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Nina Westbrook    

Founder and Editor in Chief of Bene

Nina Westbrook's journey began as a collegiate athlete at the University of California Los Angeles where she studied English and Psychology. Westbrook later pursued a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, eventually becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She practiced at Antioch University Counseling Center in Los Angeles where she provided therapy and counseling services to families and individuals of all ages before moving to INTEGRIS Mental Health, the largest hospital network in Oklahoma. While at INTEGRIS, Nina served children and adolescents who were struggling with mood disorders, including major and postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief issues, and bipolar disorder, as well as victims of sexual trauma. While there, she also practiced therapy at INTEGRIS Generations, an inpatient psychiatric program for adults age 55 and older who require comprehensive cognitive and emotional support.

Westbrook was yearning for new experiences in an educational setting and eventually made a home for herself at Project HOPE, an innovative teen dropout prevention and recovery program within Oklahoma’s Francis Tuttle Technology Center. She served as a counselor for over two years, providing Project HOPE students with the emotional and psychological support they needed to obtain their diploma and prepare for a successful career or pursue further education.

To this day, she remains passionate about erasing the mental health stigma and regularly calls on her knowledge and understanding to support others on their journey towards physical and emotional wellness. Westbrook’s refreshingly candid insight on the topics of mental health and the importance of personal and interpersonal growth are regularly highlighted by trusted outlets nationwide, including the New York Times, BET, Goop, Good Housekeeping, and ABC13.

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