Today we’d like to introduce you to Emeka Anyiam.
Hi Emeka, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
When I graduated High School in 1986, my father asked me what I wanted to do after graduation. I told him I would like to own a hospital which he would build for me and employ doctors, nurses, and administrators whom I would supervise. He laughed at my idea as he couldn’t wrap his mind around my big idea. In 1990, my father informed me that I would be leaving the country for the United States to live and attend college/make something of myself because he was sure I was not living up to my full potential in Nigeria.
At first, I was angry about leaving and disappointed with my mother for supporting my dad’s decision to send me away. First, I joined my sister, Florence in Venezuela. Her husband was an ambassador there in the fall of 1990. I vividly remember the day she took me to one of their Fast-Food restaurants to show me how much I would be making if I didn’t get an education. That lesson stuck with me upon my arrival to New Jersey in 1991. I entered the country with a tourist visa and began attending a church called Crossroads Church in Clifton New Jersey. I didn’t know at that time that this would be one of the best decisions I would ever make.
The church was unbelievably supportive and helpful. They even put me through school to obtain my bachelor’s degree. It was like the universe just put everything that I needed in place to help propel me to where I am today. After four hard years of college (where all the lessons were taught in a language that was brand new to me!!) I finally graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Sociology. I felt like I needed to keep pressing forward because of all the times I was told back home that I would never amount to anything in life as if my dreams were just a joke. That was the zeal I had to keep pressing on, just to prove to myself and others that I could do it!
I later earned my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and then proceeded to my doctoral degree soon after. Upon graduation, I worked at many agencies but in 2011, I began working for a company called “Circle of Friends Services”. Later, I was honored when I was promoted to their Director of Clinical Services. This company contributed tremendously to my clinical growth and played an integral role in making me who I am today. I am so grateful to them for all the knowledge and guidance they gave me.
While there, I finally worked up the courage to venture out on my own. In 2015 I founded Embridge Counseling Services which started with just me being the sole provider and later turned in into an agency with just under 20 clinicians. Starting my agency helped me see myself in a whole new light. I always wanted to lead and also help others meet their goals and objectives, so I was motivated and empowered by the ability to use my talents to the benefit of others.
In 2018, I decided to write a book called, Embracing Life: Surviving the Struggle by Learning to Embrace the Experience. It was released in 2019. My ultimate goal for the book was to reach as many people as I could in an effort to help them grow spiritually, physically so that they could face life’s challenging circumstances with intention. Last month, while pondering my life’s goals, It came to mind that I have actually realized the dream I had 34 years ago, just 18 years old, being told I would never amount to anything in life. Even though it’s not the hospital I dreamt about and wanted to have, it’s close enough for me. Please understand, I certainly didn’t make this happen on my own, but with the strong support by loved ones whom I am so grateful for to this day.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I struggled with understanding and speaking English at the beginning as I barely spoke the language. What little bit I did speak was British English because Britain colonized Nigeria in the past. I thought I would never be able to make it as I didn’t understand a thing, but I survived with the little I had and the support of loved ones.
As you know, we’re big fans of Embridge Counseling Services. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Embridge Counseling Services’ goal is to guide individuals/families/couples by empowering them to identify/resolve their own personal difficulties which will encourage growth. ECS’ ideal client is someone, a couple and/or a family who is motivated to face his, her or their challenges head on in a safe environment and is/are empowered to identify effective ways to resolve those issues on their own as led by the therapist. We provide services on a weekly basis in any setting where the individual/family is naturally located, including, but not limited to, the home, a foster home, school, child care, and other community settings. Services are intensive and flexible to meet the needs of the client. Our home psychotherapy services are quick to identify the maladaptive behaviors and work toward resolving these issues.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
We are dedicated, humble, collaborative and very driven to help our clients meet their goals.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.embridgecounselingservices.com/
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- Twitter: https://twitter.com/embridge2014
- Other: embracinglifebook.com
I give a lot of credit to Reverend David Ellis. I am wholeheartedly grateful for everything he and his family did for me when I was living in New Jersey.