Dr. Dakota King-White
Co-Founder / Counselor
Dr. Dakota King-White has a bachelor of arts in psychology from Notre Dame College of Ohio, a master of arts in counseling from Heidelberg University, and a doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and supervision from The University of Toledo. She is a professional licensed school counselor and a professional counselor through the Ohio counselor, social worker and marriage & family therapist board. As a counselor, she has designed and implemented curricula that have focused on improving the lives of children and adolescents psychologically, emotionally and academically.
She is a sought after speaker within the counseling profession. Speaking engagements include programs at The Ohio State University, Aspire Program at Hathaway Brown, All Ohio Counselors Association Conference, Euclid City Schools, and American Counseling Association Conference. Dr. King-White has done extensive research on the impact of parental incarceration on children and the psychological, emotional and behavioral effects of incarceration. Through her research she and Dr. Jo-Ann Lipford-Sanders designed a specialized curriculum. The curriculum has been implemented within K-12 education and has had major impact on children and adolescents who have loss a parent due to incarceration.
She gives back to the counseling profession by being a member of the American Counseling Association, the Ohio School Counseling Association, and the American School Counseling Association, past co-advisor for the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling National Honor Society, a past board member of the Ohio School Counselor Association, past board member of the Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Center, and she is the co-founder of Making A Difference Consulting. Making A Difference Consulting focuses on collaborating with outside agencies to better serve children and adolescents within various communities. Dr. King-White also serves her community by being a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Sandusky Club of Black Business and Professional Women.
She currently works full-time in a local school district as the mental health therapist for children grades K-12. Within this position, Dr. King-White has helped to implement the mental health component of the transformation plan. She also serves on the behavior response team, positive behavior interventions and supports core team, and student services leadership team. She is also an adjunct professor at a local university.