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Hi! My name is Emma Karina Viglucci. I was born in Argentina with an Italian lineage. My parents moved our family to the US when I was 13 years old. They were no strangers to the immigrant status as my father had migrated from Italy as a young boy in the aftermath of WWII, and my mother’s parents had done the same. Assimilating the American culture as a teenage girl was not easy. The immigrant experience was pervasive. I managed and adjusted well though, doing terrific in H.S. and establishing myself as a very conscientious and driven young adult. I moved up in class difficulty from E.S.L. and support classes to A.P. classes. I navigated transitioning to college on my own as my parents were not well versed in the customs and systems of the country. They did support and encourage the pursuit of higher education as that was one of the reasons for leaving Argentina in the first place. They wanted to provide my siblings and I with the opportunity of getting an education and being able to make a difference with it.
I was always super curious about how people operate, and how they succeed at their relationship and their life.
In H.S., I already knew I wanted to be a Therapist. I was always super curious about how people operate, and how they succeed at their relationship and their life… My experiences growing up, moving to this country, and embracing the new culture and way of being created a hunger and passion for learning more about the human condition.
In college, I met a handsome and very smart guy, Pete, who would eventually become my husband and partner in life. We were young. Our relationship was primarily characterized by a search for finding our way as young adults and growing up together. This was not easy. We established immature habits and patterns early on that we had to later transform and transcend, and which were my muse as I pursued my career. After college, and for close to 10 years, I held several positions in the Foster Care and Adoption field. During that time, I also went for my Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy where I discovered my passion for working with couples.
In 2000, I opened my private practice in NYC. Soon after 911 and my mother’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer, we had our amazing daughter, Vanessa Cara, our pride and joy. My Mom did not survive the disease. This loss has been profound and permeates the thread of our family.
Pete and I tried for several years to have another child, but that was not in the cards for us… During this period we were also working together. Pete helped with marketing and technology aspects of the practice while he was transitioning from a finance career in Wall Street. This was a very challenging period to say the least. It took its toll which led us to question the very nature of our relationship, my husband’s commitment to it and our family, and which led to a period of separation. In his eyes, we were done. I refused to accept that and did everything I knew how to turn us around. I must confess, I experienced devastating angst, pain and shame during this time. It made me feel like a fraud, question the nature of my work, and it made me question everything. Not only was I experiencing relationship pain, but it felt like my very Being was in question. It was absolutely awful. This led to more personal growth work and searching.
I’m grateful for all my experiences, as painful as they were. They have helped awake, inspire and motivate me to fully embrace my life of Purpose.
Every cloud has a silver lining. As a result of this experience, my life makes more sense and has more meaning than ever before. I had it too easy knowing at such an early age what I wanted to be when I grew up. But I failed to fully embrace my Purpose as I went along. I missed the boat that I was to continue to serve children who don’t have the parents they deserve… I thought I was doing that through my work with couples… Now I know that’s not enough and that I have a higher calling.
I’m grateful for all my experiences, as painful as they were. They have helped awaken, inspire and motivate me to fully embrace my life of Purpose.
Ms. Viglucci has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Human Development, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Hofstra University, is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy), a Certified Family Therapist, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Certified Imago Therapist.
Ms. Viglucci has been in the mental health field for over 20 years in diverse capacities and has been a member of several professional organizations. She has served on the NYAMFT (New York Association of Marriage and Family Therapy) Board of Directors for several years where she chaired several committees.
Ms. Viglucci is the Founder and Director of Metropolitan MFT, PLLC (MetroRelationship.com) a practice specializing in working with busy professional couples and intimate partners who are struggling getting on the same page and feeling connected. The clinical team helps couples create a radiant and authentic relationship and meaningful life by becoming a strong partnership and increasing their connection, intimacy, and fun. Ms. Viglucci is the creator of the MetroRelationship™ philosophy and the related proven Successful Couple Strategy™. Her writing can be found throughout the web. She is the author of the Successful Couples™ weekly newsletter and blog, and is the creator of programs and products for couples and intimate partners.