MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR
Specialized in depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, LGBTQ issues, and working with creative artists.
Hi, I’m Teresa! I provide services for adolescents, college students, and adults. I specialize in depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, LGBTQ issues, and working with creative artists. Although I use a variety of approaches, including Person-Centered Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I am particularly drawn to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The main idea of ACT is that individuals can develop skills that help them handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively as they take steps toward the creation of a life with meaning and purpose. I also use mindfulness and draws from the work of Brene Brown, Byron Katie, and Kristin Neff.
Anais Nin wrote, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”. I am passionate about helping clients identify areas that keep them “tight in the bud” – (anxiety, depression, fear, addictions, shame) and reconnect with things that encourage blossoming. Change can be frightening and even painful, but it is possible and well worth the risk. I am committed to providing a safe, supportive framework to explore what is keeping you stuck as you move towards what matters to you most.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from Wake Forest University and a Graduate Certification in Substance Abuse Counseling from East Carolina University. I have provided counseling services to adults and adolescents in my private practice, worked as a college counselor in an arts conservatory, provided group and individual substance abuse counseling in the community, with DWI clients and with people on Federal Probation.
I work with couples and am trained in the Gottman Method to improve communication patterns, build trust, learn co-parenting strategies, and enhance the couple’s connection and intimacy. The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.
Therapy should be comfortable, private, and relaxed. It is important to find a counselor who you connect with, is knowledgeable about your issues, and competent to treat them with a style that fits with your world view. Call or e-mail today so we can chat and you can decide if I’m the right fit for you (910) 333-6768.
Monday – Thursday 10-7 pm
Fridays 10-2 pm
Sliding Scale options for Private Pay clients
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