Nina Slaikeu, LMSW


Licensed Mental Healthcare Provider

"Life is hard. Sometimes we aren't sure how to process those tough emotions that overwhelm us. Having someone to talk to that shows empathy and understanding is a great start to ultimately reach the best version of you."

Nina Slaikeu’s childhood was rough — plain and simple. Having that experience, from a young age Nina knew that she wanted to help others overcome trauma and everyday challenges.

Master of Social Work, 2022
St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

Bachelor of Social Work, 2008
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Nina's Areas
of Expertise

Anxiety, Children, Co-Parenting, Depression, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Life Transitions, Loneliness, PTSD, Parenting, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Stress, Substance Use Disorder, Suicidal Thoughts, Teens, Trauma

Offering Mental Health Therapy Services For

Individuals of All Ages


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Person-Centered Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy, Trauma Informed Care

Get to Know Nina

Selecting a mental health provider is a very personal decision. Learn a bit more about Nina and what to expect when you or a loved one receive care with us at Covenant Family Solutions. Our mission is to unleash your potential.

Nina Slaikeu’s childhood was rough — plain and simple. Having that experience, from a young age Nina knew that she wanted to help others overcome trauma and everyday challenges. Ultimately, her personal mission is to help those in her care — including you and your loved ones — feel safe and understood.

Sometimes life likes to throw challenges

Life can be hard. Nina’s personal story through anxiety, depression, ADHD, and overcoming childhood trauma is proof of that reality. She understands.

However, no matter what challenges life has thrown at you, Nina promises to walk alongside you as you work to overcome the obstacles in your way. She will provide you with personalized insight and the skills you need to grow. Please know that when you step into her office, you are walking into a safe, comforting, and empathetic space — free from judgement. You are not alone on this journey.

Experience in tackling touch issues

Prior to joining us at CFS, Nina spent several years working in child welfare. Similar to her own personal experiences as a child, she had the opportunity to be a witness to children overcoming trauma, learning life skills, and learning to trust again. She additionally has experience in helping adults navigate through difficult times to reach the best version of themselves.

It is a privilege to care for you

Nina is thankful to each person who gives her the the privilege to work with them in reaching their individual goals. In her care you (or your loved one) can expect occasional homework and sometimes little challenges along the way.

Mental health therapy isn’t necessarily easy to receive, but it is 100 percent worth it. This work will lead to self-determination and realizing your strength. You CAN overcome difficult times.

Making memories

Outside of the office, Nina enjoys traveling, new adventures, and going on road trips. She loves meeting new people from all walks of life. Most of all, she loves making memories with her family and friends.

If you would like to work towards overcoming challenges and creating new memories, please reach out to schedule an appointment with Nina at our Cedar Rapids clinic.

Request an Appointment with Nina

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Congratulations on taking this first step in achieving your goals. If you have never been seen by Nina before, please complete the form below to schedule a time to set up your first appointment. If you are a current or past client, please send us a message or call 1-888-336-9661.

Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

2720 1st Ave NE, Suite 300
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Get Direction for Your Life!

Find inspiration on your path to mental wellness. Please note, these articles are not a replacement for personal medical advice.

Most of our poor decisions and behaviors that we wish we could re-do are driven by our feelings. In most cases we are probably reacting from an emotion and not even really thinking!

ODD is one of the most common behavioral disorders among kids. Unfortunately, people exhibiting these behaviors are sometimes mislabeled as "naughty" or "bad," which can be damaging.

Regulate your emotions and then engage in co-regulation with your teen from a place of curiosity and compassion.