Terry graduated from Lesley University with a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy. She adores working with teens and adults.
Before joining Leah Niehaus in her private practice, she was an associate counselor at Well Baby Center in Mar Vista, CA. There she gained experience working with individual adults, families, and children. Terry cofacilitated a Perinatal Depression & Anxiety group, a Mindful Parenting group, a social skills group for children ages two to five, as well as a Mothers Support group.
She has completed training in Perinatal Depression and Anxiety through Postpartum Support International and has experience working in maternal mental health.
While in graduate school in Boston, she was a therapeutic elementary school counselor that provided support for children and their families struggling with emotional, behavioral, and educational challenges. She also provided expressive art therapy for elder persons, family members, and Alzheimers and Dementia patients in Cambridge, MA.
Terry has completed an Intensive Workshop: Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy for OCD through CBI (Cognitive Behavioral Institute) in January 2021. She enjoys working with clients who suffer from anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, and phobias as she believes ERP gives clients a newfound confidence in dealing with their anxiety and fears and life long tools to be able to handle their emotions.
When Terry is out of the office she can be found spending time with her rabbit Feisty and dog Mango, at the beach, gardening, hiking, or making jewelry. She loves traveling and exploring new places and meeting new people.
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.”