Meet Nakeya Fields, Mental Health Advocate, Mother, and CEO

Tell us about yourself and the work that you do?

As a licensed mental health professional I have a passion for community building. Empowering women, children, and families to be happy, healthy, and well by establishing self care routines is something I strive for. I encourage members of my community to take time for yourself especially when you are not feeling your best. Our organization provides mental health services such as individual, group and family therapy. We also have restorative yoga, doula, and several outreach events.

Give us a little insight about your journey that got you where you are today.

Being raised by a single teen mother drove me to want better for those in similar situations. Although we were not in an ideal situation, my mother and I were lucky to have a community of strong willed women who worked as a team. As I got older I realized that every member of our circle took on a role as either cook, diver, nurse ect. to make sure everyone was taken care of. I want to provide that same kind of support and safe space for others, that’s why I started my organization.

Can you tell us about some success stories you've had with your business/product or anything of which you are extremely proud?

When we first started the organization, I had a six year old client who grew up in a home with domestic violence. She was a selective mute with severe separation anxiety which caused her to do poorly in school. Once she became my client, she was able to slowly learn how to express herself creatively and learn how to build trusting relationships. This client holds a special place in my heart. Our organization has been able to help over 500 individuals with similar backgrounds through play therapy. Being able to creatively express yourself through other mediums is what we strive to teach others each day.

What is one motivational quote that has inspired you in your journey? Do you have any advice for other women who are working towards starting their own business?

Two quotes that continue to inspire me each day are “be the change you want to see in the world” and “never take No for an answer.” I think these two quotes work hand in hand. I started my organization because I wanted better for those who were in tough situations. I