Credentials

Master of Social Work, Fordham University

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Adelphi University

Seminar In Field Instruction (SIFI), NYU

New York: Clinical Social Worker License #087134, Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor 2 #31951

New Jersey: Clinical Social Worker License #44SC05926900

Connecticut: Clinical Social Worker License #11041   , Alcohol and Drug Counselor License #1370

Trauma Informed Certifications:

Certified Rape Crisis Counselor (CRCC)

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family (CCTSF)

Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Sex Trafficking (CCTSS) 

Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP)

STAR Behavioral Health Provider

Other:

Certified Poetry Therapist (CPT)

Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP)

Certified Grief Counseling Specialist (CGCS)

Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider (C-THC)

Certified Rational Emotive Behavioral Life Coach

Akeera Peterkin, Activist & Psychotherapist

Founder of Amani Nia Therapeutic Services

Hello and welcome! My name is Akeera Peterkin (she/her/hers). My clients often describe me as genuine, compassionate, and personable. For me, the therapeutic relationship is an allyship- supporting others through a difficult time while helping them feel heard, understood, and respected. This belief, coupled with my expertise and experience, allow my clients to safely heal and shape their lives.

I believe everyone deserves a safe space to feel accepted, grow, and thrive. As an inclusive and affirming clinician, I am committed to helping clients cope with the challenges that often come with humanity, identity, and emotional/mental health. I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced trauma, distress, and/or adversity as well as identity related experiences.  I hold a space for individuals to heal from relational, systemic, environmental, and man-made traumas as well as explore, understand, and reconcile identity related experiences. The communities I support include, but are not limited to: BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color), LGBTQAI+, TGNC, creative spirits, introverts, highly sensitive people, empaths, health care workers, students, and trauma survivors. I also have several years of experience in mental health and substance use disorders.

 Every human is different, so employing a “one-size-fits all approach” would be a dis-service to you. Instead, I utilize an eclectic approach of evidenced based modalities and theories- adapting my interventions to meet the individual’s needs and experience. My past decade of experience includes: group and nursing homes, youth centers, homeless shelters, a community mental health agency and a substance abuse agency. I also currently work at a college counseling center, teach, supervise, and train. I am passionate about helping others learn more about issues pertaining to identity, interpersonal violence, intersectionality, and how these experiences intersect with mental and emotional health.

In my private practice, Amani Nia Therapeutic Services, I aim to help you cultivate a life full of meaning and satisfaction. Whether it is an inner conflict or an external challenge, I am here to help you through life and recovery. I look forward to meeting you.

More About Me.

Lover Of...

Culture & Travel

I welcome your life experiences.

There is something about culture and travel that pulls me. Maybe it is the discovery of new people, new worlds, and new food. Either way, I am privileged and honored to have the opportunity to travel distant lands and local streets. Through traveling and connecting with others—it is an opportunity for me to grow, learn, unite, and appreciate life.

The Arts

Let’s create that life that you envision.

Music. Mixed Media. Poetry. Photography. Performance. You name it- I love it! Aside from aesthetically pleasing, art connects. As an artist, poet, and art spectator, I truly appreciate the power of creative expression. It crosses barriers, languages, and differences. It creates memories, starts movements, and moves people.

Social & Environmental Justice

I stand with you.

We are all imperfect and we are all important. When I am not working, I can often be found immersing myself in nature and issues pertaining to society. To me allyship is not passive. It is actively working on myself, speaking up even when its uncomfortable, surrounding myself with differences, lending a hand, and staying open to learning. Nature and humanity have a way of reminding me that there is more to life than myself.