I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. I have worked as a Mental Health Therapist specializing in children's mental health, especially in the areas of trauma, autism, developmental needs and foster care/adoption issues. I have my temporary CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor license) which I will fulfill this year. I am currently taking classes to obtain ministerial credentials with the Assembly of God. I am on track to become a Licensed Minister by fall 2021. I hope to use the knowledge I have gained from that program to enhance my counseling skills. A dream of mine has been to go on short term mission trips and minister to missionaries challenged by serving others in different cultures, far away from family and familiar surroundings. I have already been on three short term trips to the Caribbean, two to St. Lucia and once to Jamaica. I would love to go back!
I have had training and supervision for over ten years in Play Therapy techniques from two experts in the field, Byron Norton and Terry Kottman.
I have been a foster parent, an adoptive parent, a social worker for the Iowa Department of Human Services and a mental health therapist. I have gone to many Special Olympics events with my children. I have had four of my children on various waiver programs such as the children's mental health waiver, the ID waiver and the brain injury waiver. I have been a respite provider for special needs children. Some of my children have been in the Talented and Gifted programs in their schools. Of my nine children, five of them have successfully finished college degrees. Two of my special needs children (who are now adults) are working with Vocational Rehab services and either are working or seeking work.
I believe in helping each individual find their own voice and express themselves bravely! I work on helping individuals find their true worth and calling for which they were created. I provide support as each individual discovers and overcomes the barriers to becoming the person they want to be.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Dependent Personality, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
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When speaking with Teresa I feel HEARD ! And she’s knowledgeable in all the areas I’m having problems in. I couldn’t have asked for a better fit.
Written on Dec 25, 2022 after therapy with Teresa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and parenting issues
Teresa is a wonderful counselor who has really helped me deal with my issues and find solutions to my problems. With just a few sessions, I quickly discovered that Teresa has plenty of experience with helping others professionally and helped me produce results quickly. She's professional, friendly, and someone I trust. I would recommend Teresa as a top-notch choice for addressing mental health needs.
Written on Jul 22, 2021 after therapy with Teresa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and eating disorders
Teresa is warm and personable. She is easy to talk to. She is also knowledgeable and well-versed in skills to improve family relationships.
Written on Apr 26, 2021 after therapy with Teresa for 2 weeks on issues concerning compassion fatigue