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Welcome to the NABC Author Spotlight! Each month NABC proudly highlights an author whose impactful work is contributing to the progress of the black community. While many featured authors will be esteemed NABC members, we also extend our focus beyond our community to recognize individuals outside who are leading the charge in advancing us as a people.

Our Author Spotlight encompasses a diverse range of literary genres, embracing not only clinical works but also spiritual, political, and fiction creations. We believe in the power of storytelling and aim to share the rich literary contributions of black authors with our community.

Your suggestions matter! If you have any recommendations for authors deserving of the spotlight, please feel free to email them to NABC President, Dr. Nick Battle, at Join us in celebrating and promoting the voices that shape our collective narrative.

This month NABC is shining the spotlight on 

Dr. Taqueena Quintana

About Dr. Quintana

Dr. Taqueena Quintana is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), nationally certified counselor (NCC), approved clinical supervisor (ACS), board-certified telemental health counselor (BC-TMH), registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), counselor educator, author, and consultant. She has over 15 years experience in education and counseling within various settings including K-12 institutions, colleges/universities, private practice, military installations, hospitals, and community mental health agencies.

Dr. Quintana is dedicated to supporting and preparing the next generation of professional counselors to serve historically marginalized and excluded groups and communities. She has presented nationally and internationally within counseling conference spaces and has published peer-reviewed articles that focus on culturally responsive practices in counseling. Her research interests include counseling military-connected youth, clinical supervision, school-based mental health, supporting students with disabilities, anti-racist counseling, and telemental health.

Dr. Quintana was awarded for her work in advocating for underserved, underrepresented, and marginalized communities by the National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program. Through NBCC, she currently volunteers as a mentor for emerging professional counselors who serve similar populations.

Dr. Quintana holds a BA in History with a Minor in Puerto Rican, Africana, and Latin American Studies from CUNY Hunter College, an M.S.Ed. in Teaching Students with Disabilities and an M.S.Ed. in School Counseling, both from CUNY Brooklyn College, and an EdD in Counselor Education & Supervision from Argosy University- Northern Virginia.

Making Supervision Work

School counseling supervisors play an integral role in supporting and training emerging school counselors. Making Supervision Work transforms theory to practice, providing supervisors with a blueprint to support school counseling supervisees in navigating school systems, students, and school/community stakeholders. Grounded in the most recent edition of the ASCA National Model (2019) and research, supervision experts Dr. Taqueena Quintana and Dr. Sonia Gooden-Alexis discuss various forms/types of supervision and pair ASCA-developed resources with supervision guidance to equip supervisors with tools necessary to manage their roles with clarity, direction and confidence. Additionally, this text includes ethical and cultural considerations to ensure that practitioners understand and utilize culturally responsive practices while supporting emerging school counselors.  You can purchase Making Supervision Work on Amazon at

Previous Authors

  • 15 Apr 2024 7:28 PM | Dr. Nick Battle (Administrator)

    Dr. Linda J.M. Holloway is a Counselor Educator at Alabama State University who has been teaching graduate students a course entitled, Counseling Diverse Populations in innovative ways for quite some time now to include incorporating movies, songs, poetry, and books into her classes.  She has authored five award-winning children’s books to use for social–emotional learning. Additionally, she writes social justice poetry for therapy. Her areas of research include Black women and mental health and career counseling for rural children. Her life philosophy is “Dream Your Own Dreams,” and she inspires others to reach their own dreams they have for their life. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, movies, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Holloway can be reached at  

    You can find her books online and view videos of her interacting with school age children.  

     Little Miss Linda Speaks Out About Diversity. This book is about a little girl with dark skin who is being teased. It teaches the children to appreciate their skin color as well as the skin color of others in a fun and loving way. It also allows for discussion concerning bullying, race and ethnicity, and celebration of differences. 

     I Love My Happy Hair is a book that teaches children to love the way their hair grows out of their head. There have been many incidents where Black children have been openly teased about their hair. Other incidents where they were even sent home from school. Dr. Holloway is very intentional about how she uses this book to assist children with loving who they are and how their hair grows out of their head.  

  • 15 Apr 2024 5:51 PM | Dr. Nick Battle (Administrator)

    About Arielle Jordan

    Arielle Jordan is the dynamic force behind Mindset Quality, a unique private practice that stands out for being black-owned, led by a service-disabled veteran, and woman-owned. As a licensed clinical professional counselor and nationally certified counselor, Arielle has a special focus on EMDR, PTSD, grief, and trauma. For over eight years, she's been committed to helping her clients work through tough mental health issues and reach their full potential.

    Having served in the Army and working towards her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision, Arielle brings a one-of-a-kind perspective to her counseling work. She's passionate about teaching and is a strong voice for cultural diversity, making sure her practice is welcoming to people from all kinds of backgrounds.

    Arielle's got a solid academic background with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She's particularly skilled in trauma-focused therapies like EMDR, showing her dedication to providing the best possible care for those dealing with PTSD and other trauma-related challenges. Her training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy also helps her understand and treat the complex aspects of emotional health.

    More than just a counselor, Arielle is a great speaker, offering insightful talks on dealing with traumatic loss, life after losing a loved one, tackling microaggressions in counseling, surviving the loss of a child, and turning pain into strength. She believes everyone deserves good mental health care and works to make her clients feel safe and supported.

    As an author, Arielle has written several pieces on mental health, grief, and emotional wellness. Her writing is not just informative but also uplifting, helping people to find hope and grow personally.

    At the forefront of Mindset Quality, Arielle is changing the mental health care game by combining her professional skills, compassion, and advocacy. To find out more about her and her approach, check out and

    Holding Space

    Imagine a book that feels like sitting down with a good friend who understands the tough stuff life throws your way. That's 'Holding Space.' It's about those hard days, the loss we all face, and finding a way to light up the dark corners of our lives. Through real stories, including my own, it's a guide to getting through the grief together, finding moments of joy again, and learning that it's okay to not always be okay. Whether you're in the thick of it or just trying to understand, this book is here to walk with you.

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