Lakita Allen, LPCA
Hi! My name is Lakita Allen, I am blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of Bloom Behavioral Therapy. I am a mental health therapist who has a passion for working with children, adolescents, adults and families from countless backgrounds. I have experience working with individuals with anxiety, autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, post-traumatic stress, depression, addiction, relational challenges, stress, learning disorders, personality disorders, and among others.
I have always had the desire to help others from a very early age. Growing up I witnessed two of my siblings deal with challenges with mental illness. I saw first-hand how those illnesses affected their lives and the ones around them. They had a great support system down to their caseworkers, social workers, teachers, therapist and family. I got the opportunity to see how big of an impact those individuals made in their lives on the day to day and I was determined to do the same for individuals dealing with similar challenges.
So, with that being said, it inspired me to go pursue my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Lander University and from there I worked at the Department of Social Services. While gaining experience helping families and children that were dealing with abuse and neglect, I decided that I needed to do more! I wanted to be able to be more hands on with my clients and really dig deep into their lives and help them overcome the challenges they were facing. I went on to earn a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Webster University.
Along with my educational background I have vast experience in working in mental health settings with children who suffer from psychological, behavioral, emotional, and developmental delays. While many behaviors may be noticed in the home settings, I also realized that I had a passion for helping children in the school setting, and this is when I embarked on the journey of becoming a school-based mental health therapist for a Greenville County elementary school.
My experience in diverse fields of work has shown me how much a child’s behaviors, emotions, academics, and future can be impacted depending on various factors such as family stress, poverty, substance abuse, physical, psychological, verbal and emotional abuse, neglect, parental mental health, and the ways they are disciplined. As a mental health therapist, I feel that no two factors are less than the other, and each one can have a tremendous influence on the child, parent, and family as a whole.
My goal in therapy is to bring awareness to the various factors that may be causing challenges within the child, parent or family, implement interventions in order to work through the conflicts and to provide support and resources to allow the client and/or clients to become a more functional individual and/or family