About Me

Teresa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in working with women who have experienced betrayal in intimate relationships and/ or complex childhood trauma. She utilizes individual and group sessions to help women heal from relational hurts. She has two offices ; one located on Pacific Ave in  Tacoma, Washington the second office is located on Westlake Ave In Seattle WA.

Teresa has  twenty years of experience as a therapist.   Among her areas of expertise are assisting clients to develop better relationships, healing from childhood neglect and abuse, and recovering from betrayal trauma when a loved one has committed infidelity or has a sexual addiction.  

In addition, Teresa has presented at State and National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of Expressive Art Therapy, Parenting, Anger Management, Domestic Partner Violence, Life Hurts God Heals for teens, Lay Counselor Trainings, Life Purpose Coaching, and many others.

She has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2001.  She earned a Masters Of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1999 from Eastern Washington University. Additional Training includes, 2 years Post Graduate Work in Expressive Art Therapy.  She holds certifications as a Child Mental Health Specialist, and Mental Health Professional in the state of Washington. She is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist, and a Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist through training with Dr. Patrick Carnes www.iitap.com. She is a Certified Attachment Focused EMDR Therapist and assists clients to process past hurts and betrayal.  When AF-EMDR processing occurs the individual will develop new neural networks in their brain which has to ability to heal the previous trauma. Once this healing occurs, the individual can experience a significant decrease in triggering events. The decrease in triggering events leads to less activation of the amygdala (the fight or flight response) and a calmer, more regulated emotional state.

Teresa has successful experience working with people who have suffered with depression, anxiety, childhood neglect and abuse, relationship issues, work place conflict, grief, medical diagnosis adjustment, ADHD, betrayal trauma, infidelity and sexual addictions. She has extensive experience working with people who want to develop  more satisfying relationships with themselves and others.

Teresa's  therapeutic approach is to provide safety, support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complimentary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they’re striving for.

Education 

MS Eastern Washington University, 1999 Counseling Psychology
 

License, Certifications & Awards

Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor LH0004733  

Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, CSAT  WWW.IITAP.COM

Certified Muliple Addictions Therapist, CMAT 

Certified EMDR Therapist - with Attachment Focused

additional Training:  

Expressive Art Therapy

Professional Activities & Memberships

EMDRIA eye movement desensitization reprocessing international Association  www.emdria.org

Life Purpose Coaching Centers International http://lifepurposecoachingcenters.com/ 

American Counseling Association  www.counseling.org