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Teresa is a Living with Loss Specialist and holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute in Los Angeles, CA.
Teresa has benefited from studying and working within various communities on the west and east coasts of the U.S. She has worked in a number of clinical settings in Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Teresa has enjoyed working with grieving children and adults. She has incorporated expressive therapies into her work including facilitating a writing as healing group for female patients at Washington, DC’s Saint Elizabeth’s psychiatric hospital. Currently, she works in private practice in downtown Washington, DC.
It is Teresa’s intention as a therapist to encourage and support clients with the process of developing and gaining more insight into their past and present as this influences their thoughts, behaviors, and actions. She assists clients with examining different aspects of their lives including their family, childhood environment, and past and current relationships.
Teresa’s approach with clients who experience different types of grief and loss is informed by her own experiences. She is an adoptee and never knew her biological mother. Her adoptive mother died when she was two years old. Her adoptive aunt and uncle raised her. When her father/uncle suffered a massive stroke in 1982, her life was changed forever.
Teresa became a therapist, in part, because she wanted to “give back” to people living with loss. She is also skilled at working with individuals with an interest in developing a better understanding of their various identities that may be informed by race, class, ethnicity and culture.
Teresa enjoys working with a multicultural and generally diverse group of clients. There hasn’t been a day since becoming a therapist that she has regretted choosing this path. Every time she meets a new client her world becomes more full, more interesting, and more human.
BA, Intercultural Studies, 1992
Scripps College, Claremont, CA
MA, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 1996
New York University, New York, NY
MA, Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy, 2009
Phillips Graduate Institute, Los Angeles, CA
American Counseling Association