Tessa Thompson, APSW; SAC-IT
Reaching out for help and support is not easy for anyone. Tessa's warm and welcoming disposition creates a safe space for your story to be heard without judgement. Tessa's goal is to engage, support, and empower each individual to 'change their narrative' to resilience, despite life's circumstances. She sees the counseling relationship as a collaborative process where you work together to identify and achieve your goals. She has empowered many youth, adults, and families individually and in small groups who are struggling with race-related stressors, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse issues. She has also worked with individuals dealing with a variety of general life stressors like work-life balance, school difficulties, personal relationships, self-esteem, family and transitional/life adjustments. Tessa's practice focuses not only on the physical role of mental health, but also on the spiritual and emotional roles that mental health can play in a person’s life. She utilizes skills from multiple treatment modalities including Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Family-Systems Therapy (FST), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Tessa received her masters degree from University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee in School Social Work and Clinical Social Work. She also holds certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor-In Training.