshops on a variety of topics for youth, adults, and organizations. Ms. Boykin is trained in a number of healing modalities including cognitive mandala art therapy promoted by Carl Jung, biosonic tuning, and Usui Reiki. She is a certified Reiki practitioner, Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia, and a National Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor.