Elchanan Schwarz: The Journey Towards Recovery
“While we can’t bring life back to the way it was before, we can help the family try to deal with the way life is now.”
“When someone has a brain injury, very often the survivors and their families are disoriented…it’s a whole new world,” begins Elchanan Schwarz, LMHC, a 2010 graduate of Touro's Mental Health Counseling program, now in the Department of Behavioral Science at Touro’s School of Health Sciences.
“It’s a tremendous stress. People struggle—what does this mean, why is this happening to me? And they often need someone to really listen, someone who can understand and help them process what’s going on, someone who can help sort through their options.”
That’s where Elchanan comes in.
As the Director of Crisis Intervention and Caregiver Support at BINA Stroke and Brain Injury Assistance, Elchanan accompanies the survivor—and the family—on this tumultuous journey to rehabilitation and recovery.
“I’m there for them, holding their hands, every step of the way. My role is really to respond to whatever emotional needs the family has, at any given time.”
And by receiving his mental-health counseling training from Touro, Elchanan learned the tools he needed to do that.
This is Elchanan Schwarz’s story.