MSW, LCSW, RYT-200
My name is Chrisula Tasiopoulos (she/her), 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. I am also an EMDR Certified Therapist, as well as an EMDR Consultant-in-Training.
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, trainer for Rutgers' Research on Ending Violence, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), of which I am a member, as well as the NJ Psychological Association. I am also a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), the Clinical Social Work Association, and the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).
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. In 2022, I completed 100 hours of training with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to become an MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy provider. I am looking forward to the medication being approved by the FDA to begin helping clients heal from past trauma with this intervention.
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.
Strongly based in empowerment, I believe in the relational aspect of therapy. I use a variety of clinical interventions in therapy, including EMDR, Internal Family Systems, 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.
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.