Rakima D. Parson, M.S., LPC, NCC School-Based Clinical Therapist
Rakima is a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Louisiana State University and a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of North Texas. She has received training in play therapy and has experience using that modality with clients, in both school and agency settings. The majority of her career has been spent working in educational settings, so she has gained a unique understanding of the intersection of mental health and academic achievement. Rakima’s focus includes trauma, attachment, externalizing behaviors and anxiety. Rakima does not limit her expertise to the confines of her office, rather she is actively involved in the community. She has presented at regional and national conferences, about ways to minimize barriers to mental health services and has also provided mentorship through a foundation which supports children with incarcerated parents. Also, as a member of a statewide public policy committee, she monitors and advocates for more favorable mental health policies. Rakima not only believes that there is valuable work to be done through individual counseling, but she also embraces the responsibility of advocating and providing outreach in the community.
Vida Clinic specializes in school-based mental health and provides a range of services that include individual, family, and group counseling; teacher training and consultation groups; school-wide workshops and trauma-informed culture building.