Nkem Ndefo, MSN, CNM, RN (she/they) is the founder of Lumos Transforms and creator of The Resilience Toolkit. She is a skilled practitioner, dynamic speaker, and valued strategist. She is known for her unique ability to connect with people of all types by holding powerful healing spaces, weaving complex concepts into accessible narratives, and creating synergistic and collaborative learning communities that nourish people’s innate capacity for healing, wellness, and connection.
Her career began in the late 1980’s, providing community health education to distressed populations including IV drug users and youth in foster care. She witnessed intense suffering in these communities; her desire to relieve this suffering spurred her pursuit for the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to bring health at its deepest level to all age groups.
Licensed as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Midwife, Nkem holds a Master’s degree in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. She has extensive post-graduate training in complementary health modalities and emotional therapies, including Level 1 Internal Family Systems, Level 3 Tension/Trauma Release Exercises, and Level 5 Emotional Transformation Therapy.
As a clinician, Nkem has worked in settings ranging from large volume hospitals to mobile community clinics. She founded and operated a full scope midwifery and homebirth practice from 2000-2007 and she has maintained a small holistic private practice in Los Angeles since 2007. Additionally, she worked for the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative researching maternal death outcomes
Nkem has lent her expertise in the embodied trauma-informed and resilience-oriented (eTIRO) approach, embodied anti-oppression, and healing justice to a wide range of projects. She served on the Los Angeles County Trauma-and Resilience-Informed Systems Change Initiative Workgroup and developed a pilot violence-prevention academy for peer support workers as part of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Trauma Prevention Initiative. She recently led an embodied diversity, inclusion, and antiracism initiative for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Currently, she is co-directing Embody Lab’s Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy Certification and Embodied Activism Programs, and directing the Resilience Toolkit Certification Training Program.
She is a regularly invited speaker and has delivered keynotes and interactive presentations to organizations and collaboratives in her home country (US) and internationally, including Delta Center California, Médecins Sans Frontières Italy, Healing Justice London, and the Center on Trauma and Adversity at Case Western Reserve University. She’s an esteemed podcast guest and has appeared on episodes of For the Wild and Hurry Slowly, among many others.
Effective trainings require a balance of content and character and Nkem Ndefo strikes this balance perfectly. Nkem’s ability to engage with any group and share her deep understanding of Trauma and Resilience is uniquely effective, and training participants consistently request additional time learning and connecting with her. I cannot speak highly enough of Nkem’s effectiveness and passion and look forward to continued partnership with her/Lumos Transforms.Jacob AlbertSr. Training Administrator – Urban Peace Institute
Nkem is beautifully intelligent and masterful teacher, seamlessly blending experience, wisdom and patience with practical application. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her tutelage to anyone that has the slightest interest.Lisa-Marie Long
Working with Nkem-- as a consultant, coach, and facilitator-- empowered our full team (including people who have held leadership positions) to thoughtfully propel conversations on values, power, and culture forward.Katy DybwadDirector of Operations – UnCommon Law
Work with Nkem:
Nkem welcomes new speaking engagements and community and organizational collaboration.
- For speaking inquiries, please email Lumos’ Director of Communications, Carissa Ferro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To inquire about organizational collaboration, please email email@example.com.
Nkem Ndefo is currently accepting a limited number of new individual clients. If you are interested in becoming a client, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Existing clients may schedule sessions below.
- Emotional Transformation Therapy
- The Resilience Toolkit
- Internal Family Systems
- Individual Full Session | 55 minutes | $275
- Individual Brief Session | 30 minutes | $150
Mentorship & Supervision
- Personal Certified Trainer Certification Mentorship | 60 minutes | $175
- 1:1 Certified Trainer Certification Mentorship | 90 minutes | Prepaid
- Group Certified Trainer Certification Mentorship | 120 minutes | Prepaid
- Intern Supervision | 30 minutes