Dr. Niki's Journey


After a significant life shock and ensuing health crisis, Dr. Niki engaged her love of learning (BA at UC Berkeley; MA at Teachers College, Columbia University; PhD in Education from UCLA) and began researching holistic strategies and solutions, which led her to the intersection of her spirituality, neurobiology, mindfulness, and energy healing. As she regained balance in her own body and mind, Dr. Niki began to wonder if these techniques could help the children at her school who were suffering with mood, behavior, and learning challenges, as many of them exhibited similar symptoms.

Dr. Niki experienced the greatest success when working with those who had heightened sensitivities, empathic abilities, or expanded intuitive awareness. As a result of their work together, a significant number of children stopped demonstrating aggressive behavior, head banging, cutting, nail biting, and bedwetting. Another unanticipated result was these children’s sleep and overall self-regulation improved dramatically.

After working successfully with hundreds of children, and digging into the unfolding data in mindfulness, quantum physics, and neurobiology, Niki began the journey of developing her own proprietary protocol which is now known as The Innerlight Method™.

Although this method is not a religious practice, it is based on ideas that are at the core of most spiritual traditions -- that we all have a divine spark or innerlight, that the suffering we experience in these human bodies dim or even block our access to it, and that releasing those traumas allows us to regain access and grow into our full potential.

Because science could not yet explain how or why this mindfulness practice was working, Dr. Niki’s work in both the school system and a New Thought spiritual center brought into question the appropriate place of the method with regard to the separation of church and state. At that time, Dr. Niki resigned from her public charter school position and her role as minister, and began serving children and families with The Innerlight Method™ full-time.

By 2015, Dr. Niki not only had evidence to demonstrate the power of this modality, but the science had caught up. Interpersonal neurobiology and polyvagal nerve theory could now explain exactly why and how this method works. After she published her book I Feel Your Pain: A 7-Step Survival Guide for Empaths, Intuitives, and Highly Sensitive People, the University of LaVerne invited her to serve as the Co-Director of the Center for Neurodiversity Learning and Wellness.

Today, in addition to her work in this role, Dr. Niki trains K-12 special education teachers at the university and has repackaged The Innerlight Method™ curriculum to support helping professionals thrive from the innerlight-out.

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