Jacqueline “Nashida” Baker, a primary therapist at Hope and Grace Recovery comes to us as a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who has worked in the field of addictions since 1998. Nashida’s goal is to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor by June of 2019.  She began working in the addictions field as an administrative assistant focused on the “behind the scenes” aspects of treatment later realizing the desire for direct contact with the clients. Nashida went back to school at 38 years old to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services at Springfield College, the Birthplace of Basketball. She has since then accomplished acquiring two Master’s degrees one at her alum where she was awarded Magna Cum Laude and the other at the University of Phoenix, a Masters of Science in Psychology.

Nashida has worked with individuals from a diverse population of social, cultural, and ethnic background who are struggling with substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, spirituality and other issues. She has a strong belief in empowering individuals to awaken their confidence and live their purpose despite what has occurred in their lives. Nashida uses an eclectic mixture of therapeutic modalities to include client-centered, CBT, and solution focused therapy. She believes in providing individualized treatment tailored to the needs of the person. Besides being passionate to help those in need, she is also passionate to provide guidance and support to those who work one on one with her in the field of substance abuse and mental health. Nashida’s believes that “if you have the desire, you can attain it no matter what”.