Hello there! My name is Malena Hicks, I use the pronouns she/her/hers, and I am passionate about helping people find healing and growth in their lives. As I work towards my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, my clinical focus is on providing accessible and culturally sensitive mental health care for individuals. My journey into the field of psychology was deeply influenced by my personal experience as a Black and Indigenous woman. I recognized the urgent need for inclusive and equitable therapeutic spaces that validate the unique challenges faced by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities. This realization ignited my determination to become a therapist who could make a positive difference and facilitate genuine healing for all my clients. I have collaborated with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds to address the deep-rooted effects of historical injustices, systemic oppression, and cultural trauma. In addition, I have clinically worked with individuals working towards recovery and sobriety from substances, as well as individuals who have struggled with anxiety, depression, sexual trauma, and grief.
When you come to me for therapy, you can expect an integrative approach tailored to suit your individual needs. I draw from evidence-based therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness techniques to create a safe and supportive environment for exploration and growth. Building a strong therapeutic alliance with my clients is my top priority. Trust and understanding are at the core of effective therapy, and I am committed to empowering you to explore your emotions, thought patterns, and life experiences. Together, we’ll deepen your understanding of yourself and the challenges you face. Establishing a strong therapeutic alliance that is accessible to all is of utmost importance to me. Trust and understanding are the foundations of effective therapy, and I work hard to create a space where my clients feel comfortable expressing themselves openly.
In addition to my work as a therapist, I also have a passion for cooking and trying out new recipes! Exploring different cuisines and flavors not only brings joy to my own life but also reminds me of the importance of embracing variety and creativity in every aspect of our journey, both in and out of the kitchen.