​​​​​​​​dr. Shawn Ricks



  • Life Coaching
  • Personal Counseling  
  • Marital Counseling 
  • Depression, Stress and Anxiety Counseling 
  • Women's Empowerment
  • ​Group Trainings
  • Cultural Proficiency 


counselor    educator     speaker      author      activist      

  • The Enrichment Center 
  • Today's Woman 
  • Mitchell Community College 
  • Family Services, Inc.  
  • Women United
  • The Institute for African American Leadership
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • NC State Counseling Center
  • Mental Health Association in Forsyth County 

Dr. Ricks is an experienced counselor, trainer, facilitator and lecturer. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Masters in Counselor Education from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Ricks offers a wide array of coaching,counseling, training and speaking services specializing in areas of social justice, equity and empowerment. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate as well as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate. Dr. Ricks is certified through SAMHSA in Motivational Interviewing, Preventing Long Term Anger and Aggression in Youth (PLAAY), and Strengthening Families. She has also served as Leadership Coach for the SAMHSA Women in Addictions Services Leadership Institute which draws women from the United States and abroad. 

Utilizing over 20 years of experience in counseling and consulting, Dr. Ricks' goal is to help you reach your personal potential through a holistic approach. She is an expert in the areas of issues of empowerment, self-esteem and depression--particularly as these issues impact women.

Dr. Shawn ARANGO Ricks

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