Teresa Allen

Primary Therapist

I provide compassionate therapy for adults, groups, and families. As a LGPC, I am passionate about the helping relationship and foster a collaborative style using a wellness and person-centered approach. I use a variety of techniques encompassing motivational interviewing, DBT, CBT, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. I enjoy helping people explore their options as they learn how to increase their strengths to cope with stressors, make meaningful connections, and engage more deeply with life. I am driven, pragmatic, and find that cultivating the practices of resilience, self-compassion, and mindfulness dynamically support those struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. It helps to develop a plan to reach one’s potential—this is highlighted by positive psychology’s contributions by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: “The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… the best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” And self-care certainly has its place as Louis Armstrong sang in his sandpaper voice: “Would you like a walk?” Through this simple gesture, one may consider sufferings at times derive from unmet needs—that something good will come from walking or fishing—and part of my work is to identify needs intentionally with a profound realization that every person is unique and possesses gifts that when activated provide one with purpose and meaning beyond compare.

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