Teresa is a Florida State Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with a Masters in Counselor Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has been EMDR trained for Trauma therapy as well as Emotion Focused Therapy trained for couples by Sue Johnson. interested in psychology and human dynamics since she was young, having grown up in a large blended family and experiencing the effects of divorce, drug abuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, financial struggles, and suicide. She has always had a love of reading and a strong desire to learn, especially about anything relating to the human condition, leading her to study psychology in college. She is married with three daughters, two of which are attending college, and one elementary age. Teresa and her husband are the permanent guardians to their youngest daughter and are familiar with the foster care system and of the challenges that guardianship places of each member of a family. As a mother, she became aware of the dramatic changes that parenthood has on the couple and on each partner as individuals. Teresa decided later in life to undertake graduate school to pursue her passion of becoming a licensed mental health counselor.
Teresa graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Masters Degree in Counselor Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University and pursuing her licensure in Mental Health. Her undergrad degree was with Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a minor in business.
Teresa held positions in management and marketing until she became a full time mom after the birth of her first daughter. While raising her daughters, she had the opportunity to volunteer in various capacities:
Dividend for public schools
Certified birthing doula for Children’s Home Society
Facilitator of Creating Your Job Search courses for Central Florida Jobs Initiative
Church youth group advisor
Leader for Divorce Care for Kids program
Teresa re-entered the workforce as an instructor in a two-year private college teaching:
Attitude and Motivation courses before deciding to pursue her passion of becoming a mental health professional.
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