Counseling, Training, and Supervision

                                           Shekinah Counseling


Biography

Dr. Laklieshia Izzard Ed.D, LPC, NCC, ACS

Background

Dr. Izzard is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed in Georgia and New Jersey. Dr. Izzard is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors as an NCC ("National Certified Counselor") by Center of Credentialing Education as an ("Approved Clinical Supervisor") by Tri-Care Military Insurance as a ("Tri-Care Mental Health Counselor") Dr. Izzard is also Certified by Georgia Professional Standards as a (School Counselor) Dr. Izzard has over a decade of counseling in community mental health and private practice experience.

 

Dr. Izzard has extensive experience working with African American Males in Military active service, US Veterans, and within the Georgia medical prison system. Dr. Izzard utilizes her faith based, evidence based, clinical counseling expertise, multicultural competence, counselor education knowledge, and technology approach to create a unique serving environment for clients and professionals.


Professional History

To add to Dr. Izzard’s Private practice, Training management, and Supervision experience. Dr. Izzard is also trained in multiple evidence based therapies and culturally competent practices. To name a few Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Informed Therapy, Existential Therapy, Reality Therapy, Seeking Safety, Strength Based, Mental Health Corrections and more. Dr. Izzard has experience in diverse population mental health agencies, fast paced, and high-technology outpatient treatment programs. These environments included, hospitals, state agencies, residential settings, corrections, and in home services.  Dr. Izzard has been employed in secondary education as a special education teacher. Dr. Izzard has held faculty positions at multiple hybrid Universities in Counseling and Psychology. 

Service and Education

Dr. Izzard is a founding member and has served as President for The American Counseling Association of Georgia in 2019-2020. Dr. Izzard’s Presidential term was one of history making as she strategically led ACA of Georgia in its first full year of Professional Development, Advocacy, Leadership Development, Service Projects, Counselor Support Groups, and over twenty-five Community Stakeholder Collaborations. During Dr. Izzard’s term she served on the American Counseling Association’s Historic Licensure Interstate Compact Advisory Board in Collaboration with the National Council for Interstate Compacts; the Council of State Governments. Dr. Izzard also served on the Georgia Mental Health Policy Partnership in collaboration with multiple Mental Health Advocacy Organizations. Dr. Izzard’s term ended strong leading the first Multicultural Symposium focused exclusively on African American Male Wellness in May of 2020. Dr. Izzard received the American Counseling Association’s Southern Region Chair’s Award in 2021 for her Leadership and Advocacy during her term. Dr. Izzard serves as a Mentor for the American Counseling Association’s first national 2021 mentoring program (ACAMP) for new counseling professionals.


Dr. Izzard serves on the Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Georgia). Dr. Izzard led the first virtual Courageous Conversations speaker series focused on BIPOC communities and Mental Health. Dr. Izzard led the first ever African American Male Mental Health Symposium focused on Mental Health Restoration, Racial Equity, and Social Justice in June of 2021. Dr. Izzard received NAMI Georgia’s President  Award in 2021 for her Innovative leadership as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion founding member. Dr. Izzard serves on the leadership board and is the Advocacy leader for NAMI Rockdale/Newton. Dr. Izzard serves as a Mentor for the American Psychological Association and National Board of Certified Counselor’s first collaborative Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship 2021 Mentoring Program (IMFP) for graduate counseling students of color. 


Dr. Izzard is a native of Greensboro North Carolina and attended several schools within the Guilford County School System. Dr. Izzard spent a portion of her adolescent childhood in Georgia attending Miller Grove Junior High and Columbia High School in Decatur Georgia. Dr. Izzard resides in North East Georgia. Dr. Izzard has a Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University Sarasota, Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from the largest HBCU in the nation North Carolina  Agriculture & Technical State University and a Bachelors of Science degree from Fayetteville State University in Psychology.  Dr. Izzard’s Dissertation, The Influence of Narcotics Anonymous on Long-term Recovery, Family Relationships, and Career Development a Qualitative Study is published in Proquest Database.


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