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Are you ready to take the next step in overcoming problems in your life?

Gaslighting. Love bombing. Hoovering. Triangulating. These are all insidious weapons in the narcissist’s toolkit. Narcissism can be hard to diagnose, but it is one of the hallmarks of abusive relationships. As a therapist specializing in narcissism and domestic abuse, Vanessa Reiser has strategies to help victims to identify, understand, and heal from abusive relationships. With a blend of information, education, and stories, Reiser defines what narcissistic abuse is, breaks down how it’s a form of domestic violence and how narcissists think and operate, uncovering their mindset and motivations, so readers can spot a narcissist more accurately, avoid toxic relationships, escape dangerous situations, and heal from mental, emotional and/or physical trauma. 

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Our Mission

Empathetically connecting with people where they are at, using a non-judgmental approach, to inspire them to identify their own strengths, create change in unwanted behaviors, develop and achieve goals by practicing self-determination along with supplementary guidance and support so that they can ultimately discover their potential.

Tell a Therapist Offers

Vanessa is a solution-focused psychotherapist, whose mission is to help Narcissist Abuse Victims, adolescents, teenagers and adults uncover their true potential and move forward with confidence toward all of their goals. Vanessa and her team specialize in working with individuals, couples, and groups focusing on the treatment of:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD (Trauma)
  • Grief/Loss
  • Eating Disorders
  • Marriage or Interpersonal Relationship Problems

  • Alcohol or Drug Abuse
  • Academic Pressure/Problems
  • Peer Pressure
  • Bullying
  • Body Image Issues
  • Low Self-Esteem

“While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, or erase traumas from our lives, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges through strong coping mechanisms and tools.”

Vanessa Reiser, Founder, Tell a Therapist, LLC
The Tell a Therapist Team

Valued clients, we at Tell A Therapist are so very excited to introduce you to the members of our staff. We strive to provide all of our clients with clinicians that are not only capable of providing them the care they need, but that excel in the areas where our clients need the most guidance.

Vanessa Reiser

Psychotherapist- CEO of Tell a Therapist

Vanessa is a solution-focused psychotherapist licensed in NY, NJ, and MA whose mission is to help individuals uncover their true potential and move forward toward all of their goals. She specializes in working with individuals, couples, and groups focusing on the treatment of NARCISSISTIC ABUSE, anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief/loss, eating disorders, marriage or interpersonal relationship problems, alcohol or drug abuse, low self-esteem, or anyone in need of developing new ways to cope with life’s everyday challenges. Vanessa is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She is also certified in teletherapy. Vanessa worked at The Bronx High School of Science, and High School of American Studies so she has extensive experience working with youth, holding her Educational Service Certificates in the states of New York and New Jersey.

Education:

Bachelor of Science – SUNY Empire State
Masters of Social Work – University of Southern California

Post-Graduate Training:
New York University – Clinical and Advanced Clinical Certificates

Professional Affiliations:
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Board Member for the Center for Safety and Change (CFSC)
Founder of Rockland Pride Center

Experience with Teens:

Clinical Social Worker at The Bronx High School of Science
Clinical Social Worker at The High School of American Studies

Lisa Velazquez, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Lisa Velazquez is a highly experience psychotherapist who has
been clinically practicing for over 20 years and has her Masters of
Social Work from Fordham University. Through her practice, Lisa
believes in helping to empower people in their journey of healing
and provides clinical services to adults and families from diverse
backgrounds who have a variety of needs including Narcissistic
Abuse and Substance Use disorders among other issues such as
divorce and custody visitation. She specializes in family therapy,
couples counseling, individual psychotherapy, treatment of severe
mental health disorders like anxiety disorders, depressive
disorders, substance abuse, PTSD, and helping clients navigate
through various life changes. Lisa has been trained in various
forms of therapeutic interventions such Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She believes that
while there is no “one size fits all”, her clients benefit from the self
empowerment, mindfulness, solution focused therapies and
trauma informed therapies that she provides them with. Lisa
believes all clients deserve to be treated with respect, dignity and
support in a safe therapeutic environment where they can work on
their own individualized treatment needs. Most importantly, Lisa
has first hand knowledge and experience of being a survivor of
narcissistic abuse and the importance of validation and
humanization of one’s own experience throughout the healing
process of that trauma. Lisa continues to help other survivors in
their journey of healing and empowerment.
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Jennifer R Millar MA LMFT

Master of Social Work

As a licensed marriage & family therapist, Jennifer has dedicated her career to helping individuals recover from narcissistic abuse and promoting mental wellness.  She brings a unique and powerful perspective to her work, as she has personal experience with narcissistic family members, combined with her own journey of escaping an abusive marriage to a narcissist.  This combination has provided Jennifer a deep understanding of the challenges her clients face.  With over 10 years of experience in the field, she has honed her skills in providing compassionate and effective therapy to her clients.  Jennifer not only brings unique insight into these types of challenges, but she is also passionate about helping people heal, regain their self-esteem, and move forward in their lives, to feel empowered and with a renewed passion for life.  She uses a variety of evidence-based approaches, such as solution-focused, emotionally focused, and psychodynamic therapies, to help her clients overcome their negative core beliefs, dysfunctional thought patterns and behaviors that can result from this type of insidious abuse.  Her approach is centered on empathy, validation, and empowering clients to find their own voice and take control of their journey in healing. Whether through individual therapy, group support, or workshops, she provides a safe and supportive environment where clients can work through their pain and build the resilience they need to move forward.

In addition to Jennifer’s clinical work, she regularly participates in continuing education opportunities and conferences to stay up to date on the latest research and best practices pertaining to the treatment of trauma.  She is also a strong communicator, collaborator, and works closely with other members of the therapy team and healthcare community to provide the best possible care to her clients.  

 

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Juliette May

Psychotherapist

Juliette is a graduate of Rutgers University and has a dual degree in Psychology and Social  Work. She is a highly-skilled, empathetic, psychotherapist who specializes in the overall well-being of each client. Her focus is person-centered care which empowers clients to achieve their personal goals, growth, and fulfillment. Juliette is a solution-oriented medical professional dedicated to providing exceptional care and implementing effective treatments. She works with diverse populations in one-on-one and group settings. She is an effective advocate, motivator,  and communicator

CORE COMPETENCIES:
Psychiatric Disorders
Behaviors
Substance Abuse Disorders
Depression
Anxiety
Grief/Loss
Human Trafficking Victims

Education:
Dual Degree-Rutgers University

 

 

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Julie Canavatchel, LSW

Master of Social Work

Julie Canavatchel is a graduate of Fordham University with a Masters’s Degree in Social  Work. She has worked with both children and adults since 2017. Julie uses multiple disciplines in her practice. By using multiple approaches she is able to tailor her sessions for each client and situation. Julie works with clients to achieve goals in a positive, non-judgmental, and encouraging environment. She uses mindfulness and meditation in her sessions to create a calm and safe space for each client. She is focused on helping clients create a “toolbox” of coping skills to use when faced with difficult situations. Julie is trained extensively in trauma, grief, DBT, CBT, anxiety, and depression.  

CORE COMPETENCIES:
Grief 
Depression 
Anxiety 
Trauma 
DBT 
CBT 

Education: 

Bachelor of Arts, Pace University 
Masters of Social Work, Fordham University

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“Vanessa has spent her life compassionately serving others. Her relatable and non-judgmental approach provides the ideal therapeutic relationship to help clients work through emotional trauma and free themselves of unwanted behaviors.”
Laura Owens
Combat Veteran & Social Work Professor,  University of Southern California
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