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 strategies and solutions, which led her to the intersection of her spirituality, neurobiology, mindfulness, and energy healing. As she regained balance in her own nervous system, body and mind, Dr. Niki began to wonder if these techniques could help the children at her school who were being sent to the principal’s office at her school for behavior problems and diagnosed with learning, mood, and attention disorders, as many of them exhibited the same symptoms she had experienced.

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 with the children, and digging into the unfolding data in mindfulness, quantum physics, and neurobiology, Dr. Niki began the journey of developing the ground-breaking proprietary protocol which is now known as The Innerlight Method.

Although this method is not a religious practice, it is based on ideas that rest 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 toxic stress, life shocks, and traumas allows us to regain access to our light and grow into our full potential. 

TIM actively practices a secular sacred approach, one that promotes our common ideals of mindful presence, acceptance, compassion, love, unity, equity, non-judgment, and the healing power of forgiveness. TIM is not religious or dogmatic in any way, and is appropriate for use in publicly-funded schools or organizations.

By 2016, Dr. Niki not only had plenty of client data 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 publishing her book I Feel Your Pain: A 7-Step Survival Guide for Empaths, Intuitives, and Highly Sensitive People, The La Fetra College of Education at the University of LaVerne hired her to serve as the Co-Director of the Center for Neurodiversity Learning and Wellness and to begin offering The Innerlight Method training as a pilot certificate program. 

Today, in addition to her work in this role, Dr. Niki teaches Educational Neurobiology and Mindfulness to K-12 teachers earning a master’s degree in Special Education. 

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