I believe that counseling is a team effort with both of us having unique roles. My role is to be your coach and cheerleader but the actual work belongs to you. I will be right there in your corner cheering you on and assisting you if you stumble.
My approach to counseling:
My primary approach to therapy is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, also known as ACT. This is a form of counseling is a scientifically supported and provides positive outcomes. ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways. This approach also addresses commitment and behavior-change strategies that have the ability to increase psychological flexibility. Because the therapeutic process is not a “one size fits all” I use a variety of techniques in therapy, trying to find what will work best for you. These techniques are likely to include dialogue, interpretation, cognitive reframing, awareness exercises, self-monitoring experiments, visualization, journal keeping, drawing, and reading books. Frequently I will provide you with homework assignments that are geared towards developing skills for you to use outside the therapy environment. These exercises assist in not only strengthening your brain but also your behavioral changes. I also am certified in integrative mental health and utilize nutrition and diet as a tool for improving mental health and wellness.
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Additionally, I earned a Master of Science degree in counseling from Nova Southeastern University.
I completed my internship with and began my career in outpatient substance abuse counseling. During that time I also worked in detox and inpatient facilities. The vast majority of my work was with client’s who had dual diagnoses; meaning not only substance abuse but other mental health concerns; particularly PTSD. I have worked with children on an outpatient and inpatient basis. Most recently I have been working with adults at a community level. This population spans diagnoses ranging from anxiety and stress disorder to chronic and persistent mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I have taken specialized training and certification classes in Trauma Focused Therapy and anxiety reduction skills.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, First Responder Issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
FL LMHC MH14043
Written on Nov 26, 2023 after therapy with Terriee for 2 months on issues concerning addictions
Terriee is simply incredible. She is understanding, caring and extremely knowledgeable in her field. I am lucky to be working with her and look forward to our continued work together.
Written on Sep 21, 2023 after therapy with Terriee for 2 weeks on issues concerning eating disorders
Terriee is a wonderful therapist who helps me reframe my issues and ways I can work on myself
Written on Sep 09, 2023 after therapy with Terriee for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions
Terriee is an amazing therapist and is not only professional, but very courteous as well. She listens to my concerns and helps me understand and address my grief and stress. I highly recommend her!
Written on Aug 30, 2023 after therapy with Terriee for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Terriee has been amazing for me! I have only been with her for a few weeks, and already I can tell the difference. She is understanding, provides great tools to use in everyday life, and gets back to you quickly if needed on a bad day. I am glad that I finally got the help I have needed for a long time, and I couldn't have picked anyone better to help me on this journey.
Written on Jul 26, 2023 after therapy with Terriee for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and anger management
I highly recommend Mrs. Smith! She responds to messages promptly and she actually cares about your well-being and offers a variety of tools to help you become a better version of yourself
Written on Jun 17, 2023 after therapy with Terriee for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd