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 families.

The Therapist

I  am a relational 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, work with couples is a joy. I have been working with couples and families since 2006 within multiple contexts, such as residential and outpatient (public or private) facilities. My specialization is trauma and traumatic stress. In line with my specialty, I am trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) which is an eye-movement therapy that voluntarily replaces images and memories that precede negative affect such as anxiety, depression or other trauma-specific symptoms. If you would like to learn more about ART, visit the website at I am also a certified facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich program, for couples who desire premarital counseling or relationship enhancement.

The Speaker

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

The Writer

I also enjoy writing about life -- the lessons I learned through my own experiences and the lived experiences of others. Writing is a life-long process for me and is expressed through research, story telling, poetry, blogging, and any other medium that evokes emotion for me and my readers.

My personal motto is: Be creative! Think outside of the box! And for goodness sake, enjoy the process!


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