Iyesha Gatling is a native New Yorker, hailing from the diverse community of Bedford-Stuyvesant. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lock Haven University and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Iyesha has participated in various trainings and workshops in Narrative Therapy, Brief Strategic Family Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, crisis response, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
After completion of her undergraduate degree, Iyesha was employed at a residential facility, where she supported individuals with developmental disabilities with increasing skill-building. During her graduate experience, Iyesha was able to increase experience by working with children and adults; through both family and couples therapy. This experience included working with a multitude of cultural backgrounds through settings such as the New York City public school system, home-based therapy, and Samaritans suicide-crisis hotline.
Iyesha employs an integrative approach to therapy through the use of modalities such as Narrative Therapy, client-centered therapy, and Strategic Therapy. Iyesha enjoys reading and practicing within the Narrative therapy modality as she believes that Narrative therapy encourages clients to re-author their lives through their value system.
With familial roots hailing from the deep south, Iyesha identifies within the African-American culture. Outside of working, Iyesha enjoys reading books written by African American authors; with her favorite books being “Sula” by Toni Morrison, “Kindred” by Octavia Butler, and “The Alchemist” by Paolo Cuelho. Iyesha also enjoys growing indoor plants and herbs as she has been able to learn that, like therapy, beautiful things take patience and careful attention in order to grow. When Iyesha is not reading and tending to her indoor plants, she watches horror movies such as The Conjuring series and spending time with family, amidst the cultural diversity and constant hustle and bustle of NYC. Furthermore, Iyesha takes pride in giving back to the community by volunteering at church community events.