Dr. Ricks combines her personal life experiences with over 20 years of research and teaching. She completed her bachelors and master degrees as a single parent after experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in college. At the age of 38, she decided to return to school for her Ph.D. as a working mother of three.


Being determined to "get it done", Dr. Ricks experienced burnout and fatigue, and began to realize that she was wearing a mask by pretending to be okay. She now works daily to remind herself and others that it is "okay to not be okay."


Because of her passionate commitment to help women, by debunking the myth of the superwoman, using her skills as an intuitive healer, counselor, hypnotherapist and life coach, she created the Self Empowerment Program specifically for women of color, that is... No Mask, No Cape. She believes everyone has the ability to heal--we just need help unpacking messages and returning to our "true and authentic" self.      



Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

M.Ed. and B.A., The Pennsylvania State University 


Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (NC)

Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (NC)



Motivational Interviewing

Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth

Strengthening Families