If you’re looking for someone who really knows and understands kids, look no further!
Blanche was born in New York to an immigrant couple from Egypt. She grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey and is the oldest of three children. She knew very early on that “all I wanted to become when I grew up was a teacher,” When she and her siblings played school, Blanche was always the teacher (with a chalkboard made of cardboard!).
When Blanche went to college she majored in Elementary Education and in English. During college, Blanche’s father became ill and passed away. This was a turning point for Blanche, who was devastated. She recalls “I contemplated dropping out of college. I had no motivation to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher or even to graduate college.” However, Blanche pushed through and kept going. Her dream finally became a reality and in May of 1999, when she graduated from college and became an elementary school teacher.
Over a 20-year teaching career, during which she got married and had two beautiful children, Blanche always felt like there was something missing at work. After soul searching, she went back to school and earned a Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2016. Blanche knows that “it was the best decision that I could have ever made in my life.”
Blanche feels that being a mental health counselor has allowed her to connect with others in a way that she never thought was possible. She doesn’t pretend to know everything, but she absolutely creates a nurturing and safe environment with her clients, so that when they come into the room they can feel confident in bringing whatever issues they’re struggling with.
She loves getting to know her clients and helping them make changes they want to see. Since becoming a therapist, she has learned to become more present and aware of the present moment. She is passionate about creating a life worth living for herself and helping her clients do the same. She is also passionate about developing and maintaining a healthy mind-body connection and supporting her clients on that path as well. While Blanche enjoys working with clients of all ages and backgrounds, she really enjoys working with children, teenagers, and young adults.
Blanche is no stranger to pain. However, she’s lived it, navigated it, and thrived because of it. She wants to help you and your family be able to do the same!