Pronouns: Genderqueer They/Them
Age Range: Adolescents (13-17), Adults (18-50)
Howdy! My name is Teresa and I am a 3rd year Master’s Candidate and Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) currently completing my internship with Integrated Counseling and Wellness with tentative graduation in the summer of 2023. I have been working with clients just over a year now with most of my clinical experience coming from outpatient community mental health settings. I have the most experience working with folks struggling with anxiety and depression, trauma, and gender identity exploration.
I work from a Person-Centered and Narrative approach, and believe that my clients are the experts of their own lives. It is important to me to honor the journeys that folks have walked so far and meet them where they are in a non-judgmental and supportive way. I aim to show up authentically for my clients and walk alongside them as we begin to connect, explore, reflect and take action. I often explore with my clients the stories and experiences they carry with them, and work with them to deconstruct these stories, understand the patterns and dynamics (and systems) at play, then encourage my clients to reauthor them in ways that feel authentic and empowering to them as unique humans. I may also bring in some other modalities and approaches when appropriate such as feminist theory, mindfulness, DBT and CBT, and perspectives from the social justice movement (intersectionality, relational-cultural theory, disability justice). I am most passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community, focusing on gender and sexuality exploration as well as trauma and complex trauma. I also have interests in disordered eating and chronic illness.
Outside of my time with clients, I like to collect Squishmallows, play lots of video games and watch my favorite shows/movies, lift weights, and spend time with friends and family. I also enjoy studying the history of psychology.
“I have found it is the small things, the everyday deeds of ordinary folk, that keep the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love.” – Gandalf the Grey
Education, Licensure, & Recent Trainings
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – University of Northern Colorado, December 2020
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – University of Northern Colorado, Expected Summer 2023
Beyond They/Them/Theirs: What Nonbinary Clients Want You to Know – Trans Affirming Therapists Academy, December 2022
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury – Simple Practice, December 2022
The Impact of Minority Stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences on The Mental Health and Substance Use of LGBTQ+ Individuals – The Harmony Foundation, Summer 2022