Ohlaysha Hicks is an educator and a licensed marriage and family therapist who infuses her commitment to youth development throughout her work. Both fields of work inform each other in meeting the needs of youth and their families. In addition, her professional career has allowed her to expand her scope and coach local cross-country and track and field teams where she contributes to youth’s academic, social, emotional and athletic success. She completed her undergraduate work at Rutgers University and attained her Master’s degree through Capella University in Human Services, with a specialization in Family Therapy. She’s completed her Post-Graduate Training at the Institute for Family Services and has since co-founded Family, Individual, Couples Therapy Associates where she advocates and links youth and families within the communities as an integral part of therapy. She’s invested in creating safe spaces for learning and healthy development with the support of open communities where healthy connections and accountability can occur. Developing the language, connections and skills needed to succeed are integral to her work with children and families as both an educator and a therapist.
Dr. Eunjung Ryu
PhD, LMFT, LCSW
Dr. Eunjung Ryu
PhD, LMFT, LCSW
Eunjung Ryu, PhD, LMFT, LCSW, has over 20 years of clinical experience working with families. Her doctoral thesis from Drexel University researched the Cultural Context Model. Her dissertation was on "sponsoring change in self and others: Female sponsors in the Cultural Context Model". Dr. Ryu was a member of the Affinity Counseling Group beginning in 2005 providing the Cultural Context Model of family therapy to high-risk youth their families and communities. She has presented nationally and internationally on domestic and community violence, and transformative family therapy. Dr. Ryu's publications are in the area of Spousal Use of Pornography and Its Clinical Significance for Asian-American Women: Korean Women as an Illustration on the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy (20004), and on Korean American Families in Ethnicity & Family Therapy in 2005.
Dr. Ryu was honored as Therapist of The Year with The Essential Piece Award, by the Family Support Organization of Middlesex County and Coordinated Family Care in New Jersey in 2007.
Dr. Ryu continues her work with families in Korea using a transformative lens of family therapy: The Cultural Context Model. She is currently teaching at EwhaWomans University and Sungshin Women's University and runs an institute for family therapy training.
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Giovanni Sanchez is a sponsor for IFS who engages with male identified clients inviting them to disinherit toxic norms of masculinity and enter spaces of fluidity and non-binary identities.
Giovanni Sanchez is also an experienced Pattern Maker and Fashion Designer with many years of designing and making high-end women’s and men’s clothing. He owned a clothing company in Costa Rica and his work been featured in numerous fashion shows in Costa Rica and throughout Latin America, including for the Ms. Costa Rica Universe Contest. Currently, Gio’s Studio GV, in Manhattan, provides services for celebrity fashion designers, such as LaQuan Smith, theater companies, and customers in the NYC area.
He is also the resident designer of clothing for the IFS family!