About me

PERSONAL GROWTH & SELF EMPOWERMENT 

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It’s never too late to be who you might have been  – George Elliot
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About

You may wonder how one goes from having a 4 year history working in Retail Sales Management and 7 years in the electronics industry (marketing & sales) to then enter the helping profession?

I had a calling…and I was being called.  And the Universe helped it along.  I was laid off when the bottom fell out of the semiconductor industry and I had to figure out what to do next.

I wasn’t particularly fond of the industry anyway, so I was eager to pursue my next career.  However, I had just moved out on my own a couple of months before I was laid off and had rent to pay!  I had done pretty well the last year and had a small cushion to rely on.  I began waitressing and went back to school and received my Bachelors degree in Psychology from Hofstra University.  The cushion went quickly to education and living expenses.

I was very interested in women’s empowerment and volunteered for the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV).  I volunteered at the safe home for women and their children.  It was a very rewarding experience.  I began working Part time for the NCCADV manning the After-hours Hotline a few days per week. I also worked P/T in the office inputting data on the computer.

After graduation I also volunteered at the Discovery Enrichment Center in Port Washington that was opened by one of my Psychology Professors from Hofstra.  I was trained to be a Team Leader to teach children confidence building, self-esteem, leadership and social skills.

I entered graduate school for Social Work @ Adelphi University initially as a P/T student allowing me to work F/T.  After the first year I had to convert to F/T status and also do a 21 hour per week internship as well as work F/T to meet my living expenses.

I was encouraged by the Field Supervisor to pursue a concentration in Mental Health & Chemical Dependency.  Upon graduation, I began working for Seafield Services Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Center.  After two years of great training in the field, I left and went to work for Brookdale Hospital Medical Center-Department of Psychiatry in Brooklyn, NY, where I worked for 7 years on the front line.  We treated the most severe and persistent mentally ill chemically addicted individuals.  I was responsible for a program called Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) where the clinical team brought services to our clients out in the community. Following Brookdale I took an Executive Director position with a leading outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center on Long Island.  Today I provide psycotherapy services in Amityville and West Babylon, NY .  I also provide long-distance energy healing services and remote hypnosis sessions via Skype and telephone.

I utilize a variety of treatment modalities.  I like to call these various skills I have acquired as “tools in my toolbox”.  I ascribe to the philosophy of “whatever works” in getting individuals “unstuck” and to begin making positive changes in their lives.  Too often individuals get comfortable with their uncomfortability and remain in unhealthy situations that inhibit their personal growth.

After I received my Master of Social Work degree, my search to find treatments that work in helping individuals to rid themselves of limiting beliefs that keep them stuck continued.  I became certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy, why? Because I knew it worked. Eight years earlier I had quit smoking with the assistance of Hypnosis and knew that one day I wanted to learn how to do this so I could help others who had become a slave to cigarettes. On February 16,2009 I celebrated my 21st anniversary of quitting smoking!  I also became certified as an EMDR specialist for the treatment of trauma.  I learned the art of Reiki and Magnified Healing using energy as a healing technique . 

 

 Unleash Your Full Potential Now!

Eugenia E. Karahalias, LCSW-R, CASAC, CCH, RMT

Office: 516·456-4490

Fax: 877-235-1560 

 180 Great East Neck Road

West Babylon, New York 11704

We are meant to thrive, not survive…even in the desert!