MSW, LCSW, RYT-200
My name is Chrisula Tasiopoulos, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New Jersey, and the Owner/Director of the practice. I earned my Master's Degree in Social Work from New York University, and have been practicing for close to 20 years.
My experience has primarily been working with survivors of abuse and trauma, in particular sexual violence, domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect. I've worked in both non-profit organizations as well as group clinical practices. I have also been a part-time lecturer/professor for past five years at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey for their graduate school of Social Work, teaching the course "Working With Survivors of Abuse and Trauma". I have also been an instructor for the Rutgers Institute for Families, and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), of which I am a member. I am also a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), and the New Jersey Association of Women Therapists.
In addition to my clinical work, I have been a published contributing author to the book "Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery". I have also been an active advocate for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence throughout my career, having served on the Governor's Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence, the Board of Directors at the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA), and various other working groups and volunteer positions. I received my Certification in Clinical Supervision from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 2009 and have been providing clinical supervision for those looking to become licensed. I also completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training, and am now a Registered Yoga Teacher. In addition, I have trained with Jenn Turner at the Center for Trauma and Embodiment in Trauma Sensitive Yoga.
While my specialization is in the field of interpersonal trauma, I am able to treat a wide range of issues and concerns, including anxiety disorders, depression and other mood disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (including Complex PTSD, Attachment Trauma, and Developmental Trauma), grief, loss, and bereavement, and life stage concerns, among others.
I like to work from an empowerment perspective, as well drawing from your innate strengths that we can identify together. I use a variety of clinical interventions in therapy, including EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and body-based/somatic interventions, among others. I also value cultural diversity and cultural competency, and have made a lifelong commitment to my own development in this area. I place importance on creating a safe space in therapy, and treat my clients as unique individuals. I start by developing a strong, trusting relationship from which we can build a foundation for our work - all with a sense of humor and a respect for the challenges that can come with the change process.
Personally, I have found that yoga, meditation, and energy work have greatly contributed to my own health and well-being, as well as my own work in therapy throughout my life.
Change isn't easy, and usually occurs outside of our comfort zone. This is where the greatest transformation can begin - and I would be honored to be chosen to start this journey with you.
Lori Harris, MSW, LSW
As a Therapist at Empowered Hearts and Minds Counseling & Psychotherapy, I provide trauma and family systems informed counseling for individuals and families.
My previous clinical experience includes working in community mental health with a diverse group of clients addressing issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and grief. My experience also includes substance use/abuse treatment, working with both 12 Step Programs and medication assisted treatment programs (methadone, Suboxone, etc.). I trained as a Clinician at the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai providing individual and group counseling in their opioid treatment program. My post graduate training and certifications are in the areas of Trauma/PTSD treatment, grief companioning and Complicated Grief, disaster mental health, family systems theory and family mediation. My clinical interests include co-treatment of trauma and addiction; understanding intergenerational trauma; and supporting the challenges individuals and families encounter due to death or divorce, including remarried families (stepfamilies, “blended” families, etc.).
I obtained my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University in 2013. Counseling is a mid-life career for me. My previous work history includes management and leadership roles in not-for-profit and business. I view my diverse professional background and life experience as an advantage, enabling me to appreciate the wide variety of professional and personal opportunities and challenges that clients confront in their everyday lives. My clinical interest in the field of trauma began when I worked as an administrator in the earliest days of the 9/11 recovery effort. I gained additional insight during my many years as a volunteer advocate for sexual assault victims/survivors. These experiences inspired me to pursue my graduate degree in clinical social work. I chose the social work profession because of the profession’s commitment to high ethical standards and evidence-based practice. Also, in clinical social work, the client is respected as their own “expert” who determines their own course. In other words - it’s absolutely your ship, it’s my job to help you navigate it.
Prior to joining Empowered Hearts and Minds, I was the Program Director for VOICES of September 11th. I oversaw case management, clinical programs, and CDC funded outreach focused on meeting the long-term needs of 9/11 families, survivors, and first responders. I provided training on traumatic grief and disaster mental health and presented at NJVOAD and NJEPA Conferences on the long-term needs of trauma victims and on mitigating vicarious trauma for staff and for first responders. I grew up in a family of firefighters and appreciate the unique culture of the first responder (and military) community. I hope to continue in private practice supporting this community (and/or family members) with the challenges of operational and post-traumatic stress and issues including substance use/abuse, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and/or avoidance, and disability.
In addition to clinical work, I volunteer as a grief group facilitator for a NJ based organization providing support services to grieving children. I also volunteer as a Confidential Sexual Assault Advocate and Board Member for Family Service League/SAVE of Essex County. And, if I’m not working or training or volunteering? I’m on the beach, on a boat, or staying up too late watching a classic film.