Tessa’s playful nature makes it easy to connect with her. She has a fun sense of humor and takes a direct, relational approach to her work. Her experience working at New Haven prior to becoming a therapist makes her a great team player, and has shown her the depth and impact a systemic approach can have on families and students.
Tessa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Utah Valley University and then her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy at Lewis & Clark College. As a therapist intern, working in the community directly with children and their families, she was able to really put her passion into practice working with families to create a space for healing, even in some of the bleakest of circumstances. She has worked with many families and individuals that experienced extreme poverty, loss of privilege, and trauma which taught her how to really turn towards one’s inherent and already existing internal wisdom and resilience to cultivate growth and healing. She also learned that sometimes the most important role she can play as a therapist is to create space for clients to show up as their fully human self, exactly as they are–being heard, seen, and witnessed nonjudgmentally in relationship to another is one of the most powerfully healing experiences we can have.
Tessa specializes in working with Family Systems Work, Trauma, Attachment, LGBTQ+, Spirituality and Religious Transitions, Mindfulness and Somatic based practices, and is passionate about social justice and multicultural issues. She has received additional training in expressive art therapy methodologies.
Tessa loves to be outdoors because that is where she feels most connected to herself. She often travels to the Pacific Northwest because it feels like a second home. She loves spending time with her husband, and cat. As well as reading, watching reality TV, and finding time to take a good nap on the weekend!