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About Me

Nikki Easterling, M.Ed., CDP, CC is a therapist, addiction counselor, maternal addiction specialist and DONA trained doula offering services in individual and family therapy,  maternal addiction services for pregnant women with opiate use disorders, pregnancy, birthing, & postpartum doula services and parenting support and education.  

She also offers traditional doula services through her doula practice. Her specialty is addiction and recovery treatment counseling for both individuals and families,
specifically supporting opiate treatment through medication assisted treatment. She maintains a private practice in Spokane, Washington.

With over 17 year’s experience as a counselor/therapist and as a graduate of Whitwortth University specializing in addiction & recovery counseling, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Her expansive counseling experience includes serving as the Pregnant & Parenting Women Counselor/Case Manager in a county methadone maintenance program; 12 years working as a counselor and parent educator in a large public education system at middle school, high school and elementary levels as well as agency level addiction counseling work.  Among her area of expertise is using evidence based neuro-pharmacological treatments to more effectively treat opiate addiction. More specifically using medication assisted treatment such as Suboxone or Subutex (buprenorphine) or Vivitrol (natrexone) paired with therapeutic treatment counseling.

In addition to being an established addiction therapist, Nikki Easterling has presented at National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of Gender Responsive Interventions; Relational Bullying; Understanding & Parenting Your Adolescent Girl; Parenting with Love and Logic; Attachment & Separation Disorders; Caring for Newborns with Neonatal Withdrawal Syndrome; Buprenorphine 101; and Prescription Drug Abuse.

Nikki has used her diverse experience and passion to develop a unique and specialized program called Courageous Beginnings. This program redefines inclusive and comprehensive services for pregnant women with opiate use disorders. As both a doula and addiction counselor, she is able to address gaps in prenatal and pregnancy support related services while supporting and addressing substance abuse treatment related goals. Clients can begin as soon as pregnancy is identified, then they are connected to an obstetrician for prenatal care. The role of Nikki and Courageous Beginnings is to support and prepare women for the pregnancy and birth, through the lens of recovery. This program has been a dream and driving passion for Nikki since having doula support at her own daughter's birth in 2008.


Education

Whitworth College   Masters in Education, Guidance and Counseling                      December 2006 

Eastern Washington University          Bachelors of Science                                    June 1996

Major:  Developmental Psychology   Minor:  Alcohol and Drug Studies

   
                          

DONA  Doula Training                                                                                       July 2013



License, Certifications & Awards

Counselor Certified Certification                              Washington State Department of Health    Credential Number: CL 60426086  
Chemical Dependency Professional Certification        Washington State Department of Health    Credential Number: CP 00003766

School Counselor - ESA Residential                          State of Washington Education Certificate  Number: 440689H

Alcohol Drug Information School Certified Trainer

Additional Training



Professional Activities and Memberships

American Psychological Association 
American Counseling Association  
International Association of Marriage & Family Counselors
NAADAC - Association for Addiction Professionals