Dr. LaShanda Nalls

Director of Counseling


LaShanda Nalls, Ed. D, is the Director of Counseling at Rape Victim Advocates. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, who earned her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology at the Illinois school of Professional Psychology. She also received her Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology with her dissertation focused on the Experience of  Childhood Incest Among African American  Women. With over 12 years of experience, her clinical work has always involved working with survivors of sexual assault in which she has a great passion for. Her journey began as a clinical intern at C-4 Quetzal Center, it became clear to her that working with survivors and their families would be an integral part of her professional work. While at C-4, she provided individual and group counseling services to survivors and their families as they recovered from sexual abuse. After earning her Masters degree, she was eager to continue the work, joined the RVA family and became the Adolescent/Adult counselor. In this capacity she worked to develop and maintain the quality and accessibility of counseling services for adolescent survivors of sexual violence and their families. LaShanda believes that a positive and trusting relationship is the foundation of effective therapy. She combines in-depth understanding with a survivor-centered individualized approach to healing. In addition to the provision of services she is also involved with training other professionals and the public about issues pertaining to sexual violence and oversees the counseling Internship Program.