Hi and welcome to my BetterHelp platform. My name is Theresa Otu, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin, “America’s Dairyland.” My hunch tells me that if you are reading through my profile, you are searching for a buddy for your self-improvement journey. If my guess is right, I want to commend you for thinking about improving your life. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said something many years ago that I believe is still very true today. According to Heraclitus, “Change is the only constant in life.” If you believe this saying like I do, it follows that we should welcome opportunities to change. In other words, we grow by trying new things. I am an open-minded counselor; taking a non-judgmental stance when working with clients. I believe the solutions to our problems lie within us. As a result, my goal is to help you identify your strengths and encourage you to use them. I enjoy cheering, encouraging, listening and supporting my clients.
I am big on self-care and encourage my clients to do the same. This concept is important to me because I often hear clients say they feel guilty taking care of themselves. I strongly believe that when I take care of myself, the quality of care I give improves.
I worked in two middle schools holding different positions. After earning my master's degree in counseling and following licensure I changed career. I have extensive experience working with individuals and families on issues such as ADHD, anger management, anxiety, bipolar, depression, relationship difficulties, work/life balance concerns, trauma to name a few. I have participated in numerous on-the-job trainings and attended many counseling focused conferences.
Even though I espouse different treatment modalities such as CBT, client-centered therapy, mindfulness therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, strengths-based therapy, I do not use one exclusively. Instead, I utilize an eclectic approach when deciding which strategies will work better for each particular client. I encourage the client to become very active in sessions. Doing this affords them the opportunity to understand the modalities in consideration. This way, they can choose wisely. It also improves buy-in. I use different treatment approaches because no one strategy has all the ingredients for success. Each approach has strengths and limitations. Using an eclectic approach has proven successful in my experience. In other words, I take useful ideas from different modalities to achieve positive results keeping in mind the case being considered. I always remember that therapy is not one size fits all.
I believe I can be of help to you. I usually focus on past successes to bring about positive changes. Being open-minded allows me and my clients to consider every viable options. Doing this increases optimism and self-esteem. I hope you decide to work with me.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
WI LPC 5157-125
I can’t recommend Theresa enough, She has a loving heart coupled with great counseling expertise,
Written on Mar 09, 2023 after therapy with Theresa for 3 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and parenting issues
Written on May 20, 2022 after therapy with Theresa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and parenting issues
Theresa truly listens, understands, and doesn't judge. She explains difficult concepts in an incredibly clear way, often using examples that illustrate the concept.
Written on Apr 22, 2022 after therapy with Theresa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and adhd
Theresa has been very helpful. When I'm having a tough time I think what would Theresa do? It has come in handy many times for me since meeting her. She has no judgement but is not afraid to call me out when I'm in the wrong. She does it in the most sincere way.
Written on Oct 11, 2021 after therapy with Theresa for 4 months
I wasn't sure if there was going to be a barrier at first because of her accent but by the 3rd session, I was quite surprised at her grasp and understanding of my feelings far beyond any the language indifference. She's very intelligent, kindhearted and very easygoing as a conversationalist. I've seen her only a few times and she makes me feel relaxed and understood.
Written on May 19, 2021 after therapy with Theresa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Theresa has been fantastic. She's responded quickly and was so helpful to talk to. I'm hoping to talk to her again soon.
Written on May 12, 2021 after therapy with Theresa for 1 month on issues concerning addictions, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem