Norja E. Cunningham

PhD, LMFT, Accelerated Resolution Therapist




I received my bachelors of science in psychology from Trinity College, my masters of science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University, and my doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from Antioch University New England. My undergraduate research focused on the impact of media on the body image and self-esteem of Black females in early adulthood. My doctoral dissertation was a phenomenological study highlighting how compassion fatigue in therapists can effect their marriages and familial relationships including clinical implications to relationally mitigate symptoms of compassion fatigue.

The Therapist

I  am a relationship therapist, with a license in marriage and family therapy. I really enjoy working with families and believe that couples are the foundation of a great family. Therefore, couples counseling is a joy. I am a certified facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich program, for couples who desire premarital counseling or relationship enhancement. I have been providing clinical treatment to couples and families since 2006 within multiple contexts, such as sub-acute units, group homes and outpatient treatment facilities. My specializations are systemic therapy, grief/traumatic grief and post traumatic stress disorder/secondary traumatic stress treatment. In line with my specialty, I am trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) which is an eye-movement technique that voluntarily replaces images and memories that precede negative affect such as anxiety, depression or other trauma-specific responses. If you would like to learn more about ART, visit the website at I am now providing virtual reality therapy and therapy via telehealth.

The Teacher

As a teacher, I enjoy facilitating workshops, teaching at the university level and podium presentations (nationally and internationally). I work to maintain a balance between experiential exercises and content. I am open to speaking to youth who require motivation to continue or improve in their studies, to pursue higher education and/or training in their (future) career-of-choice. One-on-one supervision/ coaching (for a fee) is also available to maximize life skills and wisdom to meet the challenges that life and career will bring. 

The Author

I also enjoy writing and research about life -- the lessons I learned through my own experiences and the lived experiences of others. Some of the main topics of focus are living beyond grief &/or trauma, and enhancing your relationships.

My NEW motto is: Be creative! Expand your psychological and relational capacity beyond your culture!