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“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers
Terresha believes lasting change happens when people feel seen, understood, and empowered. Terresha’s approach to therapy is person-centered, assisting others in seeing their strength and power to make changes in their lives. At the same time, she offers evidence-based tools and strategies using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness that, when used, continue to increase self-confidence and create opportunities to succeed that can be used as a source for future success. Terresha also believes in a holistic model of healing that includes the mind, body, soul, and connection with others. Therefore, when requested, Terresha integrates spirituality into the treatment process. Terresha always provides trauma-informed care that is sensitive to the experiences of all those seeking therapy. She is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a treatment modality for children. Terresha has worked with women of all ages, children, and teens to manage chronic stress, anxiety, anger, interpersonal challenges, and issues related to parenting.
Terresha received her Master of Social Work from Georgia State University. Before joining Summit, she worked as a mental health assessor. In that role, she identified substance use disorders, the presence of domestic violence, and mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorders, and attachment challenges between parent and child. This role offered Terresha the opportunity to work with the entire family to determine how they could address their individual needs and the family unit’s needs to create connectedness that would in turn, provide a safe environment for the children.
She also has years of experience walking alongside women experiencing homelessness and overcoming substance addiction. Terresha listened to their stories, cried with them when they experienced heartache, and celebrated every success with them. She empowered them to accomplish their goals that seemed impossible by helping to create smaller steps and also by providing psychoeducation on stress management, managing health conditions, interpersonal skills, and family conflict, to name a few.
In addition to Terresha’s work in the community and clinical social work, she has also worked as a youth leader for almost a decade with students ages ages 11 to 18. Terresha’s mission was to provide as many opportunities as possible for spiritual development and for fun in ways that did not compromise their beliefs.
Outside of Terresha’s passion for mental health, she also has a passion for nature and enjoys hiking, white water rafting, and riding her bike with her family. Terresha also enjoys traveling and taking road trips with her husband of 16 years and her two boys. Lastly, Terresha enjoys the magic of the Christmas season because of all the joy and wonderful memories it brings up.