Dr. Nikki Watkins, LMFT

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Whatever the cause of your emotional pain, know there is HOPE.

Do you sometimes feel like you will always be sad? Like grief is your "new normal"?
Are you bothered by well-wishers' attempts to cheer you up or encourage you to "try again" after losing your child?
Do you often feel no one understands you or your emotions? 

Everyone experiences pain at some point in life. It is inevitable. Most of us reach out for help with physical pain, but tend to suffer in silence with emotional pain. Seeking counseling is not a sign of weakness and does not mean you are “crazy.” It is actually one of the bravest and most courageous decisions you can make.

With over 10 years of counseling experience I would like the opportunity to walk with you on your journey toward healing and wholeness. "You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step in faith."-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Who I Am

I am Dr. Nikki Watkins, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in grief counseling as a result of loss of an child due to stillbirth, pre-term delivery, miscarriage, or illness. I offer counseling services to individuals, couples and families because the loss of a child impacts the entire family system.  Often partnered with the grief are depression, anxiety, PTSD, Substance Abuse, shame, blame, disengagement, psychosis, and familial discord.


Stillbirth loss is a common, but often hidden, form of grief that many families deal with. I am personally acquainted with the pain of this type of loss. In 2012, my family and I learned that our daughter's heart stopped beating just three weeks before delivery. It was the most devastating loss for our family to date. All hopes and dreams were dashed and we were left to grapple with the emptiness and confusion that followed. I understand the unique journey of adjusting to a "new normal" after such a great loss.

What I Believe

I believe working with a trained, compassionate professional can prove very instrumental in the long journey of healing that follows trauma and grief. Well-meaning friends and family may not know how to be there for the family struggling with grief. And even those who do offer their comfort, eventually go back to normal day-to-day life. You need an advocate who can support you beyond well-wishes - someone to walk with you towards real, impactful healing.

If you or someone you know has experienced this type of loss, or a similar loss, know that you are not alone. There is a community of helping professionals, which I am a part of, willing and ready to support you.

What I Do

I offer grief counseling, specializing in the following areas:

  • Stillbirth
  • Miscarriage
  • Loss of a child due to illness
  • Pre-term labor infant loss
  • Shame/Guilt after abortion

One of my favorite quotes says "You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step in faith." In life, there are many unpredictable "twists and turns" and sometimes those turns can take us completely off track. Talking through your issues, decisions, and areas of struggle with someone can prove beneficial. Get in touch with me today and begin your journey towards healing and wholeness.

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San Diego CA