Dr. Aikins specializes in child, adolescent, and early adulthood related emotional and behavioral concerns. He works with clients to identify patterns of behavior that are maintaining suffering and encourages more skillful approaches to managing life’s stressors. He has training and experience in the areas of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), anger management, emotion regulation, depression, anxiety, parent-child conflict, and general adjustment concerns. Dr. Aikins uses evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Functional Family Therapy to help individuals and families implement healthier communication, coping, and problem-solving strategies.
Dr. Aikins earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During his time at LSU, Dr. Aikins conducted research in the areas of trauma, anxiety, depression and ADHD. His clinical work included behavioral parent training, parent-child conflict, depression, and anxiety. Prior to graduate training, Dr. Aikins earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.
Dr. Aikins completed his predoctoral internship training year at the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology (Boys Town; Omaha, NE) and his postdoctoral training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD). During these training experiences, Dr. Aikins specialized in the treatment of severe child and adolescent behaviors. Prior to joining Dallas CBT, Dr. Aikins worked at the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health in Omaha, NE where he provided outpatient therapy and supervised doctoral interns completing their predoctoral internship training year.
Dr. Aikins is a Texas native and enjoys working out, making music, and training his 4-year-old Jack Russel Terrier, Jameson.